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The Abbey

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1657 Beacon St, Washington Square, Brookline, MA 02445-4505
+1 617-730-8040
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bison” (24 reviews)
“bolognese” (25 reviews)
“truffle fries” (9 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1657 Beacon St, Washington Square, Brookline, MA 02445-4505
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really like the ambiance of this place, but it is so small and the service was slow. My drink + dinner was delicious, though. And I recommend the cod fritters appetizer - although small, it was tasty.

10  Thank cbrogs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is my third year going to The Abbey for my birthday dinner and, as always, I wasn't disappointed. The food was delicious, the staff were friendly, and it was an overall delight. It's also a great place to bring your assistance dog. I've never...More

1  Thank simplykaterinarose
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was very surprising noting the bar ambience with poor lighting. Looked a bit of a dive when entering. Staff were great. Music in the background (Clash and that genre) perfect. Did I say the food was excellent. Will definitely return.

Thank TourMD
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Try the bison bolognese. We shared twice during our three-day stay just down the road. Easy to get to from the "T."

Thank Mike W
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

I had a very nice meal there with a relative. All the food was delicious. I had the gin lemonade which was not too sweet. It was strong and very refreshing. When I got back to my hotel I realized I left my credit card...More

Thank P J
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

Nice place with a great menu. Good service. Have enjoyed our stay here. It’s an area with a lot of good restaurants. We also enjoyed Barcelona which is on the opposite side of the road.

Thank Jos H
Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

What a find! Small but perfectly formed, this nicely lit, friendly bar and restaurant is a gem. Named aaafter The Abbey Theatre in qWqaaDublin, they take pride in their Guinness which is very good indeed. Rotating seasonal brews and great cocktails include a fabulous Rhubarb...More

Thank Helen G
Reviewed June 19, 2018

This place truly is the Cheers of Washington Square. Friendly customers, knowledgable staff, and high quality food make this a perfect neighborhood local. It's cozy searing and warm lighting also makes this the perfect place for date night. Because the food is so spot on,...More

1  Thank Allie D
Reviewed May 29, 2018

I live in Brookline and I like the Abbey, especially their burgers! I have come here several times. So kudos to the chef! As for the servers, they are not that friendly. I used to work in the Brookline restaurant industry so I have high...More

Thank shebav06
Reviewed April 23, 2018

Hands-down my favorite spot in Brookline's Washington Square. Friendly and intimate little storefront place on busy Beacon Street. I'm partial to going in solo and sitting at the bar for dinner and a couple of glasses of wine. Really enjoy the Bison Bolognese, one of...More

1  Thank ScottH2815
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Pauline P
July 14, 2018|
Response from Helen G | Reviewed this property |
They don’t take reservations at all. Be prepared to put your name down for a table as soon as you walk in the door, and have a drink at the bar while you wait.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1657 Beacon St, Washington Square, Brookline, MA 02445-4505
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Brookline
  • Phone Number: +1 617-730-8040
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