Very nice Valentine’s Day dinner!
We have eaten here before and came with high expectations, and so were slightly disappointed. Strengths first, the food was delicious. ON the other side, although it was not a particularly cold night, the room was uncomfortably cold. We asked if we could be moved to a booth area, but were told no, that there no booths for 4 , and the restaurant was quite full. They would see about turning the heat up a bit. I suspect the system was not functioning properly since there was only cold water in the restroom for hand washing. We were thoroughly chilled by the time we finished eating ( for the record, my husband was wearing long johns and a fleece over his shirt and tie) and were quite eager to get to our heated car!The server was pleasant, but not quite well informed about what he was serving; he didn't know what a sun choke was ( why I asked) and said it was a type of artichoke, etc. Some things he did ask about in the kitchen and returned with the info. We were disappointed in the wine by the glass selection. For a restaurant with this depth and an extensive offering of bottles, there were 5 reds and unfortunately none suited my husband's taste ( maybe his taste runs to more plebeian, and less sophisticated to appreciate the offering? unsure, but we tasted a couple and neither he nor I liked them). I had a white Grenache (?) and eventually I decided it tasted like a sauvignon blanc that had been chilled by a melting ice cube.
So since you asked, open table, I answer honestly that we were disappointed in our overall experience. You might read this and think my husband is too fussy, etc., but since it was his birthday, I was disappointed that it was not an overall great meal out.
The food was good, the service was a bit on the slow/felt ignored side. The greetings were staid, not a happy welcome kind of reception. That is one of my pet peeves. Restaurants should be excited to greet guests, right?
Nonetheless, I had a really great time and good conversation with my friend and our bellies left happy. I did like the way they allowed us to take our time. We were at that table for several hours.
This is one of our favorite places. Always consistently good food and service.
I went for my birthday. I wanted a place that I could dress up for and 80 Thoreau did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the dessert was beautiful.
The food was good, but I found the fish to be a bit too oily for my taste. Overall the wait staff was attentive, but our dessert was scooped off the table before we were finished, which made it feel like they were in a hurry to get us out the door. Also, the server did not clean off the table after the first course. A small thing, but still a touch I would have expected at this sort of restaurant. They shouldn't be serving the second course no top of the leavings of the first course. They did clean up after the second course before serving desert.
Excellent food and menu with seasonal and creative dishes. Each course was flavorful and delicious without being too small or overly large. This is undoubtedly a special place that is well worth the price premium and the outstanding service and food only reinforce my opinion.
Excellent as always! This is one of our favorite restaurants.
We've eaten at 80 Thoreau several times, it's been consistently good. I had the duck and the lobster gnocchi, both were very good although I wish there had been more lobster in the gnocchi, it was just trace amounts.
This was one of the best meals my wife and I have had in a long time.
As good as it geta
don't miss this place! big city dining in the suburbs with free parking. you can even get there on the commuter rail. great food and service. save room for dessert!
the food was wonderful as was the service. We really enjoyed our evening.
Great way to celebrate my husband's special birthday. Staff was friendly, food was delicious, ambiance was perfect. Wonderful evening.
We went to 80 Thoreau on a whim and managed to get an 845pm reservation. We arrived early and were able to grab two seats at the bar for a cocktail and some bites before dinner. Great drinks and nice bartender who puts on a good mixing show. We ended up with a great table near the kitchen. The service was attentive but not overbearing. The food was a 10, perfectly prepared and tasty. The wine list eclectic and sometimes hard to navigate, but we ended up with a great bottles. Overall this was a great meal in a wonderful restaurant that continues to deliver.
Our favorite place in Concord (and beyond)!
Had the gnocchi and the duck. The duck was absolutely wonderful. I am always impressed with the performance, value, and experience!
Table was ready on -time and the server was quick and very pleasant. It was my wife's birthday and they surprised her with a candle, well done.
Appetizers and dinner were excellent. Drinks were a bit expensive but not extreme.
We LOVE this place. Never disappoints us. The food is always delicious and creative . Wait staff is friendly and efficient.
We feel extremely lucky to live within walking distance of such a fine restaurant. Once again, we enjoyed exceptional food beautifully presented and served. A wonderful evening!