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51 Lincoln

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American, Contemporary, Fusion
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51 Lincoln St, Newton, MA 02461-1519 (Columbus)
Newton Highlands T stop on the Green Line(D) is located two blocks from the restaurant at the base of Lincoln Street.
617-965-3100
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great food, hold the waiter

Excellent meal for two of us but the waiter tried way too hard and was far too friendly. I have enough friends - at an expensive restaurant I want to be left alone

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
RoboDad2
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Newton, Massachusetts
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
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English first
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We were in town for a graduation. Many of the downtown restaurants were full so remembering a Boston colleague's recommendation from several years ago, we were able to get late reservations for 51 Lincoln. The restaurant is a bit noisy and tables are close to one another. We were fortunate to be seated near the kitchen and were able to... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Excellent meal for two of us but the waiter tried way too hard and was far too friendly. I have enough friends - at an expensive restaurant I want to be left alone

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Newbury, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We shared the watermelon steak and it was excellent. I had the Amish chicken and have to admit, I've never had had anything like it before. When served, it appeared to be a drumstick and large thigh combination, but when I peeled back the skin, it was a boneless piece of chicken with delicious melody of mushroom flavors. My husband... More 

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We had high hopes for this restaurant in Newton Highlands having heard good things from friends, but our experience was not great. Hopefully it was "blip" in the norm. We went early to avoid the evening rush and were put at a table for two against the wall and were then ignored until a long time later we asked about... More 

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Rochester, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Lovely, quaint, cozy ambience- intriguing menu- gracious server- the worst manager ever- our entree was over an hour in arrival- when we inquired about our food - the manager came over and told us that there was a large party being seated and our order got ''lost'' -he became argumentative and blamed us for ordering our food after others around... More 

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CT
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Here on business with two colleagues and looking for a nice restaurant to have dinner. Came across 51 Lincoln by asking SURI for restaurants near our hotel. Terrific food, limited menu but that's OK because what they do...they do really well. David was our server and he couldn't have been nicer. Made recommendations and they worked. Started with the cheese... More 

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Switzerland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Excellent bibb salad and fried oyster tacos (the combination in the taco was surpising and delicious). Lively atmosphere Nice bar.

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Newton, Massachusetts, USA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Emmet and Dan are great, attentive, creative bartenders. Easy and comfortable place to sit and gab and eat with a friend.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We dined with three other couples on New Year's Eve. One of the couples dine at 51L frequently...this was our first time. We often dine at Waban Kitchen, their sister restaurant. We started at the bar and moved into the dining room with a great table up front. Service for our large group was great. Food was excellent with a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

My husband and I rang in the New Year by going to a local restaurant just minutes from our home. Even though it was a busy special holiday with many patrons, we never felt rushed or hurried. A four course dinner was offered with wine pairings for each course. Fortunately, we were allowed to order a la carte and chose... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 Lincoln St, Newton, MA 02461-1519
    (Columbus)
  • Public Transportation: Newton Highlands T stop on the Green Line(D) is located two blocks from the restaurant at the base of Lincoln Street.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newton
  • Phone Number: 617-965-3100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?