Sycamore
Sycamore

Sycamore

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sycamorenewton.com/
  • Phone: 6172444445x
  • 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: Spanish, French, Contemporary American
  • 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: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Sycamore reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (133)neighborhood gem (129)special occasion (63)notable wine list (36)romantic (36)hot spot (22)vibrant bar scene (18)late-night find (7)good for groups (6)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Wonderful - Highly Recommended
    OrrerrificVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A wonderful place- great attentive service, superb food and a welcoming atmosphere. Definitely a keeper !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    NiceNicole
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We absolutely loved our meal at Sycamore and the service was excellent. We will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 visits, 2 great nights
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Welcoming, knowledgable and attentive staff, greeted by visible owner/chef, great food - blood sausage fantastic. Returning soon
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Many surprises
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Many surprises and no real disappointments (unless you consider espresso to finish a great meal essential at a restaurant of this quality). The blending of North African and Middle Eastern spices (chermoula and fish!) and condiments (roasted carrots in labneh!) with French technique is a great touch. The flavors were perfectly layered and the farm fresh ingredients were made to shine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I requested a quiet table and was seated by the window. Really appreciated that consideration. Even after the restaurant filled up, the noise level was OK. The vegetarian main course was delicious and beautiful. Loved that there is a house wine option available by glass and carafe, and the rest of the wine list looked inviting. The service was perfect, very helpful and understated. It was refreshing that my dinner companion and I were not addressed as "you ladies" all evening. I will look forward to returning to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AllUrBassVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    amazing food and innovative bar program. menu rotates frequently and have never had a bad or even mediocre dish. bar staff great at tailoring drinks to specific tastes. my only wish is that there were a few more seats!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent fresh simple & creative
    JBtableVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Neighborhood gem: always fresh simple and creative food with big taste. Wonderful bluefish pate appetizer, very creative and fresh salads; entrees delicious (specially the fish & braised dishes); dessert menu has improved; the sweet corn ice-cream brought back wonderful childhood memories of summer beach vacations; service is excelente; staff highly trained; Cons: lacks an espresso bar & hard to get a reservation on weekends; small restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    High quality food served in fresh ways. Decent value. Fun yet knowledgeable waitstaff. Great drinks menu. A win for Newton Centre!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Happy25th
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My husband and I went to Sycamore for our 25th Anniversary dinner because of good reviews we'd seen. When I made the reservation I mentioned the special occasion. After we were seated the waitress poured us flutes of complimentary champagne. Nice touch! The food was interesting and delicious, the staff very attentive but not overwhelming. We thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just great
    Garp
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Perfect dinner from apps to desert. Service was ideal, there when needle but not intrusive. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local food and service
    KaleLover
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Got there at 5 on a Monday night, didn't full up till 6/6:30. Very attentive staff, nice atmosphere. The food menu is slightly limited, but everything sounds amazing and the two apps and mains we had were all superb (greens salad, fattoush, kielbabsa, and corn cakes). I don't drink, but there were 4 pages of wine, and 1 of beer and cider (1 for food), so I would assume there was something there for most. Definitely made it onto the list of places to go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    MG0384
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've been here twice now and both times were excellent. Everything was delicous from cocktails to dessert. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    repeated visits have consistently left me with the impression that both food and service are outstanding. It is a bit noisy but not intolerable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    marie
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It was my second time here, and both times the wait staff was genuinely warm and welcoming. We had Olivia as our server and she was amazing--attentive, knowledgable, and funny. The food was great, as expected. The only complaint we had was with the small portions (in comparison to the prices), but I guess that's expected when going to an upscale restaurant in Newton Centre. The drinks and desserts were also yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sycamore
    sushiVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    As always the food was wonderful!! Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh farm to table vibe
    JBtableVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Clams was a wonderful appetizer, green salad simple and great light dressing; scallops night special was delicious, a lot of taste and perfect consistency . Peach tart has the perfect crush
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boston's South End Comes to Newton
    SplewisVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great spot for the suburbs. Outstanding food (moderatedly price) and great drink specials. Friendly service (especially at the bar). The restaurant is relatively small and seating is a little tight for my liking, but the atmosphere is great otherwise. Clever dishes that explode with flavors. Certainly on par or exceding any "fit for foodie" restaurant in Boston's South End without the hassle of finding a parking spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Newton
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great presentation, great service, great menu, everything was A++++++++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superstar!
    FoodFanaticVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Best meal I've had in a long time. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing neighborhood restaurant
    Laura
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Sycamore is a rare restaurant that continues to provide a new selection of dishes from the simple to the more complex that are all amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food and Service
    DaveH
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We went on a Wednesday night and the place was packed. My wife wanted some clams and there weren't any on the app menu but, since we saw them as part of the Fish Board, asked if we could have a portion. The waiter checked with the kitchen and then we were served the most delicious clams in a tasty aeoli broth with grilled bread. The bass entrée was perfectly cooked with crisp skin and savory vegetables. The vegetarian corn pancakes were also flavorful with a nice sauce. The service was attentive and the servers and chefs were flexible with both our entrée request and a special request on desert. Only downside is that the restaurant is on the noisy side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    DrAudioVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Every time we've been to Sycamore the dining experience has been superb. The last time was with friends to celebrate our anniversary. The attention of our servers was outstanding and the food was delicious and uniquely prepared. Truly outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Metrowest find
    EditorGal
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food and drink are good, although the craft drinks seemed creatively "forced." My Three Wise Men, a three-component tequila-based concoction, was distracting and overwrought in its presentation. My grilled giannone chicken was tasty, as were the heirloom carrots; but the service and attitude could be better. I am always on time, but my friend was caught in traffic, Ten minutes past my reservation time, I alerted the staff that she would be another few minutes. I was immediately told that my table was recommitted and was directed to a two-top by the bar as an alternative. As I waited for my guest there, the waitstaff hovered over me, constantly asking if I wanted to order. Diminished my overall enjoyment as a result. Not sure if I'll return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • meh
    sylkVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Given the hubbub, I was expecting better. The menu didn't wow me considering we're in the height of growing season. I'll stick with Ribelle; never disappointed me yet.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We were the first to dine that evening so it felt like we were in a private dining room! Once the restaurant filled up, it became noisier and a little difficult to talk. We did feel that the menu was limited in selection and a little heavy for the time of year.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very creative food presentation
    Rgsk
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food was excellent. Very creative pairings and presentations.The noise level is high. Could barely hear myself from across the table. Not for a romantic evening but would recommend a group dining opportunity.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent except...for conversation
    vozick
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Sycamore is a fantastic restaurant for food and service - just not for conversation. It is just too noisy. They have made a small attempt to reduce the sound by putting up ceiling tiles, but it is just not enough. We love going to this gem of a restaurant for a most flavorful and delicious dinner. Why can't they add some more sound deadening material to make it more comfortable? If only they would we would fill their tables many more times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special dinner
    CantabridgianVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Sycamore did not disappoint. The fattoush salad was inventive and fantastic -- I could eat it every day! The fish was crispy outside, moist inside. Nectarine upside-down cake with chamomile ice cream was pure perfection. Despite it's mundane setting in the middle of Newton Centre, Sycamore serves up amazing food. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plan far ahead to go here!
    TheStewardVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    There is a reason it is so hard to get a reservation here. The food is excellent. Dishes are interesting without being pretentious. Service is consistent with the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food but very noisy.
    Pete
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We had to wait in a cramped area for over a half hour to be seated as the people before us took over 3 hours to give up the table. The noise levels are very high and the wall and ceiling surfaces have no accoustic qualities. Whilst the menu has a limited choice the food is excellent and the wine list and service good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special
    RebeccaVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The food at Sycamore was outstanding as was the service. The hostess and waitress recommended several dishes to us, including a very fresh strawberry and pea salad and the fish board, both of which were superb. We will look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I would eat here every night
    shebobVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my second visit to Sycamore and I SOOO wish it were in my neighborhood. It would be my go-to. It was totally worth the hour drive in yucky traffic. The staff is warm and helpful, the room casual/chic, the food awesome. We had a pig trotter snack - little crispy porky croutons on a mystery sauce that the hubby practically licked off the plate. Crudite and smoked onion dip - very fresh tasting with interesting heirloom type veggies. A salad of baby kale, spiced cashews and sliced nectarines with buttermilk dressing that we could not believe was made up of so few ingredients it has so much flavor. For entrees we had swordfish with romesco sauce and grilled scallions, and a sea bass special. Both were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and friendly service
    happyfrappy
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I enjoyed a great meal here with two of my friends. We were staying in Kenmore, and Sycamore was well worth the trip. We left stuffed and happy. Don't overlook the snacks - the chorizo croquettas were out of this world. We also especially loved the veal brisket.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous! Great experience
    Fred
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Everything was wonderful! We had the Bluefish Pate and a house made pasta appetizer. Both excellent. For entrees, I had the Striped Bass and my wife had the Chicken. We highly recommend both.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Wonderful experience. Delicious food, excellent service, and the ambiance was great. We would recommend this restaurant as one of the best in the Boston area for its innovative menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local fresh ingredients
    CincySue
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Small menu but each dish was executed well. We went at 7:30 pm and got the last 2 trout entrees so diners who prefer to eat later may be disappointed. Wine by the taste, glass and bottle . I got to try more wines by choosing the taste size priced in the 2.50-3 range creating a custom wine flight. Pot a creme was incredible guilty pleasure as dessert. Reasonably priced for portions and quality. .
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sycamore
    Xxxxxx
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Second visit as good as the first. Creative and delicious cocktails. Staff well informed and efficient: work together to create and maintain a good experience. Small size and waiting crowds mean limited lingering allowed at table after meal. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Sycamore was incredible. Set in an intimate setting, our waiter was friendly and attentive and helpful with our wine selection. The food (as always) was amazing from small plates to appetizers, dinner and dessert, the combination and flavors and the presentation was outstanding. When our waiter learned that we were having dinner there in celebration of our anniversary, he came out with two lovely glasses of Cava. This is truly a five start restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sycamore
    sushiVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    They do what they call boards that as the seasons change they change with them that are just fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why must restauarnts be noisy?
    Hatenoise
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had been there before when it was particularly noisy. Friends wanted to go there so we agreed. Because we were there early on a Saturday night it was not crowded and the noise level from talking was much better. However, the music (rather than the talking) was loud. We asked the waiter to turn I down so we could talk and she did do it. Food was good but not outstanding. We probably will not got back.
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