Alden and Harlow
Alden and Harlow

Alden and Harlow

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aldenharlow.com/
  • Phone: 617 864 2100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Michael Scelfo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mt Auburn Street
  • Public Transit: Alden and Harlow is accessible via the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop, located just one block away at 40 Brattle Street, between Eastern Mountain Sports and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.
A word from Alden and Harlow
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 8 or more, please call to make a reservation.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Alden and Harlow reviews from OpenTable diners
424 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (343)hot spot (209)neighborhood gem (185)vibrant bar scene (156)special occasion (153)good for groups (120)romantic (102)notable wine list (53)late-night find (52)great for brunch (40)great for lunch (12)great for outdoor dining (8)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • ScientistVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was delicious! I will most definitely be going back very soon. I have learned that I prefer to sit in the front room, over the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • interesting small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Quite expensive when you order enough small plates to satisfy your hunger. Some combinations were a little too precious, almost silly, in an attempt to please foodies. Beautiful space, lively crowd. Would not go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE it
    Molly
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Love this place! Great food and fun atmosphere. The only thing I would say is that the plates are large for small plates, so 2 per person can be too much food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot spot in Harvard Square
    GoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Really nice decor, innovative and delicious food, perfectly located in a familiar Location. A welcome addition to the square
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    VenessaRose
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Excellent food! I tried items on the menu I wouldn't typically eat and was very happy with everything that came out of the kitchen. Service was really amazing and atmosphere was eclectic. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You must go here.
    Duncan
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    If Alden and Harlow is on your list, you need to go. The food is delicious. Beyond delicious. I can't even think of a word that describes how good the food is. Just make your reservation ahead of time (like a week or two), and then get ready to enjoy their delicious food. So good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative, interesting small plates
    Thescientist17
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is a great place to go with a few other people. The plates are mostly small and perfect for sharing. The food is creative with interesting combinations that I would have never dreamed of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    the brunch menu was a little different - not intuitive what each item was and hard to get the server's attention. Portions were much larger than the server indicated - he said we should get three dishes for two people - two dishes was too much food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best meals I've ever had
    romkeyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took a foodie friend from Toronto here for dinner; her reaction was it was that it was one of the best meals I've ever had. Casual, creative, fun, eye-opening... every time we go the food and the experience are better and better, and it was truly awesome the first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but poor ventilation
    Foodler
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was pretty good but the ventilation was so bad my eyes and lungs were hurting. Do not want to go back unless they fix this problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    just awesome. the prawns were perfectly cooked. the eggplant was delicious. the chips and dip was fabulous. but my favorite was the stone fruit and olive oil cake trifle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little spot
    starlingtonVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was really good - the eggplant (yes, the eggplant!) was the table's favorite dish. It was amazing and we ordered a second round. The cocktail called "green smoke" was outstanding. Again, second round. It is a fun, easy place to go. The small plates are actually quite substantial and we really enjoyed all of them, the cauliflower, the tuna belly, the bluefish, the corn gnocchi. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit
    ETB91
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I am a huge fan of Central Provisions in Portland so I couldn't have been more excited to visit A & H. The ambiance and service were great, but I was a little disappointed in the food. The smoked bread pudding tasted like the inside of a fireplace (no flavor but smoke), and my boyfriend's lamb was too fatty for him to eat. The cocktails were good and I enjoyed my vegetarian dishes (especially the beet dish). Will be back to give it another shot!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Homemade Chips
    ARLfoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    If for nothing else, go to have the thin homemade potato chips with three onion dip. Or skip the dip. The chips alone are phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • spoon1979
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    You can feel the heartbeat of the city here. It seems like you are "part of the scene". Very hip, great decor, delish food. The only reason I didn't give it a very good is because we didn't realize it was small plates, which doesn't always work with a crowd, and it's quite loud, and dark. I understand it's supposed to be a hipster "retro cocktail" places, but their wine list was average at best. The homemade russet potato chips and onion dip are not to be missed! I'd certainly recommend the place over all and will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't believe the hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Been wanting to try this for the longest time. Had guests visiting who love burgers so this was a good time to go. Heard so much about the burger and I called to see if they had plenty and the guy said maybe they will have some but not sure. So we took our chances and went down. We were seated right away but our waiter immediately had attitude. We ordered the secret burger and he said we got the last four. The burgers arrived and two were cold. Waited for new ones but guests already finished their dinner, so we kept waiting. The burger was good but not worthy of all the hype. When we were leaving, the table next to us got the secret burger. I thought we got the last ones so were did our new burgers come from? Meal was comped but lost us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding experience
    CharleneVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our meal and experience at Alden & Harlow this past Saturday was outstanding. Chef Scelfo and his staff and chefs delivered a meal that surpassed our expectations. We already can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    BruceG
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Reservations are definately needed as the dinner crowd starts at 5:00PM. Make sure to try the special burger but be warned we were told that they only make a limited amount each night. Specializing in Tapas style, it was a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was good, but the noise level was very high. It was so bad that it was sometimes difficult to hear our server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They gave away our table
    Nancy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food, but they gave away our table even though we were there 30 minutes before our reserved time. Also very, very loud and this was on a Thursday night!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Promising Menu
    Saltlick
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food was OK, but overly seasoned and salty. One of my party returned a cocktail that she did not like, but the waitress dealt with it without issue and was courteous and professional. I'd give this place a second try to see if this was an off night or we just chose poorly.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enough with the secret burger!
    DanGVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I was more impressed with A&H the 1st time than the 4th time. The food is terrific but there are no subtle dishes to mix with the blodly flavored ones. Every bite is big. But the real annoyance is the secret burger, which is not secret because it on the menu, but which they are consistently out of within two hours of opening on a weeknight. Who decided that there should a menu item that 90% of the customers who want it will find unavailable? Annoying the majority of your diners is a clever marketing tool? I'll probably go back to A&H, but I used to try to convince others to go and now I am the one who needs to be convinced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • overthought and incredibly loud
    cameandwent
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    If you want to hear yourself think or converse during a meal or seek a sense-space to savor (what we expected at $100+ for 2 with top reviews) without being interrupted by staff who keep asking how you like the food (insecure?) or assaulted by noise -- it looks like a cheap warehouse with two long, undistinguished black bars, banquettes and strewn tables (sound baffling?) this is not for you. If you want to admit you endured so you can say the chef's a genius, well....Small plates are densely layered and rich - three are plenty. Bluefish and any pork outstanding. You get instructions on how to order before what. Food's very good, but set in anti-sensual place that works against it. A self-absorbed gig from concept and execution to clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem in Harvard Square
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food was very delicious, beautiful and seasoned in very unusual ways. The waitstaff was very helpful in describing what we would be getting, making suggestions about what to order. When I explained my need to eat gluten free, he was knowledgeable and thorough in following through and making sure that the food was safe for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New offering in Cambridge
    petrock2013VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We visited Alden and Harlow for the first time last week and were very delighted by the ambience, service and food at our brunch outing with friends. The menu was intriguing and imaginative while still retaining elements that were comfortable and famliar: their versions of kale salad, ox-tail melt, and a BLT.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    drHRM
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was taking ordinary, local ingredients and turning them into dishes you have never savored before. Very unpretentious atmosphere. Loved this place. Get the nuggets as an app and the chocolate bread pudding for dessert!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative, delicious, seasonal
    FoodisloveVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a fantastic meal at Alden And Harlow. Their diverse small plate selection allows you to choose your own food adventure. We found the mixed vegetable appetizer: hummus, with squash, Bianco Sardo and broccoli to be exquisite. We were also very impresssed with the seasonal corn gnocchi. Alden and Harlow had a great cocktail menu to choose from (I highly recommend the stalker.) The only thing I would do differently is split a bottle of wine. The food is just too good not to. I can't wait for our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was one of those place that make it worth going out to dinner. The food was AMAZING. Seriously delicious. Welcome to the neighborhood, Alden & Harlow--I had been so saddened by Casablanca's passing, but I think we've only upgraded. My only complaint is that the service wasn't well coordinated with the drinks...they came after the first course even though we ordered them first. That, and the bathrooms were a bit messy. But, OMG, I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Cuisine But Loud
    Bradford23VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Overall, food was sensational & small plates did the trick for 4. Only two small glitches- 1st, their infamous burger sold out in 45 minutes from opening. Seems dumb not having more burgers available if they are so "infamous". We would have loved to try the burger, but eating at 545p is not reasonable for most of us- we had a 730p rez. 2nd, the place is loud and noisy & not "energetic" as OpenTable offers. It was actually noisy and like "clanging pots" noisy. So for two couples trying to catch up, it was a bit hard to hear one another. Other then that, the place is fantastic. Feels warm inside, music is great & not typical which I liked (playin' Lil Wayne in the men's bathroom), and the food, again, was awesome. Loved the lobster tamale!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dining expeirence
    dag210
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It sounds like a strange thing to say about a restaurant, but everything had so much flavor. Our expectations were very high, but they were exceeded in every way. The service was also attentive, without being intrusive. And the prices were not that bad for high-end dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diverse and delicious
    AstrodanielVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This place is great, the bar staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and so are the waiters. The food is very interesting and diverse, not subtle but since I am a fan of strong flavors I thought this was a winner. The presentation of each dish was beautiful. The highlights were the Trenne Nero and the Corn Pancakes (very similar to Venezuelan cachapas).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best new restaurants award worthy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Outstanding food, creatively conceived. Loved the small plates concept.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great New Foodie Joint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Alden and Harlow is definitely fit for foodies. The food was fantastic and the service stellar, a bit over accommodating at times actually. The small plates were definitely big enough for sharing and everything was prepared well. It is definitely a loud restaurant and can be cozy with neighbors depending on where you're seated. Great cocktail list that I'd be willing to check out again! Fried smelts were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great new Harvard Square restaurant
    ParisVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Alden & Harlow has an unusual menu. And luckily the waitstaff is used to walking new patrons through it. We had an outstanding meals - "small plates" that really weren't that small at all. I plan to return often - especially for the lamb with carrot mash and the wonderful grilled cauliflower with spicy peanut sauce - one of the best vegetable dishes I have ever tasted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Alden & Harlow
    daisy
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Our first visit to this place was just after a show at the ART. It was a late-night menu of small tapas-sized plates. Everything that evening was delicious so we were excited to return. This time we treated ourselves to a mix of smaller appetizer plates as well as larger dinner-sized offerings. The food was very good, especially their so-called ubiquitous kale salad. However, the grilled shrimp was a disappointment: two of us received three pricey shrimp -- a lot of money for a little bit of food. And how are two people supposed to share three shrimp? In the end, we decided that although we had no complaints about the quality of the food, we were disappointed in the portion sizes & high prices and this will probably keep us from returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing but great every time I went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Don't be fooled: the server will tell you the menu is "small plates intended for sharing" but you could make an entree out of one of the more substantial offerings. So go with several people so you get to try many things on the menu. The cocktails are good but overly "busy" for my taste. Service was very good, knowledgeable and efficient. The restaurant is "romantic" i.e. mood lighting bordering on dark. That's ok, you get used to it. The space has a bit of a split personality, with a large, noisy room toward the back, and a more intimate, quieter area for grown-ups and smaller groups toward the front. Ask for a table in the front part of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but Dark and Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This was the second time at A&H and I didn't like it as much. We sat across from the bar and it was dark, we need miners hats w lamps. It was also very loud, had to shout to be heard. The food was great and so was the service. Recommend the room where the kitchen is located. Larger and more airy w better light. The kale salad was excellent and the Lamb the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than a great burger
    BosFoodGuyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We went, naturally, to try the burger, which was very good. Most of the other items we ordered--Kale salad, Prawns, Pork Belly, Cauliflower, Onion Dip--were better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Inventive and delicious
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Every dish was excellent. The corn cakes with popcorn were fun and unique on a dinner menu. Coffee rubbed lamb steak was perfect. Probably my favorite was the cured Lanza ham on pistachio butter with cherries with the pork belly carbonara a close second. The wine we chose was a little iffy in terms of secondary fermentation even after returning the first bottle, but that's a minor blemish. Service was also friendly, attentive, and well timed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oh Please
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Terrible waiter who was terribly impressed with himself. Shrimp dish terrible, other small plates good to mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic