Alden and Harlow

4.7
2484 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
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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.
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Phone number
(617) 864-2100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Scelfo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mt Auburn Street
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Parking details
University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.
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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.
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
What 2484 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Indiana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, we tried several small plates and all were fabulous!

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All-around excellent dining experience -- we loved the various dishes we had -- we shared 6 for a group of 4 and it was perfect. Desserts were also outstanding - we shared 2. Service was excellent. Noise level was high but that was expected at 7pm on Sat.

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LB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was appalling. Cold coffee, fairly small portions for brunch, but the food was good. Because we had a stroller with us, we were seated at the booth beside the door and the staff / bus area, so it was a busy thoroughfare.

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RK
New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent. Strong flavors, well spiced, making this a very pleasant surprise. Service was attentive, and cordial. The drink selection is extensive, the beer list covers all the bases.

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DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My son chose this place to have his birthday dinner. We were blown away by how tasty the food was. The portion sizes are slightly larger than Spanish tapas. Good for sharing and feeling like you get more than just a taste.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger of a lifetime! Excellent service and atmosphere! We would highly recommend and plan to return.

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DK
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent meal and very accommodating with seating. Friendly and effective service

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere. Our waitress forgot everything though - our wine, parts of our order... it wasn’t so busy that she couldn’t get to us, she just wasn’t coming by enough. Unfortunate because everything else about the restaurant was so good.

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SR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Good atmosphere but the food was disappointing. Menu sounds interesting but meals were a let down.

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SH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in every respect, as always.

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c
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding in every way. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Boston, or anywhere for that matter. Every dish was just as creative and delicious as the one before. Excellent service and attention, and warm, energetic ambiance. This place kills it on every level!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the gratis champagne with the check for our anniversary!

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HH
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our 2nd time to A&H...1st visit it was fantastic. This time, good but not amazing...we’ll come back sometime but probably won’t rush back.

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New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We came to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Our lovely waitress brought 2 glasses of complimentary champagne, which was lovely! The food was delicious, though the appetizer I ordered was too spicy (for me) to eat (figs). The waitress wound up bringing us something else, gratis!
Restaurant is lively and maybe a bit too noisy, but then we knew that coming in. I wish you served lattes, but this is a minor point. Thanks for the tasty and fun evening!

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S
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Dined here for the first time recently. Very nice waiter - but he sort of "oversold" some things on the menu that were disappointing, particularly the pickled farm pancakes. There was nothing pickled about them - they were totally soaked in maple syrup and were more like a heavy dessert item (except for the peppers on the plate) - way too sweet, could only eat a few bites - and the popcorn and cream didn't help the dish at all. Many items were over-spiced and overly complicated, so hard to eat more than a few bites. Like the brussell sprouts which were overly salty and had too much spice. Again, could only eat a few bites before my tongue was saturated with all the "extras." The burger was overdone and had way too much stuff on it, kind of had the flavor of a big mac - and it came with WAY too many potato chips. You know what was great? The KALE SALAD - subtle, fresh and balanced, could've eaten that thing all night long. If you don't like corn, don't go here - it is in many of the dinner menu items. Dessert was very good - cheesecake, but needed something to balance the sweetness. This place has such good reviews, I started to wonder if there was a "sub" chef in the kitchen that night or something? Not sure if we will try this place again.

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LR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Had to ask the waiter 4 times to bring fresh milk for the coffee- 3 times it was curdled milk .

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a
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place. Always great food and a welcoming ambiance.

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B
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The wine list was subpar, but the pork is good. And the burgers good. Lots of very very strange and weird foods I had no idea what to order, but if you stick to what they are known for the food is excellent.
I did not love that the food comes out when it's ready. BAD IDEA, my friend sat with her burger getting cold while my pork shoulder took 5 or so very long minutes to come afterwards.

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Alden and Harlow is clean, chic, and cozy with a monthly-rotating menu. Highly recommend visiting.

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BN
New England
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great way to spend our anniversary!

Came on a recommendation from a friend, so glad we did! Makes us wish we lived in Cambridge, guess we’ll have to visit more!

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food !

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M
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to celebrate our anniversary , food was out of this world (as usual ) our Bartrnder Brandon was super attentive and provided fenomenal service!!! Defiantly will be back

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Miami
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all-around! Cocktails, bites and food were all fantastic! Service was impeccable. Very knowledgeable staff.

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NM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I wish there were upscale french fries to match the secret burger. The chips were fine, but it was disappointing! The small plates were exceptional.

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S
New England
61 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have had dinner many times at Alden and Harlow, but this was our first brunch experience. Everything on the menu sounded great! And I LOVED my egg sandwich, delicious! My husband ordered the burger medium rare and it came out well done. Kind of a bummer. We also had the grilled fruit and cinnamon roll, both were very tasty! I will most definitely be going back to try some other items off the brunch menu and hopefully the well-done burger was a fluke.

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TB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and service.

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RW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the greeting from the hostess to our farewell at the end of an incredible meal, Alden and Harlow did it right! We had fantastic service, delicious food with tons of variety and a quiet ambiance with good music at an appropriate volume as a pleasant backdrop.
Can't wait to go back next time we are in Cambridge!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED IT!! Best date place with my boyfriend<3 recommend COCKTAILS!! pork belly, duck and blueberry cheese cake!!! Get them:)

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

While our reservation was for 7:30, our table wasn’t ready until nearly 8. After standing around for some time we got two seats at the bar. The hostess didn’t seem particularly engaged. When I did get our table we were seated in the corner, next to a very loud table of twelve or so.

I’ve eaten at A&H many times and the food is always nothing short of excellent. The service is usually spot on too. Tonight wasn’t quite up to the usual.

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SB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was my second time at Alden Harlow and both times I've enjoyed some excellent dishes but have also been disappointed by dishes with too many complicated and intense flavors which didn't blend effectively. Our waitress was friendly and helpful and we liked both things that she suggested, but two other dishes that we chose were not good with strong seasoning (smelly cheese in one case) that overtook the plate. In both cases we registered our negative feedback with our waitress and we were pleasantly surprised that we were not charged for these dishes and in addition were brought a complimentary dessert (cheesecake which was ok). The wine was very nice and the overall experience was pleasant, but this recurrent issue will keep me from coming back soon. Kudos to the manager for the thoughtful customer service however.

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PR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and was service was great.
Hostesses were lacking in experience and had way too much attitude.
Having made a reservation and with 80% of the table empty when I got there. They offered to seat me at the two worst tables and had to put my foot down to get a descent table.
Absolutely no need for that.
There are others like me who are put off by that attitude and will think twice before I patronize a place that does not treat me as being important.

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PL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of those restaurants that we consistently going back! There are some our always-love on the menu, and we can also find something new on the menu every month! The environment is modest, staff are very nice! Often treat us with tasting dishes to surprise the night a little! There are other 5 star food, 5 star service, 5 star environment restaurants in town. But this is the one that provides an overall 5 star experience.

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SB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

mediocre food, avocado toast was burnt, coffee was a rip off. tatte is way better and cheaper.

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MS
New England
152 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All small lates, all intruing and tasty. Interesting wines, one even from Maine (too sweet, but interesting to try). Plates appear when ready from the kitchen, great sharing, and provide a good chance to share recommendations with neighbors at next table. Our third visit, not disappointed yet.

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Great ambiance, excellent menu, couldn’t recommend more.

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AR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice staff and tasty plates.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. You can’t go wrong!

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A
New England
45 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is our 4th or 5th time back to Alden and Harlow - never (ever) disappoints. Love the veggie options, but fish and meat courses are treats as well. Most fun is to go with a group of 4-6 (all food lovers) and try as many things as you can to sample all the tastes and creative dishes.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Interesting fresh farm-to-table small plates. Really good.

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