The Sinclair
The Sinclair

The Sinclair

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sinclaircambridge.com/
  • Phone: 6175475200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Mid-Day Bites 3pm-5pm Daily

    The patio is first come, first served and while we try to honor all requests, we do not guarantee outdoor seating.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Please visit our website and check out the calender to plan your next dinner and a show at The Sinclair.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brattle St
  • Public Transit: Harvard Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Sinclair
The Bowery Presents brings you The Sinclair, a live-music venue and American kitchen with gastropub influences. Located at 52 Church Street in the heart of Harvard Square, The Sinclair possesses timeless American influences and embodies how the worlds of food and music influence each other.
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The Sinclair reviews from OpenTable diners
74 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (36)fit for foodies (29)good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (20)late-night find (16)hot spot (15)great for brunch (11)special occasion (10)romantic (9)great for lunch (6)scenic view (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was oinly able to eat fries!!!!! food was nasty wt*!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Two friends and I ate at the Sinclair prior to a concert at the adjoining venue. Arrived one hour prior to showtime; restaurant was less than a quarter full upon arrival. The waitress was very slow. She ignored us for so long that we had to call her over to the table to order drinks. She then was so slow returning to the table to take our food order that we had to flag another waitress for help.The food also took forever to come out of the kitchen. We finally got our food (burgers) 45 minutes after being seated. We also ordered a kale salad ($10), that was so ridiculously small - a mere handful of greens - that we complained. The manager comped two drinks and the kale salad from the check, but that didn't compensate for the bad experience.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good spot to stop for a Bite
    BostonKid13
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Stopped here with my girlfriend last week around 6pm. The place was completly empty save for us and we were served right away. The food was pretty good (try the brisket sliders) and was prepared quickly. I left with a full belly and wallet too because the prices are reasonable and they have a discount for anyone seeing an ART show (we were). Overall, the experience was enjoyable and I'd be happy to return to this spot.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Mrip
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Waitress couldn't smile to save her life. She spoke so fast that we had to ask her to repeat herself twice. I was hard pressed to find something that I wanted to order on the menu. The atmosphere was lovely outside on the deck, but we learned the hard way to review the menu more closely. The two things were wanted to order they were out of already by 6 PM. Will not return
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long wait for waitress
    FoodJunkiefeedMe
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    There were At least three tables around me were looking for a waitress to order food and drinks. I didn't think i had to work so hard to spent money to The Sinclair. Smh
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food - service needs help
    Marie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My second time here and this time I brought 9 friends. Food/drinks were excellent as before, but unfortunately our waitress was not. Hardly came by the table to ask for refills. Service so slow she never asked for our main order after we had ordered 6-7 apps. She also never brought our dozen oysters. Food and drinks so good, I will be back but not with a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad it's an option, but...
    Jeremy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This was my first time dining at the Sinclair before a concert, and it really is nice to have this convenient option. The wait for the roof deck was around an hour, so we ate inside, but it does appear to be one of the nicer roof decks around. Three of us split three small plates and one entree. The brussel sprouts were really excellent and I would go just to eat those. We also got the buffalo cauliflower (I've started seeing this at a number of local restaurants). The buffalo sauce and bleu cheese crumbles were tasty, but the cauliflower itself wasn't crispy and didn't have a lot of flavor. The ratio of breading to pickle in the fried pickles was way off, we thought. Finally, we split the Parisian Gnocchi which was fine but unmemorable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There for show.loved the dinner
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The setting was bohemian and eclectic. A very"artsy" feel and awesome food! The drink service was a little slow but the quality of the food and the pleasant server made up for it! Best beef burger and hand cut fries just before a great show by Clairy Browne! I recommend this beautiful venue to all!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wouldn't recommend for food...
    broadstlocalVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Brussels sprouts were good. Catfish special was mediocre and way too salty. Ramen dish was pretty good. Everything had way too much salt on it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Apps before hitting Sinclair Venue
    rickandmorty
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First time diner. Made reservations for dinner before seeing Everlast Acoustic Guitar gig at their venue. Was fantastic. Great service. When I was considering what type of wine I wanted, her recommendation was exactly what I was looking for! The food was excellent and items put together that I had never had before. I love DUCK and with the waffles on the side, I couldn't have been happier. My guy had the pork meatballs which were outstanding. AND the show was right on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not dissapoint
    DandJ
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food, service and ambience was really outstanding. The food was delicious. Large portions even though we had the "Small Plates". The service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out with friends
    DeeBee
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Met three friends for dinner at The Sinclair. We had a great all-around experience and will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the roof deck
    jtutts
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is a great find in Harvard Square. The roof deck is awesome, very well decorated with a modern feel. We made reservations but were not able to make reservations for the roof deck. Once we got there the hostess said the wait for the roof deck was an hour and a half, but there is a bar on the roof deck we can get drinks at and wait for a table up there. That's what we did and the wait was only about 45 mins. It is definitely worth the wait. For an app we got the chips and dip and it was delicious! The chips were homemade and still warm. For our meals, I got the veggie burger and my fiance got the duck tacos. I LOVED my veggie burger but my fiance didn't love his tacos... overall though its a great place to go on a beautiful day!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Great, Service Not
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Every dish that we ordered was delicious, especially the brussel sprouts! The table next to us even asked what we'd ordered because it looked so good and ordered the same thing! The service, however, was pretty poor. She didn't want to engage with us at all, took a really long time at the end (it did get busier), but left us with a bad taste in our mouth. Many restaurants serve amazing brussel sprouts these days!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only Dine at Bar or Patio
    dinabVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    This was my second time at The Sinclair and I was eager to show off this spot to some friends. Unfortunately, it was mostly a bust. The service was poor as it took almost 30 minutes to get first round of drinks, the waitress was never to be found, and she forgot an item we ordered. The food has potential, but the meatballs came out cold and weren't great even when hot. The music inside was really loud, but had we been enjoying the experience otherwise we probably wouldn't have noticed. If I go back, it will be for drinks only at the bar or to sit on the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great drinks, poor food
    HarvardSqfoodie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I've spent many nights at the Sinclair having a drink with friends. Great cocktails! However, my first time sitting down for dinner was a disaster. The kitchen must have lost our order because an hour and a half later and we were still waiting for our food. Our waitress seemed to know we were upset because she avoided our table entirely during that time, only once shuffling by to mutter a quick "I'm sorry, it's coming!". My friends enjoyed their burgers, but I ordered the Parisian gnocchi, which was just deep-fried spiced dough with Parmesan cheese and a severely undercooked poached egg on top. Weirdest meal I've had in a long time. Because it's a great spot for cocktails in Harvard Square, I'll be back to the Sinclair, but never for food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great option before a concert
    RVAnewbieVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I ate at the Sinclair before attending a concert in their adjoining theater. Cocktail list was inventive, and the Sinclair burger was delicious and HUGE. There seemed to be some confusion as to whether restaurant patrons can enter the theater a little earlier than the general line - there is a separate entrance inside the bar for them, near the restrooms, but we were directed to wait in several different places by several different people. I would recommend timing your meal and check to be finished right before the doors open - which could be tricky as the food service is unexpectedly quick! But this is a really good option for dining near your concert theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Medeocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I was pretty excited to dine at the Sinclair. My boyfriend and I love the music venue, and I thought it would be perfect to take him there for his birthday. However, when we looked at the menu, there were very few items that looked appetizing to us. The taste combinations seemed strange, but we are always up for something new so we tried the pulled pork with kimchi and the brussel sprouts with hot peppers. All of the food was ok, but a bit weird, and nothing was great. The drink I ordered was something the bartender came up with but when I got it, it tasted woody and I didn't even want to finish it. I was very disappointed in the birthday dinner I took my boyfriend to. The concert however, was great, and we very much enjoyed it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summer brunch at Sinclair
    Rick
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We had a really nice brunch on a summer Sunday. Food was superb. The DIY Mimosa spread for the table was really fun. Noise level was definitely under control -- just a low level of chatter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of oysters!
    Hypnovista
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We waited too long for our waitress to take our order. Placed order, then we were told they were out of oysters-this was at 8pm on a Saturday night. Outside dining looked nice, but we were seated inside near the bathrooms. Not going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good brunch, but loud
    Aaron
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We sat outside on the patio which was great on a beautiful day. However, the speakers were cranked up making it harder to hear.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch with some great sun!
    brunchaddict
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    It was a beautiful day for outside dining and The Sinclair did not disappoint. The seating is secluded from the busy street but still gets lots of sun and breeze. The food was amazing. The BLOODY MARY's WERE AMAZING.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and cool atmosphere
    Bostondining
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The buffalo cauliflower was amazing, the Brussel sprouts were also very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient for pre-gig dining
    Jaffaw
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We ate here before going to a gig at the Sinclair music venue. We ate from the small plates menu. Some dishes, like grilled prawns, were really good; others less successful, including a strange cauliflower dish. We were advised to order 2-3 dishes each. The portions are bigger than average for small plates and unless you're super-hungry 2 each might be ample. We ate upstairs, which was quieter than the main bar area, and they have a nice roof patio.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Meh Service
    Of10diningout
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Everyone here is well-meaning, but service is at times inattentive and disjointed. We arrived at 7pm and finally got our food at 8pm. In between, we had to ask 2 times for our oysters, which finally arrived lukewarm on a bed of salt, a preparation I have never seen. Also, there was no lemon or cocktail sauce. We were not looking to drink heavily, but after our first cocktail it was quite a while before our server got around to asking us if we wanted another. One other irritation: the wait staff kept cutting behind my chair, which was by a pole, jostling me. That said, the jambalaya was flavorful, the chicken was perfect, and the kale salad delicious. Come for the food but don't expect great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice place, but...
    PeteFromNorth
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Eating at the bar was not the best place to be. Even if the staff was cleaver, we had to fight with the air conditioning blower throwing blast of air on the 4 people on the right side of the bar. Behind this, The Sinclair is a very nice place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great place to have dinner before the show; so convenient! Food is good, but not great. Next time we will try to just share the small plates, instead of having entrees.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 161 reviews are from the The Sinclair reviews archive.
  • So disappointing
    Siliconsister
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Such potential. Food was almost in edible. Mac and cheese too much rosemary. Odd jalapeño flavoring in banana split. Feels like the chef is trying too hard.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, just too too long
    Hungryman
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We had reservations at 8 and were going to a comedy show at 9, we ordered everything at once and people who arrived after us got their good before us. The food was great when it finally arrived, (Sinclair burger and vegan tacos) but it mDe us a little late for the show and we didn't get seats and had to stand. Great food, just make sure you have time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Deni
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food at The Sinclair was delicious. Our server seemed a little distracted and it took quite a while for the drinks to come. The wait for the food wasn't as long, but other servers brought it out. The noise level was okay, but we were on the 2nd floor and it seemed like every 10 minutes or so there'd be a loud bang, as if they were dropping dishes(?). I'd definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1st try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Tried it as we planned to attend a performance at The Sinclair. We tried daily specials lamb chops and arctic char. Both were very good as was the strong draft beer--Tank 7. The wait staff were pleasant and helpful in informing us when performers would start. We didn't realize how late the acts would start or that The Sinclair theater was mostly "stand up" with very little seating. These were both disappointments and make us less likely to return for "pre theater dinner."
    Special Features:
    Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went for the music
    FineDine
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    A group of us were going to see Arc Iris and decided to make things easy by also eating at The Sinclair. It was fabulous...and we will go back often. Especially when the weather warms to try out their beautiful patio. Food was fantastic, along with the service, drinks and good time. The dining experience was matched by the music venue, brilliant concert: and a truly memorable evening out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lively spot before a show
    dharr0108
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The Kitchen is a cool place to grab a drink and a bite to eat before seeing a show at the Sinclair. The service was excellent. Drinks were well made and tasty - I really enjoyed a blood orange sangria. The food was adequate. It's the kind of place where you might have a burger, but I guess they didn't get a delivery of burgers or something, so that wasn't an option. We had decent food and really enjoyed the energy and vibe in the place. Would recommend especially before seeing a concert.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad Brunch
    AbbyVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    My husband and I went here for brunch this weekend. Clearly it is a night spot and should focus on that. Our waitress appeared extremely tired and though she recommended the pork belly benedict, when she brought it out there was no pork belly and said it was actually now a bacon benedict. My husband would have really appreciated being told that they were out of pork belly as he would have ordered something else. The egg sandwich was fine. The french toast sticks were huge and more like fried dough than anything else.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Huge Portions
    AtomcRoket
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I ordered the Kimcheesesteak from the "Entrees" section of the menu. I assumed this would be a sandwich, even though the description did not explicitly state that. When the dish came out, it was a massive portion of steak, bread, and French fries. I personally do not like fries, so would have chosen to substitute those if the menu had made any mention that fries would be served on the side. I barely ate a third of what was on the plate because it was such a big serving. It was such a waste of food and I don't understand why they make their serving sizes so large. It tasted good and I couldn't even save it because we were going to the concert downstairs. I think they should do a better job of letting people know what they are getting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two trips in one...first and last
    Susan
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    While the service was good, the waiter let us hang out until the doors opened for the show, and the ambience was nice, the food was, at best, below average. We had the vegan tofu croquette which was a special that turned out to be anything but special. For our entrée we had the gnocchi, everything was just mushy and little to no flavor at all. Overall it was a very disappointing experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun with good food!
    LocaltoBostonVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    If you are going to a show at the Sinclair--this is a great place to eat. No hassles, even found parking pretty quickly. Loved the menu and there was enough choices for vegetarians. Would choose this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cool vibe
    jumpingbeans777
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Nice vibe at the Sinclair; the food options were interesting and creative but weren't particularly phenomenal. Waiter tried to convince us that the bottle of wine that we had received was the bottle of wine that we had ordered (it wasn't). Other than that a fun and low-key place with an energetic hipster vibe. Fun place for weekend drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok for pre-concert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food was ok--those dishes that weren't already 86ed for the night. The service was very slow. I don't feel like I got a great value. Being able to roll straight down to the concert though...that was great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Party of 5 on a Thursday Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I made a reservation for a friend's birthday through open table which was quick and easy to do. I definitely recommend making reservations because the place is usually crowded, and lines can get extremely long after 8:30 pm. Luckily the table they reserved for us was in its own little alcove, so the noise level was not a problem for us. In the open seating area, though, the noise can get rather loud. Our server was friendly, patient, and knowledgeable, no complaints about the service. The food was underwhelming, especially the gnocchi and the mac n cheese. I would recommend the kale salad though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.