80 Thoreau

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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OT
New England
27 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible place. Excellent decor. I would like more vegetarian options, however.

KB
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all thought the food was excellent. My scallops were the best I have ever had. I also ordered the special dessert, a plum and raspberry tart the pastry chef was perfecting. It was sublime. I rarely eat dessert, but I polished it off!

c
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good but the wait for the main course was very long. Nice ambience for a slow sit down dinner.

AH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative food, very nice and friendly service. Lovely place.

GR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

A friend with me had to send his steak back as it was too rare. I had a pork chop that was undercooked. It was actually bloody. Saturday night things were being rushed. This was the worst meal I have had at this restaurant and until this, 80 Thoreau was a favorite place. The noise level is too high to have a conversation with anyone.

G
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Corn and tomato pris fixe; just great.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

80 Thoreau has remained consistently high quality over the years. Lucky to have this restaurant in Concord. Heirloom tomato salad seasonal and perfect with tiny crunchy croutons. Salmon on kale done just right including skin which was delicious. Wine list appropriate and service attentive without being cloying.

b
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. Always a pleasure

c
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The Restaurant Week offerings were excellent. Some establishments offer lesser offerings during Restaurant Week since the meal costs are lower, but not 80 Thoreau. They keep their standards high regardless of what week it is. Our starters were creamy cucumber soup and chicken liver mousse with pickled rhubarb. There was superior flavor in the plentiful soup serving. And there was an abundant amount of light-as-a-cloud savory mousse with cracker accompaniment. For our entrees, my husband and I had the salmon and the pollack dishes and each was outstanding. The highlight, however. Were the fabulous desserts proffered by pastry chef Katie Hamilburg. A warm peach cobbler arrived at the table still bubbling in its caramel-covered ramekin. It was the essence of homestyle splendor: fresh peaches, brown sugar depth and just the right touch of crunch. The flourless chocolate cake was set off off by a delicate light chocolate mousse and topped with a ganache that was pure chocolate at its bittersweet, buttery best. Like ingesting dark velvet cream. An outstanding finish.

P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Must try.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, margaritas great but small. Shana waited on us (along w others) and she was a delightful waitress.

NE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

80 Thoreau is our happy place. It never disappoints! Tremendous food. The best service anywhere. Great ambience.

T
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

So much salt on some of the food (salad and vegetables in particular)
that we could not eat them.

M
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening during restaurant week!

c
New England
33 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such lovely flavors and presentation. Never disappointed.

FW
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

80 Thoreau is always a dining treat and pleasure. The food is delicious, and the cheap is imaginative and creative. This restaurant rivals any in downtown Boston and is better than most.

KT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

80 Thoreau is our neighborhood restaurant, so we eat here quite often. Vincent and Ian are always very welcoming and the staff are very attentive without being annoyingly so. The food is always top notch, we ordered off the price fixe menu on this visit but usually sit in the bar and eat the amazing burger off the bar menu. Best burger ever! Love this place!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mom’s night out...back to school !

c
New England
13 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the food was delicious as well as beautifully presented. Two of us had bluefish, which was excellent. Another had pork loin, which she loved. We were glad we were seated in the far room with the expansive window.

HS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about our meal at 80 Thoreau. Highly recommend!

C
New England
57 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We did not realize there was a price fixed menu when we visited or we would have waited. My fault for not checking the website. The chilled cucumber soup was very nice but the chicken was nothing special. There was really not much on the “dine out Boston” week menu that either of us wanted, so we settled for the chicken. It was that, or a burger. Bluefish and perch were the fish choices, neither of which I would order normally, although the person at the next table ordered the perch and it looked delicious. I’d recommend 80 Thoreau as it is pretty and the staff try hard. The food is usually good, but with 1 martini, 1 glass of wine and 1 beer, the tab was very pricey (almost $200 with tip) for chicken dinners with a soup and small piece of cake.

m
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

terrific food , drinks, and service as always!

f
New England
66 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Perfect food, ambiance, service , wine, and service. Never been disappointed.

JO
New England
39 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant week, so not A+, but good enough to bring me back

BK
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our anniversary at 80 Thoreau, and although we had been there before, this was very special.
We were treated to champagne at the start of the meal and candles on our desserts. The service was excellent, food delicious and the overall experience was excellent.

f
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is a locavore restaurant that takes that commitment very seriously. Everything is fresh and local and very pricey. We went during restaurant week which we’ve done before and been very pleased. Not so much this time. There seemed to be an effort to keep the dishes within their normal cost rather than offering a bargain for restaurant week. The cheapest dishes were offered for appetizers and entrees without accompanying glazes or sauces. The service is overly enthusiastic and upper crusty which struck me as rather pretentious.

FD
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always come to 80 Thoreau to celebrate life's big and small events. Our visit this time was as exceptional as it always is, even though it was restaurant week (now called Dine Out Boston for some reason!).

The chicken is a favorite that my partner always orders. I had the bluefish with black lentils and it was superb. I haven't had bluefish in years and wouldn't ordinarily even think to order it, and I felt rewarded for my adventuresome choice.

A bonus was the lovely couple celebrating their anniversary at the next table. Apparently all foodies, we shared restaurant recommendations and stories of Maine.

All in all, a lovely experience as always.

GP
New England
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

Appetizer: chicken liver mousse delicious. Pickled rhubarb and blueberry mayo very weird. Cucumber soup tasty
Entree: grilled bluefish over cooked and burned on top. Unidentifiable little black balls. Very small amount of vegetables. Pork loin tasty. Bread salad weird but quite good.
Dessert: only two choices. Flourless chocolate cake unremarkable. Pannacotta quite tasty
Waiter very attentive and pleasant. Table next to window nice.
Honored our anniversary nicely - small complementary glasses of champagne and festive candles on dessert plates.

SS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We were disappointed. The food, especially the main course, makes us in no hurry to return.

OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ease of making reservation via Open Table was appreciated. Boston dining menu was superb in its selections and its reality.
Comfortably welcomed by co-owner/host. Great table he gave us. Much appreciated.
Chris, waitperson, tried very hard. Will assuredly gain further skills, but did a commendable serving.

KG
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal! Went during restaurant week and the menu options were very good. Each of our dining party ordered a different entree and each was excellent.

C
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Took over an hour and a half for our entrees to arrive! My guests wanted to leave which was embarrassing to me. Upon complaint, the server said “guests arrived all at once and the kitchen backed up”. But all diners had confirmed reservations so they knew we were coming and when ... There was an infant in arms two tables over who did what infants do - scream. The desserts were wonderful. They adjusted our bill because of the long wait.

t
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our waiter was very good and his assistant did a great job as well. We entertained guests from out of town and they were impressed.
Thank you.

LS
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end delicious

TK
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

We are disappointed. We had a recommandation from a Concord lady. So we had high expectations. Starters where nice (tomato- and raw fish salad.)) Main courses where not at all rifinded, my salmon was burned and dry. But the most unpleasant was our waiter; not friendly, took our plates too soon. Food was served before the wine came. I woul say: unprofessional.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We've been to 80 Thoreau on several occasions and the food was excellent until our latest visit (8/16/19). The food wasn't as stellar and there was something off about the portions as well (much larger than previous). I'm thinking they're perhaps focusing on their second restaurant in Boston and a different kitchen crew might be working at the 80 Thoreau location.

BR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey for weekly dining but a very good experience start to finish. I
recommend it.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. The crispy soft shell crab was especially good. Just the right amount of crunch and a tender, well seasoned meat. I had pork chop and it was cooked just so that it was moist and tender, not dry not too raw. We had house wine and even that was good. Robust and not too dry or sweet. Service was great. We never had to look for our waiter because someone was there constantly filling our glasses or cleaning the table of the empty plates. Overall, an excellent experience.

OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Online menu has wide variety but only 4 options offered that night with none of interest. The burger off the bar menu was just ok.

l
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect night for our anniversary dinner. Service, ambiance and food were all perfect. Would highly recommend and will be looking forward to coming back.

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