The Sinclair

4.2
557 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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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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 557 People Are Saying
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service
4.3
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3.8
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 15, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 3, 2018

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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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Overall good experience
Food was good
Service was goo

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

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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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

I took my husband out for his birthday here before we went to the venue for a show. The food was wonderful, yes-good elevated bar food- but the service was just beyond exceptional.
We had an amazing time. Thank you for everything.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

LOVE the Sinclair! First time there and will be back for sure! Awesome vege burger and vege chip appetizer - can’t wait to try more!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Pre theater dinner with friends and family. Every was fine

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

food was really questionable, especially their pan cakes, would not recommend at all. overall food is pretty bad.

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2.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Overall food was good. Service was ok. Key issue we had a group of 11 and Open Table reservations only allowed a max of 6, so we booked two groups (6+5). We left two voicemails on afternoon prior and asked when we got there could we have one larger table and they reviewed included the manager and said not possible. Well, we were seated on the 2nd floor and during the two hours we were there the 2nd floor dining area (with exception of 2 other tables) was empty. There is no reason they could not have accommodated our request......

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2.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Food was overpriced and not great (burger was well-done when asked for medium, rubbery calamari, 2 shriveled pieces of asparagus came with the cod, etc). The hostess was unhelpful and borderline rude . Service took over an hour to get food. Won’t be coming back

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2.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The restaurant was more like a bar. The food was good but not great. The menu was limited. They did not have any bottled water, only tap. The service was very good.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Delicious food for brunch and friendly service. I would definitely come back here for brunch.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We enjoyed mother's day brunch at the Sinclair today and it was a wonderful experience. I had the red flannel hash and it was better than I could have expected. The bacon bloody mary was the perfect concoction of smoke, heat and all the traditional flavors. The service was exceptional, I can't say enough about how great my experience was. My kiddos loved the waffles, and partner had one of the several benedict options. We're coming back for sure.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food and ambiance were fantastic, however our service was pretty terrible. Our server took 20 minutes to come over to our table to take any drink orders, then he didn't put the drink orders in, so we waited about 40 minutes for them. In the middle of this, he also came up to our table to clarify our food order since he had mixed up his tickets. When our food came, one of our dishes never came out with the rest of our dinner, and the server offered to bring it free of charge-- but while we were in the middle of telling him we would just skip the dish, he walked away from us, coming back a few minutes later to tell us he "hadn't understood" what we wanted to do with the dish. He then walked over and put the check on the table without asking if we wanted another drink or dessert, which we did, but we decided to pay and go elsewhere. Worth noting that he didn't take anything off the bill-- not even the drinks that took 40 minutes to make (and one was a beer). I've never worked in a restaurant and as much as I wanted to chalk the bad experience up to a busy night (although most tables around us weren't eating and were only drinking), the entire rest of my party has worked in the restaurant industry and agreed that the service and experience was atrocious and there was really no excuse. The food was tasty, though.

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1.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Too loud and very underwhelming food: salad was bland and uninteresting and the brussel sprouts were very undercooked. Though it was the start of the season, the patio was completely barren. We did find the service excellent.

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1.0Dined on May 1, 2018

I do not normally write reviews, however I feel compelled to write this one. First, let me say I've been to the Sinclair many times, and always sit at the bar. The food is good, and the service always great. Four of us were going to a concert, so I decided to reserve a table. We needed to get into the music venue by 8:45, which I told the waitress when we sat down. I wanted to get the check before the show at 9:00.

We ordered several small bites for the table, and drinks. The waitress literally disappeared. The drinks came about 15 minutes after we'd sat down. We never got any food. By 8:10 I stood up and asked where the order was. The response was that they were backed up. Okay, the place knew that they had a sold out show that night, so why not staff accordingly.

Finally, at 8:35 a few plates came out. I scoffed down a couple of calamari and left for the venue. some of the ordered food (brussel sprouts...how hard can they be) never showed up. Two of my friends stayed longer, since they were hungry, and met up with us later. The food, once it came, was good (as always). The house comped us drinks, which was appropriate and nice. Overall, it was terrible. Simply the worst wait service I've ever experienced. I'll only sit at the bar from now on.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Our server was very polite, helpful, and such a joy to have! The did was nothing short of spectacular, as usual. Keep up the good work!

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

We had a great meal, great drink and great wait staff. We look forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Food is always good, servers are great (not too fussy). It seems to be a little underappreciated. Could be the priciness to casualness ratio... but this is Harvard Square. Nothing here is going to be cheap. We'll continue frequenting this place for both dinners and brunches.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We went there before an event at the Sinclair venue, and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the whole experience. We had a great time and would certainly eat there again, especially before an event at the venue.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Over seasoned.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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