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51 Lincoln
51 Lincoln

51 Lincoln Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.51lincolnnewton.com
  • Email: info@51lincolnnewton.com
  • Phone: (617) 965-3100
  • Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey P. Fournier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: 51 Lincoln is available for off-site events from a chef's tasting menu at your home or office to larger gatherings with anything from passed appetizers to a full sit down meal. Let us know how we can create a culinary experience for your special event.
  • Private Party Facilities: 51 Lincoln offers a wide range of private dining choices for parties from eight to eighty.
  • Private Party Contact: Yue Huang (877) 926-8315

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus
  • Public Transit: Newton Highlands T stop on the Green Line(D) is located two blocks from the restaurant at the base of Lincoln Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and metered lot within walking distance. Meters not in effect after 6pm.
A word from 51 Lincoln
Globally Influenced, Locally Sourced, Creatively Driven
Our mission focuses on the principles of quality, tradition, innovation and devotion to hospitality. We aim to achieve and maintain distinction by consistently providing guests with handmade food and drink that meets the highest standards, demonstrates our creativity and attention to detail, and inspires guests to return again and again. We utilize the very best organic ingredients from local farmers, changing our menu daily and creating all of our offerings in-house, to support our vision of sustainability.By maintaining these objectives we ensure that all guests and staff are treated well, with the respect they deserve, so allowing us to contribute in meaningful ways to the community. 51 Lincoln is driven by passion to create and to serve.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food is good but many dishes have some eccentric component that leaves you thinking "they're trying to be creative but I don't think it really goes." The main dining area is open and lively but if they put you in the small basement you'll feel like you're ... eating in the basement, and staff will be coming in to get stuff from the storage cabinets. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food was ok , not great. Glad to see they changed the menu. Service was fair. Waitress was in attentive. Tables very close together. Many better restaurants in Newton . "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Hello we decided to go to Lincoln Street after our our dinner choice did not accept reservations at 7 p.m. - the only tie we could go. We had been at Lincoln Streets a few times before - and had been a bit tired of the menu. But we were both very surprised about the new menu not only was it presented in a very nice manner - it was also most delicious. The new risotto was outstanding as were the other appetizers. My husbands main course was also great ( but I cannot remember exactly what is was) The dessert was also very nice and not just "a big block of chocolate decorated with some sauce." I also liked the new decorations - a somewhat dark wall with many unframed drawings. The prices were actually reasonable- we will be back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Utterly delicious food! Inventive, creative, yummy, and memorable tastes. Here's the only problem: the portions are tiny! What you get is astonishingly good, but what you get is a very small portion. Quality matters more than quantity, but it's odd to feel that you could have eaten more when a meal is done."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Fifty-0ne (51) is a restaurant that provides a diverse choice within a limited menu. The Open Table concept is a good one and we enjoyed this style of dining. There will be however, when a la carte would work better for our dining needs. In those instances, perhaps al la carte could provide a little more food for the patron."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "$235 for 3 people? Really? And not to mention, still hungry leaving...Not on my list..."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "overall pricing at bit high for Newton. glasses of wine- $14."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Hadn't been back here in a while pleasantly surprised by the vibe and activity and food and service ! others complained of small portions recently That's why they should go to the North End or Durgin's Park will be back sooner than last outing interval"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Salad had tasty dressing but over-priced at $10 for just greens. Meals were good but not outstanding for the price and the small portion. Dessert menu not interesting. We've been there before and had better meals."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Overall it was a good experience. However, I do have some major points I'd like to bring across that I think would be nice if you worked on: 1. Please make sure when the main meal arrives that your dinner guests already have the wine. We were almost half way through our main meal before our wine arrived. That was very annoying. 2. When the main meal arrived, my husband didn't have a knife. Again, quite annoying. 3. May I suggest instead of english garden peas (for my sea scallop dish) you use petit pois instead. Tastes much better. 4. Finally, the wine list is not great. I tasted 3 different chardonnays. Maybe I might be very picky... however, either they tasted too buttery or of very little. Just my thoughts. Thank you. Dr. Norstrand"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Right off of Route 9 is this rare gem. Don't let the menu intimidate you. While the portions are smaller than expected, the chefs and managers make sure that the flavor completely compensates for it. The cauliflower steak was a complete surprise that left my taste buds wanting more. The waiter, Demitri, was attentive, amicable, and prompt."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The food was very creative and nicely presented. Our wait person was excellent! Will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This restaurant has been consistently great. Polished, but casual. Creative cuisine and excellent wine list."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have been here many times but they have now changed a bit. The menu was limited and the prices were high for the amount of food received (particularly the salmon). The lemon cream dessert was awful! We won't be back. Cocktail was good."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "portion size should be a little larger for their price."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We have been frequent diners in the past. The new menu needs much to be desired. The entree portions are very small considering the price. We both ordered the pork tenderloin - not enough sauce, three small pieces and just a little bit of spaetzle. All of this for $25, really! We got the "almost lemon cream pie" for dessert. A soupy lemon concoction that was placed inside a lemon. It was so bitter. Not sure if all of the pith had been removed. It tasted like it came from a grocery store's freezer section, expect I think the grocery store version would have tasted better and had a better texture. Service also left something to be desired. Not polished. We will not be returning."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I donated to NPR and received a gift certificate to 51 Lincoln. I probably would not have gone otherwise. Overall, it was amazing. Reservations had to made in advance. The menu was set up in courses, and I highly recommend you order the 4 course flat-rate option rather than a la carte. The sizes were tapas sizes, but with 4 courses, I did not leave hungry. The menu was very eclectic, and the quality of ingredients impeccable. Prices were pretty high, so it's probably a good place for a special occasion. Despite the price, I would deem it a worthy expense. Also, take the option for espresso with dessert, it was delicious."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very special, delicious and unique. Great evening!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "My husband and I decided to try the four course tasting menu after reading an article about Chef Fournier and his goal of being true to the food, the season and the menu as it is. Every course was delicious and well thought out with layers of flavor abounding. The courses were spaced out enough to allow you to savor bites and keep going all the way through desert. Highly recommend the tasting menu for foodies or anyone who appreciates eating something that tastes good. Wine pairing available as well."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We've been to 51 Lincoln several times, and have always enjoyed the food and ambiance. So I was a little concerned when I learned that the menu had been revised to include more seasonal and locally grown foods - no more watermelon steak in winter, sadly. However, after a starter of rutabaga grapefruit salad, and mushroom risotto as a main course, I was gratified to find our meal excellent as usual. I'll just have to wait till August for the watermelon steak."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Nice location, nice bar, nice dining room. Food is unique and well plated. The portion is extremely small and pricing is very high for what you get."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Been to 51 many times. Old menu easy to get bored with as never changed. Now trying new concept that didn't work for us. Emphasis on 4 course meal with small portions. We don't eat dessert and went a la carte. Portions small and not interesting. Very limited # of choices. None of the 4-5 entrees sounded appealing so went with salad and small plate. Just didn't work for us. Tables on top of each other. Service do fast you can only assume they want you in and out. Disappointing. My wife did like the chicken livers but all else weak. Wine list pretentious. Little under $50-60 and most more."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have been to 51 Lincoln many times. I went this time planning on having my usual appetizer of polenta fries and of course their extraordinary dish of Bolognese. I was surprised that not only did they change their menu, my favorites were gone. Although the food was excellent, I found the portions small and the prices a little high for each offering. I was overall very disappointed with the changes, and don't think I will be returning."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Delicious and enjoyable experience. Hope to go back for a wine and cheese night . I also highly recommend the Sirloin carpaccio !"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I took friends there for the first time and was highly disappointed in the new menu. They seem to be pushing their price fix menu at quite a bit more money. if you don't order that way the choices are very limited and the portions very small. you are paying the price for not ordering the restaurants way. In addition one person in our party was limited to one entrée choice which he didn't really want because the other 3 choices he didn't eat. I ordered onion soup for $11 and it was a rip off!.I went to the restaurant that night expecting to order one of his signature dishes which is no longer offered. the waitress was totally disorganized and 2 meals came well after the other 4. If it isn't broken why did you fix it?"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My husband and I were treated to an evening of absolute pampering at 51 lincoln on the occasion of our 26th wedding anniversary. The ambiance was vibrant and energetic yet very romantic. We enjoyed a quiet slow paced dinner. We never felt rushed or pushed out. This is a rarity because we do not drink and some restaurants are turned off by that. We were very happy to see they had a non alcoholic beer available. The food was exceptionally prepared and beautiful to look at. The service was exceptional. Thank you all who made this evening one to remember!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We got there early and found a seat at the bar for a cocktail and an app. There was a little confusion as they thought we wanted to eat there so we got seated a few minutes after our reservation time. They did a great job in getting us seated after the mixup at the bar. Bartender was very knowlegable about the menu and offered some great cocktail choices. Service was excellent at the bar and at our table. Everything was unrushed, but we never had to wait for a drink or for someone to answer a guestion. Best dining experience outside of Boston in a loong time. We'll be back again as often as we can!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were disappointed with the new price fix menu - there were limited choices and menu was much more expensive - we ended up with a meal that we didn't like that was priced very high - the new menu didn't have chicken or beef .... Just pork which we don't eat - shell fish or vegetarian - very limited ."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Chef Fournier is changing the focus of 51 Lincoln a bit--and the new menu is great. It was my birthday so we had the tasting menu and splurged on the accompanying wine pairing. The best thing about it was how flexible it was--so if you wanted two from the first category and nothing from the second, that was fine. And you can substitute cheese for any of the dessert options. The scallop appetizer was perfectly seared; the pork was tender and moist. The carpaccio was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Really spectactular. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I must admit that I wasn't overwhelmed by the quality of the food. I thought the duck was very good but the tomato based seafood dish was not done to our satisfaction. The canned whole tomatoes in this dish were not prepared with any imagination, we felt and they sat there on the plat like blobs. When we complained, the chef graciously offered to remove the charge for the dish from our bill. He added that most of the other diners raved about the dish that we disliked. Our waitress was superbly professional and soliciotous; we really thought she was terrific. And she recommended a bottle of wine that was perfect."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants in the metro-west area with unusual and frequently changing menus and creative and super astounding food choices. Book early if you want a seat."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "5i Lincoln was a neighborhood gem. Popular and always busy. It offered snack food at the bar which was fun and lots of casual and more serious entrees in the diningroom which are now all gone. The new 4 course tasting menu is too serious. My husband and I each had the 4 courses and ordered different items so we could taste 8 different options. Of the 8, I would only recomment the duck entree. The other choices were uninspiring and nothing to rave about. They are clearly trying hard but missing the mark. We will not go back or recommend the new menu to our friends."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I was concerned about the recent controversy and some recent negative posts, but found 51 Lincoln as good as ever. We've been going there 4-5 times per year for many years (it's a bit of a splurge for us, not an everyday place), and have always found the food and service to be the highest quality. Relaxed, neighborhood vibe, crazy good food, and yes - it's a little expensive - but worth it. Still some very reasonable choices on the wine list, I should note. The new menu is much smaller, with many of the old favorites set aside for the winter season, but everything we had was wonderful. The restaurant had a few open tables during the dinner rush - which is very rare for 51 Lincoln - but I suspect that won't be the case for long."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Great food, small portions for the price. Nice bar area. I think I would eat there next time and just order apps."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The gentleman that waited on us was poor. Not knowledgeable about the food on the menu, no personality, gave the worst pour on the wines that we have ever gotten. Literally not even 1/4 of a glass. When he brought me a chardonnay to try and I said that I liked it he poured into the trial glass which was much smaller than the glasses that they served in for everyone else."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "51 Lincoln has just initiated a fixed price four course tasting menu. Be aware: the courses are small dishes. My partner had the seared scallop with the daikon that was delicious but only one scallop. The shrimp bisque was bland. For the second course I enjoyed the nori fettuccine. Main course: my partner had the brined black bass- a small piece; the duck-two breast pieces with duck roulade and tiny carrots-was excellent but about1/2 the portion compared to the old menu). Chocolate panna cotta for dessert was excellent. Bottom line: the new menu is about 25% more expensive than the old menu, service and atmosphere are excellent, generally the food is outstanding, and if you don't mind spending a bit more for a bit less, then go for it."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My husband and I really enjoyed the new prix fixe menu. The food was beautifully cooked and presented, the service was attentive and knowledgeable, and the pacing was good. We also appreciated the portion sizes, which were just right for a 4 course meal that left us well- but not over-fed."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "51 Lincoln is a terrific restaurant mainly because of the reliably fine food and multiple choices on the menu. The dessert fritters are quite wonderful. The last time we were there service was slow, but that's our only complaint. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "51L has adapted its menu to tasting style and it is a winner!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Loved it, tried many new things! Portions small and small plates allow for trying many things! My main course was striped bass. It was over a few book choy leaves. My only complaint is that it could have used a starch on the plate- but I was very satisfied because I had salad, pasta as a second. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014