Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Greater Boston
  4. Boston
  5. West Cambridge
Alden and Harlow, Cambridge, MA
Alden and Harlow, Cambridge, MA
Alden and Harlow, Cambridge, MA
Alden and Harlow, Cambridge, MA
Alden and Harlow, Cambridge, MA

Alden and Harlow

4.6
4.6
4457 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 163 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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 Late Night Thu–Sat 11:00 am–12:30 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
    West Cambridge
  • 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

Experiences

  • Late Night Menu at the Alden & Harlow Bar

    Multiple dates available
    Join us at the bar for late night snacks and drinks.
    Late Night Menu at the Alden & Harlow Bar Photo
  • Alden & Harlow Five Course Wine Pairing Menu

    $110.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    We are pleased to introduce a special five-course wine dinner featuring a curated selection of Alden & Harlow favorites served alongside inspired pairings from our team.
    Alden & Harlow Five Course Wine Pairing Menu Photo

What 4,457 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

4,457 Reviews
  1. hbauchner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The food was great; service great; wine a bit too expensive - and the incessant music - UGH - enough with loud music.

    Is this helpful?

  2. Belmonite

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very expensive for small plates. Also overly salted

    Is this helpful?

  3. SteveF

    London

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside on a beautiful evening. Hadn't been here in years. Two couples, ordered 6 dishes to share. All were outstanding, including the pasta recommended by our excellent waitperson, Christine.

    Is this helpful?

  4. Daniel

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor option. Great and creative menu items.

    Is this helpful?

  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    top-notch food, service, and ambiance. great bar program, amazing brunch dishes, superb staff!

    Is this helpful?

  6. Tony

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food comes out very quickly, it's all wonderful, and the front of house staff are excellent.

    Is this helpful?

  7. Elliesse

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The first thing our waiter said to us after he asked us if we had dined there before was that the menu items were intended to be sharable. However, when we asked for the "Secret Burger" to be cut in half in the kitchen, he said they don't do that, and he'll bring us a steak knife so we can cut it ourselves, which he did. It's a good thing we had the steak knife because we needed it to cut the Grilled Broccoli. The stalks were so uncooked that the kitchen knife we received with our setups didn't "cut" it and the broccoli stalks were so big that they had to be cut in order to be bite size portions. Everything tasted fine, but it was nothing out of the ordinary. Also, I noticed that my wine pour was not at the same level as my dining partner's and the pours were not very generous anyway for a $16 and $17 glass of wine.

    Is this helpful?

  8. FrequentDiner

    London

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food, the spices, the presentation, and the service -- Alden and Harlow was a quadruple-threat last night. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

    Is this helpful?

  9. GailH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Too noisy, best for younger people. $16 wine was about a quarter of a glass…grilled broccoli tasted burned. Chicken “nuggets” very good. We were there pre-theater and did make the show. Waitress Andrea was nice. Too much for 70-year-olds.

    Is this helpful?

  10. SamuelR

    Caribbean

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Very pleasant team and nice outdoor seating but dinner was not up to usual standards for food and service.

    Is this helpful?

  11. LuisaO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It just was not impressive. There was a vent dripping on our heads and the food was not special. I’ve been there before, but I’ll never go there for brunch again.

    Is this helpful?

  12. LauraG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So, so yummy. Smallish plates but very filling and you can tell prepared with care and consideration. All the flavors went so well together and each forkful was delightful!

    Is this helpful?

  13. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We were sitting at the table for 25 minutes and no one attended us. We were overbearing people next to us we’re getting food to go because it was taking so long. After 30 minutes, we got up and left.

    Is this helpful?

  14. AmyP

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alden snd Harlow is a little pricy, but we’ll worth the splurge. The food and drink are delicious and the service good. We ate outside so noise wasn’t an issue, but I know it can be loud indoors. Definitely get the kale salad. It’s amazing.

    Is this helpful?

  15. SusanP

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were terrific. We requested and ate outside which was on the sidewalk ...not beautiful but what we requested. Our only complaint was that the size of the salmon portion seemed a little skimpy, but definitely would come back and recommend!

    Is this helpful?

  16. Opey1970

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was so amazing! Small menu but everything we had was 5 star. Great drinks and wine.

    Is this helpful?

  17. TreeshaG

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great selection of vegetarian dishes. Loved the seasonal variety

    Is this helpful?

  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place for any occasion. If you are looking for something different unique menu with great flavor.

    Is this helpful?

  19. SarahB

    Dallas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought this place was a cute and hidden gem near the Harvard Square station! I recommend the shakshuka for your meal!

    Is this helpful?

  20. BrianG

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent brunch sharing menu. Service was slow but good.

    Is this helpful?

  21. MaryL

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great fun meal. Different kind of menu and the food was delicious. Best waitress - Kelsey!

    Is this helpful?

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hospitality and food were outstanding! I had the kale salad and basil pasta- highly recommend both and shareable for two.  Ambience was exactly what I was looking for. I will definitely go back there again!

    Is this helpful?

  23. ScottC

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly service, nice ambience outside

    Is this helpful?

  24. JayB

    Greater Boston

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply our favorite place to go for any occasion and incredible food. The small plates to larger sharing plates - the food is incredible. The cocktails as well - awesome. We love the Brussels sprouts, smoked carrots, and the pancake with popcorn is dialed. Love this place!

    Is this helpful?

  25. CarolG

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food options. Lived my brunch Kale salad, focaccia egg sandwich and burger. Excellent coffee as well.

    Is this helpful?

  26. JanetC

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was absolutley fantastic. And Grace our server hit a home run. She was fun, smart, efficient, knowledgable, and really made the whole experience. When I go again I will ask to be seated at her table!

    Is this helpful?

  27. FoodieforLife13

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was wonderful! We got about 7 tapas for 2 people which is a lot but we really wanted to explore the menu. Such a fun and diverse menu. Looking forward to coming back!

    Is this helpful?

  28. KellyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazed by the food and the atmosphere. Will definitely return 🧡

    Is this helpful?

  29. ElizabethO

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner for two at Alden &Harlow. Our waiter was perfect in helping us decide what food and drinks to get. The food was delicious and portioned for the size. They operate family style and each item was definitely fit to serve. We got the kale salad, smoked carrots, and corn pancakes and we were too full to even finish. The desserts were good, but not as amazing as the entrees. I will definitely be back!

    Is this helpful?

  30. AndyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff, excellent service, excellent food, excellent value. By far my favorite restaurant in Boston!

    Is this helpful?

  31. SeaJade99

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and Excellent service. Great birthday dinner!

    Is this helpful?

  32. happyeater1

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent, but there was an odd smell permeating the place.

    Is this helpful?

  33. Emery

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was incredibly warm and hospitable. The food was delicious. According to my 14 year old, the burger was the best part of Boston!

    Is this helpful?

  34. jroe

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was superb. Lots of smokiness in the flavors, from the Bluefish to the Chocolate Bread Pudding. Wonderful atmosphere too.

    Is this helpful?

  35. Suze

    New York Area

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Unique and creative food. Very interesting combinations of flavors in new ways. We shared Burrata as a first and it came on a bread that almost tasted like gingerbread. My main of smoked chicken raviolo on creamed parsnips had peas, string beans and various greens on top. Grandson had rabbit for the first time and said it was excellent. Drinks menu very long and exotic

    Is this helpful?

  36. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    I would not recommend the wine pairing menu. We were a large party and two of us ordered the (fairly expensive) wine and food tasting menu with 5 wines and 5 dishes. The waiter did a fine job, but the restaurant was busy and we quickly fell behind the rest of our party as they were finished with their whole meals while we had just had 2 of the courses. Many of the food runners were confused and would place wine tasting dishes in the center of the table like they were shared appetizers. The 5 course menu was also SHARED, the two people on the wine tasting menu had to split each dish??… which seemed extremely strange… how did we not get our own dishes on a wine and food pairing?? The menu was quite expensive and to have every dish presented as a shared appetizer to be split between two people seemed to cheapen the experience (would they just chop the dishes in half if one person ordered the wine tasting??.. it didn’t make much sense.) And with the waiter (again very pleasant) overwhelmed with other tables, our wine pairing would be either finished or not available when the food was presented. It was also a 83 birthday party, which I had communicated to the restaurant which went completely unacknowledged.. we eventually just ask for a candle to be put into an apple crumb.. extremely awkward when you are trying to keep it a surprise. I have dined here before and have only have good experiences, but this time, the experience was frankly… awful.

    Is this helpful?

  37. loved

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to bring out-of-town guests. We had a fantastic meal and our friends loved it.

    Is this helpful?

  38. EllenM

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great brunch/lunch. Chose three dishes for two of us. Loved the kale salad and the egg on focaccia sandwich.

    Is this helpful?

  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience5
    The ricotta on zucchini bread sounded good on paper, but the zucchini bread was super dry, almost like burnt toast, and was drowned in an apple jam, so instead of tasting ricotta and zucchini bread, all we got was mouthfuls of apple compote and dry bread. The entrees also came out 10 minutes apart, so my partner’s meal was cold by the time mine arrived. I expect the normal Boston prices for a meal at a cool looking spot like this, but to have both less than excellent food quality and poor service on top of a moderately pricey bill was not great. The only plus side was the cocktails were excellent - I’d go again, but only for drinks.

    Is this helpful?

  40. KatieS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and our server Thomas was lovely and attentive.

    Is this helpful?

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 4.6 stars by 4457 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 163 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Alden and Harlow

40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Mt Auburn Street
  • Neighborhood
    West Cambridge
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Late Night Thu–Sat 11:00 am–12:30 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
Discover
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2023 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
Rentalcars Logo
OpenTable Logo