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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
3
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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

Creative Cuisine (66)
Fit for Foodies (64)
Special Occasion (61)
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Good for Anniversaries (59)
Good for a Date (56)
Neighborhood Gem (55)
Local Ingredients (47)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Romantic (31)
Worth the Drive (30)
Notable Wine List (29)
Cozy (29)
Quiet Conversation (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Seasonal (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Authentic (21)
Business Meals (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Organic (15)
Healthy (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Hot Spot (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Casual (8)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Excellent as always! This was Dine Out Boston, so prices were lower than normal and there was a range of food choices. Everything delicious, outstanding chocolate bete noir for dessert.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Best dining in town. Creative dishes that were all delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 5, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 5, 2017

The creative food selections were delicious; the service was more than spectacular; and the ambiance hard to beat! This will be our new go-to site for celebrations.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Attentive. Delicious.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2017

80 thoreau never fails to disapoint us. Everybody works together there to bring top notch service to the table.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Excellent as always. The food is creative and well prepared. The staff is great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

The food is excellent, the service is great, and they are open late on weekends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Tops in the area

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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Celebrating friends anniversary and birthday, Ian helped find a very special wine. The food and service excellent as always.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Delicious, creative dishes and nice waitress . Service was a little slow- but I think that was b/c they were allowing us to take our time. Probably could have asked us if we wanted another drink quicker than they did but otherwise, an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Excellent Food and Service. In the Bar area - can be a bit loud. Ask for the further room if you are trying to conduct a business meeting

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Loved our meal here! The food was delicious, service was excellent and the prices were completely reasonable for the fantastic experience. Can't wait to go back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Top quality items, always love the soups and salads. Enjoy the food presentation for all dishes. Love sitting by the window.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

80 Thoreau is a very pleasant restaurant with good service and good food.

Tags: Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Food and drinks were excellent. Fun location in the train station. Service was very attentive. We'd go back again next time we're in Concord.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on July 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The food was very good but I have always had a problem feeling comfortable in restaurants where I need a foreign language dictionary to know what I am ordering.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 12, 2017

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!)

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 10, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Loved the food. Service and attention server give too us was just perfect. Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great food, great wine and great service. Fortunately we managed to get an early table as later in the evening it was fully booked (as usual).

Tags: Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Great food and great service - hidden gem in Concord!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

They really treated us well! Gave us some champagne to celebrate our anniversary and even a small treat at the end when we were too full for dessert. I loved it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

80 Thoreau is our go-to restaurant of choice. We live close to it and never tire of having a dinner out at this restaurant. The food is always great. The staff professional and friendly and we are never disappointed! Tom and Diane Harwood

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Great evening with incredible food. We look forward to returning to 80 Thoreau again soon. Best sea bass I ever had!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The Manhattan was astounding. The soft-shell crab was was perfectly done, and the bluefish was outstanding. Had a great dinner here in 2014 and were just as impressed the second time in 2017. Wish we lived closer.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 28, 2017

An outstanding meal. Great in all respects and we will return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on June 27, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Felt welcomed from the moment we arrived, had a nice table great for catching up with our friends, food was delicious. My new favorite place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 26, 2017

About half the dishes we tried were really fabulous, the other half were good but not exceptional. Very good and interesting (though pricey) wine list. Service was really exceptional. We enjoyed our evening very much.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

As always the food is carefully prepared and the service is attentive. Loved every dish. Would also enjoy cushions on the seats! Looking forward to the next time...

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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