Acton Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Acton

April 14, 2018 Timmy Ribble

Acton is a suburban town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, approximately twenty-one miles west-northwest of Boston along Route 2 west of Concord and about ten miles (16 km) southwest of Lowell. The population was 21,929 at the 2010 census. It is bordered by Westford and Littleton to the north, Concord and Carlisle to the east, Stow, Maynard, and Sudbury to the south and Boxborough to the west. Acton became an incorporated town in 1735. The town employs the Open Town Meeting form of government with a Town Manager and an elected, five-member Board of Selectmen. Acton was named the 11th Best Place To Live among small towns in the country by Money Magazine in 2015, and the 16th best in 2009 and in 2011. The local high school, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, was named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education in 2009. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Acton-Boxborough #3 among open enrollment high schools and #7 overall for STEM education in the United States.[6]
Things to do in Acton

1. Kimball Farm

400 Littleton Rd, Westford, MA 01886-4098 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Delicatessen Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 978-486-3891
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 517 reviews

Kimball Farm

Reviewed By Sherry M - Pepperell, Massachusetts

Went to the inside restaurant for the first time. It was a charming little spot with all kinds of interesting gift shop items, including a lot of country fare. I loved that I could order a half sandwich and not waste food.

2. Nashoba Brook Bakery

152 Commonwealth Ave, Concord, MA 01742-2990 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 978-318-1999
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Nashoba Brook Bakery

Reviewed By mbovary2014 - Columbia, South Carolina

Yes, it took a few passes to find the place, but once we did, we were happy. It's in an unassuming building with a barely marked door. The parking is a little sketchy, with many places marked NO BAKERY PARKING.

We didn't want anything fancy, just a couple of sandwiches to take with us on a picnic.

They were delicious.

If you need a simple lunch, this is a great choice, especially since there are so few options that are open on Sunday in Concord.

3. Bagels Plus

93 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720-5603 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch +1 978-263-7070
Excellent
58%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Bagels Plus

Reviewed By jsdmwc - massachusetts

We ordered 3 dozen for a party and they were really tasty at a good price. This store is open in the mornings and bagels are always fresh.

4. The Concord Cheese Shop

29 Walden St, Concord, MA 01742-2504 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 978-369-5778
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 173 reviews

The Concord Cheese Shop

Reviewed By GRITSMassachusetts - Hudson, Massachusetts

We have been going to The Cheese Shop for years. They let you taste different cheeses, have a wonderful knowledge of cheeses and their pairings with wine and have an extensive selection of breads, crackers, desserts and wine. It is always busy. They make good sandwiches for lunch.

5. Reasons to be Cheerful

110 Commonwealth Ave, Concord, MA 01742-2904 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American +1 978-610-6248
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 77 reviews

Reasons to be Cheerful

Reviewed By Dutch Brother - Boston, Massachusetts

This is an ice cream, shop with a few other finger foods and drinks on the side. The ice cream is the reason to come. Every flavor I've ever had there has been excellent. The Vietnamese cinnamon is a real standout. There is plenty of seating. Being a former Victorian house, it has a lot of atmosphere. Service is friendly and efficient. Enjoy.

6. Erikson's Ice Cream

12 Great Rd, Maynard, MA 01754-2017 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible American
Excellent
76%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Erikson's Ice Cream

Reviewed By Donna D - Middleton, MA

My son especially enjoyed his frappe with a scoop of ice cream on top called a floater. Best of both worlds -- you can drink and eat it. I loved the rock-n-Rolo ice cream -- chocolate with Rolos in it. My husband enjoyed a fresh peach sundae. Prices were reasonable. Cash only. Tables out back. Lots of parking yet weird how everyone parks further out.

7. Dunkin' Donuts

182 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720-5758 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Breakfast +1 978-263-6960
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Reviewed By Kendog53

Love the smiles and friendly greeting the counter people give you. The management remember your name and order

8. Rapscallion Table & Tap

5 Strawberry Hill Rd, Acton, MA 01720-5706 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 978-429-8161
Excellent
42%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 155 reviews

Rapscallion Table & Tap

Rapscallion Table & Tap offers comfort food with creative touches paired with and sometimes incorporating craft beers made by its sister operation, Rapscallion Brewery in Sturbridge, MA.

Reviewed By mikel12323 - Houston, Texas

We went with three generations, ranging in age from 6 to 68. Everyone was delighted.

Service was prompt, friendly and informed.

Burgers were excellent as were the salads and specials.

The kids were served exactly what they wanted, even if some of the items were not on the menu.

9. Atlantic Sea Grill

77 Great Rd, Acton, MA 01720-5666 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 978-263-3162
Excellent
36%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 151 reviews

Atlantic Sea Grill

Reviewed By Memsochet - North Adams, Massachusetts

The fish and sea food are very fresh, with some Greek options as well. Portions are large. I take my Mom in a wheelchair and we never feel rushed (enter from the side door). She loves the patio in good weather.

10. 80 Thoreau

80 Thoreau St, Concord, MA 01742-2409 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 41 - SGD 66 +1 978-318-0008
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 379 reviews

80 Thoreau

80 Thoreau is a progressive fine dining restaurant set in the beautiful New England town of Concord, sourcing from local farms and offering genuine hospitality.

Reviewed By Tellus9 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

the food was creative and very good. the service was aloof and uninterested in us. Unfriendly. the steak, burger, scallops, grilled swordfish, bluefish pate, roasted chicken were all very good. It is hard to be more enthusiastic about it due to the service, but we would probably try again if we were in the area. Had ben so excited to try it but that excitement was dulled by the near rude service.

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