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Sycamore Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sycamorenewton.com
  • Email: info@sycamorenewton.com
  • Phone: (617) 244-4445
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm (Big Trouble in Little Sycamore: 9:00pm - 11:30pm); Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Snacks until 11:30pm Tuesday-Sunday; Bar open until 12:00am Every Night
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, French, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: David Punch
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Big Trouble in Little Sycamore is an ongoing series every Monday night from 9:00pm - 11:30pm. Sous Chef Daniel Scott serves up his house ramen and a rotating selection of Asian soul food. All seats for Big Trouble in Little Sycamore are first-come, first-serve.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Langley Road and Sumner Street
  • Public Transit: We are located across the street from the Newton Centre Green Line T Stop. When you exit the station, turn right on to Union Street. Beacon Street and Sycamore Restaurant can be seen directly across from the park.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is metered parking along Beacon Street and 1-2 hour parking on nearby side streets. There is also a public lot between Beacon Street and Langley Road. Most meters in the area shut off at 6:00pm.

    The private lots behind the restaurant and adjacent buildings are not Sycamore's own and are not recommended for parking. Cars may be towed from these lots.
A word from Sycamore
Sycamore is a seasonally inspired, chef-owned neighborhood bistro in Newton Centre. Emphasizing locally sourced produce, fish and meat, our menu draws on classic European country food; rustic and wholesome. Our beverage program is designed to complement the cuisine. The wine list focuses on passionate small producers, our beers are by and large domestic craft selections and the cocktail list highlights classic drinks and sipping spirits.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "We LOVED everything we ate at Sycamore! The waitress was spot on to the delicate balance of attention. We loved the look of the place...very welcoming relaxed, but still special. I have paid SO much more for SO much less than you get at Sycamore. Portions are not such that you will be taking a doggy bag home, but I'll gladly trade volume for creative and fresh any day! Two of us had the salmon..loved it, another got the steak frites...he was VERY happy, and my husband got the chicken and he too, was VERY happy! We'll be back! Soon!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "We could not have been more pleased with our choices and were only sorry we could not have included more! The terrine was sublime, as were the selected entrees."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Got the pig head appetizer and it was pretty good! Steak grew on me as well and ended up be a fantastic choice. Menu was pretty good in terms of variety. I recommend this to anyone looking for a solid meal and a nice and cozy environment!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Elegant yet cozy. Food preparation and presentation are both superb. And the portions are delightfully restrained. So glad to have Sycamore in our neighborhood!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Amazing food and delicious drinks. I would recommend this to anyone that likes good, local, clean food."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Tried it for the first time and it was great. Don't miss their board special. For this month they serve spring lamb board. Appetizers were very good also. I will definitely go back again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Anniversary dinner at a new place. It's a small restaurant and seating is pretty tight. We were early so it wasn't yet full. Service was great and well coordinated (a couple different people came to check up on us.). Good recommendations on alcohol and food. We had the lamb board--first night back luckily--and I'd recommend it highly. Great combinations of flavors, and the different preparations were all good (garlic panisse were excellent, as was the sauce). Also definitely check out the chorizo croquetas! I'm sure we'll be back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The chef nailed the salad and the 2 seafood dishes we shared. I wanted to return the next evening but there weren't any open tables. A new hotspot!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great "snacks" and first courses. Unusual and interesting wine list. Excellent service."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We went there for a celebration of a new job. It was very yummy and we had a lot of fun. I don't have a lot to say because I was perfectly satisfied with everything. It is much easier to write long reviews when you are dissatisfied!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We saw the piece on Chronicle a second time and decided we had to go. Because of our ages, we went early, walking in as they opened. We had the opportunity to meet and greet "the Team". They were all engaging, upbeat and knowledgeable. Enjoyed drink at bar so gave up table and ate at the bar. Scot made Linda the best Martini she ever had and I gave him license to create a Manhattan-style drink. It was wonderful. We shared oysters and a duck platter. I had bierwurst and coleslaw to myself. We shared carrot cake desert, which Linda pronounced excellent. Spoke with other diners on both sides and really enjoyed ourselves. We will return."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Sycamore's food is good if you are a big meat eater. The non-meat options are minimal and the menu is limited. The meal was fine, but I don't feel the need to go back. Sort of a been there, done that experience. The tuna crudo special appetizer was lackluster as was the carrot cake. Steak and duck were very good and worth a try."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her birthday. The food was excellent. I had the salmon and she had the monkfish. Both were perfectly prepared and elegantly served. For the quality of the food, I think the prices are surprisingly moderate. I especially appreciated a very nice house red at $7 a glass. If I have one complaint it would be that the service is a bit too friendly. I would prefer that the waiters be somewhat more diffident, but that's just me."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food, great service. Just so relaxing and pleasant. Food is always delicious, interesting and well-prepared. Attentive and helpful staff, without pretense. A little noisy because it's a small busy place. Tables close together. Would not come here with more than four people because you won't be able to hear each other."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "continue to think that night after night this place turns out the best of the new local restaurants in Newton. HIghly recommend - only knock this time was it took a little too much time to get things going once we sat down. But, worth the wait."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The food was really good. We had the duck platter which was decadent- lamb made 5 ways. Delicious. The staff were incredible--very nice, genuine, and incredibly attentive. Went with someone who is gluten intolerant and the waitress was very helpful in this regard. Also, when the waitress came out to clean the table with a damp cloth, the person I was with mistook it for a warm cloth to wash our hands and face after meal. The waitress ended up bringing over warm cloths for us afterwards, not something they normally do! Very sweet"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Food and service were outstanding -- however, the noise level made it almost impossible to have A conversation."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Every time we have been to Sycamore, we have had outstanding, tasty and creative meals. A real find."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "With all the new places that have opened in the Newton Chestnut Hill area...this is the only restaurant that I will actually RETURN to!!! I've been so disappointed by Davios, Seasons 52, The Cottage, etc...finally Sycamore offers a welcome change to the same, old same old. They use good, fresh ingredients, and the preparations have a lot of flavor and character. I definitely recommend ordering the gougieres (cheese puffs) as a starter. They are delicously fresh, bite-size, warm, authentic...as you would find in Paris. The chicken was crispy, succulent, fresh, not reheated, delicious. Wait staff are friendly, accommodating and helpful. I will return!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Why no Sycamore when I lived here in the 80s and 90s ? After much prompting by foodie friends, hubbie and I finally tried it last Sunday night and had a very positive experience from beginning to end. Spent about $75 p.p. but ate and drank alot on that. Saw familiar faces; felt like part of the "in" crowd, were treated very well by staff, and found literally nothing to karp about (and we're in the business and tough critics). Bravo!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Overall food was great -- we really enjoyed the shared duck entree for 2. Ambience was not what we expected -- too noisy to call it a great place for a 1:1 date night. It was my wife's birthday and she'd been dying to try this place since it'd opened and received such good reviews in the Globe. The waiter never introduced himself nor his role to us -- when a guy in a striped button up shirt and pants approaches your table and doesn't announce himself, it feels a little off-putting. He was knowledgeable in the menu and had great recommendations. Food was not rushed. The 'winter green' salad had one piece of actual green lettuce -- the rest was red leafed lettuce, white stalks. For a $200 dinner for two, I would've hoped for more."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "This was the second time we came here. Both times I found the food was so-so. First time we had the veggie board, which is basically some deep fried vegetables; second time I had the monk fish and it was overcooked..."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Just go out and enjoy one of the best places around here!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Food quality and presentation was nice, we ordered the duck for two, but we didn't get the whole duck which was disappointing and misleading. One entire thigh and breast were missing and for $65.00 it was a rip off because it came with nothing except a small and I mean small portion of spinach. Apps were small portions and the wine list was astronomical there was ONE bottle for 33 which tasted like balsamic vinaigrette it was so acidic, we ended up spending 50- to get something acceptable. Waitress was a bit awkward. Desserts were tiny and expensive. Wouldn't rush back anytime soon. We were still hungry when we left."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Yet another wonderful meal! So happy that Sycamore has chosen my neighborhood. A reliable and consistent winner! Do not miss the duck - it is fantastic. The server is appropriately attentive and invisible."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "The food was very good - one had steak which was excellent and the monkfish was also very good. One in the party had the lasagna and it turned out it had more mushrooms than he realized, and he is not a fan of mushrooms, but that was ok. We were celebrating a birthday and did not have dessert because returning home for cake, but the waitress brought over little cookies for each of us with a candle - was a very nice touch."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food was delicious. We enjoyed the Duck Board. We had great experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Sycamore stands out in Newton Center for its menu, good atmosphere and service. They created a customized vegetarian plate to accommodate me."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed a delicious dinner this past week at Sycamore. The food was great and the presentation was nicely done. One of my friends had a couple of food restrictions. The waiter very nicely asked the chef what he could do and our friend was surprised with the results."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Sycamore does it all very well. Great, unfussy but interesting food. Well-curated wine and beer list. Interesting cocktails you wish you could make yourself. And knowledgable, warm wait staff. It's a perfect combination. You'll walk out the door looking forward to your next visit."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "This is the best restaurant in Newton. The food is consistently fresh and delicious. I had a fabulous salad with walnuts andI shared the duck plate with someone. The confit was a little sweet but overall, the duck was beautifully prepared and really excellent. Most of the servers are great, occasionally one is a bit pretentious."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The place is small but informally charming. Pasta, fish and sausage special were excellent (though the pasta was very garlicky). Menu is limited but every choice we've made during the year was excellent. We recommend the fritters for dessert. You'll think you died and went to heaven. Waiters are thoughtful and warm. Bar is hopping. Elizabeth Green"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Heard alot of good things about this place and it did not live up to it. Very amateurish. The salad was bland, the calamari did not work with saffron and ink . The duck board was delicious. The server was pleasant but not very knowledgeable. It seems they are trying too hard to be a "Destination" restaurant and should concentrate on being a good solid neighborhood joint. The wine list is thoughtful and interesting. I will try it again. I can think of many other suburban restaurants that are better."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had the duck board and enjoyed all iterations of this wonderful creature. Opened it up w some shared oysters and a glass of Gruner-vet. and had a very nice Mouvedre with the duck variations. Pleasant and competent service. A bit too pricy for everyday dining but worth it."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Possibly the best restaurant in Metro-West. Enough said!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food was great! The service was great! The dessert was one of the best I have had in my entire life!!! Would go back in a heart beat!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Truly a gem for not only the neighborhood. We drove from Weston and were so happy to find a place where food is delicious, contemporary and well prepared. My husband and I shared the duck -prepared in several different ways. The chef added a surprise ramekin of duck liver and heart mousse- wonderful!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was our first visit and we will definitely return. It exceeded our expectations. Great food, very attentive service. A wonderful experience."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Another amazing meal. Fresh seasonal ingredients, tasty food, nice flavors & combinations. Hard to get a reservation since place is small. Dessert menu could use a makeover: they are better than the menu description. Unfortunately no espresso machine. Attentitive service."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "My wife and I shared the duck board this past week and it was spectacular! I highly recommend you try this wonderful restaurant."
    Dined on 2/18/2014