Most famous for its brunch, the South End Buttery is a bakery, market, restaurant and bar located in, you guessed it, the South End. There are two locations in the area, one on Shawmut Ave and the other on Clarendon Street (I visited the Shawmut Ave location.) The cozy atmosphere and contemporary menu have helped The Buttery win many dining awards in Boston and keep their customers coming back for more.
I visited The Buttery on a rainy Monday morning for a cup of coffee ($2.50 for a 16oz medium) but I was in the mood for something fancy, so I tried an espresso latte. They brew Equator Coffee and Tea which is ethically sourced and from San Rafael, California. The Buttery is currently renovating their main cafe, so I went over to their market area which didn’t have any tables and was more of a ‘to-go’ environment. Despite the renovations, I still had a nice experience, the employees were friendly and I didn’t have to wait long. There is a ‘cafe renovation menu’ for the time being (expected another few weeks.)I did see a few people sitting at The Buttery’s bar around the corner to enjoy the morning paper and a coffee, so the renovation doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on regular customers.
I found that it was a pretty local place, tucked in the heart of the South End. Kit Norton, a South End resident, said he usually goes there on Sunday mornings to get a cappuccino. “It’s a nice place,” he said, “it’s a pleasant stroll through the neighborhood.”
It would be nice to visit again once the renovations are all done and have the full brunch experience I’ve heard so much about!
314 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118
37 Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02116
Closest MBTA Stop: Back Bay Orange Line/Commuter Rail
Contact: (617) 482-1015 (Shawmut)
(617) 482-1015 (Clarendon)
Cafe Hours: 6am-6pm Daily (Shawmut)