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.