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Alden and Harlow

4.7
3300 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.

Experiences

  • 3 for $30

    $30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    This delicious deal includes three of our restaurants’ signature dishes for $30 every Sunday through Tuesday evening. Choose from an array of Alden & Harlow and The Longfellow Bar favorites, like the Japanese yams a la plancha, mini pickled corn pancakes or hickory smoked wing flats. Pro tip: save room for the warm baked skillet cookie for dessert! Available for dine-in only.

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 3300 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. My taste buds were tingling

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MT34
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sadly the food was not hot when it arrived and they came at separate times. The wait staff and our server were great! The bar was lacking experience in making "mainstream cocktails". That was a big disappointment.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Menu is interesting and execution is very good. Pacing was not. Our 2 appetizers were served at noticeably different times. My entree was delivered just shortly after my appetizer. I’d barely started it. Quality and flavors of the dishes made it worth the annoyance.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the greenhouse for brunch on Saturday morning. The service and ambiance were great. We were very impressed by the food. My husband and I shared the fried brussels sprouts, the potato skillet, and the corn pancakes. It was more than enough food and everything was delicious. We both highly recommend this restaurant and we will be back.

JG
JuliaG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food!! Would highly recommend. Cocktails were good as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Overall this shouldn’t be anyone’s first choice. The service was good, fast and polite. The drinks were good, but nothing that you can’t get elsewhere. Ambiance was fine, nothing bad about the vibe. Where this place falls short though is the food, another example of a place that calls it pomme purée instead of mashed potatoes so they can charge extra. I wouldn’t mind the price or the small portion sizes of some dishes if it tasted good, but it didn’t. We had the focaccia, cassoulet (special) and the mafaldine, nothing was worth ordering twice. Nothing tasted bad but all three dishes were poorly executed, in other words it’s done better elsewhere.

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MirandaontheMove
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pleasant experience. Our server was attentive and pleasant without being overbearing. The bus staff was also very attentive but not too much. The food came out so quick and was soooo delicious. And the drinks were unique and well made.

Well done! A great v day and we will be back.

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Collin
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and service by our waitress Julia was awesome! The drinks were great as well — I tried the Bloody Mary with mezcal and it was excellent! Definitely would recommend and will be back!

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IzzyW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is maybe the best brunch I have had in Boston. The sweet corn pancakes will be floating through my dreams and the vibe was like a hip BBQ/speakeasy type of place. Definitely will be back.

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Joyy
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We like their brunch pretty much. Sweet corn pancake (though sounds odd) highly recommended!

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GerryO
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good and precautions felt appropriate and environment was safe

NB
NoelleB
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night here. Started off with the corn pancakes which was very interesting and good. The kale salad was delicious as well. We both got the burger too and really enjoyed that. Our server Cody was attentive and helpful. We look forward to coming back.

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vipNOLAtraveler
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Menu and food a lot less imaginative than before covid

AP
vipAnnP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved the warm space and were thrilled to sit at the bar. All staff was great, drinks were fabulous. Skirt steak was delicious. Was not thrilled about the tuna appetizer , but other than that will def return!

CH
vipChristianH
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from the drinks to the apps to the courses were delicious! The appetizers we had were some of the best I've had in awhile - not one was basic or typical. I could've made an entire meal out of just apps!

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vipraidersix2002
New England
126 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Reputation not earned . . . food was average at best. Service was terrible and slow. Wait was desperately inattentive and the bus boy virtually threw water at us spilling allove everytime he poured. The tables pushed aside felt like dining in the furniture storage room - I know covid is tough but make an effort. Also not great separation Nd the music was so loud we needed to shout at the table. All and All a waste of time. Do no plan to go back.

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Cristina
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service we had was excellent and the servers had an excellent attitude and knowledge of the menu and drinks. She definitely steered us in the right direction. The restaurant was great with being COVID compliant and made me happy to get out and have a wonderful night with a wonderful atmosphere and food.

CB
CandaceB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, never disappointed with the food, atmosphere is great, extra nice to have the majority of the place to ourselves because of Covid. Will definitely be back.

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Francis
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Hamburger was marvelous and beef too besides wrong color of meat...

Desert was a nightmare... pavlova was not a real one just 4 small pieces of sugar and it was really ugly like a kid did it... and apple cake was heavy with a strong ginger ice cream... nobody in the table liked both..

Attendance was really good and ambience was great

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vipAnnaD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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Lennie
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Really great cocktails, food was delicious, and ambiance was perfectly low key.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing! So fun! Picked out the perfect items and amounts! Cocktails also top notch.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very nice place, quite and kind of romantic atmosphere. The menu is quite hard to understand (I mean, hard to figure out what you are actually going to get) but if you trust you gut and order anything from the menu, it's really hard to go wrong. Beautiful presentation and delicious food! Not cheap, but absolutely in line with other places in the area, and at least here you will most likely experience something new and unusual.

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AmandaNatalie13
Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from walking through the door to the end of the meal was fabulous. We are adding this to the list of must go places when we are in town!

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Shannon
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super helpful with multiple food allergies and restrictions. Also, delicious!! Great, unique drinks. Friendly, professional staff.

LA
vipLizA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My brother and I went this past week and were pleasantly surprised by the cozy atmosphere and felicitous variety of food. We started with the paragraph bravas which were excellent and both had the special burger. It was the best tasting burger I have ever had. Only thing that could have made it better is incredible fries vs the chips, but to be honest, it was mindblowing. I’m not a burger person and it was perfectly cooked and in a delicious sauce with a crispy cheese layer added to perfection. You have to check out this place!!!

AG
AlisonG
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Quiet and fun. We went for the 3/30 deal and of course got extra. Was a really great menu.

HO
HeatherO
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, terrific atmosphere.

AA
AndreiA
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, awesome service!

HF
vipHonoraryFoodie
New England
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and service was very good - as always!

GT
GraceT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food! Everything was better than the one before. Cant wait to go back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. My favorite in Cambridge

NJ
NickeeJ
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here before pre-COVID but this was my first time since then, and was super excited to be back! We booked a brunch table early to avoid crowds (11:00 a.m. on a Sunday) & it was PERFECT, nice & quiet without too many people. Our server was amazing, as was the rest of the staff & the food as always was unique and delicious. Already looking forward to going back again!

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Kurt
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all round anniversary dinner. Food was delicious and cocktails were fantastic

AT
AngieT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its one of my favorite new restaurants and I never thought my ultimate favorite for over 10 years would ever have competition. The marriage of flavors, the portions, the service, the drinks were all amazing! Loved it

BK
BarbaraK
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A quiet night during pandemic....this was a perfect spot. Our waitress was friendly and knew the menu inside and out. Highly recommend! Food was excellent...I was a little suspect at first b/c some of the combinations sounded a little out there: "Honey, Root Vegetable "carrot bolognese"? But I was wrong....everything was outstanding, perfect flavors, well put together! Will return for sure!

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Cate
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's hard to pick a favorite dish. The shishito peppers? The yams?

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James
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC food. Got 5 dishes for two people and it was a bit too much. Next time would get 4 unless I was super hungry.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always amazing! Top notch and great service. One of my favorite places in Harvard Square

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
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!

FAQs

Alden and Harlow offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 864-2100.

Alden and Harlow is rated 4.7 stars by 3300 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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