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The Sinclair

4.4
525 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
The Sinclair Winter Hours
Dinner:
Sunday-Wednesday: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Thursday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm

Bar is open until 1am Sun-Wed and 2am Thu-Sat

Brunch:

Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-3:00pm


The patio is first come, first served and while we try to honor all requests, we do not guarantee outdoor seating.
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Phone number
(617) 547-5200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Brattle St
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Public transit
Harvard Station
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Entertainment
Please visit our website and check out the calender to plan your next dinner and a show at The Sinclair.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 525 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined a day ago

Over seasoned.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Great spot for before or after a concert which is part of the venue. Good selection of apps and entrees. Good meeting spot.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great service, great food!

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Lots of seating for brunch, however food was very bland and not worth the money spent. Ambiance was quiet so great for conversation, but if you are looking to actually enjoy the food, this is not the place.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

When we arrived our table wasn't ready so we stood around for a bit - not long and they were very accommodating. After a while we said we were trying to catch a show so they immediately sat us in another area, apologized profusely and gave us a free appetizer - which was nice - it wasn't that long of a wait but that service was very gracious and apologetic.
The food was fantastic, the vibe was cool, and all of the waitstaff was very top notch - cool, kind, attentive and knowledgeable.
Tremendous place to go before a show.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Everyone who worked there was so nice. Our food was perfect, as were the cocktails. We felt like we could take our time, no rush & we even had some special treatment when going into the concert after dinner. Perfect dinner & a concert date!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The Sinclair offers a very tasty menu. The food is prepared very nicely and quickly. The staff are very personable, easy-going, appear to enjoy their jobs, and appropriately attentive. The Sinclair has an interesting ambiance. It's spare and eclectic but warm, welcoming, and comfortable.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Nils Frahm

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Fabulous dinner (steak tips, pasta)....deviled eggs are to die for....exceptional service....great ambiance away from bar, vibrant yet intimate. This was a before the show dinner, for which there is no better place, and Sinclair shows are always wonderful. BTW, Missio was excellent and the opening band, Welshly Arms, is an amazing band that should NOT be missed!!! Thanks Sinclair for always leaving us with great memories.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Decent place. Food was fresh and hot but a bit bland. Service was average. Probably would look elsewhere for brunch next time but still a decent restaurant.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Food and service we just mediocre. My falafel wrap was tasty but had only 3 very small falafels. The side fries were limp and not hot. The waiter never returned to check on our meal satisfaction until we were nearly done. The beer selection lacked an amber ale. Though we had no major complaints, everyone agreed we should’ve gone elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

First time dining at the Sinclair before Phillip Phillips Show. Great ambiance, good food and very friendly staff. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great Pre Show dinner and drinks with a great staff. Make sure you try the brussel sprouts, they are out of this world.

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3.0Dined on February 9, 2018

we arrived 5 minutes before our reservations. they were transitioning to the "nightclub" so the receptionist was not there so we never got seated. we ended up finding two seats at the bar and sat down. The food was great though.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Great food & service! We were here before the Grace Vanderwaal concert.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

All the people that were working there that I interacted with were friendly and polite. The food was good, as was my bloody Mary.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a delicious dinner at Sinclair. Our server was friendly and attentive. It was a very comfortable environment We will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

I love the Sinclair. The waiter was kind and attentive, and the noise level and ambiance was perfect for a casual catch-up dinner with an old friend. Oh and the food and extensive drinks list was so so good. There's something on the menu for everybody.

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2.0Dined on January 14, 2018

Today was a bad day. I'll consider returning when they are fully staffed. They only had one server on duty for the entire restaurant during brunch. I'm not sure why they thought that was a good idea. She tried her best and had a positive attitude. She also discounted our check significantly since my patty melt was burnt and fries were cold. They were nice and apologetic about it. That was appreciated. My wife's omelette was good and the el scorcho tea was good. Maybe it'll be better in the summer.

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

The food and service was good for pre-theater. There was a late show, so the restaurant was almost empty when we were there. However, the whole experience was ruined by my having left a special scarf on my chair or on the floor. The restaurant was not busy when we left Normally, this would be found by the wait staff when they clean the table and given to the management. After the theater we returned expecting that it would be there. It was not. It had been taken. I am not accusing anyone, but I doubt the table was filled after we left. Very, very disappointing. I know I left the scarf - those things happen. It is the failure to promptly retrieve and store it that bothers me - made it vulnerable to theft.

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3.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Sorely understaffed. Quick pre-concert meal took close to two hours. Impossibly long wait to order and receive additional drinks. Water glasses never refilled. Saw my food sitting in the open kitchen for nearly 10 minutes, so of course it arrived lukewarm.

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2017

We got to the restaurant right at 11:00 when it opened for brunch. The restaurant has a nice vibe and the waitstaff was very pleasant and attentive. Among the four of us we had the burger patty, the breakfast plate (scrambled eggs with English muffin, bacon and home fries), the western omelet, and the bagel with lox, bacon and chive cream cheese. The burger patty was very good and the other three brunch entrees were just average. I would come back to The Sinclair for drinks and music but wouldn't necessarily come back for the food.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We loved this experience...and it is such a great option before seeing the music. Great staff! Great meal.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Son’ birthday

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4.0Dined on December 3, 2017

Wait staff was a bit slow (may have been understaffed) but apologetic and very friendly. Food is consistently good. Attached to the Sinclair venue it's a no-brainer for a pre-gig meal. Great atmosphere and cocktails.

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3.0Dined on November 25, 2017

We arrived early before a show so had prompt seating. We enjoyed the brussel sprouts, mussels, ravioli, and roasted chicken but had to wait for a glass of wine until after the brussel sprouts were delivered and half eaten. Note that the menu on Open Table did not reflect the menu that night.

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2017

This was our first time at the restaurant and Our experience was SUPERB!!!The waiter was very kind and on top of everything!!!
The most amazing was when the cook took time from the kitchen to come and talk to us!!!!

The food was EXTRAORDINARY!!! Especially the roasted chicken dish, which we heard is one of the favorite and they cannot take it from the menu :)
It’s a classic!

Overall, we are definitely coming back and bringing family and friends with us!!!

Great spot in Harvard Square!

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3.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was definitely delicious. Server put us near the bus station right next to the speaker. This was fine until the volume sparked up to the point that neither of us could hear each other at the table. Service was fine. Food was slightly pricey, but understandable for the gourmet food we were getting. Would recommend for a special occasion dinner out (and would definitely recommend taking a bit more control over where you get seated).

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing burger and cocktails before the show on Saturday night. Keep up the great work.

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1.0Dined on November 15, 2017

The food was overpriced and small portions. They also have a very limited menu. The drinks were way overpriced. Even more than the local average price. Limited beer selection. Will not be eating there again.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

I normally really like the bar/restaurant, but the service just was not good last time. Server kept taking the drink orders for just a few people and then would walk away, ignoring the rest of the table and not returning for 15-20 minutes. Wasn’t particularly friendly or attentive otherwise. Also did not tell me that the bill included an automatic 20% gratuity, so I tipped on top of it and later had to call the restaurant to get it adjusted.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Brunch was excellent. We both tried the different Benedict’s and were impressed by the breakfast potatoes.

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

A friend and I decided just to order a bunch of starters. A great decision. The brussel sprouts were perfect, the veg chili hearty and satisfying, and the Mac and Cheese hit-the-spot amazing. Wait staff was great. Shout out to Samuel who was super helpful to these first timers.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food and beer in acomfortable setting with a fantastic music venue. I would highly recommend the Sinclair to all.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent service, great food, best live music room in Boston! Treated us like royalty for our anniversary. Can't rave enough.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Brussel sprouts (and food in general) were outta this world!

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

Always great for brunch! We go there every time we’re in town. The food is very good and the service is very good as well. Everyone is always pleasant.

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3.0Dined on October 14, 2017

The food was very good. The waitstaff left a lot to be desired. We waited s long time to give our order and then waited again for our food. Our glasses of water were left empty and I attended for most of the night. They didn't have cappuccino so we ordered American coffee - and told us they didn't have any sugar! It took over 20 minutes from the time we gave our credit card to pay the bill until it was finally returned to us. Until I asked if there was a problem. No one said their was a problem with their credit card machine. Not worth the trouble - a lot of restaurants have good food.

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

They did not seem to have adequate waitering staff...so everything took longer than was ok. And the food was not cooked to order. Not worth the $ though apparently hip.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Good spot. We had a nice time

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