The Playwright

4.7
93 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, our front patio and our all new back patio! All reservations are on a first come, first serve basis and based on availability in OpenTable.

Currently, due to state guidelines, party sizes are limited to no more than six guests. Because of this, we will not be accepting reservations larger than six guests. Due to increasing demand and limited space will now be putting a 1.5 hour time limit on all dining areas. Thank you for patience and understanding during these unpredictable times.

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 93 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Leah
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, so cute outside, strong tasty drinks, highly recommend!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lot of places do not live up to the hype. This place did.

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J12345
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Finally ate in the Jack lodge was super excited to. Very disappointed in the service. Server kept leaving and not getting everyone’s orders for drinks and food. And very forgetful when we asked for something. Also drinks were sub par as well as the food. It used to be better but this was my first time eating there in at least a year.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outdoors and it was beautiful!! My friends and I stayed really warmed and love the setup. It was a lot of fun!

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Martha
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My partner and I went to The Playwright on Saturday, February 27, 2021 for a reservation at 12:45PM (Brunch time). We were seated right away. One of the first things I noticed was the glass separations between tables and that made me feel really comfortable. They kindly even sat us at a table of 4 even though there were only 2 of us and let us stay way past the 90 minute table limit (pandemic restriction). The service was great, they were quick and attentive. Everything we ordered was delicious including the drinks, but I wouldn’t recommend the steak hash— I enjoy seasoning and that steak lacked that. I am rating this restaurant 4 stars because it just wasn’t our vibe, but it may be yours. It was super loud, dark, kinda dingy looking, there was absolutely no social distancing in the bar area (unacceptable), and in the two hours we were there for we were the only Black people in the space.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Breakfast was just okay. Food was nothing to rave about.

HOWEVER,

I highly recommend going there for lunch / dinner. Their food offerings are substantially better than the breakfast menu. You won’t be disappointed with the buf chix wrap and buf chix dip.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! The outdoor dining area is adorably decorated! They make covid safe dining cute and fun.

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SkinyP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really quality food. Not over priced, but not cheap. A little loud. Mimosa tower is a must.

JM
JohnM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

$7 drafts is awesome

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED the lodge outside!! Food was amazing and can’t wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing experience at the playwright. We had one extra person and were running late and the hostess was so kind and accommodating to our additional requests. Waitress was also very attentive and was very fun to talk to. We were outside in the Jack Lodge and it was very COVID safe as well.

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J123
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Besides a long wait to get our servers attention after being seated, the service was good and the food and drinks were delicious. Would definitely recommend, just hoping for some speedier initial service the next time around.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Towers are great for groups!

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AMTAS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Only thought is that it feels cramped in the outdoor seating, too many tables too close together.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! 5/5

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

There just wasn’t enough heating in the outdoor seating and it was 25°. Maybe our fault, but it was too cold to think and the food was cold 5 minutes after being served. Pretty expensive as well

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MelissaH
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Playwright outdoor lodge was perfect for a safe, outdoor dining experience! The cabin was festively decorated and warm which made for an enjoyable time. The food and drinks were delicious and the service was great. Would recommend to anyone!

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AlyssaN
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch food! Reasonably priced for the city.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Went here for an NFL playoff game and missed the first quarter since they couldn’t figure out how to change the channel

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience1

Very cold and not sitting 6ft from nearest t

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Briana
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun outdoor area, felt super safe, food & drinks were super good as well!

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Tanea
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was great! I had the Nashville chicken and waffles, chicken was so moist and juicy. The only downside was I had my ten month old daughter with me and they do not have high chairs 😕 so bit of a pain to have a baby on your lap while you try to enjoy your meal/ drinks. Me and my husband made the best of it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great attentive service. The food was amazing and I cannot wait to come again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

had a reservation at 7:45 and waited 25 minutes to be seated- then they made us leave within 45 minutes due to the covid curfew 😩 food made up for it though, nachos and wings were delish!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a reservation but were forced to wait outside anyway and it was kinda cold out :(

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Josen
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bouncer tried to card my 12 year old
Horrible place

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was beyond awesome! Ambiance/holiday decor was gorgeous! New Peanut butter martini was delish!!!!

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Nick
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Portions are tiny (3 chicken tenders were $14.00). Drinks were ok. Good ambience and vibe in the place

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Erika
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great
Parking was difficult for those driving in to S Boston
Noise level was loud for lunchtime but tolerable, did not bother us
We’d come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Brunch with my girls very fun kind of expensive

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Molly
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

super popular place for a reason, sometimes the service is not the best, but tonight our server went above and beyond usual service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Can’t go wrong with any of the apps.

Love their chicken Milanese

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Taylor
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our experience at The Playwright was very disappointing!
The restaurant is cute and lively! We ordered nachos and buffalo chicken tenders. The food was good, however, the portions were not. An order of the tenders came with only three pieces of chicken, for $14. The tenders were good, but it wasn’t even enough for one person to eat.

The two of us sat at the bar, where each group of four seats was divided by a barrier (so we had two empty seats). Then, as we were eating, 2 other customers who were not wearing masks approached us and attempted to sit in the two empty seats next to us. We told them we weren’t comfortable with them sitting there as there would be no divider between us. They claimed that they are “regulars” at The Playwright and that the staff let them sit wherever they want. This was absolutely disgusting and unsafe. I was so disappointed that staff allowed patrons in without masks, allowed them to try to sit with us, and did not defend us when we said we were uncomfortable with sharing our seats.

Overall, our food was good but horribly overpriced and portions were disappointing. The restaurants response to the COVID-19 pandemic is unacceptable and unsafe. Awful experience and I absolutely would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great here! I have never been disappointed!

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Kimberly
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the playwright!! Always suggesting it for food and drink with a friend

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was incredible. Sat at a lm isolated/socially distanced part of the bar it was great! Chicken sandwich was amazing

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Ariane
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We went for Sunday brunch with friends - it seemed safe with good Covid-19 protections all around. Service was friendly and mostly very efficient. Food was really good and portions were large. The coffee was strong and very good.

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Nico
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Very great vibe and fun atmosphere! Good drinks, but not great food. Small portions and could have made myself. Over still still fun experience though

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Booked for inside dining. Then upon arriving we were informed that there were only tables available outside. Once we sat down outside, we noticed other parties being seated inside even though we were told their weren’t any available. 30 min into our get-together it began to rain hard outside and we were forced to leave early.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The blonde waitress is AMAZING she is so fun and adds to the overall experience. Appetizers and drinks

FAQs

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

The Playwright is rated 4.7 stars by 93 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.