Sandrine's
Sandrine's

Sandrine's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sandrines.com/
  • Phone: 6174975300
  • 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.".
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Sandrine's reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)neighborhood gem (69)special occasion (65)romantic (59)notable wine list (27)great for lunch (24)good for groups (23)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • keelinr
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    lamb, chicken and duck all perfectly cooked and delicious!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ian1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A delight from the minute you enter, a good balance between relaxed. Well done, unassuming food with an good value winelist.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Bistro
    PariseurVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Reminds me of my younger days in Strasbourg. Wonderful snails, great Alsatian pizzas, well made salads, perfect cocktails, an excellent chef and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maybe it was the wrong time of day
    Foodieforlife
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Overall, wouldn't rush back but I did enjoy my evening. I felt as the food was more American cuisine than French bistro style.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant and not memorable
    TriBeCaGirl155VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The restaurant was not fine dining. Perhaps if it described itself as Mediterranean and not French our expectations would have been better managed. Perhaps if we were students, the food would have been acceptable. However as adults, coming from New York, who thought we would have French fare that reflected regional, traditional, or nouvelle cooking we were unimpressed. Add the fact that the kitchen closed at 10p on a Saturday night and our reservation was 9:30p--- we were disappointed.
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  • A Great Meal with Friends
    JVanO
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    There is not much better that settling into a comfortable dining spot with friends after a great musical performance. We savored our steak frites, canard, sea scallops, and lobster linguini, all with to-die-for sauces. The Chocolate Kougelhopf for dessert is a must! Just one bite? IMPOSSIBLE. Our group, eclectic palates all, an Italian cellist, a Bulgarian physicist and his accomplished pianist wife, a couple of opera singers, another cellist, my wife and me. Sandrine’s is comfortably energetic with warm elegant spaces. The tables are respectfully arranged so it is quiet enough to privately appreciate the exquisite wine and conversation around your table. All agreed it was a wonderful meal and can only savor “a la prochaine”. . .
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What about service?
    BSrvr
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Seems that alternating the menu calls for a war with the chef, that is the only explanation for an hour long wait for our food, without any heads up from our waiter. We encountered very low to zero courtesy from the waiter assigned to us. Food is great but servers could step up to at least pretend that our business is important to them. If we recommend the service issue will sure be mentioned
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  • A Lovely Place for a Celebration
    londonbound
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I celebrated my birthday last night at Sandrines in Cambridge and was not disappointed. I arrived at 5:30 and the hostess immediately showed me to my table which overlooked the street. I was concerned at first because the bar television was directly behind me, but it never once detracted from my evening. My waiter, Sherman, immediately made me feel at home. He is definitey the restaurant's best ambassador -- he is charming, knowledgeable and does everything to enhance the dining experience. The escargots lived up to their reputation as did the chicken in a red wine reduction, and for the finale -- strawberries with vanilla ice cream. The food, the wine, the ambiance and service made for a memorahle evening.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambience but food lacking
    MaryVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We tried Sandrine's after not being there for some time, and came away disappointed in the food - not creative, average wine list, food lacked flavor and was actually bland. Very surprised. Wait staff was very friendly, the decor lovely and view fabulous.
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    scenic view
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  • disappointing
    EKMB
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We hadn't been to Sandrine's for a while, though we used to go frequently. It was very disappointing. The Alsace menu was nowhere to be found! However, the onion soup was very good as always. The rest of the menu could be found anywhere in Boston. And the square white plates! Always a bad sign of a restaurant wanting to update -- but not in the best way.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very dissapointing
    Frenchy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was bland, no taste, not very French. I've eaten there 10 years ago and the food was authentically French. Now, it's not the same. I hope they bring back their old recipes.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It's sad to watch a favorite restaurant fade into mediocrity. Sandrine's scarcely resembles its former self, an Alsatian outpost in Cambridge, with its lunch menu now all but indistinguishable from the other places that surround it. How long will it survive? Sigh.
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  • wonderful
    atmosphericVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a pre-theater dinner. It was (as usual) a delicious, really nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and inviting
    lskhVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    You receive a warm welcome and the place is quite inviting. The food is great and the servers are the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only expensive wines available
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I love this place, the food is authentic French from Alsace, and both traditional and creative. But the wine list is pathetic. They price the wines way on the high end, offering no wines for moderate pricing, unlike other comparable restaurants. Otherwise, I seem to keep coming back because it's a wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food took forever
    CriticalDiner
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very nice ambience. Friendly wait staff and interesting menu. Unfortunately, the food took a very long time to come out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sandrines, a huge disappointment
    Goodfood
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Such a mediocre anniversary dinner. Though we were given two glasses of champagne! We started with an asparagus soup , which was lukewarm at best, and tasteless. My husband had steak with mashed potatoes and some veg. Steak should always be a carnivores delight. This however was not . The meat was tough and overcooked. Sorry cow. I had a cod that was supposed to have a beurre blanc sauce .My description would be a watery mess. Sides were potatoes and brussells sprouts that were fine, but that's it. My teens cooks better sides at home.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect pre theater spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Just feet away from the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square but you'd never know it. Delicious French bistro style food of perfect portion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Always impresses.
    DreaVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This is our go-to place for a special night out, and they always deliver. The menu is interesting and varied, food is delicious and beautifully prepared, cocktails are excellent, wine list is terrific, and service is impeccable. The staff is efficient and attentive without being in the way. Every time I've been here they do something to make the experience a special one, whether they know it's an anniversary or birthday or not. Love Sandrine's and look forward to many more special evenings here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a birthday dinner treat!
    msbsward49
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    You cannot go wrong with the food at Sandrine's. From the tuna tartare to the escargot and steak frites, everything was wonderful. One person in our party go the rib-eye and the whole table had "food envy." The scallops were also very good but a more moderate sized portion. Overall, we will certainly be back to Sandrine's for special occasions.
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    special occasion
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  • tastes as good as it looks on web!
    ToudelooVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great cocktails ,too, although the bar service was very slow.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Traditional French Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Good glass of Bordeaux with steak and pome frites! Perfect bistro fare and atmosphere! Also, best tuna tartar app I ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable business lunch
    AnneMicheleVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I had a great experience for lunch. Great service, good food.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Good service, lackluster entrees
    TheGourmand
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    To start with the good aspects, the escargot appetizer and service was amazing. Unfortunately, both the Lemon Lobster Pasta and Duck Breast were quite poor. The lobster was clearly overcooked and rubbery, the sauce was poorly balanced and bitter, and it would have been nice if enough attention to detail had been paid to remove the sharp cartilage from the center of the lobster claw meat. The duck breast was smothered in over over seasoned sauce that completely ruined the flavor. No self respecting chef would have plated those entrees. Some of this may have been forgivable if the entrees were half the price they were, but for this price there are any number of places in Cambridge where one can have excellent food. In a word, amateur
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  • A disappointment
    mjan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was a real disappointment. My duck was almost cold when it arrived and while the turmeric sauce was a nice idea, it was not very appealing either visually or taste wise. I have had much better experiences there at lunch; but now I won't go back at either seating.
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  • Always a happy experience
    Pamela
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    It has been about 10 months since I was at Sandrine's...they no longer have a prix fixe menu and they have added some tall tables, perhaps trying for a younger more bar feeling. Luckily they have still kept a few regular tables by the windows and the food was perfect (as always). I especially like and enjoy their not overly large portions. You can order an appetizer / salad and are still be able to eat every bite of your main course. It's lovely and delicious! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was lovely and the service both good and pleasant.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Dcmp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Portions were very very skimpy. Not sure if it was due to restaurant week. We did not order the restaurant week menu, but for the price of the scallops, $26.00 for 3 scallops and no sides was , well, simply outrageous. I would not return any tome soon. The duck was ok, but again , skimpy with no sides. Avoid it if restaurant week. Not a good value if you pay full price.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Delicious
    Steph
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Came to Sandrine's in order to take advantage of the Dine Out Boston prix fix menu to save just a little bit of money. Definitely worth it. The food was incredibly good, the wine was delicious (although it was a bit hard to find a bottle in our price range), and the waitstaff was both engaging and attentive without being disruptive. The only real issue (and it may have been a result of our table placement) was that, despite the lack of music in the restaurant, the background noise became a little over the top at times to the point where I had to raise my voice to be heard. However, the positives far out-weighed the negatives, and I would definitely return in the future.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good not great
    Debo
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Very welcoming staff. Nice ambience. Food was quite good but portions are small. Best is to order 3 course prix fixe as to not leave too hungry.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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  • restaurant week menu
    Nicole
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I had been here before and remembered it being very very good. However, I was disappointed in our meals on Saturday. The seared tuna appetizer was overcooked. The duck had a lot of fat on it (not trimmed off). One of my diining partners had the vegetarian main course and loved it. The desserts were the best part of the meal. We had 4 different ones and they were all good. The waiter never offered us coffee at the end of the meal. We won't be going back . There are too many other restaurants out there .
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  • Lovely Lunch
    Elle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch during Restaurant Week & could not have been happier with the quality of the food & the friendly, attentive staff. Can't wait to go back there & try other menu items.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Althought it was a restaurant week dinner, the portions were so ridiculously small that we were left quite hungry. Literally the scallops "main entree" came with 2 scallops on the plate, and the duck "entree" had 2 thin slices of duck
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    romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Transporting
    Joseph
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The entrance to the restaurant promises an experience that transports one to a streetside bistro outside a classic Metro stop in Paris with all of its Art Nouveau beauty and atmosphere. Except for the entrance and the street, however, there is very little "French" about Sandrine's except for some of the food. Not a French word to be uttered by nary a Frenchman to be met. Despite that disappointment the experience was enjoyable but perhaps not to be repeated. The Restaurant Week dinner price of $38.00 was most welcome.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A Great Place For Lunch
    maryl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Wonderful food and service in a serene setting so close to bustling Harvard Square.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food small portions
    OroVerde
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Average food, portions extremly small. This is not a tapas place.... Servers helpfull but clearly disorganized. On top of this expensive
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  • in a word, superb
    42nd
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My wife and I chose Sandrine's for our anniversary dinner and were not disappointed. She chose the scallops and I the duck.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Sandrine's is an absolute gem of a restaurant. The food is superb (outstanding escargot, mussels, flammekueche, foie gras, choucroute, chocolate kougelhopf...) and the service is excellent. The restaurant's ambiance makes a meal out feel like a getaway. A truly great place for a special occasion dinner or lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    gourmet63
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Delightful Occasion
    StephenW
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.