Our Story

The Buttery began in 2005 when the owners, tired of not finding many good food or coffee options in the South End, decided to open a small neighborhood coffee shop.  In a time before social media, food bloggers and online review sites, a former criminal prosecutor and an investment manager opened South End Buttery with no food industry experience but with a great passion and appreciation for exceptional food and service.  A graduate of St. John’s College at Cambridge University, one of the owners knew the concept of a buttery very well: to serve fresh, simple, top-quality food throughout the entire day.  

The Buttery quickly became a neighborhood mainstay with award-winning specialty coffees and teas, house made biscuit breakfast sandwiches and signature cupcakes, gourmet sandwiches and salads, seasonal soups and scratch pastries.  In 2008, the owners expanded to add a restaurant and bar with dinner service daily and brunch on weekends.  The Buttery grew again in 2012, adding a prepared foods takeout market and a second location on nearby Clarendon Street where they offer fresh, healthy take-away foods.  

The advent of COVID-19 has changed all of our lives and the food service industry, but The Buttery has remained committed to feeding the South End and Boston as we navigate our way back to a time where we won’t have to wear masks.  In the meantime, we will continue being the place to meet a friend or make a new one.  We can't wait to serve you.