Alden and Harlow

4.6
3537 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
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
What 3537 people are saying
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StevenS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Overall, very innovative and well done. Amazing veggie dishes, from the brussel sprouts to the kale salad to the roasted cartots. Burger was also great!

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StevenV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy atmosphere and very innovative well prepared foods

They say the plates were small, but they were actually full-size

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Keni
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience there!

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LuciaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went here for brunch and the food was absolutely incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. We were assigned a corner table but the service was great, my drink (Blue Monday) was delicious.

JB
JulieB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, terrific location, creative drink menu and more. Our party of 4 sampled many of the items on the menu and all were delicious. Unique flavors and techniques made for fresh takes on classic dishes. Waitstaff were attentive & friendly. We will be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a nice late dinner here. Overall experience was good. Service was excellent. Food portion is generous being shareables. I would check the menu before making a decision. Most items on the menu contain some sort of allergen, specifically dairy. However the kitchen was able to accommodate by removing certain components of the dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This is a place that makes you feel fancy. The service was spectacular but I was not a fan of the food despite how fancy the presentation was. A bit pricey for my tastes but had a lovely time and would return if a friend invited me. (Perspective- I’m a cheap burger and French fries kind of guy)

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MarianaM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

For the most part our dishes were really good, but our $50 stake was overcooked.
It's overall pricey.

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vipKristin
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! The food is amazing and small plates allow you to try lots of it.

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vipAhsanA
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The ambience and the staff were great, but the food kind sucked. Not sure I would ever go back there.

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vipclaypoint
London
37 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Worst dining experience I’ve had in a long time. There was a 50+ minute delay between plates… even though our waitress had said that the restaurant is “tapas style,” which suggested that the small plates would arrive in fairly quick succession. Several of the dishes were cold when they arrived. Waited 30+ minutes for cocktails. The food was ok, but absolutely nothing to write home about. Then the bill arrived. I eat at a variety of restaurants, and I can’t remember ever feeling ripped off before. I certainly did tonight. In the end I apologized to my guest and said, “I owe you a dinner.” Needless to say, I won’t return. Alden & Harlow is complete hype.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The good: Very good, locally sourced food. Great cocktails.

The bad: waited +25 minutes to get seated for a 7:30 reservation and they sat someone who arrived after us before we got seated. They were apologetic but not to the point of sending the manager over or any special treatment.

Our waiter was too casual and absent-minded, forgetting to check on whether the Secret Burger was available (it wasn’t by the time he checked) and we heard him apologizing to the table behind for forgetting their drinks throughout their meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, but the restaurant is a little too noisy - we had to shout at each other to be heard.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to
Go with friends!

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vipwqlohmey
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, salmon latkes and kale salad were exceptional

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Bluefin
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, tasty and original, presented in a wonderful order at a leisurely pace. Truly enjoyable night out with friends.

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viphakkawhatswrong
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for brunch. Brunch menu is eclectic. Definitely a place for sharing plates which was not really apropos during the covid times. But still really enjoyed the food and the server was very nice.

However one point, our server decided to be unmasked at one point continually and that probably wasn’t good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Service was excellent also.

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GillianO
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Disappointing.

The "patio" is just a table next to idling cars and traffic. The waitress did not tell us it was a tapas place; after we had ordered she said it was "family style" and that dishes would come out at different times. Just tell us this is a tapas place where you share dishes! Otherwise diners will leave hungry!

The grilled carrots were OK, some were delicious but half were undercooked and really hard. I had asked if the "aleppo" peppers were spicy. The waitress said no. :( but they ARE spicy!

All in all, OK food, disappointing atmosphere and service; would not go back. (Go to Dali instead.)

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viparizonaepicurean
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This Harvard area icon has been serving since I started to travel in Boston. I always stop because it’s just fun. First, there is the eclectic area. Friendly, professional service. Notably creative cocktail menu with interesting ingredients, some crafted in house. It’s a popular and crowded spot, yet they don’t make me feel rushed. Enjoying a couple of cocktails and an appetizer was only mildly impeded by ambient noise. Menu shifts so ordering multiple dishes and sharing is the way to go. Ask the servers about dish sizes since they don’t really track consistently. Sample and have fun!

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viplarmcan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and interesting dishes. Get the corn cakes!

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GDC2013
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with many vegetarian options! Love the cozy atmosphere.

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vipStevie
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Good was delicious as always, but was a little disappointed with the timing of courses to the table. We received two smaller dishes in a timely manner but then waited for the daily special for over 15- 20 minutes. Dining room was not very crowded so wasn’t sure why there was such a delay.

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I’ve heard amazing things about this restaurant, which is why I went. However, I was really disappointed with the service. For a restaurant that charges $14 for four slices of focaccia (it was delicious), I would expect waitstaff who are somewhat attentive. We had to ask multiple times for drinks, water and condiments. I’m not typically picky, and I don’t typically write reviews, but hoping someone from management will see this and try to address the issue. I know it is a better place than what I experienced last night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and super cool environment! Coming again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order the onion dip, broccoli hummus, pickled corn cakes, and farm veggies a la plancha. Absolutely delicious meal.

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mccalice
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a bit pricey, but not as much so as some other options in the area—and you are paying for uniquely-prepared food you would probably never make at home and the overall experience.

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Ross
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Space and staff was fantastic but not my type of food.

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Robbie84
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Had higher expectations for the food and flavor based off reviews and ratings. It was okay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service. We had an outstanding experience. Some of the best, freshest food I’ve eaten in a restaurant.

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viplamg2b
New England
40 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, excellent and creative food. We have a celiac diner and the restaurant is smart and helpful. Excellent help with wine too.

SM
vipSharonM
New England
65 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another great meal at Alden and Harlow. Enjoyed everything we had from orange wine, kale pistachio salad, tuna crude and the favorite was the special zucchini latkes with crab on top...yummm, what a great summer dish. And of course summer perfection was toasted brioche with roasted peaches and homemade whip cream. Prefer outside eating but too hot in the heatwave. So for going outside we were back of main dining room on the right hand side on the back wall with no one next to us so it felt like we weren't too close to others and noise level not bad. When it's full, it feels a little crowded indoors.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the many dishes that were ordered. Would visit again next time I am in Harvard Square!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Excellent serving staff. We went there for lunch and the prices were reasonable.

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Rosa
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really delicious food and great for a special occasion, would definitely recommend!

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JenniferR
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place, great food and fun ambiance. The secret burger was loved by all at our table and bluefin was a HUGE hit - we could have ordered more.

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cHIPS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Interesting menu great service pricey but with it
Would return again

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vipANSN
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We reached 30 minutes early. They kindly accommodated us. It took quite some time for cocktails to arrive. Other than that, everything was spectacular. But service was very friendly, the outdoor location was charming, and the food delicious. The pancakes were standouts.

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AngelaS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Delicious brunch. Lovely waitress. Thumbs up overall…

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 3537 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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