Great food, Good service and no complaints; except maybe only that the energetic sound levels and the open floor plan produced not the best ambience for a romantic evening out.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good meal at 51 Lincoln
Lively place, delicious food. I wasn't wowed when I read the menu, but everything was really well executed and delicious, so the actual experience was better than the anticipation! I had duck with asian flavors, was outstanding. The polenta fries were very rich but to die for. And the Brown Butter upside down cake was perfect. What every dessert should be, we all agreed. Very loud. Looked like a fun bar, but we were eating and it was a bit hard to hear. Really was only an issue when listening to the waitress telling us the dinner specials. Bottom line: Had a very nice night out with friends at a fun place with really good food. I would go again without hesitation. Not cheap, (not terribly expensive, either) but worth it.
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow! The food was awesome!
Wow! The food was awesome! Small, but very nice menu. Cannot wait to go back............
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
food good; service adequate; noisy
For the most part the food was good; my husband was not happy with his chicken - though prepared well it was nothing special - he felt he could make it better at home...so disappointing. The sea bass was good - but at $32 a plate, it should have been great. Our server forgot to put in part of the order and it came late. He never bothered to wait for an answer to how is everything - just rushed off. We did not stay for dessert.. it was too noisy and uncomfortable. We won't rush back.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amazing food, nice service
With its welcoming atmosphere and tasty, varied menu, I could eat here every day.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Creative, delectable, and delicious
Menu was very creative and food was surprisingly tasty! Surprising because sometimes these creative menus are creative for the sake of being creative... But the combinations were really nicely done and incredibly fresh tasting (apparently they have a rooftop garden). One caveat - portions are quite small so just be prepared. Drinks also were really well yummy.
Service was okay, not great but I think our server was new so I will give them the benefit of the doubt.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated my birthday here with my brother - great food - full restaurant but not so loud that we couldn't talk. Very responsive waitress - she knew it was my birthday so when the dessert was not what I expected, she checked with the kitchen and brought me cookies with milk. Thank you!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful experience/tasting menu
I love going to 51 on Wednesdays for their tasting menu and my miso salmon dish last week didn't disappoint. It was perfectly cooked and served over a tasty bed of fried rice and veggies. The lobster rangoon starters were a treat with a twist -- the light pastry shells contrasted the deep-fried rangoons I was predicting and made the lobster meat really stand out.
My friend and I had ice cream for dessert and were pretty blown away by the jalepeno/dark chocolate creation.
My only complaint, and this is picky, was regarding the chairs and the menu clipboards. They both look modern and swanky, but feel cheap. Also, it was the heat of summer and my chair was freezing! I could imagine this being a bummer in winter.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always interesting food, always
Always interesting food, always well executed. The watermelon steak is a divine inspiration!
The service accomplishes the difficult balance of being both personal and friendly but still impeccably professional.
This place belongs in a 6 star category.
8/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
restaurant reflects owner
restaurant reflects owner - curious about.the artwork, waitstaff asked owner to.talk with us. Engaging,.thoughtful, fascinating background, talented, great interest in art and food. We couldn't wait for dinner. Delicious.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was fantastic!
The polenta fries are always a fabulous start with the interesting cocktails.
The duck was yummy, well prepared and paired with interesting compliments. I would have enjoyed more of the delicious greens.
We had the blueberry cheesecake for dessert, interesting and tasty. The blueberry was the star of the dish:-)
Service was a little funky. A pet peeve is servers who hover and clear before everyone has finished. One server tried taking the plate of someone still eating even after he said he was still eating:(
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food + great service
Great food + great service = great experience. Will go again
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I had dinner at 51 Lincoln with two friends. We started with the cheese. The mild brie-like cheese was magnificent, and served with perfect French bread crostini and pickled onions, mustard, and a tomato/fruit relish of some sort. The relish was so good, that we got some extra to take home. I followed this with a perfect Caesar salad, and pan sauted duck breast. My wife split a fish dish with one of our friends, and the other friend had the sirloin. Both dishes were said to be quite good. We also had eggplant french fries as a side, which was a special that evening. For dessert, we had coconut cream ice cream, and cookies. All of this was topped off with two bottle of California chardonnay. On the whole, a great evening.
8/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time not fantastic service
Our waitress was having a "bad night". She pestered us continuously until we ordered. I am usually pretty direct, it still didn't seem to matter. Then she spilled a drink all over one of the patrons at the next table. At her next turn around to us, she started to knock over my wine glass but I caught it. Then the busboy refilled our water so that we actually couldn't talk and had to put our heads up against the wall to continue the conversation. Moving them 3 inches and then refilling would have done the trick. I usually let things go, but the combination was pretty irritating.
The food, as usual was wonderful.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was just fantastic. Watermelon steak appetizer, duck entree, coconut cream pie ice cream with warm chocolate chip cookies for dessert, delicious elderflower cocktail. Each more yummy than than the last. This is truly one of my favorite restaurants in the Boston area. If you are looking for a terrific meal with equally high quality service, this is the place. Highly recommend.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love 51 Lincoln
Had dinner at the bar and this place in beautiful, awesome, fun and the food is the best!!!!!!!! We ate here Wednesday the 28th and our bartenders were the best around! Who ever came up with the special drink menu THANK YOU!!!
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a wonderful server, new
Had a wonderful server, new to 51 Lincoln, but experienced in the restaurant world. Knew JUST how to time our dinner and encourage our desserts!
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always this restaurant
As always this restaurant does not disappoint! Everyhting was delicious and beautifully presented.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and server would great
Food and server would great as usual.
The hostess however was rude and abrupt. she was on the phone with someone and was ignoring me and others.
Totally surprised me and not a good way to start an evening
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love the watermelon steak!
My fellow diner and I came to 51 Lincoln midweek for dinner. I ordered 2 appetizers - the watermelon steak salad and a special, codcake. The codcake was ok - I tasted mostly potato, not so much cod - but the eggplant fries that came with it were amazing. My fellow diner ordered a pecan crusted salmon which he enjoyed.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Less crowded now, great service, always excellent food, and fantastic ambience. A great higher-end neighborhood restaurant. Worth the visit.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is always great
In reading another diners review, I would tend to agree, when we arrived the hostess who was on the phone looked right through us. She did not smile and motion to wait a moment. A server came over to seat us and BTW, the restaurant was not busy at that time. The server, very nice and pleasant was not as attentive during our meal as we would have liked. We had to get her attention a couple of times, to order, to receive more water and so on. The food is always on point, but the service a bit lacking for the price.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Would like the wine .ost to be a little larger and adding a few more French wines.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food for a variety of tastes. Desserts were delightful. Staff is very pleasant and accommodating. Nicest restaurant in Newton I have visited.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very noisy. Hard to have a
Very noisy. Hard to have a conversation. Also too high prices for the food. Menu very limited
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
reliably fine food
This is a wonderful neighborhood place, reliably fine food, friendly and warm.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fanstastic meal
My wife and I brought our 2 kids to dinner at 51 Lincoln to celebrate our anniversary. We all had a fantastic meal. My rib eye steak was delicious and cooked to perfection, my son loved the Rigatoni Bolognese, my wife loved the blackened catfish, and my 7 year old daughter loved the pasta and green beans that the chef specially made just for her (they do not have a kids menu). We ALL really enjoyed the brussel sprouts served as a side dish, and we had some wonderful mussels to start the meal. Nice atmosphere, an extremely attentive and friendly server, and a great wine list, too. We will definitely go back.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We thought our main courses
We thought our main courses were exceptional. My only regret is the cost of wine by the glass is a bit too pricey, our server was also lovely.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been here many times. I've sat at the bar for oyster night, had a private party downstairs, and have done several dinners in the main dining area. I'm always anxious to see what's on the menu. It's always changing, and there are always unique takes on traditional dishes, or something completely different. I've never been disappointed and have never walked away with leftovers (I'm tiny, the portions are good, but too delicious not to finish!)
Ask for the blood orange soda!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
How about a coffee?
Great, but we used a "Living Social" and our waitstaff made us feel awkward for not ordering enough to meet the $40 minimum instead of just suggesting a coffee.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved it!
We would definitely return to 51 Lincoln and recommend it to foodie friends. The bar was comfortable and food was fabulous. The bartender was very knowledgeable about their wine and made good recommendations for us. We had a cheese and charcuterie plate which was just divine; and I had the ziti with bolognese sauce which was the best I've ever had - just excellent.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service but
Great food and service but very noisy upstairs. I recommend asking for a table downstairs.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mid week dining
This restaurant was quiet at 6:30 but filled by 7pm. The menu had enough variety to satisfy most. The meals were well presented, creative, and tasty. The half portions for dessert were most welcome.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
very good restaurant. Mussels
very good restaurant. Mussels outstanding, cheese plate too. Fairly loud when it was packed, better later. nice vibe
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went there for my birthday, it''s always a great experience there. Highly recommend it!
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent quality food in suburbs.
Food very well prepared with choice of 5-6 entrees. Split the pasta special as a first course - excellent home made tagliatelle with eggplant caponata. Generous rib eye steak priced at $39 served with roasted Brussels sprouts and small potatoes. Very moist chicken cooked under a brick with popover and veggies for $27. Expensive wine list. No room for dessert. Definitely downtown prices in the suburbs but food was definitely worth it. Would return.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a delightful dinner with international colleagues at 51 Lincoln. They were impressed with the local & season inspired menu. It is a lively place.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I can't say enough good things about our dining experience at 51 Lincoln! The food was creative, thoughtfully presented and most importantly, delicious! The cocktails were a yummy way to start. The watermelon salad was especially unique and outstanding in every way. The service was friendly and knowledgable. We won't let so much pass between visits.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good food, pricey, not cozy
Having heard raves about 51 Lincoln for years, we finally tried it. For Newton, it's a "hot spot"-crowded, lots of buzz. We enjoyed our food (shared pear salad, attractively served on 2 plates; duck; "Chef's Famous" bolognese). Our wines were also tasty, tho' the pour seemed stingy - or maybe the gigantic glasses just made it feel that way.
Problems: *We had trouble hearing and understanding our servers, both of whom had accents and spoke softly - especially once the room started filling up and got louder and louder. *I was cold the entire evening - tho' comfortable outside in a long sleeves & a light jacket. It felt like the AC was on - on Nov. 1. I mentioned it to our server, but no change. Maybe she couldn't hear me. :)
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
slow start, but nice finish
Service initially was poor as we sat for a period of time without having anyone greet us at the table and when the waitress did, there was another long period of time before we were given a chance to order. It may be because she was in the weeds at the time we were sat, because service did improve and at the end, she or management recognized the problem, apologized and provided a complimentary dessert. That being said, the food was very good to excellent with the Mahi Mahi being exceptional. Not being wine drinkers, we were also pleasantly surprised with the beer selection which included a good variety of micro beers.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Portions small but food was
Portions small but food was delicious. Noise level was terrible for conversation. One very noisy group made everyone else in restaurant talk louder...thank god they left before us and we finally could talk in normal volumes!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for a group
We went with a party of six. The menu is not extensive but in this case, less is more. They did an outstanding job with with everyone's meals. I had the seared bass special. Others at the table tried the bolognese, the steak and the under a brick chicken. Everyone loved their meals. The noise level was low so we could hear all conversations at the table. Solid restaurant. Everyone said it was a great choice for a group outing.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
"The Bar Chef"
Is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! Well educated, friendly.... We love both bartenders..... The food in AMAZING TOO *-))))))......
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've eaten here 4 times now,
I've eaten here 4 times now, and each time they have absolutely nailed it for every person at the table. You can depend on a wonderful creative meal in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, tho it does get packed and louder on the weekends. I'd gone to one of the top restaurants in New York (nationally known chef) the night before this last visit, and 51 Lincoln was better in every way. The watermelon steak appetizer was unique and incredible, and my duck entrée was flavorful and cooked to perfection. I couldn't recommend them more highly.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Imaginative menu, excellent food, comfortable atmosphere.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and reasonable prices!
Always great quality food. The only thing I notices this trip on Friday night was the service was slower than usual. We were heading to a late show so would have liked the service to be better. There was a longer wait for our entre and to receive the check.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
apple fritters to die for
There were four in our group. Each of us had excellent meals (I had the rigatoni). If you want apple fritters save room for them. They are abundant and fabulous.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for an anniversary dinner and were very happy with our choice. The food is fantastic. Try the polenta fries - they are an absolute must! Our service was very nice as well - attentive and friendly while still being very professional.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding dinner with superb
Outstanding dinner with superb service, delicious plates with ample portions. We loved the appetizers and entrees. The wait staff was able to find a sorbet flavor to our liking. We have been to this restaurant a number of times, and we have always enjoyed the meal.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Some of the best food I have ever had. Went for a wonderful anniversary dinner, and was wowed by the food, the service was also great, the server was very polite (other restaurant's servers have been rude if me and my date split an entree) and the food came very promptly and my glass of water was never empty.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM