Concord MA Restaurants

Concord offers a variety of dining and food-shopping options in four areas.

Concord's Dining & Food Areas

Concord Center

The center of Concord MA between Monument Square and the Concord Free Public Library has a number of restaurants and sandwich shops good for everything from a hearty breakfast through a quick sandwich to a tavern supper or formal dinner.

Concord Depot

Thoreau Street between Main Street and Sudbury Road in Concord MA 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.

West Concord

West Concord, 2.7 miles (4.4 km) west of Concord Center’s Monument Square on the southwest side of MA Route 2 (map), is the other commercial center of Concord MA, with shops, light industry, a library branch, schools, fuel stations and its own Commuter Rail train station (West Concord).

Concord Rotary

There are also three good restaurants near the Concord Rotary (traffic circle) near West Concord where MA Route 2 meets Barretts Mill Road, Great Road and Commonwealth Avenue.

Best Picnic Spots

Look here for all the nicest places to have a picnic in Concord.

Concord Center Restaurants & Food Shops

Concord’s Colonial Inn

On Monument Square in the town center (tel 978-369-9200), fresh, seasonal local ingredients sourced from farms in Concord are featured on the menu here, as are wines from Massachusetts, New England, the USA, and beyond.

The Liberty Restaurant serves a fine gastro-pub menu of creative dishes in its informal dining room, its cozy bar and, most invitingly, on the inn’s broad front porch.

The more formal Merchants’ Row restaurant offers traditional cuisine in a variety of dining rooms, with careful service. Reservations are suggested.

Fiorella’s Cucina

Fiorella’s, at 24 Walden Street (tel 978-341-9999) near the US Post Office, serves traditional Italian cuisine in a convenient location.

Helen’s Restaurant

This simple but popular combination short-order restaurant and ice cream shop just off Monument Square at 17 Main Street (tel 978-369-9885) serves breakfast, lunch, supper and ice cream in informal surroundings at budget prices. Sometimes you must wait to get a table.

Main Streets Market & Café

Located at 42 Main Street, corner of Walden Street (tel 978-369-9948), in the very center of Concord’s boutiques, the very informal Main Streets does a brisk business for breakfast and lunch, but calms down for dinner with beer, wine, and live entertainment. Seating is on stools at the counter, indoor and outdoor-deck tables.

Concord Cheese Shop

A longstanding favorite gourmet shop at 29 Walden Street (tel 978-369-5778) a block south of Main Street across from the US Post Office, the Cheese Shop also sells soups, salads and fresh-cut sandwiches (which are sold by weight, so you can order as much or as little as you like).

SallyAnns Bakery

At 73 Main Street (tel 978-369-4558) across from the Middlesex Savings Bank and Concord Visitor Center, SallyAnns sells soups, salads, sandwiches and lots of cakes and bakery items.

Concord's Colonial Inn: dine on the porch in fine weather.

Concord Depot Restaurants & Food Shops

80 Thoreau

80 Thoreau (the street address, tel 978-318-0008) is an upscale restaurant serving high-quality New American Cuisine dinners upstairs in the Concord Depot building. Fine cuisine, healthy (ie, not huge) portions, attentive service, a good dining experience at prices to match. The bar/lounge scene is popular as well. Open for dinner only, inside or out. Closed Sunday.

Karma Concord

At 105 Thoreau Street across from the depot (tel 978-776-6631), Karma features a menu of Asian/Fusion dishes derived from Chinese, Japanese, Korean and other culinary traditions. Dine inside or out.

New London Style Pizza

At 71 Thoreau Street (tel 978-369-7053) across from the depot, it’s the place for good pizza, calzones and sandwiches. The windowed dining area is simple but bright, clean and inviting.

Sorrento’s Brick Oven Pizzeria

Simple pizza shop at 58 Thoreau Street, corner of Belknap (tel (978) 369-0938), producing brick oven pizzas, pasta, sandwiches, salads, wraps and appetizers, mostly for take-out, though there are a few tables.

Concord Provisions & Country Kitchen

This small 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 wines. The Country Kitchen sandwiches are fresh-cut.

Farfalle Italian Market Café

Across the railroad tracks from the depot on the southwest side in the Concord Crossing complex (No. 26), Farfalle (tel 978-369-2900) serves breakfast, light lunches and suppers, sells Italian foods, and has a good selection of wines.

Bedford Farms Ice Cream

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 and can afford to put on pounds, order a kiddy-sized cone. It’ll still be huge.

Starbucks Coffee

At the railroad crossing, 159 Sudbury Road (tel 978-287-0183), corner of Thoreau Street, 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.

Dunkin’ [Donuts]

Cater-corner to Starbucks across the intersection with Sudbury Road at 117 Thoreau Street, Dunkin’ (tel 978-371-0949) has medium-roast coffee, the usual breakfast pastries and sandwiches, and a more comfortable parking lot than Starbucks’.

80 Thoreau

80 Thoreau: an address, and a fine restaurant.

West Concord Restaurants & Food Shops

Debra’s Natural Gourmet

A natural foods grocery store and deli counter, you can feel good about the fresh and packaged comestibles you buy at Debra’s, 98 Commonwealth Avenue (tel 978-371-7573).

Nashoba Brook Bakery

A bakery-café right beside swift-running Nashoba Brook at 152 Commonwealth Avenue (tel 978-318-1999), they bake the best bread in Concord and make great sandwiches from it. You can also get breakfast and special-treat pastries, soups and other light meals. Sit indoors in the light, high-ceilinged former factory building, or outside beside the bubbling brook.

Saltbox Kitchen

Farm-to-table bistro pub with its own craft beers and produce from its own Concord farm, at 84 Commonwealth Avenue, corner of Beharrell Street (tel 978-212-3585).

Woods Hill Table

Neighbor to the West Concord train station at 24 Commonealth Avenue (tel 978 254 1435), Woods Hill Table is an organic “pasture-to-plate” bistrot open for dinner only, closed Tuesday.

Club Car Café

In the former West Concord Depot train station building at 20 Commonwealth Avenue (tel 978-371-9282), right next to the railroad tracks, the Club Car is an old-time atmosphere place for breakfast or lunch.

Twin Seafood

At 2 Church Street (tel 978-371-9030), corner of Commonwealth Avenue, sells fish, clams and lobsters to cook at home, but also simple fish dishes and chowders to eat in the store or at tables outside.

Concord Teacakes

This locally-famous bakery-café at 59 Commonwealth Avenue (tel 978-369-7644), corner of Church Street, very near the West Concord train station, has exquisite cakes, pastries and other bakery treats, as well as coffee, teas, sandwiches and light meals. Eat inside or outside.

Dunkin’ [Donuts]

This popular coffee-and-doughnut shop is at 1191 Main Street (tel 978-287-4100), very near the West Concord fire station and opposite the small West Concord Plaza shopping center.

West Concord Depot, surrounded by places to eat.

Concord Rotary Restaurants

Asian Gourmet, Sushi House, Hibachi

Three Asian restaurants in one small building next to Pappa Razzi at 794 Elm Street (tel. 978-369-8114 for Chinese, 978-369-8856 for Japanese). Asian Gourmet is Chinese, Sushi House is for Japanese sushi and bento dinner boxes, Hibachi is where the Japanese chef cooks in front of you. Good food, good value, good service!

Concord Picnic Spots, Water & Toilets

Here’s where to find a quiet spot to have your picnic, where to fill your water bottles, and locations of public toilets in Concord, Massachusetts:

Note: some of these locations have no trash or recycling receptacles. Be prepared to carry your trash and recyclables with you until you can dispose of them properly.

Bring a picnic supper to the Concord Band's summer outdoor concerts.

Concord Center Picnic Spots

Concord Visitor Center

Concord Visitor Center

Concord Visitor Center

The Visitor Center (tel 978-318-3100) has public toilets (open all year), a water fountain, visitor information (open 10am to 4pm in summer), two picnic tables, benches, and bike rack at 58 Main Street between the Bank of America and Middlesex Savings Bank in the very center of town.

Concord Free Public Library

Central location at the junction of Main Street and Sudbury Road with numerous small tables & chairs, and a few benches, set out on the lawn for picnics and/or conversation. Drinking water fountain and toilets inside the library.

Chamberlin Park

Chamberlin Park

Small verdant centrally-located park at 15 Lowell Road, with a small bench (no table; water & toilets at nearby Concord  Visitor Center.)

Keyes Road

Picnic tables on Keyes Road

Several picnic tables on a grassy area with trees (no water) at 138 Keyes Road. Toilets & water in the nearby Concord Visitor Center.

Old North Bridge, Minute Man Park

Café tables, Minute Man National Historical Park

Look behind (on the river side) of Minute Man National Historical Park’s North Bridge Visitor Center (Buttrick Mansion on Liberty Street) to find these shaded café tables with views of the Concord River. Picnic tables are nearby beneath the great old trees. Water fountain and toilets are in the Visitor Center. Other picnic tables (some with shade) are on the grass lawn of the parking area at 31B Monument Street, near the Robbins House.

Emerson Playground

Emerson Playground

Large park with sports fields, children’s play area, picnic tables in both sun & shade, water fountain & toilets at 90 Stow Street.

Thoreau Street Pocket Park

Thoreau Street Pocket Park

If you arrive in Concord on the MBTA Commuter Rail train from Boston, the Thoreau Street Pocket Park is just across Thoreau Street from the Concord Depot (train station). It’s not the best picnic spot, but you can fill your water bottle here before walking to the town center.

Fairyland Pond

Benches at Fairyland Pond

On the shore of Fairyland Pond in Hapgood Wright Town Forest near the intersection of Thoreau and Walden streets is a shady council circle of benches with views of the pond. No services, but a beautiful, tranquil setting. Insect repellent recommended in warm, moist weather.

Nashawtuck (River Confluence)

Musketaquid: river confluence

Nashawtuck, Algonquin for “meeting of the rivers,” was the name used by indigenous people for the spot where the Sudbury and Assabet rivers join to form the Concord River. A grassy area and a bench are accessible via the Lowell Road Boat Ramp near the Lowell Road bridge over the river. No services, but views of the rivers and of Egg Rock, the site of the indigenous village across the water. Insect repellent recommended in warm, moist weather.

Walden Pond

Picnic tables were removed from Walden Pond State Reservation at the onset of the COVID19 pandemic. As of April 2023, they have not been replaced. Bring your own chairs or beach blanket. There are a few log benches near the Visitor Center next to the parking lots. Water fountain & toilets by the swimming beach, and in the Visitor Center.

West Concord

Junction Park

Junction Park, West Concord MA

The small, shady park at 1228 Main Street, corner of Commonwealth Avenue next to the West Concord Depot (train station), has numerous benches.

Mandrioli Park

Mandrioli Park, West Concord MA

The small park at 44 Commonwealth Avenue, corner of Church Street, across from Concord Teacakes, has benches and a drinking water fountain & water bottle filler.

West Concord Depot

West Concord MA Depot (train station)

The West Concord MBTA Commuter Rail train station has benches by the tracks, some with shade. Water at nearby Mandrioli Park. Toilets for Club Car Cafe Customers.

Fowler Branch Library

Fowler Branch, Concord Free Public Library

Concord's smaller library branch at 1322 Main Street (MA Route 62) at Pine Street, just up the hill from the West Concord commercial district, offers benches, a few tables with chairs, indoor toilets and drinking water. Library hours & directions.

Nashoba Brook

Nashoba Brook

Several small tables, chairs and benches between Nashoba Brook Bakery and the pedestrian bridge over the brook; little shade. Toilets & drinking water inside for Bakery clients.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Bridge

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Bridge

Bridge over Nashoba Brook on the Bruce Freeman Trail Trail

No tables or trash receptacles here, but a beautiful spot right over Nashoba Brook. The railroad tracks along the bike trail remind us of this right-of-way's original use.

Rideout Playground

Sheltered tables at Rideout Park

A large park with sports fields, water fountain, toilets, open-air and sheltered picnic tables only a six-minute walk from the West Concord Depot (train station) along Commonwealth Avenue and Laws Brook Road (GPS: 75 Laws Brook Road).

SAC Rivers Canoe Launch Picnic Spot

SAC Rivers Picnic Spot

Steps from bustling West Concord, but you'd never know it here!

The Sudbury, Assabet & Concord River Council has a shady picnic spot and canoe launch point at 36A Baker Avenue, north of the intersection with Main Street: two picnic tables; no other services.