Alden and Harlow

4.6
3479 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 3479 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAnnF
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We were there for Sunday Brunch. The food was terrible. The menu is different, and could be interesting if it was well prepared. But, poor presentation and it went downhill from there. The breakfast sandwiches were inedible, they arrived at the table almost deconstructed (not on purpose, Just sloppy assembly), and the focaccia fell apart so you could not even pick it up as a sandwich. One sandwich had an uncooked egg, the other sandwich had a hard cooked egg. Spaghetti carbonara was cold, clumpy, tasted like it was a left over from last week. Bacon was very good, and the corn pancakes were good. Wait staff was attentive, the place had a cool vibe, But either the kitchen was ‘off’ today, or the chef needs to spend some time ‘upping’ his game and the output of his staff. I know this is a Harvard Square staple, but I wouldn’t recommend. Very disappointing.

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MaryC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch, looking forward to returning for dinner!

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JenT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server knew everything about every menu item - both food and drink! She made the perfect recommendations. Food was phenomenal!

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TyranH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food portions and awesome service. They accommodated us very easily

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vipWatermap
New England
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and smart cocktails! A favorite destination.

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Kate
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, fun drinks, friendly staff. Lots of options for vegan, veg, and GF!

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BrandonB
Detroit
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Really enjoyed and will be returning soon!

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averyk
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

small plates made for sharing. delicious food, fun meal w friends! a bit noisy though

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food and drinks were just as amazing as the atmosphere! Went out to celebrate my engagement and this was the prefect spot. I just wish the server was a little more animated. He was nice and very laid back, but not quite attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic food, great atmosphere. We are definitely going back

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Kathryn
New England
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Delicious food! Our server never checked on us once our food had arrived and very difficult to get her attention. Since it’s family style we needed serving silverware for cleanliness sake so it was disappointing any second helping was cold. We wanted more food as she informed us we can order more as we go but we had finished before we could order. Table assistants were extremely attentive and helpful, definitely picked up the servers slack.
Additionally, the hostess was very friendly and helpful but wearing a machine gun charmed necklace or something that looked like a gun. It was shocking to see that and felt out of place.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was great. The outdoor seating was terrible. We sat on a cracked side walk, right next to the parking meter. No ambiance at all.

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EricM
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We’ve been many times and always enjoyed it. Last night the service was excellent but the New York Strip was not good at all, the cut of meat was stringy and chewy . Bluefin Tuna was good and fresh, cauliflower Caesar was very creative and delicious. I’ll be back but will not order the steak!!!

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vipDaraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, unusual meal. We loved the Patates Bravas, the burger and the corn pancakes

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Wesley
New England
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great vibes. Definitely a bit on the classier side.

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vipAlann
Atlanta
40 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food yet it took forever 30++ minutes to come out

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning, as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

fabulous chefs. a tiny bit noisy for us middle-agers but the food and service person (fabulous, knowledgeable and kind!) made up for the noise in spades.

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vipHannahM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an incredible meal at Alden and Harlow! Atmosphere was great, service was attentive, and the food was incredible. The burrata with the fennel biscotti is a must try!! Can’t wait to go back.

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Sharma
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

My one complaint is that even if the menu doesn’t say, a lot of the dishes are still spicy. It makes me think twice about whether I’ll go back. I like the food and it is prepared very well but I’m so sick of having to work around inedibly spicy food. Particularly at Alden and Harlow prices.

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vipStephenR
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The smoked broccoli was amazing . I had a vegan past a dish and they had smoked bread pudding. If you are in Cambridge Mass , check it out

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vipMatt
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very knowledgable and safe with gluten and dairy allergies, and have been for many years! Delicious food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was worried about small plates for our group of seven but the meal was wonderful. Some of the plates didn’t seem like they would lend themselves well to sharing (ubiquitous kale salad, basil pasta) but everything was perfect. The plates are bigger than I anticipated, plenty for everybody. Fun cocktails, nice selection of wines. Great atmosphere (don’t let the idea of dining in a basement scare you away!) We had a great Saturday night out!

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KC110grill
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative food and drinks with excellent service. Many vegetarian options as well.

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KarenC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Everything was either too salty or sweet

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, good food, creative cocktails, awesome location.

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vipMaggieS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back after the pandemic. The two pasta dishes really surprised and impressed us. Service was outstanding.

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JessW
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The corn pancakes with popcorn are a must! Same with the patatas bravas.

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vipAmyC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The restaurant was too crowded for the comfort of the four of us. We were squeezed in between two parties without any spacing. We are just coming out of a pandemic so we think everyone should be more conscious of spacing parties . We initially had wanted to eat outside but it was not possible due to weather. Food and drinks were great though.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Overall had a great time!! The vibe inside is great and we were very happy with our meal and drinks overall. Didn’t love the grilled broccoli. It tasted burned/smokey like a cigarette. Would highly the chicken fried rabbit and the tuna crudo.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful & friendly servers. Love it!

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NewinLA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food here as it’s always good. Highly recommend all of the small plates and great place to go if you want vegetarian options. The staff is also super friendly and great!

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LisaF
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience1

The air conditioning does not work so sweating throughout the meal was suboptimal. Also they are understaffed so the drinks and food were very slow.

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Ashton
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was quite good. Servers were very friendly and attentive. We booked a table outside, but 90+ degree temps led to everyone moving in. I was called to ask if that would be alright - thank you. My only issue was that the AC seamed to cut off mid-evening and it started to get very warm in the restaurant. I assume there was some equipment failure, but we never asked. I just kept wiping my brow. The company was to interesting to be distracted. When we left around 9:30p, it was still around 90 degrees outside.

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SandraN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Pre pandemic I was a regular at this really great restaurant that serves a creative menu. The decor and ambiance are always a hit.

Unfortunately, last night the food was over salted and service was really slow.

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TomG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Sat inside for brunch. Great design with lots of different seating areas. Room is very "live"--noise level high. AC could not keep up with heatwave. Sweltering. Food served one plate at a time with significant lag in between. Before drinks. Burger was really good. Pancakes were mushy, boring. Side of bacon was greasy and undercooked. Bloody was standard. $$ Mimosa served in a cocktail glass. Ahem. Kind of a no. Sad given its awesome location.

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DLGood
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shades and attractive outdoor setting with excellent wait staff!

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vipA0488
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing food!! They were out of the burgers which was the reason we came in but… Corn pancakes, cauliflower, steak with pupusas, patatas.. all amazing. We were excited for dessert and ordered the smoky bread pudding… I expected smoky I did not expect bacon! Our server told us there was no bacon but I could have sworn there was because of the taste and texture, couldn’t eat it. The ambiance is nice!

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vipMMMMAM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun food and fab cocktails!
We loved sharing plates and trying everything.

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 3479 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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