The Sinclair

4.3
618 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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New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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

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MS
New England
117 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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KM
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 4

The food was remarkably bad. We are all vegetarians, and the only meal anybody ordered that was any good had bacon in it so we couldn't eat it (after specifying that the bacon could and would be taken out). The menu listed an app as "pickles" but it was unfamiliar pickled vegetables. Our waiter talked to us about smoking weed a few times, was very flustered, and made some mistakes with our bill. The cocktails all came out at different times. It's a nice enough place but I wouldn't order food there again.

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DR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We made reservations at the Sinclair because we were going to a concert later that evening. What a pleasant surprise. Menu was limited but quite interesting. Food was extremely well-prepared. We will definitely be back.

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PA
New England
40 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to the Sinclair for a long time as my son used to work there. The food has always been good and the service too. I can say, nothing has changed. The Black Sea Bass was outstanding, we all enjoyed our evening. Our server Sam, was delightful, amazing and attentive.

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KS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately, the food did not live up to the hype. We had the pop-corn appetizer with nutritional yeast and seaweed and it was really not very good. It was overwhelmed by the yeast and none of the seven of us liked it. The main dishes were better, but nothing special, certainly not living up to the five star reviews other people have given this place.

Basically everyone pretty much thought it all sounded better on the menu then it did on the plate.

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EM
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great restaurant with delicious food and lively ambience. Every touch was thought out.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The Staff were very helpful and friendly. A great spot to go before a gig.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to a concert

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I would certainly return to the Sinclair again for their cocktails and ambiance. We were having a quick dinner before seeing at show at the Sinclair. We were early for our reservation and able to be seated when we arrived which was greatly appreciated. Our orders arrived quickly and our water glasses were never empty. The service was good overall. My fiance had a nice glass of red and I had a tasty, smokey whiskey cocktail that was even better than the description showed. To eat, we shared 3 appetizers - truffle veggie chips, brussel sprouts, and garlic knots. The truffled chips were tasty and we only wish we had more. The brussels were somewhat muted in flavor -- even some salt and pepper would have brought them more to life. The garlic knots were garlicky in a perfect garlic oil combo with a very tasty sauce on the sauce. The breaded knot could have used a little more salt as well, but it was still good.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Because of health reasons I needed a chair for the concert. The staff was fabulous-extremely helpful. Very professional in all aspects

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

why do restaurants rush to clean out and take the plates white they obviously seem to be still food on them???

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CU
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to visit The Sinclair restaurant. We made a reservation at The Sinclair restaurant as part of the evening to see the Mike Gordon Band. Reservation was at 6 and they promptly seated us. Food was amazing! Got the calamari, braised beef ribs & bone marrow burger - wonderfully decadent. Didn't get dessert - unfortunately, we had no room left after eating the ribs & burger. Enjoyed some of the beers they had on tap. Highly recommend making a reservation for dinner in conjunction with the music events there at The Sinclair. So convenient!

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MS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Two main gripes that actually matter...the french fries were actually salt with some potato sprinkled on top...absolutely inedible -over salted to a fault. And people, much Nigel in Spinal Tap want bread and rolls that fit their meat. The rolls were so small - all three in our party could not eat our various burgers without making a mess of ourselves.
Nightclub - so it was loud, but to be expected.
Service was polite and friendly, but very slow.
Food was worth about $20-$25 - not over $50.

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NM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice simple easy place to have dinner before a show

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The brussel sprouts are terrible but the wings are amazing!! Garlic knots were decent, but you have to like garlic, they were covered. Fries were good too. Good drink prices for Boston. Service was alright.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

🤙🏼👍

food was rullllll good

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Despite having made a reservation my wife and I were seated in the empty downstairs section at a small table adjacent to the restroom. We asked to be moved upstairs but the host—rather put out by the questions—said it was a “numbers game”. There were loads of empty tables upstairs when we arrived (and when we left).

This was in contrast to an earlier visit where we just dropped in, and had an excellent meal with great service. Food was very good both times.

Won’t be back any time soon.

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BS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff is very friendly and welcoming and we got our food quickly. Our waiter James did a superb job in taking care of our party of three. My favorite dish was the beet tartar but my wife liked the surf and turf dish. Our friend, who has many allergies, enjoyed a very plain but tasty hamburger made specially for her with no hassles. It is a bit noisy but seemed to be quite popular with all ages of people.

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ES
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so glad that we discovered this place! The food was incredible! Friendly staff as well! We will definitely be going back.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always a great time. Loved our food and drinks. We will return

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SM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 on February 15, 2019
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 9, 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
26 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
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 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 15, 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
21 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 9, 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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