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Alden and Harlow

4.6
3238 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3238 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WelshGirl
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Each time I've been to Alden and Harlow I have found the food to be over salted. That is not something I've experienced at any other restaurant. They do a unique interpretation of vegetable dishes which I find pleasing (barring the extra salt). The menu is limited in there selection of protein options.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was delicious but overpriced. You come to find out when you’re about to order, that the food is actually “small plate” style but it’s pricing does not match the tapas style they alude to. Still delicious though.

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vipAdam
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurants, always delivers!

Was able to eat outside in a nice patio out back.

MO
MaggieO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fabulous experience considering the ramifications of Covid. Had so much fun!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic anniversary dinner at a table outside—thanks for everything, it was a very special night! Fantastic drinks

AK
vipAKay
Oklahoma City
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot in Cambridge for shared plates and cocktails.

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Dewey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at a table outside to celebrate a milestone anniversary. It was the first time we’ve dined out since COVID, and in addition to the food and cocktails being fantastic I felt totally safe, a nice feeling in these weird times. We’re counting down to our next visit!

DS
vipDodiS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a treasure! The food was outstanding and so creative. It’s a small plates menu so really nice to go with a small group and sample many items as there are so many delicious options. We ate outdoors so ambiance was minimal but the indoor space looks elegant and inviting. The service was excellent and special appreciation to covid guidelines and serving small plates which required many trips back and forth to the kitchen. Would highly recommend and definitely return

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vipAnna
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love the food here. The waitstaff was very friendly and I appreciate that they didn’t make us feel rushed. Reasonably priced too.

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bostonfoodie
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots in the Boston area, the food is always amazing. The brussel sprouts and kale salad are so tasty.

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vipkittykat
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Covid has put a “damper” on the indoor dining experience. There is less energy of the atmosphere for sure.

MP
vipMelissaP
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Went for lunch to finally try their famous burger. Food was fine but wasn’t the same as per covid and servers were odd. Either ignored us completely or were downright dismissive. Our main server was pretty good but every other person we encountered was almost rude. Food wasn’t good enough to justify

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viphpic
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch and ate outside. Food was great. Service excellent. They have done a nice job managing to the new safety standards.

AJ
vipAJMBoston
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fabulous! The corn pancakes were to die for!

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WilliamC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

The food was phenomenal but the service was not. I am not sure if our waitress forgot about us or not but she wasn't very attentive. The food though was so spectacular.

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TraceyC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and cocktails were interesting and delicious. Having multiple small dishes allowed us to choose a variety of ingredients and kept the cost reasonable. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipStevie
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved a table for 2 on a weekend evening. When we arrived, really felt comfortable and safe with our indoor table location and spacing between other parties. All staff were wearing masks and following safe protocols. Our server, Cody, was awesome. He was very attentive and helpful with menu choices and really managed the timing of our dishes throughout the meal.

Food was delicious, drinks were perfect and hit the spot. We really enjoyed our visit, and I give credit to the staff for keeping the Alden and Harlow vibe alive even during the Covid situation.

Thanks for a great evening!

AC
AlleyCat
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio with garden views. Lovely lights. Well set up for social distancing. The servers were careful and attentive. The corn pancakes are THE BEST!!!

MD
vipMelissaD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing experience overall! The food was top chef quality, the service exceptional! They made the entire experience out of this world! We will be back!

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JenniferW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, interesting cocktails and food selection. We dined outside and everything was wonderful.

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SuzanneH
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great spot-great menu
Service was awesome and they play AWESOME music!!!

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vipNonnie
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food was quite good and the portions were fine -- except for the tuna, which was delicious but a bit sparse. We waited a bit for waiter service, understandable but still a little bothersome. If there are heat lamps, it's probably time to put them out (we were there Saturday evening).

LH
vipLoveHB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and warm service. Would recommend to foodies !

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Excellent food and ambiance. Drinks were the highlight of the night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The bartender tonight was the star of the show. Fantastic drinks that were spot on.

Food was great. The seared Tuna was remarkable: there was a ton of flavor going on that somehow never overpowered the tuna. The chef knows how to use garlic, for which I'm grateful.

Thanks to COVID, our indoor dining experience was private and quiet - couldn't ask for more.

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vipSHSH
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

App came out before drinks, my entree came out long before my friend’s, service was nowhere to be found for the check. And my meal was overly salty and tasted like it had been sitting under a heat lamp for a while.

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Jean
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Their fried brussels sprouts are a must. Had their burger as an entree and it was not overly greasy, cooked to the right temperature (medium rare plus)... recommend that.

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vipNEfoodie
New England
78 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing!! Setting was outside which was not ideal (right next to parked cars and difficult to fit our entire party at the table) but given the circumstances, it was fine and certainly forgiveable. Our only negative was the server who was simultaneously unfriendly and distracted. Not awful but service did not match the incredible food. We will come back however!! And would absolutely recommend Alden and Harlow!

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Silvina
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside so "ambience" and noise weren't important to us. The food was amazing and I appreciate all they are doing during this crazy time. Loved it!

MW
MichaelaW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a lovely outdoor dining experience that felt very Covid-safe and just wonderful to go out to dinner and get to eat an delicious meal. Highly recommend!

BG
vipBGray
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time diner and it won’t be our last. Food was fabulous and sitting outside was charming. Great location and we are still dreaming about the carbonara!

KW
vipKevinW
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We took advantage of good weather and sat outside early Saturday evening- perfectly comfortable. We had moved away and wanted to see if A&H still was as good as we remembered. They did an outstanding job, some new items were very much appreciated, but the pancakes - Oh how we missed those.

Great execution and consistently done- fantastic

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vipTanyaT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Food was good, but overpriced. Service left a lot to be desired.

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Ducky
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

My friends seemed to be happy with their meals but I thought the watermelon salad was practically inedible. It was small for a lunch entree and there was so much pepper on it that all the other flavors were destroyed. I almost sent it back.

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ShivaniS
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Awesome cocktails- great Ambience - definitely will recommend to friends and family and will visit soon again.

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DonnaS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time out since March. It was nice.

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viptreatsnsnoozin
New England
48 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Just go for the carrot bolognese. It's just so good. We sat on their new back "patio" which could use a little more ambiance but still great to have an outdoor option here. Love the complimentary pickled green beans to start - even our kids couldn't get enough of those. Some plates felt a little small for the price, but then again everyone needs to survive these days! Quality didn't disappoint. Service was good and again, that carrot bolognese, I'd eat it over and over again.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Wonderful as always.

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kerryn
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious—cocktail, orange wine, Brussels sprouts, corn pancakes, tomato leaf pasta.
And the woman waiting our tables was delightful and fun in just the right ways. Really nice evening out. Lots of indoor distancing.

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vipKathryn
New England
41 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Our experience was aweful last night. I pre ordered the chicken two days before we went to eat dinner. They told us that we couldn’t eat it at the restaurant and that we had to take it home. Strange considering we were eating dinner there and nobody told us. Well when we got the chicken it was partly cooked so we had to cook the rest of it our self and the chicken juice leaked every where. We have been here before and loved it which is why we went back. At this time my husband and Husband and I won’t go back.

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 3238 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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