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Alden and Harlow

4.6
3274 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.

Experiences

  • 3 for $30

    $30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    This delicious deal includes three of our restaurants’ signature dishes for $30 every Sunday through Tuesday evening. Choose from an array of Alden & Harlow and The Longfellow Bar favorites, like the Japanese yams a la plancha, mini pickled corn pancakes or hickory smoked wing flats. Pro tip: save room for the warm baked skillet cookie for dessert! Available for dine-in only.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 3274 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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AlisonG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Quiet and fun. We went for the 3/30 deal and of course got extra. Was a really great menu.

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HeatherO
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, terrific atmosphere.

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AndreiA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, awesome service!

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vipHonoraryFoodie
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and service was very good - as always!

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GraceT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food! Everything was better than the one before. Cant wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. My favorite in Cambridge

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NickeeJ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here before pre-COVID but this was my first time since then, and was super excited to be back! We booked a brunch table early to avoid crowds (11:00 a.m. on a Sunday) & it was PERFECT, nice & quiet without too many people. Our server was amazing, as was the rest of the staff & the food as always was unique and delicious. Already looking forward to going back again!

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Kurt
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round anniversary dinner. Food was delicious and cocktails were fantastic

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AngieT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its one of my favorite new restaurants and I never thought my ultimate favorite for over 10 years would ever have competition. The marriage of flavors, the portions, the service, the drinks were all amazing! Loved it

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BarbaraK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A quiet night during pandemic....this was a perfect spot. Our waitress was friendly and knew the menu inside and out. Highly recommend! Food was excellent...I was a little suspect at first b/c some of the combinations sounded a little out there: "Honey, Root Vegetable "carrot bolognese"? But I was wrong....everything was outstanding, perfect flavors, well put together! Will return for sure!

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Cate
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's hard to pick a favorite dish. The shishito peppers? The yams?

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James
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC food. Got 5 dishes for two people and it was a bit too much. Next time would get 4 unless I was super hungry.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always amazing! Top notch and great service. One of my favorite places in Harvard Square

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent! We originally requested outdoor seating but it was too cold. They were able to seat us inside very quickly and the manager made sure we were comfortable. Everyone was very kind and accommodating!

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Nick
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the patio concept to increase outdoor seating. One of our very favorite restaurants in the greater Boston area.

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AislinnO
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cute restaurant with good ambiance and good cocktails!

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Gini
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Love the ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Sever forgot one of our drinks to start the meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the hot toddy with a tropical twist and it was the perfect drink on a chilly night. The patatas bravas were phenomenal (!!!!) and our server Alyssa (Elisa?) was so kind and attentive. Definitely recommend and will be coming back!

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vipRestaurantPro
New England
51 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We haven’t visited in a while; and it was worth the wait. We had 9 dishes, 8 of them were SPECTACULAR. The only one that didn’t blow us away was the focaccia and veg dip, it was very good, but the other 8 dishes were incredible. Vegetarian Pasta; burger , Brussels, cauliflower Caesar, burrata were among the best bites I’ve had in the city. We brought our neighbors for there first experience and we are already planning on going back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance and food were great
Of course service was good too

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vipAmyG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the little patio seating in the side of the building - seemed safe and sort of like it was always there. Here’s to layers and heaters going forward!

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SusanP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They would benefit from getting some heaters or rugs for their outdoor dining to make it a bit cosier and improve the atmosphere a bit. Our wait staff were very attentive, which made our experience worthwhile. The food was great too.

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MarissaV
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

There’s too much hype for this place. We both got the burger and it was good but they gave way too many chips. We didn’t even eat the chips. Feel bad they went to waste. The kale salad was surprisingly really good. I would recommend to go but there other places in Harvard Square I’d go to.

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HeatherO
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alden & Harlow is my favorite restaurant. The food is creative and delicious, the ambiance is lovely, the service is perfect.

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vipCHTC
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding as always. The restaurant did a great job at spacing out tables and accommodating for current guidelines.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Unique menu but over priced for what it is.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An overall excellent experience. You must order the sweet corn pancakes! The service was impecable!

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Dill
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

The food and drinks were amazing as always. I tried the Secret Burger for the first time, and it was as good as I had heard. Also, the corn pancakes were an interesting and great dish.

The service was a bit iffy, which I was surprised about, b/c, in past visits, the service was quite good. Our server seemed extremely overwhelmed and didn't give us much attention. Also, our drinks took quite long to actually come out. I expect this is related to Covid as well as sitting outside, but figured I would note it anyways.

Lastly, the outdoor patio was great. My only comment was that the vibe wasn't great. It would have been nice to have some music playing (or at least some other noise to drown out some of the noises from surrounding buildings).

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viplamg2b
New England
36 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outside service was excellent; food was truly incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Great restaurant for dinner, very sub par brunch across the board. Disappointing experience, no one enjoyed their meal and even traditionally stellar dishes (secret burger and charred broccoli) which I’ve had before and loved, were average at best. Crisp chili steak and eggs was particularly disappointing, undercooked poached eggs and more than a few pieces of steak were gristly. Kale salad was still great

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MPhelps
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is amazing, the cocktails are refreshing and absolutely delicious! I was impressed by how well-spaced all the tables were given the pandemic and staff were all awesome. 10/10 would recommend!

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Anne
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had special burgers. the pickled corn pancakes, and the chicken special. Everything was excellent.

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PeterB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Wait staff was very kind and helpful in dish and drink selections. Food came out very fast.

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WelshGirl
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Each time I've been to Alden and Harlow I have found the food to be over salted. That is not something I've experienced at any other restaurant. They do a unique interpretation of vegetable dishes which I find pleasing (barring the extra salt). The menu is limited in there selection of protein options.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was delicious but overpriced. You come to find out when you’re about to order, that the food is actually “small plate” style but it’s pricing does not match the tapas style they alude to. Still delicious though.

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vipAdam
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurants, always delivers!

Was able to eat outside in a nice patio out back.

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MaggieO
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous experience considering the ramifications of Covid. Had so much fun!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic anniversary dinner at a table outside—thanks for everything, it was a very special night! Fantastic drinks

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vipAKay
Oklahoma City
35 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot in Cambridge for shared plates and cocktails.

FAQs

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

Alden and Harlow is rated 4.6 stars by 3274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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