Alden and Harlow

4.7
2734 reviews
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Located at 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, Alden & Harlow serves thoughtfully sourced, honest American food in a subterranean, modern and comfortable space. Replicating the style of cooking he does for family and friends in his home kitchen, Chef Michael Scelfo prepares humble, unpretentious food that honors tradition of place in its quality. It's how he connects with anyone who joins them at their table.

While reservations are strongly suggested, we also save a portion of the dining room and bar for walk-ins in the event that your request cannot be accommodated. So please, come on in!

Parties of more than 8, please call to make a reservation.
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small delicious plates, interesting combinations. Everything delicious and fresh. Craft cocktails, cool vibe and atmosphere.

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D
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere of the restaurant was great and I loved the decor of the whole place. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and the food was good, although a bit on the heavy side. Our first bite was pickled green beans with benne seeds and I thought it was a perfect way to start the meal.

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JM
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Loved everything, especially Jen M., who was our fabulous server! Will be back for sure!

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OT
New England
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was fresh and delicious service was also excellent

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NT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great unique dishes. Good ambiance. I would highly recommend it! Try the lamb special

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Menu eclectic as always. Everything was good but they struggled to get food to the table. They always say it comes to the table as it’s ready, but multiple orders of the same dish came at different times, or, in some cases just never arrived and we cancelled the order. And maybe the secret burger need to become a little less secret - it’s never available !

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FD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Server is in the wrong business. Maybe too harried, but customers expect some level of people skills by staff. Food was very good.

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M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious, great wine selection. We did the Semolina kind of like licking kale. Everything else was fantastic and our waiter was super helpful and attentive. Would go again to try more!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We often go here w another couple pre theatre as they’re good at getting us out jn time. We were THRILLED to find out they had some new items on the menu, as if doesn’t change often . We had a very bubbly and friendly server . The only hitch was the drinks that seemed to take forever ( this was @ 5:30 not 8:00). But alas we got them. They do have a fun drink section of the menu. The food was delicious!! The only disappointment was they were out of the “ secret burger “ even at 5:30! Yet we couldn’t figure out why we saw some go by well after we were into our dinner.! That was very curious ? But back to the food ... we love the charted broccoli with the squash hummus . Even tried replicating the recipe @ home. We also move the kale salad w creamy pistachio dressing. The kale is fresh and bright and the dressing hits the prefect balance of acidity with sweetness w/ out being cloyingly. New in the menu is roasted yams w/ all sorts of Asian flavors. It was yummy !! We also had Nettle Trotte ( what the heck is that you ask ? Pasta, curly pasta) w fennel butter & rstd onion and more yummies) . Unfortunately I’m not a fan of al debts pasta and it was salty . The last thing we shared was chicken thigh torchon w braised greens, bacon & turnip crema ( why can’t they call it puréed turnips?). Never the less the heat was moist and we all devoured the dish . You think we’d be full but we always have room for dessert so we indulged in a very sweet butterscotch pudding with delicious almond shortbread . Overall we had a delicious meal.

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MG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Alden and Harlow. Came for a birthday celebration, everyone left happy and satisfied!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and interior design for a Saturday brunch.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My parents and I went for dinner. Service was attentive, professional, and unobtrusive. The food was wonderfully presented and pleasantly surprising without being esoteric for the sake of novelty. And of course, the flavors were well-balanced and nuanced. All in all, a great experience.

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r
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service -- courteous and friendly waitstaff who clearly know their menu and care about their guests. Highly recommend the Fennel pasta, smoked trout and burrata -- the brussel sprouts are a bit oversalted but still well worth it. Excellent cocktails for the most part and desserts as well; I plan to return soon.

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s
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

Server was Horrible

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! It was delicious, welcoming, and comfortable. Our waitress was attentive and personable. It was an awesome experience!

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KJ
New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks. Service was great and server gave us birthday treat for the table. Always an enjoyable experience.

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MM
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately this trip to Alden and Harlow was underwhelming, even disappointing. One of the items we ordered, fry bread, was undercooked and essentially raw dough. Thankfully, they took that item off our bill. We also ordered a couple of burgers which had their own issues. Again, thankfully, we were asked of our dietary restrictions and informed our waiter that we don't eat pork. After taking our order, the waiter returned to tell us that the cheddar cheese used on the burger was brushed in pork fat so our options were to forego cheese altogether, or get pecorino instead-- we chose the pecorino. Unfortunately the pecorino did not work on the burgers... way too salty. Also, the burgers were a tad overcooked. All this was a shame because I ordered the burger last time I went to A&H and loved it! (but hadn't been told about the cheese, so ate it unknowlingly)

The porky-cheese thing should probably be an explicit warning on the menu because it is pretty widely known that Alden and Harlow uses Creekstone beef which is HALAL BEEF, making it an attractive option for Muslim restaurant-goers (and I know so many who have eaten this burger, love it, and proselytize about the unusually delicious halal burger) . Halal beef+ pork fat don't really go together so well. I think it would be good to have another melty cheese option, or crisp cheese option as an alternative.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere. I would definitely go back.

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KV
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! We tried a lot of new things and was so happy we did, we can't wait to come back and try some other stuff. The "secret burger," best burger I've had, apparently you have to go relatively early if you want one, they only make a limited amt! They are worth it!

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MG
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This spot it small and unassuming from the outside, but inside the decor is modern with a beautiful skylight. The waitress was kind and very attentive. The food was OUTSTANDING. I highly recommend the avocado toast or the burger.

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SH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both stellar. The meals were creative and delicious, and it was fun that they had smaller, sharable sizes. We had a great time, and I plan to come back here for brunch dates!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome across the board. Inventive an delicious foods. Good and fun vibe. Almost doesn’t feel like you’re in Boston :)

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MR
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food and great atmosphere. Would
Definitely recommend

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GF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great ambiance! Loved it. Had not been in a long time and so glad I returned. It is a little noisy but if that doesn't bother you, it's fun. Lots of small plate options so everyone can taste a lot of delicious food.

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JH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always solid for vegetarians.

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YS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! We ordered the cauliflower fritters, the patatas bravas, the charred broccoli, and the lamb belly -- all of which were delicious. Our server came and checked in on us in such a friendly way and also brought us pickled beans to start us off. Absolutely delicious and very unique food in a very hip setting - will be coming again when I want to treat myself!

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MB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrifically inventive menu, and the service was great-- we had someone in our group who was GF, and each dish, brought by different servers, was announced not only with a description of ingredients but also with affirmation that it was GF.

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a
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food for foodies, tapas style, thoughtful and delicious. We might not have ordered the nettles if we'd googled "trottole" and realized we were getting a pasta dish--and how sad that would have been! It was one of the yummiest things I have eaten in quite a while. Also, it was more substantial per dollar spent than most of the plates, which seemed to us tapas-sized but entree-priced. Wine by the glass was poured with a light hand. For dessert, three choices; we sampled two. Butterscotch custard was lovely, though we could have done without the cute presentation in a jelly jar. Olive oil cake was a bit disappointing. Wait staff was helpful and friendly. All in all, as tourists to husband's alma mater town, we felt we'd visited a happening place.

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TP
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks & ambiance. One of my favorites in the area. Always enjoy my time here!

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience overall

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x
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was just great. Really great. I really don't think you can go wrong with any choice!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Waitress could’ve been friendlier/ more attentive

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and fun food! Warm and inviting staff. Cool and eclectic atmosphere.

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l
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a really great time here. Food is always delicious. Our server was relaxed and friendly. We had a good laugh about the soundtrack...straight from our high school days! Made for nostalgic conversation. Amazing Bloody Mary

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JC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch! Beautifully plated and delicious.

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WG
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch. Wonderful food served like Tapas brunch. Ordered 7 things for 4 people. Avoid the Bloody Mary however. It is off. Unless you are crazy adventurous.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner was amazing

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about the restaurant was great. Service, food and ambiance. Secret burger, highly rated one came a little dry but not a huge complain. We rather prefer a little juicy. Highly recommend this place

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KK
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hi! I loved the restaurant and the good and they were so accommodating when I had to add colleagues of mine to the reservation. One small complaint - it was FREEZING inside. We were shivering throughout the whole meal. But, every bite was delicious!

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always, specially the Kale salad and the brussel sprouts

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