Alden and Harlow

4.7
2441 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 10:30am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-1:00am, Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Thursday - Friday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Saturday: 10:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm - 2:00am

We serve our full dinner menu until 11pm nightly and then switch to our late night menu from 11pm-Midnight, Sunday - Wednesday; 11pm-1am, Thursday - Saturday.
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Phone number
(617) 864-2100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Scelfo
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mt Auburn Street
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Parking details
University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.
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Public transit
Alden and Harlow is accessible via the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop, located just one block away at 40 Brattle Street, between Eastern Mountain Sports and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2441 People Are Saying
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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’d heard amazing things about the burgers - namely that you need to be there early if you’re planning to get one, but everything we tried we loved- from the cocktails to a raspberry cheesecake that I could go back for that reason alone :) also this burgers has a cheese crust inside (yummy). Finally, our server was amazing, very helpful and friendly- we’ll be back for sure

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t thank the crew at Alden and Harlow enough for the most incredible anniversary meal! Our favorite spot in Cambridge - always a perfect date night!

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Something was off about this night. Food was cold and playing looked hurried. Server (outside) was pretty rushed and largely unpleasant. Her main job was to take the order, and then whisk around and pour water for people.

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MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal well paced.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and fantastic service!

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TR
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I have been here and I am constantly impressed! Had my birthday dinner here and very much loved it! Cant wait to go again!

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my daughter and her friends for dinner. Very fun atmosphere and the food was diverse and delicious!

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q
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything our group of 8 had was fabulous. very easy for the gluten free to enjoy.

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DH
New England
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A&H’s new outdoor dining was great. Great food, great service and great weather. Who could ask for anything more?

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I forgot how much I like this place. It has a great vibe, diverse crowd, and excellent service. I always leave happy after I have drinks or eats here. Don't hesitate just come. I would suggest getting 2 plates to share per person and be adventurous with the wine list and cocktails. Have fun!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Really didn’t like the Eggplant dish, left an awful taste in my mouth. Broccoli dish was yum and cheesecake was yum.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic, the drinks were fine. We had a big dish that was delicious.

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KH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service. Mixed drinks are really strong.

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite of ours. The menu constantly changes as this restaurant serves local produce, etc. , interesting dishes that never fail to delight both the eye and the palate!

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1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and cocktails, very attentative service. Always a pleasure coming here.

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1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, fun casual setting, good music and friendly wait staff

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m
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was sub par -- potato chips in several dishes seemed cheap and unimaginative. Felt we were forgotten about at times. Peaches and burger ok but not superb. Thought the peaches would be hot and they were cold, disappointing. Oh well.

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CP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and wonderful food. Outstanding selection of vegetarian and meat dishes. Corn cakes are incredible.

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A
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food wasn't creative enough to merit the price tag.

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JJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tapas style brunch. Always amazing! Drinks are amazing as well

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New England
63 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend had not been to Alden and Harlow. I steered her toward my two favorite dishes, and she loved them both! The service was wonderful with two servers teaming up to take good care of us.

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BB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thoughtfulness and attention to detail evident throughout all the dishes, including sides (which are so fun!)

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1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guided well and everything came out at a smooth pace. It exceeded my already high expectations. Thanks to all!

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ET
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

On its way down. I have been here more than a dozen times and I think I am now done. The menu is tired and boring and the mainstays are not as good as they once were: kale salad was soggy and wilted, the charred broccoli was just a disaster.

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AK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful experience - great, inventive food and nice atmosphere. Always interesting to see what exciting new things they are offering. Lots of various types of seating which is nice, but our spot was a little dark for my old eyes! Great cocktails!

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TP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun place good food.
Lively atmosphere.

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KL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food and service was average.

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c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The brunch options were excellent. My friend and I shared an order of corn pancakes and herbed eggs that were both tasty and enough for two. The ambiance is an open floor concept and warmed by surrounding brick walls and earth colors.

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FG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great place, food and ambiance. Biggest minus was that they first served us the sweet portion of our brunch and only then the savory options we ordered?!?

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I just love the creativity that goes into the dishes. It might sound strange on the menu but when the food comes out everything works together perfectly. I also appreciate the family-style, all the dishes are meant to be shared with the table.
My favorite dish are the cornmeal pancakes with popcorn. Sooooo yummy!

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SP
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first (but definitely not the last) visit here. LOVED the small plates theme. An excellent way to enjoy the multitude of amazing flavors offered.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Some on the choices were very creative. You have to trust the chef. Some of the dishes seem a bit unusual or even odd. They all seem to work, though.

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c
San Francisco
216 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alden & Harlow never fails to impress. It is always my first choice and first stop for dinner when I'm in town from SF

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SS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Secret burger!! Secret burger!! Secret burger!! Secret burger!! Secret burger!! Secret burger!!

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HH
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant! Will most definitely return when back in Boston...kudos to chef & team!

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New England
63 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were getting together for the first time in several months. We had a lot to chat about. The service was perfect. The food was great. No one bothered us about leaving ... even though we practically shut down the brunch service.

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New England
55 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistency is a great virtue but especially when food, service and overall experience are consistently excellent. We eat here about 3 times a year and have never been disappointed by any aspect. With multiple small plates, pacing and sequencing is critical -- and again we found that this served to complement the dishes themselves.

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London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, service and environment. Hard to find one flaw. Enjoyed the the communal table very unique to be at a communal but set up to feel like you are at your own table. Great design.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food & service!

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped there for a Sunday brunch with my wife. The dishes were outstanding and by far exceeded our usual weekend brunch expectations. Creative flavor combinations, nice setting and a large dining room by standards of Harvard Square. Will absolutely go back for brunch and also want to try out their dinner menu.

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