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
279 reviews since May 3, 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 (218)special occasion (182)neighborhood gem (162)romantic (89)notable wine list (76)vibrant bar scene (42)hot spot (24)good for groups (22)late-night find (7)scenic view (7)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    80 Thoreau was a treat! We had heard about this restaurant, all favorable, and found our experience to be the same. Very tasty, innovative menu, superb (really!!) service, and surprisingly, reasonably priced wines. The atmosphere was lovely, much as one would expect in an intimate bistro in an elegant area. While their regular menu is a bit pricy for us, we would dine here again in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a hit
    penny
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    80 thoreau is an oasis for Concordians looking for a downtown Boston fine dinner without the hassle of a commute. You get what you pay for. Service is white table cloth, attentive, but leisurely. The food is fresh and delicious, carefully prepared and, as always, we enoyed every bite. I have NEVER had such a delicious tomato bisque as I recently had - it was perfect - not too salty, with just a hint of chili. Sublime. Their boulangerie style bread and artisinal butter is a meal in itslef. (The wine list is good- but apppears to have no Australian selections. Too bad. Aussie pinot chardonnay sparkling wines are superb as an aperitif and a good Barossa Shiraz is perfect with red meat.) I also hope they have oysters next time I go : )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great service, food was unusual and delicious. We went for restaurant week and we will go again for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another outstanding meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Time and time again, 80 Thoreau offers us delicious food and outstanding hospitality---all at a great price, especially during Restaurant Week! For those interested in wine, the restaurant offers a special list of exemplary wines...let Ian and Vincent guide you! Thank you again for caring for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Service is Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I recommend this restaurant for special occasions. It is expensive on a normal basis, I just didn't make a good selection for the restaurant week menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nancy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    You won't know the menu until you get there. If you love to try new things this is the place. They were even accomidating to some minor adjustments. Be ready to spend 2+ hours eating a three course meal. Everything was cooked perfectly and very flavorful. The close proximity to the train station added a unque experience to the evening. The staff was fantastic water was always full, presentation A+, and they checked on us regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food and service was absolutely amazing. I would recommend this place to anyone. It is a great place for special occasions or a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Delight Right Outside Boston
    vkx1984
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The ambiance is warm and welcoming in this old converted train station. The entrance is nondescript and first-timers may walk right by it but for the menu outside the door. They've done amazing work inside, and the front of the place has an intimate lounge feel while the back has a full view of the kitchen and a great, small, energetic restaurant look and sound. The wait staff is so courteous and knowledgeable--at our last experience, one of our party was vegetarian and our waitress had no problem recommending the lasagna without the Lamb ragu as still perfectly delicious, which it was. The sommelier saw me eying the wine list and came right over to help. The food itself was unbelievable, fresh, creative without being unfamiliar. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    FreddieHubbard
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nice spot for a date. Friendly staff and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mimi
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The dinners were very well designed and executed with subtle and delicious flavors. The swordfish was perfectly cooked and of the highest quality. The almond cake dessert was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • annnichols
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Lasagne was bland,could have done with more vegetables.My pork loin was tepid and a bit pink.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Anniversary Dinner!
    specialdinner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We enjoyed all the food and drinks. Everything was presented so beautifully and by very attentive staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent Excellence
    EatsinconcordVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What can I say, another fantastic meal at 80T. Service was unreal and the food to die for. Can't say enough, glad it's right down the street.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent
    ansolom
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have been to 80 Thoreau several times and have always enjoyed our dishes. The menu includes the freshest seasonal ingredients prepared and presented beautifully and deliciously. The service is always great: friendly and helpful but not disruptive or unctuous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Farm to Table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    One of the finest farm to table gems in the Metro Boston
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and service!
    ForTheLoveOfFood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Definitely a haven for foodies. Loved it. Reserved already for New Years!! Staff were so knowledgable and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited but beautiful
    voomel
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Limited menu so look it up Before hand. Hard to find. Overly interior
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Concord gem
    NHBob
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    It is rare that I find a dining experience flawless but this recently happened at 80 Thoreau. Creative cuisine, perhaps best classified as "New American", a well conceived wine list, and excellent service were all on display. The very fair price quality ratio of the food and wine make this a suburban no brainer. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well done!
    cleanplatecara
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Although we visited during Restaurant Week, the service was the caliber we would expect when paying full price for a nice evening out. We were pleased that there was a breather between courses and no effort to rush us out, which is sometimes the case during busy evenings elsewhere. Very glad we chose this for Restaurant Week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a delicious restaurant week meal at 80 Thoreau...3 courses for $38. I had the sword fish with grilled peaches and a grain salad...plenty to eat and a delicious combination. Recently the meals have been wonderful. It won't disappoint!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Restaurant Week Menu
    KG123
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Love going to this spot and could not resist a visit during restaurant week. Menu selections were terrific. There was even a special appetizer selection which was outstanding (Gnocci). I am partial to their chicken which was wonderfully done but the others at my table had the lasagna which was outstanding! Look forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Andy
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diamond in the Rough
    Andi
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our first time dining here during restaurant week. Very glad we tried it and look forward to oing back to try their menu. I like the fact they have a bar menu as well. Wonderful attentive service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Trendy spot in Concord
    DD19
    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.
  • Always a Treat.
    Eric
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant is a gem. The food and service are always top notch. Wished we lived closer to Concord, so we could go more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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!
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    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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    • 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
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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
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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.