The South End Buttery

Spork Rating: 4


The Details:

  • Neighborhood: South End
  • Cuisine: American
  • Price: Splurge (dining room).  Appetizers $7-12, entrees $20-30.  You can find cheap eats in the bakery where everything except a burger is under $8.
  • Hours:  Brunch 10-3pm Sat and Sun, Dinner 5:30-10pm or later every night
  • Reservations:  Yes.  Via phone or OpenTable.
  • Recommended For Dining With: Infants, toddlers, kids

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Nestled in one of the most picturesque corners of the South End, the South End Buttery is a neighborhood mainstay and family-friendly restaurant.  The Buttery has a casual, counter service cafe open all day serving coffees, pastries, salads, sandwiches and more.  But each evening (and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays) the small bar area and cozy downstairs dining room offer a tasty blend between American and comfort food.  The staff here is welcoming to the little ones–whether you’re in the dining room or bakery–and very helpful in setting up high chairs and getting you settled in.

Red star_15x15 Because of the multi-level and cozy set up at the Buttery, if you’ll be eating in the dining rooms, it is best to leave your strollers at home.  There’s minimal stroller storage and you’ll most likely have stairs to navigate.

Family-Friendly Restaurant: The South End Buttery pancakes

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Great.  A friendly waitstaff that’s accustomed to kids at the table in this family filled neighborhood.

Main Menu:

This comfort-filled menu changes seasonally, with many staples staying on the menu year round.  Favorites include:

  • Meatloaf
  • Mussels
  • French fries with truffle aioli
  • Cupcakes
  • Pancakes

Kid’s Menu:

There’s no kids menu here, but between sides, appetizers, bakery and even main course items, there will be more than enough to please the younger diners.  There’s usually a mac & cheese on the menu, the accompaniments to the burgers (veggie, turkey and beef) can be modified based on younger palettes and the meatloaf is a hit with just about anyone.  Some of the pasta dishes can be ordered in half portions as well.

Red star_15x15 Nothing on the dining room menu catching your little one’s eye?  Ask your server what can be offered from the bakery/cafe menu.  The cafe menu has a wide variety, from grilled cheese to burritos and yogurt parfaits, and we’ve found that if you ask nicely, they will gladly serve a cafe item in the dining room.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Boston Ballet
  • Cyclorama
  • Boston Center for the Arts and Calderwood Pavilion
  • Copley Square
  • Prudential Center and Copley Plaza
  • South End Historical District


  • Easy entrance/access for strollers
  • High chairs
  • T accessible

Getting There:

  • T accessible by 2 lines: The Orange Line’s Back Bay stop is a 10 minute walk; the Silver Line’s SL4 bus drops you a block away at the Union Park stop.
  • Parking can be tight in this urban neighborhood.  Your best bet is to look for metered parking on Washington or Tremont streets.