Saltbox Kitchen

We are a casual farm-to-table café, Concord’s only craft brewery and a Best of Boston-winning caterer. Our seasonal, globally-inspired menus feature fresh ingredients from Saltbox Farm, Chef Ben Elliott’s family farm built by his grandparents in the 1940s. In all that we do, we are committed to continuing the traditions of agriculture, family and community that have always been a part of Ben’s family and of Saltbox Farm.

Want to learn more about local chef Ben Elliott? Watch a “Behind the Scenes in 90 Seconds” short film segment.

 

Contact Information

84 Commonwealth Avenue Concord, MA 01742

Phone: 978-610-6020

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Reviews

Brian Flood   July 8, 2024
Awesome quality, homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everything is fresh, natural, and made daily! This go-to, cafe-style restaurant is perfect for those who value good food and fast, friendly service.
Nicole Murphy   June 29, 2024
Having lunch here with my two young daughters was a dream! The food was amazing, the staff was lovely and the atmosphere was pleasant, even though it was busy. The owner (I think) even came over and gave my girls a “treat” after their lunch. So sweet! We will definitely be back :)
Katie Davis   June 28, 2024
Saltbox is one of my favorite restaurants of all time. From the lively atmosphere with the cheery flowers on every table, to the talented staff and chefs, this family run restaurant shines in every way. The offerings are locally sourced, exceedingly flavorful, and always seasonal. I’ve been many times and have never once had anything I didn’t LOVE. It truly tastes like my mom’s healthy, homemade dishes that I grew up on. Thank you for such a gem.
Diana Lynn   April 20, 2024
Wonderful quality. Mediterranean Mezze platter and Chicken Pot Pie both outstanding. Order at counter. Food brought to your table. Blueberry Iced Tea a sugar-free bonus. Eager to return.
Into The Unknown   April 13, 2024
This is an easy 5 star for me. Farm to table, reasonably priced, super enjoyable food. Been coming here for almost two years with my wife, sometimes weekly, always excited to come. Also best rice crispy treat I’ve had, yum.
Improve Unknown   April 13, 2024
This is an easy 5 star for me. Farm to table, reasonably priced, super enjoyable food. Been coming here for almost two years with my wife, sometimes weekly, always excited to come. Also best rice crispy treat I’ve had, yum.
Hilary Taylor   March 28, 2024
This is one of my go to to grab lunch. Today I was there at 9 AM for breakfast. Service is always wonderful. But we had kale cheese frittata and a crumb cake. Just delicious as I was leaving I bought a miniature lime tart with meringue on top. We had it for dessert tonight and I’ve never tasted meringue quite like that. Their baked goods are superb. Highly recommend this wonderful little spot in West Concord Village.
Jessica Mozdiez   March 22, 2024
I planned a private event at Saltbox Kitchen for my global team and it could not have gone more perfect. It was very easy to coordinate the menu and details with the Catering Manager. She will make sure you don't miss all the fine details. The service was on point and the atmosphere was inviting. My global colleagues were very happy with the variety of the menu and delicious food. We truely had a lovely night out at Saltbox. This is a great spot if you want to be out of the city but still have an elevated menu. There is nothing better than having the place all to yourself for a special evening.
Alyssa M.   March 10, 2024
Very cute cafe in Concord with good food. Only downfall is that it is overpriced. Needless to say, I would still come again.
Lydie D.   March 1, 2024
The space is convenient and the interior is bright and clean, but I felt underwhelmed with the food. Staff were helpful and talked us through choices for...
Kimberly K.   February 19, 2024
Went here for a lunch date with a friend for the first time and really enjoyed it. A lot of salad, soup and sandwich options with plenty of baked goods and...
Lori T.   February 12, 2024
Lovely place for a late afternoon coffee with a friend in a charming neighborhood of Concord. Would definitely return.
Robert Anastasio   January 12, 2024
Hard to characterize this place. Layout is like a coffee shop but they also serve alcohol and have a decent selection of soups and sandwiches salads, etc. as well a brewing their own beer. It was pretty busy when I went there at 11:30am on a Friday but no problem getting a seat at a common long table. Nice touch was linen napkins and real silverware.
Jane T.   November 17, 2023
Amazing food! Biked 16 miles to get here with some friends, two of them were vegan, and the staff went out of their way to make sure that the platter they...
Ellen Marie   October 10, 2023
One of my favorites now in Concord! The staff is super friendly and very accommodating. We were a group of 7 people and they reserved a table for us even though they generally don’t take reservations. The menu has various options, even for vegetarian and gluten-free ones. Will come back soon!
Lillian Poole   October 5, 2023
The best lunch I’ve had in my life. Oh my gosh.. the chopped banana peppers and fresh veggies on my Italian sub were amazing but the ketchup! Let me know when you start selling your ketchup .. it was the best ketchup I’ve ever tasted in my life. 10/10
Natasha L.   September 6, 2023
Best grilled cheese I've ever had. I dream about it. Cute vibes. Great location. Not huge but I got a spot just fine to sit.
Rachel T.   August 24, 2023
The best grilled cheese of my life. And I don't say that lightly. This farm-to-table gem in Concord has healthy to greasy treats that's are locally sourced,...
Vanni Bucci   August 13, 2023
Basically I’m there every week, probably twice a week. Food is amazing, local and sophisticated. Pastries and coffee are also great. Best place in town for breakfast and lunch… oh and they make their own beer :)
Eric Lawrence   July 29, 2023
This place has great food and friendly service. The burger was cooked perfect and everything else was great too! Highly recommended, even at first glance when the prices seemed high.
Joanne Taranto   July 24, 2023
You know what I love about Saltbox Kitchen? The food comes from a credible source and you can feel confident that it's all cooked with clean ingredients. Too much restaurant food is cooked with oils and GMO ingredients that we don't have enough research on. This place has it's own farm, raises its own meat, and grows its own herbs/vegetables. For someone with a sensitive stomach, I can always come here and get a great meal without the worry of getting a stomachache. Plus, they brew their own beer too!
Boris L.   July 15, 2023
Excellent food and very nice and chill atmosphere along with super nice staff. Even coming from San Francisco, we thought the food very impressive!
Glen Daniels   July 15, 2023
First time trying this place - it's adorable and I'm excited to come back to try some of the other facets (cocktails/pastries/etc). Had the pork belly banh mi which was sublime; only marred by the fact that the outer edges of the otherwise fantastic pork were kinda over-charred. It was still a completely delicious non-traditional take on the theme. Also want to call out the iced coffee - dark and rich but super smooth. I love places where you can drink the iced coffee black, and this definitely hit the mark for me.
Eric Vasallo   July 11, 2023
quality food - fresh taste - cool ambiance - loved this place! Definitely going back.
Dan Duperron   March 5, 2023
This was a lucky find while in the area for an appointment. Very busy at lunchtime, to the extent the staff had trouble keeping the tables cleaned as they were vacated. I think you are supposed to buss your own table (we did) though it’s not clear and if so, many visitors don’t realize that. We had to clear the junk off a table to take a seat. If that’s the expectation, a few signs would help alert visitors. The food was fresh and excellent. Best burger I’ve had in a long long time. It was served rare vs. the medium rare I ordered, but I’d rather undercooked than overdone. My mates also liked their food very much. I enjoyed a pint of house brown ale, and it left me wishing I had the time to hang out and have another. The ambiance is bright and trendy, with windows on two sides. Lots of tables and a bar to eat at. The staff were patient and friendly. Despite the lunchtime crush we didn’t have to wait very long for our food. Prices are on the high side, but probably par for the course these days for this level of quality. This is the sort of one of a kind neighborhood joint I love to find when I’m in an unfamiliar area. It’s well worth stopping in.
Tom Hanlon   January 18, 2023
Slightly quirky menu, and not cheap. But very good ingredients well prepared. Easy seating on Wednesday. Very, very busy on the weekend. It's on our shortlist.
Vladan J.   January 7, 2023
Outstanding food!! Delivered in an innovative (try the egg sandwich with bacon for a surprise!), flavorful (try the short rib, wild mushroom rigatoni for...
kim delude   November 8, 2022
Love the open kitchen seating available. Fresh from scratch food. The best grilled cheese I've ever had.
Troll Troll   November 7, 2022
A wonderful small brewery with a pleasant atmosphere. I had a variety of appetizers and their Oktoberfest beer and was delighted by both. The staff went out of their way to make my wife and I welcome.
Jacqueline Kassis   September 6, 2022
Supper cute inside the chocolate chip cookie is great
David Kusch   June 18, 2022
I was there for a private event of drinks and appetizers. There was a great variety to the appetizers and they were all delicious. The servers were all pleasant and helpful.
Joan M.   June 18, 2022
Omg they make their own ketchup and it is the best I've ever had. So long Heinz 57, hello Saltbox Kitchen ketchup Oh wait, they don't sell it. I'm ready...
Rose Kennedy   June 8, 2022
Not enough stars to express our feelings about this lunch experience while passing through. Keep up the great work. We only hope we have a chance to come back again some day from PA.
Andreas Apostolopoulos   May 1, 2022
Thoroughly impressed as I passed by this place many times and originally thought better of going in! In fact the café/seat yourself vibe, the authentic and creative takes on global and local favorites, and the casual but elevated ambiance really make for an excellent dining experience that won't even break the bank! The food is delicious and there are options for everyone!! Supporting local farms as well!!
Sean D.   March 28, 2022
A True Story I was feeling a bit melancholy and out of sorts when I agreed to explore our new stomping grounds in West Concord with my wife. We weren't...
Keith Lawless   February 16, 2022
Nice downtown kitchen and nano brewery. Atmosphere doesn't lend itself to lingering. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Beer selection is limited but well made.
Angela S   December 21, 2021
Great flavors and care put into the food, although on the high end of pricey. I love well portioned food, but the portions can vary so ask before ordering (soup bowls are more like a small cup at $10). Coffee is very good and the ginger scones are worth the drive alone. It's definitely a treat, and more suitable for grown ups. Bonus that you can pick up a bottle of wine here for the night. Order ahead if you don't want to wait. Limited seating.
Taylor Yates   November 17, 2021
Great food. Great coffee. Great decor. This is my go-to lunch spot in Concord!
Owl H.   November 11, 2021
Farm to table menu, fresh, well prepared. The kitchen accommodates preferences and allergies. Excellent chef and attention to detail.
Catherine Dixon   October 2, 2021
My grandmother and I had delicious scones and some cold brew coffee (mine regular and hers decaf). We sat outside. If they had more outdoor seating that would be nice, but they did keep many doors and windows open for ventilation indoors too.
Catherine Shah   October 2, 2021
My grandmother and I had delicious scones and some cold brew coffee (mine regular and hers decaf). We sat outside. If they had more outdoor seating that would be nice, but they did keep many doors and windows open for ventilation indoors too.
Alexandra M.   September 7, 2021
This is my favorite place in Concord! I have been going there for years and am never disappointed. On this trip both our salads were filled with vegetables...
Jill Stewart   August 31, 2021
This was the most beautiful salad I have had in years! Plus it was very healthy. A must to go to. Also, their produce is the best around.
Dillon H.   August 13, 2021
Nice atmosphere inside, although a bit crowded. Diverse selection of food on the menu, and a farm stand with homemade honey, pasta, tomatoes, wine, etc. I...
Derek Rodenbeck   July 18, 2021
This place has style. As soon as you walk in there is something in the air where you know good things are going to happen. 1. Get the chocolate chip cookies. I ordered one and immediately came back and got two more. 2. Food was great. I did takeout and when I opened the paper box my burger looked just as good and the presentation was taken into consideration. I really enjoyed this place and will be back. Highly recommend!
Ryan Casey   June 23, 2021
This place is worth trying. They serve big portions for convenient rates. Always neat and with good atmosphere. I highly recommend this place.
Brianna Zillich   March 12, 2021
I found this place when I was going to pick up samples for my wedding cake in town, and was starving. So glad I stopped here. everything is clearly so well and handmade. The ketchup alone is amazing. I absolutely will be back again and again and again.
Sashi Qualitz   February 19, 2021
Did take out and it was good
Jayden Shepard   February 8, 2021
This place is first-rate and spacious, the menu was delightful and the prices were very economical. quickly, efficient service and very affable staff members. Highly recommended.
Suzanne K.   January 8, 2021
Best salad ever. I believe it was buratta with endive and grapefruit. Grab and go at the register. It is always such a pleasant experience.
Barin Moghimi   October 23, 2020
I've decided to give this place a second chance. They did not let me down. Thank you for bringing back wholesome farm fresh cuisine. One caveat though, please reconsider some of your wine selections.
Ron Savenor   October 12, 2020
Excellent creativity and quality chef Ben Elliot is very talented. He worked for Barbra Lynch for nine years. Plus he’s such a nice person Really love his food! Best food in the suburbs
Sumit N.   August 9, 2020
A total surprise find .. driving by and stopped for lunch. Wow! The best BLT - ever. The best veggie sandwich - ever. I'll be making the trek back over bad...
Ryan Mathis   March 10, 2020
Delightful farm to table restaurant. Bonus points for making their own beer in house. Pictures in this review was the flight consisting of their farmhouse ale, a seasonal (stout), experimental (raspberry cream ale) and IPA. Food was delicious too. The short rib was very tender and perfectly cooked to melt in your mouth. A little pricey but worth it
Ashton Moore   March 1, 2020
This spot is worth trying. They serve big portions for affordable rates. Always well kept and with good character. Will come back again.
Hector Constantzos   January 31, 2020
Very quaint location. The clam chowda was excellent and the pork dish (I don't remember what it was called) outstanding. The beer selection had a great variety for all taste buds. I'm an IPA guy, NE IPA preferred. Though the Spruce Ale didn't have the strength of an IPA, it packed a lot of character.
Kelly L.   December 13, 2019
Delicious breakfast with sisters and bro-in-law. Such a welcoming environment. Will return.
Hillary Lam   September 26, 2019
Staff are very friendly, great beers. Cozy atmosphere inside. Would love to come back
Paul e   June 7, 2019
This was a delightful little find. Combination micro brewery and farm to table restaurant. Not a big place but everything was very good. We started with soft shell crab with salad and Maine mussels. The crab was fantastic and the salad was a nice complement, with an unusually large head of asparagus (which I would have expected to be tough- but was delicate and delicious). The mussels and broth were seafood sweet, and makes you wish for a loaf of bread and a bigger belly. For entrees, I had deep dive scallops which were seared to perfection, preserving both the flavor and tenderness of the meat, over green beans. My partner had the strawberry pistachio salad with a deep fried goat cheese, which made for a filling dinner. The craft brews were interesting and satisfying. We tried 5 between us, at the suggestions of our waitress, who was knowledgeable and which worked well. Looking forward to coming back.
Pablo “Papi” Escobar   June 7, 2019
This was a delightful little find. Combination micro brewery and farm to table restaurant. Not a big place but everything was very good. We started with soft shell crab with salad and Maine mussels. The crab was fantastic and the salad was a nice complement, with an unusually large head of asparagus (which I would have expected to be tough- but was delicate and delicious). The mussels and broth were seafood sweet, and makes you wish for a loaf of bread and a bigger belly. For entrees, I had deep dive scallops which were seared to perfection, preserving both the flavor and tenderness of the meat, over green beans. My partner had the strawberry pistachio salad with a deep fried goat cheese, which made for a filling dinner. The craft brews were interesting and satisfying. We tried 5 between us, at the suggestions of our waitress, who was knowledgeable and which worked well. Looking forward to coming back.
Paul e   June 7, 2019
This was a delightful little find. Combination micro brewery and farm to table restaurant. Not a big place but everything was very good. We started with soft shell crab with salad and Maine mussels. The crab was fantastic and the salad was a nice complement, with an unusually large head of asparagus (which I would have expected to be tough- but was delicate and delicious). The mussels and broth were seafood sweet, and makes you wish for a loaf of bread and a bigger belly. For entrees, I had deep dive scallops which were seared to perfection, preserving both the flavor and tenderness of the meat, over green beans. My partner had the strawberry pistachio salad with a deep fried goat cheese, which made for a filling dinner. The craft brews were interesting and satisfying. We tried 5 between us, at the suggestions of our waitress, who was knowledgeable and which worked well. Looking forward to coming back.
Real Housewife O.   May 8, 2019
Go here for DINNER! I had only been for lunch which I always like, but dinner was a great experience. We went on a Thursday night and sat at the bar. I...