Buttonwood

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313 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Buttonwood is a neighborhood restaurant in Newton Highlands that serves rustic American food. Our bar focuses on local craft beers, classic cocktails, and small-production wines. We serve the full dinner menu at our bar and counter seats, and encourage walk-in parties for the bar and dining room.
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4.6
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I made a reservation to celebrate my sons birthday. Food was good, service was great. My only gripe was with the lack of acknowledgement of the occasion. I asked the host on the way out if the notation appeared on our reservation and she said it did. I then asked why there was no mention of it and she asked if we ordered dessert. We didn’t. She flatly asked how then it could have been celebrated as they only add candles into desserts we order. Now I’ve been to restaurants where they simply wish you a happy birthday upon arrival, ones who have it written on plates, or others who send over a dessert with candle. The fact that nothing was done and then that error was placed upon me for not having followed within the inner guidelines to their steps of service is beyond me. A simple apology would have been better than to defend the mistake. Despite this incident, I was impressed with service and the ambiance provided.

r
New England
67 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

we have been to Buttonwood several times now and continue to find it a welcoming and friendly place. The menu is interesting (special applause for the ribs!) And accompanied by a wine and beer filled with interesting and less frequently seen items. It has made a great addition to the neighborhood.

CG
New England
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic the friendliest and most accommodating service imaginable. The cornbread alone is worth the trip. Every time we go they have something new on the menu to try, and every one is fantastic. Love going there.

FD
New England
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Interesting, but limited menu. All dishes were very good. Nice service.

L
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Limited menu
Costly for what it is
“ nothing special you want to go out for” said my dinner companion
Noisy. Uncomfortable setting.

KS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a second visit to Buttonwood and we went for our anniversary. We were greeted with a glass of champagne which was very nice! The menu is somewhat limited, but we were not disappointed with the offerings. We ordered a soup and the greek salad (which was more than enough for 2 people), corn bread which was fabulous, the enormous pork chop, brussel sprouts and dessert. Service was friendly and attentive. This is a neighborhood gem!

KM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and ambiance

TB
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have been to Buttonwood twice now and both dinners have been terrific! This is a neighborhood gem ( and its not even our neighborhood) with excellent food preparation and flavors. The service was particularly good this past trip with a highly knowledgeable and witty server helping us. Highly recommend this spot.

J
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Had to retreat to bar - very noisy and unappealing dining room.
Food and service at bar very good.

IT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love Buttonwood, as I loved 51 Lincoln before it. Great neighborhood spot, amazing food, terrific service. The only slight ding (4 stars instead of 5) was one side dish that never arrived - I never followed up with the server because I was enjoying the other dishes too much!

RL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and our server was just the sweetest, most friendly person. So accomodating and attentive even though it was a busy night.

M
New England
57 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at bar. Service was fantastic. Great wine recommendation and an insanely delish mocktail for my non drinking friend. Both had the skate which was outrageously delicious. Would go back tomorrow. Cant say enough about then service. They all have each other's back which speaks volumes that they want happy customers not pretentious servers.

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have already recommended buttonwood to several friends. Kudos to our waitress who had a total understanding about the food and wine and told our party about the preparation of various dishes and who made wonderful recommendations about the wines. Great meal!

NK
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I would recommend it w a warning re the noise level. One of the waitstaff had such a loud voice that we couldn’t have a normal-level conversation while he was talking to his customers — a couple of tables from us.

LL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we're never disappointed with the food and staff here. friendly ambience, interesting food, with just the right level of attentive service. plus we love Matt - he really sets the tone. if we lived closer, we would eat here more often!

a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It would be great if you could include on the menu a seafood option other than a whole branzino. I know there is skate on the menu now and has been for a while but that is more of an "outlier" when it comes to seafood. A more "traditional" seafood option would be appreciated.

OT
New England
56 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Buttonwood is too loud for quiet conversation but the food is always great and we love the unique collection of Spanish and Portuguese wines by the glass. There were just two desserts on the menu this time, which was disappointing.

VB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Simple delish! Vert hasta good, technique behind each fish!

V
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

It was really loud and very hard to hear our server. She disappeared and we did not see much of her. The menu is interesting. I had heard such good things about it. Was very disappointed.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great wine and really good food will definitely be back

B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Disappointing.... while the food is good, this is the first time ever I get kicked out of a restaurant while still drinking coffee and tea. I thought it was extremely rude to offer to be transferred to the window bar or the stairs (“you get a fun view of the kitchen from the stairs”, I was told) while still not done. What’s clear is that if you want to take your time and have a conversation with friends, this is NOT the restaurant for that purpose. If you’re in a rush or just go have dinner because “you have to” (like some couples that have been together for so long that have nothing to say to each other, yet they don’t want to eat alone), then give this place a shot. It’s a shame, I really wanted to like this place and wanted to come back, but after this experience I will bring my business to one of the many other wonderful restaurants in Newton.

EM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

Buttonwood is local for us and we recently went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Knowing that it is a Best of Boston winner we were quite surprised at the lack of ambiance and the EXTREMELY LOUD noise level we encountered there. The server was very knowledgable about the menu and the food was good though the chef has a heavy hand with oils and butter. The interior is very casual - servers wear jeans - ambiance is non-existent. If you want a mid-priced, American gourmet meal you'll like it. If you want ambiance, great food and a quite place to relax and enjoy your meal find another restaurant. We won't be going back.

LH
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent neighborhood restaurant for the suburbs. Inventive menu and cocktails. Knowledgeable and very pleasant staff.

N
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met up with two friends from Wellesley Friday night early.
We had the pear salad and the other salad with braised cabbage. Both were delicious.
The charred bluefish was to die for!
Very tasty and seasoned.
I might have to have it again within the month!

RM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buttonwood

J
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Interesting and well-executed menu! Buttonwood was hopping on a Monday night.

NF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great cocktails! Lovely and attentive staff

KM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Now I see why this place is so popular.

Great crew, excellent service, loved what we had. Can’t think of anything to improve, other than the queue for a reservation.

Well-earned rep, Buttonwood. Looking forward to next time.

JA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

4 different items between 2 of us, all were excellent. Other menu items looked good in prospect.

LC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had 3 vegetarians - I think the chefs do a good job - I loved the pea pancake a few times ago. The eggplant was interesting, the squash (which is what I had this time) was tasty. But my friend had the grilled veggies so we didn’t all have the same meal and she felt they were too charred and all tasted the same - she said she couldn’t really tell what veggies were what. I do like that the menu changes regularly. Good restaurant, just a little disappointed for my friend.

L
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

great spot and good food. thought our meat was a bit undercooked but overall experience was very good. had a great seat in the corner. kind of noisy early on but quieted down later in the evening.

LB
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 3rd time to buttonwood and it is consistently fantastic. Cocktails, food and service are all top notch... we will continue to come back as often as we can!

j
New England
29 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Good food served by a personable staff. There were 5 us, and very difficult to hear those in the very next seat.

j
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our server was terrific - knowledgable about wine list, attentive, pleasant. Food was very good. Our salads and entrees were delicious. Wine was very good. Only reason i did not give it more stars is dessert was just ok. The noise level is loud. They need some sound buffering elements in the decor would help the noise. But noise was not enough to keep me from returning as the food was delicious.

JW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent. Poor acoustics; difficult to hear.

DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet and peaceful, staff has perfected a nice balance of attentiveness and awareness of allowing diners to enjoy each other’s company. The serving sizes are just right and the beverage and dining options are outstanding. We look forward to returning for another extraordinary experience. Thanks Buttonwood!

SN
New England
71 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, Fabulous
Everything from food to staff

MW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the whole fish and corn bread!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good with our kids and great food!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy , friendly & delicious neighborhood place to dine with friends and family.