51 Lincoln
51 Lincoln

51 Lincoln

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.51lincolnnewton.com/
  • Phone: 6179653100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffrey P. Fournier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: 51 Lincoln is available for off-site events from a chef's tasting menu at your home or office to larger gatherings with anything from passed appetizers to a full sit down meal. Let us know how we can create a culinary experience for your special event.
  • Private Party Facilities: 51 Lincoln offers a wide range of private dining choices for parties from eight to eighty.
  • Private Party Contact: Billy Pola 8779268315

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus
  • Public Transit: Newton Highlands T stop on the Green Line(D) is located two blocks from the restaurant at the base of Lincoln Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking and metered lot within walking distance. Meters not in effect after 6pm.
A word from 51 Lincoln
Globally Influenced, Locally Sourced, Creatively Driven
Our mission focuses on the principles of quality, tradition, innovation and devotion to hospitality. We aim to achieve and maintain distinction by consistently providing guests with handmade food and drink that meets the highest standards, demonstrates our creativity and attention to detail, and inspires guests to return again and again. We utilize the very best organic ingredients from local farmers, changing our menu daily and creating all of our offerings in-house, to support our vision of sustainability.By maintaining these objectives we ensure that all guests and staff are treated well, with the respect they deserve, so allowing us to contribute in meaningful ways to the community. 51 Lincoln is driven by passion to create and to serve.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
51 Lincoln reviews from OpenTable diners
111 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (79)neighborhood gem (79)special occasion (31)romantic (24)notable wine list (20)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (11)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Two thumbs up!
    01770foodie
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Fantastic meal, perfect ambience for a fun casual night over fantastic dishes. Lobster risotto is out of this world. Creative tour of BBQ styles was cool and a huge fan of the homemade ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    NatickMac
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Best meal we've had in a long time! Everything was delicious. Our only wish was that the Bolognese appetizer was a little larger. It was delicious, but seemed a bit pricey for the portion. Chicken under a brick was fantastic, duck was delicious, steak was cooked perfectly rare and tasty, 5-spice rubbed tuna special was great and prepared perfectly rare. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Al fresco
    doverdiner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We've heard about 51 Lincoln during the past few years and finally made the time to go. We dined in the very small sidewalk area (two tables) and supplied our own background music via Pandora. The food was great, service not as great, probably due to our being the only customers outside. Definitely worth return visits!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DINING AT 51 LINCOLN
    Grandmasandy
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    i loved the food at the restaurant. the service was poor to fair. the waitress never came over to see if we liked our food. limited wine list. the menu is very limited. the portiond were a little small and definately way overprised. i think for rigatoni at 28.00 is bizzare! the bread excellent. the wine by the glass was maybe 2oz. and for 10.00 that's just not acceptable. the worst part was the salad which was lettuce was o=also 10.00 at least throw in a tomato! too bad cause the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ckwc
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While the food was good, it was not fantastic. Portions were small as well, especially given the pricy menu. Inattentive wait person for our table while the restaurant was not even busy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, small servings
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had the smallest piece of chicken I have ever been served in a restaurant. the flavor was good, but the serving size (for the price) was ridiculous. I wouldn't go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lincoln Local
    GatsbyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Friendly service at bar. Simple chicken under brick delicious.Restaurant has a nice energetic vibe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh, that lobster risotto!
    summergrazer
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We are never, ever disappointed with our food choices or with the service at 51. My white wine always arrives very cold at 51, which is just the way I like it. The cold gazpacho and lobster risotto from your summer menu was just delicious--the perfect light summer meal, followed by an after dinner coffee. A trip to 51 is always a special occasion for us. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent small restaurant
    hungrymelissa
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We had a dinner with friends at 51 Lincoln, and were very pleased. The calamari were done very well, flavorful and original, not at all greasy. I had the fabulous Parisian gnocchi, a special of that night, which were delightful, bite-sized puffs sauteed to a goldern perfection, served with a scattering of beans and tomatoes. The best part of the meal was the perfect chocolate cream pie, delicious and fresh tasting, not too heavy and not too sweet. Other people at the table had the salmon and the steak, which they enjoyed very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 62 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1619 reviews are from the 51 Lincoln reviews archive.
  • A little rushed
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We ordered appetizers and salads and they all came out and got dumped on our table at the same time. Our server was a bit aloof. That being said, the food was good, though, probably a bit overpriced for what it was.
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  • salty
    WendyLewVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I love food that's seasoned, but this was bordering on too much. I had the special which is 4 courses and $55, and was a lot of food and a good value. The chicken pate and a cheese were tasty for my first course. I had the clams next and while tasty were so salty they were almost inedible. The skate was nice but also bordering on too salty. However, my two friends who ate with me absolutely loved their meals (rigatoni and chicken).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    PariseurVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Had not been here in a while, it's out of my usual driving distance. I remembered the food and service as very good but this was beyond my expectation. My seared scallops (a special) were as good as any I've ever eaten. My date (whose birthday it was) loved her steak. Each side dish, notably a risotto, was prepared with an individual flavor but balanced with the other items on the plate. Simple things like bread and salad were prepared with the same care as the main courses. The service was attentive, courteous, friendly, excellent. The wine list limited but very well sourced. The most memorable meal I've had in at least a year. The birthday lady, who is very particular, was delighted. I will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Untrained waiter.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was good. For a high priced restaurant, The waiter did not really know how to properly explain the menu items and how to properly serve the wine, in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice local restaurant, good food
    ABPH
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We were never rushed, could take our time choosing from the menu. Used to have vegetarian options, which I miss.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The food is very good. My duck was delicious! We found one of the dishes too salty, however. The wait staff was lovely and experienced. It is a great neighborhood restaurant and hope it stays around for a long time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for 2 without Boston traffic
    bostonmum
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    51 Lincoln is a gem. Great food and attentive service that we used to have to drive into Boston for. High concept, exciting food without a pretentious atmosphere. GREAT COCKTAILS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lost something
    ThePolishPrince
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I made a reservation for our 33rd wedding anniversary and wanted to go someplace special, so we picked 51 Lincoln, which had been great the other times we have gone there. This night did not start well, when they seated us in the basement. (Who knew they HAD a basement for seating?) We complained, and the only option was a table in the bar right next to the door. So, after making a reservation a few weeks in advance, we ended up sitting at the bar, which is not all bad, since we often do by choice. But then the food was just average, well below our expectations. The "spicy" crab had no spice. The free dessert for our anniversary was a nice touch, but it was too late by then.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food was delicious, and service was very good. But it was too loud. I don't think I would go back in main dinner hour, but maybe either quite early or late in the evening. (or at lunchtime)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Chowdog
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We went to 51 Lincoln for the first time based on multiple recommendations from friends. We both tried the tasting menu and I chose the wine pairing as well. Each choice was excellently prepared, though I must say that by the time desert came around we were both stuffed and couldn't finish them (though we wanted to). The wine pairings were excellent and complemented the dishes quite well. My favorite for the evening was their special appetizer - soft shell crab ravioli - absolutely delicious. Highly recommended, while not a cheap meal, was worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Love their oysters and the Month of May Soft-Shelled Crabs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed experience
    deej33
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My friend and I went to 51 Lincoln specifically because it was "soft-shall crab month." We were disappointed that only one selection was available each day. She declined the crab with ramen noodles, and ordered the duck, which was quite good, although she said it wasa bit salty.. However, I ordered the crabs as an entree and was extremely disappointed: the breading was bland and so heavy that I couldn't really taste the crab. It was more like tempura with ramen noodle soup, also not very interesting. This was not how it was described; in most places , one can see the shape of the soft-shelled crab, round and luscious. On the other hand, the calamari with squid ink aioli was delicious, and the bread with a chili jam was tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    On the positive the food is very good. The portions small and prices high. My wife asked to substitute the mashed potatoes for another vegetable and they said there would be an additional charge. We sat downstairs which is essentially a windowless basement.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • At the bar
    Margaux
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We sat at thd bar. Seats were comfortable and the mouse level was low. Great variety on thd menu from Cambodian to burgers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little too cute
    Andy208
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    51 Lincoln seems to be trying a little too hard and that may get in the way. This is literally the case with the wine-bottled covered bench in the middle of one room which seems to crowd the tables. The menus etc are all on the same clipboards which are awkward to handle and appear to confuse the servers since we had no wine list initially and later got a repeat of the main menu instead of a dessert menu. An excellent beer list was spoiled by absence of any draft and the odd division by size of bottle i.e. pints. A green salad looked like torn iceberg (scarcely "our best") with no sign of the promised dressing but the calamari was outstanding. My meal was served without most of the listed sides but the others in the party were very happy.
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  • still fabulous food
    bettyVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    51 Lincoln has wonderful food, much finer than the last Globe review said. Delicate flavors, great salads and pates, fish and pork. I like the flowers on the table and the long divider table. However, dinner was very slow coming so I think you have to warn your server to avoid waiting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    lovetoeat
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We went here for dinner on a recommendation and what a wonderful experience. The service was excellent - attentive but not overbearing. The food was absolutely superb - but the dessert was just okay (hence the 4 stars for food)… the best bolognese sauce I have ever had - rivals my favorite bolognese at a terrific restaurant in Napa. The chicken was perfect - the cheeses were delicious - even the bread was divine. We ordered the vanilla bean ice cream for dessert and it was watery and flavorless. Other than that, this restaurant is a true gem and I highly recommend. Worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stylish
    AJMBVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    51's new menu approach adds vibrancy and having the wine cart in the center of the restaurant quickens wine delivery (a problem in the past). No polenta fries though is a big issue!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood spot
    PeterkussellVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The menu is limited but pretty well done and balanced. I was hoping for a more punched rendition of soft shelled crabs entree since it was billed with habanero and étouffée so that meant real attitude. It was pretty tame. The vanilla ice realm made in house belled with Madagascar vanilla was also really without character. But nice try. I think they just are pretty average and no risk cooks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing!
    jenulimVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    We went for the softshell crab menu, as we did last year, but there were no more softshell crabs left for our 8pm seating. The menu choices that remained for us were not very inspiring. The dinner was just OK.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Soft shell crabs just the start...
    Duckman
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I went for my birthday with my wife and adult children because I had heard about the soft shell crab focus during May. We were not disappointed! There were other tremendous apps and entrees on the menu and an awesome daily special list as well. Food was excellent and staff very friendly and knowledgeable. We had been once before but it has been a long time since then. I will make a point of going back much sooner now! Oh, and the bat tender and cocktails were way above the norm. They have a serious mixologist who knows his stuff.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soft shell crab celebration (May)
    louie
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We rarely bother to dine out, but we can't resist the annual soft shell crab celebration..Each day of May there's a different crab dish, so we try to go a couple of times during the month. Noise level was overwhelming on this particular night, so our server took great lengths to accommodate and found a secluded place where we could enjoy our conversation as well as the food. The chef employs very creative, unusual, but thoroughly successful blends of flavors and tastes in both the crab dish and the dessert. A memorable evening on all accounts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Four of us had dinner at 51 Lincoln last Tuesday. The room was cold, the noise overwhelming, the meal nothing special...we will not be dining there again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    The new tasting menu is wonderful, especially with the wine pairings. We can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for a quiet birthday.
    Mjee
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Drinks and appetizers were really good. We found the portion of the appetizers a little small. Food was really good and service was awesome.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal and service
    Fiddlehead
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    went for a birthday celebration and had a memorable time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always outstanding!
    Debbie
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We live in Chestnut Hill and this is one of our favorite go to fine dining spots. The food is always outstanding, freshly & perfectly prepared & oh so delicious. The ambiance is warm and intimate, perfect for a romantic dinner for 2 or a dinner with friends. We had the duck, Cauliflower steak, fluke and bolognese pasta. All were scrumptious. The service is generally good although this particular night our waitress forgot to bring our salads. Once we brought the oversight to their attention, our salads were quickly delivered. Particularly delicious was the deconstructed Caesar salad. The food quality is so wonderful that we are willing to overlook the small service faux paus we experienced, especially since the restaurant was full.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Jojogo1VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Food was ok , not great. Glad to see they changed the menu. Service was fair. Waitress was in attentive. Tables very close together. Many better restaurants in Newton .
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissappointing
    foodie21
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We're locals who've been to this restaurant several times. Several dishes were disappointing- caesar salad with mustard based dressing (?) , oyster appetizer made mostly of starch and sauce, good minestrone soup, small portion for a duck entree. For a$50 meal I expected better food-
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't get stuck in the basement
    MassMikeVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Food is good but many dishes have some eccentric component that leaves you thinking "they're trying to be creative but I don't think it really goes." The main dining area is open and lively but if they put you in the small basement you'll feel like you're ... eating in the basement, and staff will be coming in to get stuff from the storage cabinets.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicely surprised
    Ruth
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Hello we decided to go to Lincoln Street after our our dinner choice did not accept reservations at 7 p.m. - the only tie we could go. We had been at Lincoln Streets a few times before - and had been a bit tired of the menu. But we were both very surprised about the new menu not only was it presented in a very nice manner - it was also most delicious. The new risotto was outstanding as were the other appetizers. My husbands main course was also great ( but I cannot remember exactly what is was) The dessert was also very nice and not just "a big block of chocolate decorated with some sauce." I also liked the new decorations - a somewhat dark wall with many unframed drawings. The prices were actually reasonable- we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.