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Buttermilk & Bourbon

4.6
4.6
2490 reviews
$30 and under
Southern
Takeout & Delivery are available via our website, Caviar, and GrubHub. Due to the current restrictions, we are requiring reservations for both indoor & outdoor dining. There are three options for seating: Standard (Indoors), High-Top (Indoors), and Outdoors. If one of these options does not appear, it is because we are currently booked for that type of seating during the date & time you are seeking. We offer a ten minute grace period and ask that you call us if you will be running late or your reservation may be cancelled. All outdoor patio reservations are subject to being canceled in the event of severe rain. Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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2 people

19:00


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 266-1122

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jason Santos

  • Area

    Back Bay

  • Cross Street

    Dartmouth Street

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking, Back Bay Station Garage

  • Public Transit

    Green Line: CopleyOrange Line: Back Bay Station

  • Entertainment

    3 different rooms designed to give the ambiance of the many energies in New Orleans, our fresh & bright Garden District; elegant French Quarters room with reclaimed church pews and arched wooden ceilings; Voodoo lounge filled with mystery & cocktails. As well as our Bourbon Street area with a la carte raw bar and Hurricane's on draft. Warm weather brings out patio & outdoor lounge, perfect for warm days, beignets and people watching. All while the best of NOLA Jazz plays in the background.

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

Popular dishes

What 2,490 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. AC

    AislingC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect location. We sat outside on July 4th and it was just lovely.
  2. M

    Morgan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Food was great but it was really hot in the restaurant and I was sweating the whole time. Other than that the service was good and the playlist they were playing was 🔥.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I must admit that I regularly rely on reviews from other diners, but rarely take the time to write reviews of my own (good or bad). I’m trying to do better! My experience at Buttermilk & Bourbon compelled me to make this a notable exception. In a nutshell: Buttermilk & Bourbon wins the “prize” for the largest delta between my expectations and the reality of my experience. My wife and I visited the restaurant as one stop on a holiday weekend in Boston, focused largely on checking off spots on our culinary bucket list. Great reviews of the food, service, and ambiance at this spot got our hopes up high, but this place managed to crush every hope of an even decent meal. For example: what subspecies of chicken has one leg, one wing, and three breasts per half? (I suspect this strange hybrid made it to our table because they preserve the thighs for a separate “all thighs” option.) I sent the mutant bird back for the “all thigh” option, but it never made it off of my bill.
  4. AD

    AnnaD

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Lived up to the brunch buzz. My out of town relatives were impressed. We will be back!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Good was great. Good variety. We ordered multiple choices. It was all good. The inside of the restaurant was warm for a summer evening. Made it uncomfortable
  6. KM

    KathrynM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hurricanes were amazing, as were the biscuits and chicken sliders. Highly recommend!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks were delicious, and the food was superb. I grew up on gulf shrimp fresh caught in Pensacola, and the shrimp cocktail was perfectly cooked with great sauces. Save room for beignets.
  8. N

    Niko

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Such a fun and yummy restaurant. The biscuits are a MUST.
  9. JP

    JasmineP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food. The shrimp and great are 10/10, and our server was fantastic!
  10. BW

    BWWW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Great drinks. Overall awesome
  11. M

    Michael

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Loved the food and drinks. Service was decent but nothing too amazing.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner but have been many times for everyday dinning. Great service cocktails and food!
  13. MG

    MikeG

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great for New Orleans-style Southern cooking. Loved: the biscuits and shrimp and gritz Good: the lobster/corn hush puppies Not my favorite: the crab salad lettuce wraps and (slightly dry) Nashville boneless hot chicken thighs Also loved the beignets for dessert, and the Hurricane packs a punch!
  14. BP

    BermudaPool

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great food. Good service. Busy. Tuesday night. 6pm. I’d booked (on open table) a regular table inside. I advised them my son was in a wheelchair. When we arrived, it was evident there was no way a wheelchair was getting to the regular inside tables. The front desk guy was clearly busy and stressed. He was on the phone and didn’t want eye-contact! I’d explained about the wheelchair thing and he just said “yeah, your’e outside” and took another phone call. I was then ushered upstairs to the outdoor patio on the corner of Dartmouth and Commonwealth. It was not a good first impression. However, everything from that point on was great. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and helpful. Food (fried chicken thighs, smoked trout toast, mac n cheese, devilled crab lettuce wraps, raspberry biscuit pudding) was superb. Cocktails were delicious and overall value was good. We’re looking forward to coming back. There were many menu items we still wanted but didn’t have the room.
  15. G

    chrisG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and the atmosphere was great! Definitely would return next vacation.
  16. CH

    CatH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The biscuits are incredible! The fried chicken was delicious. The outdoor dining was lovely.
  17. TJ

    TainabelleJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had an amazing time! We came here for my best friend's birthday and it was our entire party's first time here. Everything we ate was delicious! The drinks were on point and our server was so awesome even though we were there until closing for Brunch. He was so calm and friendly (we had some hiccups on our part with our food orders). He even brought out a special dessert for my bestie! I was not expecting this at all and that made us so happy! I wish I remembered his name because I definitely want him to get credit for his amazing service!! We will certainly be back for sure!
  18. TG

    TGGG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Average food. The hash was basically nothing but potatoes with poached eggs. The AC was broken and the dining room had reached 82 degrees at mid-morning. Very unpleasant and no apologies and not even a water refill.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    No outdoor seating option. When requested denied request. Abundance of outdoor seating avail. Indoor, ac broken. Hot. Very uncomfortable seating.
  20. DP

    DavidP

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food very mediocre, had chicken and waffle special chicken with dry as chalk. I wouldn’t go back.
  21. CS

    ConorS

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    hostess was insanely rude.
  22. TC

    TaraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, fantastic service. It was such a fun experience for my friends visiting from out of state! Will definitely be going back soon
  23. LA

    LadiiAsh

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the decor. Had a date night with my boyfriend. We sat at the bar. The staff were friendly and attentive. Drinks were great and food even better. I highly recommend the ribs. Fall off the bone good! Flavors incredible. Will definitely be back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Best busicut I’ve ever had
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Make hostess was unhelpful and with bad attitude, even with our prior reservation
  26. S

    Sandy333

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    BBQ shrimp and chili grits were very good, the biscuits are more like muffins, heavy but very good. The Nashville style chicken was just average and the chicken sliders were also average and overcooked. The atmosphere where we were seated was very dark and kids were yelling next to us. There is a choice for outdoor seating which looked very nice. Overall it’s worth a try.
  27. K

    Kathleen

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    robotic and uninterested staff Just-okay fried chicken.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was extremely helpful in pointing out what we should know before ordering, which definitely led to us getting the alligator fries! Delicious!
  29. BC

    BelmaC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our server was amazing! Everything was great
  30. P

    Penguino

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Ordered beef sliders, chicken wings, and BBQ shrimp. Burgers were almost raw inside (asked for medium), wings were overdone with a terrible sweet and spicy sauce, shrimp and grits were good. They redid the burgers (still not medium but better), and took the wings off the bill as they were too bad to eat. Service was good, but the food was not up to its reputation.
  31. L

    Lish

    Charlotte

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here and loved it.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was great but the inside was a little hot
  33. SD

    ScottD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A very good experience the food is excellent buttermilk fried chicken was my favorite
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    Food was excellent, loved the alligator fries and biscuits. Our server was very friendly but there was a lack of attention to detail. He immediately greeted us and took a drink order but didn’t see him again for about 20-30 min. When our appetizers came we had no napkin, utensils, or plates… we literally had to have get up from our table to get anyones attention to get what we needed.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated early by request, fabulous service and meal
  36. RP

    RickP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Some stars (lettuce cups with crab salad and avocado) and some mediocre dishes. Hot honey glazed chicken was almost burnt. Lobster hush puppies were pretty good — the corn custard was the star of that dish. Great location, but outside terrace furniture and brickwork floor was not in the greatest condition. Waiters were bored and spent a lot of time grumbling (we were seated next to a serving station).
  37. w

    weavie

    New England

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    a Tapas Menu. Every bite is as good as the last.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    It was very inside. We were seated next to tow large groups. Music was also very loud. Waiter seemed less than enthusiastic to take care of us.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    As soon as we got there the host was very rude, didn’t say hello, just brought us to our table and didn’t say anything. The food was okay. The chicken sandwiches were a little burned and the food lacked seasoning like salt. Pictures looked good online but definitely won’t go back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bbq shrimp and beignets were amazing! Waitress was super nice and helpful also.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Buttermilk & Bourbon using the Order Online button. Buttermilk & Bourbon also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 266-1122.

Buttermilk & Bourbon is rated 4.6 stars by 2490 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Buttermilk & Bourbon

160 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02116

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Dartmouth Street

  • Area

    Back Bay

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu, Fri 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southern, Comfort Food, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking, Back Bay Station Garage

  • Public Transit

    Green Line: CopleyOrange Line: Back Bay Station

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jason Santos

  • Entertainment

    3 different rooms designed to give the ambiance of the many energies in New Orleans, our fresh & bright Garden District; elegant French Quarters room with reclaimed church pews and arched wooden ceilings; Voodoo lounge filled with mystery & cocktails. As well as our Bourbon Street area with a la carte raw bar and Hurricane's on draft. Warm weather brings out patio & outdoor lounge, perfect for warm days, beignets and people watching. All while the best of NOLA Jazz plays in the background.

  • Additional

    Patio/Outdoor Dining

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