Abby Lane

4.4
1514 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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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Hungry people looking for food worth the money in Boston’s theater district.

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MA
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went after miss Saigon during off hours (4:30). Food was bomb. Server put up w my obnoxious jokes fantastically. Good ppl watching near window.

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

Outstanding food with some unique selections. The mussels were delicious.

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

Great food and a great location. Very attentive server. We loved it.

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AK
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were invited to our table even tho we were 20 min early by a smiling and happy crew at the hostess station. Our dinner was delicious and well presented by a lovely waitress. She brought your warm chocolate cake w a candle with a sweet smile as it was my birthday. So nice. The only thing I had to ask for was bread ... it cost $1 ... which I think ... for that amount you should just put it on the table, like the S&P.

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

Our table was ready upon arrival, waitstaff was really nice and helpful. Food and drinks were fast and yummy!

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ME
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our dinner at Abby Lane. The appetizers were great. Clam Chowder was delicious. The meal portions were reasonably sized. Service was great. I recommend Abby Lane.

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RL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. It was a bit crowded and noisy when we finished our meal; eat early if you prefer quiet. Very convenient to the theaters.

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LF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived for our reservation and were promptly seated on the second floor. Our server was fantastic. When she greeted us she delivered us water and she recognized ahead of time that we had a child with us and served him in a kids cup. Small touches like that are fantastic. The cocktails were promptly delivered followed by the appetizer and the chowder for our son.
The spicy cauliflower was fantastic as well as the chowder. Each delivering the right flavor profiles but not too overwhelming.
We ordered filet tips which were seasoned and cooked perfectly and the buttermilk fried chicken. Both were exceptional.
For dessert we split the chocolate lava cake which was great.
The server kept engaged with us with conversation and took the extra measure to ensure our 5 year old was satisfied with his Sale entree even asking him if he needed anything else.
Overall the experience was fantastic.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, right next to the Boch Center, for a pre-dinner show. The food was delish (had the grilled avocado salad) and the cocktails were great. The servicer was pleasant and helped make sure we made it to our show in time. Highly recommend

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KM
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place for pre-theater dinner. Servers were charming and responsive. Food was yummy and inventive. Cocktails (esp. Mom Jeans) were delicious well-made. Definitely worth a return visit.

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I'm not sure if I'll give it another try. I might. The hummus appetizer was very small for the price. the cocktail were $13 each and much of it was ice. And the flavors were very strong. I would have liked a little more guidance when I asked questions about these drinks. The eggplant fries were good but my belly did not feel well for a few hours afterwards...could have been the grease. I also ordered the spicy cauliflower which was quite good. Im a vegan so I had to pick and choose what worked for a meal.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We do not go into Boston much, but when we go again Abby Lane will be on the short list of places to choose from. The location is great, food is great, waitstaff was very friendly, and the vibe was very good. A must go to!

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice experience with attentive service...food was excellent and prepared well. Had a great view of the theater from their second floor with the patio doors open. A great time overall with excellent drinks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very relaxing dinner before a concert! I love this place ❤️

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food that was reasonably priced. The tables are too close together making it hard to have a conversation at your own table. Too noisy as a result. Please rethink your seating patter . But if you are in the city and want excellent food at a place that is conveniently located, Abby Lane is the place.

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S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have visited this establishment many times before the theater in the afternoon. We always have enjoyed the fare here and the servers and service are quite good. The servers know the food and drink menus and are helpful with making selections.
We were recently there on the sunday afternoon before Memorial Day and the front wall was open to the street. It made for a wonderful experience as it was a beautiful day and the restaurant was not crowded.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, drinks were good, food was terrific / empties quick just before shows (two theaters across street) - so time it right!

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The menu is limited although the food is good, portions are sufficient.

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EJ
New England
31 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was delicious. Our caveat is not stating the addition of hot and/or spicy seasonings added to their dishes. The buttermilk fried chicken made no mention of cayenne pepper! The eggplant fries were a real different treat and the filet mignon steak tips were cooked, rare, to perfection. Our waiter was good with the exception of bringing the check without asking if we wanted coffee/dessert...which we did.

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MP
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful - plated beautifully. We really liked our server. I wish we would have got his name. We sat at a table for two in front of the window and came in at about 11:50 a.m. I hope you can track down who it was and give him our appreciation. He was our favorite server over 3 days in Boston and with about 4 or 5 restaurants.

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BB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great, but the noise level was way too loud for two people at a small table to actually have a conversation. The noise level is probably deliberate, but does the food and restaurant a disservice.

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JH
New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

My worst of many experiences at Abby Lane, only because one of my party ordered the duck confit and the hoisin sauce was so salty that she could not enjoy or finish the dish. We brought this to the attention of the server and he neither apologized nor offer any sort of compensation. He also was not very helpful with other questions we had during the visit.

On the plus side, the lobster rolls were superb!

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NV
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the environment of this restaurant and would come back for dinner if I was in the area. I came before a show at Royale so the location was perfect. They had a variety of unique mixed drinks and I liked that there was something new I’ve never tried before. All the staff and waitresses we interacted with were pleasant and friendly. The food also came out pretty quickly and was hot and tasty.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly - mad fire af. The nachos were lit fam. Bring your crew and mow down all the way to flavor town.

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DN
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

It was good, but not as good as I expected...but I would return and tell friends to go

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RK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is our second time at Abbey Lane. We haven't yet tried any of the entrees. It's a good spot for burgers, salads, and small plates. That's where the bargain is. Unfortunately they don't make their own veggie burger--I would love to try a burger but I don't want to eat a garden burger or some other type that I could buy in the supermarket.

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AA
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seared Tuna was devine and well seasoned. The cinnamon donoughts were warm and fluffy. Upper bar/dining area was well lit and open. Love the comfy seating in the bar area.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came in for Mother’s Day and had a very nice time. The staff was attentive and the food service was delicious and prompt.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very important business meeting and I closed the deal with the help of the flourless chocolate cake and the strawberry daiquiri

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New England
30 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and super service! Great view out the window. Little noisy for a romantic dinner, but great ore theater dinner

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great business lunch. Food and service was excellent

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LS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lively place and friendly service. Great burger and fries. Convenient and fun before a show at the Wilbur

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T
New England
72 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Went for pre-theatre meal. Service was very good and prompt. Food was good. Was sorry that the avocado taco I had last time were not on menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress was AMAZING! Food was delish m.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to meet with friends for a pre-show meal.

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SW
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location. Lovely salads. Good service and nice crowd.

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S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great for s meal before theatre. Excellent Servixe. Friendly atmosphere.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the location of this restaurant in the Theatre District--The waitstaff and chef were very accommodating to my lactose intolerance--the food is always good
Lovely afternoon!

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g
New England
36 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Hostess was extremely unfriendly, we walked up and told her the name of our reservation, no response she just took two menus, started walking away, we followed, she dropped them on a table and continued walking away. I had a direct view of her while dining and she just stood at desk playing with her hair. Server literally just took our order, no other exchange of words, not even a thank you at the end. Our entrees came within minutes of our salad. We had no plans of staying all night, but we were in and out in less than 45-50 minutes. Ceasar was delicious. Fried chicken was extremely salty. The sauce on the duck was a tad overwhelming and the coconut rice had no flavor, tasted like regular jasmine rice. Only positive was our water glasses were constantly refilled.

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