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Sandrine's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sandrines.com
  • Phone: (617) 497-5300
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner:Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Valente
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Custom catering menus designed by Maitre Cuisinier Raymond Ost and general manager Amy Nomejko will suit any on-site catering needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: b/w Mass. Ave. & Mt. Auburn
  • Public Transit: Red Line to Harvard Square
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer discount parking at the Charles Hotel Garage and
    The University Place Garage.
A word from Sandrine's
Nestled in the heart of Harvard Square is one of the warmest, most inviting French restaurants in the Greater Boston area. The restaurant prides itself on serving classic French Cuisine with an Alsatian influence. Sandrine's is an unpretentious Bistro with a national reputation for excellence. Shortly after the restaurant opened, Esquire magazine named it "one of the 25 best restaurants in the U.S.".Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is always delicious here and on a nice summer day it's delightful to sit near the open-air front. Great eggplant tartine."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Romantic anniversary celebration. The staff was warm, welcoming and attentive. They even granted my Open Table request of a table at the windows tat completely open to the street. (Although the view is nothing to write home about, the evening air wafting in was wonderful.) Every dish reflected an unusual twist on a classic French recipe and each was beautifully plated. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We were three seniors out to celebrate a birthday, which at our age is not something you're thrilled about, but still would like to be nice. To that we reserved a table by the window, which to our surprise was unavailable even though at 6PM the place was mostly empty. The server/manager acted imperious and offended by such request. The only person who apologized was the bus boy, who deserved the whole (reduced) tip. So much for good service! The escargots and duck breast were excellent. An appetizer of two kinds of foie gras tasted very good, except it was unnecessarily served on two thick toasts. The creme brulé was OK but a bit blah. The ambience of the place is unpretentious but elegant though for us darkly colored by dismal service."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "very good food and service. Worth the price. We will be back"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Went here for our anniversary. I rarely write reviews, but the duck at Sandrine's was some of the best I've ever had -- perfectly cooked, well seasoned. The escargot were wonderful too. Save room for creme brulee."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Service was excellent, but that was about it. Food was not good, and very overpriced. Would not recommend!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Nothing to highlight on the menu and there were no specials. servers seemed to have a hard time finding the right diners for the food coming out of the kitchen"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Unique, varied and beautifully presented dinner. Nice spot for relaxed dinner in Harvard Sq with old friends."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Simply perfect! Such wonderful people here. Treated my husband & I like gold. We sat in the corner window table and had fun people watching. The food took us back when we vacationed in Paris many years ago. Loved their escargots! I highly recommend this restaurant for a great evening out & authentic French cuisine. We look forward to dining here again. Thanks!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I joined a friend at her suggestion and was not disappointed. Quiet atmosphere. Tasty food. Good service."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We loved our table at the front of the restaurant with the French window opened to the evening air. The meal was impeccable. I had Jacques St. Coquille for the first time and loved it. We also enjoyed the Alsatian flat bread and the dessert sampler. Yummy!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Cozy and welcoming on a cold day for lunch; cool and quiet on a hot, humid day in July; terrific drinks, beers and wines; wonderful, personable, laid back service, delivered with panache and engaging style, and superb food. Take someone special."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "If I lived in the Boston/Cambridge area I would be a regular. It is a bit expensive - but worth every penny!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Good food in a convenient quiet restaurant near Harvard Square. Service a bit too relaxed."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We were from out of town and needed a nice place for a small group dinner. This fit the bill. The ambiance was very sophisticated, not noisy, beautifully decorated French restaurant, athough the menu choices were limited, we were happy with our dishes, and they also offered vegetarian choices. They had an extensive wine list, drink list."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was delicious, especially the warm chocolate cake. If you are a party of two, you need to figure out where you want to sit in advance of your reservation. The go-to doubles were right in the way of the waiter path and jammed up against a post on the other side - or practically in the lap of adjacent diners. It was with great pain that we were finally moved to a banquette even though the restaurant was not crowded. Of course, that table wobbled badly (we used a napkin to level the table). Street-side window seating looked nice."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The staff went out of their way to be helpful. Our waiter even went through the menu detailing which items were gluten-free, so that my girlfriend knew what she could eat. They also helped us figure out when to arrive so we'd have time to eat before seeing a play and how long it would take for us to get to the theater. The decor is quaint and old-fashioned, which is not to my taste. Relatively small interior. The restaurant felt unusually dimly lit, even by "intimate dining" standards, as if they're trying to evoke candlelight. However, they also have large windows open to the street, allowing for sunlight and a pleasant breeze. Overall, a wonderful experience which I hope to repeat in the future!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "The outer wall on to the street was raised on a beautiful evening, letting in the breeze and fading sunlight. It was lovely. The service was suberb. The food was great. We ordered wine that was recommended, which paired perfectly with our dinner. We will definitely go again."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We had a good dinner at Sandrine's with good wine and upscale atmosphere. We did find the wine over-priced and I had the special of the day which was really over-priced compared to the rest of the menu. I was dumb not to ask the price but feel if it is that much more then other items on the menu it should be mentioned by the waiter. However besides that we would go back anytime."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had a very enjoyable evening at Sandrine's. It has a charming ambiance, and the service was great and very friendly. Soups and desserts were superb. Wine list is good and not overwhelmingly long. My halibut and lentil dish was mediocre--fish overcooked and dish bland. The others in our party seemed to enjoy the duck and the scallops. I would definitely go back because it's an overall pleasant place to spend an evening dining out there with friends. I'll be more careful next time, though, about which entree to order."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I had a great meal...my friends were less impressed. One thought the chicken was dry; another that the sauerkraut was over cooked. My meal was one of the nicest I have had in a long time...so a mixed review in toto."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We had three different entrees - all were okay with no standouts. Service was so poor I talked to the server and hostess after dinner. They blamed it on some health issues the server was having. If that was the case I don't understand why the other servers standing around couldn't have helped him. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "On a recent rainy spring evening, Harvard Square felt more like October than May, and we settled into Sandrine for comfortable evening. We started with a traditional Alsatian tarte (smoky bacon, caramelized onions, and creme fraiche on a wonderful crispy crust) and glasses of a perfectly matched Sancerre. The rack of lamb special was superb. The choucoutre was just as promised - sausages and smoked meats on sauerkraut - mmmm! The service was attentive and professional without being intrusive - it felt like we were being served by the proprietor in a small Parisian bistro. Excellent wine suggestions all evening. After a filling meal, we shared a light seasonal dessert - Strawberries Romanoff - another mmmm! All excellent!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Haven't eaten here in awhile. As usual it was outstanding, food, service and ambience. Interesting and tasty dishes without being heavy handed or pretentious. Never a disappointment so far!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Wonderful for lunch. Great soup and entrees. Fine seating for us who wanted a window if closed. Out of town friends with us were impressed by everything. The maitre d was very helpful in getting us a table. We'll certainly come back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I love this place. A must do if you are in Cambridge. Entire experience was over the top- especially the service."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "we were highly recommended here, and so looking forward to it. The service was good but very slow, we waited and hour for our appetizers, the restaurant was not even busy. When we eventually got the food it was very nice, the chicken was nothing special though."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "My family went to Sandrine's to celebrate a family birthday. We were greeted warmly and were offered a choice of tables. The food and service were outstanding. The staff at Sandrine's made it a very memorable birthday celebration. It was a wonderful night! Thank you Sandrine's!"
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had a totally enjoyable and lovely Mother's Day brunch. Perfect!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The place is great and their tarte flambées are wonderful, you really feel in Alsace when eating them. But I made a mistake, requested the entrecôte with the meat at "medium plus" or "medium-ish" expecting it to be a bit more than medium but not quite medium-well. The problem was that perhaps it was not well understood and I got a beyond well done piece of meat. The crust was charred, a remarkable taste of coal, the inside was a bit better, just a bit. But I take it as my fault since my request was not something to be expected. Nice ambiance anyway."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Hadn't eaten here in a while, but went for dinner over the weekend. The noise level was not ear-splitting, which was a nice change from the usual around Boston. The service was above average; the waiter was professional, informative and helpful. The food was fine, nothing to write home about, but perfectly OK. The salads were especially fresh and well composed."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Had a great meal at Sandrine's. Great foie gras and steak frites."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "It is better than average place, usual bistro dishes are served, I had bass over lentil bed, my friend had duck breast with a lot of carbs. It was okay, service was good but we got our check as we were having our cake. It was not full to say that they were rushing but it did not go well although I like prompt check to appear but this was too prompt. Anyway besides Rialto, I do not know any other place in Harvard Sq to go, so it is sort of captive customer. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Met a colleague for lunch and we were both delighted by the meal, so good we couldn't resist sweets as well, and the friendly service. I come to Sandrine's every couple of months for work lunches and am always pleased but this was an especially happy visit. Must try the tomato, watercress and mushroom soup if it's on offer, and I found the artichoke tarte exquisite. By the way, plenty of good options for carnivores and vegetarians (not sure about vegans)."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "To my regret, I was disappointed -- after years on enjoyment. The frites on the steak frites were hard and hardly edible. They served the wrong dish to each of us (who gets the rare, who the medium ?) This would not have happened in other years."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My group of 5 and I loved the dinner we had here the other night. The food was delicious, the service was extremely helpful but unobtrusive, and the drinks were very well-made. A bit pricey, but absolutely worth it. I'd suggest it for a romantic night out, a special occasion, or just for a nice treat."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Wonderful little place to have a double date - quiet, relaxed, not jam packed and therefore alot more comfortable than most places in the area. The food was excellent and the waiter was fun and had a great personality. Overall great night!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Nice diner in a cozy atmosphere. And if something goes wrong - talk to Alexandre - he will definitely make your visit worth while."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Visiting our son, an M.I.T. student. Wanted a fine dining experience on our dining plan. Very nice ambience and food was generally good. My wife's entrée, pan seared scallops, came out colder than room temperature, not good but she didn't want to send it back since our waitress already forgot to bring us a bread plate (we asked the bus boy for it) and seemed to be having a bad day. Our appetizers were excellent as was my entrée. Place deserves another visit."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great place right in Harvard sq. food was tasty and service very attentive. Will definitely be back and try out dinner."
    Dined on 4/2/2014