If food is family, then Buttercup in Natick is the reunion you’ve been looking forward to. Owned and operated by a husband and wife team, the rustic restaurant charms with contemporary dishes served on somebody’s grandmother’s china to create a warm atmosphere where you can dine on local farm-to-table goodies.
Buttercup brings New American cuisine via New England farms, meaning their selections are always seasonal and always changing. The menu reads simply in three sections, starting appropriately with To Begin, which highlights seasonal vegetables with fresh, full-flavored preparations that won’t make you feel like you’ve skipped a course. Entrees reside in the To Continue section, with everything from homemade pasta to locally caught seafood, keeping the theme of wringing lots of flavor from a few ingredients. If you’re nervous about not getting quite enough (or want something to share for the table), the To Accompany section rounds out the menu with a few craveable, shareable snacks.
The room glows with antique lights, and white tablecloths lend a casual elegance to the laid-back atmosphere. Buttercup is a neighborhood restaurant, both charming and unpretentious, with rolled-up kitchen towels used for napkins and Mason jars doubling as water glasses and candle holders.
If you’re looking for something stronger, Buttercup boasts a full bar. Red, white, and sparkling wines are available from a small and moderately-priced list, with by-the-glass and full bottle selections from a thoughtful selection of both Old and New World picks. Rosé flows all day in the summertime, and the house-made cocktails change with the seasons. Beers are crafty and plentiful, mixing in a couple of small local ciders and brews with more recognizable names.
The Buttercup kitchen offers catering and special menus for private events, which can be booked in the dining room, bar, or on the outdoor patio.
13 W Central Street
Natick, MA 01760