Sycamore

4.8
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1629 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Sycamore is a seasonally inspired, chef-owned neighborhood bistro in Newton Centre. Emphasizing locally sourced produce, fish and meat, our menu draws on classic European country food; rustic and wholesome. Our beverage program is designed to complement the cuisine. The wine list focuses on passionate small producers, our beers are by and large domestic craft selections and the cocktail list highlights classic drinks and sipping spirits.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate New Year's Eve at Sycamore! We will be preparing a delicious, 3-course meal (with multiple options for each course) for $90 per person food plus a special optional $45 per person wine pairing. (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Please reach out with any questions by calling 617.244.4445.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1629 People Are Saying
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good but not much in the way of green, fresh ingredients

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite spot to go for an awesome meal

L
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was very good... the chocolate cake was dry. The waiter was surly.

h
New England
54 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sycamore is consistently excellent. The staff is very nice and attentive, well informed about the wines.

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience- food was delish, atmosphere fun and Paul was a phenomenal host!! We will definitely be back!

SF
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff, great food. Everything was delicious but worth trying the lamb shank and the brussels sprouts. I was impressed that they had taken such good care with acoustics so that a crowded small room with brick walls did not seem noisy. Syc Pick was a fun way to go.

HE
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome pasta!

BO
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the better restaurants. Great martinis. good portion sizes

IC
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible dinner; we went with the chef’s choice and got an amazing assortment of dishes. You can go wrong here.

OT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food, I had Gnocchi, my fiancé had scallops. We both truly enjoyed! Ordered the chocolate cake dessert, they included a sample of the beignet; both were wonderful. Service was also very friendly and attentive.
Just a memorable meal!

h
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Cosy and lively but not overly so. The food was fanstastic and unique. A new fav of ours.

RC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had anything but absolutely stellar experiences here and this visit was no exception. We were having a difficult time deciding between menu items, so we went with the chef’s whim tasting and left it up to the kitchen, and it was the right decision. As always, service is warm and friendly while maintaining precision, and food is expertly executed and never disappoints.

b
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Fit for foodies and anyone eho loves good food.

L
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is delicious. Would love more vegetarian friendly options for mains or options to easily change a meat dish to veggie.

S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! People are great food is amazing ! A newton Jem

G
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, especially the gnocchi! And the service was excellent! Great wine list - perfect evening all around :)

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, comfortable, cozy, as always.

YS
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend of mine and I decided to check out Sycamore on a whim as it had good reviews and good looking menu. It’s a small, but comfortable space. It is very warm an inviting, with a very professional staff of servers. I started out with a Penicillin cocktail, which was outstanding, and we ended up splitting a bottle of wine over dinner that was a great suggestion from our server and not exorbitantly priced. We started with duck rillettes and bluefish pate, which were each delightful. We split a pasta course of gnocchi with a bolognese like ragu, which was perfectly prepared. My entree of boudin blanc with crabapple chutney was a showstopper. Both a feast for the eyes and palate. My friend had steak frites that he was very happy with as well. I can imagine at popular times, parking would be a real headache in Newton Center, but on a random Tuesday, it wasn’t bad at all. Highly recommended.

KM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paul is the man! I love how he carefully checked to make sure my food didn't have any allergies in them. I would love if they had gluten free pasta or some sort of rice noodle dish. 0ther than that, everything was great!

a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The service and food were outstanding, as always. Our only complaint is that the noise level in the main dining room was quite high. As a party of four, we had trouble hearing one another. We noticed that the music was on and when that occurs, the diners talk louder to be heard over the music. Between the music and the louder voices, the noise level was too high for us.

MP
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Syc picks!!

AM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

While Sycamore was a nice restaurant I found the menu very limiting. We tried the chef’s October menu and while the sausage was delicious and easy to eat the schnitzel was very dry and it was the delicious mushroom sauce that saved it.
I happen to be a person who loves sour Kraft and the there wasn’t much sour kraut but lots of dough. I realize you are eclectic in your menu but sometimes it would be good to have a simple something for those of us who enjoy simple food.

M
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic! You can’t go wrong with the tasting menu.

DC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the chef’s tasting menu and everything was delicious. The service was excellent - always available without hovering. The ambiance was warm and comfortable. We would highly recommend Sycamore for a wonderful night out!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One really creative kitchen. Very friendly vibe. Its always a treat to eat out at Sycamore!

M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My friend and I love this dinner and love the restaurant will go back again when I’m in town. Thank you

ED
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I asked the waitress to pack the remainder of our food but she didn't. Otherwise, everything was good. Service was overall good. Food was better.

j
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Can't decide which we loved more, the carrots, kale, sausages or boar ragu! Or the cocktails!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been in at least 4 years since moving out of the area. It was better then I remember, service and food were great as always.

b
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic on all counts. The menu really brought out the best of the “season.”

MW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food with an ever-changing menu
Terrific staff
Tons of parking close to the restaurant

l
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lovely place, great atmosphere, had not been back in a while, loved their meat boards. This visit, excellent turnip special, very fishy tasting squid, so-so clam pasta without much clam and none whole in entree size, bluefish pate good texture not a lot of flavor. Nice evening but have to say a surprising food disappointment overall.

WH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food. Great wine. And the best staff. Never seen people live their jobs more

x
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic meal here - the food is delicious, the staff are fun and accommodating and the prices are still on the reasonable side.

F
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our dining experience at Sycamore. I was a bit skeptical having read some of the unfavorable reviews - but I can honestly say that we were treated very well and that the food was excellent. The venue is small so it is not unlikely that you will be sitting close to another table - but we did not find it to be intrusive at all and we were able to carry on our conversations without any interruptions.
I highly recommend the mushroom soup and the cinnamon beignets! I look forward to my return trip there.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner at sycamore. Service was great and the restaurant was very adaptable to our dietary restrictions.

JK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve never had a bad meal here. Excellent service and experience every single time.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the chefs menu and... wow!! Just one of the best meals I’ve ever had Service was awesome, thanks Paul.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing meal. We got the tasting menu so we were surprised through the night with each new dish brought out - some from the menu and some were not. Everything was perfectly catered to the wine we were drinking which made it extra special. We are adventurous eaters and drinkers and the waiter communicated that well to the chef who had fun with it - such a fun experience. Paul provided excellent service and was just an awesome person to chat with. We will absolutely be back!

JA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The locally sourced product and creativity is always a big draw for me. This was my second time to Sycamore. We come from California and always make sure we have dinner at Sycamore at least once during our trip. We especially love the heirloom tomatoes! Will certainly look forward to next time!

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