51 Lincoln
51 Lincoln

51 Lincoln

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, 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: Our Wine Room offers an intimate setting for parties of 8 - 20. It is the ideal venue for board dinners, corporate events and holiday parties. For larger events, 51 Lincoln is available for full restaurant buyout and can accommodate up to 80 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Billy Pola 8779268315

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
51 Lincoln reviews from OpenTable diners
127 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (90)fit for foodies (90)special occasion (36)notable wine list (22)romantic (19)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (12)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We had not been to 51 Lincoln in a year. We were lead to a table near the swinging doors of the kitchen. When we complained they were able to find a better table. The server was quite pleasant, but the food is uninspiring and for the money there are better places to go in Newton.
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  • really nice service
    MegC
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    I have always appreciated the service here. And I like the vegetarian options too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely return----often!
    Foodexplorer
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Delightful New American cuisine with a small but high value wine list. Professional and friendly service and a warm neighborhood feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but....
    happydiner
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Need to have warmer and more comfortable chairs, especially in colder seasons; aluminum chairs are too hard and cold. Room a bit chilly & drafty, too. But food is amazing!! Funky artwork on walls -- not for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional Restaurant
    MMO119
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I highly recommend 51 Lincoln. The service was exceptional. We were seated promptly in a quiet room on the lower level. It was perfect for my group because it was quiet enough that we could have a conversation. The diners who were interested in more action were able to dine upstairs or at the bar. We started with cocktails designed by the chef which were terrific. The appetizers and entrees were all exceptional. I highly recommend the salmon or the pasta Bolognese. The service was perfect. The wait staff was never intrusive, and yet, they were able to get our food out in a timely manner. When it came time to pay the bill we lingered to finish a conversation and we were not rushed out the door to accommodate the next seating. This restaurant is a gem. I highly recommend it for any and all occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 51 Lincoln is a delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Very knowledgeable server, who was quite attentive. The duck breast was cooked to perfection and was well-complemented by the Brussels sprouts which were the best my tablemate had ever eaten. Our scallops had a delicious seared exterior, and were on a bed of the lightest pureed squash accompanied by beans and a cranberry mostarda, which tied everything together. The portions are not large but were sufficient. Our on person who had a cocktail really loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duck Breast superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I celebrated my birthday with my family at 51 Lincoln and we all loved our food. Three of us had the duck breast and just raved about it. Another had the chicken under a brick and another the salmon. Both these entrees were great. The kale salad and goat cheese with grapes was fantastic. We have been going to 51 Lincoln for many years now and since we were last there, they have changed the decor. I must admit I miss the white tablecloths and more cozy furniture. Noise level seems higher. But still a great place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I cannot speak to most of the options above, but our experience was completely positive. One things that stood out is that we were not rushed out in any way. We never felt like we were taking up a table for another party. We would certainly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lighting
    Louise
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We have been to 51 Lincoln many times and didn't mind being seated downstairs because it is quieter and upstairs was "hopping" and we hadn't seen this couple in a while. BUT our table compared to others was dimly lit and I couldn't see the wonderfully prepared food i.e. my golden raisins, curried chicken and pine nuts. Half the enjoyment of presently food is the colors and textures.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anago
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was excellent. The watermelon steak salad was highly recommended and lived up to the expectations. The salmon, the pressed chicken and the spaghetti Bolognese were very tasty. Overall a very good meal. Wished it was a little less noisy. the waitress was very attentive, good wait staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need sound absorption materials
    RJtheRestaurantRover
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The butcher block tables are very attractive, but the absence of table clothes and other sound absorbing materials allows sounds from tables in the vicinity to carry easily and annoyingly. This negative detracts from the rest of a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gail
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We loved it, the service was top notch, our waiter took time to describe the meals, and was very friendly. The food was great, and the wine list was very good. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Quaint Neighborhood & Great Find
    NoSoxTonight
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    It's one of those places that makes you feel good about finding. Quaint neighborhood, cozy yet comfortable nicely done restaurant, unique/good food and drinks. They make a great tomato-olive oil spread served with the bread. Ordered a yummy martini... but seemed small for the $$. Variety of beers and wines... the red blend was great! We shared a couple of first courses to try their specialties. Shared a main course of Chicken under a brick with mushroom risotto that was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Confortable spot for dinner
    Redhead
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    51 Lincoln has a warm, friendly dining room, and Mike is a great server, attentive but not intrusive, and it was treat to have venison on the menu. The food was delivered promptly, and the entrées did not look, or taste as if they were prepared when the line cook(s) had time and waited until we finish our first course. The food and wine list make 51 Lincoln a place we will return to again and again, even if it is a little loud and another six inches between tables is needed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the $
    JCSfoodie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The restaurant was very accomdating when I upped the number of people to 3, and sat us in what they referred to as their "wine cellar." First impression of this area with 6 tables was it smelled like a grandparents damp basement. It was nice looking, but they had very odd music on...80s/90's pop. The watress was very pleasant, but we didn't see her after our meals were delivered until we were almost done. Our meals were OK, but nothing exceptional. Certainly not worth the high entre costs. Wouldn't go back again.
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  • Pricey but distinctive
    cwc103
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Salmon marinated in miso/soy was excellent as was the sticky rice. Interesting home made pasta with chicken, curry, and pine nuts - not overly spicy, just delicious. The small complimentary picked asparagus was a nice touch. The Discount Coupon Helped us to visit again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    GratefulVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I met a friend at 51 Lincoln. Parking not easy, so leave a bit of time. Food was excellent. I had the fish taco and a lovely salad for dinner. Disappointing that they did not have the Stag's Leap Chard by the glass, but the one I ended up with was fine The service was great - no complaints at all, attentive but not intrusive. I will go again.
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  • best chicken I have ever eaten
    appetizerVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We go to 51 Lincoln only occasionally. We visited the other night for the duck breast, which was fantastic. But on a whim, I decided to get the brick chicken. The chicken was wonderfully moist, yet with crispy skin. And the hearty mushroom risotto was to die for. I think 51 Lincoln is our new "go-to" restaurant!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrated a birthday dinner
    Gastronomic
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    51 Lincoln is small and "cozy" with tables close to each other, but surprising the noise level is manageable to have a conversation. The menu and the wine lists are short with choices, but with something for everyone. The calamari and the crispy fish taco were very good and full of flavor. The pan seared watermelon steak with egg plant appetizer is worth the adventure. We each shared the small portion of the Cuban style braised port w/spaghetti and the chef's Bolognese. Both were outstanding. The Bolognese was the best I ever had and my wife loved the tender pork and spice of her dish. The only disappointment was the caramelized flan that tasted like butter, very odd and not good. The service was timely and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cinzel
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    51 Lincoln is one of those restaurants that immediately make you feel welcome as you walk in. The staff seem to be in sync with each other so that everyone is friendly and helpful. The ambience has a romantic feel, however the lighting does seem to be a little too low for my older eyes. The menu is limited which in some ways is more helpful for choices. I have eaten several times in this restaurant and have never been disappointed with the food. The chef makes an outstanding bolognese. I would bring my Italian relatives here anytime! I would also highly recommend this restaurant for special events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet ambiance with incredible food
    baconfreak
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My wife and I went here to celebrate a birthday recently and had a fantastic time. 51 Lincoln is quiet and romantic, but also has a nice bar at its entrance. Try the calamari appetizer and the duck. The bolognese was some of the best I have ever tasted, even the next day for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service
    IsaBVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We've dined here a handful of times, and we always forget what terrible service they offer. The two stars given is an average of the three star food and one star service. It's difficult to get the attention of a server. There also is a bizarrely long lag between removal of appetizer plates and the entrees, and each time we have been there it has been laborious to get our check delivered. The last time we went, we asked to have (a significant amount of) our meal wrapped, and it was never delivered. Main entrees are mediocre, but the cheese and charcuterie is generally good. For the mains, the ~$37 sirloin has twice been subpar (different descriptions, same disappointment) -- meat is not very tender and sauces are overly sweet. Won't return.
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  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A bit loud..probably a tad slow..but not terrible for either. Food very good with some unique plates. The watermelon 'steak' , lamb ragout, steak, chicken dishes were all great. Certainly would return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing meal
    Andy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went after a busy day. The staff made our evening relaxing enjoyable experience. They were thoughtful and provided professional service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Shared two wonderful pasta dishes--the past was fresh and the sauces were great. Wonderful service--they were willing to split both the salads and the entrees. It was a very enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Keeps getting better
    BosDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    we have been going to 51 Lincoln for years. Honestly the food just gets better and better. I love the unique offerings and the fresh takes on favorites like the watermelon steak. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicken Under a Brick!
    Wowedbyfood
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food here is heavenly. I was there with a group of six and not one of us was displeased. Their chicken under a brick was absolutely as described--cooked under a brick to ensure the chicken was crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. A few of us ordered that. Another ordered the salmon, which I tasted. It was perhaps the most flavorful and delicately textured salmon I've eaten. Another one of us had the duck. He is a duck connoisseur and a tough critic. He loved it. Their wine list is a tremendously thoughtful list--shows great taste and knowledge of wine. The place deserves five stars, but we were seated near the kitchen and the wait-stand and I was facing the bar, with TV shining, which marred the ambiance for us just a bit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Excellent
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Have been to 51 Lincoln several times and it always delivers. Excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Newton Gem
    AndreiaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First time to 51 Lincoln and they certainly didn't disappoint. We had 8:45pm reservation on a Saturday and arrived early but couldn't be seated so decided to take a walk around the neighborhood. We knew we were in pretty good hands when we saw the restaurant was humming and the neighboring restaurants were pretty empty. Minimal menu focusing on what's fresh and in season. From the warm corn bread and focaccia served with sweet tomato chutney/relish, to tender lightly battered calamari with chipotle aioli and then shrimp with light as feather ribbons of pasta and crispy flatten chicken with corn risotto and wild mushrooms with demi glace. Portions were just perfect and absolutely delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FamilyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The tables were too tight and the staff and guests kept hitting my chair. Drinks took too long to get to the table.
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  • Late night service
    MegC
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I went here with a friend on a weeknight. The food and wine were very good and the service excellent. What most impressed me was that at about 9:15 my three teenagers joined us, all hungry. The waitress could not have been nicer and they had a great dinner even though we were the last ones there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation not honored on time
    BangerVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great atmosphere but normally Opentable reservations are so conservative that you don't have to wait, they were struggling to honor here. Had to sit at bar. Food was good, but not great. Service was nice, a great option in Newton although Sycamore still takes the cake.
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  • wisegolf
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    In a quaint area. The service was exceptional from all concerned. The menu, although fairly short was interesting & the food (bolonese & chicken under a brick) was excellent. We will definately be back & will be brining friends !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PeteVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    51 Lincoln serves creative and sometimes eclectic American food. Everything I had was excellent. The service was also very good. Friendly, professional, but not stiff. I'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    biff
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our first visit was great. Try the watermelon appetizer. Chicken under Brick was the best. The dessert (chocolate cookie with ice cream) was average and what kept me from giving high fives all around. Service was personal and timely without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 51 Lincoln
    jmanddmVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great food and drinks, but the small space and hard surfaces make for a very loud evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too loud!
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but I won't rush back even though the food was delicious. It has become way too loud. I don't know if it's because they changed the artwork, but it's much noisier than it used to be. Our party of four had to shout to hear each other.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The pan saered watermelon filet was amazing. The best food we have had in Boston.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Fantastic
    MattVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was my first time here, but it will not be my last. The fish tacos were a great starter to share. The rigatoni was amazing... Fresh pasta and a perfect sauce. Get the large size.... If you can not finish it, take it home... Even leftover it was great. The wine list was perfect... Everything you want without being overwhelming. Great service from beginning to end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food quality sagging
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Visited this lively place September 3. Substantial erosion in food quality since my last visit 15 months ago, with many good visits before that. Hard surfaces everywhere makes the place very noisy. Patrons were abundant and seemingly having a good time.
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