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Alden and Harlow

4.6
3382 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
What 3382 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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vipj01776
New England
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and good time. Never disappoints.

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vipAnthonyH
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food options were excellent. We tried several dishes and they were off the hook. We were so impressed with how much flavorful food was and the drinks were on point. I loved the fact they specialize in vegetarian dishes, and it shows they know the stuff!

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vipDanH
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good variety of food. Not too many choices on desserts. Server very responsive.

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MicheleC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - the flavor combinations were unusual and perfecto! Great service, very friendly staff and while it was a bit expensive, spot on for a celebration!

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BigSir
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Atmosphere was cool, but very dish we ordered was extremely salty.

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vipJULIEM
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Totally.

We ate the Beets, spectacular, then we progressed to carrot Bolognese, then steak, then finally the spectacular corn pancakes. Simply delish.

The waitress, Eliza, was incredible with describing and recommending food and wine.

Just perfect - highly recommend.

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lillim
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Food is always good here and usually enjoy it. Wanted to dine outside but no one mentioned they have no patio heaters?? Had we known we would have prepared appropriately. Our waiter was fine but our food delivery was terrible. Ordered 4 starters. Got 2 quickly and then long wait. One of our guests got her entree and we still had not received our other 2 starters. Finally brought one of the missing 2. The last starter came with the rest of our entrees a few minutes later?! We didnt even have enough room on the table not time to enjoy any of it. It was so chilly, food had to be eaten immediately

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Hannah
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose Alden & Harlow for my graduation dinner and it didn’t disappoint! Even more impressive, they were able to accommodate 2 vegans with absolutely no problem. The food options were great, all were extremely flavor-packed and delicious, the service was delightful, and the vibe of the restaurant was awesome. I’ll definitely be going back!

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Cheyenne
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Foccacia egg sandwich is super greasy + no espresso drinks

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TeeT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! If you have an eclectic palate or a foodie this is the place for you. Our waiter was great and the staff worked as a team which made the service great!

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PadminiB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was so ridiculously good, and the brussel sprouts were amazing.

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Alourad
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing. So fun and informative. She went above and beyond. Also the pickled green beans were an awesome starting snack.

Everything was delicious but the basil pasta was insane. Can't wait to go back and try more things!

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tavola
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrea, our server, was terrific. Very attentive and answered our questions about the kitchen's use of pickled and smoked ingredients.

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JulietteL
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

It was a very great time - the only real down side is the music which is way too loud...

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vipFood4Thought
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and service. Alicia was such a great server! We celebrated Dad's retirement.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating, kindly moved us to shade, from mid day sun.
Protocol for safety in these times was great. Being relaxed and able to briefly enjoy outside dining is a real skill. We are thankful.

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CatherineW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very artisanal. Was quite a pleasant experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the most delicious meals I’ve ever had. Everything on the menu has a fun flare but I’ve never been disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was great! You pay for it.... but A&H always delivers a great experience!!

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KobiM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A busy satisfying night at a great restaurant.

Tight service, creative and yummy food. Really tasty cocktails.
At our table we had a couple of hours that felt like the better part of a normal life.

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CoreyJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time. They easily modified a few dishs to satisfy my partners dietary needs. Server was wonderfully nice, and bartenders were knowledgeable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our server, Talia, was just outstanding.

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Nick
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a special occasion! Enjoyed ourselves

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RobertB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My only suggestion is to have all meals come to the table at the same time. The wait staff made a mistake and one of our party had his meal greatly delayed. However, the manager was sure to help and he also provided some assistance with the bill as a result. This was quite appropriate and much appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful meal and great service! Perfect way to celebrate my staff

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Lina
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our waitress was so kind and knowledgeable about the food and drinks. She described this restaurant as family-style and similar to Barcelona Wine Bar’s tapas dishes but larger portions; I didn’t think the portions were significantly larger than those of Barcelona. It was a very classy and esthetic vibe and the cocktail I got (which I didn’t think I’d like but took a risk) was SO delicious. It was called the Daisy Cutter; it has grapefruit infused vodka, elderflower, pomegranate, lemon, and rose. I loved our salmon and Brussels sprouts. The patatas bravas were very average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were one of the last reservations, a little rushed but everything was tasty. Love their menu!

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libragirl
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food at A & H was great as usual. However, there was significant delay in being served our drinks and 2 out of 3 main courses. I'm sympathetic to the idea that there might have been a staffing shortage in the kitchen (which wasn't stated but since my entree was a steak, i have to assume this accounted for the delay. It was almost 90 minutes before i was served the entree, and although the waitstaff apologized graciously, it didn't seem up to the standards one reasonably expects. Same problem w/ a glass of wine and an iced tea--we'd finished the appetizer course before drinks appeared, including 2 rounds of potatoes braves. The staff did offer a free whoopee pie for a birthday dessert, which was kind, but the delays were still disappointing.

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BrunoC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice environment and friendly staff

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vipSashaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Overall this place is super meh. First we had to wait almost 30 minutes to be seated even though we had made a reservation. Second, we were stuck in a corner of the restaurant, and usually i'm fine with that but after waiting almost 30 minutes it was a bit rude. Although we asked our food to be staggered as it came out they brought out our main course while we were still eating appetizers. We had to stop eating our appetizers so our main course wouldn't get cold. I would love to say that the flavors made up for it but they just didn't. Everything was very meh. Lastly, dessert was awful. The smoked chocolate bread pudding was just WAYY too smoky and felt like I was eating charcoal. I love dessert but ended up just eating the vanilla ice cream off the top. Overall, NOT worth the price at all. Way overpriced for what it is.

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vipRichardD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good and enjoyed the small plates concept but although we asked for the courses to be space out many came at the same time. Our server was okay but not very engaging

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vipGrace
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food (except for the carbonara - can't really recommend that one), service is very slow - maybe due to covid.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in boston. Extremely innovative and delicious

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TylerR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food in a very safe outdoor atmosphere! Easy to reserve and easy to find.

MA
MalihehA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

No heaters outside

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vipJamie
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant felt a little sleepy, mostly because they were adhering to COVID occupancy restrictions. The food was all large portions and tasted good.

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vipATXEric
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice atmosphere, located in the heart of Cambridge. Food was very hit and miss. Corn cakes were an unusual hit, as was the Focaccia and pasta dish. Beets were over seasoned and the bread pudding desert was inedible - due to an overpowering smokey flavor. All in all, a nice place but be sure to ask your server for recommendations to avoid the misses. The hits are quite good.

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viphard2plz
New England
60 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A & H are making the sidewalk setting work well. Thoughtfully set up, and everything arrived hot (food) or cool (white wine) as appropriate. Food was tasty, in responsible portions, and take out containers are paper.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wonderful food! Loved the Brussels - literally some of the best I’ve ever had! Potatas Bravas were good too! However, disappointed at the drinks and onion dip - would definitely skip next time. Overall good, service was just okay.

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 3382 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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