The Playwright

4.7
137 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 137 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
ambience
4.5
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Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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
3 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
3 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.

OT
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
7 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
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When did it get something to eat and experience the bruins game on big TV it was nice

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 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.

OT
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
11 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.

OT
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
2 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
CorinneG
New England
6 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The prices point is higher than some in the area. They lack the same variety of food and drinks as the Broadway. I can get gluten free beer at the Broadway but not here.

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JessicaW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Super fun, young environment. The brunch and drinks were delicious, would absolutely recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Had the watermelon margaritas, not to sweet! We got the truffle tots 10/10, and cauliflower rice bowl, so fresh and delicious. Deff recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere and great brunch

MM
MagaliM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great quality drinks. Noisy but overall very good

GF
GraceF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This reservation had previously been cancelled on me.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Our server rushed us throughout the entire process and was a bit rude. We had a reservation and had to wait an additional 15 mins for a table. Food was pretty good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Playwright was the perfect place to spend a sunny Saturday. The hostess was so sweet and our waitress was patient when we needed a few minutes to look over the menu and so wonderful about checking in on us throughout the experience.

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Elisac
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first outing in a year. We saw this on tiktok and had to try. So we did, we had the best time. We sat at the bar the 3 of us, we laughing. It was small sense of normalcy since all Healthcare workers. Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Great spot but the food sucks. Other than that typically southie bar.

KL
KLynn
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined out back in the outdoor cabins. Cool atmosphere but no music out back. Food was excellent.

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 4.7 stars by 137 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.