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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.

40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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.

Cross Street:
Mt Auburn Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 864-2100

Website:
http://www.aldenharlow.com/

Parking Details:
University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.

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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Scelfo

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

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Alden and Harlow Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (114)
Creative Cuisine (87)
Good for a Date (86)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (66)
Special Occasion (65)
Hot Spot (56)
Fun (53)
Local Ingredients (52)
Neighborhood Gem (50)
Vibrant Bar Scene (49)
Tapas (46)
Good Vegetarian Options (44)
Casual (43)
Bar Seating (41)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Authentic (34)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Good for Groups (33)
Romantic (33)
Seasonal (32)
Cozy (29)
Worth the Drive (28)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Great for Brunch (22)
Healthy (21)
Business Meals (20)
Great Beer (19)
Late-night Find (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Organic (17)
People Watching (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Tasting Menu (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Vegan (12)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Quick Bite (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Spicy (4)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Food was good although the first several small plates came out all at once. I would have enjoyed it more if they had been spaced out more evenly. Music was loud but otherwise we had an enjoyable evening.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Lovely to be back to visit with out friends at Alden and Harlow. They just keep getting better and better. More consistently wonderful inventive new menu items. Service continues to be just outstanding and attentive. Really one of our stand out favorites in the Harvard Square area.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Unsophisticated palattes need not attend. Wonderful ambiance and a great opportunity to try bites of foods you’ve never even heard of. Perfect for date night!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 days ago

We had the spiralized pumpkin salad, charred broccoli, steak, and stew. Everything was amazing and very thoughtfully prepared. We took home a significant amount of leftovers. Prices seemed reasonable.

I saw a few notes about the noise level, so I'd add that it was completely reasonable (just enough to create privacy) until around 10pm, when we were about ready to leave anyway, when the music was turned up. It made sense for a bar scene at that point, though - it wasn't at need-to-shout volume yet, just louder than I would've liked for dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

The smokiness of some of the menu items comes through as excessively salty--much more than is necessary. The food is well-presented and the selections are creative.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Love this spot for brunch - smaller plates let you taste a little bit of everything, and nothing disappoints. The bloody mary is amazing.

Tags: Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Overall I felt rushed through the entire dinner.The host staff weren't very friendly. The menu is limited. Our plates came out very quickly and in a strange order - the most entree-like plate came first where our snack (which was 2 chunks of bread with smeared butter for $8) came last.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

We shared several plates between the four of us, and that was a great way to experience this restaurant. I can highly recommend the grilled haloumi, fried Brussels sprouts, charred broccoli, chips and onion dip, and ubiquitous kale salad. The bluefish entree was excellent. So much umami in this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The portions are very small and prices are high. The ambience is good. Service is good.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Beautiful place with excellent food. Went for saturday brunch, would recommend!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Very good food, nice atmosphere

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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Amazing. Best restaurant of it’s kind in the boston area. Amazing bar staff.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Waitress forgot to put our food order in so we didn't eat for an hour.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food did not arrive hot -- just room temperature. We told the waiter to advise the kitchen and they took the wine off the bill. They appreciated the comment and acted upon it.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Out of town guests

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

So delicious and awesome service! We loved everything we tried. Cocktails were great. Everyone was warm and friendly. The food was creative and felt nutritious and decadent at the same time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great place to eat and drink. Food was delicious. Great veggie options too! Delicious cocktails and desert!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Never ever fails to deliver. My favorite place in Boston

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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Amazing food and experience. The kale salad w/pistachio dressing was simply outstanding

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Everything we drank and ate was exquisite! Can't wait for the next reason to come back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Brought a friend for her birthday. Serverwas fabulous and knowledgeable about the offerings. Our main courses and sides were great, dessert wine on the house was very kind. Desserts we tried were just okay. Overall, lovely!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent and creative food. Also, the server was incredibly helpful in navigating gluten allergies for members of our group.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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....

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Authentic, Healthy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had a great meal with friends. The food was fantastic. The music was a bit loud, but otherwise, it was a perfect meal.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Tapas, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Super service with friendly and smiling staff. Had the secret burger, which is why we went, but everything else we ordered (small plate options) was perfectly cooked and delicious. Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Dublin)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent drinks and food. Fresh quality ingredients. Service was great and loved the interior design. Will return often.

Tags: Vegan, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Try the kale salad, patas bravas, and the broccoli. All are surprizingly simple and amazing.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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