The Sinclair

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635 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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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Everything was fine, basic bar food that missed the mark just a little bit. We sat outside on the roof deck and unfortunately there was a mouse (or a few) running around under our feet the whole time. Took away our appetite. We let the server know and she apologized but don’t think she or any restaurant staff planned to do anything about it

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F
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

surprised by the quality and presentation of the food for a performance venue. very high-end foodie in options, ingredients, preparation and presentation when I expected only good bar bites. excellent!

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Not much to tell. Kitchen was backed up but even each round of drinks took an hour to get to the table. Some food was refunded so that was gracious, but it seemed odd to be that backed up on a Wednesday evening. Might try again.

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P
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

It was great, but $24 for 5 or 6 pieces of gnocchi is crazy. That portion should have been an appetizer. I left quite hungry.

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RS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I’ll go back again but I only got about 7 gnocchis for $23. Really didn’t get enough to fill you up. The opposite of other places that give way too much pasta. The sauce was tasty

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V
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. The staff was super accommodating and awesome. The food was excellent.

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G
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and delicious food, friendly staff and efficient service. Perfect pre-show meal or any time meal, really. Kid-friendly, relaxed, hip atmosphere.

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t
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun place to go before a show. Gnocchi was house made and very light and delicious.

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KB
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food is awful

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TP
New England
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

ONE OF THE BEST VENUES TO SEE LIVE MUSIC IN BOSTON!

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RB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went to the restaurant before a show- it was really pleasant, the food was good, and our server Peter was personable and helpful.

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RP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful to sit outside on the upper level patio. The sangria was cold and full-bodies, and the food was tasty. We especially loved the falafel appetizer and short rib tacos--just right for sharing. Service was attentive--just the right amount of checking in and refilling drinks as requested. We will return!

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m
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very good meal before going to the theater. It was our first time and we enjoyed the meal and sitting outside.

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MJ
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The food wasn’t that great. My order of wings were under cooked even though I requested extra crispy. Then the bacon on the burger tasted like it was warmed up in the microwave and very plastically. The fries were delicious and the Brussels sprouts amazing. Overall it’s unlikely we would return.

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S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Underwhelming brunch food, cocktails, seating, & rooftop. This is an overhyped venue.

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AK
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food choices, friendly service, would go again

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T
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
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
120 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
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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ME
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
New England
2 reviews
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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H
New England
6 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

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food was rullllll good

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OT
New England
4 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
23 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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