|Restaurants near the Concord Depot|
The commercial district by the Concord Depot (Commuter Rail train station) has several great places for breakfast, lunch, picnics, even elegant dinners.
Thoreau Street between Main Street and Sudbury Road in Concord MA (map) is a commercial zone with a half-dozen places clustered around the Concord Depot (train station), 1/2 mile (800 meters, 10-minute walk) southwest of Monument Square.
Whether it's a cup of coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts, a Chinese buffet lunch, a slice of pizza, a huge ice cream cone, Asian/fusion cuisine, or a superb Boston-quality 4-star dinner at 80 Thoreau, this is a good place to look.
If you order your food to go, you can eat it on benches behind the depot, in front of the Concord Free Public Library (a five-minute walk northeast along Sudbury Road), or at Walden Pond (1.4 miles/2.25 km, a 25-minute walk southeast along Thoreau Street and Walden Street).
Right at the corner of Thoreau Street at 159 Sudbury Road, this cozy Starbucks has dark roast coffee concoctions, too small a parking lot, and you can only turn right when exiting it. Park on Thoreau Street northwest of Sudbury Road—it's less hassle. I assume you know the beverage.
Cater-corner to Starbucks across the intersection with Sudbury Road at 117 Thoreau Street, Dunkin' (tel 978-371-0949) has medium-roast coffee and a more comfortable parking lot than Starbucks'.
At 71 Thoreau Street (tel 978-369-7053) across
from the depot, it's good for quick, inexpensive
pizza, calzones and sandwiches.
This upscale grocery store at 73 Thoreau Street (tel 978-369-5555) across from the depot, at the corner with Middle Street, sells sandwiches, salads, cheeses, breads, crackers and lots of wines—everything you'd need for a fine picnic.
Across the railroad tracks from
the depot on the southwest side in the Concord
Crossing complex, Farfalle (tel
978-369-2900) serves breakfast, light lunches
and suppers, sells Italian foods, and has
a good selection of wines.
Also in the Concord Crossing complex, Chang An (tel 978-369-5288) is a full-service Chinese restaurant with an inexpensive daily luncheon buffet and a separate bar.
Opened in April 2011, 80 Thoreau (the street address) is an upscale restaurant serving New American Cuisine upstairs in the Concord Depot building. Fine cuisine, healthy (ie, not huge) portions, fairly lofty prices (especially for wine), attentive service, a good dining experience. The bar/lounge scene in a separate space is popular as well.
Opened in December 2017, the newest restaurant in this area replaced the popular La Provence café-restaurant at 105 Thoreau Street across the street from the Depot. Karma Concord follows in the footsteps of the older Karma Westford with a menu of Asian/Fusion dishes derived from Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other culinary traditions. More...
On the northwest side of the depot building at 68 Thoreau Street (tel 978-341-0000), this little cabin of a place sells gigantic ice cream cones and dishes. Unless you are ravenous, order a kiddy-sized cone: it's still huge.
Also consider the restaurants in Concord Center near Monument Square, a 10-minute walk from the depot; and the restaurants in West Concord, 2.7 miles away on the other side of MA Route 2.
—by Tom Brosnahan