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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

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (114)
Creative Cuisine (94)
Good for a Date (86)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (65)
Special Occasion (61)
Fun (55)
Vibrant Bar Scene (55)
Hot Spot (52)
Local Ingredients (49)
Neighborhood Gem (48)
Bar Seating (44)
Tapas (44)
Casual (43)
Good Vegetarian Options (41)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Cozy (36)
Romantic (36)
Seasonal (32)
Authentic (31)
Good for Groups (29)
Worth the Drive (27)
Great for Brunch (24)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Great Beer (23)
Healthy (23)
People Watching (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Late-night Find (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Tasting Menu (16)
Business Meals (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Organic (14)
Vegan (11)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Quick Bite (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Spicy (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Always a good meal at A&H. The staff alone make the experience great but then add the food and drinks and it’s a homerun every time. Always happy to dine there.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

hands down best restaurant in cambridge ... the food's amazing and the drinks are perfect

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Interesting restaurant with a menu to match. The waiter was needed to help understand fully the menu and he did a wonderful job of helping us make our selections. Loved the "Secret Burger"

Tags: Quick Bite, Romantic, Happy Hour, Cozy, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Noisy, tables cramped, very slow service. Won’t return.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Everytime I go, whether solo or in a group, the food is fantastic, so creative and so delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Outstanding service. Food is creative and fun. Shareable plates. Cocktails are all terrifically made.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

An interesting, if somewhat small-ish menu. Good variety of salads and vegetable plates (all meant to be shared), as well as other dishes of a more "Meatly" nature. The "Secret Burger" is a real standout.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

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.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Great job to your team for making the 5 of us feel very welcome! I have small children and they were loving every bite. Thanks for making them feel right at home, and for the quality dining experience. Everything we ordered was great!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Alden and Harlow is everything a good restaurant should be. Simple as that. Great service, great food, great atmosphere. 10/10

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Fun, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Anniversary dinner made special by our server, Liz. Very friendly and attentive. Two glasses of champagne compliments of the house. A nice touch making the evening special.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Amazing dinner and such a cool atmosphere! Try dishes you normally wouldn’t think of trying, they will surprise you!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Our waiter, Adam, was fantastic. Helpful but not overbearing, not hovering but always checking in to see if we wanted more small plates or drinks. Food and atmosphere great too. Loud but that's just because so popular. Great spot.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very good food. Great staff. Knowledgeable. Everything is fresh.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Lovely brunch at opening on a Saturday. Delicious dishes in well-timed waves. It’s pricey, but a lovely treat.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Spicy, Great Beer, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Bar Seating, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

An all around fantastic dining experience, definitely will be back soon!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

My favorite place in Boston :) wonderful staff, delicious food and drinks

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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Good food and service but WAY too loud. We had to shout to be heard over a small table in the quietest part of the restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

It was great! Food was delicious. Malia Obama was sitting behind us

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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Best brunch in cambridge if not entire boston area. The Toad in the hole, avocado toast, and croissant dishes are delicious!

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

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 on November 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Seasonal, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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 on November 21, 2017

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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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 20, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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