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Alden and Harlow

4.6
3260 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 3260 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was excellent! We originally requested outdoor seating but it was too cold. They were able to seat us inside very quickly and the manager made sure we were comfortable. Everyone was very kind and accommodating!

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Nick
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the patio concept to increase outdoor seating. One of our very favorite restaurants in the greater Boston area.

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AislinnO
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cute restaurant with good ambiance and good cocktails!

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Gini
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Love the ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Montana
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Sever forgot one of our drinks to start the meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the hot toddy with a tropical twist and it was the perfect drink on a chilly night. The patatas bravas were phenomenal (!!!!) and our server Alyssa (Elisa?) was so kind and attentive. Definitely recommend and will be coming back!

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vipRestaurantPro
New England
49 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We haven’t visited in a while; and it was worth the wait. We had 9 dishes, 8 of them were SPECTACULAR. The only one that didn’t blow us away was the focaccia and veg dip, it was very good, but the other 8 dishes were incredible. Vegetarian Pasta; burger , Brussels, cauliflower Caesar, burrata were among the best bites I’ve had in the city. We brought our neighbors for there first experience and we are already planning on going back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance and food were great
Of course service was good too

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vipAmyG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the little patio seating in the side of the building - seemed safe and sort of like it was always there. Here’s to layers and heaters going forward!

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SusanP
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

They would benefit from getting some heaters or rugs for their outdoor dining to make it a bit cosier and improve the atmosphere a bit. Our wait staff were very attentive, which made our experience worthwhile. The food was great too.

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MarissaV
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

There’s too much hype for this place. We both got the burger and it was good but they gave way too many chips. We didn’t even eat the chips. Feel bad they went to waste. The kale salad was surprisingly really good. I would recommend to go but there other places in Harvard Square I’d go to.

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HeatherO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alden & Harlow is my favorite restaurant. The food is creative and delicious, the ambiance is lovely, the service is perfect.

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vipCHTC
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding as always. The restaurant did a great job at spacing out tables and accommodating for current guidelines.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience5

Unique menu but over priced for what it is.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An overall excellent experience. You must order the sweet corn pancakes! The service was impecable!

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Dill
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

The food and drinks were amazing as always. I tried the Secret Burger for the first time, and it was as good as I had heard. Also, the corn pancakes were an interesting and great dish.

The service was a bit iffy, which I was surprised about, b/c, in past visits, the service was quite good. Our server seemed extremely overwhelmed and didn't give us much attention. Also, our drinks took quite long to actually come out. I expect this is related to Covid as well as sitting outside, but figured I would note it anyways.

Lastly, the outdoor patio was great. My only comment was that the vibe wasn't great. It would have been nice to have some music playing (or at least some other noise to drown out some of the noises from surrounding buildings).

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viplamg2b
New England
36 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outside service was excellent; food was truly incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Great restaurant for dinner, very sub par brunch across the board. Disappointing experience, no one enjoyed their meal and even traditionally stellar dishes (secret burger and charred broccoli) which I’ve had before and loved, were average at best. Crisp chili steak and eggs was particularly disappointing, undercooked poached eggs and more than a few pieces of steak were gristly. Kale salad was still great

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MPhelps
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is amazing, the cocktails are refreshing and absolutely delicious! I was impressed by how well-spaced all the tables were given the pandemic and staff were all awesome. 10/10 would recommend!

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Anne
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had special burgers. the pickled corn pancakes, and the chicken special. Everything was excellent.

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PeterB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Wait staff was very kind and helpful in dish and drink selections. Food came out very fast.

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WelshGirl
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
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 on October 25, 2020
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 on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurants, always delivers!

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

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MaggieO
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipAKay
Oklahoma City
34 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot in Cambridge for shared plates and cocktails.

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Dewey
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
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!

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vipDodiS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
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 on October 22, 2020
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 on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DJ
DJL13
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cocktails. The pancakes are to die for. The burger is great.

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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
6 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!

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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!!!

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 3260 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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