The Playwright

4.4
148 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
We are so excited to be back! The Playwright is now open 7 days a week for indoor and outdoor dining. We are currently taking reservations for inside the restaurant, Monday-Thursday until 10:30pm and Friday-Sunday until 5pm! All outside tables, both The Playwright Patio and for The Yard are seated on a first come first serve basis.


We cannot guarantee seating location in any areas of the restaurant, but we will do our best to accommodate all requests. Reservations will be held no longer than 10 minutes past the reservation time before the reservation is forfeited.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 148 people are saying
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TheKid
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great and for a good price and the drinks are so good that I can't wait for the next time I go.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

It was quite loud in the restaurant and could hardly hear the people I was dining with. Otherwise, it was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess was super accommodating, food was great, drinks were great. Great atmosphere, a lot of people in costumes for Halloween and in patriots stuff for the game. Great time overall.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Wednesday trivia.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Made a reservation for 8 people at 9pm, and our table wasn’t available and said they couldn’t do anything about it.

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Wissssb
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I HAD THE BEST BDAY BRUNCH EVER THANK YOU HANNAH!!!!

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vipAlisonP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Went at 5:00 on a Friday before a Red Sox game. About five customers in there and the service was so slow. Buffalo chicken wrap and grain bowl were both awful. Quesadilla app ok

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vipbebliss
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very busy restaurant. Loud ambiance inside so please be prepared for that or make an outdoor reservation. Food was okay. Mimosa tower was okay. Service was okay.

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EmilyD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wayyyyy too much ice in the pitcher of sangria, but other than that the food was absolutely amazing! Will definitely be coming back next time I am in the Boston area

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Extremely poor service and said that we had to sit at the bar even though we reserved a table a week in advance. Awful service and blaring music makes us never want to come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love the food, service, and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and drink tower was amazing. Good portions for price. Would highly recommend.

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RaquelG
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the drinks were strong. I had a delicious Lavender Lemontini that was amazing. My food was also very good. I got the Belgium Waffles and it was so good. I didn’t really care for the egg because personally I like scrambled not sunny side up but I didn’t realize it came it. Otherwise amazing.

The place was packed so I do recommend a reservation. Also it was super cold but that might be because we were under a fan. It is kind of loud but we didn’t mind that.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serve was EXCELLENT. super friendly and gave us touristy things to do!

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vipAnna
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Outdoor seating is picnic tables on the street, not too loud though. The buffalo cauliflower was good. Good selection of beer and drinks but small food menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Venue couldn’t accommodate the reservation

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Louisa
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service! Brunch was amazing as were the drinks. Great place to get together with friends and catch up especially if you sit outside on a nice day.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Mac and cheese is a must

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great customer service, my server was amazing, attentive to our table, very knowledgeable on drink menu. She could tell I didn’t like my first drink so she had the bartender make a new one based on questions I had asked her previously. I would recommend everyone here!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When did it get something to eat and The staff is good and they're very understanding experience the bruins game on big TV it was nice

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The Playwright is my go-to for a casual dinner! The drinks and food are good, and they have plenty of outdoor seating.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming and fast service ! Very attentive servants ! Good presentation and quality on food and good drinks and food options ! Will return and refer friends ! ❤️

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rude. Told us to put on the wait list and then hostess was rude told me it might be tomorrow that they would call me

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tower selection was great!

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Ifidia
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was ok. Our waitress was courteous, but busy. My meal came out room temp like it had been sitting a while. Had to send it back and it took a while to come out. Apetizers were the best.

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presleymary
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Mother’s Day. Service was super slow and it was 215 in the afternoon and wasn’t busy at all....

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kelsey was an amazing server! So nice and attentive! And pretty!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Playwright is the best. I always have the best time there and the staff is so kind.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were visiting from Michigan and unfortunately, they refused to take our IDs. The server was very rude about it because she thought she caught “fake” ids. We’re 23. She was also the same server I had on my 23rd birthday under a month prior but she did not remember (not that I expected her to). She refused to take our vaccine cards as backup proof so we were just told to leave.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best appetizers in Southie

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food— we didn’t feel rushed at all and the wait staff was super attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great nachos

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RebsM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here after having a terrible experience at "The Broadway" next door, and had a great time! The service was good, the vibe was immaculate (energetic, great music, good TV set up), very covid safe, the food was yummy and the drinks were affordable! Perfect southie bar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved that we were able to get an outdoor table. Watermelon sangria and nachos were so good!

CG
vipClaireG
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great drinks! I love the atmosphere here; it’s always so fun and lively.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! So much fun.

SS
SamanthaS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very pricy for what we got. $16 burger and it wasn't very good. I liked the patio location and it was a fun place! Just a little expensive. Service wasn't fantastic.

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vipLina
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

This place is heavily overrated. The atmosphere is fun but the food was fine but disappointing and overpriced. The drinks are not bad, but I expected much more from this place after hearing so many people go here and rave about it. I’ve seen it on so many food instagrams, but I really didn’t understand the hype. Brunch there was very average in my opinion.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There was hair in the food and dirty utensils. It was so loud you couldn’t hear your own table

CG
vipCorinneG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

We had hoped to be seated out back since they had lots of cute photos of the back space but they stopped seating there. We reserved a table for outdoors. The outdoor space was a picnic table by the road. They did say they could turn on heaters but also mentioned that they would have to take the umbrellas out which seems like a hassle. It’s 47 so we should have probably eaten inside but..Covid. I give them lots of credits for working hard during the pandemic. I was sad not to experience the back but that’s okay.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Playwright using the Order Online button. The Playwright also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 269-2537.

The Playwright is rated 4.4 stars by 148 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.