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Buttonwood

4.6
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383 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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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 383 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Snnopy
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good to have a restaurant with such good food, stellar service, great ambiance and we'll be back again. Thank you to Melissa for the great service.

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vipLINS
New England
27 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most wonderful evening at Buttonwood- my first time and my friends have been there many times and so happy to go back. We had the nicest server- so patient with us- we loved all our food and drinks and wine!

Thank you, look forward to going back soon!

DM
DonnaM
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The cornbread was outstanding. The burger was excellent. Service was great. Will be going back!

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ElaineY
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s all good. Cozy, fun, interesting delicious food, friendly staff. Good wines by the glass.

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vipjnkj
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is so amazing! We had the chicken wings (the herby SAUCE!), celery root, knackwurst, all incredible! Cocktails also on point!

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vipOpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful, interesting, delicious food! Service was friendly, knowledgeable and warm. Terrific restaurant!

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Shadow
New England
43 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! My favorite spot!

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vipAphw
New England
31 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Buttonwood and we opted to sit at the cozy bar even though we had a reservation for a table. It was delightful. Had amazing service from both bartenders...especially Nate, who gave us terrific advice. Excellent food. Perfectly timed and delicious. We’ll definitely go back.

RM
RobertM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can we call it a date with a 5 month old in tow? Anyway Sunday brunch was tremendous, steak & eggs for me / chilaquiles for my wife / poutine to share. All had the signature Buttonwood flare without approaching “too much”.
Excellent Bloody Mary with House made mix and all the fixins.
Sunday Funday or a place to eat when your kid is dictating meal times, fits both needs

JZ
vipJayZee
New England
69 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive, wonderfully fresh food. A real treat from start to finish

DB
vipDanyelB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun atmosphere and very good food. I can't wait to go back to try the cocktails!

JC
vipJanetC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the people always dependable.

JD
JosephD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buttonwood is fantastic. They have a great menu and terrific drink selection. The service is wonderful. I highly recommend.

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LaurieW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time there. Food was especially well prepared. Every single dish tasted bright and flavorful, perfectly cooked. Staff is the sort of low-key friendly I especially appreciate— seamless service.

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vipLuisF
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love this restaurant; have eaten there several times. My only criticisms:

Tea water is not hot enough, by time tea steeps water is barely lukewarm. This happened twice, even after requesting a really hot pot of water.

The potato/hash pancake was way to mushy, doughy; much prefer crisper, darker.

The bacon was delivered perfectly cooked by in a literal pool of fat; some drainage would have been appreciated.

The steak however was the best I’ve ever had in a steak & eggs dish.

LF
LookingForGreatMenus
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Kind of a comfort food menu and ambiance but the food was a cut above. I haven't seen Moule Frites on a menu in a long time and it was great.

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MichaelE
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spend very good time in the Buttonwood couple of days ago. Great food, nice atmosphere, and very good service.

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Gustatorypleasures90
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Ear-splitting noise level. We ordered 4 dishes, 2 were mediocre and two were just not good. Very underwhelming food experience, and coupled with the extreme noise it made for a very underwhelming dining experience.

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vipAceB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous in every way

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vipBostonFoodie48
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening from the food to the service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always culinary gold!

LB
vipLisaB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Buttonwood never disappoints! Love the flavorful food choices and energy of the restaurant. Our server, Ben was so attentive and personable... the best!

RM
vipRogerM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and were served by an exceptional bartender named Liz! She makes an amazing Bloody Mary using the restaurant’s in-house made mix. We indulged on 4 different kinds of raw oysters, followed by a wonderful salad, blackened cod sliders, and some grilled oysters. And the Not to Forget house made chips served at the bar...they are truly addictive! We finished off the evening with a Brandy Alexander...made with fresh ground nutmeg... thanks to Liz — Thank You for a memorable evening, we’ll definitely be back real soon. All of the food and Service were excellent.

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SamS
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve already recommended Buttonwood twice before this posting. I will get the “Half Roasted Chicken” every time! Don’t even give me the menu!
The music was the perfect level, the ambiance was understated and warm/relaxing. The service was friendly without being annoying or overbearing. Totally loved the place! Perfect for my wife’s birthday. Great place to try out a new outfit and go out for a downtown type dinner right around the corner in Newton!

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vipIleneS
New England
13 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Mussels and frittes very good. My friend said her swordfish dish was also good. Brussel sprout side dish was tasty but way overpriced for the size/amount.

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vipFoodie
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the host and waitstaff were all extremely nice. Compared to some other upscale restaurants their demeanor was very refreshing. I will definitely come back.

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vipNora
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There was a baby 2 tables away who was very unhappy for a while and the parents should have taken him outside but didn’t. It was cold out so I do understand - sort of. I remember the Globe article about this issue and I know it’s not easy. Anyway it was a bit a annoying for a little while but it didn’t last. Also the wait staff who brought our plates asked me if I would like ketchup for my french fries and I said I would thank you but it never arrived. Very picky complaints (I could have asked again but didn’t bother). I love buttonwood and I loved it Wednesday night. I come often and I will continue to do so. Thanks so much!

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THOMAST
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outside, claiming an entire street corner, looked so inviting. Interior decor was quite tasteful....and then the food! Lentil soup had so many flavors, chopped beet salad was a generous portion and the stilton blue cheese and hazelnuts pulled it all together. The best dish, however, was the roasted squash with farro, with several different squashes and a spice medley that was superb!
We live almost two hours away, but hope to return to select other tasty items on the menu.

CH
vipClaudiaH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and really enjoyed both the food & drink along with the atmosphere. It's a neighborhood joint with higher end food and we always enjoy going!

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vipsushi
New England
110 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone were very attentive and delicious !

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vipRebecca
New England
83 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The service was in and out at Buttonwood which was surprising as it wasn’t too busy on a Sunday at 2 pm. Check was given us with no coffee offered and then we had to ask adding for cream and find our own sweetener. All seemed a bit odd.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a top notch experience from the host greeting, two specialty cocktails from the bartender to a fantastic dinner and service in the dining room. It’s no wonder why The Buttonwood got Rated Best Restaurant by Boston Magazine. We’re so happy your in our neighborhood, our new regular spot!

Thank you!

Kate & Chris

MA
vipMartinA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipSarasam
New England
20 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great menu, great diversity of food choices and great execution. Good vibe

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vipWWoo
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual, gastro-pub serving delicious, flavorful food. The service was excellent and attentive. All the dishes were well seasoned and executed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Buttonwood is fantastic and the food is even better.

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vipPaco
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Buttonwoods is a good neighborhood restaurant. Not sure it lives up to all the hype, however. Find Sycamore to be superior.

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Vickyk
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great restaurant - loved everything we ordered and enjoyed interacting with those who waited on us

AJ
vipAJMB
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very good brunch in a neighborhood that needs one. Well done Buttonwood!

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vipbonappetit
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, service, ambiance. A winner!! Highly recommend it.

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Buttonwood is rated 4.6 stars by 383 OpenTable diners.

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