Abby Lane

4.3
1443 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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New England
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot for a meal before a show at the Wilbur. Love the sizeable glasses of Cava they pour.

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SR
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very close to Emerson Cutler theater - which was just what we were looking for. Booking recommended My roasted avocado salad was heavy on the crispy topping and the bacon would have been better in smaller pieces but generally tasted good. My partner's burger was good. Great coffee and service. We will go again

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

We were seated upstairs. It was so noisy that people were actually shouting to one another to be heard.

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

Perfect spot for pre-theater bite, as they have small plates as well as larger entrees. Casual and not too pricey.
Very friendly and helpful waiter - she made a few trips to the bar just to get us the right information.

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KS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect for pre-theatre dinner. Food was good and family friendly. Glad we made reservation. Got a great table!

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a
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect place for pre-theater lunch if you keep to the sandwich and salad offerings. Otherwise, an expensive lunch.

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

Great before show dinner location. We arrived late but were promptly seated at a table near the kitchen. Our waiter was suburb, recommending dishes, drinks, etc. One of us couldn't decide between a draft beer or cider, so he encouraged her to try the beer and if she didn't like it, then go to the cider instead. He brought her a draft beer that wasn't to her liking, so he took it off the bill and brought the cider. I will be returning here next time I've got a show in the neighborhood!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice place to go before or after a show. We just had appetizers and drinks, the sangria was good, my drink was too strong to taste like much else but rum. The baked Brie was good but the nachos were lame. Our server was great.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Stopped here for dinner prior to a show. Food was great, convenient and service was excellent.

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b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant atmosphere, very good food and friendly service

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LE
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Located across the street from the Wilbur theater , which was where we were attending a show, it was
the perfect spot for a bite. Great atmosphere and menu. Would highly recommend for anytime ... but especially if you are attending a show. Easy parking in the Tremont St. garage and short walk to restaurant and several theaters right there !

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LB
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

-Great server- perfect for pre- theater-everything we ate was very good- very busy- pretty noisy-we would definitely go back

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LR
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great spot to have dinner before going to the theater!

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G
New England
36 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent drinks and amazing burgers...juicy and cooked perfectly! The donuts are a must for dessert!

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SH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Abby Lane was an ideal destination post a Boch Center show. The Host/Hostess were terrific in accommodating a delayed arrival due to our show running late. Nachos app was phenomenal. Burgers, fried chicken and onion soup were all superb.

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EH
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal at Abbey Lane. We had the nachos, iron skillet roasted brea, salad, and grilled salmon. It was all delicious! I especially loved the pickles. Not sure if they are homemade in house but I'd buy a barrel full if I could! The cocktails were wonderful, apply martini and the expresso martini black were made to perfection. Our water was amazing too.

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d
New England
35 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Pictures deceive....This is essentially a bar that serves food to a loud crowd. The drinks were strong and well priced but the food not good at all. Our burgers were overcooked and tasteless. Pork dish eh. The only standout was the falafel appetizer. Quite disappointing but for its very convenient location in the theatre district.

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Loud but overall good atmosphere and great food. Something for ever in our group.

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LG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food, service and promptness were outstanding. We stuck to burgers and sandwiches and gluten free and everything was delicious. A bit more of a sports bar vibe than I expected but that was okay too, for us. Convenient to a number of theatres. Would definitely come again and try other dishes.

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LH
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always great. Super fresh and delicious. Wait staff is also very helpful and attentive.

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HD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is my favorite place to meet for a bite and cocktail before a show. The jalapeno burger was perfect - the fries were crunchy and the Malbec was lovely. So was our server.

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PM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and we were not disappointed .Great service and the food was excellent

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KA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so pleased with our choice to eat at Abby Lane prior to the Dean Lewis show at the Royale. We had never been to your restaurant before and were VERY happy with the food, the wine and especially the service. We sat near the fireplace which was just awesome. Thank you for making our night even more special!!!

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JS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great pre or post show dinner location! I always suggest it to anyone who is in the area.

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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great meal pre concert. Good beer and all enjoyed the meal!!

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JY
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Don’t have a lot of Boston dining experience but Abbey Lane couldn’t have been more convenient to our concert at the Schubert Theater and our room at the Marriott (Courtyard Dowtown) right next door.

Exceptional Old Fashioned at upstairs bar w fresh orange peel. Bib lettuce salad outstanding. Duck with fettuccine had a little too sharp and piquant broccolini for my taste but overall yummy. Service great, they know they are serving theater-goers.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a nice restaurant; attractive surroundings and very clean. There are plenty of food choices on the menu. There were three of us dining, and we were all happy with our meal selections, except the timing could have been better. Two plates came out and the third was...delayed...a bit. Friendly service, reasonable prices and great location. I would definitely recommend to others.

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k
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes.. Service was well-timed and friendly.

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k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience not my first time - but the first time for my guest! He loved and is looking forward to going back.

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TD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

I write reviews only when I have a good experience at a restaurant. But you asked, so I'm writing. We did not have a good experience at Abby Lane. We requested the chef's table. Any restaurant that promotes a chef's table does so because it will be a fun experience for the customer and they'll be able to watch the talented chefs and cooks prepare the food. What we saw was a very disengaged expediter who stared out at patrons with his chin in his hands while food sat on plates under a heat lamp; he didn't even remove his hand from under his chin to stifle his numerous yawns. We also saw wait staff leaning over the those plates of food while chatting with the expediter; one woman's hair was about an inch off the top of a burger bun, and another was talking over a plate of food. Apparently, there is a shelf under the chef's table, right by customers' legs, where the wait staff like to keep cold drinks and snacks, because one server kept grabbing a cup from the shelf and drinking from it; I also saw her eat something. She was inches away from me. She did it several times. It was rude and sloppy. I understand wait staff get thirsty and hungry. But they really should wait until they're on break. They should not be eating and drinking at the same table as their customers. As for the food, there is nothing special about it at all, except for the grossly inflated prices. I got chicken. It was very dry. I asked the server for some mustard. She brought me a small cup containing what I thought was mustard, since that's what I asked for. I dipped a piece of chicken into it and then into my mouth, only to find out that it was horseradish. I thought my nose was going to fall off. The person I was with said his food was "OK." I will pay top money for top-quality food. But this was horrible. There was nothing about the food or atmosphere that warranted the prices charged. I will never go back.

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SR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ended sitting at the bar. Food and Drinks were outstanding. We let the bartender create drinks for us. Each one different and outstanding

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New England
89 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

It is rare that I write a bad review, I prefer to highlight those exceptional nights out and give considerate restaurants the credit and recognition they deserve. BUT, this restaurant is just such an unfortunate waste of space. The food was marginally inedible. WHY, in the theatre district can't they just create a few good "pre theatre" offerings and make decent drinks (don't TRY to be creative) It is so discouraging to think a place would serve such excuses for food! Granted, my bibb salad was delicious, but I shudder to think how it might have been drowned in dressing had I not asked for it on the side. Just an all around place to avoid until they get a chef or better management or both.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This was not the venue to celebrate our anniversary. It was, however, a good place to have a quick bite and drink while waiting for showtime in the theater district. It was hamburger and grilled chicken time although the beer on tap was superb. And our server was quite attentive.

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LD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there with my daughter. We had the duck and Mac and cheese. Both plates were excellent. The service was great. It was my daughters first time there and she loved it. We will definitely be back. Thanks.

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d
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to the theater district and only want to walk 100 ft to every venue? Also want awesome service and yummy food? Abby Lane has figured it out. I will definitely go again.

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NC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had heard good things, but overall this was not a great dinner out. Our server had zero personality and was almost rude at times. We got seated at a crappy table in the corner on 2nd floor that wobbled continuously. There was also a private event going on upstairs that was very loud. The $22 mac and cheese ($22, really?) was 75% cheese and 25% pasta. Kinda disgusting. At the end of our meals, we ordered two (of the three) dessert items and both were bad. (I should mention that we were asked if we just wanted to order dessert or did we actually need to see the dessert menu. Yes, yes in fact, we did need a menu since we didn't know what they offered. Sorry to make you walk somewhere and bring us back a menu.) The doughnuts had no flavor and the three dipping sauces were all cold and weird - - peanut butter? raspberry? the third one?? The other dessert sounded promising - vanilla ice cream with a salted pretzel cone. We were served a dish of what looked like DQ vanilla ice cream. When we asked for the cone, the food delivery woman had no idea what we meant. "It's ice cream? You want a cone? It's in a bowl?" Thankfully she went to the kitchen to get our missing cone - - and returned with a plain cake cone. The most basic, boring plain ice cream cone that exists. It even had the little blue and pink wrapper on it. Our server asked how things were going, and we mentioned this, but to no avail. It's like no one there had ever read the dessert description. Maybe we made it up?

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Menu very small. Service slow. Fish in sandwich
Over cooked. French fries really good.

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
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 on February 16, 2019
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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

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

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