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Playwright Irish Pub Restaurant

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American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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1232 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517-2802
(203) 287-2401
11:00 am - 2:00 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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Meriden, Connecticut
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266 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
Hartford, Connecticut
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402 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Combination pub and diner with Irish decor and good menu selection , including salmon ...Vast amount of Fries, almost a waste since you can't finish them all. Salad or side substitute permitted. Some booths need new seats, but all the rest very comfortable. Outdoor beverage area/deck is a nice feature in good weather.

Thank GringoAlto2000
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128 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Great food great service so nice to have traditional Irish food cooked right. Great beer selection and prices not to bad

Thank db639
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

The Playwright is a local pub that's been here "forever" - the food is fabulous and reasonably priced, with some authentic Irish dishes always on the menu; the Irish stew or bangers & mash are both definite winners. Tuesday nights there is live Irish music and Wednesday is Trivia Night - come with your friends, form a team, and play;... More 

Thank Mary E
new haven
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Friendly atmosphere and good fish and chips. The bar is active and the restaurant has a number of choices. They always accommodate my food allergies.

1 Thank spet
Hamden, Connecticut
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

Great food and drinks Very reasonable Happy hour Music great but can be loud Parking lot very small need to park on side streets as restaurant can be very very busy Can can crowded especially holidays Has a private room for parties

Thank janetalling
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016 via mobile

I've been going here for many years and enjoy it all! They have a group that plays music on Sunday's and Tuesday's. Relaxing music while having dinner. They also have a banquet room and a deck for outdoor dining. Give it a try, you'll be happy!

Thank Nevernotknitting
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

This is going to be my new lunch spot on Weekends. I enjoyed the portiions and the salmon for the salad was cooked perfectly. The portions were a good size and they have a great craft beer selection. Now I just have top remember to bring my darts.

Thank MrJeff S
North Haven
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95 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Wow, what a great place! Very accommodating, food is great, and nice and hot. French fries are good, coleslaw is excellent, I took half of it home and still had a pint! Will definitely go back for lunch again. Had a grilled chicken (Without Bread) on a plate with Avocado, Bacon, and Swiss cheese...divine. Came with honey mustard for dipping.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television
Good for
Bar scene, Large groups, Families with children
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: (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?