Abby Lane

4.2
1243 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Monday &Tuesday, 11:30AM-12AM
Wednesday & Thursday, 11:30AM-1AM
Friday & Saturday, 11:30AM-2AM
Sunday, 11:30AM-12AM

Kitchen Hours:
Sunday-Thursday, 11:30am-10pm
Friday & Saturday, 11:30am - Midnight

Late Night Menu:
Friday & Saturday, 11PM-Midnight
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Phone number
(617) 451-2229
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Santos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Stuart St.
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Parking details
Parking is available at a wide-variety of parking garages located around our location.
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Public transit
We are located directly across the street from the Tufts Medical Center subway stop on the orange line.
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Entertainment
Every Wednesday night in our upstairs lounge we have live music with music sensation Louie Bello! From 8-10PM, enjoy Pop, R&B, and so much more.

For more information: http://www.abbylaneboston.com/flyers/Louie.jpg
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Special events & promotions
Abby Lane is perfect for:
Cocktail Receptions
Large Banquets
Business Meetings
Private Dining
Corporate Functions
Special Events
Rehearsal Dinners
Birthday Parties
Retirement Parties
Fundraisers
Holiday Parties
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

Private Dining

We pride ourselves on our personalized service and attention to detail whether it be a corporate function or cocktail party. We can accommodate your needs for any occasion by offering a variety of catering packages along with entertainment options.

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What 1243 People Are Saying
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RS
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was quite bad. Salad was severely overdressed and inedible. Steak was overseasoned. This was mentioned to the server who basically shrugged.

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New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was pretty ok - nothing spectacular, but not bad. Sandwiches were priced well, regular meals and apps were a little pricey. Had a chicken burger, partner had a regular burger. Both were just ok. Good spot if you’re going to a show at the Wilbur.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dinner pre show Sunday night with a girlfriend. Had the swordfish which was excellent and a nice portion. Friend had a salad with added salmon, also ample portion. Also had burrata, a little pricey but ok. Waitress pleasant and they got us out of their in plenty of time for the 7 pm show.

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KT
New England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Abby Lane is the perfect spot for before the theater.

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AF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First time visiting Abby Lane. We were in Boston for our wedding anniversary. The quality of the food is excellent but prices are kind of high. I understand it's Boston vs where I am from so don't let my judgment on price be a deterrent. The service was great and they held our table even though we were over 20 minutes late. I would definitely go back again if I was in the area.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food at Abby Lane was just okay, but not great. We dined before a show, and the service was very efficient - they got us in and out quickly. Noise level a bit too loud for our group. I would call this more of a young people's hangout than appropriate for a dinner where you want to have a real conversation. The polenta fries, which I was looking forward to, were served with a bland marinara sauce - boring, and the fries didn't have much flavor.

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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very noisy; a little slow. Very nice people, and good food.

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CP
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food. They worked with me on food intolerances and did a great job.

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JD
New England
48 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Been There Many times great place to grab a drink and I bite before the show.

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j
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for pre theater. Cute decor. Delicious food. Very cool craft cocktails!

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KW
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I stopped in for a quick bite prior to seeing Hamilton. Our server (wish I could remember his name, but he reminded me of a young Michael C. Hall!) was incredibly warm, knowledgeable, and personable. Food was delicious and the drink selection was good. Highly recommend Abby Lane!

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B
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything very good and loved the polenta fries. Our waiter, Sky, was terrific.
Great place before a show.

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TM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Arrived exactly 15 minutes late, reservation already cancelled due to "unexpected volume". However NOBODY was waiting to be seated when I walked right up to the hostess podium to let them know I was there. "Oh, I just called you to cancel, she said." Suddenly, "I'll have a table in 5 or 10 minutes." Wouldn't call that overbooked. After ordering it took 45 minutes for meal to come. NOT ONCE did the waitress check in with any update. She cleared the one surrounding table that actually got food, and slid by with back turned. It was then I realized, that basically every party seated had NO FOOD on their tables. Then our meals were delivered to wrong table, and hustled to ours by another waitress. The original waitress finally stopped by, when I asked what the kitchen issue was? "I don't know this never happens." I replied, "it's not good for repeat business." Hostess was rude, waitress was impersonal and vague, gave a half hearted sorry for the long wait. SORRY NO TIP FOR YOU. If she had checked in once or as most good waitresses do, checked in with the kitchen to see why NO MEALS were coming out, or offered to take at the very least our soft drinks off the bill, I would've tipped. I'm always an overly generous tipper. This entire situation warranted no tip or repeat business. I wouldn't go to Abby Lane especially if you have a theater event to get to on time. Had to scoff down the just ok meal and run for our show when we were there 90 minutes before our show just across the street. We literally just got in our seats before the show started because of a totally mismanaged restaurant staff.

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TK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. We almost missed our show. A drink took 20 minutes to get and food almost an hour.

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CB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted some place close to the theatre. I made a res online through Open Table. We were running late, but we called and they saved our table. Great food, service and location!

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DL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our group was visiting from out of town and Abby was near our hotel. Do we made a reservation for 8:30 and were seated promptly. All of us enjoyed our selections and our server was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely go back if I’m in the area again. Good value,

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SM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Chicken burgers tad spicy. Loved our fun waiter. Noise level bit much. Location perfect for Want Theatre. Suzanne Meier

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a
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Theater district restaurant, service was a little slow and my hanger steak was very spicy. OK overall.

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CM
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I visited Abby Lane in September 2018 for a pre-theater dinner with friends. Wine was excellent, and a curried cauliflower hummus appetizer was delicious. My friend was not excited about her grilled avocado salad. My chicken burger hit the spot (and fries were amazing). Even though the restaurant was full, the music was too loud, and I found the many television screens to be distracting. Why does every restaurant have to feel like a sports bar? I found the menu to be somewhat limited, but worked well before theater.

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to a show next door and decided to have dinner here. The Nachos were so tasty !

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I have gone there twice in the past 6-7 years. I have to say, the food wasn't as good as it was years ago when we went for the first and second time. We enjoyed it so much those times and were very disappointed this time. We might go back again but we aren't sure. I'm sad to say this because the other times we went we gave a raving review.

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined on a Thursday night.
Ellie was our server and she did a fantastic job.
We tried several of the creative drinks in which we found all tasty and imaginative.
It wasn’t that busy due to the theatre productions not being on but that was great because it wasn’t noisy.
We had a few starters and thryall came out in a timely manner.
I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family had dinner before a play. The restaurant is beautiful with a great lounge area and bar upstairs. We were all pleased
With our entrees and finished the dinner with their delightful donuts. A wonderful place for friends and families.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

They served us burnt hush puppies. Gross!! Waiter was on a rush and had ZERO personality. Never again

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DF
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was a little pricey to taste just average. The drinks were definitely overpriced. Our server seemed to lack experience as she wasn't very attentive. Overall, I would say this restaurant is just average but it is very convenient if you are going to a show in the Theater District.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious and service was great. This is the 3rd time I have been here and the service is always consistent as well as the food.

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New England
130 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is always great, nice selection of beer. Only thing wrong here are the tremendously uncomfortable seats. Hope they take care of that.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was above average. Drinks were good. Wine list was limited. Only negative was our server had far too many tables to manage (we counted 7). We had to wait for service or try to catch her attention a few times (I hate having to do that).

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DD
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met friends for dinner pre-theatre, service was friendly, our server was very helpful in suggesting choices. Food was excellent, desert was even better. Great experience, I would definitely go back to Abby Lane.

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GG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We ate here before a show and it was the right blend of casual, great service, and good food!

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! Best hummus I’ve ever had. The donuts for dessert were sooo good!

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M
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We wanted to try out a new-to-us restaurant before seeing a show in the Theater District, so we decided to give Abby Lane a try because it had such a high rating! One thing to note is that some of the seating is VERY tight together (there's a series of high-top tables with a long couch/bench on one side and chairs on the other) - I found it a little tricky to get to my seat without knocking things off someone else's table, to be honest. This also affected the noise level - you were right on top of everyone's conversations, and it was very difficult to hear my dining companion.

HOWEVER...the food was *excellent* and totally worth the trip. The steak & cheese hush puppies - which our server told us people either love or can't stand - were absolutely amazing and even given a big thumbs up by my Southern dining partner. My swordfish was a hearty portion and beautifully cooked, and the Cubano sandwich was a hit. We went for the warm doughnut dessert, and it was the perfect end to the meal.

If you like a quieter atmosphere, try going after the theater crowd leaves - it was much quieter by the time we walked out the door for our show.

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PG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

This place is definitely geared toward pre theater—it was loud and the food was mediocre but the service was good. With all the options in Boston, I would not chose to go here again.

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good very close to theaters would eat here sgain

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JS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reliable and convenient pre-theater place.

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d
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We've been here before and enjoyed the food but this time I was disappointed. I ordered the salmon which was bland, and the spinach and polenta fries were overcooked, not as good as the description sounded. My husband's short rib fettuccine was tasty but the overall vibe was just "meh".

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CH
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant! Food, beverages and service excellent!

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E
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I always go there before a show, but this time it was ridiculous how much the server rushed us- making us order before we were ready, coming back 1-15 times to tell us how busy the kitchen was, would not let us order an app and then dinner, we had to do bothat once...we had an hour and a half before our show, so I think we were fine. In addition, the food came out right on top of each other.
I understand wanting to flip tables, but come on...

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Our food was cold and it took a very long time to arrive. The table next to us ordered and received their food before we even got our soups (that were served cold).

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J
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pre-theater light dinner. Drinks and dessert interesting. We were not disappointed.

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