Alden and Harlow
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Our 8 oz. House Creekstone Grind, Your Faith, House Made Roll
Fried Brussels Sprouts
Tallow Fried Peanuts, Fish Sauce, Herbs & Pickled Hots
Crispy Pork Belly
Smoked Anson Mills Grits, Parsnip Caponata
We were there for Sunday Brunch. The food was terrible. The menu is different, and could be interesting if it was well prepared. But, poor presentation and it went downhill from there. The breakfast sandwiches were inedible, they arrived at the table almost deconstructed (not on purpose, Just sloppy assembly), and the focaccia fell apart so you could not even pick it up as a sandwich. One sandwich had an uncooked egg, the other sandwich had a hard cooked egg. Spaghetti carbonara was cold, clumpy, tasted like it was a left over from last week. Bacon was very good, and the corn pancakes were good. Wait staff was attentive, the place had a cool vibe, But either the kitchen was ‘off’ today, or the chef needs to spend some time ‘upping’ his game and the output of his staff. I know this is a Harvard Square staple, but I wouldn’t recommend. Very disappointing.
Wonderful brunch, looking forward to returning for dinner!
Our server knew everything about every menu item - both food and drink! She made the perfect recommendations. Food was phenomenal!
Awesome food portions and awesome service. They accommodated us very easily
Excellent food and smart cocktails! A favorite destination.
Incredible food, fun drinks, friendly staff. Lots of options for vegan, veg, and GF!
Fantastic food and atmosphere. Really enjoyed and will be returning soon!
small plates made for sharing. delicious food, fun meal w friends! a bit noisy though
The food and drinks were just as amazing as the atmosphere! Went out to celebrate my engagement and this was the prefect spot. I just wish the server was a little more animated. He was nice and very laid back, but not quite attentive.
Fantastic food, great atmosphere. We are definitely going back
Delicious food! Our server never checked on us once our food had arrived and very difficult to get her attention. Since it’s family style we needed serving silverware for cleanliness sake so it was disappointing any second helping was cold. We wanted more food as she informed us we can order more as we go but we had finished before we could order. Table assistants were extremely attentive and helpful, definitely picked up the servers slack.
Additionally, the hostess was very friendly and helpful but wearing a machine gun charmed necklace or something that looked like a gun. It was shocking to see that and felt out of place.
The food was great. The outdoor seating was terrible. We sat on a cracked side walk, right next to the parking meter. No ambiance at all.
We’ve been many times and always enjoyed it. Last night the service was excellent but the New York Strip was not good at all, the cut of meat was stringy and chewy . Bluefin Tuna was good and fresh, cauliflower Caesar was very creative and delicious. I’ll be back but will not order the steak!!!
Excellent, unusual meal. We loved the Patates Bravas, the burger and the corn pancakes
Great food, great vibes. Definitely a bit on the classier side.
Great food yet it took forever 30++ minutes to come out
Stunning, as always!
fabulous chefs. a tiny bit noisy for us middle-agers but the food and service person (fabulous, knowledgeable and kind!) made up for the noise in spades.
Had an incredible meal at Alden and Harlow! Atmosphere was great, service was attentive, and the food was incredible. The burrata with the fennel biscotti is a must try!! Can’t wait to go back.
My one complaint is that even if the menu doesn’t say, a lot of the dishes are still spicy. It makes me think twice about whether I’ll go back. I like the food and it is prepared very well but I’m so sick of having to work around inedibly spicy food. Particularly at Alden and Harlow prices.
The smoked broccoli was amazing . I had a vegan past a dish and they had smoked bread pudding. If you are in Cambridge Mass , check it out
Very knowledgable and safe with gluten and dairy allergies, and have been for many years! Delicious food!
Was worried about small plates for our group of seven but the meal was wonderful. Some of the plates didn’t seem like they would lend themselves well to sharing (ubiquitous kale salad, basil pasta) but everything was perfect. The plates are bigger than I anticipated, plenty for everybody. Fun cocktails, nice selection of wines. Great atmosphere (don’t let the idea of dining in a basement scare you away!) We had a great Saturday night out!
Imaginative food and drinks with excellent service. Many vegetarian options as well.
Everything was either too salty or sweet
Great vibe, good food, creative cocktails, awesome location.
First time back after the pandemic. The two pasta dishes really surprised and impressed us. Service was outstanding.
The corn pancakes with popcorn are a must! Same with the patatas bravas.
The restaurant was too crowded for the comfort of the four of us. We were squeezed in between two parties without any spacing. We are just coming out of a pandemic so we think everyone should be more conscious of spacing parties . We initially had wanted to eat outside but it was not possible due to weather. Food and drinks were great though.
Overall had a great time!! The vibe inside is great and we were very happy with our meal and drinks overall. Didn’t love the grilled broccoli. It tasted burned/smokey like a cigarette. Would highly the chicken fried rabbit and the tuna crudo.
Wonderful & friendly servers. Love it!
I love the food here as it’s always good. Highly recommend all of the small plates and great place to go if you want vegetarian options. The staff is also super friendly and great!
The air conditioning does not work so sweating throughout the meal was suboptimal. Also they are understaffed so the drinks and food were very slow.
The food was quite good. Servers were very friendly and attentive. We booked a table outside, but 90+ degree temps led to everyone moving in. I was called to ask if that would be alright - thank you. My only issue was that the AC seamed to cut off mid-evening and it started to get very warm in the restaurant. I assume there was some equipment failure, but we never asked. I just kept wiping my brow. The company was to interesting to be distracted. When we left around 9:30p, it was still around 90 degrees outside.
Pre pandemic I was a regular at this really great restaurant that serves a creative menu. The decor and ambiance are always a hit.
Unfortunately, last night the food was over salted and service was really slow.
Sat inside for brunch. Great design with lots of different seating areas. Room is very "live"--noise level high. AC could not keep up with heatwave. Sweltering. Food served one plate at a time with significant lag in between. Before drinks. Burger was really good. Pancakes were mushy, boring. Side of bacon was greasy and undercooked. Bloody was standard. $$ Mimosa served in a cocktail glass. Ahem. Kind of a no. Sad given its awesome location.
Shades and attractive outdoor setting with excellent wait staff!
Amazing food!! They were out of the burgers which was the reason we came in but… Corn pancakes, cauliflower, steak with pupusas, patatas.. all amazing. We were excited for dessert and ordered the smoky bread pudding… I expected smoky I did not expect bacon! Our server told us there was no bacon but I could have sworn there was because of the taste and texture, couldn’t eat it. The ambiance is nice!
Fun food and fab cocktails!
We loved sharing plates and trying everything.
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 3479 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.