We met up with friends at 80 Thoreau to celebrate my husband's birthday. We weren't able to make reservations--even though it was a Wednesday, the place was packed. We sat at the bar, which I prefer anyway. This is a beautifully appointed restaurant with an excellent fine-dining menu. Everything was incredibly delicious--from the cheese platter, to the bluefish pate, to the tagliatelle entrees some of us had. Service was impeccable. The decaf capuccino after dinner tasted like the ones I used to get when I lived in Rome--which is a rarity.
This a very expensive place to dine though.....my glass of wine was $13. My husband's Berkshire large size beer was $11. Those prices edge into the land of the absurd; I am not sure why they have to be so high, but then again, we and tons of other people seem willing to pay. I am not sure what effect this has on how often people come back to 80 Thoreau, however--these price points will definitely stop us from coming back regularly. The appetizers were on average $5-7 more than you'd pay elsewhere, as were the entrees.
That said, the meal was superior and the experience very pleasant. This would be our go-to place (we like to go out about once a week) if it weren't so expensive. We will definitely come back for special occasions though.
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