Alden and Harlow

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

I have been to Alden and Harlow many times, bringing out of town visitors, on date nights, drinks with friends... and USUALLY its exceptional. However this particular visit left me a little confused. The dishes were extremely overpowering in all its flavors, no nuance or light handedness at all. And while I like bold flavors, I had some of the dishes before and this iteration was far different. They all tasted like someone with a muted palette made them. For example, the roasted Brussels sprouts had the strongest fish sauce and lime juice mixture overpowering any flavor left. And while we were warned about a pasta dish with strong pesto/ garlic flavors it was leagues more intense than I would have imagined for a dish. The chicken thigh was the most salty dish, leaving me gulping down water to wash the saltiness from my mouth.
I'll pretend this visit was a fluke as I've had more than a dozen great memories here but this particular visit was disappointing. I'm also disappointed because I brought a friend of mine here from Singapore hoping to show her my favorite restaurant in Cambridge but we both left dissatisfied.

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B
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the drink I had was amazing, and the ambiance was great. It was a tad but pricey so it’s a 4 star but I loved the food! Great for a place to go for a special occasion or get together.

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JF
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Sunday brunch menu, excellent quality, and terrific service! A very comfortable and friendly atmosphere for family or dates, and University and Charles Hotel parking are validated!

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KG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kale salad was divine and so was the brussel sprouts! The steak and yams were very good. The cocktails were excellent. The staff was great thank so much!

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Melt in your mouth food and the wait staff is very knowledgeable of the menu.

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SO
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday it was perfect we had a table under the skylight. The food was fantastic and service was good , attentive but not overly so.

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SN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and experimental food and cocktails (loved the "Aloe Up!") and a great team working. 10/10 would recommend!

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

Incredible service and awesome food

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SM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alden and Harlow always hits the spot. This is a great place for a nice experience -- since it's a little bit on the pricier side, it's perfect for a special occasion, etc. Service is fantastic and food is always delicious! Highly recommend.

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OF
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was sooooo good and fresh. It was amazing quality and great taste.

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AD
New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambiance. Will return. Thank you.

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LH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I would recommend it but not rave about it. It was fine!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely everything was amazing! We all ordered specialty cocktails- Aloe way Up and Drink Pink- both were great.

Every plate was cleaned. The Kale Salad is a must, the torches avocado toast was to die for and the Pigtails were decadent. The Torched fruit was a perfect sweet ending! Will definitely go back if I'm ever in Boston again!

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SM
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We have been before and had a wonderful experience. Not so much anymore. Staff was distracted and chatting with each other. The food options were fine but nothing worth returning for... overall we were disappointed. Maybe their time has past.

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and service. I highly recommend!

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S
New England
144 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved a return visit to Alden and Harlow. Was happy to be seated outside as the interior can get a bit loud for conversation. For the first time I tried their sweet potato plate. It was delicious and the portion was huge. My husband had their mystery burger, which he loved. We didn't sample many dishes but those we had were excellent. Service was very good, and, we will definitely return.

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HO
New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything on the menu was superb. One of the dining treasures of the Boston area.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A number of unique drinks, dishes and desserts, each with a complex blend of flavors that complement each other and tell a story.

It's not just a meal - it's an adventure!

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

The atmosphere was great for the get together. The food was delicious with perfect portion sizes.

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The place was empty, yet we were not asked where we would like to sit. We were rushed to order. The poached egg was rushed out of the kitchen before the white was white; we were rushed to pay (not quite finished eating), even though the server said "don't rush". We couldn't wait to rush out of there.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love going to Alden and Harlow. It’s consistently excellent, and they change up the menu seasonally so there is always something new to discover. The drinks are amazing, servers are fantastic, and the food can’t be beat!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food beautifully presented. Try the buratta over chickpea waffles

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RD
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I learned about Alden and Harlow from Bon Appetit and decided to give it a try on our trip to Boston. Overall, this was a remarkable dining experience. Our server guided me through the vegetarian options and discussed which items could be made vegetarian. The food, the portions, the pacing, the service - everything was incredible. My fussy husband actually said that this was one of the top 10 meals he ever had in his life. Just a suggestion for the restaurant, could you please leave the anchovy out of the chips and dip? Bon Appetit actually said that the chips and dip were reason alone to go to Alden and Harlow and I had been dreaming of that dish for days ahead of our reservation, only to be told that the dip has anchovy. I still loved the meal.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An early dinner after Harvard graduation. Possibly the best choice in Cambridge. This place never disappoints!

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C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was attentive. A bit noisy and too few choices of non-fried food for my taste.

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Some dishes were delicious like the Brussel sprouts but most were good or just ok.

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CB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable birthday dinner. They accommodated a late addition to the group, gave us good advice on the options and brought the dishes promptly.

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NP
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time I've eaten there. Small plates beautifully presented and cooked.
Really enjoyed the food, and service was superb.

Mild downsides
1) A bit noisy
2) No expresso -- I think fairly fancy places should offer that

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AC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

excellent overall, however, procuring the burger seems a near impossible task. would recommend that there be a more reasonable method to try it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience

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M
New England
9 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I have usually had nothing but positive experiences at A&H, but I have to be honest. During this meal we had ordered the duck plate and it wasn’t until we were done with our other plates and left wondering if/when the duck would be coming out, that we were told there was an issue. By then, we were actually ready to wrap up so we asked them to cancel it.

I understand that this was probably a very isolated incident, but I wanted to be honest with my feedback. I will definitely still return.

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f
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

My server was lovely, but the food was pretty mediocre, which is always disappointing when a place charges such high prices.

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Terrific meal with a great mix of vegetable, meat and seafood options for the eclectic eaters in our group. The cocktails were great too! Found the noise level for our threesome was not overwhelming for conversation, but there was a decent "buzz"

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p
New England
36 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ever evolving menu keeps the dining experience interesting & enjoyable!

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TP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. Food was fabulous... always on point. Service was especially great this visit. Can't wait to come back!

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OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, cocktails and wine list. Service started out great but felt deserted before we were really done. Wanted more, maybe some after dinner drinks or dessert of some sort, but after waiting and waiting we decided to head somewhere else.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food! Everything we ordered was something new and exciting. The restaurant was a little loud/hard to hear across a long table, and the plates weren’t as small as we were made to think. Everything was definitely shareable. Would love to come back here!

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RC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Having eaten at Alden and Harlow for dinner I decided to bring a group for brunch. We were not disappointed! With several of us at one table we were able to try multiple dishes and all were enjoyed. The highlights for brunch were the pigs tails (with delicious creamy grits,) scrambled eggs, kale salad and cinnamon roll. Corn pancakes, croissant french toast and lamb hash were good too but I'll choose one of the highlights I listed over these next time. Service was gracious and professional and we were amazed by how quickly our food was ready too. Whether you go for brunch or dinner you will enjoy Alden and Harlow!

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AH
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
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 on May 17, 2019
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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