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
304 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (243)special occasion (196)neighborhood gem (185)romantic (102)notable wine list (81)vibrant bar scene (45)hot spot (33)good for groups (24)late-night find (9)scenic view (6)great for brunch (6)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Second visit - excellent!
    Acton2
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We chose this restaurant on a lovely warm evening to celebrate our 47th wedding anniversary. Our drinks (Mojito and Tom Collins) were expertly made with ample "punch." We have different appetizers and shared. Her veal entrée was a lovely and delicious presentation. My swordfish entrée was equally delightful...an ample portion, with suitable accompaniments and without the cutesy/fussy/pretentiousness/distracting details in presentation or flavors sometime found in upscale restaurants. Bravo! Just perfect! For desert we walked next door and had ice cream cones at the neighboring ice cream shop - in spite of a very enticing desert menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but limited menu
    joel67VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The menu is somewhat limited. We decided to skip the appetizer course (nothing really stood out on the menu for us). For the main dishes we had veal (excellent) and papadelle with a rabbit ragu. The deserts - a marscapone mousse and an ice cream mint julep were both excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Train station gem
    Rikesh
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was delicious. We had a soup, charcuterie, rabbit ragu, lamb chop. All of the dishes were great. We cleaned out the plates. There were some inventive things in almost all the plates. The deserts we had were chocolate truffle cake which was a little dry and should have been warmed. The lemon custard was worth trying but did not have any pop to it. I would recommend this restaurant and ask friends to ask for more ice cream in the deserts because that was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bestsecret
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Kind of hate to give a good review as I would rather keep it a secret… We don't get there often but it is on our short list of top 3 favorites! Service is top with plenty of attentive servers who know just when to be at the table. Food is outstanding be it delicious main course or best burger in the area. Reservations a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So much better than a year ago
    lovetoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    80 Thoreau has matured. The servers seem less anxious, the menu less pretentious, the portions more honest. You leave full. The ingredients are trying less hard. The prices are fair for what you get. And the burger is to die for. Hard to get a table for a reason. Often compared Bondir will be a flash in the pan with their silly ingredient combinations, trendy foods, microscopic portions, and arrogant servers. I was worried initially that 80 Thoreau was the same -- a trendy place too bent on bending tradition. But 80 Thoreau is standing the test of time because they have become a little more traditional, but still interesting, because weird for weird's sake eventually runs out of followers. Thank goodness we have 80 Thoreau in Concord!
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  • Lag time
    Libra13VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food is very good but there was a long wait between courses the two past times I ate at the restaurant with no staff explanation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • health entrees
    GFdiner
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Healthy entrees....attractively served A number of gluten free options and others that can be altered. Service was attentive but not overly solicitous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do not miss this gem!
    joannag
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    What an absolute delight! We had extremely high expectations due to high recommendation from friends, and 80 Thoreau stood up to these reviews - even surpassed. We started the meal with the special beer-braised pork dumplings - absurdly rich and delicious. My husband enjoyed the lamb and I, the veal, but it was not only the perfectly-cooked meats, but the sides and sauces that were so impressive. The waiter was attentive without being intrusive and the entire staff seemed to care that our experience was top-notch. We will most certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Amazing Food & Service
    metrowestsuburbs
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    At 80 Thoreau you will walk away thinking you have dined at one of the best restaurants in Boston - we find it better than the best restaurants in Boston, located conveniently in the metrowest suburbs with parking. The food is impeccable, with fresh, locally sourced, in season dishes. We have never had a disappointing dish, no matter what the season. The staff is attentive and exceptional. It is a great location for a special occasion celebration, or just a meal out, but make your reservation early as it's a popular location any night of the week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent time
    dswartz
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Appetizer, main course and dessert were top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • S'OK
    PITA
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Service was impeccable. Desserts were wonderful. Wine was overpriced. The meal, well....the sole was undercooked (pink in the middle), and the pea pod stems were stringy and practically inedible. Not a memorable dish. The restaurant does indeed try hard to be excellent; hopefully this was an exception and our next visit there will make up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Food was very well prepared using fresh, local ingredients. Menu is pretty limited, though. Makes it a bit hard if you have any dietary restrictions. I had a wonderful asparagus soup and the sole for an entree, both were fabulous. Also had a chocolate cake for dessert that was extremely dry, luckily it had some chocolate sauce on it to help moisten it, not sure I would order that again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 172 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1410 reviews are from the 80 Thoreau reviews archive.
  • The Best
    Bsnyder
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I feel this is the best restaurant in Metrowest. It might even be my favorite in all of Boston too. Nothing is as you would expect. Every morsel is enjoyable and filled with flavor and texture. This is the kind of experience where you literally clean each plate. My grilled swordfish was the juiciest, most flavorful /perfectly cooked and seasoned piece of fish I've ever had. Try all the appetizers. Sit back relax and let your server wow you with each plate. Truly amazing. This was my fifth visit I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local lux
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    There have been several attempts at this location. But 80 Thoreau has it right, nice bustle, good bar vibe, and excellent food. Go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This place has an amazingly unique menu which the chef cooks perfectly, all the flavors work well together. I got the lamb chop and my girlfriend got the rabbit ragu. Both were amazing. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good not great
    Suepam
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We went to 80 Thoreau for their special asparagus menu. The food was inventive: savory panna cotta appetizer , good asparagus soup, black pepper cake with asparagus ice cream for dessert. However the main dish was only ordinary. The arctic char was properly cooked but was overwhelmed by a heavy sauce and too much salt , which drowned out the tasty asparagus side. The waiter was conscientious and the service was good. But although the $45 prix fixe was reasonable for an interesting menu, the cost of drinks and post dinner coffee and tea was high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • TheSkydive21
    TSD21
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I took my mom here for a belated mother's day dinner. Though she's lived in the area for 40 years she'd never eaten at - or heard of - 80 Thoreau. It's one of my favorite places to dine, and she looks forward to going there again, too. She was really impressed by the menu, and loved being able to watch the commuter rail. She thought the food was amazing; it was light, and the servings were just the right size. I cajoled her into trying the asparagus ice cream dessert, and she was so glass I did. "I didn't think that would work, but wow!" I've never had anything there that I didn't like.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We went to celebrate a birthday and it was truly perfect. Our dinners were prepared with creative care, they were delicious, and just the right portion. The wine selection is very good, although priced high. Dessert was as good as the main course and the wait staff were very nice and attentive. We have already recommended 80 Thoreau to our friends and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bravo, Carolyn
    localdinerVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The asparagus menu was creative and tasty. Only wish there were more spears on the plates. The asparagus soup was especially superb with the duxelles and brioche croutons that had an amazing texture. Hope you will continue to highlight Barrett's Mills Farm, our local resource. Need to add more California Chardonnays to the list (where did the Neyers go ?).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We love this place and have been there many times. This visit we ordered the themed menu (asparagus dinner) and were not disappointed. Service is friendly and attentive without being intrusive. My only disappointment was when we asked for non- alcoholic drink options, our servers were at a loss. Some enthusiastic suggestions would be appreciated, e.g., lime soda, cider, etc.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Memorable App and Entree
    caki
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Soft shell crab app special was truly delicious. One of the best lamb dishes I've had as well.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diners
    Greg
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We decided to have dinner at 80 Thoreau based on the excellent reviews. It was a wonderful experience and exceeded our expectations. The service was excellent but the food was the high point. It is on our list for a repeat visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Food was outstanding. It has been great every time we have eaten at 80 Thoreau. Especially for older people it is noisy when it is crowded. It was much better as people left.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We ate in the main dinning room which was lovely comfortable not sure how the other room is. Wait staff we had Brendan was knowable about menu and very pleasant They have a great half bottle wine list. Chef is very creative food was delicious we will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • menu changes would work well
    penny
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I have dined here many times . It is consistently very good. My husband, daughter and I all agree, however, that 80 Thoreau should change its menu more often. It is more or less always the same,with minor variations. As a result, we go much less often than we would. Also, I suggest some good Australian wines to be added to the already very good wine list.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful dinner
    Dutchgirl
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We visited because we had a birthday to celebrate. Loved our table overlooking the station. Very attentive wait staff and made to feel welcome. I gave it four stars instead of five ibecause: 1. No one offered to take my rain coat. 2. Yummy bread, but one butter pat between 2 people is somewhat stingy. 3. My husband had the cheese fritter appetizer special which was excellent, I however was not so blown away with my Charcuterie. 4. Entrees were superb and desserts delightful, but the menu is limited and I missed having a beef course, although my husband very much enjoyed his melt-in-the-mouth veal. Small niggles, because we had a very nice experience and would come back once the menu changes. Loved the decor. Noise level perfect.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Simply Outstanding
    actonfoodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Three years running every meal we've had at 80 Thoreau has been outstanding. A menu that is constantly evolving based on the availability from local farms makes each visit a new experience. Each dish is thoughtfully prepared and often incorporates unique ingredients in unpredictable ways. A great way to spend an evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wishing for more
    mix579VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    This is a popular destination in Concord, which is not blessed with many good restaurants. Every time we come here we like the ambiance, service is great, and the food is good but we always leave wishing it was GREAT. Alas, we've never been overly impressed. The menu has a certain amount of creativity but it doesn't seem to translate to an extraordinary taste experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding again!
    SpinnerVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Thank you for another fabulous evening at 80 Thoreau!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Delicious but slow
    Foodlover
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was amazing. I got the lamb chop entree. It was "melt in your mouth" good. Other dishes also quite good but food took a long time to come. It was a Saturday night and very busy. Drinks were also very good. The bartender knew how to make a tasty lemon drop martini. Would come back but will need to make sure we are not absolutely starving prior.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BunnyVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Beyond expectations.....simply awesome! The food and service were exceptional. Live in the neighborhood and first time at 80 Thoreau....will be back!
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful as always
    blizsquaredVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food and service were outstanding. We have been here half a dozen times and have always enjoyed the attention to detail and the inventive, delectable food. The only disappointment was the rhubarb clafoutis which, while tasty, did no t contain as much rhubarb as we would have liked.y
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    80 Thoreau continues to be an outstanding restaurant. It can stand with any restaurant in Boston or New York. We had the asparagus soup which was intense and satisfying. The sole, for a main course, was a unique preparation. Each small fillet was rolled into a small turban, floured on each end of the roll and gently fried ends only in the fat. The result was magical for the sole was perfectly cooked with crunchy little bites on each end. At first sight I thought the waiter had brought scallops not sole. This dish is typical of the inventive and satisfying cuisine of 80 Thoreau.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Special and memorable
    ByBreadAlone
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Everything we ate was noteworthy: well thought-out and executed, creative but not exaggeratedly so. The service is up to the food; we appreciated the extra attention after I mentioned in the reservation that it was our anniversary. Portions are smaller than Americans are used to; after a first, a main, and a dessert (and the wonderful bread) I felt satisfied but not stuffed. The setting is pleasant: properly lit and "Yankee tasteful" (decorated but not trying for opulence). Only the high noise level distracts - it's acceptable but just barely so. This one's a keeper.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Innovative Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    80 Thoreau is a really fine restaurant with an innovative menu. We had several delicious items that one rarely sees -- a rabbit entree, lamb with a sauce that included ramps, etc. There were even a few bacon bits imbedded in the brittle that came with the ice cream. (The bacon didn't add anything to the flavor, but the reddish dots in the cream-colored brittle added interest.) The menu is somewhat limited including roughly 10 choices for entrees, but there was sufficient variety to please most everybody. However, don't assume that the on-line menu (either the Open Table one or the different restaurant one) will be the one you get at the restaurant as it is quite different. The wine list is extensive including some rather pricy vintages.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it
    BobG
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    There is no doubt the food it outstanding. The prices area reasonable. The seating area leaves a lot to be desire especially if you are seated next to the kitchen as we were.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    YummyEats
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great food...great service !!! Can't wait to go back! 80 Thoreau is definitely my favorite restaurant in the Concord area.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Place in Concord!
    BostonBoarder
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Excellent, excellent, excellent. From the minute we walked in and were greeting by Vincent, the owner to the service at our table (we had at least five different (very professional and friendly) people on our 'team' doing everything from taking the order, to checking in on us, to getting more water in our glasses the minute they were half empty, to serving the food, picking up the plates, etc. It was my first time there and can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner on a Sat. night
    Foodie1
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Everything was superb, from the creative and amazingly delicious menu to the service to the atmosphere. I would highly recommend it!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegan Diner
    tinker
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I am always very grateful for a chef being willing to accomodate my vegan diet -- in a creative and beautiful way. I would only wish that the dish had been a bit (just a little bit) more substantial namely, a potato, beet, sweet potato addition to give the dish a little heft. (We vegans get hungry!) The last time we dined there, the vegan creation had a few more root vegetables and I left feeling fuller. And, since I do not tend to eat dessets, the salad and the meal are it :)) In general, your place is wonderful and our waitress was very knowledgeable. The decor is simple but pleasing and the staff, in general, are attentive. Thank you. Thank you.
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