The Sinclair

4.1
582 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
The Sinclair Hours
Dinner:
Monday-Sunday: 5:00pm-10:00pm

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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Cross street
Brattle St
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 582 People Are Saying
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RG
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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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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
17 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
2 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
6 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
2 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
17 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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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best brunch ever!!

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MD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food at the Sinclair was good, but a little overpriced. Our only concern was I did notice a mouse run out from underneath one of the booths, so that was a bit disconcerning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Brunch was mediocre. Hollandaise was a jelly-like consistency and there was about 5x too much on top of my poor English muffin. They also got our vegan friend’s order wrong twice (first brought him a Bloody Mary with anchovies and then tacos with eggs on top). The waiter then said he would comp his breakfast but then it showed up on the receipt anyway... However, the waiter was very nice and apologetic and everything worked out in the end. Food aside, the deck is a beautiful place to enjoy brunch. Probably would come back for drinks only.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, wonderful service, food was very good... especially the lobster lollipops, best lobster I've ever had. I would have given this restaurant 5 stars if it weren't for the noise level. SO LOUD!!! We had to yell to hear each other, and about halfway through the meal we all just stopped talking because it was kind of pointless. There's nothing to absorb the sound.

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AD
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I wanted to like it! Sat for quite some time without attention at the table. Flavorless fish tacos, overcooked calamari, and lame bread they call “pretzels” with flavorless cheese dipping sauce. The cocktails were good though!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Nice space but the service was lackluster. The meats were well executed but the veggie burger was amorphous and required reshaping with each bite to keep it on the bun. Great cocktails. I’ve had plenty of after work drinks and small plates (all great) here but the full dinner experience was disappointing.

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RD
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall good experience
Food was good
Service was goo

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DK
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Awesome spot, great outdoor dining, fun & great food.

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L
New England
24 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Had a great brunch at Sinclair with out of town guests. Food was delicious. Only complaint was the service was extremely slow. It took 45 minutes to receive breakfast for three people. It was delightful to sit outside on the rooftop in the sunshine.

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DK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Came for dinner before a concert. The place was seemingly nice, until we noticed mice crawling around the dining room. We informed the waitress who asked if we wanted to move our seats. We were too grossed out to eat our food after that.

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BM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Too hot on the patio - would have been if teh outside umbrellas could have been tilted to block the sun

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

My portion of cod was way to small, I had to go get dinner after having dinner. I will not return

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was just ok
Very expensive and very little portions
Not worth the money
Also online menu was very different than actual menu
Saw chef eating French fries while cooking just gross

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z
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food and service. Interesting urban ambiance if a little noisy for my tastes.

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