Alden and Harlow

4.6
3547 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3547 people are saying
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vipSnacky
London
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably special. Menu good mix of classic A&H dishes and new items. Smart wait staff. A favorite - glad they are still going strong.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here many times since it’s opening and we are always impressed with the creativity of the food and cocktails. Keeps us coming back. Amazing and kind service. My only complaint is the pricing on the cocktail and wines is a bit on the high side and the wine pour feels small considering the price. Still worth it for a special date.

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viprichards
New England
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is delicious and a good value. Never disappoints!

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Tess
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In addition to our wonderful food, we want to highlight our extraordinary waiter, KC, who was beyond helpful, considerate, and professional. He provided us with a very special dinner experience. He's a gem!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was flavorful. My partner and I were serviced slower than expected. Each of our entrees arrived at vastly different times. And the interior seemed to be lacking care. (Petty side note: the smell associated with our water cups was less than pleasant).

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vipPrinceHamlet
New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not ask for a better date night. We outdoor seating was exactly what I hoped for.

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vipEmilyG
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing meal. The kale salad and the burger are fabulous. My one issue is that it’s more of a tapas style and comes out scattered when the kitchen wants to send it out. So if you are not looking to share with the table it’s not the spot for you because there’s no “course” schedule..everything just comes out when it’s done

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vipMusicLover
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place to meet friends for drinks and snacks. Menu items are on the small side and good for sharing, like tapas. Food is spicy with a Mediterranean inspiration. Alden and Harrow seems a misnomer. A name that evokes Spain or Morocco would be a better choice.

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vipbarbarar
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was mediocre as was service

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GeorgeQ
New England
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Brilliant food, very creative and delicious. Service is a bit inconsistent at present but hopefully will return to its traditional attentiveness when the pandemic recedes.

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StevenS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Overall, very innovative and well done. Amazing veggie dishes, from the brussel sprouts to the kale salad to the roasted cartots. Burger was also great!

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StevenV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy atmosphere and very innovative well prepared foods

They say the plates were small, but they were actually full-size

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Keni
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience there!

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LuciaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went here for brunch and the food was absolutely incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always. We were assigned a corner table but the service was great, my drink (Blue Monday) was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

My wife and I had a disappointing visit on 09/17. Our table was the worst in the restaurant and you should have tables so close together. I was sitting right next to a hutch servers used facing the wall, the table next to us was very close.

Service was very slow and while nice she gave the minimum effort if even that, we barely saw her and it was not very busy.

The food was pretty good overall and came out quickly and your food runners were very nice. The beef tartare was terrible, very poorly cut and cleaned beef. Flavor was off and it was the worst dish we had on our 6 days of vacation. The pork belly was also not good, to crunchy on the outside and tough on the inside. Very poorly cooked pork belly but the grits were great. The cauliflower Caesar had a very sloppy presentation and too much dressing but the flavors were great and it was a unique tasty dish.

Overall this was not a good dinning experience, we were here 5 years ago on our Honeymoon and loved it. I understand how difficult it is running a restaurant in these times. However, we went to 14 other restaurants on our anniversary vacation and your place was the worst experience.

Thanks,

JB
JulieB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, terrific location, creative drink menu and more. Our party of 4 sampled many of the items on the menu and all were delicious. Unique flavors and techniques made for fresh takes on classic dishes. Waitstaff were attentive & friendly. We will be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We had a nice late dinner here. Overall experience was good. Service was excellent. Food portion is generous being shareables. I would check the menu before making a decision. Most items on the menu contain some sort of allergen, specifically dairy. However the kitchen was able to accommodate by removing certain components of the dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This is a place that makes you feel fancy. The service was spectacular but I was not a fan of the food despite how fancy the presentation was. A bit pricey for my tastes but had a lovely time and would return if a friend invited me. (Perspective- I’m a cheap burger and French fries kind of guy)

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MarianaM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

For the most part our dishes were really good, but our $50 stake was overcooked.
It's overall pricey.

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vipKristin
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! The food is amazing and small plates allow you to try lots of it.

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vipAhsanA
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The ambience and the staff were great, but the food kind sucked. Not sure I would ever go back there.

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vipclaypoint
London
37 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Worst dining experience I’ve had in a long time. There was a 50+ minute delay between plates… even though our waitress had said that the restaurant is “tapas style,” which suggested that the small plates would arrive in fairly quick succession. Several of the dishes were cold when they arrived. Waited 30+ minutes for cocktails. The food was ok, but absolutely nothing to write home about. Then the bill arrived. I eat at a variety of restaurants, and I can’t remember ever feeling ripped off before. I certainly did tonight. In the end I apologized to my guest and said, “I owe you a dinner.” Needless to say, I won’t return. Alden & Harlow is complete hype.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The good: Very good, locally sourced food. Great cocktails.

The bad: waited +25 minutes to get seated for a 7:30 reservation and they sat someone who arrived after us before we got seated. They were apologetic but not to the point of sending the manager over or any special treatment.

Our waiter was too casual and absent-minded, forgetting to check on whether the Secret Burger was available (it wasn’t by the time he checked) and we heard him apologizing to the table behind for forgetting their drinks throughout their meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, but the restaurant is a little too noisy - we had to shout at each other to be heard.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place to
Go with friends!

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vipwqlohmey
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, salmon latkes and kale salad were exceptional

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Bluefin
New England
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, tasty and original, presented in a wonderful order at a leisurely pace. Truly enjoyable night out with friends.

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viphakkawhatswrong
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Went for brunch. Brunch menu is eclectic. Definitely a place for sharing plates which was not really apropos during the covid times. But still really enjoyed the food and the server was very nice.

However one point, our server decided to be unmasked at one point continually and that probably wasn’t good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Service was excellent also.

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GillianO
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Disappointing.

The "patio" is just a table next to idling cars and traffic. The waitress did not tell us it was a tapas place; after we had ordered she said it was "family style" and that dishes would come out at different times. Just tell us this is a tapas place where you share dishes! Otherwise diners will leave hungry!

The grilled carrots were OK, some were delicious but half were undercooked and really hard. I had asked if the "aleppo" peppers were spicy. The waitress said no. :( but they ARE spicy!

All in all, OK food, disappointing atmosphere and service; would not go back. (Go to Dali instead.)

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viparizonaepicurean
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This Harvard area icon has been serving since I started to travel in Boston. I always stop because it’s just fun. First, there is the eclectic area. Friendly, professional service. Notably creative cocktail menu with interesting ingredients, some crafted in house. It’s a popular and crowded spot, yet they don’t make me feel rushed. Enjoying a couple of cocktails and an appetizer was only mildly impeded by ambient noise. Menu shifts so ordering multiple dishes and sharing is the way to go. Ask the servers about dish sizes since they don’t really track consistently. Sample and have fun!

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viplarmcan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch and interesting dishes. Get the corn cakes!

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GDC2013
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food with many vegetarian options! Love the cozy atmosphere.

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vipStevie
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Good was delicious as always, but was a little disappointed with the timing of courses to the table. We received two smaller dishes in a timely manner but then waited for the daily special for over 15- 20 minutes. Dining room was not very crowded so wasn’t sure why there was such a delay.

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EmilyB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I’ve heard amazing things about this restaurant, which is why I went. However, I was really disappointed with the service. For a restaurant that charges $14 for four slices of focaccia (it was delicious), I would expect waitstaff who are somewhat attentive. We had to ask multiple times for drinks, water and condiments. I’m not typically picky, and I don’t typically write reviews, but hoping someone from management will see this and try to address the issue. I know it is a better place than what I experienced last night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and super cool environment! Coming again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order the onion dip, broccoli hummus, pickled corn cakes, and farm veggies a la plancha. Absolutely delicious meal.

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mccalice
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a bit pricey, but not as much so as some other options in the area—and you are paying for uniquely-prepared food you would probably never make at home and the overall experience.

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Ross
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Space and staff was fantastic but not my type of food.

FAQs

Alden and Harlow offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 864-2100.

Alden and Harlow is rated 4.6 stars by 3547 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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