The Sinclair

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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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LM
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Went to a show. Convenient to meet friends and grab a bite first, but menu super boring and execution just bad. Brussel sprouts were drowned in a sickly sweet sauce. Poutine and fish tacos were ok, but tortillas were stale (really!). Come for the drinks and the beer. Eat elsewhere.

t
New England
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The perfect dinner before the show. Great smart and attentive staff The bone marrow burger was amazing and if I could I’d order the deviled eggs daily

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Just average food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before show in their music venue.
Great food and great experience. Having dinner before a show lets you skip the line to enter music venue. We were escorted from the restaurant right to music venue, bypassing growing line down the sidewalk!

AJ
New England
16 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience1

The place was gross like an old night club venue but with the lights turned on! We waited 1 hour for our order, there was only one other party in dining room. We could see the kitchen staff kind of milling around in the kitchen doing almost nothing. The food was almost inedible disgusting!!! And in the middle of all this the band down on the first floor started to play or practice...not a pretty site!! Don’t go!!

JB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was good, the drinks were good, but the food was bland and unappetizing. I ordered the veggie burger and my partner had the Nashville hot chicken sandwich.

KO
New England
74 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous heated outdoor patio seating. Food delicious. Good bar menu. Service was friendly and efficient. A great experience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Lousy service, food was pretty good.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The bone marrow burger is fantastic!

GL
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

wish the music was better. also the feel is not as cozy and warm as i hoped. the outoor patio is amazing but it was too cold there. inside was pretty gloomy needed a candle or something

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The Steak Frites were cooked well, but sliced improperly with the grain. Wife had 1/2 chicken and said it was tasty. Pricing is a bit high for the value, especially for portion size. I left still hungry and am a 145 lb thin dude.

p
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Brisket sandwich was excellent. Greens with it was fresh, lightly dressed, pleasant combo. My husband didn't love his bone marrow burger, thought it had an odd taste. ? related to the marrow or something else but he didn't say anything so that is not fair criticism. Overall good!

E
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Before theatre at ART

K
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate upstairs inside. The decor is a combination of leather/wood and industrial touches. I was very happy with the beer menu, though they were out of my first choice. The dinner menu was small but varied. And three interesting specials were offered. My vegan nachos were tasty and surprisingly hearty. The coffee ice cream was delicious. Our server was friendly and professional. Everything came out of the kitchen in the expected time. I would definitely go back.

JM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to the Sinclair prior to going to the Hold Steady show. Food was very good with some interesting options. Beer list was good as well. We sat outside on the upstairs terrace and we will be going back

MH
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thanks to server Julian!

p
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rooftop brunch was very relaxed. The wait staff were great. There were a variety of dishes and all of them were good!

s
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The sinclair is my favorite spot! Love sitting on the patio, ordering a few apps and drinks with friends and enjoying a summer boston night. The service is always wonderful and the drink list is great

ML
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food2service3ambience5

Food is pretty bad but the porch is nice!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

They were out of one item (it was only 7:00), told us only after we tried to order. The salad was uninspired (greens and tomatoes sole ingredients) and the garlic appetizers were unappetizing. The best part of the experience was the rooftop seating. The staff was pleasant enough, but that cannot compensate for a lackluster menu.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Everything was fine, basic bar food that missed the mark just a little bit. We sat outside on the roof deck and unfortunately there was a mouse (or a few) running around under our feet the whole time. Took away our appetite. We let the server know and she apologized but don’t think she or any restaurant staff planned to do anything about it

F
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

surprised by the quality and presentation of the food for a performance venue. very high-end foodie in options, ingredients, preparation and presentation when I expected only good bar bites. excellent!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Not much to tell. Kitchen was backed up but even each round of drinks took an hour to get to the table. Some food was refunded so that was gracious, but it seemed odd to be that backed up on a Wednesday evening. Might try again.

P
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

It was great, but $24 for 5 or 6 pieces of gnocchi is crazy. That portion should have been an appetizer. I left quite hungry.

RS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I’ll go back again but I only got about 7 gnocchis for $23. Really didn’t get enough to fill you up. The opposite of other places that give way too much pasta. The sauce was tasty

V
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. The staff was super accommodating and awesome. The food was excellent.

G
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and delicious food, friendly staff and efficient service. Perfect pre-show meal or any time meal, really. Kid-friendly, relaxed, hip atmosphere.

t
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fun place to go before a show. Gnocchi was house made and very light and delicious.

KB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday lunch

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Food is awful

TP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

ONE OF THE BEST VENUES TO SEE LIVE MUSIC IN BOSTON!

RB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We went to the restaurant before a show- it was really pleasant, the food was good, and our server Peter was personable and helpful.

RP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to sit outside on the upper level patio. The sangria was cold and full-bodies, and the food was tasty. We especially loved the falafel appetizer and short rib tacos--just right for sharing. Service was attentive--just the right amount of checking in and refilling drinks as requested. We will return!

m
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good meal before going to the theater. It was our first time and we enjoyed the meal and sitting outside.

MJ
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food wasn’t that great. My order of wings were under cooked even though I requested extra crispy. Then the bacon on the burger tasted like it was warmed up in the microwave and very plastically. The fries were delicious and the Brussels sprouts amazing. Overall it’s unlikely we would return.

S
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Underwhelming brunch food, cocktails, seating, & rooftop. This is an overhyped venue.

AK
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food choices, friendly service, would go again

T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Saw a show but was very impressed with the quality of food! It took a long time but worth it!

MS
New England
121 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Most people associate this venue with live music; we went there for brunch and it was a pleasant and well-structured experience. the menu was lively and interesting - there were a number of things that appealed to non-meat eaters and a number of clever takes on traditional breakfasts. The room upstairs is probably loud when full, becuase there lots of hard surfaces, but for a Sunday afternoon, it was very nice. Service was smart and attentive; food made to order almost before your eyes. Very nice experience.

KM
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great place to eat before a show! The outside patio is beautiful, when the weather is good.

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