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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
loved the ambience, general make up, and food combos. Service decent and all in all a fun experience-Until we got home and I spent the rest of the night in the bathroom. Not sure I can specifically point a finger at what set my insides off but it was not the flu and I had little to eat for the preceding entirety of the day. Feel terrible being negative but do think all should know. Hopefully it was just me. Sorry.
Alden and Harlow is my new favorite restaurant. The food is yummy, flavorful and unique, they have lots of options for vegetarians, and the service is great and friendly. My only complaint is the noise, it would be great if there were one section, at least, that's got some sound dampening, especially since it's not a quick dining experience.
While I appreciate the inventiveness of the menu, I found myself reading the ingredients and not inspired to order anything. I think it was the pricing that got in the way. The prices seem way too high if they want guests to try things and order a series of small plates. The $8 selection of smallest plates didn't have enough of interest. Among the larger plates, the secret burger of the night may be a "deal" but they ran out of it before 6:30 pm. I saw a plate covered with popcorn and asked what it was. It was the corn pancakes and yet the description didn't include popcorn. Just saying that it might be a good idea to write up all the ingredients. So what did we order and enjoy? The wine. The cauliflower. What made the cauliflower special was the smoky flavor but basically it's just cauliflower for $12. The pork belly. It was delicious and not too fatty. The grits below it were creamy and nice. And I am forgetting the third dish. Oh yes, patatas bravas. Delicious and filling. A good choice for an appetizer. Or you could order $8 bread and butter or $8 chips and dip. There are too many other cool places to go with inventive food that don't feel like a rip off. But in the end, great location and beautiful decor.
It was awfully loud and exceptionally busy for a Monday night, but the food was excellent. At one point, they brought out some chips and dip (which were surprisingly good for literally being chips and dip) as an apology for the last dish taking longer than expected. (We had not complained and didn't think it was all that long, really.)
Anyway, every dish we had was fantastic, with one exception: the pork belly and grits dish was still enjoyable, but the cut of pork belly we had was over 3/4 fat. I swear, that's NOT an exaggeration. And I love fat and pork belly fat and all that… but this was too much fat.
p.s. the almond torte was amazing.
Excellent dining experience, enjoying 8 delicious dishes among the four of us. Each dish not only interesting, but multiple flavors distinct and yummy. Servers all warm helpful and knowledgeable about ingredients and preparations. The space, even though lovely under the window, was a bit crowded so we were sometimes distracted by other diners. We will definitely recommend. Thanks to all.
Food good, not great. Expected it to be more “wow” than it was, especially for the price. The interior of the restaurant is quite nice, but the music was horrid. Far too loud, hip hop rap club music. The music/ noise made it very hard to converse, relax and enjoy our meal. Our waitress was great. I really liked the sour cider I ordered.
If we go again it won’t be late at night, to avoid brain-beating music, and would most likely be just for drinks and a couple of snacks.
The smell in the back of the restaurant where we sat was unpleasant, very porky-sweaty smelling. Perhaps not the best choice of restaurant for me, a vegetarian.
My father has Parkinson’s. The fellow who appeared to be a supervisor or manager ( 20’s, tall, thin, bearded, glasses) was quite nice and attentive to my father. He voluntarily got my dad a chair while we were waiting for our table, and later held the door for him when we left. This graciousness was much appreciated.
A friend and I shared five plates (they're somewhat bigger than your average tapas) and every one of them was delicious. Her favorite was the braised rabbit over farinata (cream of wheat, only much better) with smoked almonds and olives, but I thought the whole wheat garganelli with lamb, greens, fennel and ricotta was even better. Their cocktail menu is impressive, but I just ordered a vodka gimlet and it was about perfect.
Between the cocktails and the multiple dishes, this gets pricy pretty quickly, but it's worth it.
We have been wanting to go here for years, and we should have gone sooner. It was excellent! It is a "tapas" style restaurant with highly inventive food, so really fun to share a lot of different tastes. We had a super waiter who helped us navigate the menu. It's a very crowded space, and fairly noisy, but we were able to enjoy our meal and converse. Not too expensive, so overall an excellent value.
The bill will add up, so it's not a cheap evening, but every dish we had was delicious and unusual. Nothing you would ever cook at home and lots of interesting combinations. The wait staff was attentive and helpful. Good craft beers on tap. Definitely recommend for a date night or getting together with friends.
The pickled Verrill farm corn pancakes were a marvelous surprise, and if the brussel sprouts with burnt honey crema, apple, and chili weren't *quite* as good as the brussel sprouts in garlic yogurt at Zaytinya in D.C., they still were excellent. Can't wait to go back!
We had a birthday meal here for a friend - we looked forward to it being a festive place. But the servers seemed to give us a hard time about ordering a cheaper bottle of wine, and also were not very warm and welcoming. We were disappointed by the service, but the food was fantastic.
Well organized very diverse menu, plenty of options, almost too many!! Very creative dishes and a great chance to try new things. Prices are not cheap, but not unfair, expect between 13-17 per plate and 2-4 plates per person depending on how hungry you are. I would highly recommend for a light meal. Don't expect to come away feeling stuffed.
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.
Very attentive service team. Food was well prepared and presented. Beverage service is excellent. The manager did graciously reduce the noise level since the speakers right over our table were blasting hip hop into our ears, making conversation difficult. I’ll return.
Would have scored it a 5 but for the noise.
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.
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.
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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