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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
80 Thoreau reviews from OpenTable diners
300 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (236)special occasion (191)neighborhood gem (182)romantic (107)notable wine list (79)vibrant bar scene (45)hot spot (36)good for groups (21)late-night find (11)great for brunch (5)scenic view (5)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • I just love 80 Thoreau
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Consistently great experience...wonderful food, talented chef and kitchen staff, professional, vigilant ownership that is always present. Menu variations that are interesting and worth exploring. Always time and money well-spent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 80 Thoreau
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have eaten there many times but for some reason that evening there was a snag in the kitchen and service was really slow. I think our order was lost at one point. The owners were apologetic and I'm sure it was a one time event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect!
    JMHB
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary and were greeted with glasses of champagne as soon as we were seated! The food and drinks were exceptional and the timing of the service was perfect. Our waiter was pleasant and attentive but did not linger...just like we like it! We were so happy we had chosen 80 Thoreau for our special night. Thanks for being part of our celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem of a restaurant!
    lopezislandfoodie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Superbly sourced food prepared to perfection in a lovely sophisticated and comfortable setting! The wine list is very well done and cocktails are available. Best of all owners Vincent and Ian are present and charming! The service is perfect. 80 Thoreau is worth a trip to Concord.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this world Gnocchi
    Ak3487
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I had gnocchi with shrimp and chanterelles, followed by pan-roasted duck with celeriac and kale. Both were excellent, but the gnocchi are simply spectacular: light, airy, so totally different from the usual gluey lumps. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suburban Gem!
    BigTasty
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Birthday celebration for my wife which I had noted to them prior to arriving, and they provided a great celebration! We enjoyed ourselves and the outstanding food - very fresh! We started with appetizers. Succulent heirloom tomatoes, lobster gnocchi, and smoked salmon pate. All were wonderful. My wife enjoyed the bluefish for her main entree and shared some of my dish. I usually don't get chicken out at a nice restaurant. Waiter suggested it. He had noted it was on the menu since opening and a house specialty. Guidance was spot on! Fantastic meal! Best chicken I have ever had. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite place now
    dswartz
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The service was a teeny bit slow, but hardly badly so. Everything else was outstanding, especially the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding restaurant
    liketoeat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We've been to 80 Thoreau several times in the last few months and each time has been super. The service was great, and the food was really exceptional. We generally dine out in Boston, but this place rivals any of the places we go
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 80 Thoreau serves a wonderful meal
    rehEats
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We had two amazingly good and unusual appetizers. By themselves they made the meal. For our main course we chose one old favorite and one special. Again, both were excellent; the special surprised us -- new flavors and very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous evening at 80 Thoreau!
    Chris01773VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Everything about my birthday celebration at 80 Thoreau was perfect -- excellent service, truly delicious food, great cocktails and wine, and special treats at dessert for my birthday. Thanks Vincent, Ian, and crew for making my birthday dinner memorable...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good experience
    lex3
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I would recommend 80 Thoreau mostly for the food and location. THe food was excellent. We were placed near the open kitchen--not the best spot because of all the traffic and noise. Concord is a very pretty town and had plenty of places to park. 80 Thoreau was quite pricey; so we would save it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Thoreau
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We love this place,the food and service are impeccable. Can't speak highly enough about it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable, high standard
    Wantstobeimpressed
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Been going here off and on for several years - the food has been consistently good. They have always tried to accommodate me even when full. I get the sense these guys care - and it shows. The chef is commendable and inventive. A touch pricey at roughly $70/head for two courses and a few drinks but seems about right for the quality. Long may this restaurant live.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Lovely Fall Dinner
    Skisocks
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Had the Duck, loved it. Had the Salmon Pate Loved it. Had a lovely Bottle of Pinot Noir, Loved it. Service was Great, a really lovely evening would recommend highly so much I want to go back and try other things on the Menu. Looking forward to more dinner there in the fall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and location
    obrcon
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    great suburban location and impeccable service. Cannot wait to go back. Diverse menu options. Gnoochi lobster appetizer was a table favorite. Pork tenderloin was perfectly cooked. Lamb ragu with whole grain pasta was tender and well seasoned. To difficult to pick best dessert option all were good. Noise was an issue due to kitchen being open to dining room and boisterous party nearby.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Concord?
    SkiDude
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Who knew such a gem was hiding in Concord (although I guess given the large number of very positive reviews you couldn't really say it was "hiding"). One of the best meals I've had in years, and I have the chance to eat at a lot of really nice restaurants while traveling on business. The smoked swordfish pate was delicious, the tuna entree was perfectly seared, the chocolate pudding (w/ figs) was like no chocolate pudding I've ever had before, and the service was impeccable. What more could you ask for in a restaurant?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    80 Thoreau never disappoints. Food and service are always first rate. If you haven't dined at 80 Thoreau, you definitely should!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Ambience Superb!
    Hayashi56VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have visited this restaurant many times since last year after my friend recommended it to me. I love the fact that this restaurant is in Concord downtown yet has ample parking. The menu is unique and food is meticulously prepared. Service is A+. To me, this is top 2 restaurants in Concord.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treasure in the Attic
    2Concorddiner
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was a bit skeptical climbing the stairs up the old railroad station building, but the service, the coziness of the place, but most of all the food completely shattered any doubts I'd had. The place had a modern warm feel, the service was great, we were not sure about which wine to choose and they were helpful with a few glasses to choose from. The food is just great, the menu reflects the produce of the season, the desserts! they are to die for. I have been there once already a year ago and I am definitely coming back. One thing that I am willing to overlook are the bathrooms. There location is a bit odd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow - GREAT FOOD AGAIN
    Ripley
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Delicious, scrumptious, so good, wonderful! I have eaten at 80 Thoreau many times and it never disappoints me! such great tastes and presentation and so so YUMMY!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Getting better and better
    BosChickVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We have been to 80 Thoreau about 5 times in the past year. Every time is a better experience than the one before. Menus have become more exciting and creative, and we are happy to have this lovely place in Concord. Make a reservation, as it's packed every night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Portions
    CarolS
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We were a party of four and all agreed that the appetizers and desserts were ridiculously small portioned. I loved the tomato soup, but thought that my main course of tender, but not flavorful, sliced pork tenderloin was disappointing, although the vegetables were creative and very good. My husband liked his tuna main course. Our friends had fish appetizers which they thought were overpriced and included two tiny chunks of bland tasting fish. The raspberry dessert was more of a tasting than a course. We all left still feeling somewhat hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVED it.
    MadameMap
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I loved everything about this restaurant. First off, the atmosphere was spectacular. Uniquely modern and sophisticated, yet warm and cozy. The staff was spectacular, too. Very professional and attentive. The food was absolutely delicious. I loved how the menu was so simple. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boston-like Dining in the Burbs
    johnnyp
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    A pretty good restaurant tucked atop a a few local shops. The place has a sophisticated vibe without being stuffy - granite topped bar, hardwood floors. linen on the tables. We started with the salmon pate and a glass of pinot noir. Both good. For main dishes, we tried the tuna and the pork tenderloin. both were cooked perfectly, presented well, and were quite tasty, the main course complimented by thoughtful and interesting sides. Overall, a solid restaurant that most foodies would enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the very best in New England
    RobertBVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Creative unique menu, quality ingredients, expert preparation, knowledgeable service, excellent wines, open kitchen, beautiful space. 80 Thoreau is our favorite restaurant in New England.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food & service
    FequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We went here based on the reviews, which were accurate as to this place's quality. Service was friendly, helpful & polite. The food was excellent and the portions fine. Though we ordered only one dessert, we were gifted a 2nd one and also after dinner drinks, which was very generous. The manager and also the sommelier were very helpful and warm. We thanked all of them for the lovely meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    EmilyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We came for a birthday dinner, and had a wonderful time and meal. Chris provided outstanding service, and the food was delicious. My only suggestion for improvement was that I ordered a bottle of champagne to be served at the table when we arrived, and it was, but the gentleman came and poured the champagne without saying a word. It would've been a nice touch to wish a happy birthday, or say what the champagne was for. Not a big deal. We'll definitely return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a treat
    1serialdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We are always delighted to get to dine here! Love ALL the staff! There's always a delicious new drink on the menu, food menu always changing and so many home made touches, down to the ketchup on the plate with "the world's best burger"! Wish we could be there more often! And, remember to reserve ahead, they fill up early for obvious reasons!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    SpinnerVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We are regulars at 80 Thoreau, and we recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Young Restaurant w/ Many Strengths
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wonderful grilled fish - a real strength of this menu. The pasta is notable too, as is the wine list. Ask for the Reserve List for some special wines. Finally, the cocktails were made to perfection. We can't say enough good things about this young but very polished restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but....
    Goldie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My friend and I had a reservation for a Saturday evening at 7PM. The food was excellent, nice blend of flavors and presentation. We split two appetizers, the main course, and a delightful dessert, a perfect amount of food. They were very happy to plate the main course in two. A noisy party of young women voices overwhelmed the restaurant. Even after they left it was not quiet, making it difficult for us to converse easily. The service was shaky. The server gave us more time to look over the drink menu per our request, which we appreciated. The appetizers arrived in a timely fashion but we had to catch our server's attention to bring the main course. That and the noise level took the edge off an otherwise fine dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RayJ336
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Wonderful experience yet again...very flavorful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top food
    Newmexdex
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great food served perfectly. Portions are moderate, but everything is meticulously prepared and presented. Seasoning is tasteful, but not overly intense. Ingredients used are of the highest quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Burger
    Bergie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    80 Thoreau has a lot going for it and a very interesting menu that changes seasonally. I had their hamburger (medium rare) last night off the bar menu. It was fantastic and you have to try it! Get the fried pickles as well...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a winner
    Leafpeeper2dayVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    80 Thoreau is one of our favorite restaurants. While the menu is short, it has a broad range of flavors. I would like to see a few more options of vegetarian fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upstairs at 80 Thoreau
    Debonaire
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    80 Thoreau is hidden gem that has it all. The food is excellent and the wait staff are friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. I look forward to my next dining experience there in the the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Anniversary Dinner
    StrudelMeister
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband celebrated our wedding anniversary here and sat in dining area nearest the bar (about 30 seats) The entrance is very discreet -like a speakeasy in the 1920's (which added to its appeal). I had not realized that it was "Dining Week" (options tend to be dumbed down to appeal to a wider audience -less selection) However our 3 course meal ($38/pp) was top notch. My husband is a (fresh/local) tomato fanatic and really enjoyed the heirloom tomato app. The bluefish entree was especially delicious( (crispy outside & briny inside) The desserts were the perfect (small bite) size & still enough to share. Only downside was that tables were very close together (shared conversations / challenging to get in/out) We will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love 80 Thoreau!
    clhloves80Thoreau
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've had dinner at 80 Thoreau around 8 times now... the service, ambiance, and of course the food is always wonderful, and this last time was no exception...from the fun cocktails to the perfectly cooked roasted chicken and fresh bluefish to the just-enough sweet desserts. The panacotta appetizer was particularly good, with lovely texture and flavors on the side to match. I always feel satisfied after the meal, feeling both comfortably fed and having a reasonable bill!
    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.
  • A restaurant week delight
    Blivet
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were four out for the final night of restaurant week. The choices on the prix fixe menu all sounded interesting and the restaurant also offered a special appetizer and dessert off the menu - unusual for a restaurant week dinner. The waitstaff were knowledgeable and attentive. The courses were presented beautifully and all that we selected was flavorful. There were unusual wines on the list and the sommelier made suggestions to compliment our meals across a broad price range. Love the open kitchen. All in all, a great experience - we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SueHVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went during restaurant week and the food was amazing. The chef and the entire staff pay attention to every detail, making for a very special dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate