80 Thoreau is a Boston area suburban restaurant that offers special food in a special setting and served by special people at the train depot. You'll find the owners romancing the floor and the kitchen staff focused yet smiling; everyone at 80 Thoreau puts a lot of love into the plates that come out of the kitchen.
Keeping in line with the traditional surroundings of Concord, 80 Thoreau boasts a warm interior with dark wood accents, white table cloths and dim lighting that allow for private conversations as well as romantic encounters in the restaurant's quiet corners.
A glimpse inside the kitchen — Photo courtesy of 80 Thoreau
The bar area is large enough yet cozy and ideal for dining on their bar bites, which include a killer burger. Pair that with a glass of wine or specialty drink, and you can kick back and start relaxing in an upscale setting that's anything but stuffy.
Avoiding the trappings of trendier restaurants with a short life span, 80 Thoreau creates an inviting environment that finds itself packed with regulars as well as first-timers, many of whom enjoy a train ride from the city direct to the doors of 80 Thoreau and then back home again.
After three years 80 Thoreau is still hot, finding its tables booked weeks in advance.
Gnocchi at 80 Thoreau — Photo courtesy of 80 Thoreau
You'll find your food to be as traditional as the setting its served in, yet more inspired than you'd ever imagine. Simple ingredients are elevated using flavors and techniques that make something special from the ordinary.
A focus on fresh, local ingredients has the menu changing often, allowing you the chance to savor what's in season.
Start off with a spoonful of a luscious tomato soup during late summer or a bite of smoked bluefish pate in the fall. Then move onto one of the main course offerings, which are sure to knock your socks off, like stuffed chard leaves.
And be sure to consider the nightly special before making your decision; oftentimes, it's the best thing on the menu.
Waitstaff are well-trained and knowledgable about the food they're serving, and they're happy to lend a hand when you just can't decide.
The drink list is impressive, with a selection of wines to pair with your meal, as well as cocktails that will have you ordering another. Enjoy the Tonic and Gin for a grown-up version of a lime Rickey, or have the bartender mix your favorite cocktail with an experienced hand.
Most of all, sit back, relax and experience 80 Thoreau, because this is one restaurant that still encourages a dining experience.
80 Thoreau's Cranberry Cobbler cocktail — Photo courtesy of 80 Thoreau