About Sylvester's

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Cafe At Sylvester's Northampton

What do Sylvester's Restaurant, homemade bread, and the City of Northampton have in common? The Graham Cracker

Massachusetts, 1800…

Diet guru and leader of the Temperance Movement, Dr. Sylvester Graham, is beginning to establish notoriety through his modern and rambunctious personality. By performing outlandish sermons, advocating for a vegetarian diet, bathing in cold water, and demanding his followers chose homemade food over commercially processed products, Dr. Graham established a group of followers, known as the “Grahamites”. Their goal was to develop an alternative whole wheat grain. Ultimately, their creation was not quite a cookie and too sweet to be a cracker…the Graham Cracker.

Northampton, 1983…

In October of 1983, Peter St. Martin and Maureen McGuinness opened Sylvester's in the very home of Sylvester Graham. Honoring the rich history of Northampton, The Sylvester Graham Building, and Sylvester Graham himself, the new owners embraced his healthy food philosophy as the foundation of their creative cuisine and menus. From Day One, Sylvester's created everything from scratch, including homemade breads and pastries. Two days after opening, a waiting line formed at the door and Sylvester's has been busy ever since.

Our Food Philosophy

Homemade whenever possible and practical Our philosophy is that the best tasting food is the food made from scratch, without the use of preservatives or additives, using the freshest ingredients we can buy. Our pancake batters are made fresh daily using locally sourced milk from Mapleline Farm in Hadley and fresh organic eggs from the Country Hen in Hubbardston. Salad dressings are all made daily in our kitchen, without preservatives. Our corned beef hash is boiled and prepared fresh every morning. We make every effort to provide you the finest, freshest ingredients, because we know you can taste the difference.

Sylvester’s Bakery

Originally, due to limited kitchen space, we baked two types of bread, a home-style white and a whole wheat (a la Sylvester Graham). As our kitchen expanded, we added more selections, which we now have available every day: Sourdough Whole Wheat Oatmeal Sunflower Seed Caraway Rye Cinnamon Raisin Multigrain Banana Corn Breads Additionally we create a variety of muffins, cookies, and pastries. These are made fresh daily and are available in the café.

Committed to Sustained Agriculture

Sylvester’s belongs to CISA, Community Involved in Sustained Agriculture and Pioneer Valley Local First. We are proud to be working with Alternative Recycling Streams to reduce waste by composting and recycling.

The Best Local Ingredients

We buy local whenever practical and possible We do our best to support other local businesses and give back to the community. Our milk comes from Mapleline Farm in Hadley Our maple syrup is from trees right up the road at Snowshoe Farm in Worthington Eggs come from The Country Hen in Hubbardston Our hamburger is from Roaming Farm in South Deerfield Yogurt is from Sidehill Farm in Ashfield All of our apples, peaches and pears come from Bashista's Orchards in Southampton Our goat cheese is from Thomas' Farm in Sunderland

LOVE Local


Our Food is about our Relationships: With Our Customers, Local Farmers and the Planet.

Throughout Sylvester's history we have worked towards genuine sustainability, partnering with local farmers to produce healthy food while ensuring the humane treatment of animals, and helping to create healthy communities both in the city and on the land. Our food suppliers are active in the holistic food movement and proud to share their food with you. At Sylvester's, you'll always find food made with fine ingredients sourced from many local stewards of the land, raising and offering you the region's best seasonal flavors. All of our Eggs are Cage free Organic Eggs from The Country Hen in Hubbardston, Mass., our yogurt comes from the friendly cows at Sidehill Farm in Ashfield, and goat cheese from Thomas' Farm in Sunderland. Like maple syrup on your French toast? Go for the good stuff from Snowshoe Farm in Worthington along with other great ingredients from across Western Mass. that we proudly serve every day at our restaurant. We're happy to report that, on any given day, we source between 85% to 90% of the food we serve at Sylvester's from the local farms and merchants we are honored to work with. If you are looking for a legendary breakfast, lunch, or bakery in Western Massachusetts, visit Sylvester's today.   We local!

Our local farm partners

Sylvester's Cafe

Cafe At Sylvester's Northampton If you prefer to get your food to go or prefer the counter service experience, Sylvester’s Cafe offers the same menu selections as our restaurant, including homemade breads and homemade granola, fresh squeezed OJ, generous omelets made with fresh local ingredients , specialty sandwiches, wraps and salads. You can also enjoy steaks, salmon, chicken, burgers, soups, daily specials, vegan and vegetarian options wine and beer. We serve organic, Fair Trade coffee from Pierce Bros. Coffee. Our fresh baked goods are made fresh daily. Find out why Sylvester’s bakery has been an area favorite since 1983. Enjoy them here, at home or take them with you as you enjoy a walk down Northampton’s main street.

Cafe At Sylvester's Northampton

Contact Us

We'd to hear from you!

Sylvester’s Restaurant
111 Pleasant Street Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-1418    info@sylvestersrestaurant.com

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Gift Cards

Sylvester's Gift CardsSylvester’s, the city’s favorite meeting and eating place for breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, has gift cards available in any denomination, perfect for the holidays and any other gift-giving occasion. Sometimes the most thoughtful gift takes the least amount of shopping. That’s especially true when you select gift cards for great dining at Sylvester’s.

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Find Us

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111 Pleasant Street Northampton, MA 01060

Our Hours

For our updated hours, please call us at 413.586.5343 or visit our Facebook Page


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111 Pleasant Street Northampton, MA 01060 It’s easy! We are right in the center of town, at 111 Pleasant Street, right near the Chamber of Commerce.

FROM HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD Take I-91 North to the first Northampton exit (#18). Turn left at the bottom of the ramp. (This puts you on Route 5, named Pleasant Street.) Follow Pleasant Street towards the center of town. We are located at 111 Pleasant Street.

FROM VERMONT Take I-91 South to the Northampton/King Street exit. Take King Street (Route 5) towards the center of town. We are located at 111 Pleasant Street, two blocks past the intersection of King Street and Main (a major intersection). Parking is available in the municipal lot on Hampton Avenue.

FROM AMHERST Take Route 9 west towards the center of Northampton. Route 9 is Main Street in Northampton. Turn left off Main onto Pleasant Street. We are located at 111 Pleasant Street, two blocks past the intersection of King Street and Main (a major intersection). Parking is available in the municipal lot on Hampton Avenue.


Sylvester's is Closing

We will no longer being serving up Sylvester's breakfast, lunch and brunch as of May 29, 2022.
If you do not get us to see us before then, all existing gift cards will be honored at Roberto’s as of July 1, 2022.

Thank you for all the wonderful years and beautiful memories!
And! please don't forget to come say hi to us at Roberto's - where you'll find us slingin'
Martinis instead of Mimosas!