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Alden and Harlow

4.6
2333 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Fit for Foodies
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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.
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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 2333 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Love this place; always a five star experience for us.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had a great time here (as we always do) and totally recommend this place for any occasion. Couldn’t say better things about their food and amazing service.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

My daughter and her fiance took me to brunch here on Father's Day (at my recommendation). They had not been before ... but loved the food. Our server was attentive and helpful. The dishes were delightful, and we all had more than enough to keep us full for the day. No one rushed us and we had a pleasant time before going to a play at the A.R.T. up the street.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Our son and daughter-in-law brought us here and we could not have more impressed. The food was unbelievable. I truly have no idea how they came up with the dishes but WOW. They were all amazing.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Our server was excellent. Service was great. She forgot the drink order and when we asked about it mid-way through the meal, she immediately apologized, brought the drinks and comped them. Restaurant was very good about accommodating any food allergies. Would be happy to eat there again

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Went for a late brunch on a Saturday with friends - menu has a little bit of everything, most are quite tasty. Vibes are bright and warm but was a little quiet/empty for early afternoon. Dishes are on the small side. Cocktails were great. Wasn't my first time dining there, won't be my last (:

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was creative and delicious. We just wish it didn’t come out so fast! We felt a bit rushed.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food here is amazing! Highly recommend it, as well as the cocktails. Just a heads up that the burger, though delicious, is slightly larger than the other dishes so you shouldn't order it as one of many tapas!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Always my go to when I'm in Cambridge.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Had a fantastic time. The food was absolutely delicious! Service was wonderful. It was a little bit loud for catching up with friends, but the great food and vibe made up for it. I would love to go back.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

I had heard a lot about Alden and Harlow and tickets to the A.R.T. provided the perfect reason to make a reservation. What we quickly found was that everything that I heard was accurate. The menu is full of interesting and creative dishes and choosing what to get was really difficult. Luckily, the small plate concept allowed us to try several and each was excellent. We are excited to return in the future and further explore the menu.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Great place for unique food for brunch. We had experienced chef Michael Scelfo's cooking at "The Ordinary" restaurant at Charleston Food and Wine event in Charleston SC in March of this year. We were so impressed with Michael Scelfo that we knew we had to eat at Alden and Harlow. We were not disappointed. It was fabulous. Our waiter knew of our reason for being there and treated us to a homemade rhubarb pop tart. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Delicious range of brunch offerings from small plates to sandwiches. Don't miss the cocktails.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Third time at Alden and Harlow, my partner's first time. We got the burger, sausage and potato skillet, and berry buckle. Berry buckle was a lot bigger than expected, great for value. Cheese sauce in sausage and potato skillet was savory, overall dish was scrumptious. Looking forward to coming back!

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The food was delicious but the servings were very small. I would have gotten an appetizer or a second entree had I known how small it was.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I love love love alden and harlow. Its my favorite restaurant. The food is the main draw and it is not just delicious but always surprising . The service was also awesome and the vibe is very cool and chill. Its a great date or night out spot.

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2.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Terrible service

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

My wife and I made a last minute reservation for our anniversary. We will able to sit outside and enjoy the lively activity of just outside of Harvard Square. Our server was great at guiding us through the menu which was an adventure of taste and spice, one dish at a time. It was delicious and really fun. Very relaxed and easy dining. Would definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Innovative menu that makes you want to eat your vegetables. Attentive professional staff. Calming hip vibe. Love this place.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Brussels sprouts are delicious...kale salad, as other reviews noted, is a healthy sized portion and also delicious, especially with the kale crunchy pieces. Beer is overpriced which is my biggest complaint. Great bartenders and overall service!

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The setting is very nice, right in Harvard Square. Food was good, fresh and local. We weren't real pleased with the waiter though. We will go back, probably sit at the bar.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

There's a reason A&H is always jammed.....the food is so inventive and delicious! We love it.

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1.0Dined on June 5, 2018

We got seated right at 6:00. We ordered as soon as our server came over to us and then didn’t get out food until 7:15. We had to ask repeatedly for our drinks and ended up paying our check before our food even arrived because we had a play to get to. Super disappointing.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

As requested we were seated in the greenhouse area. Everything was perfect and my European guests thought the food was delicious. Wonderful evening. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Good but unfortunately no secret burger for our group!!!

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The service was great - The food was good Nothing special

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great casual atmosphere, friendly and knowledgeable service,very creative and nicely presented menu items. I am not a vegetarian but could become one with the corn pancakes and asparagus dishes. Would recommend highly

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Ate here on a Sunday evening after a show at the ART. The menu is tapas, the food is interesting and delicious. Our favorite was the roasted brussel sprouts- really delicious. We also enjoyed the special burger, broccoli with squash and hummus, the chicken thighs, and a semolina cake dessert. The chicken was our least favorite. Meal for 3 people (we shared 4 tapas, had 2 drinks each, and shared a single dessert) came to $50 each including tip and tax.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

There is a reason Alden and Harlow is my favorite restaurant! The food is amazing- I have never had something I did not like and the services is great! Very friendly staff who are always willing through our their favorite suggestions!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Great place for dinner and a unique menu. Our waiter was excellent.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The food had lots of ingredients but was generally bland

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Incredible, attentive staff and delicious food. Made one our special day a lot more special. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Thank you so, so much for being so accommodating with the number of people in my party. It made all the difference to host our dinner guests for a professional event.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

On Friday, June 1, I had the occasion to dine at Alden & Harlow before seeing a play at the American Repertory Theatre. Our meal was a truly exceptional start the the evening and the weekend. My dinner companion is a vegetarian, and Alden & Harlow has a wide-range of unique vegetarian options with combinations and dishes that one is unlikely to attempt at home. It was a truly transformative experience from the usual Harvard Square fare.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The food here is always top quality but this last time the service wasn’t so great. Food came fast once we ordered but each time we wanted to request something whether food, a round of drinks or the bill, the waiter was nowhere to be found. Strange for a not-busy Thursday evening.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The pacing of the food was terrible. We ordered 5 dishes and they all came at once. By the time we ate everything the final dishes were cold.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Food was amazing. 5 small plates, each delicious. Service attentive and well paced. And price very reasonable for quality. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

This was my first time back to Alden and Harlow in several years and I found myself wondering why it took me so long, though I do remember it being relatively noisy when crowded. On Tuesday, however, my husband and I ate outdoors, in an area only opened this year. The ambience was exceptional. Quiet and cozy in contrast to bustling and loud. And, the food and service, were exceptional. As I remembered, there is a nice large selection of tapas for vegetarians, and I left thinking about what I would order when I returned.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Hip ambiance

great, creative food, well presented, great for vegetarians

helpful staff

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We have eaten here many times before going to the theater at the ART. They have all been good, but this was our best meal---great food!

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