Alden and Harlow

4.6
3657 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.

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
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vipYvonneSomerville
New England
36 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorites. My server offered drink and food recommendations, and while expensive worth every dollar.

HH
HollyH
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience1

The service and food were outstanding. Unfortunately, we had to wear out coats while we ate because it was so cold in the restaurant. We will go back but definitely not in the winter.

JL
vipJLyman
New England
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extremely tasty. I was impressed.

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dinnerandamovie
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We dined early evening before a Brattle movie date, and were seated in a cozy, quiet corner of the restaurant. Ingrid, our server, was outstanding. We ordered some delicious red wines and, to start, the grilled broccoli (texture of veg itself & grilling was alright, but the highlight was the butternut squash hummus and crunchy cashew served with), burrata (with anchovy, micro greens, and buttered brioche - an interesting and tasty combo, but could have used more crunch & texture on the bread). Most memorable were our pasta dishes - surprisingly complex and yummy. The pumpkin raviolo was a savory, creamy, and rich delight, while the butternut squash yucca was unexpectedly light and full of fresh pops of veg. We'll be back!

SB
StephB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time going and the food is delish!! We went for brunch and I was so impressed with the food.

Space is pretty big, so can get a bit noisy. Also, we were a little chilly sitting near windows, but alas, when it is 5 degrees outside that is to be expected I suppose.

Will totally be returning to try the dinner menu - definitely check them out!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall3food5service2ambience5

NO NEED TO ORDER 3 DISHES FOR 2 PEOPLE! I think they just advertise this way as a ploy to get more $. Even though we were the first to arrive on a 5 degree day, we were sat at the coldest table possible. Otherwise good service, and stellar food.

CB
CrystalB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the vibe to our service (I can’t even tell you how many water refills we had!) to the unique menu selection and that they have a mocktail list (which is actually GOOD!) was amazing. We will definitely be back.

KB
KristinBjork76
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the service and the food was so good. We will be back soon

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Casey
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Music was a bit loud and so hard to socialize, but I’d go here any day for the incredible food.

C
Charlie
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Saturday night dinner from start to finish. Enjoy the table-style dishes, especially the Brussel sprouts and bluefin crudo. Great service and ambiance.

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Vzny
New England
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Only thing is I wish they didn't seat people so close together that you're right on top of each other

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing and super attentive. He was also funny and definitely added to the night! Always love coming to Alden and Harlow.

BN
ByronN
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my top 5 dining experiences in the Boston area. The food was PHENOMENAL. We ordered four tapas and every single one of them was outstanding. Also loved the ambiance. They had a great R&B playlist going. We will definitely be dining with them again and often.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall1food3service2ambience5

We were very excited to go as we had read an OpenTable blog about “Best Burgers in Boston”. This was anything but. The menu was complicated to the point of being pretentious and devoid of anything familiar to those less food savvy. Our entrées came out 20 mins apart, with the latter entree (steak) still being cold even though it just left the window. Our attempt to try a “best burger of Boston” was foiled because the burger got cold waiting for the other entree. I will say however the food was plated beautifully. Liquor staples such as Jameson whiskey or Casa Migos tequila were unavailable, and the server and bartender were unfamiliar with making a martini, which was surprising to say the least. Service was inattentive and slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service was bad, even with the fact that I give the benefit of the doubt. Not busy, yet our first table was very close to other guests. My wife asked to switch and it felt like we were penalized. Ordered an appetizer, never got it. (Did not make the bill) My wife’s meal, which was her entree, came very early because it was appetizers, although our appetizer did not come. My steak was warm at best, yet potatoes were hot. Understand the times and very empathetic as I have been in service my whole life, but will not be back or recommend this restaurant. Feedback to manager, we were penalized for changing tables, heard the staff mention the fact we changed tables yet did not have our masks on while drinking, multiple times. Good luck!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Overall excellent food but the pace was way too fast.. didn’t get to finish one dish and the next came out.. good food should be savoured. I could see if it was a busy night but the restaurant was not busy at all.

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brob21
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for a family style meal. Small(ish) portions, but very delicious. Great service and a solid wine / cocktail list.

PB
PhillyBoston
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to Alden and Harlow and I loved it! Such a unique and eclectic menu - everything our party of 8 ordered was delicious and very well prepared. The atmosphere was warm and intimate and the service attentive, helpful and top notch. I would definitely recommend Alden and Harlow and look forward to returning sometime soon!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a fantastic meal. Our server was wonderful (I wish I could recall her name!) and the food was terrific, inventive and special.

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Newtonfeedings
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good shared plates, warm ambience, overall a great evening.

PS
PattyS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Every dish was creative and delicious! The potato chips and onion dip are entirely addictive. The Secret Burger was fabulous! And we always love the Ubiquitous Kale Salad. The servings were generous - it all worked really well for famliy-style eating!

KK
KenK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, food was fantastic, drinks were spot on and tasty, would go there again in a heartbeat.

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eatingout
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our experience was mixed. Burgers were very good; steak tartare was not. Suggest sticking to the basics.

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sanloo
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Server did not know what "neat" meant. Did not have Makers Mark Bourbon. Really? Drink pours were shamefully light. Service was fair and inattentive, as we were being served by the same servers working a table of 12 or more. Bluefish was a too-small portion (hot) served on something (cold) that was not adequately described in the menu and was frankly inedible. Would definitely like to have that $175.00 back!

RM
RickM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I was really looking forward to the appetizers as they sounded creative and potentially favorable . Two out of the five were as good as expected.The others , regretfully, fell short in my groups opinion

JV
vipJacquelineV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Only go to this place if you like the taste of complication and pickles in everything you eat

PK
PeterK
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

The food here was exceptional, but plates come out of the kitchen at different intervals so our party of 6 were not all eating at the same time. It was presented my our waitress as such, suggesting that the plates could be shared 'family style', but honestly when the dishes came, it would have been challenging to share tapas style if that was the intent. But again, the food, once it came, was delicious. Service was poor and clearly understaffed or underskilled...probably a new normal under Covid in the service sector (?). Once we were sat at our reserved table, I had to ask to be waited on after looking through our menus almost 15-20 minutes. Bell hops, water pourers, and waitresses just kept walking back and forth past our table without asking... Good selection of interesting beers and wines, but a glass of wine at $15 a shot seemed steep. Finally, the music....why do restaurants not invest more in ambiance. To our groups ears the pop music playing was both irritating and loud, and we were a group that ranged from 15 years, to 24, to 58, and 80. All in all not a great experience unfortunately.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice, specific foods here at Alden and Harlow, definitely suggest the rabbit, although be ready that it is customary to take two dishes and dessert because the main dishes are rather small.
Was there for the evening and place was packed, very noisy and hard to converse, but with good music underneath and good service.

FI
vipFreshIsBest
New England
42 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative small plate brunch menu.
Fabulously prepared. Attentive staff.
Great drinks. Nice vibe

HF
vipHonoraryFoodie
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always the food and service are top notch making A&H a wonderful place to spend your evening!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was knowledge of the menu, and very accommodating to our needs. The food was as expected. The playlist was a little strange for the atmosphere.

NI
NinkInc
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and service . Our wine was delicious but the pour was pathetic. Not sure how many ounces they pour but it didn’t come close to other restaurants of the same caliber.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was interesting & delicious! The service was great. My favorite was the squash latkes but my dining partners raves about the secret burger & the Bluefish as well.

HC
HeatherC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding and the service was even better. One of the best services I’ve experienced! Our server was attentive but didn’t crowd the table. All items came out quickly and tasted delicious in their own way. Excellent variety on the menu. Will absolutely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night out at your restaurant! Food was delicious as were the drinks! Server was very helpful and provided a overall great experience for my group. I believe her name was Kendra or so something similar but she was an all-star.

PC
PamC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

great spot. service was outstanding. burger was great.

R
Review
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Met some old friends for dinner here and had a nice time. The food was really delicious and they have a great cocktail and wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation early, spots fill up quickly, but when we arrived seats were available at the bar, and we elected to sit there instead, without issue. Cocktails and food menus were fantastic, bartenders were knowledgeable and polite. We are return patrons and will continue to be. Great spot!

JB
JoanB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was disappointing. One plate served was cold. Service very slow

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 3657 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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