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About 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.
Concord, MA 01742
Contemporary American, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:30pm
Thoreau and Sudbury
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free on site parking. Street parking available as well.
Take the Commuter Rail to Concord on the Fitchburg Line. 80 Thoreau is located on the 2nd Floor of the Concord Depot.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
80 Thoreau Ratings and Reviews
It was our anniversary and they surprised us with a glass of champagne to start - which was awesome. I had their special soup - tomato with garlic cream sauce and a crostini which was out of this world. And we recognized a famous actress who is shooting locally sitting at the bar. So it was a really fun night. The atmosphere is cozy - and fancy but not too fancy - perfect for an anniversary dinner. The food was excellent. Can't wait to go back.
My wife and I made our regular date night at Thoreau as its one of our favorite establishments and one the best restaurants in the area.
This evening we started with a glass of wine each and soup. Nancy opted for the Eggplant soup and I, the special tomato that was being offered.
Both were superb, but the Eggplant was really stupendous, the flavors and finish were so nice, subtle but multi layered and left me considering another bowl myself.
We moved on the the main course, my wife choosing the Pan Roasted hake with Potato salad, Mushrooms and baby carrots.
I went with the Spelt Tagliatelle, with tender Lamb Loin, Spelt, Peaches and Tomatillo.
The Hake as always was super and my dish was equally excellent with a multitude of flavors and interesting ingredients that I have come to truly love and appreciate at this really fine, eclectic eatery.
Make no mistake, this is an outstanding place to dine and we always make a point of hitting the special menus they prepare as well as the main menu they offer.
We are looking forward to the Fall ingredients and menus with great anticipation.
A must try for anyone who hasn't yet!
80 Thoreau is always a special culinary experience, but this year's "corn and tomato" special menu was fabulous. The soup and the risotto courses were distinctive and stand out dishes. Their chicken is always a step above anything you'd expect. We've heard a rumor that the risotto is going to be a regular menu item -- we hope so!
Food was absolutely delicious and creative in the chef's choice of ingredients. The spicy eggplant soup, chicken liver mousse, and chanterelle tarte with chard and smoked gouda were standouts. I like to go out to eat food that I am unable to prepare at home and this dinner did not disappoint. Location in the old Concord depot is comfortable but quirky with the occasional commuter train rumbling by. On this particular evening the dinner was slow to appear, but the waiter did come to tell us about the situation, so that made us feel better.
We have been here several times and this time was definitely a disappointment. For the money and the attitude I expected better service. From the moment I ordered a sparkling wine I could tell we were a disappointment to our waiter- oh and yes- we did have the audacity to bring our 11 year old to the restaurant (as we have done before). We waited a very long time for our food saw a lot of attitude, no one ever asked if we wanted a second drink and we eventually bailed on ever ordering dessert because we waited so long. This place is definitely not what it once was food or service-wise. I don't know if they were just short handed, but if that was the case, they shouldn't have tried to fill all of tables.
Things are slipping just a bit. Staff seems harried. Bread basket slow to arrive and thrown on the table. Food off just a notch, with exception being dessert, which was exceptionally balanced and delightful -- not too sweet. Bar itself was surprisingly dead for a Saturday night. Maybe the holiday weekend?
Third or fourth time there, and never disappoints. Food intelligently prepared and presented. One of us chose the corn and tomato prix fixe menu, which was excellent overall, but even the creative chef could not quite figure out what to do with the chicken breast component of the main course. Though it did work well with the sauces and contorni that came with it.
80 Thoreau offers special seasonal menus. This evening was the fall tomato and con menu. So all four courses featured those two items. The soup was half a corn soup and half a tomato soup; each good and good with a blended spoonful. The next two courses utilized the ingredients well, too. Doing a dessert is hard. It was not as good as the other courses, but still very good. Recommended for good, local ingredients forming good tastes.
80 Thoreau does an annual corn and tomato menu in late August/early September and it was fabulous! Gorgeous and delicious cold corn and tomato soups, artistically served together in a bowl; tomato topped with corn risotto; their wonderful roasted and braised chicken with corn and tomato accompaniment; and a corn financier with basil ice cream and tomato gelee. All was wonderful and the menu price was reasonable.
We hadn't been back to 80 Thoreau for over a month and were struck again by the incredibly delicious food, the pacing of the service (careful, but very unhurried), and the difference all the attention to detail in everyday aspects of the restaurant (house-made bubbly water,sea salt at the table, warmed milk served as standard with coffee) makes. The food is intricate without being fussy-- yum!
My wife and I, sometimes with friends, have eaten at 80 Thoreau several times since it opened. It's never disappointed. The meals are distinctive and delicious, the desserts inventive, the service excellent. We live just 20 minutes away, so it's also a convenient gem.
80 Thoreau surprises again- pleasantly. The menu is concise and without the expected salmon, filet, and lobster fare found in many regional restaurants. The menu changes regularly . . .
Spicy eggplant soup, beef tagliatelle, swordfish, scallops crudo,etc were wonderfully fresh, tasty and beautifully presented. Desserts were decadent and I was able to order a delightful cheese plate to accommodate my savory palate. When in Concord, reserve early- so you don't miss this restaurant.
It was our 15th anniversary and we tend to favor 80 as our local special occasion choice, although we do go there quite often otherwise for their superb bar food. It really has no competition, especially now Bondir has closed, but we never thought they bettered 80, at all, thus their rapid demise!
I had the local corn and tomato 4 courses and everything was exceptional...I really haven't tasted anything as delectable in a long time as the whole beefsteak tomato stuffed with corn risotto, totally amazing flavors. My wife had soup of the day and swordfish both delicious, but she agreed my choice was a fantastic choice at $45. It is worth mentioning that the main bartender adds some real flair to the place, as no one in the area can make as great a cocktail....he's a true mixologist!!
We are "foodies." We go to other cities and sample wonderful restaurants. Here in Concord, we have an amazing restaurant. A few times a year they do their "Corn and Tomatoes," "Asparagus," and "Striped Bass" menus and these menus can blow your socks off. This year's "Corn and Tomatoes" was just exceptional. From the soup, through the risotto, to the chicken and ending in the financier, everything was madly delightful. I was a little fearful that we'd arrive to a new restaurant because all the talent was at their new "Mooncusser" downtown. Thankfully, no. The familiar faces were almost all there. The food was all yummy (the soup was super-yummy), and the service was exceptional as always. This visit reminded us we should come back more often. If you are looking for super-tasty food and flawless service, stop looking. It's right here.
It was restaurant week so the prices were great and so were the options. Our server seemed to have to cover a lot of tables in the front dining room and I think that was a bit too much for her as we never got water glasses refilled, or wine glasses re-filled. The food was the star however and did not disappoint.
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