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Longfellow - Longfellow, Cambridge, MA

Longfellow

4.5
4.5
248 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Scelfo's Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow is a neighborhood bar and restaurant located in the historic Café Algiers space directly above his flagship restaurant at 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. The food and drinks at The Longfellow Bar continue to explore Chef Scelfo’s forward-thinking approach to experiencing a meal around his kitchen counter. The menu features bar food that is intended to be passed and shared, allowing guests the opportunity to become immersed in a relaxed and tactile approach to eating; they’re encouraged to break bread and get their hands messy. Rooted in genuine hospitality and exceptional cocktails, the bar program follows Chef Scelfo’s ethos of taking simple ingredients and transforming them, incorporating unique flavors and textures.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 15 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-0001

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Church Street

  • Parking details

    Discount Validation tickets offered for the University Place Garage

  • Public transit

    Harvard Sq/Red Line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 248 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. A

    Alli

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The cocktails were impeccable. Limited food menu but the shishito peppers take the win.
  2. b

    belindar

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere, friendly wait staff, attractive, comfortable interior. The menu has some excellent items and some not so great. Dessert menu needs improvement and variety. Altogether we enjoyed the spirit of innovation. Keep trying!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food not very good and pricey
  4. MM

    MichaelM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice get together with excellent shared plates
  5. CM

    CamilleM

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Had a reservation for 8pm. We were not seated at our table by 8:30, so we left.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was slow. The food didn’t match the description on the menu. My partner said, I should probably get the fries to play it safe. They brought us chips. Legit potato chips. The drinks were good though!
  7. HV

    HannV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Very limited bar menu which isn't clear from Open Table. Service was mediocre. Food was decent, but not great and limited selection. I'd recommend for a party looking for bar bites and some drinks, but not for dinner.
  8. T

    Taylor

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place for the atmosphere and a great date spot
  9. h

    hailee

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Went for our birthdays and made a note about it but nothing was done for us :( was at least hoping for a complimentary slice of cake or something! Everything else was great besides that.
  10. V

    Valentina

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The place is nice, I recommend sitting at the bar. We ordered Rosemary focaccia, onion burger and a few different drinks. The burger was really good, drinks were ok. Nat’s pick was the best drink from the four others we tried. The focacia was just 4 sticks of bread ($15 breadsticks) and I couldn’t taste the Rosemary anywhere
  11. NG

    NoamG

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    They were understaffed if felt like and we got nearly no service. The burger was over cooked and no one came to check in on us so we just ate them
  12. T

    Tomato

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Shishito pepper with squash paste was delicious. Also, steak Tartare was amazing. Our drinks didn’t come until all appetizers, and Main dishes came.
  13. AC

    AndrewC

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really nice spot - great drink menu and interesting food options.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Went for dinner before the theater - only downside was that it was cold! They lowered the volume on the vent over our table but the door nearby was open to allow access to the outdoor seating …
  15. DM

    DanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered 9 different appetizers for our table, and every one of them was delicious and unique! So happy we found this spot. Wait staff and cook staff were so helpful, answering any questions we had. Drinks were excellent as well.
  16. E

    Enriquem

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, and hummus was the best ever
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Unimpressive menu; few options
  18. KS

    KateS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly, patient service. Reasonable drinks price & great options!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Limited vegetarian options but whatever they have is top notch. I love the service and their ambiance. It’s a great place to go with friends, co workers, or partners.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food great service!!
  21. C

    Coco

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing cocktails, friendly and attentive staff & bartenders. Food was excellent, the portions could be a little more generous.
  22. M

    Matthew

    New England

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I like the split-level bar layout and would go back again to try the upstairs. Great deviled eggs, lumpia (fried meat/veggie wraps), and hamburger. Appreciate how many flips are on the cocktail menu.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks 10/10 Food 10/10 Consistently good service. Recommend!!
  24. TB

    ToddB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great service, Natalie was great, as were the others with whom we interacted.
  25. MR

    MirkoR

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food (from Alden and Harlow kitchen downstairs) and appropriate selection for a bar. You cannot go wrong with anything you select froM the menu and often we end up sampling different appetizers which are definitely filling enough that main course is not required. Desert (key lime pie) was excellent as well. Same with cocktails. Service was awesome and we stayed 3 hours really enjoying our evening.
  26. JR

    JuanR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Drink recommendation was off. Winter wonderland tasted like straight up tequila
  27. a

    alavalley

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Tables were too close together and it was very loud, making it hard to hear each other across the table and resulting in some mid-orders between us and our waitress. But, the food and drinks were fantastic and it’s a cool atmosphere and great interior design. We’d return, but would probably try to sit at the bar.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very good service. Food was excessively salty.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I have been to Longfellow many times and this was quite a disappointment. In the past I have had exceptional food and hospitality here but my recent experience was more like going to tasty burger. Too bad we were celebrating my 40th and the restaurant was aware of the occasion. Waiter ignored us and my companion got his drink a full 15 minutes before I got mine, a negroni which is one of the easiest drinks to mix. This was after the waiter had to come back and reconfirm our drink order. Food was extra greasy, fries were overcooked and burnt. After we finished our burgers the empty plates sat filling the entire table even after we ordered a second round. It was only then he realized they needed to be cleared because there was no place to put new drinks. We had a late reservation at 9 and the place was pretty dead so it’s not like they were slammed. With service like this and at these prices go somewhere else.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! My fav place in Cambridge.
  31. CP

    ChuckP

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Burger and fries came out cold and late. Hostess was rude on the phone.
  32. BD

    BeverlyD

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 5 seated on the 2nd floor. Service was wonderful, food was fun and tasty, and the setting was gorgeous - love the old windows and intricate ceiling.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good! A favorite cocktail spot with yummy food.
  34. GH

    GregariousHouse

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met up with a friend for drinks - servers were effective, knowledgeable about the menu (and cocktails off menu too) and relatively prompt given how busy it was and how few of them there were. Booked a table on short notice and was served promptly. Great as always!
  35. TV

    ToniV

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome!!!
  36. H

    Hamad

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service…drink list was great as well, not too big but not too small. Truffle fries were messy but lovely. Great date night with my beautiful bride.
  37. JC

    JenniferC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing staff. They went out of the way to go in detail on menu items after informed of a peanut allergy and even remade a drink when another bartender made it too strong (had to drive, otherwise would’ve appreciated it). Couldn’t have been nicer and more accommodating. A great overall experience and will definitely be back.
  38. ES

    ElenaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful space with great drinks and wonderful staff!
  39. VR

    ValR

    New England

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ate here prior to a show at Loeb Drama Center. The food and drinks were delicious and came out at a good pace, leaving enough time to get to the theater. They have the same orange wine by the glass as in their sister restaurant Alden & Harlow!
  40. A

    Acur

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    It took 20 minutes to get our first round of drinks, which tasted like I was ingesting smoke coals. After taking some time, our waitress came to see us again to get our appetizers course. The only thing I can say about the crab Rangoon nachos is that they tried, two large unopened Rangoons where the chip was flimsy to the point of barely being able to cut it and too big to eat with cheese that overpowered anything else. The main course we got two different sandwiches, both of which were so salty that they could not be finished. My final comment is that reviews of slow service do not justify taking food off the stove before it is done.

FAQs

Longfellow is rated 4.5 stars by 248 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 15 times today
Google Map for Longfellow

40 Brattle Street #3, Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Church Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Discount Validation tickets offered for the University Place Garage

  • Public transit

    Harvard Sq/Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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