Alden and Harlow

4.6
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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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C
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is fantastic. We were promptly seated upon arrival. The cocktails are all inventive, and very tasty. The food has a pretty wide range of options, and everything we had had a great presentation and was delivious. The food is all balanced tremendously, nothing felt to acidic/salty/etc. Service was great, and good ambiance. Favorite was probably the pork belly. Favorite cocktail - oat & about

Definitely check this one out.

R
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was extremely good and there were plenty of options and substitutions available for my husband and me who don't eat meat. Such a treat of a meal!

CA
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two thumbs up! If I had more thumbs I’d give more

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server and everybody who provided service to our table were amazing. They were very attentive, helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. The food was very good. We were glad to be there and will go back again.

ED
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been to Alden & Harlow 4 times -- twice with 2 people total and twice with groups 4+. Overall, we felt like this restaurant is best suited for 2 people. The quality of the food is amazing (highly recommend the burrata and their bread and butter is to die for) but the portion sizes are really the right amount for 2-3 people. However, with 4+ people we always felt like we only got to have 1 bite of each dish so didn't have as good of an experience. If you are going with a big group, plan that each dish will feed 3 people, so order multiple of the same dish.

BW
Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good. Not great. Definitely a fun atmosphere, enjoyed the food more at their bar upstairs (Longfellow). Both fun places though and good drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food and a welcoming and affable waitstaff

DD
New England
55 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Always a favorite but a few weeks ago we had a terrible experience where literally every dish was just awful, congealed, overcooked, clearly not delivered fresh, every taste of items we've had multiple times in the past was just off-- too salty, to vinegary, etc.. We almost didn't go back it was so bad but it had just been that one time so we gave it another shot and it was mostly back to it's usual standards (maybe they had a replacement cook that night?) although the brussel sprouts were way too salty. Everything else was great. They had a special for Valentines Day that was a lobster tail for $40. It was delicious, except it was so small, like the lobster tail from a chick lobster, my husband and I shared all dishes so for this $40 dish we each got two bites. Overall while the restaurant is pricy I've always thought it fair for the quality but this was really pushing the limit in terms of value/pricing.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service!

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TP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its simply the best, our go to spot for special occasions

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Every time I book Alden and Harlow on Opentable I end up at the same crammed two top table in the bar area. Would be nice to receive a different table sometime.

LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The two-person tables are very close together so it felt a little squished and loud. They were also out of the secret burger by 6:15! It was Valentines day so it was crowded but they really should’ve prepared more burgers on Valentines day! Otherwise, the food was great and the waiter was very nice.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with even better service! The chicken thigh torch on was a perfect blend of textures with amazing flavor.

L
New England
50 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Second visit , appreciated server explaining and suggestions.
Tequila cocktail was very good , extensive beer list.
Secret Hamburger was perfect.
Disappointing was chicken nuggets ( needed more dipping sauce, rather dry to us ) . The Valentine’s Day special dessert was mascarpone cheese cake with carmelized popcorn was a disappointment.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Food was overpriced and frankly not nearly as good as they think it is. Back room was incredibly noisy. Our server was friendly, warm and knowledgeable but that was the highlight of the experience.

PS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

My first visit last fall was great! The service was good and the food was really great. This time around I was disappointed in the food as the dishes did not live up to the standard we were expecting. Sorry, but this time around the flavors were nothing special. I will still recommend Alden and Harlow to friends because I liked it so much the first time. I hope that I will be pleasantly surprised the next time i visit.

EM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible!! Will be back!! Ambiance was perffect!

MR
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My friends had the special burger which they liked and I know is good. I had the kale salad very good and the clams which were ? The clams themselves were pretty good but the sauce? Could not figure out what was in the dense sauce.

We had a high top table which was not clear on our reservation. I did ask to be moved but the request could not be accommodated.

Excellent service from our server and other person.

W
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server took the time to review everything on the menu (starring particulars) for one guest who was nervous about spicy items. We ordered 6 items for 3 women, which was more than filling. The Burrata was a particular standout, as were the Verrell Farm corn pancakes, although we managed to rave about every item. Cant't wait to return!

MT
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is special. They make the food they want to eat, and you'll want to too.

S
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Not much for vegan/dairy-allergic

A
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautifully treated vegetables. Every dish put together with car.

L
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was not. For a foodie place with a unique menu, the waitress was terrible. Could not describe the various dishes.

m
New England
32 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love the share plates here. There are many good choices for lacto-ovo vegetarians like me. The quality of the food is excellent and the service is perfect.

HE
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice atmosphere. Food was ok, nothing special. The kale salad was very good otherwise we were underwhelmed. Service was lacking, no offers of coffee refills. A bit pretentious and the small plate menu ended up costing a lot more than we wanted to spend on an average brunch.

TO
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

They sat us in a freezing area that was obviously uncomfortable!! After two tables complained and they didn’t move us to a more comfortable table,the least they could have done was buy us a drink or something for the trouble!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service an all around excellent experience.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The service was a little bit slow. I’m not sure if it’s okay if you are ordering a cocktail and it takes 15-20 minutes to make it... I was there before and didn’t have this problem. Hopefully it happened only once

DK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

but it is a bit of a problem not knowing when your food will come

FC
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Stunning! Meticulously composed plates, beautifully layered, complex flavors and without pretense.

S
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service at a reasonable rate.

L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food, service and vibe are wonderful. My one complaint from our meal last weekend was that we ordered a bunch of items to share amongst our party of 4 and I was worried that we ordered too much at once and asked our server to please make sure it was paced out well, without bringing too much too quickly. She assured me that that would not happen. Sure enough, that completely happened and way too much food came at once and happened for the whole meal. I was disappointed that the kitchen could not pace the meal better, and that was a specific concern of mine.
Other than that we loved it and will return but please consider working on that issue!

p
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent experience! Service and food are best in Harvard Square.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight for the senses
The flavors here are incredibly well thought out, kudos to the chef, even the vegetarian fare is at a whole different level

H
New England
36 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great brunch experience!

LD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere, the servers let us have a nice long brunch and never once rushed us!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere as always

TT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Creative small plates and entrees in Harvard Square It's a great option for almost any occasion. The drink list is also strong.
Get there early for the secret hamburger!

A
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I have been here many times over the years, often sitting at the bar, and feel this is one of the better restaurants in Cambridge/Boston. I brought a small group of friends with me this time and we sat at a table in the bar area. The service was not great and the food took forever and it’s too dark and too loud. Unfortunately I don’t think any of my friends left with a positive impression. While the cocktails are always good, it seems the standard pour of wine is about 3 oz, maybe 4 at best. Feels like an absolute ripoff at $14-15/glass. This should be noted on the menu so that a group can make a more informed decision about ordering by the glass or getting a bottle.

KK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upon arrival, everyone I interacted with was positive, professional and enjoyable to be around. Our food, both appetizers and entrees were uniquely presented and delicious. Our server Collin was exceptional. Professional and very personable. The entire staff was attentive to details, and checked on things at the table with the perfect amount of frequency. It was a very gratifying and tasty experience.

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