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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
Dinner was excellent...as always. The appetizers were outstanding, especially the eggplant soup and the mushrooms. The wines were wonderful. Ian Calhoun was welcoming and engaged. We have eaten at 80 Thoreau many times and it continues to be a fresh and delightful experience.
My wife and I went to 80 Thoreau to celebrate our anniversary. We had recently moved out the city to the suburbs and wanted to try a restaurant outside of our normal haunt.
My meal was very good. My wife's was pretty good. If not for the manager, service would have been nonexistent. I was a little shocked as I heard so many positive things about 80 Thoreau.
If we lived in the area, I would go back out of convenience. However, not worth a 30 minute drive.
This restaurant offers a brief farm-to-table menu that changes frequently. I had Striped Bass and my wife had Wild Salmon. The dishes were attractive and cooked correctly, if a bit unimaginative and under-seasoned. There was a noticeable absence of carbohydrates on the plate, so if you are hungry, you may want to order an appetizer or two. Service was attentive, though the staff seemed less experienced than the white tablecloths would lead you to expect. Restaurant was completely full on a Saturday night. Pro Tip: ask to sit far away from the open kitchen.
The food was creative and delicious and the house made cocktail was marvelous. The seating was well laid out giving each table sufficient privacy and intimacy, however, I would have liked the lighting to be lower (perhaps candles on the table) instead of predominantly overhead.
All in all, it's wonderful to have such an outstanding restaurant in the neighborhood and we will make it a habit of dining there.
The food is creative, fresh and reliably good (we try a new dish each time we visit and have never been let down...and we also always order the burger, which isn't listed on the dining room menu but is the best burger around!), as are the cocktails. We love the service at this restaurant. Our waitress was superb and unpretentious (unlike many restaurants of this caliber). Not much of a view as it overlooks the train station parking lot, so you're better off sitting away from the window or even alongside the open kitchen to watch the talented chefs at work.
The fish eaters raved. I had the chicken and it was undistinguished. My companion had the steak; he ordered it rear and it was almost too rear. The service seemed to take forever although the server was knowledgeable, which was helpful, since there were a few terms on the menu that stumped us. It is that kind of restaurant. Some unusual ingredient and sauce combinations that don't really add anything, in fact, they may subtract. Again, the two fish eaters were very pleased.
were very pleased and said a repeat visit was possible.
Summertime is my favorite season to visit 80 Thoreau. The food did not disappoint. Loved the scallop crudo and the striped bass. The sorbet was like an English summer pudding--strawberries and currants and delicious. Cannot wait for the corn and tomatoes menu next month. It was crowded but service was smooth and impeccable.
We dine here often, and in our opinion, 80T is the best restaurant west of Boston. Superb fresh, local, and seasonal foods, excellent professional service, interesting wine list (and great cocktails), fabulous desserts (especially house-made ice creams and sorbets). Soups are especially good; house-made fresh pastas are always wonderful. Prices are not low, but are definitely lower than you would pay for this quality of food and service in Back Bay or the South End (and there's plenty of free parking!)
Excellent food and service. Our party of five all enjoyed our meals from first course through dessert. The beef bavette entree and the papparadelle with braised rabbit were both outstanding. Poached egg and gnocchi appetizers were both flavorful and executed perfectly. Bryant our server gave great suggestions. A destination for fine dining if you are in Concord or Boston.
We've been to 80 Thoreau 5 times now and have been pleased each time. The menu is small, but well thought out and always offers fish, chicken, beef and veggie options. My husband and I shared a gnocchi appetizer, we each had a seasonal salad which was perfectly dressed and very crisp. We both had the bavette of beef which was very juicy and nicely seasoned with a persillade style topping that paired very nicely with the beef m carrot fritters and charred lettuce. For dessert I had a clafoutis -- while not traditional in its execution, it was very good. I highly recommend this place to anyone who loves fine dining.
If you visit or live in the western suburbs of Boston, there is no better place to eat than at 80 Thoreau in Concord. I visited there for their Striped Bass prix fixe menu. As a New Englander, I am painfully aware of not only how short the window is to get fresh striped bass, but also how horribly it can be treated in the kitchens of those who don't know its qualities. So the lure of 3 courses of striped bass topped with a luscious cheesecake bavarian dessert (featuring the best rhubarb I have ever eaten) drew me back for another night at 80 Thoreau. Chef Carolyn and her crew began the menu with bass crudo, beautifully garnished with crunch of fennel and cucumber and sea salt, lightly dressed with a perfect accompaniment of strawberry gastrique. The second course was a cannelloni stuffed with a tarragon enhanced cheese and small chunks of bass, served with chanterelles, kale and summer truffle. The main course was a juicy grilled chunk of striped bass, with the requisite crisped, perfectly seasoned served over squash slaw and supported by an olive panisse. The service matched the quality of the food without a flaw. This, for me at least, was made all the better by sitting at the kitchen bar and having the privilege of watching this "ballet" unfold as the evening progressed. I always have been a huge fan, and continue to be so.
We ordered a crispy soft shell crab appetizer which was delicious. I had the braised rabbit entree which was prepared beautifully with wide noodles and a very tasty sauce. My wife had the pan roasted Hake with mussels and fingerling potatoes which was also enjoyed. They had an excellent wine selection and the service was top notch. Overall a wonderful dining experience.
I was at this restaurant after a funeral five years ago and loved it. I knew I had to come back someday. I was happy to come back again just now to celebrate my birthday and my partner's new job. I was surprised however they did not do something special as many restaurants do. It was mentioned in the reservation that we were there for a double celebration. That kind of attention to detail would have made our night. The food was amazing though.
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