Alden and Harlow
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.
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Our 8 oz. House Creekstone Grind, Your Faith, House Made Roll
Fried Brussels Sprouts
Tallow Fried Peanuts, Fish Sauce, Herbs & Pickled Hots
Fried Brussel Sprouts
Tallow Peanuts, Fish Sauce, Herbs & Pickled Hots
Great food as always. We were assigned a corner table but the service was great, my drink (Blue Monday) was delicious.
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!
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.
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)
For the most part our dishes were really good, but our $50 stake was overcooked.
It's overall pricey.
Love this restaurant! The food is amazing and small plates allow you to try lots of it.
The ambience and the staff were great, but the food kind sucked. Not sure I would ever go back there.
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.
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.
Excellent food and service, but the restaurant is a little too noisy - we had to shout at each other to be heard.
Great place to
Go with friends!
Amazing food and service! Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, salmon latkes and kale salad were exceptional
Beautiful food, tasty and original, presented in a wonderful order at a leisurely pace. Truly enjoyable night out with friends.
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.
Food was outstanding! Service was excellent also.
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.)
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!
Great brunch and interesting dishes. Get the corn cakes!
Fantastic food with many vegetarian options! Love the cozy atmosphere.
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.
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!
Amazing food and super cool environment! Coming again!
Order the onion dip, broccoli hummus, pickled corn cakes, and farm veggies a la plancha. Absolutely delicious meal.
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.
Space and staff was fantastic but not my type of food.
Had higher expectations for the food and flavor based off reviews and ratings. It was okay.
Great food, ambience and service. We had an outstanding experience. Some of the best, freshest food I’ve eaten in a restaurant.
As usual, excellent and creative food. We have a celiac diner and the restaurant is smart and helpful. Excellent help with wine too.
Another great meal at Alden and Harlow. Enjoyed everything we had from orange wine, kale pistachio salad, tuna crude and the favorite was the special zucchini latkes with crab on top...yummm, what a great summer dish. And of course summer perfection was toasted brioche with roasted peaches and homemade whip cream. Prefer outside eating but too hot in the heatwave. So for going outside we were back of main dining room on the right hand side on the back wall with no one next to us so it felt like we weren't too close to others and noise level not bad. When it's full, it feels a little crowded indoors.
Had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the many dishes that were ordered. Would visit again next time I am in Harvard Square!
Very good food. Excellent serving staff. We went there for lunch and the prices were reasonable.
Really delicious food and great for a special occasion, would definitely recommend!
Cool place, great food and fun ambiance. The secret burger was loved by all at our table and bluefin was a HUGE hit - we could have ordered more.
Interesting menu great service pricey but with it
Would return again
We reached 30 minutes early. They kindly accommodated us. It took quite some time for cocktails to arrive. Other than that, everything was spectacular. But service was very friendly, the outdoor location was charming, and the food delicious. The pancakes were standouts.
Delicious brunch. Lovely waitress. Thumbs up overall…
Great dining experience. Every dish we had was delicious.
Great food and Great service. Highly recommend this restaurant
Wonderful service and attentive staff. Basil pasta, Secret Burger, Pancakes and NY Strip were all fantastic.
Very friendly employees, from hosting, to waitstaff, to bussing.
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 3533 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.