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Alden and Harlow

2137 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
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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.
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Phone number
(617) 864-2100
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Scelfo
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Cross street
Mt Auburn Street
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Parking details
University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.
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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.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2137 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

As always, the food was outstanding.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

I have been here twice - 1 brunch & 1 dinner. Both experiences were the same. Good food, mediocre service, slightly over-priced.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Seated within about 10 minutes of our reservation time on a very busy Friday night. Service was attentive in spite of the crowd.

The menu is not expansive, but has a good variety of mostly locally-sourced products. My partner is vegetarian, and we were pleased that there were so many options available. The food was excellent, especially the grilled halloumi. It was so good, we wanted to order seconds, but there were so many other things on the menu that we wanted to try. Another stellar item was the corn pancakes—like the best cornbread you've ever eaten—buttery and moist. Our halloumi indulgence will have to wait for next time.

Serving sizes are of the tapas/small plate variety, and meant to be shared. There's so much interesting stuff on the menu, that it's easy to let your eyes become bigger than your stomach. Pace yourself. We wish we did so that we could've partaken of the indulgent-sounding dessert menu. Next time we'll try to save room.

Excellent beer, wine and cocktail menu. A good variety to satisfy the snob or the slob.

glen (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

they have strozzopretti on the menu. but in a step of urgency to be too creative they have turned it into a dumpling that was bland and poor texture. It lists black truffle as an ingredient on the menu, but neither my foodie guest or I could taste/smell even a remote hint of truffle. the waiter should have warned us this was a very different dish from the name and it should have real truffle not pretend cheap truffle

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Awesome as always

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

10/10 recommend chicken fried rabbit, smoky cauliflower, and caponata

Dpd409 (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Our dinner was outstanding and the service 5 star. This was my 3rd time here. The food flavors are unbelievable.

RK17 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Service was extremely slow. The food was good, but not worth the wait.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

First off, the staff were totally accommodating--we were originally seated by the host stand but asked to be moved to a corner table that we'd seen had opened up, and they were great about it. When my date didn't love her first drink, they brought her a different drink, no charge. The food, which was the real reason we'd gone, didn't disappoint. My friend is vegetarian, and there were tons of options for her as well as a totally yummy steak for me. Altogether a fun, foodie, and friendly experience.

Linda (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

First time to this restaurant. Our daughter gave us a gift certificate after researching best restaurants in Boston. Well, the food lived up to the rating, EXCELLENT! Everything was so tasty, fresh, well prepared, and the service was great! I loved the kale salad with fennel and pistachio nuts, amazingly delicious! Best kale salad I have ever had. The Italian Torte for dessert was so light and flavorful! We will definitely be back and bring our adult children next time. Thank you!