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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
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Food was indifferent. We didn’t get something we ordered. No apologies but we were not charged. We sent back another dish that was awful and very oily. They did not charge us for it either. In all, it was a disappointment. Service was ok. Food took an unreasonable long time.
First time dining there and not the last. From the moment my wife and I arrived the staff couldn't have been more upbeat. We chose to sit at the Chef's Table. Throughout the two hours there we noticed the entire staff being extremely efficient and friendly to all customers and the kitchen crew very focused.
All of our dinner choices were tasty and prepared and presented absolutely perfectly.
It was a very impressive experience and I say this as a true foodie that visits quite a few restaurants regularly.
For the most part the food was very well-prepared & tasty. Desserts are definitely the weak link though. And, the mixed drink combinations we had were superb. The service is attentive and exceptional. The noise level is fairly loud and the interior is a bit dark. Would go back.
It's a hit or miss depending on what dishes you get. We've been here three times before and it was great, but tonight was pretty average and 2 dishes that were supposed to come out hot were cold. Their cauliflower was limp and lacked flavor (and was cold). Their kale salad was worth the trip though. I'll be back, just hope every dish has thought put into it next time.
Best food I’ve had in the Boston area in years. The menu was creative and diverse and the service was excellent. Our server Eric was very friendly and helped to provide our table with an above average dining experience. Hats off to the back of house staff for their prompt service and excellent food presentation on a very busy Friday night. We will definitely be back.
I've dined at Alden and Harlow a number of times and it is consistently fantastic. During this visit one of the people in my party is vegetarian so we all ate only vegetarian dishes-- there were so many and Alden and Harlow really knows how to cook vegetables!
A few classics you should order each time you visit:
The kale salad and the patatas bravas (snack)! But I've never had a bad dish there!
Unusually creative cuisine. Small plates, generally $12-17, designed to be shared. Ideal for 4 people as each item divides into 4 reasonably spoon sized tastes/morsels or better. Far and away the singular best thing to us was the salmon crudo.
Most of the tastes are intriguing, with some being more of less wow, depending on personal preferences.
Price for 8 items and about 2 drinks/glasses of below average $11-14/glass wine per person was $215 before gratuity.
I probably will come again, but won't rush back. Each dish was a generally positive surprise relative to the description...i Lei leave feeling a little hungry. We didn't get desert or coffee.
My guest and I were headed for a local concert and wanted to have a light brunch. Alden and Harlow proved to be a perfect choice. Because they weren't busy, we got a lovely, quiet corner table that was good for conversation. The menu choices were inventive and interesting. We tried three and decided we wanted to come back to try more. We came out feeling that we had enjoyed many interesting flavors without feeling stuffed. The server could not have been more helpful or pleasant to deal with.
Fantastic meal. Service was a bit haphazard so look at the delicious menu and order when they're table side. It could be another 10 minutes before you see your waiter again. But food wise and cocktail wise, you cannot go wrong. I've been here more than 10x now and its always a treat.
Alden and Harlow never disappoints! We enjoyed everything but party favorites were: Corn pancakes with Shishito peppers and popcorn, secret burger, NY strip and pork belly. The restaurant is warm and inviting and the dishes are creative and delicious! One of our all time local favorites!
I loved Alden and Harlow. The food was excellent. The service was a bit off. Forgot to bring us one thing we ordered but it was on the bill. My only caveat is that people kept bumping into my chair. There were extremely loud and inconsiderate people at the bar who were standing up in the way of the serving staff. Additionally people kept using the second exit and kicking my chair on the way out. I will not sit in that area again.
Overall experience was good but don’t believe the recommendations on number of courses. We did 2per person and two snacks for 4 people and were completely overwhelmed. We were stuffed before four of our items were delivered. A few of the ten things were very good all the others weren’t memorable. The wine list is pretty limited too. We had a hard time picking something to go with the various dishes because of the limited list.
We've been to Alden and Harlow before and enjoyed it, but this time the food was really outstanding. Amazing flavors in every dish we ordered! Our waiter was helpful and friendly, and he sped things along when we told him we had theater tickets. Will definitely go back--as soon as possible.
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