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Alden and Harlow

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3805 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.

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Booked 94 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-2100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Private party contact

    Jen Fields: (617) 864-2100

  • Neighborhood

    Harvard Square

  • Cross street

    Mt Auburn Street

  • Parking details

    University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.

  • Public transit

    Alden and Harlow is accessible via the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Provisions

Pre-order preferred

  • Whole Feather Brook Farms Chicken$38.00

    Roasted or Brined, Salsa Verde (available by pre-order only)

    • Feather Brook Farms Eggs

      • Half Dozen$9.00
    • Tomato Sauce

      • Quart$8.00
    • Fresh Pasta (Daily Selection)

      • Pound$12.00
    • Grated Italian Cheese Blend

      • Pint$9.00
    • Cookie Dough of the Day

      • Quart$16.00
    • Three-Onion Dip

      • Pint$12.00
    • Honey, Root Vegetable & Ricotta Dip

      • Pint$9.00
    • Rosemary & Salt Focaccia

      • Quarter-Sheet$9.00
    • AH Kale Salad Kit$14.00

      Creamy Pistachio Dressing, Honey & Fennel

      • Pickled Corn Pancake Kit$16.00

        Buttermilk, Maple, Shishito

        • Herb Marinated Skirt Steak

          Ready to Cook at Home

          • 8oz$20.00

        Classics

        • Grilled Rosemary Focaccia$14.00

          Honey, Root Vegetable & Ricotta Dip

          • Chips & Three-Onion Dip$12.00

            • Seared Bluefin Crudo*$18.00

              Smoked Pear Butter, Mint

              • Patatas Bravas$13.00

                Garlic Toum, Tarragon Aioli, Pickled Peppers

                • Ubiquitous Kale Salad$15.00

                  Creamy Pistachio Dressing, Honey & Fennel

                  • Grilled Broccoli$16.00

                    Butternut Squash Hummus, Bianco Sardo & Cashew

                    • Roasted Cauliflower Caesar$16.00

                      Garlic Crumbs, Caesar Dressing, Parmigiano & Capers

                      • Fried Brussels Sprouts$16.00

                        Tallow Fried Peanuts, Fish Sauce, Herbs & Pickled Hots

                        • Plancha'd Halloumi$16.00

                          Vinegar Poached Figs, Burnt Shallot Mostarda

                          • Pickled Corn Pancakes$17.00

                            Buttermilk, Maple, Shishito

                            • Local Burrata$17.00

                              Smoked Almond Butter & Crumble, Pumpkin, Sage

                              • Braised Shortrib Mafaldine$23.00

                                Roasted Root Vegetables, Pistachio Dukka, Bianco Sardo

                                • Ora King Salmon*$24.00

                                  Celery Root, Apples, Pickled Cabbage

                                  • Crispy Pork Belly$18.00

                                    Smoked Anson Mills Grits, Parsnip Caponata

                                    • Secret Burger*$18.00

                                      Our 8 oz. House Creekstone Grind, Your Faith, House Made Roll

                                      • Basil Pasta$23.00

                                        Carrot Bolognese, Herb Salad, Pecorino

                                        • Japanese Yams a la Plancha$16.00

                                          Green Harissa, Lentil Vinaigrette

                                          • Grilled Skirt Steak*

                                            Mushroom Latkes, White Bean, Fried Apple Pickles

                                            • 8 oz.$32.00
                                            • 12 oz.$48.00

                                          Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                          What 3,805 people are saying

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                                          4.5
                                          4.5 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.5Food
                                          • 4.5Service
                                          • 4.6Ambience
                                          • 4.2Value

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                                          1. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined today

                                            overall2food4service1ambience4

                                            Went for brunch and had a remarkably bad experience. Our waiter came over shortly after we arrived and took our drink and food orders then he literally never interacted with us again… for over 45 minutes. We had to go to the bar to get our own drinks after the initial order and go to the host station to get our bill at the end. We’ve gone here probably 10-15 times since it’s opened, and the food has remained consistently good, but the service has gotten progressively worse to the point it’s ruined the last two experiences we’ve had there and we won’t be returning.

                                          2. JR

                                            JackR

                                            Chicago

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall2food2service2ambience4

                                            The service was slow and the food not good enough to overcome the bad service. My steak was overdone and tough. One visit was enough for me to decide not to return.

                                          3. AS

                                            AndyS

                                            New England

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Came here to celebrate a special occasion and Alden and Harlow didn’t disappoint! The food, service, and ambiance were all amazing. It’s definitely one of my top restaurants in Boston and I would come back again and again. 5/5.

                                          4. JC

                                            JCar

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Our server was outstanding. Food was delightful, but her service made it a really noteworthy experience.

                                          5. CC

                                            CalifCambr

                                            Naples

                                            6 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined 4 days ago

                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                            First time here. Took out of town visitors for pre-theater dinner. Interesting, unexpected food combinations. Didn’t understand it was small plates for sharing from reading the website beforehand. Prices are expensive since you need 1.5-2 plates per person. Staff was fantastic and worked very well to cover for each other when busy. Will definitely return for a special occasion.

                                          6. J

                                            Julia

                                            New England

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delicious cocktail and very tasty "mystery" (off the menu) burger. Can't go wrong...plus so many nice vegetarian options.

                                          7. AF

                                            AngelaF

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 7 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food, ambiance, and service was outstanding! We had some severe allergies in our party but our server was extremely accommodating on swapping things out and explaining dishes.

                                          8. H

                                            Hannahble

                                            New England

                                            7 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on May 15, 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            Had a great meal

                                          9. MS

                                            MattS

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fantastic. Blown away by how fast the food came out, and how delicious it was. Definitely one of the best restaurants in Harvard Square, if not Cambridge.

                                          10. SL

                                            SLA123

                                            New England

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall3food5service4ambience4

                                            Food was amazing and server great but, entrees came one at a time with the last one arriving 15 or more minutes after others had arrived. Such a bummer as everything else was fantastic.

                                          11. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great cocktails and unique flavor combinations for all the meals.

                                          12. AR

                                            ARCY

                                            Washington DC

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall1food3service1ambience2

                                            Came here because I heard it had one of the best brunches in the area. Was easy to get a reservation. Got the Morning Dew and Island Time for drinks. Morning dew was pretty tart, Island Time was ok, not the tropical drink I expected. For food, we ordered the sweet corn pancakes, pickled corn biscuit and gravy, and a side of torched fruit. When we ordered food, I did not expect that to be the last time to talk to our server. She never came back to check on us. I usually don’t mind that but we weren’t told that things come out when they’re ready. So we got the fruit and biscuit and gravy, but waited another 15 for the corn pancakes and thought she might have forgotten it. The food was decent, the biscuit and gravy was the best thing, herb salad was interesting. The corn pancakes were good, had a good crisp, not too sweet. Torched fruit was an odd choice but not too bad. After we were finished and wanted to close out, we couldn’t get our server to see us for about another 20-30 minutes. Turns out we weren’t the only ones with an issue because the table next to us had an issue with the food and the way they came out. Luckily a manager came out to talk to them and helped them out, us? Not so much but I was just glad the server saw me holding my card and dropped the check with no other words to us. Super disappointing and honestly not worth the hassle in my opinion.

                                          13. KE

                                            KellyE

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Fantastic food and service. Our favorite place for brunch and dinner. Staff is attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, and really make an effort to get to know you.

                                          14. LC

                                            LauraC

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 13, 2022

                                            overall2food2service1ambience1

                                            Pretentious location with no reason. Our food arrived scattered, some of us had to start eating and they were almost done by the time everyone got their order.

                                          15. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New York Area

                                            4 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on May 12, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience5

                                            We went to the long fellows bar upstairs first. It was absolutely fantastic. I got the “Fairies wear boots’ , which was one of the most fresh drinks I have ever had. Dinner was also great. Ambiance is fun date night. We split the kale salad which was delicate, nut flavor. Small plate salmon as our entrees- excellent. Will definitely come back when we are in the area.

                                          16. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Philadelphia

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 11, 2022

                                            overall4food2service2ambience3

                                            Many items on the menu are pickled, and items are described on the menu but appear very differently on the plate. The beef short rib arrived as a small square brick, which was not expected; it had been cooked to force it into a rectangle which did make it quite dry and made the interior texture fairly unpleasant. Drinks were hit or miss. My colleagues had similar experiences with their meals - either overcooked, under seasoned, under salted or generally underwhelming. I was a bit disappointed overall. Our waiter checked in infrequently and was hard to get a hold of when we wished to order a drink, food or dessert.

                                          17. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Memphis/West TN

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 10, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

                                            Everything was perfect !!

                                          18. J

                                            Jfood

                                            New York Area

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on May 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food and service was excellence! Great a dining experience !

                                          19. E

                                            Esprit

                                            New England

                                            7 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                            The cocktail list is so innovative. The food is fantastic! I had a kale Caesar salad with shaved fennel dressed perfectly. I had the crudo also; it comes in an orange infused olive oil. My mother had the soft shell crab on a homemade biscuit with the most delicious gravy (not too salty). The service was impeccable! Originally we were seated at a high top under the speaker. My mother is petite and uses a cane. Hearing is also an issue. I was surprised the hostess thought that would be an appropriate table for us and said we would prefer the quieter café table.

                                          20. GH

                                            GabrielleH

                                            New England

                                            10 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            10 reviews

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We had a great mother's day lunch here. The food is just as good as I remember it from 2019. We enjoyed some cocktails and split the kale salad, the squash latkes, the grilled broccoli, brussel sprouts, and french toast. Every single dish was delicious and left us feeling very satisfied.

                                          21. AS

                                            AmitS

                                            New England

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food and drinks! Service was awesome for our brunch. Server marked up my menu to show all the gluten-free options for me.

                                          22. MC

                                            MargeryC

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            We went for brunch on Mothers’ Day. The place was very busy but we were not rushed and never felt ignored. The staff is fantastic, each person knowing exactly what to do. As I am celiac, I asked immediately what on the menu would work for me. Our waiter took the menu back to the kitchen and personalized it for me, marking what was safe and what could be modified. When my food was delivered, each person who set a plate down stated that it had been prepared gluten-free. I had the torched fruit and the squash latkes. Totally interesting and delicious. My husband, who does not have any food allergies, had the French toast, served with bananas and brown butter whipped cream (and not syrup), which he said was the best he had ever had.

                                          23. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Los Angeles

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                            overall5food4service5ambience4

                                            lots of vegetarian options- all fresh and well executed- Highly recommend for that reason alone! Close to Harvard, younger vibe and lots of tables for groups of friends who were dining together

                                          24. EO

                                            EmilyO

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            This is my favorite place to bring friends and family to when they visit Boston/Cambridge

                                          25. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Washington DC

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Absoleulty loved this place. The design, the food, the service — it was all amazing. We will definitely return when we’re in the area.

                                          26. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                            overall4food5service3ambience4

                                            Good was very good. Service seemed a bit indifferent.

                                          27. g

                                            ginandre

                                            New York Area

                                            14 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            14 reviews

                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            Very fresh innovative food. I really appreciate the incorporation of various veggies into the different sauces and new ideas(herbs, elevated staples).

                                          28. AL

                                            AmirL

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 5, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great experience !!! I will come back soon with friends

                                          29. R

                                            Rcg24

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 4, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Austin(I think , ?) our server was top notch. Super knowledgeable and attentive. Really helped make the experience great. Please give that man some props.

                                          30. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Orlando

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on May 2, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            What a cool place in Harvard Square! Food and service is outstanding. Ambience is just as good. Really a must stop when visiting Boston.

                                          31. JB

                                            JayB

                                            New England

                                            8 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            8 reviews

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            What’s not to love about amazing food from roast carrots to the salmon collar with Brussel sprouts to cocktails that astound the tastebuds? Nothing. Alden and Harlowe is one of the only restaurants I recommend to people who want a great food experience in a beautiful setting and I know it will not disappoint.

                                          32. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Milwaukee

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                            Went for Sunday Brunch and Food was excellent. We had read that not all food comes at the same time, but we're disappointed that it was 30 minutes between when the first and last meals arrived.

                                          33. KE

                                            KellyE

                                            New England

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food and service were fantastic. This place never disappoints.

                                          34. C

                                            Cloudspotter

                                            New England

                                            5 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on April 28, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Absolutely delighted. Will go back again and again and again....😊🙏🏽

                                          35. JH

                                            JeffH

                                            New England

                                            34 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            34 reviews

                                            Dined on April 28, 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience3

                                            It was fine, great service. Food is very good.

                                          36. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New England

                                            3 reviews

                                            2.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on April 27, 2022

                                            overall2food2service3ambience1

                                            Really disappointing. Brussels were way too salty, bluefish fishy, pasta undercooked, pancakes too sugary. Server forgot the kale salad. Bartender lacked any bit of friendliness, and it was so incredibly loud — hard to have a conversation. Apple & Harlow cocktail was excellent.

                                          37. H

                                            Hassan

                                            New England

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The Service was simply AMAZING ❤️. The waiters were so informative attended to our needs immediately and very warm and friendly. Basically they were passionate and genuine about what they were doing. Can not remember the two names but on was Tevin not Kevin 😀. The Food was so tasteful everything tasted different that what we had at other places. The food was pretty good and so many dishes but will recommend the pesto pasta. Alden & Harlow Big Thank you for a wonderful evening.

                                          38. O

                                            Olga

                                            New England

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent overall experience! Celebrated my 🥳🎂. Highly recommend!

                                          39. MW

                                            MsWhoaBear

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                            overall5food5service3ambience5

                                            Great food - perfect for brunch. My favorite was the egg sandwich!

                                          40. DJ

                                            DJ70

                                            New England

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Loved the concept of bringing out each dish as it was ready as we shared each item.

                                          Safety precautions

                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                            • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                          • 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

                                          FAQs

                                          Alden and Harlow offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 864-2100.

                                          Alden and Harlow is rated 4.5 stars by 3805 OpenTable diners.

                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                          Booked 94 times today
                                          Google Map for Alden and Harlow

                                          40 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138

                                          Additional information

                                          • Cross street

                                            Mt Auburn Street

                                          • Neighborhood

                                            Harvard Square

                                          • Hours of operation

                                            Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                          • Cuisines

                                            American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates

                                          • Dining style

                                            Casual Dining

                                          • Dress code

                                            Casual Dress

                                          • Parking details

                                            University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.

                                          • Public transit

                                            Alden and Harlow is accessible via the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop.

                                          • Payment options

                                            AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                          • Executive chef

                                            Michael Scelfo

                                          • Additional

                                            Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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