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Playwright Irish Pub Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
Irish, Bar, Pub, American
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1232 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517-2802
+1 203-287-2401
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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West Haven, Connecticut, United States
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a vegetarian dish with Portobello mushrooms. It was delicious. The only disappointment I had was the chef adds the cheese to the dish and my daughter, who is vegan, couldn't order this without the cheese. The restaurant has a friendly neighborhood like atmosphere. They have a great kid's menu.

Thank Gloria W
Provincetown, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

I stopped in yesterday with a buddy to grab a burger. I wasn't in any particular hurry this Saturday and that proved to be a good thing. The place was empty when we entered. We were seated promptly and our waitress immediately came over. She was super friendly and welcoming. Our beverages were delivered promptly. Our food on the other,... More 

Thank mikedubour
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99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

This is a comfortable neighborhood restaurant with some nice selections. A recent family dinner had some good points, along with a few things that could have been improved. A Caesar salad was okay, but nothing special. The calamari appetizer was also okay, however with a bland marinara sauce. A lobster mac'n'cheese appetizer tasted mostly of butter. It had identifiable chunks... More 

1 Thank bea0101
Hamden, Connecticut
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Stepping into this place is like finding yourself in Ireland. It's the wood, the fireplace and the way the seating works. Wait staff is attentive and the menu is varied. My son and I both opted for fish and chips. Delicious, not greasy and lots of it! I saw other choices around me, most of it typical pub fare but... More 

Thank lynncrisci5
Wallingford, CT
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

Great potential. Many seem to disagree, but it is vastly overrated. Average food, higher prices. $17.95 for shepard's pie. $6.50 for a "pint" of Guinness. Some waitresses are fine, others have zero personality. It is a convenient spot or else I would not go there any longer. Too bad.

Thank Ciarrai3333
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73 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Had a very enjoyable meal at Playwright with a few friends. I want the fish n chips on my way there but opted for the lamb Guinness stew-it looked yummy when the waiter was walking by for another table-- so I ordered it -- and it was yummy ! One of my friends ordered the fish n chips and remarked... More 

Thank Becky123q
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

If you looking for a reasonable Irish pub, this is your place. Great pub atmosphere and good fare. Food well priced and varied menu

Thank brettb7
Hamden, Connecticut, United States
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

This is a wonderful place to hang out. I hardly go to the restaurant side, since you can get the same food at the bar area, which is about the half of the whole place. I like the atmosphere of that area better. Food is generally great, and they have many drafts to choose from, if you love beer. It... More 

1 Thank mcat8691
Meriden, Connecticut
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342 reviews
243 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Although we went here for lunch we ordered off the dinner menu (a bit pricier though) the food and service were very good and the overall atmosphere was great. Will return in the future

1 Thank JohnBCt
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I came here for brunch. We ordered a burger and Shepard's pie. The Shepard's pie was tasteless and that is all I could say. The burger we had, we added avocado,eggs,Gorgonzola cheese. With all that it was bland. I had come here with an expectation. Didn't live up to it. Our waitress was wonderful however.

Thank Samrawit G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Irish, Bar, Pub, American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1232 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517-2802
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Hamden
  • Phone Number: +1 203-287-2401

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?