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Alden and Harlow

4.5
4.5
3859 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 86 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-2100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Private party contact

    Jen Fields: (617) 864-2100

  • Neighborhood

    Harvard Square

  • Cross street

    Mt Auburn Street

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. s

    smdoucette

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dining experience with superb service, my first time back since the pandemic and I have to say I’m happy there has been no drop off in quality during that gap. New menu from the last time I was there and it did not disappoint! I don’t think there’s a single dish we didn’t like. Most restaurants should aspire to be half as good as this establishment.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The menu had promise that it didn’t deliver upon. With the exception of the carrots, which were excellent, the food wasn’t anything to write home about. Serving sizes are generous, location is prime, service did its best, and the chef was open to critiques on new dishes we tried that missed. But overall, room for improvement.
  3. GH

    GabrielleH

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alden and Harlow is a hit every time. We always get the ubiquitous kale salad and the brussel sprouts. The rest of the menu changes a lot so it's fun to try different things. The cocktails and mocktails are refreshing and delicious. Service was fantastic.
  4. S

    Seafoodlover

    New England

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    At our request we sat outside. Menu quite limited, especially for kids. Small portions and healthy prices. Not everyone’s kind of food, as many quite exotic dishes. That said, the staff was extremely accommodating, found some off menu simple things for the kids, and refused to charge for a pasta dish that was too spicy for me to eat, despite that I hadn’t told them in advance about my spicy food intolerance. Left a very hefty tip to thank an exceptional staff.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic drinks and awesome srarters
  6. s

    slowfoodie

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was innovative and fantastic. We ordered the grilled broccoli with butternut squash hummus which was outstanding. The hummus was very flavorful. It was a large shareable serving. The hickory smoked carrots were also outstanding. The Ora King Salmon was tender sitting on a crisp fennel hash brown. Yum! Service was attentive without interfering with conversation. Perfect for celebrating a friend’s birthday.
  7. PE

    PamelaE

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    It has been a few years since we have come to this restaurant because of Covid. We were looking forward to it. My husband had The famous secret burger but he said it wasn’t that exceptional. Not like the way we remembered it. He also had the chicken liver on Cristini but it was mostly bread with just a thin layer of pate on top. The brussels sprouts were very good. The blue fish was good. In other words, I would say the overall experience was fair to good but we both said we would not rush back.
  8. B

    Billybaloney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food, can be a little loud, attentive service.
  9. MA

    MAH1

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful, once again. Many thanks, A+H team!
  10. S

    Spumoni

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The food, as always, is inventive and tasty. Service, this time, was unacceptable. One entree arrived, followed by the second and third ten minutes later, followed by the fourth about five minutes after that, all with no explanation or apology. No servers during the meal to check on us. And at the end, I had to approach three servers at a wait station asking for our check since our attempts to get someone's attention failed. This is not a deal-breaker since I understand staffing issues. But it needs attention since it really adversely affects the dining experience.
  11. C

    Carrie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Nice evening for a unique dining experience outside on the back patio.
  12. MS

    MichaelS

    New England

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great ambiance. Had a hard time ordering both from a what to get and how much to get point of view since our server said it was like tapas. Well, it really wasn't like Tapas. I enjoyed the chicken fried rabbit. The pasta dishes were mediocre. Wasn't thrilled with the blue fin appetizer. Kale salad and broccoli appetizers were delicious and big enough to share. I found the choices on the menu a little limited.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect experience! Great food! Great cocktails! Amazing service!
  14. S

    Sophia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    The food here is incredible but we were really disappointed in the service. We had to wait almost 30 minutes to sit at our reserved table, the hosts were extremely apologetic and said they would “take care of us” to make up for the bill. This would’ve been fine if the restaurant had covered our drinks or took something off the bill, but they didn’t. We also then have to wait over 45 minutes to get the check after we asked for it. I had to go to the host station and ask for it again. They were extremely apologetic but again took nothing off the bill. The food was so great but I’m not sure if we’ll be back since the service was underwhelming, and they didn’t take care of us.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    That restaurant was amazing!!!
  16. SO

    SeanO

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    This is the second time I have been to Alden and Harlow. My first time was over two years ago before I lived here and was visiting. I had read many reviews and heard that this was one of the best restaurants in greater Boston. However, the first time I went I was less than impressed. It wasnt bad, but the value was not there. I was underwhelmed. When I moved to the city it was on my list to try it again, maybe I had a bad experience the first time and it wasnt an accurate representation. Unfortunately, I am sad to say my second experience was worse than the first. We went with friends who had recently got engaged. We scheduled ahead of time for a bottle of Champagne to be waiting on the table when we arrived. We arrived early, checked in and waited for our friends. When we arrived at the table there was no bottle waiting as promised and it took maybe another 10 minutes before we did receive the bottle (which at that point we might as well have ordered it when we arrived at the restaurant). The main reason I was willing to go back to the restaurant was that I am a big fan of burgers and I had heard that the burger was one of the best in the city. I was not impressed by the burger, I requested medium rare and it probably came out medium, it was messy, I wasnt a fan. Finally at the end of the meal, we split the check and I asked if the server could put the bottle of Champagne on my check and the server said he was unable to do that. Now I know that he could have done it, he just didnt want to do it. I was unimpressed with the food, very unimpressed with the service and I have not intention of returning to this restaurant.
  17. PR

    PatR

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to catch up with friends. Food excellent. Great for sharing. We had the special salmon collar which we knew to ask about from a previous visit Yum!
  18. ED

    EmilyD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful experience here for dinner. We had the patatas bravas, burrata, and chicken fried rabbit and everything was wonderful. We sat at the bar since we needed a quick dinner, and service was speedy. Definitely hope to come back for a sit down dinner.
  19. J

    James

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was fantastic as always, but we were seated outside and our servers seemed to repeatedly forget about us. They served 3 of 4 entrees and we had to go in and ask the host if they could eventually bring the last entree.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The secret burger and onions alla plancha were incredible! Great food and drinks!
  21. NB

    NiccoB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great amazing tasty fantastic lovely would go again super cool super chill
  22. G

    Gail

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Food was excellent but service was spotty and it was a bit noisy. We had also requested a table in the atrium and we’re told it would be available unless there was a private event.
  23. PW

    PatW

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Poor service. One dinner came out and 8 minutes until the next. Long wait for bill, etc. Food overpriced
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    We enjoyed the food, we had a salmon dish that was really tasty and the ravioli was very good. We also had the chicken fried rabbit and that was not as successful, an off texture and the sauce it came with was sweet and felt like an odd combination. The service was good, we were frequently checked on and the food came out quickly. My only complaint it that it felt expensive considering the portions but that seems to be the norm now.
  25. GW

    GeorgeW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tapas style service was fun for our group of 5. delicious food. Will come again!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    We had 5:45 reservations to give us plenty of time before heading to the ART at 7:30. My experience last night was consistent with my last few ones. The attention when we get there is terrific, but the server disappears after delivering drinks and taking our order. The food came out in reasonable rounds from the runners, but we never ordered a second round of cocktails because I was concerned it would take too long (if we got her attention) and that it would delay getting our check.
  27. MB

    MelissaB

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    The service was horrible, the waitress took forever to take our order then didn’t put it in and they ran out of a dish, she gave me a menu to pick something new and took 20 mins to come back and take my order for a replacement, I had a dirty plate, she never brought a replacement I had to ask 3 times, we asked multiple times for the check. The food isn’t worth the experience
  28. s

    ski50

    New England

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Nice time.. Wish there was a green salad instead of kale..
  29. L

    Lina

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is super good, but it’s pretty fancy and quite pricey; don’t come here if you’re not ready to spend a good amount of money.
  30. M

    Mese

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    The food was very good. We ate outside and to be honest sitting at a table on the street at the curb with parked car exhaust and all made it more complicated to relax and enjoy the great food. I realize it was my choice to sit outside and the restaurant is doing the best they can with limited space but next time I’d definitely choose indiors
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Overall very good. I feel the need to give the feedback that the sauces and reductions overpowered the food. In particular we had the broccoli, Brussel sprouts, and patatas bravas and the balsamic and garlic flavors were too strong. Other than that everything was all good
  32. EL

    EllieL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    The food was great as was the ambience. The only problem was that our food arrived at very different times, and one meal seemed to have been left off the order. We had to ask for it twice. They did take it off the bill, but there wasn't a lot of communication about it. Other than that, a very good meal.
  33. AO

    AllOvrThePlace

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great bar, delicious food and the staff was fabulous. Really felt the hospitality from the start despite the crowd and busy bar and waitstaff. Fantastic location for that area of the town and the Harvard campus.
  34. RT

    RobinT

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Waitstaff had limited knowledge of bar menu, no attention to detail and never once checked in after our entrees were delivered.
  35. JN

    JenN

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    We typically love our meals at Alden and Harlow. However, our brunch was absolutely awful. I've had the secret burger numerous times and its always great, but this time it was raw/mushy (ordered it medium) and dosed in vinaigrette, literally dripping thin dressing all over the place. The flavor was so sour (the only flavor note detectable was sour...no umami, savory, salty) and the liquid acidity made the bun disintegrate. There is usually a tasty special sauce on the burger, but not this time. I have no idea why they used salad vinaigrette on a burger but it was disgusting. The squash latkes were cold and had way too much fish sauce, not edible.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it every time, the menu changes with he season, fun and delicious!!
  37. PW

    PamW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Everything was good, especially the vegetable dishes. Desert was only so-so. Hamburger surprisingly good as was the pork belly
  38. D

    Dinedon12613

    New England

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food quality, presentation and taste were excellent.
  39. A

    Alina

    Houston

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Food was wonderful, but service was poor and some of our food came out overdone! Really expected more from our experience. Server was new and rather have an experienced server shadow and train, she was entirely lost and couldn’t describe any of the menu.
  40. K

    Katherine

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious flavors and attentive service made for a lovely graduation celebration.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

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

Alden and Harlow is rated 4.5 stars by 3859 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 86 times today
Google Map for Alden and Harlow

40 Brattle Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Mt Auburn Street

  • Neighborhood

    Harvard Square

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Additional

    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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