51 Lincoln serves guests creatively prepared dishes made with local and organic ingredients. Its warm setting features cherry-stained wood tables, as well as comfortable booth seating. It also has beautiful artwork displayed on the walls made by the talented chef. 51 Lincoln has a variety of appetizers, such as pan-seared watermelon steak and curry-roasted cauliflower, to tantalize the palate before dining on the main course. Guests can choose from entrées like soft shell crab with eggplant parmesan or a flavorful Wagyu beef burger topped with cheddar cheese and roasted garlic ketchup. Dainty desserts, as well as cheese and charcuterie plates are on the menu.
51 Lincoln offers wine and other libations with meals. It hosts special events, including parties, receptions and corporate functions for groups up to 80. Reservations are welcome and catering services can be provided for various occasions.
noticed that the menu was pretty short - only 4 entrée items plus a special. However, both the salmon and the homemade pasta dish (with clams) were outstanding, so the shorter menu was not an issue.
Delighted by menu. Not too many overwhelming choices, perfect fresh selections.
I had watermelon steak app. fabulous!!!!
Cant wait to take friends.
We had a very good meal, and the wait staff could not have been nicer.
I love a restaurant with an interesting menu, and the Apps, cheese menu and entrees were all a little out if the ordinary. The one caveat is that there were 10-12 appetizers, but only 5 entrees ( one being Roasted Chicken). However, all the entrees came with very interesting sides. I really enjoyed the Black flounder, sautéed in sweet paprika, butter, not sure what else, but it was incredibly delicious! The best fish, cooked perfectly, that I've had in a long time ( we used to catch our own flounder, striped bass, tuna and eat them very fresh, I love really good fish!). It was accompanied by the most delicious light and flavorful risotto I've ever tasted, with fresh scallions, a gentle flavor. Wow!
My spouse had a very good chile rubbed steak, cooked just right. Everything was so tasty we had to try desserts, with Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream, out of this world, and the chocolate tres leches cake, light and chocolatey! We loved the food, I had a delicious, light Vouvray by the glass with my fish, spouse had an equally outstanding Cab. Cocktails before dinner were great! It's a small restaurant, with open kitchen, about 18 tables, and seating at the bar for dinner ( which was full).
Overall, a very nice dining option in Newton Highlands, and the wines by the glass made it extra - special!
1. Extremely expensive for what we got, not a good value
2. they charge for BREAD!!!
3. never called me back re: a request for an earlier reservation
Envision a warm Wednesday evening around 6:30pm in June in a nice local neighborhood restaurant. We wanted to try 51 Lincoln, some 12 miles away from our town, so we made reservations two (2) days ahead of time and drove over on the appropriate early evening.. It has a nice corner location, with a contemporary inside close quarter seating with some outside seating.
The food was nicely prepared/presented, but the selection was limited (I think 5 entrees only) and service was nicely done, but the noise level increased so much over the hour we were there that it was difficult for two (2) of us to talk across the table. Due to the noise level issue (and limited menu) we probably would not recommend this restaurant for those reasons...
Great service and nice place for drinks. Entrees were limited to 4 choices and I wasn't thrilled with my selection. I expected much better.
The chef on Saturday evening was very accommodating to prepare a vegetarian pasta dish with fabulous mushrooms and vegetables. Personally, I prefer good bread on the table to pickled vegetables .
The last time Open Table asked me to review a restaurant that we dined at they didn't publish it. It wasn't a positive review but very fair. I didn't appreciate the fact that Open Table falsely presents restaurants to customers by filtering which reviews they publish. Who wants to spend money for food that is inaccurately represented through the reviews? Lame.
Lincoln 51 was nothing special and overpriced. It wasn't bad but it wasn't awesome. We had the charcuterie, wine, rigatoni and watermelon steak. The charcuterie was the best part. That's about it.
My wife had a sampler that began with what to us was a fish entrée that was delicious, then a steak entrée that was very good, but too rare; we took half of it home and used it next day in a great stir fry. The sampler ended with a delicious expresso brownie. We told the server that we wanted to share the desert, and instead of just giving us an extra spoon, we also received an extra plate.
I, on the other hand, had only one entrée. It was described as a whole fish over a bed of tabouli. I should have paid more attention to the word, whole. The fish and tabouli were delicious, but I was faced with a myriad of long, short, and tiny sharp bones in almost every mouthful. As a person that hardly ever eats fish except as a filet, I was stunned by the number of bones. Our server was very helpful and showed me how to best deal with the problem. I suspect that if I were normally a whole fish eater, I would have not noticed anything out of the ordinary.
The next time we go I will make sure that I do not order anything with bones!
Food was very good and the service was great, but the noise level was DEAFENING on a Staurday evening. We dine out often, but have never been to a restaurant that was this noisy. Conversation was impossible without yelling across the table, which is what everyone is the restaurant was forced to do, only exacerbating the problem. The room seemed designed to amplify the noise, with wood floors and lots of hard surfaces. The extreme noise level made the overall experience unpleasant, and more than offset the very good food and interesting menu. We will not be returning.
Service was poor. While we were seated right away it took forever for the waitress to take our order and then longer to get it. We managed to get our drinks but never received the bread we asked for. The waitress forgot to bring one of the entrees - it was the soft crab special - we had to ask several times for it. It seemed as if the kitchen was having a difficult time and the wait staff were not managing well with the problems. The manager never came to apologize for the forgotten entree. We won't be returning.
Today's specials included soft shell crab (outstanding) and whole roasted Barnzini.
51 Lincoln continues to be a wonderful local restaurant offering outstanding food, service and ambiance.
If you're looking for a charming spot for some wine and charcuterie selections, this is the place for you! However, if you're looking for a menu that offers more than six options for appetizer/salads and entrees, this probably won't fit the bill. Menu is very limited. Also, the signature bolognese dish I ordered tasted more of butter than of anything else, which was disappointing given that bolognese isn't a butter sauce. I really hope this place adds to their menu and makes the bolognese more flavorful with spice, because the service was friendly and ambiance nice.
First time at this restaurant. and it was worth the trip. Very good food and attentive service. The restaurant seating could be considered a little cramped and the noise level , when the dining room filled, was lively.
The wine by the glass list was limited to 4 or 5 selections for each color. I would have liked to see more. The menu was concise and the serving size was on the smaller size.
My wife had the rigatoni and bolonaise which was outstanding - probably the best I have tasted. I had the amish chicken which was stuffed with mushrooms and served with roasted potatoes and onions... very nice done, despite being a small portion. Will return to this restaurant to try other dishes.
We always enjoy the small-ish, locally sourced seasonal dishes here. Limited but delightful menu. The strawberry shortcake dessert was divine. We go for special occasions. A fun gno or date night destination.
Went for the crab fest and wasn't disappointed. The bar tender also took a lot of time to figure out what I might enjoy and made me a special drink. It was a wonderful treat and much appreciated. Can share apps or do a whole dinner. Not inexpensive but the food doesn't disappoint. Good variety. The popcorn at the bar shouldn't be missed either.
Reservations were on time, service was great, and food was cooked just as we requested. Great overall night out for dinner.
Each year, 51 Lincoln celebrates soft shell crab month in May. Almost every night, the chef finds a fun way to prepare soft shell crab. It's a great way to celebrate this seafood and to rediscover this restaurant if you haven't been there in a while, or even if you have. A great excuse to visit multiple times in May. Such a treat. The art work on the walls is created by the chef which adds to the experience. We were running late for our reservation but the host could not have been nicer about taking us a little later. I'd highly recommend 51 Lincoln in May for soft shell crab month, in particular, or anytime.
This place has been incredible each time I go there. But this time they seem to have reinvented themselves. Same great food, smaller menu, smaller portions, lower prices, making it easy for you to try a variety of courses and still leave with a reasonable bill. How can you go wrong?
I met a friend for dinner here. It was the first time for both of us. Our waiter was very helpful. He was enthusiastic about the food and made a very good wine recommendation. The wine he recommended was both very enjoyable and reasonably priced. The food was great. I had the hangar steak and my friend had the hake. Menu was quite small, which could be a drawback, but fortunately we had no trouble in finding items that we liked.
Menu choices were limiting... Couldn't modify offerings given food allergies. Beef option of Flank Steak at $32 was pricey for the cut.
Made a reservation for yesterday evening after seeing the reviews on OpenTable and Google. Glad I did! The food is not only presented colorfully, but the simple-concept menu and fresh offerings really makes this place unique. The décor inside was rustic, simple, and pleasant. The place is not huge, but the staff is very accommodating and worked efficiently between courses and ensured at every point that we were happy with what we had ordered. While it is a bit more on the more expensive side relative to most restaurants in the area, it is definitely worth it for the setting and great food. Highly recommend the Pea-and-Onion Soup, as well as the Lemon-Olive Oil Cake for dessert - great dishes! Will be going back in the near future for sure.
The food at 51 Lincoln was creative and noteworthy: Superior flavor, beautiful presentation. The ambience was elegant yet comfortable, and I would say the same of the service. Though I did not sample them, the cocktail menu looked dangerous, in a much-too-tempting way. The one weak spot, in my opinion, was the wine list. The selections were not remarkable, and the mark ups were exaggerated. It is surprising to me that 51 Lincoln does not have a sommelier given the league they seem capable of playing in. Still, Scoring a 10/10 on five out of six markers is definitely worth a recommendation.
I am happy they are back to the menu
The menu has been reduced and some iconic options such as the duck are no longer in the menu. I was hoping for more menu options. The food and service nonetheless were very good.
I loved the paintings on the walls and the way it helped set the tone and atmosphere. I loved the watermelon steak, what a unique spin on a traditional fruit. I ordered the fluke and it was prepared very well and I enjoyed it very much. The wait staff was attentive and helpful and friendly.
Where I fall short on recommending the restaurant is that the portions were extremely small and the fact that the vegetables or "sides" were a la carte which is never an acceptable concept in my opinion. The waiter should have probably been advised to suggest us ordering some "sides" for the table. For a meal that I spent $201.00 it fell well below expectations.
Simply the best restaurant in Newton, bar none. There are newer places and those that hold themselves out as more upscale, but no one produces the food that 51 Lincoln does night after night. Traditional ingredients are handled with real expertise and creative cuisine is original, but still values quality over rarity (even nouveaux food should never stop being delicious!). We had the sirloin - truly always wonderful - prepared a perfect medium rare and plated with a fantastic horseradish cream sauce. The fluke was tender and perfectly cooked through, served with baby turnips, the seasoning was appropriately mild but absolutely wonderful. The tiramisu was made with homemade ladyfingers (and homemade coffee liquor to boot) - you wouldn't believe what a difference that makes. I've tried the new places popping up all over Newton Center, but they've only served to make me happier that 51L is still here.
Upstairs room crowded and noisy; fortunately downstairs room was available with few tables and quiet, relaxed ambiance. Menu was limited to 4 entrees; food was tasty though servings were small. Chicken was served with a very small "puddle" of sweet potato, a very small "puddle" of some vegetable, and three very small baby turnips. I always take a portion of my meal home from a restaurant but not this time. One of us had the pasta and that was said to be delicious.
The fish tacos were excellent. Nice atmosphere. Good mixed drinks.
Pan seared Watermelon steak is watermelon made to look like a steak. Did not know that and was very disappointing. Polenta Fries were bad but I've never had polenta before so many I just don't like polenta. Risotto was boring. Caesar salad was odd (Came with two full anchovies) but good. Fish taco was alright to good.
We ate downstairs this time and we were the first to be seated. The room was cold as they just turned on the heat when we arrived. The chairs were slippery - they were aluminum, and though attractive, not particularly well designed for comfort. As other patrons were seated, the noise level increased. With that said, it was quieter than the upstairs. The food was excellent and the service great. I just wish they had a better physical structure..
I splurge at 51 Lincoln five or six times a year because it's the perfect splurge - pretty much guaranteed to be a great dining experience in every respect. This was a Valentine's evening special, in the early stages of a February blizzard, and the ambiance was warm and inviting, the food as spectacular as ever, and the service highly professional without being the least bit stuffy.
As long as this restaurant is open, I'll be eating there.
charming, friendly, perfection with every bite. I wanted to lick my plate.
thank you living social introducing us. a keeper.
Very interesting menu, although I'd have preferred more gluten free, especially bread and pasta.
Interesting menu with something for everyone, including the adventurous. Food was delicious, service was very good. Ambiance was fun without being too loud. Nice neighborhood spot - close to home in the burbs, yet classy like the city.
Delicious and clever food, excellent service. Very noisy even when only a third full
Limited but outstanding menu choices and beautifully presented!
The food is high quality and delicious. The menu is somewhat limited. Lots of small plates, not many entrees. Very noisy, not a quiet romantic dinner place.
We went to a game in Newton. Then we were delighted to dine here again. The food and service was exceptional. We both had the scallop special. Our waiter is the beverage manager. He recommended the Langhe Cardonnay 2011 which paired very well. The noise level is moderate to high since it is a small restaurant but the atmosphere is very warm and welcoming.