80 Thoreau

80 Thoreau is a progressive fine-dining restaurant in historic Concord offering New American cuisine and genuine hospitality in a convivial setting. Restaurateur Ian Calhoun is thrilled to return to the Concord area where he grew up and bring to the community a restaurant that is worthy of an epicurean outing yet comfortable enough for a casual dinner.

The vision for 80 Thoreau is one that has grown and evolved over the years since owners Ian Calhoun and Vincent Vela first met in college and vowed to open a restaurant. Their experiences cooking, serving, bartending, and managing have formed the basis for the hospitality at 80 Thoreau. The careful balancing of 80 Thoreau’s fine-dining pedigree and laid-back temperament are evident in every element of the restaurant.

Chef Carolyn Johnson (Rialto) proposes a menu that is both straightforward and refined – where New England ingredients and traditions are embellished with French techniques. As the focus of the culinary world has turned to local sourcing, there are few better communities to join than Concord’s – one which boasts a host of commercial and family farms. In addition to the seasonally motivated menu, small and large bar plates are offered.

In the dining room Vincent Vela (Per Se, Craft) directs service that is gracious, attentive, and relaxed. The cocktail list focuses on properly made classics while the wine list offers new and old world selections at a variety of prices in both half and full bottle formats.

Contact Information

80 Thoreau St. Concord, MA 01742


Phone: 978-318-0008


Judith Lyon   August 22, 2020
My first restaurant experience since March!!! I LOVE 80 Thoreau and my meal was superb!!! Thank you for being open
Gladys Phillips   August 18, 2020
Yesterday was our first time we visited this good restaurant. But It is definitely not the last. We passed a splendid evening with the courteous service, with the first-rate dishes and fine drinks and with the friendly price.
Justin Andrews   August 18, 2020
The friendliness of the staff seems genuine. I have never seen such good customer service as I experienced
Rita V.   July 13, 2020
Bouncing back in the Covid era. 7 tables, book early! The fluke crudo? OMG! The smoked duck breast with morels over sorel and a runny duck egg? INSANE....
Elmer Larson   June 5, 2020
This spot is worth giving a shot. They serve big portions for affordable rates. Constantly well organized and with fantastic ambience. Will come back again.
Peter K.   April 17, 2020
Ordered the take out Easter dinner. When I opened it up on Easter it looked to me like we did not have enough side dishes for the five of us. I emailed...
Becca M.   February 23, 2020
FANTASTIC! Wow! I genuinely don't know where to start. Our whole dining experience from start to finish was delicious and friendly. One thing that stands...
Julie's bites   September 29, 2019
June 2019. Soft shell crab and quail. Very tasty. Side note: Refills of soft drinks are not free. 2018. Excellent. I ate here several times and enjoyed everything I had each time.
Ralph N   July 30, 2019
Quaint place with the price to match. Crispy soft shell was very tasty though we wished we had more for it. Sea bass was boneless but was a bit dry and vegetables a little bland. Grilled pork was perfectly cooked and support was nice.