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Alden and Harlow

4.5
4.5
3931 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 117 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Late Night Thu–Sat 11:00 am–12:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-2100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Private party contact

    Jen Fields: (617) 864-2100

  • Neighborhood

    Harvard Square

  • Cross street

    Mt Auburn Street

  • Parking details

    University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.

  • Public transit

    Alden and Harlow is accessible via the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Late Night Menu at the Alden & Harlow Bar

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at the bar for late night snacks and drinks.

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What 3,931 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. S

    Scott

    Raleigh

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined today

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food is exceptional. The service was a bit less than attentive. Not awful, but just distracted.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We ate outside at a sidewalk table. I ordered the TAGLIATELLE & SMOKED CLAMS — 26 Zucchini, Pecorino & Pesto It was so overly salted I had to return it. There was also nothing Smokey about the clams. And only had 2-3 that I saw. Looked pretty but inedible. Then I ordered the ROASTED EGGPLANT RAVIOLO * — 23 Cherry Tomatoes, Smoked Pine Nuts, Basil, Ricotta Salata There was a runny egg yolk inside the ravioli!!!! Where does it say this in the description???? I was wondering where the eggplant was. It was a purée under the ONE ravioli. Also the pine nuts were NOT SMOKED AT ALL! Very disappointed in both. Again the dish looked pretty but not as described. Hubby ordered the steak medium came out well done. I’m not rushing back any time soon. Focaccia starter was more money on the bill than on the menu. $18. Total rip off for 4 small pieces of bread. I don’t know why this place is popular it’s also in a basement! See ya.
  3. RB

    RBLfromthewesternsuburbs

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous restaurant with an attentive waitstaff, craft cocktails, and delicious food. Highly recommend.
  4. NS

    NicS

    London

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hickory smoked carrots are a must try! As is the Basil pasta. Service was warm and friendly. Book a table in the atrium for a view of the street above.
  5. E

    Enriquem

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great Food and amazing service
  6. G

    Gray

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinarily creative menu items, and service was great.
  7. i

    indianafoodlover

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, cocktails, and service!
  8. b

    bostonbacon

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a larger group and were seated in the back area. The staff happily accommodated us with an extra chair for one more person and the entire wait staff was incredible overall. Friendly, personable, knew the menu inside and out. The food and drinks were top notch, inventive, and tasty. Highly recommend for medium size groups as a fun sharing dinner.
  9. t

    toscana

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We sat at the bar. We knew it was going to be dark but…it was kind of gloomy. Food, in general, was too fussy. Loved the brussels sprouts, our son loved the pork belly dish, but hubby’s burger and my pasta and clams had too much going on. The pesto lemon sauce on the later was just overwhelming. Eclectic menu, not for everyone.
  10. K

    Kaufmaka

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service — corn pancake is a must try
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and good service - very impressed!
  12. M

    Mikey

    New England

    90 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Somewhat congested basement-like feel to the dining room. The food was OK - but nothing memorable.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Good is great — service was terrible. Really detracted from the experience. Toscana seems to have been able to maintain excellent service during this period — suggest you learn from them.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was great, and the food and drinks were delicious, definitely worth a try.
  15. CC

    CarolinaC

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is excellent and ambiance is very fun. Great place to have dinner with friends.
  16. D

    Daphne

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fabulous food, wonderful professional young waiter…. The outdoor dining is a little underwhelming compared to the rest of the experience. Much is right along the edge of the sidewalk on Brattleboro and several times cars parked right next to our elbows! A little disconcerting but honestly the food carried the eve. Ask for one of the tables that are not on the street side of the sidewalk!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal, intentional cuisine that feeds your soul while invigorating your pallet. Go with a friend or take a whole group, Alden & Harlow simply cannot be missed! Half way through the meal, we were already planning our next outing. Caring and personable staff, serve with love and are extraordinarily well trained in pairing foods, recommending courses, and delivering an experience you won’t soon forget!
  18. CC

    CynthiaC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was ok. Server tried to accommodate our needs. Cinnamon roll over rated. French toast was great
  19. K

    Kate

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem in Harvard Square -- trendy and elegant, timeless and hospitable. The food is fantastic -- I have Celiac Disease and they were very gluten-free friendly, knowledgable, and accommodating. I had the burger on gluten-free bread and it was excellent. The restaurant is spacious and the staff and management are incredibly friendly and professional. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a top-notch experience with friends, family, or a date in the area.
  20. PD

    PaulD

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute MUST in Cambridge - food and drink are TOP-notch, super unique and all presented phenomenally well. The staff are super nice and attentive. We will be back very soon. If I lived in Cambridge I would be a regular here.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hip spot for a delicious and family friendly dinner
  22. CM

    CharlesM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was original and exceptional. Service was excellent.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Delicious ! Great atmosphere!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Some dishes a ten some more like a five. Potatoes Bravas were under seasoned and could maybe use a dip or something. Maybe a Smokey ketchup or aioli. Smoked clam pasta to salty and a little to spicy not Smokey. Not many clams and one was unopened so I wouldn’t eat it. Eggplant ravioli was also a little flavorless. It looked good and well garnished but still had little flavor. Steak tartare was divine though as well as the corn pancakes.
  25. AR

    ARCY

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After my previous review where we had a pretty bad experience, the Operations Manager of Alden & Harlow reached out and apologized for what happened, and invited us back to for brunch for another chance. We came back and that manager greeted us at the door when we came to check in and the rest of the staff was also so friendly. She explained how ordering and their menu worked in full to give us a refresher which I appreciated. This time around we ordered two Strawberry Swings, the Let Me Basil You?, a Cinnamon Roll, Focaccia Egg Sando, and a Secret Burger with an Egg. The cocktails were super good this time. The Let Me Basil You? was great but the Strawberry Swing was A1! Just so refreshing, not too boozy and good strawberry flavor. Just like I remembered, the food was so good but I believe what we got this time was even better. The cinnamon roll was huge! It had a coffee crumble and salted caramel drizzle. It was warm and comforting and could've been a meal itself. My girlfriend got their egg sando and again, enormous! Came with a nice runny egg and bunch of thick bacon strips. The arugula is an interesting side but with how heavy this can get, it works. I can understand why their secret burger is where they are known for though. Perfect, juicy, medium rare beef patty. The cheese crisp was unique and the roll was nice and crispy but also had some plushness too it. I'm glad we came back here because not only did I feel heard after my last visit, but the whole experience end to end was perfect! I'd give it 6 stars this time if I could. Big shout out to Isaac and the staff for the great time!
  26. T

    T3882

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we tried was delicious! Great staff too.
  27. BS

    BenS

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice to give us the complimentary champagne for our anniversary but wish they had spread out the plates a bit more.
  28. CR

    CambridgeRo

    New England

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    A bit of a mix. The food was delicious and would go back just for the food. The first drink we had was quite good, the second drink was not so much on flavor or amount. The place has a decor made for good ambiance, but the service felt…superficial.
  29. SS

    SteveS

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great spot excellent and attentive staff
  30. B

    johnB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Food was good. Strip steak and pork belly were solid. The service was below expectations. It started off at the front desk with a scowl and indifference to the point of disdain. Then the server took over the service downward spiral. Not impressed and will not return. We ate at waypoint the night before and service was amazing so clearly the company knows service but this management team could use a refresher
  31. LA

    LisaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Interesting, dynamic, adventurous, & beautifully presented offerings made for a fun & relaxed night's dining. Service is relaxed & takes a while but once the food begins to arrive it dish after dish arrived in perfect time. Wait staff was attentive & gracious & portions were family style & very generous. Everyone had a different favorite & we had a great time.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always. The SEARED BLUEFIN CRUDO and the Ravioli were stand outs. The Kale salad was huge.
  33. BW

    BoboW

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    I have been here multiple times but this time things were really off the rails; long wait, food arrived before drinks, food was really bad - two of the vegetable dishes were undercooked..... Not impressed and felt it was overpriced
  34. AR

    ArianaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprisingly busy for a Tuesday evening dinner! The place was packed. Service was absolutely top-notch. Our server knew all the intricacies of the menu items and was able to explain unfamiliar ingredients, as well as make recommendations. Food was delicious and sharable.
  35. P

    Paul

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Unique Creative and Delicious Flavor explosion correctly describes the food at Alden and Harlow. We shared 4 things Brussel Sprouts (a Thai inspired creation bursting with peanuts and spice- though a tad salty, but not enough not to want to devour the whole plate) Pork Belly over hummus (perfect blend of flavors, excellent texture) Rabbit (a light and crunchy croquet) with a hint of apple and blue cheese Salmon (with Olives over a leak “hash brown” - that hash brown may have been the best thing we ate. If you want meat and potatoes, don’t come. If you want comfort food, don’t come. If you want large plates of heavy food, don’t come. But, if you want to sample smaller dishes created by a talented chef that will introduce you to flavor combinations you’ve never had, then Alden and Harlow is the place. Tip - for the really hungry, get the vegetable dishes (Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, etc…) they are the largest portioned plates 4.75 is the correct rating (not the quietest place to eat, but still an excellent ambiance Service was a 5. Kirsten was a Pro’s Pro!
  36. CJ

    CJD84

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    We were seated 45 minutes late for our reservation. Food was very good but small portions, so I'm guessing it is sort of a tapas place, but that wasn't really evident from the menu alone. The restaurant was HOT, as in I was dripping sweat at 9:00 pm, and I was wearing a very breathable dress. We had to leave for dessert elsewhere because I was so uncomfortable. I'm guessing it was about 80 degrees indoors. If I were to go back, I'd eat at the bar since that section had a better atmosphere and was cooler.
  37. SB

    SBH28

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience2
    Always love their food but service was really bad - dishes took forever to come out and had to make several attempts to flag down wait staff to get utensils and order dessert on a seemingly non busy Monday eve
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great environment. Enjoyed the variety of small plates. The extensive bar menu a plus Overall great casual and relaxed dining experience
  39. KW

    KarenW

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food and atmosphere were very nice, although the air-conditioning was on high and it was cold in the restaurant. I would recommend bringing a sweater with you. I especially enjoyed the grilled broccoli, the ravioli and the bluefish. Lots of interesting options to try!
  40. Y

    Yummy

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative and Delicious Awesome service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

Alden and Harlow offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 864-2100.

Alden and Harlow is rated 4.5 stars by 3931 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 117 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Alden and Harlow

40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mt Auburn Street

  • Neighborhood

    Harvard Square

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Late Night Thu–Sat 11:00 am–12:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.

  • Public transit

    Alden and Harlow is accessible via the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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