80 Thoreau
80 Thoreau

80 Thoreau

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.80thoreau.com/
  • Phone: (978) 318-0008
  • 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
296 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (243)special occasion (195)neighborhood gem (187)romantic (117)notable wine list (89)vibrant bar scene (48)hot spot (38)good for groups (24)late-night find (9)great for brunch (6)scenic view (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • susan
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was excellent. The service was great. I found the menu somewhat limited and overpriced.
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    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.
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth the trip
    NickV
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My main regret is that everything sounded so scrumptious and I only had enough stomach space for one meal. I hope to return to sample more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 165 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1453 reviews are from the 80 Thoreau reviews archive.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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
    Cameron
    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.
    Special Features:
    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 ;)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy, thriving.
    art4
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    As during our previous dining experiences at 80 Thoreau, the food and service were excellent. It's a cozy, thriving place. Perhaps as a result of the restaurant's small quarters, our table for 4 seemed a bit cramped; we had to ask for items to be removed to create enough room to slide our plates completely onto the table. That was the only negative. On the whole, we enjoy frequenting 80 Thoreau.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • INCREDIBLE
    JKBAgassiz
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    First time dining here, but it won't be our last. Everything -- from the attentive (but not cloyingly obsequious) waitstaff to the delectable food (even the plain-sounding "salad with mixed greens" was anything but plain!) -- was just amazing. Wish I could give this more than 5 stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Concord
    palermo
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had reservations and were seated immediately. Wine was good. Bread and butters was good. Long wait (almost 30 minutes for food to arrive. We were surprised at the wait because when we arrived we passed a row of waiters that reminded me of the lineup of servants at Downton Abbey.) We both has the mixed greens - and we both felt there was too much dressing. My scallops were barely done; four tiny beets were done just right. My husband liked his salmon and kale. coffee was good. Passed on dessert; we didn't have the time. We had an excellent view from our table of the concord train tracks - incoming commuters. Noise level in the restaurant was high; noted how quiet it was on the street after we left the building.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Cuisine!
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The gnocchi appetizer was perfect and the striped bass entree was totally delicious. Hands down, this is the best restaurant in the western Boston suburbs. Oh, and the banana profiteroles dessert contained the best banana gelato one could eat!
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  • favorite local restaurant
    Rob8
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my second visit, party of 2. Really the only thing I would criticize is that the food is just a shade too salty, and the wooden chairs get a little tiring. We like 80 Thoreau and look forward to our next special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer scene
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Friday nights at 80 Thoreau in the summer are divine. Most of the crowds have left for the mountains or the sea leaving room at the bar and reservations to be had. The gnocchi is always delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Our first time to 80 Thoreau and we were thrilled to come across such a fabulous find !!! Loved the food and everything else~ We will definitely put this on our dining out hit list !!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SFES
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The Duck Confit is my favorite dish here. Great Manhatten's. It is so nice to have a restaurant 0f this quality in Concord where we live.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the theme dinners.
    ilove2eat
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We did the striped bass theme dinner with the special menu. Everything was delicious !! ... loved the chowder... best ever!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Concord MA
    PJohn
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great local restaurant. Not easy to get into - always quite full. This time we sat nearer to the bar, it was after 8:30pm and it was a bit on the loud side but the food and service as always was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal at 80 Thoreau
    Kellyfam
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Invited out of town guests to 80 Thoreau. We all had a great meal experience. Chicken, pork, salmon were all cooked perfectly. Service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence Continues
    pops
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Another tasty evening at 80. The soft shell crab was pertfectly prepared and the mains (stripee bass and veal) were delicious. Service and wine selection were also unparalled. A salute to all on this team!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Experience
    BoxBee
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I'd been to 80 Thoreau for drinks and appetizers before and it was wonderful. I couldn't wait to have dinner there, and my expectations were exceeded. From cocktails to appetizers to entrees to dessert, every dish was excellent. The service was truly outstanding. On a Wednesday night, the place was nearly full. Yet each and every staff member made us feel as if we were their only and highest priority.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Concord's Best!
    Fergie
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I've eaten at 80 Thoreau twice. Excellent starters and entres! Our party of 4 enjoyed bass, sea scallops, and salmon dishes. The sauce with the bass was exceptional. Finally Concord has a fine restaurant that is high quality, has very good service, but is not pretentious.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Celebratory dinner
    Finediningfor4
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I took clients of mine to dinner to celebrate their first purchase of a home. We sat in the back with the view of the train which was fun. Our waiter was exceptional. He suggested cocktails based on what we liked. Our starters were excellent I got the gnocchi. The grilled veal was amazing. And our desserts were wonderful. This is clearly fine dining without having to get dressed up. This was my second visit and look forward to going back soon.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved everything
    Food4thought
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My friends and I loved the restaurant, service and the food. We eat out often at fine restaurants in Boston and this is one of our favorites now. Everything we ordered from apps to dessert was an artistic creation with a mix of wonderful flavors that melted together beautifully. Food was fabulous. Service was great-efficient and happy. We were able to converse. It was very relaxing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I moved from Cambridge to Concord last month and have now enjoyed 80 Thoreau's delicious food twice. I don't think I've had better anywhere in the Boston area. They do everything phenomenally well.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite Local Restaurant
    CookieVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food is consistently wonderful here, as is the service. We dine here regularly so it would be nice if the menu changed a bit more frequently, but the food and drinks are always excellent. We loved the new soft shell crab appetizer! Duck confit is always perfect too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remains A Favorite!
    Gramps09VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    80 Thoreau remains a favorite restaurant for us: a varied menu, which changes with the seasons; inventive pairings; and big flavors. Definitely a crowd pleaser.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frank Joyner
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    80 Thoreau was nice enough to have donated a dinner for 4, with wine, to a silent auction for a local charity. Knowing from past experience dining with them how good the food and service were, we were delighted to have made the successful bid. Though the service and food have always been exceptional, this time the service was even better. They asked what kind of wine we enjoyed and then selected for us a white wine from the Gavi region of Italy that was excellent and went well with the meals selected by all four of us. As always with them, the food was exceptional and the extra care they took to make the experience enjoyable made it especially so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still going strong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had another perfect meal at 80 Thoreau. Service was timely but not pushy even though we were an early seating on a Friday evening. The always-changing menu gives us reason to return regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Concord surprise
    lucca3
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Watch the MBTA Fitchberg line trains roll in through the windows of this second story restaurant located over the old train station. Very much enjoyed the meal and wine selection. The menu is limited, but varied and of high quality and beautifully presented. Service was excellent. Noise level moderate enough to allow for easy and enjoyable conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.