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Sandrine's Bistro

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French, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Contemporary
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8 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5014 (b/w Mass. Ave. & Mt. Auburn)
Red Line to Harvard Square
617-497-5300
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 46
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fancy & Formal

Just the kind of ambience needed for a formal dinner gathering with fancy dress. A very delicious formal 4-course dinner was served when I came here. I never returned by myself because it's simply needing the right reason to come back not just as a spontaneous act. Definitely romantic, too, if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
NoRiYu
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Jakarta, Indonesia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Just the kind of ambience needed for a formal dinner gathering with fancy dress. A very delicious formal 4-course dinner was served when I came here. I never returned by myself because it's simply needing the right reason to come back not just as a spontaneous act. Definitely romantic, too, if you're looking for candle lit dinner.

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Boston, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

sandrine's is closing at the end of march 2015, alas! i've had my criticisms of it over the years, but it's always been a good alternative, where you knew you could get tasty food and sit comfortably. i had my last meal there last night -- a good salad of mixed greens, well dressed, an excellent steak frites, with a... More 

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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Sandrine's used to be one of my favorite places to go for dinner in Cambridge. Authentic Alsatian food, great wine list, good ambiance and a personal touch. I was distressed to learn tonight that the great Chef Ost has retired; that the place will close in 11 days; and that the new owners have not let themselves be pinned down... More 

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massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Needed to kill an hour and it was a freezing cold night. Was willing to put up with the mediocre over priced pate and hospital style French onion soup. Was even willing to put up with unhappy bartender. However, waiter spilled another patron's beer all over my clothes. I know accidents happen but no offer to defray the costs of... More 

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Boston, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

there are some great things here -- if you're lucky, the chef will have made a duck rillette appetizer special; the tarte flambee is pretty good, too; and my favorite is the croque-monsieur. well, actually, i go for the croque-madame (with egg). a great sandwich, but much better eaten with knife and fork, as the bread edges get quite hard... More 

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Cambridge MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The food is very carefully prepared: Seasoning is perfect, ingredients impeccably fresh. French attention to detail prevails in the menu offerings as well as the comfortable surroundings. Sandrine's has you believing you're in France . . .

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Arlington, MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Sandrines has been our favorite place for lunch for years, but our last two experiences, since new ownership took over, have been very disappointing. What was for so long a lovely, european style bistro with excellent food, ambiance and service, is now mundane in appearance and cuisine. The biggest shock was '60s oldies playing in the not-distant-enough background. Our steak... More 

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MA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

we had a large party and we were i a private room. So the service was really great. We were all looking forward to having a meal at Sandrines and had high expectations. My husband and I had the pasta with lobster for the appetizer. So disappointing! We think the lobster was frozen- no excuse for that in Boston. Not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I would probably rate this as 4 and a half pips if I had the option. The food was excellent, but the service was a bit inattentive. The bistro is French with an Alsatian influence. The restaurant has a warm cozy bistro feel. We had gone with a group so we had a chance to try a good portion of... More 

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The food was very good, but what made it especially enjoyable was the lovely decor. With the stippled gold walls and dark curtains you could imagine you were in an elegant Paris retaurant.

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Additional Information about Sandrine's Bistro

Address: 8 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5014
Phone Number: 617-497-5300
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 80
Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Contemporary

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5014
    (b/w Mass. Ave. & Mt. Auburn)
  • Public Transportation: Red Line to Harvard Square
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: 617-497-5300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 80
  • Cuisine: French, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?