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About 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 more than 8, please call to make a reservation.

40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10:30am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-1:00am, Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Thursday - Friday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Saturday: 10:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm - 2:00am

We serve our full dinner menu until 11pm nightly and then switch to our late night menu from 11pm-Midnight, Sunday - Wednesday; 11pm-1am, Thursday - Saturday.

Cross Street:
Mt Auburn Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 864-2100

Website:
http://www.aldenharlow.com/

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, located just one block away at 40 Brattle Street, between Eastern Mountain Sports and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

Executive Chef:
Michael Scelfo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Alden and Harlow Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

service

4.5

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4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (106)
Creative Cuisine (94)
Good for a Date (91)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (64)
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Bar Seating (49)
Tapas (49)
Hot Spot (47)
Casual (47)
Good Vegetarian Options (38)
Cozy (38)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Authentic (34)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Good for Groups (30)
Romantic (30)
Pre/post Theatre (28)
Seasonal (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Healthy (25)
Great for Brunch (24)
Great Beer (22)
Sunday Lunch (21)
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Organic (15)
People Watching (15)
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Notable Wine List (14)
Happy Hour (13)
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Quiet Conversation (9)
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Paleo Friendly (5)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

It's a hit or miss depending on what dishes you get. We've been here three times before and it was great, but tonight was pretty average and 2 dishes that were supposed to come out hot were cold. Their cauliflower was limp and lacked flavor (and was cold). Their kale salad was worth the trip though. I'll be back, just hope every dish has thought put into it next time.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a delicious meal!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

The service was excellent and the food was delicious!

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food and plenty of options for people with celiac disease. We asked for a quiet table, and even at 7:30 pm on a Saturday night, we could hear each other without straining.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The table we were shown to was near the bar and very noisy, between people and multiple music speakers. They moved us to a lovely and quiet table in the "greenhouse." Wonderful, especially as we probably would have had to bail absent a quieter location.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Best food I’ve had in the Boston area in years. The menu was creative and diverse and the service was excellent. Our server Eric was very friendly and helped to provide our table with an above average dining experience. Hats off to the back of house staff for their prompt service and excellent food presentation on a very busy Friday night. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Good for a Date, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Awesome as always.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised by the tapas-like menu. We had a wide-range of tastes across 6 different plates from a delicious kale salad to a pork tenderloin dish. Plus, the new take on a "cape codder" was great too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

I found too much heavy flavor on fine ingredients. But there is a good vibe and drinks are nice. Fun to hang out here casually with friends.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I had high expectations for the burger: mine came dry, stiff, absurdly overcooked, despite having asked for a medium done. Not sure I’d ever go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fantastic food, lots of vegetables cooked in a interesting way. Delicious pasta. Ideal for sharing small portions between friends.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fun, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

This place never ever ever disappoints. Dan the bartender is inventive and gives great drink.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Good hamburger. Not special. If you are in the zone ok. But not worth the trip

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

I've dined at Alden and Harlow a number of times and it is consistently fantastic. During this visit one of the people in my party is vegetarian so we all ate only vegetarian dishes-- there were so many and Alden and Harlow really knows how to cook vegetables!

A few classics you should order each time you visit:

The kale salad and the patatas bravas (snack)! But I've never had a bad dish there!

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was outstanding and service was excellent!!!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Delicious meal and great value. We sat at the bar and the energy in the place was great

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fast service and we loved all the shared dishes as they arrived. A really fun night out.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Our meal was unusual and almost all the dishes had something pickled. I was with 2 teenage girls and the flavors did not appeal to them at all- too unusual. Service and ambiance were good though - we had a nice quiet table.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Prices should be lower overall but otherwise, a good experience

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Unusually creative cuisine. Small plates, generally $12-17, designed to be shared. Ideal for 4 people as each item divides into 4 reasonably spoon sized tastes/morsels or better. Far and away the singular best thing to us was the salmon crudo.

Most of the tastes are intriguing, with some being more of less wow, depending on personal preferences.

Price for 8 items and about 2 drinks/glasses of below average $11-14/glass wine per person was $215 before gratuity.

I probably will come again, but won't rush back. Each dish was a generally positive surprise relative to the description...i Lei leave feeling a little hungry. We didn't get desert or coffee.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Alden and Harlow is our favorite place in Harvard Square for pre-theater dining. The hamburger is justifiably legendary and the food is always very good. We always enjoy ourselves there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (London)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Had a pre-theater dinner with our granddaughter. Great service, good food, and a great time.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

My guest and I were headed for a local concert and wanted to have a light brunch. Alden and Harlow proved to be a perfect choice. Because they weren't busy, we got a lovely, quiet corner table that was good for conversation. The menu choices were inventive and interesting. We tried three and decided we wanted to come back to try more. We came out feeling that we had enjoyed many interesting flavors without feeling stuffed. The server could not have been more helpful or pleasant to deal with.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was terrific. We had the secret burger, kale salad and potatoes bravas, all great. The food is rich so be careful not to over order.

The wine and beer list was ok but quite pricy. Do your drinking elsewhere. Draft beers for $12, really!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always delicious and a gastronomic adventure of delightful flavors !

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Casual, Great Beer, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Friendly staff and wonderful food

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Fantastic meal. Service was a bit haphazard so look at the delicious menu and order when they're table side. It could be another 10 minutes before you see your waiter again. But food wise and cocktail wise, you cannot go wrong. I've been here more than 10x now and its always a treat.

Tags: Cozy, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We enjoy the unique menu that is always changing. Service is always excellent and friendly and we simply have fun when we visit.

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Had a burger and the Kale salad. Both we great. They don't bring bread and butter to the table unless you ask for it. Restaurant is nicely located and hopping at night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Alden and Harlow never disappoints! We enjoyed everything but party favorites were: Corn pancakes with Shishito peppers and popcorn, secret burger, NY strip and pork belly. The restaurant is warm and inviting and the dishes are creative and delicious! One of our all time local favorites!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Business Meals, Authentic, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Tapas, Great Beer
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I loved Alden and Harlow. The food was excellent. The service was a bit off. Forgot to bring us one thing we ordered but it was on the bill. My only caveat is that people kept bumping into my chair. There were extremely loud and inconsiderate people at the bar who were standing up in the way of the serving staff. Additionally people kept using the second exit and kicking my chair on the way out. I will not sit in that area again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The portion sizes are nice - bigger than small plates, but not full meals. Two plates per person worked well for us, and there's plenty to share. The corn cakes were especially good!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Overall experience was good but don’t believe the recommendations on number of courses. We did 2per person and two snacks for 4 people and were completely overwhelmed. We were stuffed before four of our items were delivered. A few of the ten things were very good all the others weren’t memorable. The wine list is pretty limited too. We had a hard time picking something to go with the various dishes because of the limited list.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Outstanding food and service!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

WAY too loud !!

turn down the music and get some noise barriers.. curtains, rugs, tablecloths whatever,,

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Was recommended by my head chef that used to work near here and it did not disappoint whatsoever. Everything was on point from start to finish. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We've been to Alden and Harlow before and enjoyed it, but this time the food was really outstanding. Amazing flavors in every dish we ordered! Our waiter was helpful and friendly, and he sped things along when we told him we had theater tickets. Will definitely go back--as soon as possible.

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Was there for a birthday get together, we had fun. The setting was cozy and nice, brunch food was creative and interesting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Went for brunch. Like the ambiance. Server told us to order 2 to 3 plates each. We decided to order three between two of us - and couldn't finish the food, there was so much. Is this a cynical ploy to get people to order - and pay - more? Food was ok. No cuppacino for brunch, no good bread. Probably wouldn't go again.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Alden and Harlow, always a delightful meal! Thank you to all the fine chefs, servers, greeters, et al!

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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