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Buttonwood, Newton, MA

Buttonwood

4.8
4.8
615 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 928-5771

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Trevor Mozzer

  • Neighborhood

    Newton

  • Cross street

    Columbus St.

  • Parking details

    In addition to metered street parking, there is also a municipal lot located across Lincoln St - both of these parking options are free after 6pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday.

  • Public transit

    We are located on the Green "D" Line - Newton Highlands stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 615 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston Suburbs

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Boston Suburbs

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    No waiter was assigned to our table. After 20 minutes we had to find one and after that had to flag people down. The only time they came was to clear our dishes to move us along and take the check. The transition does not seem to be going smooth.
  2. L

    Lrb1

    New England

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food salad was wonderful burger was delish Server was friendly and smart Great vibe
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Overall terrific. Fantastic modules en frites. Great cornbread skillet. Carrot entree was not to my liking but my friend liked it. Very short dessert menu could use another offering or two.
  4. RT

    RT12345

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything here is perfect, casual but great food. Service impeccable, vibe is fun and music is well selected to match the energy
  5. N

    Newtonite

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was superb. There is a nice local vibe. The wait staff started to take away our food before we were completely finished. We said we wanted to finish but they had taken the utensils so we couldn't. This wasn't a huge deal.
  6. NA

    NotAComplainer

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was excellent and the wait staff attentive- although there was a very long delay in getting our drink. No bread was served with our drinking. The restaurant looked a bit tired and the floor needed to be swept under some tables.
  7. V

    Visconde

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good food, excellent service, nice ambience except for the noise level. I definitely recommend Buttonwood!
  8. JL

    JimL

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Interesting, full-flavored dishes...looking forward to the opening of the outdoor tables.
  9. P

    Patti

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great burger and fantastic fries. Comfortable spot.
  10. D

    Dania

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love this gem of a restaurant. We are from California & this has been a go to of ours when we visit our son who is a Boston College student. Everything is incredible but we always start with the delicious fries, cauliflower and Greek salad.
  11. KL

    KarenL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a great time and were served well, the one kitchen mistake was made right with grace. Would return!
  12. SM

    SMC39reviews

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent pasta,salads, Icelandic cod, and as always the burgers! Always good to see Nathan & Matt.
  13. JZ

    JudyZ

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Buttonwood never disappoints! Good food, friendly service and lively vibe!
  14. WF

    WabanFoodie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Limited menu. Flavour was good maybe a bit too strong / salty. Nice little neighbourhood restaurant.
  15. B

    Barnie

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never fails to impress. The food (I had duckling, five stars), the service, the general manager (whose personality and "extra step" attention makes one want to return again and again.
  16. AH

    AlysaH

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, patient and kind staff. Food is amazing!
  17. LL

    LisaL

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I think something was off last night. The wait staff was just OK and the Dodd was eh. I felt like I could have had that meal anywhere. The value wasn’t there and the menu sucked. Really bad options nothing I wanted to actually eat. No energy out into the meal just OK.
  18. BF

    BostonFoodie

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Prices are a bit high. Some dishes are executed well (e.g., mussels), while others could be a bit better (e.g., duck confit portion was small and it lacked a sauce).
  19. JR

    JenniferR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best dinner out in a long time. The food was amazing. The portions were good size but not huge which was perfect and saved room for desert! We had the burger, chicken and duck and all got rave reviews. Will definitely return.
  20. B

    Barnie

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST. Can't go wrong. Everything is outstanding.
  21. AB

    AjBern

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    First visit, staff was great, service was excellent, wings were superb, bolognese really good and duck was just right. Definitely a good to place for a neighborhood feel with good food and friends
  22. PR

    PeggyR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves although the music was a bit loud for our ears. Buttonwood is a fabulous restaurant!
  23. A

    Artemis

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always
  24. JS

    JanetS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food and great service with a friendly and casual vibe. Phenomenal waitstaff who was super helpful. Will definitely return!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, cocktails and service! Angelle was exceptional with her service and wine recommendations
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing everything!!!
  27. EG

    EllenG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went to Buttonwood for our anniversary dinner and it was WONDERFUL! The server met us with bubbly to celebrate and we had perhaps some of the most amazing cornbread (among other things) that we've ever had. The mussels & venison stew were delightful, and we rounded out with some sorbet. By the time we left, most tables were full and there was a nice buzz but not at all overwhelming to enjoy conversation & company. We enjoyed every moment, and appreciated not being rushed at all and having just the right amount of check-ins & kind service. Go and enjoy Buttonwood!
  28. BC

    BeverlyC

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant with some interesting flavors....great drinks too.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant in Newton!
  30. LM

    LaurenM

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a lovey restaurant with excellent food. Perfect for a date night. Great lighting, appealing menu. All the yes.
  31. P

    Pamness

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ultimate neighborhood restaurant. Had the chicken wings, burger (always a winner) and the salmon along with stuffed mushrooms, seriously tasty and the dates. The citrus salad with fennel and watercress is a personal favorite. Outstanding service.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and all the wait staff was excellent. We had the mussels, salmon, stuffed mushrooms, gemelli, whipped feta and the cod croquettes. It was terrific. Our glasses stayed filled and when we wanted some bread to get every last drop of the amazing mussel broth, they brought us some grilled bread which was perfect. The restaurant has a nice neighborhood feel. We were friends who had not gone out to a restaurant in a while and it was nice to be allowed to linger.
  33. NN

    NancyN

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food are always outstanding at the Buttonwood. High end food and drink with a friendly local feel. They're incredibly consistent! We highly recommend it.
  34. JB

    JacquiBl

    New England

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently amazing! We love the servers, the food, and the owners!
  35. SC

    SuzyChapstick

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Service was great. The wings were delicious. My salmon was undercooked and raw such that the server had to take it off the bill. When I ordered it I was told it would be cooked medium. We also received our food well after a table that ordered after us.
  36. BW

    BenW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and staff, a wonderful place to dine!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food - from the wings and feta cheese spread to the burger. Everything was delicious. They seemed to be short staffed and so a bit delayed with service, but people were friendly and helpful. This is the second time I’ve been here and will keep coming back.
  38. SN

    SNOOKIE

    New England

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always fabulous food and just as fabulous service!!! Great and intimate dining.
  39. PR

    PR13

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and ambience. Not to be missed!
  40. C

    Carol

    New England

    136 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    136 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Covid has forced restaurants to alter menus. Buttonwood now has a very limited wine list and menu. The duck rilettes were really good but burger was meh. It was hard to choose what to eat if you don’t want the usual chicken, salmon, burger, etc. Sat at the bar and service was good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Buttonwood is rated 4.8 stars by 615 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Buttonwood

51 Lincoln Street Newton, MA 02461

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus St.

  • Neighborhood

    Newton

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    In addition to metered street parking, there is also a municipal lot located across Lincoln St - both of these parking options are free after 6pm Monday-Saturday and all day Sunday.

  • Public transit

    We are located on the Green "D" Line - Newton Highlands stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Trevor Mozzer

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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