Alden and Harlow

4.7
2546 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 2546 People Are Saying
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BW
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service! We could have gotten everything on the menu so will need to return to try the rest! Secret burger was definitely worth going early!

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DI
New England
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and drinks are really good (duck, especially). Prices on small plates run high, even for Boston/Cambridge. Great service.

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MR
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The burgers are still terrific. I had not been in a few years!

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

Food is spectacular. Service impeccable. It's a bit loud and rackety, but the food is so good it's worth it.

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W
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The server was pushing all the time to order food and that was a bit irritating. The seating is not that private. You have a lot of people sitting around you.

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MA
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific creative cuisine with the best cocktails around and maybe the best burger in the city (get there early as they only sell a few - there is always a secret secret burger with special ingredients too)

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SS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific inventive food. Expert and creative bar tenders. A lively and happening place in the heart of Harvard Square.

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J
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn't get that much but the things we did get were pretty good. Can't complain

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CB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and it was great, no complaints, definitely recommend.

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AL
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice early dinner before theater performance.
Food and service was very good.

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GS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with my experience at Alden and Harlow. The staff was very friendly and accommodating, as they took us ahead of our reservation time and provided us with seating that allowed my friend to rest her injured leg in an elevated position. The waitress was knowledgeable and helped us to better understand certain menu items. Food came out promptly and was delicious! Would highly recommend.

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AD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were treated with amazing service and attention from the whole staff, specialty plates from the kitchen, tasty seasonal cocktails, and the famous Alden and Harlow burger! I recommend making a reservation as the restaurant was hopping on a Sunday evening - a testament to how great the food is. The ambiance is romantic, if that’s what you’re seeking or just a great place to share small to large plates with friends.

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BG
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything! Creative tapas with very cool vibe, warm but not in your face. Buratta with pumpkin toast and chicken fried rabbit were hits

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and cocktails! The setting is inviting and the restaurant has a good vibe! Perfect location for an after dinner stroll around Cambridge.

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P
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Alden & Harlow. I chose this restaurant to celebrate our engagement and the hostess was able to accommodate my request to seat us in a quieter area away from the bar. They were also gracious in bringing us over celebratory wine before dinner. I really appreciate their consideration and would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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AV
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is our second visit to Alden apparently table turnover is the strategy at play. Luckily Burdick Chocolates is just down the block on Brattle. All in all, A&H is our go-to pre A.R.T. restaurant. If you order judiciously and ask about the prices, you'll do fine.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to eat. Small plates allow you to try more then one dish per visit. And trust me you will have trouble picking what to order. Everything on the menu is delicious.

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DD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always

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SH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I love this place, but this time it missed the mark. Service was really mistimed. Drinks didn’t come out until we were into our third dish. Food came out too quickly. And had a couple misses with the food for the first time. Maybe it was just an off night. Hopefully.

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OT
New England
77 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This occasion was dinner with a friend whom I had not seen in a while. We got a great table, enjoyed excellent service, and had a fine time.

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AG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was not nearly as good as I hoped it would be. The atmosphere is super cool, as is Harvard Sq, but the food was mediocre at best.

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A
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was hesitant about coming here at first, but our experience here was outstanding! We came for a brunch date on a Saturday (we made reservations, without reservations it can be a bit of a wait), and thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

The decor was nice, the waitstaff super friendly, and the food and drinks were absolutely delicious! The wait time for food was a bit long (maybe half an hour or so), but totally worth it.

We ordered the crandaddy mocktails, local burrata pumpkin bread, potato sausage skillet, and pickled corn pancakes. Every dish was so unique and thoughtfully created, and the portions were perfect. Of course, they were all absolutely delicious. 3 plates and 2 drinks was just enough to fill the two of us up (without any leftovers), and our total came to $75 with tip. A bit pricier than we normally do, but still quite reasonable and totally worth it. I think it's a good value, considering the quality and creativity of the dishes.

Easily one of our favorites in the area now, we will definitely be coming back!

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AV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal at Alden and Harlow. The burger was incredible, as were the drinks. Our server was super friendly and accommodating, and even comped our dessert for my birthday. Truly a great place. I highly recommend this restaurant and will certainly return.

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was superb as always! Love that you serve plenty of vegetables! Our meal was super tasty and interesting as well as healthy! We all felt the food was satisfying and not heavy. Loved it!

We choose to eat in the green room as it is quieter. We had to ask that the music be turned down as it was quite loud. We appreciated that the staff turned it down for us and the other diners. Thank you!

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EH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved it. Cozy, delicious. We had brunch on a Sunday. Note: the brunch menu is limited and a little unusual. Unfortunately they had run out of several of the listed items when we got there (1:15PM). But everything we tried was lovely. Great atmosphere. Hip & interesting but quiet enough to carry on a conversation --perhaps because we were there at a time when not crowded.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Our waitress was awful. Ignored us and didn't seem to want to have anything to do with our table! Was there something wrong with my boyfriend and I? Very strange. But the food was amazing and we like coming here so we'll get over it.

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, as usual. The best brunch in Cambridge, lovely place, great Bloody Mary.

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HH
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The most ridiculous brunch menu I have ever seen. It was hard to find anything recognizable. Pigs tails???

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. But desserts were very bland and would not order again. Don’t waste your money on the dessert and order another meal

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NH
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent Service but we were only impressed by 2 out of the 5 dishes that we ordered.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Try the potatoes with peppers as starters.

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CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dishes full of flavor and excellent service!

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great concept and great service. The bar is great and they are flexible about preparing custom drinks. The food was a bit uneven. The corn dish was more pasta than corn. The duck was tough (server took it off our bill, so kudos to her). The clams were a winner, as were the Brussel sprouts. While only rating it a 3, the ambiance is nice—a bit loud—-and despite my lower rating overall, I would go back but would likely focus on drinks at the bar.

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food atmosphere service was exceptional and accommodating

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PK
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My friend and I had dinner at A&H before a concert in Cambridge. As a result, we arrived just as the restaurant opened. In turn, that allowed us to get a corner table far from the madding crowd. And by 7, a truly madding crowd it had proved to be. I would not go to A&H unless I were assured in advance of a quiet place to sit, though doubtless some people would like the tumult.

The service was very pleasant and quite efficient, especially considering the ultimate mob.

The food was uniformly at least very good and in some cases excellent. The menu is not huge but it is varied and inventive. I could happily construct more meals from the choices given. Both meat and veggie choices were fine. The wine list is okay for choices to accompany the food, but one would not go to A&H for a wine celebration.

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a
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best meal I've had at a restaurant in Boston in the last several years. Food was imaginative, well prepared, and delicious. The service was great, the meal paced beautifully and the dishes came out in the perfect order to be enjoyed.

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DF
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in Cambridge. The food is amazingly good - very creative combinations of tastes and the staff are knowledgable, friendly and helpful. There is always something new to try.

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MB
Key West
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delish and scene was fun. Service was a bit slow. Glad they validate parking too

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CC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The food was pretty good! I liked my brunch experience more than dinner. It is definitely a very popular spot and the ambiance was in point. The service was ok, though.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner, interesting dishes, fun to share, lively vibe, great service.

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