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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
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.
My wife and I went to 80 Thoreau to celebrate her birthday. We both ordered a mixed green salad in which the greens were fresh and crisp and lightly dressed. The entrees we ordered, the roast chicken and pasta dish, were both excellent. The chicken was tender and moist and the side of vegetables was delicious. We would definitely return, especially to celebrate special occasions or to dine with family or friends.
I invited friends who had come to stay for two nights. They love dining at special local
restaurants. We had previously dined at Bondir in Concord and Gibbet Hill in Groton. As they disembarked from the train in Concord they pointed to a restaurant they had seen from the train and said that restaurant looks great. Excellent. It was 80 Thoreau.
They have since headed back to New York but were still raving about the food and experience.
After hearing about 80 Thoreau for many years, my husband and I finally went for our anniversary. I had noted that it was our anniversary when making the reservation and we were treated as such from start to finish. Though the location--in a multi-use building next to the Concord Center commuter rail stop--was not romantic, the ambiance and layout on the second floor was well done. We were seated at a window table, small glasses of complimentary sparkling wine were delivered and the two bite-sized treats, on-the-house, capped off our meal. Our waiter, Bryant, was impeccably attentive, always showing up before our glasses were empty or just as our plates were finished. The food was well balanced and interesting. We ordered the soft-shell crab, which came tempura fried and was a perfect start. For the main meal we had the hake with spinach and sliced fingerling potatoes. This dish was a little salty but balanced nicely with the braised rabbit and spelt papadelle pasta with cherries and hazelnuts. We will DEFINITELY come back again.
One of the best restaurants anywhere. Local provisions, prepared and presented with imagination. Informed and helpful staff.
80 Thoreau is a good reason to stopover in the charming New England town of Concord("established in 1835").
We've been there four times in three years and will return again during fall foliage season.
The food was local, creative and delicious. With food, presentation sometimes sacrifices taste, and vice versa. But not here. Everything was perfectly on point! The creativity and ensembles of flavor is an art which has been mastered here. Service was excellent as well. A perfect dining experience.
We had a good celebration of wife's birthday. Initial service was a bit tardy but after our wine (finally) arrive all subsequent service was impeccable. Maybe if they has less people to serve the food - actually separate peole to bring each plate - they'd have more time to bring out a
wine list, Overall, a good evening.
80 Thoreau never disappoints. We sat in the back room, overlooking the train tracks (quite scenic when a train rolls in!). This was a special occasion for four of us, and the room was pretty noisy, but we managed. The food was superb, the wine (chosen by the maitre d') was okay but not special. No matter, the evening was lovely. We always choose 80 Thoreau when we have an occasion to celebrate, and it's always dependably good.
As always an outstanding meal. I should have said meals. We had our two most recent dinners there. The menu has a variety of appitizers, salads , entres and deserts. Farm to fork is very much in play. If you really want a treat try the tasting menu at the four seat tasting bar where you can watch all of the activity in the kitchen. Been going since it opened and have never been disappointed.
Tried the Asparagus menu this time....my 3rd. Very tasty and inventive. The consomme was my favorite and the veal was perfect, medium rare to rare as I asked, juicy and melt in your mouth. Oh and the asparagus was good too! Service as always was excellent, attentive without hovering.
Wish management could do something about the noise. It restricts conversation.
I went last weekend to 80 Thoreau for a birthday/date dinner, and was treated to one of the most elegant experiences and best meals of my life, no exaggeration. We shared a salad, an order of hake on wilted greens with garlic and fingerling potatoes, and a chevre custard with a parmesan crust. I couldn't decide which I loved more – they complemented each other beautifully. It was hard to find the entrance, which only added to the sense of discovering a hidden gem.
My wife Nancy and I went to Thoreau so I could try the Asparagus Menu before it ended. Thoreau is excellent about developing clever menu's using local produce while making the meal and experience interesting and most memorable.
My wife opted for the Pan Roasted Hake but asked for an order of the Smoked Swordfish Fritters which was the first course of the Asparagus menu that I had chosen. As usual, she was thrilled with her selection, the Hake was prepared to perfection with local greens and vegetables.
My Asparagus Menu first course was Grilled Smoked Swordfish fritters, saffron and gribiche. So, so good!
Next came (Second) a Consommé of Duck quenelles, morels, chives which was superb, the flavors were excellent and it was expertly seasoned.
Third was the Veal Flank, Arpeggio gratin, mustard, baby kale which was likewise superb, the veal cooked perfectly and very tender.
The last (Fourth) desert course was a Cake topped with Olive oil ice cream, blood orange and honeycomb that was outstanding, again the clever melding of flavors that tasted heavenly.
Thoreau is a favorite of ours and we try to get in often to see what chef has cooking as its usually something quite creative and the use of fine local ingredients complements the experience.
We are planning to return soon to explore more of the excellent offerings and can't wait to see the next Themed Menu they have planned going forward!
If you are looking for an outstanding dining experience and are interested in trying something not the norm that will offer a delightfully different selection using the freshest ingredients, 80 Thoreau is "The Place" to go.
Our 3rd visit here and food was excellent again. This time we were seated in the room away from the kitchen- not as nice and were the only table in the center of this room so we felt conspicuous(table for 2). Only improvement is a renovation to update the decor because the place feels old and not special.
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