Sycamore

4.9
1816 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1816 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fav place always wonderful food, great values on the wine list and great service!

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vipRock
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! Great food, service, ambiance!

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Cassie
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean and comfortable inside. Amazing food and great staff!

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vipStephenS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Year’s Day meal, awesome food and great service!

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AliceB
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was excellent. If I could give Service a 7 we would. The food was excellent, the ambience is warm and relaxed and the service was exceptional. Warm, really helpful, giving us great advise. The whole experience was excellent. We’ll be back and for some of their to go—cook later—options too!

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AshB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t think the staff could be any nicer and helpful. They were fantastic! The food was delicious and the portions were generous. I can’t wait to go back!

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vipTreatnightout
New England
54 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The safety efforts to accommodate diners for COVID are excellent. The food is spectacular. I highly recommend. There is a periodic update to the menu which keeps things fresh. Service is top notch.

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Ginger0518
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit. Excellent service, delicious food and very Covid safe.

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vipJosephG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food! Grilled pork chop with creamy polenta and apple chutney, side of Brussels sprouts with bacon and cheddar

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skipp
New England
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sycamore is the best restaurant outside of Boston. I love this place.

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vipRunfar262
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful ambiance and environment. Great place for a date night or small get-together. The food was delicious and the portion size was "ok" for the price. 4 small appetizers and 1 drink = $70.

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LeahB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious meal out on the sidewalk deck... can't wait until we can all sit inside safely.

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BrianL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

It was barely 40 degrees F for outside dining on a busy street. The server was cordial and prompt. The food met expectations. But there were issues out of the restaurant's control. The food was cold quickly after being served, the outdoor propane heater was not that effective so eating with gloves and hats on not that great for ambiance. We were seated at a table closest to the street so passing cars were almost within arms length. If it is going to be less than 50 degrees outside, the recommendation is that it's better to choose a different day or take your chances with indoor dining.

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vip2full2eatanymore
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was amazing and the service was impeccable.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable, food was to die for!

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vipBelgium
New England
83 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

+ Limited menu, but great & special (outside the box) choices. The food was excellent.
+ Very good service, delivered by the whole team.
+ We love the atmosphere, despite the limited number of tables inside.
+ Linen napkins (hygienic & reusable).

- We were sitting pretty close to an outside door and we were a bit cold and uncomfy.
- I had a small discussion with one of the hosts/waiters about sediment in a Grüner Veltliner (white Austrian wine). I still think it shouldn't be in there.

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JenZ
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a great night!

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vipBarryS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very creative menu served by very friendly people.

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ElissaR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and fabulous service. Love seeing Dave and Lizzie ❤️

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vipgjwb
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favorite restaurant ever

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PJAY
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great dining experience, all the way around. The food is delicious, creative, and looks beautiful. The hostess and server were gracious and welcoming. And the bartender was friendly and attentive. This is a great neighborhood place and a sure-bet when entertaining friends and family!

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vipKateG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here! The food and service is always outstanding. Highly recommend!!

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LeahB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lowly fish cake is elevated to a new level with Simon's incredible stew of chorizo, middle-eastern-influenced flavors, and whatever other magic was added. Not the old way of thinking about a fish cake, for sure -- you could actually pick out tender pieces of fish. Totally delicious. One of the best meals I've had in a long time, and the dining room was carefully staffed, uncrowded, and felt really safe. Oh, and a yummy salad, delicious wine, and a great playlist.

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vipNancyB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Sycamore is truly outstanding. Not your usual suburban dining. Really excellent. Service is also extremely accommodating and attentive. Stand-out place.

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alisonp
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our absolute favorite “go to” restaurant- fabulous food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outside and the ambiance was great with the heaters. Food and cocktails were delicious and service was extremely friendly and attentive. First timers who will definitely be back!

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vippoland221
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always a pleasure to go back to Sycamore -- their wonderful food, great service, and pleasant atmosphere never disappoint. The weather was perfect for the outdoor patio, and we could joyously celebrate the results of the election.

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Kelly
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great and the wait staff and manager were very nice. The 1 hour and 45 minute limit, I felt that we were being rushed, and at times made me enjoy the time less knowing there was a clock. I understand that this is out of the restaurant's control given they are trying to accommodate outdoor seating during a pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Servers were a little aggressive in asking to clear my date’s meal while she was still finishing, 2 different servers 3 times in under 10 minutes. We were the last patrons, but it was 9:45 on a Saturday night. Then after that push, sweeping and letting cold air through in the front door, asked if we wanted coffee or desert. There was no chance we would have felt comfortable remaining there another 5 minutes. I have had many exemplary experiences there, and will go back, but it was unfortunate way to end the otherwise lovely meal.

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CynthiaC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and wonderful service is always the case at the Sycamore. That is why it is my favorite place to eat out.

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lila
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It's the food and the people that make Sycamoe so special! Curbside dining has its drawbacks if you're going inside restaurants... Syc's takeaway food is delicious too

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vipKiki
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was my second time dining at Sycamore and I don't remember loving it as much the first time. At a glance, the current menu did not look that inspired, but the food was phenomenal! I had the steak with black garlic kimchi butter and was blown away. The steak was tender, seasoned well and cooked to order. The butter was like nothing I've ever tasted. The focaccia is a meal in itself and absolutely decadent. The beignets were MUCH better than what I've had in New Orleans. Drinks were outstanding. We were a party of 4 and all very happy with our dining experience. I don't love sitting outside in a make shift patio, but this is the current reality of Covid and I think Sycamore is making the best out of a really challenging situation. I'd love to return in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal

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vipNicoleV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful service, laid back environment. Just a joy.

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CarlosF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! the restaurant is fully recommended.

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BetsyS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. Never disappoints. Every dish was delicious!

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Orly
New England
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant! Always fresh and creative food.

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vipScout65
New England
66 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My go to restaurant. Never fails to please. The staff is the best around and really make this place hum along like a well oiled machine. Food is always innovative, perfectly seasoned and the are accommodating to changes you might like to make. People are loyal to this place for a reason - it always delivers and you can count on a great dining experience.

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vipSMC39reviews
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops, sunchokes, and hen of the woods mushrooms were excellent! Broccoli with miso bagna cauda was even more excellent! So glad the Normand Burgundy is still on the menu. Wonderful service as always from Scott:)

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LaurenS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was good but wouldn't go back in principle. Got a vmail the day before reminding us we needed to leave by 8:15 for our 6:30 reservation which was totally fine. At about 8:05 we got our bill and paid it. At 8:15 on the dot, my husband and I each had one sip left in our drinks, and the hostess came over to remind us we needed to leave. This seemed a bit ridiculous to us. We had just spent $250 - two apps, salad, bottle of wine, two after dinner drinks, two entrees - and she couldn't give us until 8:16 at least? We clearly weren't planning on sticking around so it seemed very unnecessary. We took our last sips and I showed the hostess the time on my phone as we walked out the door - 8:17. They need to have a better understanding of "reasonableness".

FAQs

Sycamore offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 244-4445.

Sycamore is rated 4.9 stars by 1816 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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