If you’re looking for real food from a real chef served in a real neighborhood joint, look no further than Real in Lincoln. Located right next to the train station, it’s a restaurant concerned just as much with where your meal came from as how it tastes, serving food that’s sophisticated without being stuffy in a chic and cozy setting.

Real makes the effort to use local ingredients in its from-scratch comfort food, creating a menu that aims to be delicious first, but often ends up being healthy by default. Start your meal in the First section, where you’ll find a curated selection of soups, salads, and shareable small plates leaning heavily on seasonal veggies. You can keep things casual with a list of specialty sandwiches, or move to the Second section, where you’ll find classic grilled and roasted brasserie fare from local farms. No need for a babysitter: you can let the kids loose on the the simple, delicious Real Smalls section.

Real’s cuisine is American, but the design is Scandinavian, centered around the concept of hygge—that sense of cozy comfort a cup of tea or warm meal might offer on a dreary day. The restaurant is simple and minimal, with clean midcentury lines and unfussy accoutrements, leaving it to the food and hospitality to steal the show.

There are no shortage of imbibing options at Real, with a full bar and 10 taps sticking to the locals-only ethos with mostly New England beers. The wine list, like the menu, is thoughtful and approachable, and if you’re in need of a non-alcoholic option (or a drinkable dessert), there’s a list of locally-sourced Milkshakes right on the menu.

Real’s full menu is available for takeout, and the space—including the terrace—is available to rent for private events.

145 Lincoln Road
Lincoln, MA 01773