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Alden and Harlow

4.5
4.5
4062 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 119 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.

Popular dishes

What 4,062 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

    Most Booked

  • Boston

    Most Booked

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  1. L

    Lena

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down one of my favorite restaurants in the Boston-Cambridge area. Inventive and delicious menu, great drinks. Everything here is amazing - give it a try, you won't regret it!
  2. SM

    SorayaM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food too sweet. No espresso machine. Cozy ambience.
  3. DD

    DrinkDontEat

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waitress was fantastic! The food was delicious. However, the smoked chocolate bread pudding was all smokey flavor and not much else, which was disappointing because all of the other food was so good! The secret burger was the best burger I’ve ever had. We also got the Brussel sprouts and the squash tagliatelle and those were fantastic!
  5. E

    Emily

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    When I say the noise level was "energetic" I mean we were directly beneath a speaker. I know from experience upstairs that the music at A&H bleeds into the Brattle Theatre upstairs, so I wish they'd turn it down anyway, but from a dining experience perspective we couldn't hear each other talk. The food we got was all fantastic. Kale salad- it's the honey and pistachio. squash and pasta (together), and the secret burger was amazing. The steak and salmon were both great, though the salmon was the size Weight Watchers usually suggests, at full price. I'm not a completely unsophisticated diner, but I found the "tapas-style" menu unnecessarily confusing. The primary protein dishes were full size meals and the side dishes were also large (generous) plates meant for sharing. It was a bit of a mixed experience, but we did enjoy everything we tasted, and the staff was great.
  6. JW

    JosephW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve had. Great vibes and cocktails.
  7. C

    Colleen

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Very cramped seating arrangements and music was too loud. Nice service and okay food. Would not return.
  8. C

    foodieC

    New England

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    Sloppy service. At some point we had 4 different servers all duplicating the efforts of the other. One of our dishes was 15 mins delayed which meant everyone else in the party couldn’t start eating. It took 30 mins to even get an order down. They always have a nice smile and compensate with credits but I think it’s about time they get their act together. Hoping for better service next time
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at Alden and Harlow was excellent as always! Weather we sit at the bar or a table as we did tonight’s the service, drinks and food is always excellent!
  10. LM

    LMMMMM

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Poor service, food brought as they prepare in no particular order. Didn't bring wine for a long time. THEY HAD NO ESPRESSO AND NO TEA (said they ran out of tea strainers). Food wasn't great either.
  11. SL

    ShannonL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Loved everything except the noise level. Hard to hear with all the hard surfaces. Also, surprised by the shared tables, but it was fine. Just didn't feel as intimate.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Birthday brunch for my daughter and her friends. The server rushed us and the food was very mixed. Corn pancakes and kale salad were very good, but the skillet was nearly all potatoes & quite flavorless.
  13. MK

    MariaK

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and drinks!
  14. K

    Katie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    This restaurant is beautiful and the food is delicious and beautiful. microgreens and quality ingredients. I don't think we are fancy restaurant people.
  15. GG

    GideonG

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience1
    Fantastic food, friendly service... but it was an absolute sauna in there. Granted, it's been unseasonably warm weather lately this autumn, but that shouldn't affect air conditioning, should it? We were sweating quite a lot, dabbing our brows, and though our server was sympathetic and relayed our concern up the chain, nothing really changed. Perhaps we were in just a bad spot (by the bar, near the restrooms)? In any case, we originally planned to go family style on the meal and order a bunch of stuff but the heat pretty much had us ordering a pair of plates & sides and getting out of there ASAP.
  16. c

    cbmh

    New England

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our favorite restaurants - the food and drinks are creative, the staff is upbeat and attentive, the atmosphere is lively and fun. Our only hesitation is that it is pricey, especially the drinks. We know with rising costs these days this is common but it definitely inhibits the amount we order.
  17. k

    kellyb

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience. The food and service were wonderful. Thank you!
  18. R

    Rkara

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious! Basil pasta was a favorite along with the roasted broccoli. Great service!
  19. LH

    LHun454

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner and I had a lovely tapas style date night here and we would definitely go back!
  20. CP

    CatherineP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We didn’t have a good experience. Hosts were unfriendly. Food didn’t come in time, some food came very late just when we were ready to get our check. One server insulted us when we checked on our order. The staff needs more training on hospitality.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Some of the dishes were too salty.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The cocktail was really good,but the food and ambiance were not right for the style of small shared plates with significant price tags. The food was heavy, bordering on greasy, and the back section of the restaurant lacked a sense of intimacy as a space.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    I made the reservation one week in advance and this was for someone coming from my corporate office. Usually my go to place and have spent so much money at this location. When I checked in 6:30 reservation, the hostess said to me in front of my guest - we need this table by 8pm - is that OK? What kind of comment is that? I replied, I don’t know - I haven’t sat down yet. Once sat, the server knew his role from the hostess directions and kept things rolling quickly. I tried to get another glass of wine from him several times but he completely ignored me. As I have been here several times, I raved to my co worker about the food so we decided to split everything. After the four items that we ordered, we continued to order a few more. While we were eating, the server came and asked if we still wanted the other items that we ordered. I was mortified!!! I replied yes. Not sure if they wanted the table but I most likely won’t go back but it’s sad since I have been there at least 20 times. Good luck! Vincent
  24. BB

    BetsyB

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Charming, lively, casual eatery with tasty trendy menu!
  25. ZM

    ZeeMan

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always...ALWAYS amazing. I cannot recommend this place enough.
  26. GD

    GeorgeD

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    A nice experience, except the food portions. I expected the food prices to be on the high side, but I didn’t expect to walk away hungry.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One meal came out much slower than the other but both were delicious! Wonderful, kind service as well!
  28. NA

    NeerajA

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    A wonderful experience at the restaurant. The variety of cocktails and the quality was very good. Did not try any of the wines. Food quality was excellent. Service too was very friendly. We had a wonderful experience and will be back.
  29. V

    Vince66

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Would definitely be back. Great atmosphere.
  30. FS

    FashSerendipity

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply the best! We went a few times during the pandemic and it was hit or miss. They are back to pre pandemic delivery. So so so good!!
  31. f

    fluffybacon

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    Great server but the food was dismal verging on inedible- the bluefish and salmon portions were both tiny, undercooked and poorly presented. The bluefish was 'accompanied' by spiralized celery root which was virtually tasteless. There was a tasteless stripe of green which I guess is supposed to be a roulade?. The NY strip was tough and tasteless as well. The salmon was advertised as coming with white anchovies or 'boquerones"- there was ONE boqueron on the entire plate with a toothpaste smudge of anchovy cream. My salmon dish came first, 10 minutes later, the second dish, the third dish yet another ten minutes. In other words, we did not eat this meal together. This was our first time to Alden and Harlow and it will be our last. The only bright spot in the meal was the grilled peach galette w/ginger ice cream which was delicious. I felt terrible for my friend from out-of-town who was thrilled to order the bluefish which she can't get in D.C. What a waste of money.
  32. KN

    KateN

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Our server was energetic and attentive while explaining the menu and making recommendations. The food was creative and delicious. The only negatives were the seating arrangement and the overall noise level. My parents are getting older, so sitting in hard-seated bar chairs was not comfortable, and we were sat in a table looking into the kitchen, so our conversation was competing with not only the overall noise of the restaurant guests, but the kitchen as well. I would come back here with younger friends, but not with my aging parents.
  33. A

    Anya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed dinner with my friends. Though we had a reservation for seat, we had to wait for about 5min. However I think overall grade of Alden & Harlow is very high.
  34. LO

    LeahO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The drinks and service were outstanding. The food was very good with exception of the steak tartar. It was overly sauced so that there was no flavor of the steak in the dish. We loved the corn pancakes! Which they brought out last and was really like desert. Love the atmosphere.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience3
    Food was terrible
  36. TG

    TamaraG

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food, drinks and ambiance. Great restaurant.
  37. CB

    CherieB

    Cambridge

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic small plates. Great, friendly service. Beautiful, quiet corner table under the lit trees. Great wine to pair with our food. Just wish the wine had been poured before the food started arriving. Always our favorite restaurant when visiting Boston.
  38. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific dinner. Such a creative menu. Maitre’d was so thoughtful and attentive. Better than any 5 star restaurant. And our waitress was delightful. Great vibe and delicious food. Our favorite restaurant is Cambridge. The waitress and chef was so thoughtful to mark the recipe for allergies for my kids
  39. CM

    ChrisM

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is so unique, the atmosphere is really cool and the service was outstanding’
  40. AB

    AB17

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Vibrant (loud, bustling) atmosphere but amazing food. Best sophisticated mocktails! Very friendly and attentive service. Just know it's an energetic, delicious experience.

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 4062 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 119 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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