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Permanently Closed - 51 Lincoln

4.1
1930 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

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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Cuisines
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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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Columbus
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
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.

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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...

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

Excellent overall. A pleasure to dine here!!

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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

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Dave (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Service took a long time. Waited a long time for our check with no sign of the waiter. Also there was a couple there with a newborn baby. On Valentine's Day. Odd. We ordered the 5 course menu for Valentine's Day. The courses were all edible but nothing to write home about. Might try it again, who knows!

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sherpa (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

The food and service were very good. Scallops were perfectly done as were the sides. The wine was good but I asked about country of origin and no one got bact to me. Scallop potato stack was excellent as were the pureed turnips.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

Food was perfect. Wheat bread with maple butter was excellent. The whole experience was outstanding, especially on a snowy New England night.

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vipOYSTER (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

Menu changes and is always a good selection. Great drinks and wines. Service always excellent, and reservations usually easy.
One downside after a few different visits...the Chef definitely has a heavy hand with salt - works for somethings but can be overwhelming. I would prefer to add more if I need it.

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Awful (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2016

Drinks were off the charts good as was the bartender and service in general. Overall i found the place very expensive, especially for Newton dining. I have lived on the South End/Back Bay line for the last 11 years so i am used to paying a premium and was surprised. Seems like a great occasion place but not a bite-at-the-bar place. Again, service was A+ and food was very good. I will go again, especially for the new drink making class.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

We had been to 51 Lincoln once before and had a great experience - it was a fun atmosphere for a random snowy weeknight in February and the food was amazing. We went back last week on a Friday night and the restaurant was full (in a good way) and everyone seemed to be having fun. We had a reservation, and to our surprise were taken downstairs to a different dining room we had no idea existed. This room was in a wine cellar, which could be fun, but there were only four tables and it was eerily quiet. It felt uncomfortable to be having a conversation at a normal volume. It felt very hidden away from the rest of the restaurant, which I guess could be romantic, but in this case it felt like an awkward overflow room.

Our food and service were both great (the homemade bread is AMAZING), so we would definitely go back, but I would make a note on the reservation to be seated upstairs.

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vipMac5 (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

Our first visit to this restaurant with no special instructions given . Initially we were seated in the basement where there are 4 tables and deathly silent! We eat in Boston and Cambridge restaurants frequently and enjoy the ambience of a lively dining room . It was puzzling why we were seated in the basement . I asked we be moved to the upstairs and we were promptly seated in the dining room at an excellent table. Not sure I would go out of my way to dine there again

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vipAMDB (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2016

We decided to go to 51 Lincoln at the last minute and with no expectations. It was a surprising and amazing find. Great beer selection and a delicious Scarlet Martini to start the night. Parsnips soup and cole slaw were so good, the best was the Rigatoni Bolognese, no words to describe how smooth it was... We will definitively go back and recommend it to friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2016

Consistently wonderful!
Beignets were amazing end to a delicious meal!

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Gumdoc (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 9, 2016

Food was good, if a tad overpriced for the plate size.
Fish was decent, sauces were good, pasta was the highlight!

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Wayland (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

Excellent meal, service and wine...Will gladly return...but initially disappointed when seated in the "new" basement space. Requested to be seated in main dining room and was quickly accommodated.

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Mary (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

The guys had the bolognese which they said was excellent. The women had the cod, not very good. Vanilla ice cream was good, bread pudding was not. For the money, much better restaurants in the area.

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Lynn (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

We dined early on Friday night due to other commitments. The food and service was excellent and we liked the low noise level of dining early. This is a somewhat special occasion spot since the prices are on the high side. But otherwise it is so good that we wish that we had it near where we live so we could visit frequently.

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vipjulie (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2016

51 always has unique prepared entrees and desserts. I had the chicken pot pie and it was delicious! The chicken was perfect!

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MK100 (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2016

I keep going back again and again, they never fail to impress. The food and service continues to excel. The scallops over risotto are a must order if it's offered your night!

Thanks to everyone, keep up the good work!

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