The Sinclair

4.2
596 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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SM
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This was recommended as an alternative to Alden Harlow and the menu looked decent so I gave it a try. The first clue should have been the abundance of reservations during bulrunch on Saturday. The second clue should have been that it was dead empty when we arrived and during our entire stay. The food was really not good - I had biscuits and vegetarian gravy. The biscuits were decidedly not fresh, and I’m not convinced the gravy was vegetarian. The upsides were it was cheap and my friend and I were able to catch up for a long time with no pressure to leave because the place was largely empty. Please learn from my fail and do not eat there.

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NC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great server that acknowledged our show reservation and hooked us up with wristbands in advance. Food was great!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average food and service. Expensive for the quality. Server gave wrong info on concert start time. There were no opening act as he mentioned. We would have missed half the concert if we listened to him.

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r
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Place was understaffed at first but service got better later. I don't think this is a normal thing for them.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

If you are going to a show, it’s a perfect spot for a burger or small plate.

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p
Western NC
21 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was very good and the wine choices were nice. Too much undercooked garlic in the food—I mean whole cloves in one dish, and affecting the garlic bread knots in another.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall meal portions small. Devil eggs great but should come 4 to an order. Three makes no sense for a party of four. Or explain on the menu only three to an order.
Overall great waitress friendly staff. Could do without the anti Trump stickers at your bar. Why offend some of your paying customers trying to give you their money. It’s a restaurant not a campaign rally. Not professional or a great business decision. If it cost you 10% in lost sales is it worth it Just feedback... you asked.

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L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

To call a big sour, cold cauliflower, entree doesn’t make sense.

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a
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints - great food and great service - win/win!

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! Amazing service.

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

After seeing some of the reviews I was skeptical about this place. We had reservations prior to a show for 4 people. The staff was very friendly. We were seated immediately. Waitress was very nice and answered all our questions. She continued to check in with us and offered to bring drinks and fill our water. The food was great! Vegan nachos were super! We loved the open atmosphere. It was a very positive experience and we would definitely return. My only “complaint” was there is not any food options for kids/picky eaters. Like a pasta dish, etc. other then that it was a thumbs up!!

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food & beer! We went here before seeing a concert @ the Sinclair on a Saturday night. We made reservations & sat upstairs. Service was awesome. Only complaint is that the menu is limited for those who are not as adventurous with food... burgers were perfect though!

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M
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 3

pre- ART theater dinner.
Vegetarian small platers -- ravioli and Cauliflower dishes-- not the best--
Ravioli too much cream and cauliflower too spicy

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RG
New England
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Mushroom toast was outstanding, but brussel sprouts were just ok and the calamari was over breaded and overcooked. Our server was very nice. If you like the louder pub type scene with ashabby, industrial feel then you would like the atmosphere.

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BR
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend told me this place had the best burger in Boston, and I dare say he wasn’t lying. The bone marrow burger and fries it is one of the most delectable pub style meals I’ve ever had, And the vegetarian appetizers on offer Are amazing. The beet tartare wither house made veggie chips was great and the brussels sprouts are so good they rival your entrée. Service was top-notch, friendly and super attentive. Atmosphere lively with great music playing in the background. The best part is you’re just a stairway away From one of the best clubs in the city.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place for dinner and a show

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SH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Three people, three people and three horrible meals!

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M
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Very unsanitary practices in your kitchen. people are not wearing gloves and are handling the food with their bare hands. The guy grilling stuff has licked his fingers 6 times that I have counted and uses his bare hands to then turn food over in a pan, to lift and check on stuff. This is just downright disgusting. Touches his hair and face then touches food with same hands as well. No beard guard. Several long haired people in kitchen without hair nets or hats. Guy taking french fries out of plastic bin with bare hands to throw in fryer...lid drops on floor. Picks it up and puts back on container of uncooked fries. I asked for medium well hamburger. It is black on the outside. Fries were pretty limp and lame. Mediocre tasting food coupled with watching so many people touching the food without gloves and hands that have been licked and touched body parts made for a very unpleasant experience which I will never repeat. The server was very good. We loved the Rebirth Brass Band and the concert venue was great but, we will eat elsewheres before the show in the future.

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F
New England
79 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our second girls brunch out with DIY mimosas. Very fun! Service was great and attentive. We sat in the bar, fun atmosphere. Recommend.

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AP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Stopped in before a show at the ART. Good service, food and drinks. Met our expectations.

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Sinclair is a Music Venue - Club that also has an attached restaurant. We were attending a concert there and decided to have dinner beforehand. I had the "Korean Fried Chicken" Sandwich and my daughter had the "Delightfully Messy Bone Marrow Burger" and started it all off with an appetizer "House Smoked Trout Dip".
Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich: The chicken was okay flavored, however, the breading had no "fried chicken" crunch to it. Also, my first bite was into a rubbery piece of fat.
The Bone Marrow burger lived up to it's title of being Delightful and Messy and was cooked to the done-ness as requested.
The Appetizer was very good, as well.
Ambiance and service was fine.

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BS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional selection of tasty dishes, thoughtfully prepared and presented. Recommend miso pork, sweet corn ravioli, mushroom toast, spiced roasted carrots. Interesting bar snacks also, including fresh fried pork rinds and habanero deviled egg. We shared the food tapas style and it was a blast. Finished the meal with a wonderful bread pudding.

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m
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the first time and loved it! Had tickets for a concert and was excited to see they had their own restaurant. Sat at the bar, bartender and other patrons were all very friendly...was a fun time...plan on returning!!

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BA
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent burger and wings. Great choice of IPA’s too. Would recommend.

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Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

fun scene, good food, friendly service, outdoor dining!

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CH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

My husband and I had dinner shortly after The Sinclair opened and had a great experience. I saw a lot of reviews saying that the service had gone downhill, and unfortunately, that was our experience when we went back this weekend. The bar left my drink sitting at the end of the bar because they didn't know where it was going. When we were seated, the waitress took 40 minutes to take our order. We kept trying to catch her attention but she was occupied by clearing off and re-setting other tables. The dinner was delicious, but then paying the check took another half hour. The restaurant was not that busy, so it seemed very strange that they were having such a difficult time keeping up with service. With so many good options in Harvard Square, I wouldn't bother going back to the Sinclair.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

We were in town for the weekend and were disappointed in our dining experience, especially with all of the numerous choices in this great part of town. Some of the food was good, unfortunately the service was too slow, we were served well after the table who came in 30 minutes after us. Some of the staff was good, but overall poor.

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G
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The Sinclair is a good go to for Harvard square but the food is just ok.

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TC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place for a bite and drink before a show. Would go back.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch and sat on the balcony. The brunch was delicious, the waitress was energetic and had great service, and it was a bit cool out but they had the heat lamps on!!

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BE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The hostess was just awful. She made us feel really uncomfortable and it really clouded our experience.

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BC
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Had high hopes for The Sinclair given reviews, but found experience lackluster. Service was slow, was not offered a wine list upon arrival, food was average (fish tacos had very little fish and no sauce or flavor to speak of; miso pork was good but sides of peaches and squid ink gnocchi didn't mix well). Maybe it was an off day.

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OT
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Rooftop lovely but there was a mouse walking around

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AH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The sinclair used to be one of our favorite spots to hit. The music venue was our go to for a solid burger. The quality of the food seems to be going down, however and every time we've gone recently we've been more and more disappointed.

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D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

There was a mouse running under a nearby table! This took away from our experience

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LD
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Everything would’ve been great, other than it was so cold inside that the food was instantly cold.

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RG
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was the best. Food was good....but the front deck with Jason's time, patience, and service made the whole night worth the price!

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G
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience! Solid food and attentive service.

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a
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

food was a bit salty for my taste but very creative menu and a nice experience overall. i will return and recommend!

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great, service was good and one of the best dirty vodka martinis I’ve ever had! But there does seem to be a bit of a mouse problem, we saw at least one during our dinner.

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