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The Playwright, South Boston, MA

The Playwright

4.3
4.3
157 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
From the same owners of, and on the same plot of land as the original Playwright Bar. The Playwright reopens in 2024 as a modern reflection of evolving South Boston.

A new reflection of years passed; The Playwright bolsters a reinvention of the classic pub style establishment. Friends, tuners and comfort food spike your endorphins the moment you arrive.

At the Playwright, we seamlessly blend the warmth of traditional hospitality with the richness of upscale comfort food. Creating an experience where live music takes center stage, each dish is a carefully crafted tribute to culinary excellence, and every note played resonates with the spirit of timeless pub revelry. Join us in this fusion of flavors and sounds, where every visit is a welcoming journey into the heart of a classic establishment, elevated to new heights.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 39 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Beer Garden
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 11:00–01:00 Sat, Sun 09:00–01:00
  • Phone number
    (617) 269-2537
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Martin Su
  • Area
    South Boston
  • Cross Street
    K Street
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    East Broadway & K Street Bus stop
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 157 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseEnergetic

157 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We had a reservation and the bouncer legit told us we still had to wait in line even though our name was on a list and I showed them my reservation. Then when he finally let us in and we went to the hostess stand they told us that they didn’t have a table ready for us and we had to wait. WE HAD A RESERVATION.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was great. Service was particularly slow for what appeared to be a relatively steady night. We were one of two tables seated in the back which made it feel like we were in a completely different restaurant. Was dark, gloomy and pretty quiet in the area we were seated. Drinks and food took pretty long to come out. I understand the place opened recently, however service should not have been that slow for a Wednesday night where most people were seated at the bar.

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  3. MegC

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was very good but way too loud to have any conversation

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They did not cancel the reservation on opentable but also would not honor it because they were “too busy.” I understand sometimes things happen but communication is key, don’t waste my time.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome place!! Our waitress, was great!

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  6. Reese

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The mimosa tower made my entire brunch experience! We even got to combine the flavors and make our own it was awesome. Not to mention the food and the music was pretty live too. Parking may take you some time so prepare for that.

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  7. Andrew

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 January 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A bit pricey for what it was. Also they took a few items off their menu

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cute and good food

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  9. Allison

    Greater Boston

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    If you're going to The Playwright for brunch, you're going for the brunch cocktails. The food selection and overall delivery was rather meh. I ordered eggs benedict and the English muffin came untoasted, which was not the most savory. However, our server was so attentive. Will be trying other places in Southie for better brunch food, but if you're all in for the alcohol, this is probably a good spot (didn't order any cocktails this time, so I can't speak to that, but the drinks menu was far more extensive than food).

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  10. TheKid

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  11. LaurenG

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and Wednesday trivia.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    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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  15. Wissssb

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 September 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I HAD THE BEST BDAY BRUNCH EVER THANK YOU HANNAH!!!!

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  16. Alison

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  17. bebliss

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  18. EmilyD

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 August 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  19. Lindsey

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    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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  20. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food, service, and ambiance

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and drink tower was amazing. Good portions for price. Would highly recommend.

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  22. RaquelG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Serve was EXCELLENT. super friendly and gave us touristy things to do!

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  24. Anna

    Portland

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 June 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Venue couldn’t accommodate the reservation

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  26. LJorge

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 June 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 June 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing restaurant. Mac and cheese is a must

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 6 June 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 May 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    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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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 May 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    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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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tower selection was great!

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  34. Ifidia

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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  35. presleymary

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Mother’s Day. Service was super slow and it was 215 in the afternoon and wasn’t busy at all....

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kelsey was an amazing server! So nice and attentive! And pretty!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Playwright is the best. I always have the best time there and the staff is so kind.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2021

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    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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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Best appetizers in Southie

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food— we didn’t feel rushed at all and the wait staff was super attentive.

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FAQs

The Playwright does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. The Playwright also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 269-2537.

The Playwright is rated 4.3 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 39 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Playwright

658 East Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    K Street
  • Area
    South Boston
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 11:00–01:00 Sat, Sun 09:00–01:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Beer Garden
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    East Broadway & K Street Bus stop
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Martin Su
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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