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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.

80 Thoreau Street
Concord, MA 01742
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:30pm

Cross Street:
Thoreau and Sudbury

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(978) 318-0008

Website:
http://www.80thoreau.com/

Parking Details:
Free on site parking. Street parking available as well.

Public Transit:
Take the Commuter Rail to Concord on the Fitchburg Line. 80 Thoreau is located on the 2nd Floor of the Concord Depot.

Executive Chef:
Carolyn Johnson

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

80 Thoreau Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (71)
Creative Cuisine (67)
Special Occasion (65)
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Good for Anniversaries (62)
Neighborhood Gem (61)
Good for a Date (53)
Local Ingredients (46)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Romantic (34)
Cozy (32)
Worth the Drive (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (31)
Notable Wine List (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Seasonal (26)
Bar Seating (24)
Authentic (23)
Business Meals (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Tasting Menu (14)
Organic (13)
Healthy (12)
Casual (10)
Disabled Access (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Fun (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
People Watching (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Never fails

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 (New England)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Wonderful anniversary diner. This place has never failed to provide a memorable dining experience. We are so lucky to have this restaurant located in Concord.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent service, lovely presentation

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Amazing dinner for our anniversary celebration. We were greeted with a glass of champagne and the menu was amazing. Great local selection and creative combinations. Chicken liver mouse and pork tenderloin were amazing!!!

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Organic, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We always love going to 80 Thoreau. The food is always fresh and delicious. The service and ambiance are impeccable. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 14, 2017

My bluefish was cooked perfectly and the corn, crab and tomato soup was amazing. Their house made tonic and gin is also delicious and a slight twist on the regular G and T.

Tags: Healthy, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Our dinner was exceptional. Waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. This is a great restaurant!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great Food and Service. Friends from out of town enjoyed it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

We enjoyed a great meal - menu was limited with great options. Food was prepared perfectly. Service was wonderful. Definitely recommend the chicken and pasta dish that we had. Also, I hear their burgers are a "must have" - perhaps next time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on September 11, 2017

We love the food and atmosphere at *o Thoreau. It never disappoints! The menu is always changing so there's always a good reason to go back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 9, 2017

80 Thoreau is a lovely local spot for a nice evening out, conversation, and eclectic menu ( in a good way, not trying to be cheeky). Staff is lovely, attentive without too much attention. Highly recommend.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Excellent food, but the service Friday evening was sub-par. Very long wait between the risotto and chicken courses, and our water glasses went unfilled for most of the evening. We often dine at 80 Thoreau - was this just an off night with new trainees?

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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?

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We've been to all of 80 Thoreau's corn-and-tomato menus, which they offer annually in late summer. This one was the best yet! Not to be missed. Loved every course. The soup served as the first course was especially creative and satisfying.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

We enjoyed the special "corn & tomato" menu, a great celebration of local, seasonal ingredients. Service was very good, as always, and the wine list offered several great options to complement our meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Excellent service and superb food! A delight every time.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Always an amazing meal. We made this one of our last stops before we move to Florida. Definitely one of our top 3 restaurants in the Boston area. Kudos for always being so consistent and delicious.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, People Watching, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Excellent burger with their special sauce and French fries outstanding. Great meal, service and attention to detail. Love watching commuter train pass by. Rarely eat beef but when I have a craving, 80 Thoreau is my place to go.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on August 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We go to 80Thoreau every year for their special corn/tomato dinner in August. It's always awesome. Fresh ingredients presented in innovative ways.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Outstanding.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Organic, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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!!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

80 Thoreau has gone downhill. The food portions have gotten meager. The service has gotten slower. And the prices remain high. It's no longer a good Metrowest fine dining experience.

Tags: Organic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Our waitress was just not friendly. Didn't greet is in a friendly way, didn't ask if our meals were good, almost seemed disinterested. The food was great, so if you can get the right person to wait on you, it will be a good experience.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Had a great meal at 80 Thoreau. The food was very good and well prepared and also looked great. However, our waitress did not want to be at work. Her attitude was very poor. Thankfully everyone else that helped us was great and attentive.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had terrible service from Sara T. My husband will most likely never want to dine here again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food, handcrafted cocktails and service are excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

A special anniversary dinner. Highly recommend, one of the best fine dining places in Boston suburbs.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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