Alden and Harlow

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2806 reviews
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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.
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AH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best, no wait, the best brunch I’ve ever had.

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KH
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal experience at Alden and Harlow. Our server was kind, informative, and engaging. Food and wine were fantastic.

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

Extremely noisy. Difficulty to hear even at a table for 2 people.

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RB
Charleston
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service from ALL staff. Worthy of Harvard proximity.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food and server were so good we went back a second night in s row while we were in town! A must try!

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

Great place, excellent cocktails and the food is very good!! Great value also!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beyond amazing and the service was also exemplary. My daughter has a severe nut allergy and Hannah not only went out of her way to mark up the menu for what she could/could not eat - she also made suggestions and made sure that each dish was well marked. We enjoyed our meal to the hilt and will be back soon!

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S
New England
22 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, drinks and service! Best in Boston and Cambridge.

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KB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was amazing, the food was mixed - highlights were the pancakes, the brussels sprouts and the lamb belly - but the prices are very extreme - I have never seen Brussels sprouts priced at $15 and the portion was quite small - it’s a high priced small plate set up - with a drink you will spend $50 a person and I’m not sure it is a $50 per person level place. The dessert was terrible, the pound cake was dry and flavorless.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Alden and Harlow is a good restaurant but the food was hit and miss for us. Out of the 5 small plates we ordered, 3 of them were good and 2 were so so. Flavours in some cases were were over powering with the main ingredients of the dish.

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L
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The food combinations for the small plates were just plain weird. Nothing looked appetizing whatsoever. Because we had no place else to go on a Friday night, we ordered anyway. New York was quite tasty. All of the other small plates worked way too hard at combining odd ingredients together. I kept trying small plates hoping I would find something I liked. The chips with sour cream dip (a staple from the 1950) were the only things that tasted good. Just too weird

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Poor lighting in dining area.

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EE
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, interesting options, and very good portions for the price. Definitely worth trying.

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IE
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always! Cocktails, Food, Dessert, Service, Ambience consistently top notch!

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B
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive service, along with creative, and delicious dishes made for an excellent birthday celebration. Our party of six loved everything!

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SB
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was excellent, but OpenTable decided, in their wisdom, to "cancel" my reservation - AFTER I had already confirmed I was going. This was done literally a few hours before the reservation. To say this was completely inappropriate is an understatement. I sure would like to know "why"??? And if I hadn't seen it in my inbox, we would have arrived, with no reservation. The restaurant was extremely gracious in accommodating us. But OpenTable ... shame shame!

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DR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great atmosphere and amazing food - definitely try the chicken liver mousse & chicken-friend rabbit !

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DR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service, interesting food and well prepared. Tired of overpriced wine lists. Charging $50 for a bottle they buy wholesale for 15 and pulling the cork seems ridiculous. Not done in Europe.

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TR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place makes a pretty good case for the best dining experience in Boston. I've lived in the area for about 2.5 years, and there is no shortage of phenomenal places to eat, but Alden and Harlow is legitimately spectacular.

It's tapas style, but you never feel shorted on portions. Whatever you select off the entree board is substantial and can absolutely be shared between two people. For a place that's highly inventive and elaborate with their ingredients, they do a fantastic job of providing all that flavor at volume, something that most expensive dining experiences often shy away from.

On top of that, their menu is extremely versatile and accommodating for all walks of life. If you are vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian/gluten-free/etc. I am confident you will find at least two things on the menu you adore here. Another way to put it: if you were in Boston for one day and made the commitment to spotlight one place to eat for every meal, this place would be an excellent choice. You should go for brunch, lunch, dinner, and their kitchen stays open until midnight, so go for a late feast then as well. It doesn't matter if you are by yourself or with a group of several people, the drinks, appetizers, mains, and desserts will keep everyone giddy.

The food aside, their restaurant is also an objectively cool space. You walk to a subterranean bar in Harvard Square and it continues to sprawl out the deeper you continue into the seating area. There's a ton of stone, perfect lighting, the right amount of lively crowd noise. This place is the real deal in every way.

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GE
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! We’ve been there many times and plan to return.

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a
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

The food is mediocre at best and the prices are outrageous. If I'm paying a lot for a small plate, I expect the food to be top notch but everything was bland or cold by the time it got to our table. On top of that, the wines by the glass were overpriced. I paid more than double the amount for a glass of wine at this restaurant than what an entire bottle of that wine costs in a store. The other person in my party ordered sparkling wine and it was flat. Overall, not impressed. I would not recommend this restaurant.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing, but the plates were very small, and around $17 each. The food was very eclectic.

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ON
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this experience - since it's a small plates format, I got to try so many things and really felt that it was a great value. Every single dish was executed perfectly.

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G
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This lively restaurant had great food and great ambiance. It was certainly pricey, but if you're in the mood for a Cambridge splurge, Alden and Harlow is a good bet.

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f
New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Finally had the secret burger before it sold out (went early enough). Other plates were delicious as well. Wish they didn't drop the peloro nerello mascalese.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Good cocktails.

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KK
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as usual

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull restaurant, pleasant attentive and helpful staff. Showed up right on time for our reservation and were shown to a table instantly. Dishes were delicious and interesting.

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Z
New England
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails, would return

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NF
London
36 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Fabulous service! Terrific veggies!

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p
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are visiting from LA and were referred to Alden & Harlow. The Secret Burger was the bomb!! Great appetizers....Burrata on a Waffle. Very creative & tasty. I would not hesitate to refer people here. Worth your time. Service was an “A” and so was the dessert....Smokey Chocolate Bread Pudding. 👍🏻🤗

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date with girlfriend to thank her for cleaning my room and being sweet.

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M
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The AC wasn’t working. It’s the 3rd time I’ve visited when the AC was broken. Not sure I’ll return.

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Portland
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

AC was broken and It was so uncomfortably stuffy and hot. zero recognition from waiters or staff.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place was recommended to my boyfriend & I by one of our friends. We decided to go for brunch and it did NOT disappoint. This was easily the best brunch I’ve had, and might also be one of the best restaurant experiences in general. A great vibe, great service, and absolutely amazing food. We got the sausage and potato skillet, lamb hash, bacon biscuit, corn pancakes, and cinnamon roll of the day which was a carrot cake cinnamon roll. The potato skillet and corn pancakes were our absolute favorite, but I’d eat every single thing over again... probably everyday, forever. We’ll absolutely be going back to try the dinner here soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable atmosphere, and numerous delicious tapas selections, excellent service! Combining smaller & larger tapas selections worked perfectly for our shared dining experience. Will return and recommend to friends and colleagues. Thanks!

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RG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a person who is not a big vegetable eater, I have to say that the veggies at Alden and Harlow are the best I have ever had at any restaurant. It is also the only restaurant where I can have JUST the veggies. Their wine list is very interesting though slightly pricey.

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m
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was so disappointing, service was lackluster. Overall too expensive for the low value. Have been to this restaurant several times and will not go back.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! Table was ready at reserved time. The food was impeccable and they gave us a complimentary dessert because it was a birthday! Thanks! I love this restaurant. Every experience I’ve ever had here has been fantastic, they are consistently delicious and the menu is always updated with innovative dishes. I can’t recommend them enough.

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P
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Could eat here every day! Amazing food! The clams are my favourite

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