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Permanently Closed - 51 Lincoln

1930 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 965-3100
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jeffrey P. Fournier
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Private party facilities
Our Wine Room offers an intimate setting for parties of 8 - 20. It is the ideal venue for board dinners, corporate events and holiday parties. For larger events, 51 Lincoln is available for full restaurant buyout and can accommodate up to 80 guests.
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Private party contact
Billy Pola: (877) 926-8315
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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.
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street parking and metered lot within walking distance. Meters not in effect after 6pm.
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Public transit
Newton Highlands T stop on the Green Line(D) is located two blocks from the restaurant at the base of Lincoln Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1930 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.1  based on all time ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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sudie (New England)
3.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

the restaurant was way tooooooo noisy! I would hesitate to go back on a Friday or Saturday night.

2tired2cook (New England)
5.0  Dined on April 1, 2016

The food , from appetizers to desserts, was well presented and tasted fabulous. Very pleased with price considering...

TedB (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

Bread and Cheese plates with Maple butter was amazing. My steak was just average. Overall it was a good experience and I would definitely return!

vipPhillystine (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 15, 2016

We enjoyed our dinner at 51 Lincoln very much. The bolognese and the cod dishes were both delicious and well prepared. The service was welcoming and professional. Place has a nice ambiance. We will definitely return.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Great meal and overall experience both times I've been to 51 Lincoln. Service is excellent - very attentive, but not intrusive. Food is creative and well prepared.

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

Excellent overall. A pleasure to dine here!!

vipMick1224 (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

We made a reservation for dinner and were promptly seated in aesthetically pleasing space for the two of us. We had the watermelon salad which was a fabulous slowly poached slice of watermelon steak encrusted in spices and topped with a feta and truffle sauce. Devine. Compliments of the chef, we received a croquette that was a mix of potato and bacon encrusted in panko bread crumbs and fried to a crispy golden brown. A niece touch. Delicious. Akin to arancini. Billy, the GM, was well versed in wine. The list had an excellent selection at a reasonable price point. Thank you for assisting us in selecting a wonderful Gamay and Pinot Noir blend Billy. For our dinner selections, we chose the ribeye with a red wine sauce, Cipollini Onions and grilled asparagus. The meat was prepared to my requested medium rare and not over sauced. Devine! My wife chose the pork and mushroom ravioli with pine nuts and kale sauce. Lastly, we did choose dessert. That is a rarity for us. Pistachio ice cream was calling! The best we have ever had. Made on premises. Christina was our server and made our evening enjoyable. She was very attentive without being intrusive. In all honesty, this was the best dining experience we have had since last year. We love to dine. Thanks 51 Lincoln!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

We made a reservation but ate at the bar. I had fabulous champagne, my husband had a martini that was amazing. The energy was vibrant, our food was fabulous, the service was personal and attentive despite the restaurant being packed--it was like being "downtown" without being downtown.

Fatboy (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Imagine my surprise. I take a good friend out for dinner to celebrate her birthday and i chose 51 Lincoln because of the great food - intersting combonations of fresh food that taste great. Our server overheard me toasting my friend for her birthday and surprised us with a special birthday candle and dessert. Very thoughtful! Certainly over and above what was expected. Just a food example of a place that cares about its customers' experience

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

51 Lincoln never disappoints. The menu is highly seasonal, locally sourced and always delicious.

vipJohnP (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 23, 2016

Service was great, you could find something you liked on the menu, fish was very tasty.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

First impression was amazing. Great service, ambiance and food. I'd recommended it to people I know and can't wait to make another trip to 51 Lincoln.

vipprchrmom (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2016

While we enjoy the food here, we've been twice and both times left feeling like things could have been better for the price. The watermelon steak is a fun novelty, but everything was just "meh". Our son's duck was overcooked in spite of being told that it would be prepared medium, it was more on the well-done side and therefore dry. The pickled beets would have been nice with the pate, which needed a bit more acid. The hamachi was excellent. We noticed several discrepancies between the menu descriptions and the actual presentations, for example, I had the miso-seared cod, which wasn't seared, at least not with miso. There was enough broth in the bottom of the serving (and a runny veg puree), that it really needed to come with a spoon. There were also some spelling errors on the menu. I know that doesn't affect the food, but at this price point and service level, please proofread. What is "dehhyrdated" onion? This time around the entree portion sizes seemed to be better matched than they were on our previous visit. The food is fine, just feel like it's not the special spot that other reviews imply. I think you can do better for your money elsewhere.

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Temperature in the restaurant was freezing and it made the food cold. Everyone in the restaurant had their coats on during their dining experience. Fix the furnace!!

Mrlowpost (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Made reservation through open table--which indicated a special "Valentine Days" complete 5 course menu or one could order al a carte from menus. When we arrived, we were told that we could only order from the 5 course menu. Choices were limited ( especially since my wife was allergic to oysters and we were told that there was no bread available because "they did not want to waste unused bread." Instead we were given pickled relish which was not very good.
It was cold outside that evening but equally cold inside --had to eat with our coats wrapped around our shoulders. They said heat was turned all the way up.
Portions were small and price was high for a limited complete menu.
Very disappointing