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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
2
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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 (67)
Fit for Foodies (64)
Special Occasion (61)
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Good for Anniversaries (57)
Good for a Date (55)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Local Ingredients (45)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Worth the Drive (30)
Notable Wine List (29)
Romantic (28)
Cozy (27)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Seasonal (24)
Bar Seating (23)
Authentic (22)
Business Meals (21)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Organic (15)
Healthy (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Fun (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Casual (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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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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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Great meal as always. We love this place!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Terrific, as always. The bluefish was perfectly prepared. The parsnip soup was a nice surprise.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Excellent food, creative, fresh, clean , wonderful sauces and combination of ingredients

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Miami)·Dined on June 17, 2017

I love this restaurant. The menu is varied and very creative. The food is beautifully presented and delicious. I have never been in a restaurant with better service. It was perfect. The atmosphere is understated, elegant and relaxing.
I highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Overall good. Veal pot was a bit fat even for a pate

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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This is a fantastic restaurant that is local with great food and great service. I have dined here several times for special occasions, as well as everyday eating. I have never been disappointed.
I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

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.
Mark

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Great neighborhood find. Menu was limited but everything full of layers of flavor - just delicious. a bit pricey but you get what you pay for. love the location and the decor. service was impecable. Highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Organic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 12, 2017

80 Thoreau: Excellent food. The soft-shell crab was exceptional.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The ultimate culinary WASP destination!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The most enjoyable restaurant in our geographic area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Jay and I are and always will be loyal customers to one of the best restaurants ever!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

A wonderful experience every time we have dined here. Simple incredients prepared superbly and a knowledgeable and engaged staff. Never disappoints.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 7, 2017

We try to dine at 80 Thoreau multiple times a season! It's always fresh and inventive. It's my favorite restaurant for Miles around.

Tags: Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on June 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on June 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Delightful evening. Great service. Calm environment.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food tasty and presented nicely. Excellent service. The best, as always!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Food was out of this world! Every single bit was amazing. Honestly one of the best meals I have ever had - I cannot wait to go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Casual, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Organic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Superb from start to finish!

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 (New England)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Very creative food. Fabulous service. Excellent bar tender. Loved it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Portland)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Second time dining here and second time I am very happy with that decision. Service, food and ambience all make this a worthwhile visit.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Love the asparagus tasting menu. Great value, and delicious. We will definitely visit again. We are locals that long for nearby exquisite dining!
Encore!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Always great food and service. Love their ingredient prix fixe menus

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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

80 Thoreau never fails. Best restaurant in Concord and the surrounding towns

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Every time I come to 80 Thoreau I am never disappointed. Food and cocktails are always delicious. I love the atmosphere. The wait staff is super!

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

My only complaints:
The chicken breast was dry and begged for a sauce of any sort.
The rice pancakes were greasy.
The phyllo nest dessert was unsatisfying - tiny + unsweet + 0% yummy factor

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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2017

We are never disappointed visiting 80 Thoreau. Vincent, Ian, and the rest of the crew have a top-notch venue .

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Amazing food and great dining experience. The servers are very knowledgeable about wine and menu. Great place for a nice date.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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