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Alden and Harlow

4.6
3418 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 3418 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Curly
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our dining experience was fabulous. Food was wonderful and our server was attentive. Always a good spot!

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SusanG
New England
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service3ambience2

Great food, innovative. They tell you plates are small, however the portion size is generous.

We sat outside due to preference apropos to where we are in the pandemic, and were seated at a wobbly table. Whenever we asked our waitress for something, like a wedge to balance the table, she disappeared for a long time and forgot we needed somethings. We asked another waitress to help us because we had drinks that would have spilled. She was not at all knowledgeable about the food or drink menu.

Overall food and drinks were generous, and I took some of it home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We always love the food here!
We had mixed up the reservation time and arrived late (30 minutes :/) but they still happily sat us.

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AliC
Wilmington
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This is a lovely restaurant with great ambiance. The cocktails were delicious, and presented beautifully. However, the “focaccia” was more of a soft garlic bread, not truly what I think of as focaccia; the seared tuna was cooked well but bland, and the Brussels sprouts were average. The pasta dish was good, but overall we were underwhelmed with the food.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Food was just ok, service was slow with drinks and food…very haphazard with flow of dishes and forgot an entree —never ordered.

Disappointing and significant drop off from 3-4 years ago.

Though the drinks were excellent

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vipChatch
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great place to do a Boozy brunch with friends. Try the Brussels sprouts and eggs Benedict

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AmeerW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10

everything was great
server was very nice

CT
vipChrisT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Tremendous service, exceptional food, an absolute class act.

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Mollie
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, kind and friendly waitstaff. Would consider a little overpriced, but its in the heart of Harvard Square and we’re coming out of a pandemic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleased with everything about our experience at Alden & Harlow. The food was inventive and delicious, the service was top notch and the dining room was lovely. We can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was incredible. Portions are generous for the price in my opinion and had a great variety of stuff without an overwhelming menu.

We got the brussels sprouts (must try), the steak tartare, and the mackerel. All of them were so unique and delicious it was hard to not get more!

Between 2 of us, 2 "apps" and 1 "entree" were more than enough!

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vipTaliC
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Cute outdoor atmosphere. Coke was flat. Water was served Luke warm on a 95 degree evening…. A little ice wouldn’t have hurt. Daisy cocktail was good! Tuna was amazing, so was the onion dip. The secret burger was pretty good but not jaw dropping based on its reputation. The ribeye was really good. I didn’t personally like either desert but I know people who loved both so it was a personal taste. Overall a good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Wait staff was knowledgeable about the menu but did not check back often enough for refills and we waited about 15 minutes after we were ready to leave before the bill was brought. Food was very tasty, but portions were on the small side.

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BarbaraV
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

great kale salad. I ordered a plain, medium rare burger and it was charred on the outside and almost too rare inside. Hard as a rock. I'm writing because I would like to see this place flourish but those kinds of inconsistencies/errors will not help in this goal. our server was sweet and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Fun place , food is not the same as before tho !!!
Same dishes but not consistent!

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Humbug
New England
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Was looking forward to the experience after reading the reviews, but it was really disappointing. Had beets and cauliflower caesar to start. Caesar was good (lots of dressing, so that could be toned down), beets were inedible--so salty that we sent them back. Second course: salmon and carrot bolognese. Again, the sides for the salmon were nearly inedible because of the salt content. The bolognese was fine, but the sauce was gloopy and overall the whole meal was extremely disappointing. The outdoor dining is fine, but nothing to write home about. We won't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, service was fantastic

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, amazing cocktails!

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vipDougD
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Special shout out to our waitress Christine on her first night.

Toonoisy to carry on much of a conversation.

Inadequate lighting to read menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alden and Harlow never fails to provide a wonderful dining experience. The food is phenomenal, the staff is great, and the outdoor dining set-up for summer is ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Outdoor patio had so much machinery noise- some kind of machinery from a neighboring building as well as screeching that I assume was the T below.

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ARM2991
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We really like the food here, the rabbit was delicious and the burger was scrumptious. Our waitress was very friendly and charming. Drinks were good. The only problem was that it took a long time for the food to come but we were made aware of that beforehand.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect spot for brunch in the neighborhood. The food and cocktails were outstanding. The prices might be a bit higher than some of the more casual spots in the area, but it is worth every penny.

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AdamG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best meal of my life!! What a perfect way to spend my anniversary!!

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vipMCassidy
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alden & Harlow consistently has unique delicious small plates that my wife and I love sharing. Great drinks. Exceptional service.

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Meaghan
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome food!! So nice to sit outside. Food came out fast. Awesome mezcal drink. Big portions;) people nice

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vipLJoy
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Do Not go if you are looking for a decent glass of wine. Not available. Also, no chicken available on the menu. Skip the cauliflower Ceasar, mother of god it was swimming in a heavy Mayo-like dressing. Thank you- NEXT

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chemtaster
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly friendly and attentive staff, and the food and cocktails were superb

UB
UrvashiB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, great cocktails and ambience. Recommend for a nice night out with friends or even a date night.

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SD89
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful night and the food was incredible!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I have compassion for restaurants recovering from the pandemic however, none of what I experienced were related.
Waitress was rude, ignored us, never checked on us, never brought us drinks, and failed to acknowledge that I didn’t touch my food because I was served a completely raw burger. I ended up with no food because our waitress was nowhere to be found. I sat there growing I’ll over looking at the most foul looking raw meat in front of me.
Very disappointed in the food and more so the service. I have had a few great experiences here in the past but will not be returning.

KH
KatieH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the restaurant and everything was incredible. The service was great - our waitress was knowledgeable and attentive. The food was delicious. The atmosphere was inviting and cozy without being loud. I will definitely return.

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vipj01776
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and good time. Never disappoints.

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AnthonyH
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food options were excellent. We tried several dishes and they were off the hook. We were so impressed with how much flavorful food was and the drinks were on point. I loved the fact they specialize in vegetarian dishes, and it shows they know the stuff!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for my boyfriends birthday and it was perfect! Amazing drinks, friendly staff, and i mean seriously awesome staff. Really pretty spot, highly recommend!

DH
DanH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good variety of food. Not too many choices on desserts. Server very responsive.

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LillianF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We were there for a Mother's Day brunch. We heard good things about Alden and Harlow and we're excited to try them out. The place looked nice and they even had a photographer to capture the special day... that was the good. For the bad... we ordered 3 entrees and one appetizer, it took 20 mins for the first dish to arrive, the hamburger (ordered med, came med-rare)... then 6 mins later the 2nd dish came out (Seared Bluefin Crudo that was fine). Another 5 mins past and we tried to flag our waitress (or any wait staff), but couldn't find her (or see anyone else) since we still had two dishes and our waters needed refilling. After another few minutes, I almost decided to get up to get someone, when our waitress happened to pop up at another table. We pointed out that we're still missing two dishes, she commented that she would check the kitchen. She returned to fill our waters and said that it be just a minute for them to come. About 3 mins later she served our appetizer (Brussel Sprouts, meh) and we reminded her that we still had the Steak & Eggs Benedict coming. Seriously, another 6 mins past, the other two entrees now devoured before the 4 thinly sliced steak & eggs benedict arrived. As she placed the entre down, she commented that the steaks are the hardest to cook and took the longest... OMG, please DON'T BS us.... just tell us the truth. We're fine if there was a mistake or error, things happen, BUT don't lie! Those four pieces of steak were sliced thinner than sashimi. We calculated that it took 45 mins for us to get our last entre from order to arrival and not only did it took so long, but the rest of the dishes were served ONE AT A TIME spaced 5-8 minutes apart There was another party (3 + toddler) that were seated across from us about 10 mins after we were seated... They got their meals ALL at the same time BEFORE we got are 3rd dish (appetizer) and left before we got our bill... we had to flag the waitress to get our check. It was like she was avoiding us.

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MicheleC
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - the flavor combinations were unusual and perfecto! Great service, very friendly staff and while it was a bit expensive, spot on for a celebration!

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vipDonnit
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was OUTSTANDING! Service was slow, which was disappointing. Every table around us seemed to be wondering where their food was. It would've been nice for the server to check in more often, taking orders when we were ready to make them, letting us know why things were taking so long, etc. But we would go back: this was probably the best meal we had during our stay in Boston!

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BigSir
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Atmosphere was cool, but very dish we ordered was extremely salty.

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 3418 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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