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About Alden and Harlow
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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
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.
Mt Auburn Street
$30 and under
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University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.
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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Alden and Harlow Ratings and Reviews
I came here for my boyfriend's birthday, and I think we were both impressed with the quality of the food and the presentation.
The food was very unique and it had a fresh twist on some classic entrees. I really felt like a foodie in this setting (especially since I couldn't pronounce half the ingredients) and the whole evening had a fantastic ambience.
The one drawback was how expensive everything was compared to the portion sizes. I had the Sweet Potato Agnolotti and he had the Hush Puppies and both felt more of a tapas style plate rather than an entrée, which was disappointing when the price tag on each was $16 and over!
We paired our food with a bottle of white wine (one of the cheapest on the menu), but was highly impressed with their selection, even for a lower priced wine.
Great place overall!
My boyfriend and I celebrated our fifth anniversary here and had a wonderful night. The service was outstanding, filling our water and wine glasses automatically and checking on us regularly without interrupting conversation. Had a great night with delicious food!
Plusses: The food is outstanding and the beer selection is very well curated. The space is visually pleasing as well. Minuses: The noise level is really excessive. My dining companion and I could not hear one another even when leaning in. A smaller issue that nevertheless diminished the ambience is that the shared plates idea is wonderful but the tables themselves are not large enough to accommodate the size of the plates in multiple, so the table was extremely crowded and tough to navigate.
Our server was either really distracted, having an off night, or just not good at his job... He took almost 20 minutes to take even a beverage order after we sat down, and wasn't attentive the rest of the night. It definitely made the whole meal annoying, since I was taking my boyfriend out for his birthday and wanted it to be a special night. We aren't needy people, but the service was one of the worst I've had in a while. It won't keep me from going back, since the cocktails were tasty and the food was as well. It was also loud in there, loud enough to have trouble talking across a table. But on a busy Saturday night at 8:30, in the back where all the big parties were seated, that wasn't surprising. Restaurants are consistently bad at solving for acoustic problems. Overall, it was an okay experience.
Alden & Harlow never fails to impress. Their seasonal plate options are delicious, showcasing a unique blend of ingredients resulting in unbelievable flavors. They also boast an extensive cocktail menu which also incorporates the seasonal element. It gets incredibly busy on a Saturday evening - even with a reservation you can expect to wait up to 15 minutes to be seated yet it's worth any wait. I highly recommend this restaurant, it's one of the best in Cambridge!
Excellent (creative, delicious) food, excellent service, excellent atmosphere. Funk/hip-hop genre music loud and unpleasant dining selection. Maybe the kitchen staff like it to keep them revved up, but we found it really unpleasant and a detraction from what was otherwise a classy experience. Pricey, so not an everyday dining spot. Wish I could give it 5 stars across the board, since the drinks, food and service were so good. We understand from our waitstaff person that we aren't the only ones to "complain" about the music selection.
Excellent food that pleasantly surprises the palate.
Waiter made too much noise setting up the table next to us, and noise resulting from placing plates, glasses, etc... was very loud, disturbing, and could have easily been avoided.
Overall, still a very good restaurant due to very creative food, and worth visiting....
We had a reservation at 8.45 pm. At 8.50 they called me to my cell to find out if we were running late, and knowing this, they moved our reservation instead of cancelling (in what it was a very busy night).
At arrival, we only had to wait a couple of minutes and our table was ready, the drinks are amazing, the beer selection delicious and the food outstanding.
Definitely one of my favorite spots in Boston area.
Brought a friend in town to tgisnfun hip spot. Service and atmosphere were great but your food was below average. It was extremely Heavy / rich and not in a delicious way. Everything felt saturated in butter and I ended up not feeling well after. We ate at 9 so maybe it was past the kitchen prime and the food came out cool. I've been here one other time and remember the food being good but was disappointed when I wanted to show a friend a gem of cambridge and this didn't meet expectations.
Loved Alden & Harlow. Came for anniversary and had unique cocktails and very fresh, innovative food. Server forgot about us a few times (awkwardly long time from when we were seated until we were asked to even order drinks, and she forgot to put in one of our orders, too...) but the music was fun, atmosphere was lively. Will return for a special date night or other occasion for sure.
The waiter took 25 minutes after we were seated to actually ask us what we wanted and only after we flagged him down. Additionally he missed one of the item we ordered. Food was only fair for a competitive market. There are better choices in the area. So go to them.
The food was not nearly as good as I'd expected. The rabbit was ground, which detracted from what rabbit dishes can be; the hushpuppies were dry and lacking any interesting flavor. For a first date, it was almost too loud for engaging, quiet conversation. Overall, I wouldn't go back or recommend it as opposed to many other good, small plates restaurants.
Such a great place - never fails to impress. Went with my dad for dinner - friendly, helpful service; absolutely incredible food.
I have a strict gluten allergy, and they were extremely attentive - would recommend A&H to anyone, though it especially spikes out for anyone with a dietary restriction.
Creative and delicious combinations of flavors. Delighted with every dish we ordered. Knowledgeable and attentive servers who share that knowledge usefully and unpretentiously, all with the goal of helping you enjoy your experience as much as possible. We're looking forward to returning.
Service, food, ambience perfect for my birthday celebration. The plates were medium sized and not small, so easy to share. So yummy! Especially loved the ubiquitous kale salad, the tuna conserva, the bluefish and the corn pancakes. (4 dishes for two to share was perfect for us). They brought a little ice cream with a candle for a complementary birthday celebration. So nice. Don't miss ordering one of the mock-tails.... So intriguing and fun! Great for designated drivers and for us, as we were going to a concert and didn't want to be sleepy. Thank you A+H!!
I am new to the area and made a reservation for myself and family whom was visiting from Philadelphia. The server notified us that the kitchen was closing in 10 minutes once we had sat down and were looking at the menus. I made a reservation and was not notified about the kitchen closing 15 mins after my reservation slot. I think that you should notify your diners of this right away so that we knew to order quickly. Our server did not explain the menu to us at all and gave us no recommendations. I wish he would have been more interactive and helpful with the small menu as well.
A little noisy but a great destination to enjoy the Harvard Square neighborhood and to get some creative food. The tapas size dishes we found to be interesting and complex, each using multiple ingredients and providing surprising discoveries of flavor. And the pace of eating, one dish at a time, allowed our table of two to talk over the ingredients and combinations. This also fit the scale of our relatively small table and somewhat tight space, without getting it too crowded with dishes. Service was excellent, as was the wine. Will go again with others interested in surprising food.
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