Abby Lane

4.3
1406 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Conveniently located in Boston’s Theater District, Abby Lane Food & Spirits sits directly across from the Wang Theater/Citi Performing Arts Center. We are open daily for both lunch and dinner service.

We're a neighborhood restaurant with a focus on approachability, affordability and excellent service and cater to both guests visiting the Theater District as well as residents of the local community. Our promise is to provide our guests with a restaurant that consistently produces delicious handcrafted food and spirits at reasonable prices. Our guests will experience great service and hospitality in a fun and family-friendly environment.
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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was mediocre. The waitress was friendly. The service was initially good, but our entrees took a long time to come. There seemed to be an event in the corner involving staff, so at times there were no waitstaff walking around. The place was fairly empty but ambiance and decor were nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great as was the value...location was key as we stayed at the Marriott to see a show at the Charles St theater...

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New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was ok...just a little lack luster. Great for a quick burger and fries.

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PE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great dinner. Will definitely go back. Went there before a show at the Boston Opera House. Had a great ambiance.

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SO
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s rare when you find a restaurant where EVERY food item you order just tastes sooo good. That was the case for us Saturday night at Abby Lane. Thanks!

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DE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David was an incredible server. What a delight. And the food was great!
Great value for downtown. Perfect for a great after theater dinner. Not far from the Opera House.
WE thank you for a great time!

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MH
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service, super fast & the food was great. There’s a first floor which seemed more causal, then the upstairs were we ate, had a cooler and fancier vibe.

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great. We were accommodated even though we were late. The mussels were the best! Perhaps the city's best.

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RC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Had high hopes for this place after reading reviews, but we thought the two items we had seen recommended—the nachos and the donuts—were just OK. The nachos were what I’d call “high end,” and they were kind of dry and the chorizo was bland. The donuts would have benefitted from fruit toppings instead of ice cream. It’s a noisy and fairly cramped spot. On the plus side, our server was very good.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was cold and service was really lacking. I’d recommend it only because it’s right by the theater but if it weren’t, I wouldn’t recommend it.

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JR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent (Filet Mignon, Ahi Tuna composed entrees) as was our waitress. The problem was seating. My wife has a bad back and can't sit at high tables, which was the majority of the seating. There was no indication of this on Open Table. Even though there were multiple standard height tables available, with others due to clear soon, we were told we would have to wait for 30 to 45 minutes for a low table. We arrived early (25minutes), and there were several tables for four open, they were holding those for reservations of four that hadn't arrive yet. They wouldn't seat us at those tables as there were only two of us. To make it worse, all of the seats to sit in to wait were the high style seats in the bar area. We had to enlist the restaurant manager and get very irate to get seated. We recommended that they change their Open Table set-up to separately indicate seating for high and low style tables like a number of other restaurants. In the meantime, I highly recommend calling ahead and specifying your requirement for a low table.

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EK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for pre-or post theater dining...Service is always friendly and helpful...plus you get a discount if you show your tix! We ate at the counter cause it is a little noisy. I had a bowl of onion soup, which was delicious! Will definitely go back.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service

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EM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was good in general, but seemed like the servers were rushing us at out. They asked if I'm done with my food when I had a mouth full and there was still food on my plate! Also, the way they have set the tables makes it impossible for people and even waiters to walk behind you without banging into your chair hitting their stuff to your head. Also they don't have a coat check and we were sitting on the lower chairs so my jacket was touching the floor from back of my chair. Don't recommend it for romantic dates at all. Maybe good enough for a dinner with friends.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was very quick and easy; server asked right away if we were headed to a show to be sensitive to our time. The only negative was that the tables are VERY close together. Food was amazing.

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SI
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our experience at Abby Lane! The service was great and drinks and food were phenomenal. The nachos are incredible! This was our second time and we can not wait to go back. It is out new spot when in town for a show!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater dinner was delicious!

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c
New England
27 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and drink selections. Best flour free chocolate cake I have ever had!!!

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SG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brie appetizer was delicious! I also had the Avocado BLT which I highly recommend. Our Server asked us right up front if we were seeing a show (we were), and gauged how much time we had before we needed to leave. I would definitely go back to Abby Lane.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant, service was outstanding! Portions great

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a nice place to grab a meal before a show at The Wilbur. Food was good, pricey but good. Drinks were fabulous as was the service. The staff was great!

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. I love the small plates because you can try a number of tasty treats! We shared the felafels and the baked brie. Both were delicious. And save room for the warm cinnamon doughnuts for dessert. They are freshmade, pillow-y, light-as-air, little balls of joy with not 1, not 2, but 3 dipping sauces!

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d
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was enduring, the food was magnificient and the waitress was not only helpful but concern about us, the atmosphere was crowded and loud. Definitely, a place to try. Recommend reservations.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Moms night out was a success! I got the “Shut the front door” for a drink and it was wonderful. The fried chicken entree was perfection especially on a blistering cold winter night!

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PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for dinner before show at the Wilbur. Tasty food and great service. Fun atmosphere in the city.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous! Delicious food. Had a great dining experience

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CG
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They were nice. Allowed me to have the table I asked for, which was roomy and away from the front door drafts as I had older ladies with me and I myself get cold easily as well. The waitress gave us time to order not rushing us to order or to leave, able to take our time to eat and enjoy our meal and good sized portions we were able to take some food home. Yum!

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PM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to meet for lunch with theater plans. Food is tasty, prices reasonable and service attentive but not overly so.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we had reservations, the hostess attempted to seat us at a tiny table in the doorway. She found us another table upon request. Everything else was wonderful.

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RH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks, efficient and friendly service got us to the show on time.

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JO
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Recommend for convenience to theatre, drinks, and burgers. Our waitress was great.

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food. Nice ambiance. Nachos were really good with fresh ingredients. The duck was fantastic. Perfect location for going to a show.

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous - especially the Strawberry Daiguiri!!! YUM! Food was good, large portions. Our waitress was wonderful! Highly recommend! Next time we thought we would just order just drinks and appetizers!
Nachos were great!!!

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was excellent and entertaining.Wait time for food was short.The quantity and quality was awesome.
Thank You

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous pkace service excellent fiod superb pork tenderloin turnip. location so convenient. Highly recommended

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful time, our meal was fantastic. We met people sitting next to us and everyone was so happy. The only (small) thing was the noise factor, it seemed very load but we will be back for sure!

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KB
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was great and the food was delicious. My filet was cooked to perfection

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The fried chicken was outstanding, and all enjoyed their meal.

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