Alden and Harlow

4.6
2400 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
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  • Good for a Date
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.
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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 2400 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food, service and environment. Hard to find one flaw. Enjoyed the the communal table very unique to be at a communal but set up to feel like you are at your own table. Great design.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Awesome food & service!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Stopped there for a Sunday brunch with my wife. The dishes were outstanding and by far exceeded our usual weekend brunch expectations. Creative flavor combinations, nice setting and a large dining room by standards of Harvard Square. Will absolutely go back for brunch and also want to try out their dinner menu.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was my girlfriend's birthday. This restaurant is her favorite, as she's being there a few times, however it was my first. I have to say that she was right about it. The food was very good, cocktails were amazing and the staff was outstanding!! They even attended my request of something a bit special for dessert. Very impressed!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

This place was AMAZING! Our host was Gabriel, he’s the best! So happy we got him, he knew all the right foods to order. So happy I came here

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

The staff seem like they don’t give a crap. The hostess was the worse, two times I made a point of saying thank you and making eye contact when she brought us to our table and later on brought our drinks, she just turns around and walked away without acknowledging or saying you’re welcome.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The menu was full of exciting flavors
Great place to share great food and great conversation

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great original dishes, small and tapas-style. Service attentive. Pricey.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Excellent. Best restaurant I’ve been to in a long time!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I dined at Alden & Harlow with my S/O for our anniversary dinner. The food was excellent and they had a fun and interesting cocktail menu. The plates are on the smaller side, so I would recommend ordering a couple per person. It also seems like it would be a great spot for just drinks as well.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I have been to Alden & Harlow a few times and the food has always been great! Even simple foods like brussel spourts and broccoli are elevated to the next level. I did feel like we were a little rushed to put in all our food at once since they say it is busy on Fridays and can take longer, but I don't think you have to feel pressured to. Unless you are in a rush! There are a lot of people working who bring out your food. It was hard to hear our waitress all the time but that's to be expected on a Friday night. We had a couple bumps in the road, but she fixed them and threw in an extra snack so all was good.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Probably the best meal I've had in Boston/Cambridge. Ask your server for their favorite suggestions.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

The Secret Burger and house-made chips is always a good choice. Great service made it an enjoyable evening.

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Cute place that caught my eye on various websites. We went as a group of 5 for a work get-together and were advised that we should probably order 2 dishes per person. We wanted to share and ordered a variety of plates. Most were pretty small and difficult for each of us to have a decent portion. Would recommend 2 plates of the same dish if you'd like a decent taste (versus a small bite) of each dish for a party of 5.

However, each bite we had was so flavorful! Most memorable were the pork belly, chicken fried steak with rabbit and chicken torchon!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Unusual and tasty small plates to share fit the occasion for us. Loved the harissa carrots, the jalapeño peaches, pork belly, small steak and broccoli. Drinks were fun too. Staff Did not rush us yet we’re attentive. Definitely returning!

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We ordered five items (two protein based and three vegetable, one of those, kohlrabi tots, being a “small”) for two guests. The veggie options were more generous than we expected, so next time I think we’ll try two veggie and three protein items. Overall we really enjoyed the meal. We arrived at 5:15 on a TUE, and by 7 p.m. it was filling up and getting quite noisy, so arrive early if you don’t like lively!

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Great food great cocktails and service is excellent

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Made a brunch reservation after reading multiple glowing reviews; the place does not seem to measure up to the buzz. Indeed, there are some reasonably nice dishes. The Secret Burger is a well-seasoned patty made from beef that was roughly chopped rather than ground, and covered with a crunchy cheese galette. It tasted good, but was impossible to eat as a regular burger because of this cheesy addition. Fries were unavailable. Salads seemed well designed, but less well executed -- too much dressing and seasonings. They serve Karmelit Tripel though, one of the best beers Belgium makes. Return visit unlikely.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Our experience was disappointing after reading great reviews online. The quality of the food was just okay and several of the dishes just didn’t seem to come together in terms of flavor combinations such as the striped bass, creste de Gallo and the latkes. “Small plates” portions swung from tiny to larger than an entree, which made it hard to order an appropriate amount. We found it to be very overpriced for just decent food (similar to Waypoint). There were a ton of staff members - so many that it seemed they didn’t have specific jobs and we were either asked for our order multiple times by different people or were left alone for too-long stretches. The restaurant was also maddeningly hot with no AC vents nearby and my husband and I were both uncomfortable by the end of the meal. The highlight was the cocktails - Beast of Burden and Don’t Dew Me Like That were excellent.

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2.0Dined on July 28, 2018

This was my third visit here, and a disappointing meal. In the middle of this humid summer, with 80-degree heat outside, this subterranean restaurant is offering smoked, fried, creamy, heavy food. Hardly anything on offer was light and in keeping with the fresh vegetables and lighter food I prefer in the summer. The Sea Bass collar special looked like a promising offering but was over-cooked and served with beans covered in a heavy, brown XO sauce. And the pretense of the limited availability of their Secret Burger (they ran out by 6:45 PM) is ridiculous. The service started out with some enthusiasm but became inattentive as the meal wore on. Go here in the dead of winter for the fried Brussels sprouts. Go somewhere else for fresh, seasonal food in the summer.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2018

It was hard to choose off of this menu. Honestly, we ended up picking four appetizers and not a single one was very good. A decent crab dip but crappy potato chips to go with it. Pancakes doused in maple. Many better restaurants.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Interesting menu with food that did not disappoint, very enjoyable experience and I’d recommend it to those looking for something different.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The food was simply incredible. Every single item was absolutely delicious. We could not stop raving. I hope to come here every time I'm in Cambridge! The place was very busy, but considering that fact, the service was as attentive and timely as possible.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great location - really great tasty food - brunch was excellent

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

I went to brunch here with some friends and all the food was very good. The brunch food in unique and delicious. I will definitely go back for brunch or to grab some fun cocktails and dinner with friends.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Attractive space with low lighting and lots of energy. Seems to be mostly twenty somethings which might account for the energy. A very eclectic menu, half of which were a mystery to me. Nice to try
different bites but keep in mind some small plates are $17 and up and are pretty small. Service is gracious and very attentive. For a late night bite a fun spot...

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1.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The current reviews are inflated for what could be a great spot. The food was well executed, but the menu (recipes) and delivery were lacking in enthusiasm. The pork belly was good, but the citrus compote was overwhelmed the grits, the charred broccoli was well cooked, but chilled charred broccoli on a bed of hummus that was just ok...the potatos were perfect....but the blue fish, the smoked fish, and the three other plates were really just boring.

For so many reasons on so many dishes, I would never go back. Our meal the second night in Cambridge was at Naco Taco and it was absolutely inspired!!! Go there instead if you enjoy well prepared food!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great food, great fun.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Took my boyfriend here for his birthday. We loved the overall vibe but the food is definitely “creative” and was a little hit or miss. Glad we tried it and would return!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Delicious. Fun.
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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

I feel like every time I go here it’s even better than the last time! Always delicious, no matter what we order. Really amazing food!!!

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Alas, although I live A&H for dinner, they really fall down on weekends brunch. My needs are simple: tasty fatty meat, no runny egg, a cappuccino, attentive service. Nah. They just couldn’t make it happen for me. The pork scrapple was bland, the egg was runny and for some reason this place refuses to countenance the rightful cravings of customers for espresso and foam. Worse, the coffee was awful and they had no whole milk, just 2% and cream. Even the water tasted bad, and that’s a real accomplishment. Come on, iA&H, if you’re gonna serve brunch, the least you can do is serve brunch.

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The Brussel sprout dish was amazing and totally worth the cost.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We had another wonderful dinner at Alden + Harlow. My only complaint is that we asked the waiter to time things because we weren’t in a hurry. But our food came out so fast it beat the snack we’d ordered, and we hadn’t even finished our cocktail yet. We were in and out a lot faster than I would have liked.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Me and my partner ventured over to Cambridge to sample the delights of this basement bistro and we weren't disappointed. We enjoyed five tapas style dishes: patatas bravas (very good) charred broccoli on a cashew, honey and sweet poato mash (also very good) grilled bluefish (nice) chicken thigh with strawberries and bacon (interesting) and dolma -stuffed vine leaves (tasty). Good Italian white wine by the glass and a check below $100. Good busy and buzzy ambience without being noisy. Unusual but I liked it. A nice change. Will return for sure to sample some more innovative de.ights.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

The first time I are here we sat outside which was very pleasant. I was totally unprepared for the noise level when I went a second time. I would not want to eat inside again. The food varies in quality but is interesting and made to share a few dishes so you can taste a lot of items. Many vegetarian dishes.

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Food was excellent. Value so-so. It's a small plates restaurant, so you know you're going to be paying for multiple courses, which is advertised in advance and well know. Main complaint was a chintzy pour on a draft beer. For a $10 glass of saison, you expect a normal 12 or 16 ounce pour. If it's going to be a wine-glass-sized pour, that should be communicated on the menu. (And many places do that these days.)

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Servers knew the menu and were able to help with all of our questions. Delicious food!

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Nice server. Attentive to our needs and questions. Great recommendations. Loved the broccoli with butternut squash. And the broken flowers cocktail was exquisite. We sat in the atrium. Nice outside but in the comfort of indoors feel.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Nice place, we had dinner here and the dishes are definitely novel and innovative. Dishes were tasty but not memorable enough to blow my mind? We also got the secret burger which was top notch. I suppose for the price point I wouldn’t add this place to my top of the list but it is nice for a once in a while place to dine. They also place their 2 top tables way to close to each other and I could here both of our neighboring tables conversations. So maybe not a good place for a date...

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