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Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard, Watertown, MA

Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard

4.5
4.5
388 Reviews
$50 and over
Southern
Drawing on the South’s trademark charm, the restaurant offers a vibrant, cozy atmosphere with an innovative American menu featuring Southern-influences. Santos channels his love of New Orleans and all things Southern to transport guests to the Bayou by way of Buttermilk & Bourbon. Visit us in the heart of Boston's Back Bay and coming soon a new location in Arsenal Yards in Watertown, MA!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southern

  • Phone number

    (857) 760-7128

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jason Santos

  • Neighborhood

    Watertown

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 388 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DM

    DaleM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We were a party of five seated at a table for 4. We ordered about 8 dishes. They all arrived within about 4minutes. Not a leisurely pace.
  2. R

    Rureviw

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food! Server was very nice, needed to be Reminded a couple times of things we had ordered but I think she was busy with other tables. We sat outside. the couches could’ve used some cleaning and a lint roller because there was pet hair on it and stains -otherwise the food was great and drinks were good too!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was good food
  4. SM

    SamanthaM

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My sister was visiting from Arizona, she specifically requested a trip to Buttermilk & Bourbons. We been before & were just as amazed as past experiences! Scrumptious food which is easy to share & fun cocktails! One of our top spots for sure!!
  5. J

    Jackie

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was even better than I thought it would be. New Orleans-style tapas but a little on the larger side. The food was really delicious and drinks were strong. The patio is wonderful as well.
  6. B

    emmyB

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Lovely outdoor dining area.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shreveport

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and fantastic service!
  8. l

    lene

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous and the service spectacular dining on the Patio.
  9. L

    Lucy

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We tried the restaurant for the first time on a holiday. Buttermilk and Bourbon has a wonderful, lively atmosphere. Staff and patrons were very friendly. Food is tapas-style, so would recommend 4 or 5 choices to be sure you are satiated. Food also tends to be hot/spicy, so beware if this is an issue for you. Food was very very good. Will definitely go again.
  10. C

    Chanigan

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is very interesting and the food is very tasty. Love their signature buttermilk biscuits, but the fried beignet is out of this world.
  11. LW

    LorettaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food, great ambiance, fair prices, adequate portions, delicious drinks.
  12. m

    mjboston

    New England

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Not at all impressed by the menu offerings. Heavy food makes up the bulk of the menu, which is seriously lacking any clean veg or low-fat protein. It was difficult to eat even a little healthy. I can’t recall another menu with so few light choices - and I eat out twice a week. What restaurant doesn’t have a mixed green salad on its menu?
  13. T

    Tsac

    New England

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great - waiter had good recommendations - the blackened octopus is delicious. As was everything. Obviously, you can't skip the biscuits. To die for!!
  14. KP

    KarleenP

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    2nd time at this spot and did not disappoint. The food and drinks are amazing. The staff was very friendly and the food came out quickly. I love the way they present the food everything is on point! Would definitely recommend and will be going back!
  15. M

    Merriment

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for date night. We tried the mussels, fried chicken thighs, beet salad, and baked brie. All were delicious and well-balanced dishes perfectly made for sharing. 4 plates for two people was just about right. For those who have a strong preference, their fried chicken is the shatteringly crispy type rather than the thicker softer breading style. The beet salad was my favorite, my girlfriend liked the mussels best, but choosing favorites was tough! Also tried two of their cocktails- the Smokey Dame was too sweet to be versatile in my opinion but paired well with the mussels. The Cher had enough tang to pair pretty well with everything we tried. Some have complained about the noise level for this location, but we sat outdoors and found it was quiet out there. The ambience with the lights and such was nice as well
  16. AW

    AlanW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Nice ambiance. Attentive, prompt service.
  17. AG

    AlexanderG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love the menu and the vibe. Drink menu is also great!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    It was a nice time for lunch. First time there definitely will be back again. The waiter was fantastic nice environment
  19. DF

    DanielF

    Fort Lauderdale

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was awesome!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appreciated the upscale and casual atmosphere. Waitstaff were friendly and eager to help. Food was excellent!
  21. CG

    ChrisG

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Buttermilk & Bourbon specializes in small sharable plates of creative, high-end comfort food with delicious drinks. The fried chicken (served Nashville Hot) is particularly good. Make sure to come hungry!
  22. SN

    StefanN

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Have eaten at the Boston location but this was our first time at the Watertown spot. We were a party of 5 there for a birthday and we were crammed into a table for 4 with a 5th seat placed to the side of the table. 4 of us are over 6’ tall and to say the seating was tight would be an understatement. The person seated in that 5th seat had no leg room due to the way the table legs were situated, and was pretty much in the aisle where the servers came / went. When we sat down we asked the hostess if there was another option for seating but she sort of looked away / walked away without answering. The waiter was great and the food excellent but the lack of common sense in seating us and then the hostess disappearing after we asked for another table was disappointing.
  23. Y

    Yumyum

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The food was delicious, and drinks were tasty. Our main issue was with the service; wait staff seemed overwhelmed. One of our orders took almost 40 minutes to arrive, and we didn't receive the dessert we had ordered. I would definitely recommend this place for the amazing food, but don't plan on going if you're short on time and patience.
  24. D

    Dina

    New England

    28 reviews

    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Mixed reviews on the food and restaurant in general. I have eaten at their Boston Restaurant and this is NOTHING like it. Very interesting menu of what I would call heart attack food. Our waiter was terrific and answered all our questions and made suggestions. There were 4 of us and here is the review of what we ordered. 1) Honey glazed biscuits- nowhere near are good as we expected after reading reviews. OK, but not worth the price. Try the to die for biscuits at Sweek Cheeks in Boston. 2) Pork Bell cracklins. Good, chunks of fried pork belly, but nothing special. 3) Nashville Alligator Fries. Loved the entire dish. Spicy, crispy, delicious. 4) Vidalia Onion Dip w/ chips. Also delicious. A step above your ordinary onion dip. 5) Fried chicken wings. Also delicious. Crispy, perfect 6) Beignets for dessert. TERRIBLE. I have eaten many a beignet in Cafe DuMond in New Orleans, and these were NOT beignets. Lastly, the noise level, as others have noted, was extreme. I left with a hoarse voice from just talking across the table. I really wanted to love this B&B, but I don't.
  25. AS

    ASRO

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Tapas wham you don’t expect. Great wait staff. Outdoor dining and exquisitely spiced food.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Such an amazing menu! A lot of different options for tapas. The staff is very accommodating and welcoming! Highly recommend.
  27. HA

    HelenA

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Glad they have outdoor dining. Gas heaters spaced regularly on the ceiling made a big difference.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    5 year anniversary
  29. MM

    MonteM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such great food! The BBQ shrimp with grits is fantastic. I try to order it every visit. I still have more items to try but I'm slowly working my way around the menu and so far everything has been really good.
  30. TC

    TCap

    New England

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We had no trouble getting an outside table. Inside was packed! Our waiter was helpful and friendly. Our food came SO fast! It all arrived before my wine even came. Now that was surprising. We'd ordered 4 dishes for 2 of us and portions were generous. Outstanding were VERY spicy cauliflower, apple wedge salad, and short ribs on potato salad. My husband also loved the crunchy fried chicken thighs. We had more than enough with plenty left over. We will definitely go back again. (Plenty of parking)
  31. RO

    RonnyO

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent!!! Staff was accommodating and the place is lively!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food seemed different from the one on Newbury Street. The fried chicken thighs were flavorful to the point that no sauce was needed. The BBQ sauce that accompanied the thighs had a chocolate flavor. The noise level inside was loud. We sat in a corner; it was difficult to hear what other people were saying. The waitress was nice. The Hurricane (alcoholic drink) hit the spot.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    We had reservations and upon arrival we’re told the tables were all taken and we had to wait almost two hours. There were at least 3-4 open tables and the manager didn’t want to seat us, even though we had a heavily pregnant woman in our party. Won’t be going back.
  34. S

    Scorp1179

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant in a renovated shopping district. The food was amazing and the drinks were strong. I would definitely come back.
  35. PG

    PatriceG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every bite is a delight! I would strongly recommend this restaurant
  36. F

    Frances

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Things come out as prepared, so not great for an older or traditional crowd. All sides come out at different times. Chicken and waffles and biscuits were great along with the benedict! Everything else was ok!
  37. KD

    KarinD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Buttermilk and Bourbon was so great - fun atmosphere, amazing drinks, great service. I do wish the menu had a bit more to choose from for brunch. It was all kind of heavy food, but I really liked the shareable small plates, which made it manageable. Great prices too - I will absolutely be back again!
  38. DR

    DamarisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic, creative and flavorful food. We were very chatty until the food arrived, and then we were so focused enjoying every single bite! Definitely recommend the alligator fries!
  39. JF

    JohnF

    Naples

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Other times here were wonderful, last evening it was just okay. The cocktails were not good at all. It was quite noisy, could not hear my family on the other side of the table. And the food was not that good.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience for couples and tapas dining.

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Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard is rated 4.5 stars by 388 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 40 times today
Google Map for Buttermilk & Bourbon - Arsenal Yard

130 Arsenal Yards Blvd Watertown, MA 02472-5038

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Watertown

  • Cuisines

    Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Jason Santos

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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