80 Thoreau
80 Thoreau

80 Thoreau

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.80thoreau.com/
  • Phone: 9783180008x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Carolyn Johnson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thoreau and Sudbury
  • Public Transit: Take the Commuter Rail to Concord on the Fitchburg Line. 80 Thoreau is located on the 2nd Floor of the Concord Depot.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free on site parking. Street parking available as well.
A word from 80 Thoreau
80 Thoreau is a progressive fine dining restaurant set in the beautiful New England town of Concord, sourcing from local farms and offering genuine hospitality.
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80 Thoreau reviews from OpenTable diners
250 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (193)special occasion (161)neighborhood gem (144)romantic (77)notable wine list (65)vibrant bar scene (39)hot spot (25)good for groups (23)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great experience and a wonderful place to celebrate a wedding anniversary!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Decent Restaurant at Last
    WaitOnMe
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Have lived in the "food desert" of Concord for over thirty years and take great joy in having a restaurant where the food and service are superb. They can make tomato soup memorable. The bread is divine. The swordfish perfect. The brandade fritters subtle and excellent. Sampled another Concord eatery recently and wanted to send the staff back for retraining. Here the service was attentive, pleasant, and well-timed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Trendy spot in Concord
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    First time trying 80 Thoreau and pleasantly surprised. Cool interior, nice bar, excellent food. Only minor issue (as noted in other reviews) is the time between courses was a bit long. We were hanging out with good friends so we didn't mind, but might annoy some people.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had a great meal and the serve was excellent. If the corn ice is on the menu, get it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little slow this time
    OpenStudioVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This time it was a little disappointing. I had requested a seat by the train window but instead we were seated in a corner next to the kitchen. The food was excellent as always, however the service was excruciatingly slow. We waited over an hour between the appetizers and the main meal. I noticed that on every table there was no food. Since we were next to the kitchen we could smell the fish cooking and kept thinking "any minute" but it was not to be. Don't know what was going on because it's not usually like that. Will probably go back but not so soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 80 Thoreau - First Class
    BonVivant
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    A top notch restaurant. My favorite. Owners Ian Sinclair and Vincent Vela, and Chef de Cuisine Carolyn Johnson have created a culinary and social treasure in a treasure of a town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing dinner
    LisaT
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went to celebrate my daughter's departure for senior year in college and had one of the best meals ever. All three of us savored each of our distinctive courses, sharing a bit of everything: pork tenderloin, bluefish, and the paparadelle with lamb ragu. The salads were delectable and I particularly enjoyed the baby kale with grilled cherries. We even celebrated with dessert, sharing the corncake with tomato strawberry ice cream which had such an interesting combination of flavors. Everything was fresh and well-prepared. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food awful service
    NoFinerDiner
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    First off, the food was excellent. My wife’s steak was one of the best we’ve had anywhere. The service however, was quite possibly the worst we have ever encountered. Our waitress was completely clueless about the menu and the overall timing of when they brought our dishes was unfathomable. Too long a wait between dishes, no checking with us, etc. We felt completely ignored while the staff completely fawned over the couple next to us. On leaving, they did “slip” my wife a $50 gift certificate but without any explanation or apology. I doubt we'll return to redeem it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food in a quiet spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went for the corn and tomato menu which was excellent. 80 Thoreau is a quiet spot, a place to relax over conversation and great food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 80 Thoreau
    247foodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Exquisite presentation of farm-to-table inspired cuisine. Knowledgeable and professional wait staff, impeccable timing. Pre-fixe 4-course meal was the option we chose (tomato-and-corn theme, with pan seared bluefish entree--heavenly!) paired with a perfect Pinot Noir, although the limited menu offered several other tempting a la carte options as well. We were seated at window table in further dining area overlooking commuter rail arrivals; quite enjoyable. Front dining room included unobtrusive but lively bar area. Lovely contemporary white-tablecloth ambience all on 2nd floor of former depot. Worth every cent. A return trip is definitely on our agenda.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful food.
    boneVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have eaten at 80 Thoreau more than several times. This evening was to celebrate a special occasion so I requested the chef's table which are four seats with a view of the fantastic incredibly designed kitchen. It was a treat to watch half a dozen chefs create the beautifully presented and delicious food. It was like watching a dance. Did I mention that the food was perfect as usual. I have never eaten anything from this kitchen that was not perfect in terms of being able to taste the fresh and wonderful combination of ingredients. The soups are always amazingly aromatic and wonderful. Although I am an absolute fan of the chef's chicken, I tried the sea bass which was perfectly seared and plated. Don't miss the chocolate dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Suburban Option
    SGH1234
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    A great option for suburban dining. There is a wide range of menu options, carefully prepared and beautifully presented. The food is imaginative and tasty. The wait staff is attentive, albeit not as polished as a downtown restaurant. The only draw back is the noise level.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect again!
    adnyc
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my third time eating at 80 Thoreau and once again the food was fantastic. We started with the gnocchi and the blue fish pate. Both were fantastic, but a warning here they are really not big enough to share. Everyone should order their own first as the plates are really just a few bites, wonderful bites, but just a few. The mains were fantastic also. I had the cod....yum! Just perfectly done. My husband had the ribeye, which we snaged right when we sat down since our server told us there was only one left. Our friends ordered the tuna, which was also divine and the lamb ragu pasta which was yumsville also. You will not be disappointed here. The service was impeccable and I have always loved the ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SueHVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    food was creative and innovative. farm fresh ingredients were used in all dishes, the flavor shined through
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Fabulous food and excellent service and recommendations but very noisy and too little seating in bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    80 Thoreau has become our favorite restaurant. It has a simple, uncomplicated yet elegant menu and a very interesting wine list (ask for the reserve list. ). Service is great and the bar makes cocktails the way they were meant to be. No better restaurant west if Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special menu delicious
    BeauGeste
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    80 Thoreau frequently runs "special menu" dinners. They are creative and well done, as is usual at 80 Thoreau. We ate the "corn and tomato" menu. Even dessert was a corn bread base. Very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful dining experience - fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Excellent choice for a special dinner with friend(s) or a romantic evening with your beloved.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High summer delights
    ConcordDiner
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had several items from the Corn and Tomato special menu; was not disappointed! The bluefish was perfectly cooked with johnnycake and kale accompaniments. My husband had the ribeye, also very good. Tomato soup was tasty but a bit heavy on the salt for my taste. Service was fairly attentive. All in all, a memorable meal and experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • over60
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We have dined several times at 80 Thoreau and it never disappoints. Recommend the striped bass entree, it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Corn & Tomato special
    UltraFoodie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Last Friday the restaurant had a special pre fixe ($45) offering that focused on tomatoes and corn http://www.80thoreau.com/restaurant/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/CornTomato.pdf) . Overall the tomato and corn meal was superb with the only tiny blemish being the dessert which was a cornmeal cake covered with ice cream and surrounded by a few cherry tomatoes that didn't really mix well with the cornmeal cake and ice cream. The first course was smoked duck breast with charred corn, tomato jam, and purslane; this first offering was was a gustatory delight. The second course was a tomato corn soup that was beautiful, bountiful, and tasty. The 3rd course was a perfectly grilled bluefish with kale, tomatoes, and johnnycake. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We celebrated my mother's 91st birthday at 80 Thoreau--she's 91 going on 70. We didn't have to think hard about anything because Ian, Vincent and team accommodated in everyway. First, they OFFERED to minimize salt and dairy for her meal...this effort is not easy for a well-honed kitchen for foodies! Furthermore, we knew nothing about excellent champagne. Such lack of knowledge is never a challenge here because you can trust Ian and Vincent to recommend wines according to your meal choices, palette, and price range. This restaurant deserves all the accolades! It remains our go-to spot for important celebrations as well as for a break from the mundane of our household kitchen. Please...just go and have an extraordinary dinner sensation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My Husband & I met up with our God-Daughter who lives in Boston and we live in Littleton for the corn & tomato menu with a chocolate dessert thrown in. Excellent is the word that comes to mind. We had a delightful evening not feeling rushed through our dinner & enjoying every bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • susan
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was excellent. The service was great. I found the menu somewhat limited and overpriced.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Summer Menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Fabulous experience, as always. Great summer menu with some wonderful grilled seafood. Loved the gnocchi with truffles. Can't wait for the annual corn and tomato menu coming up. Service was smooth and unobtrusive. Definitely a restaurant worth returning to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected!
    DiningOut
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This restaruant did not do it for us. We made a reservation for my birthday and requested a nice table. When we arrived, we were placed at a table near the kitchen away from the main dining room. The table felt isolated. It would have been much nicer to have had a seat in the main dining area where other people were dining. The menu on Open Table stated this restaruant had Salmon on its menu. It did not. It had bass. I do not like bass. I decided that I would try their pasta dish which was not very good. My wife had the pork which she liked but did not like the other sides on the dish. I would not return here. I think it is very over rated and is not a first class experience.
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  • Tomato soup was extraordinary
    parsleyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Ordered the tomato soup as a first course and was not disappointed. A large bowl of fresh tomato and herb flavors with a swirl of creme fraiche was amazing. The entree of seared scallops was also a standout. I have been to this restaurant numerous times and it is always consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We had a lovely time. The food was great as was the service. We really enjoyed the fact that the noise level was such that we could have an enjoyable conversation without straining to hear one another.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    What a great restaurant! We had an amazing meal there for my husband's birthday. Service was wonderful, drinks were delicious, and food divine. Best chicken we ever ate, and the pasta was fabulous also. We got to chat with one of the owners, a young man who has done a great job here. He found out it was my husband's birthday, and our desert came with a candle on it. Quietly elegant, no big fuss and thankfully no group song.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad We Finally Found It
    DNS1
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    No need to rewrite the many highly favorable reviews. So I'll limit this to saying that it was a wonderfully rewarding and relaxing evening, well-spent with a charming waitstaff, awe inspiring food. Truly a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent
    luvlocal
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We always have great meals here. Most recently the softshell crab; L'pipenanni panna cotta with snap peas, crisp ham and dijon; and the seared gnocchi with truffles and hazelnuts were great as appetizers. The papardelle is always excellent, and the striped bass with chantrelles string beans and fingerling potatoes was wonderful. As a party of 4 we ordered 4 desserts and all were original and delicious: cucumber sorbet (refreshingly tasty), Chocolate Bête Noire (fantastic), souffled lemon custard, and blueberry pudding cake with scrumptious large sweet blueberries. The servings are just the right size, leaving one satisfied but not stuffed. Service is very attentive. We love this restaurant!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious interesting dining
    Apaolino
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great meal as always here at 80 Thoreau. Interesting combinations and great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • Thoreau July
    Jake
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food and service were excellent...exceeding that of our last visit. It was a real pleasure to dine in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere, and we'll certainly be back for more.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love 80 Thoreau
    Leafpeeper2dayVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We've been going to 80 Thoreau since it opened and are always happy with the whole experience. The food is amazing. The staff is courteous, efficient, and knowledgeable. Great wine list with great options. Vincent is great at recommending hidden gems. It is a popular place so reservations are recommended.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent dinner experience 3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful every time!
    ssue
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    80 Thoreau is a treasure! Great food and environment for a special night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Hadn't been for a while and felt welcomed back be the constant superior level of service and top notch cuisine! A rare gem that has kept it food delicious from it's opening day forward. Seasonal fresh produce, local meat and wonderful wine pairings makes this a restaurant well worth discovering and returning too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4taste
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Except for an unusually long wait for the entree, and a high noise level, a first-rate experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We loved everything we ordered, food was prepared with great care and was just delicious. We ate gnocchi appetizer, mushroom cake, chowder special, and seared scallops. All were excellent. We wished there had been better choices on both the cocktail and dessert menus.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As excellent as rated
    Traveler
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This was one of the highest rated restaurants we have ever dined at, and it lived up to the ratings and more. What could be more perfect than spending the afternoon at Walden Pond, then dining at 80Thoreau, although I wonder if Henry would have approved ;)
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate