Abby Lane

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.1
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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cocktails were amazing! I went for dinner with my boyfriend and it seemed like the menu was more fitting for lunch then dinner.

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vipKateM
New England
31 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My colleague and I really enjoyed our visit to Abby Lane. This was our first visit since the re-open. We were impressed with the safe set up. The food was great as always, been here many times. Excellent service our waiter and bartender Ran was pleasant and didn’t miss a beat.
There is something for everyone and we were really happy to see the menu hasn’t been limited as in other restaurants. The QR code app was quick and accurate on the first try. Thanks for a great experience.

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DBrown
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great overall experience. Very nice outdoor seating. Food was excellent. Tuna tartare incredible with a kick to it. Also enjoyed the crab cake. Service was top notch. Super attentive but not rushed. Will return.

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canyodl
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The first restaurant we have eaten at since the shutdown so it was a very enjoyable experience. The restaurant opens up to the outside and there are a number of tables outside so we felt very comfortable. The menu is diverse and the food was good. Great drink selection as well. Highly recommended!

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ErikaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Sat outside, food very good!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress and support staff were all amazing. They were very attentive, did a great job with cleaning and the food/drinks were delicious.

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KathleenS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice for a pre-theater dinner, especially if you're going to the Shubert. But once the place began to fill up, it was very hard to hear my friend talking...

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was super nice and accommodating, food was great, liked the vibe. Will be back.

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FLC99
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Extremely tight table spacing making it tough to het in and out of seating. No private conversations here..

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is always good. Our server was very patient as my niece arrived late so he let me take up the table and kept checking on me. Order the warm doughnuts!! So yummy!!!

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EricC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Service and food was very good. Drinks were EXCELLENT. I know "loud" is preferred these days, but how about putting in some fixtures/decorative elements to tone down the noise.

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vipBennettS
New England
133 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and atmosphere. Good for groups and pre-theater dinner.

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Dorine
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Great appetizers with tuna tartare and the fig and burrata dish. Duck was very good, plentiful and moist. Cinnamon donuts with three dips (marscapone, strawberry and chocolate sauce) were very good. Nice cocktail and wine selection.

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SuziL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time to Abby Lane. Food and service was good. Definately adding it to my post theatre plans.

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carylf
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Abby Lane is in a great spot if you are going to a show! The food was creative and delicious. Staff was cheery and aware fo show times!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-theater dinner experience was fantastic. The timing of the service was excellent. We never had to wait for anything and were never rushed. With easy parking nearby and a quick walk to everywhere in the Theater District, we will dine here again and recommend Abby Lane to friends heading into Boston to see a show.

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BarbaraM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, drinks were amazing and service was spectacular

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Winthroptraveler
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The quality of food has gone way down. The food is very bland, even the fries were not good. Raised to our server who apologized and brought it to the manager, which we witnessed. He did not care....had the server to run the card and went back to his phone. Explains a lot...

There are much better restaurants in the area, will not return.

LD
LeiaD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great ambiance for an after work dinner but few to no vegetarian options.

LW
LauraW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All 7 of us enjoyed our sandwiches. Portion sizes are very good making it a great value. Sangria is delicious- had a cinnamon flavor which was very nice. I would definitely visit again!

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viplsss
New England
62 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This was a disappointing visit - the service was pleasant albeit pretty absent - the food wasn’t hot and two of us ordered that same thing and the portions were vastly different. We’ll try it again someday, but not in the near future, so that we have enough time to forget this night.

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Lovetoeat
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great before the theater

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vipallaz
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

To our surprise food was very good . And our server was very courteous and quick

LM
LauraM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was a rainy night and due to traffic we had to change our reservation from 5:45 to 6:15. The hostess, or whomever answered the phone assisted us in doing so with ease. That alone, confirmed to me that I had made the right choice of somewhere to eat in Boston before going to the theatre. They probably get many a phone calls of that nature due to people commuting in from the suberbs! In any event, when we finally got there, although the hostess assured us that we could be seated right away and have enough time for dinner, we opted to have a drink and appetizers at the bar for we were pretty tense from traffic and running late. With that said, we went upstairs and sat at the bar, were greeted by the bartender ASAP, let him know we were looking for a quick drink and app’s and he was great! The service was so good, we had time for 2 rounds of drinks along with the Kobe Sliders that were delicious and some delightful conversation with our server! It really was a relief and we had plenty of time to walk to the theatre, just around the corner and enjoy the show!

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vipbailaj
New England
30 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent pre-theatre destination! A "little attitude" with the wait staff.

JB
JackB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Items that were on the web-menu were not available in the restaurant (pork chop, blue cheese burger, ...). I ordered The Tremont Burger cooked medium. It was blood rare and came with fries that reminded me of Burger King. Very disappointing. :(

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AlanR
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Mediocre food at best. Looking for a quick meal before theater. Large portions didn’t make up for lacking quality. Food served cold, salmon ordered well done came out rare...no apologies and long delay in reserving. Hardly saw waiter and water glasses were empty with no refills for extended time.

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CarmenR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wanted to take a moment to shout out to the kindest most helpful waitress I have ever encountered ANYWHERE!! MELISSA went over the moon and beyond to make our girlfriends birthday a special day. She was very attentive, honest, and just an overall joy to speak with. This is our very first visit to Abby Lane and because of her, we will definitely be returning. MELISSA we can not thank you enough for being an OUTSTANDING waitress and making our first of many visits a night to remember 😍😍😍😍😍

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PreTheaterEats
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Be aware that if you come pre-theater you should plan 90 minutes for dinner versus 60. Ask for your check early and pay cash or use 1 credit card. We were delayed leaving because tables around us did not plan accordingly and wanted to split checks 6 ways (this is rude to your server).

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ArlingtonDiner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An excellent option for casual food; especially if your pre-gaming for the Royale. My wife and I grabbed dinner before a concert. The Royale is about 50 feet from Abby Lane. Super convenient. Pefectly laid back and great ambiance.

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vipEmilyC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

For some reason the drink pours were only about 50% of the martini glass and the bartender couldn't make a basic Cosmo when we were there on Tues. Had to flag down a server every time we needed a refill or wanted to put in more food. Food is still really good though!

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Miche
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The price of the food is too high for what you get. The service was strange -- 4 different people waiting on us. There wasn't a dedicated bartender. It seemed like different people were making drinks and the person I thought was a bartender would go to tables and take drink orders. Because of that, the drinks were never consistent. Plus, one of the drinks actually had grains of rice in it. How that happened remains a mystery.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot to stop after a Sunday matinee in the theater district. We were glad we had made reservations in advance because the place filled up very quickly!

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maureenm
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went pre-theatre. Excellent salads. We split a few appetizers and had drinks. Drinks very good but pricey ($13). Very good service. We've been quite a few times. We wish they had regular nachos instead of wonton nachos. Very good burrata app and tuna tar tare.

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noraw
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great> timely service and we got to the show on time!

JE
vipJulieE
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience1

The seating arrangement was terrible. There were tables on the perimeter of the upstairs and we had a legitimate table for 4 reserved. However, they seated us at these backless cushions in the middle of the room where there was a table in the middle too low to reach from said cushions. So we ended up both standing and sitting on the floor. I would not return there until they remedy this back ache issue!!

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BrendaR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We went before a show and were seated right away at a high top. Loved watching the kitchen as I am in the industry. Ordered burgers and were disappointed. Way overcooked. Had the donuts for dessert and they were delicious!! Warm and sweet. Added a cappuccino and off to the show. Would definitely try some of the other dishes if we get back as they looked great coming out of the kitchen.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

I have previously been a huge Abby Lane fan. This time was absolutely nothing to write home about which was disappointing because I had bragged to two newbies that it was the best. Earlier in the week I called and tried to change my 4:30 reservation to 5:00 and they said it didn’t matter because the table was booked after us and they wouldn’t give it away even if we were late. When we got there, closer to 5 as I predicted, at first they said there was no table available. Then they said we had to be out by 6:15. Then changed it to 6:30. We never sent anything back even though it was all cold - from apps to entrees - because of the time crunch that was imposed. Everything took longer because of the service though. My friend ate her clam chowder with a fork because she didn’t get a spoon, even after asking, for almost 20 minutes after food was dropped. We were planning on dessert and coffee but the check was dropped clearly indicating we had to leave. Bad experience. Not sure what I think now about Abby Lane. 😕

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation and they put us on couches. It was horrible to try to eat that way and nobody gave advanced warning

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awesome
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my sisters birthday , we sat near the window , it was great! Our food was delicous , our drinks were also good. Our waitress melissa was great ! We enjoyed everything about this restaurant , no complaints.

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