80 Thoreau Street
Concord, MA 01742Neighborhood:
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
- 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
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
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80 Thoreau reviews from OpenTable diners
249 reviews since April 22, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (194)special occasion (161)neighborhood gem (144)romantic (77)notable wine list (67)vibrant bar scene (39)hot spot (25)good for groups (23)great for brunch (6)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
- Very Nice DinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/16/2014We had a great meal and the serve was excellent. If the corn ice is on the menu, get it!Special Features:
- A little slow this timeOpenStudioVIPDined on 8/16/2014This 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:
- 80 Thoreau - First ClassBonVivantDined on 8/16/2014A 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:
- Amazing dinnerLisaTDined on 8/15/2014We 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:
- Great food awful serviceNoFinerDinerDined on 8/15/2014First 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.
- Great food in a quiet spotOpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/15/2014We 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:
- 80 Thoreau247foodieDined on 8/15/2014Exquisite 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always wonderful food.boneVIPDined on 8/15/2014I 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:
- Great Suburban OptionSGH1234Dined on 8/14/2014A 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect again!adnycDined on 8/14/2014This 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:
- SueHVIPDined on 8/13/2014food was creative and innovative. farm fresh ingredients were used in all dishes, the flavor shined throughSpecial Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/13/2014Fabulous food and excellent service and recommendations but very noisy and too little seating in bar area.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always wonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 8/13/201480 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special menu deliciousBeauGesteDined on 8/11/201480 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delightful dining experience - fun!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/11/2014Excellent choice for a special dinner with friend(s) or a romantic evening with your beloved.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- High summer delightsConcordDinerDined on 8/9/2014Had 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- over60Dined on 8/9/2014We have dined several times at 80 Thoreau and it never disappoints. Recommend the striped bass entree, it was delicious.Special Features:
- Corn & Tomato specialUltraFoodieDined on 8/9/2014Last 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:
- A must!OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIPDined on 8/7/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful Night OutOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/5/2014My 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:
- susanDined on 8/4/2014The food was excellent. The service was great. I found the menu somewhat limited and overpriced.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Summer MenuOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 8/4/2014Fabulous 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:
- Not what we expected!DiningOutDined on 8/2/2014This 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.
- Tomato soup was extraordinaryparsleyVIPDined on 8/1/2014Ordered 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/31/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Glad We Finally Found ItDNS1Dined on 7/29/2014No 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:
- Always excellentluvlocalDined on 7/26/2014We 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:
- Delicious interesting diningApaolinoDined on 7/24/2014Great meal as always here at 80 Thoreau. Interesting combinations and great service!Special Features:
- Thoreau JulyJakeDined on 7/24/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Love 80 ThoreauLeafpeeper2dayVIPDined on 7/22/2014We'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:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/19/2014Excellent dinner experience 3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333333555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555555Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful every time!ssueDined on 7/18/201480 Thoreau is a treasure! Great food and environment for a special night out.Special Features:
- Wonderful Dining ExperienceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/18/2014Hadn'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:
- 4tasteDined on 7/18/2014Except for an unusually long wait for the entree, and a high noise level, a first-rate experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/18/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- As excellent as ratedTravelerDined on 7/17/2014This 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:
- Cozy, thriving.art4Dined on 7/17/2014As 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- INCREDIBLEJKBAgassizDined on 7/15/2014First 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:
- Very ConcordpalermoDined on 7/15/2014We 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.Special Features:
- Excellent Cuisine!BillVIPDined on 7/12/2014The 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!