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About Alden and Harlow

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.

40 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates

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.

Cross Street:
Mt Auburn Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 864-2100

Website:
http://www.aldenharlow.com/

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, located just one block away at 40 Brattle Street, between Eastern Mountain Sports and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

Executive Chef:
Michael Scelfo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Alden and Harlow Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (93)
Creative Cuisine (92)
Good for a Date (82)
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Special Occasion (62)
Handcrafted Cocktails (55)
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Bar Seating (46)
Tapas (45)
Vibrant Bar Scene (43)
Good Vegetarian Options (43)
Casual (41)
Cozy (40)
Hot Spot (36)
Good for Birthdays (34)
Good for Anniversaries (33)
Authentic (32)
Romantic (30)
Healthy (27)
Good for Groups (26)
Great for Brunch (25)
Pre/post Theatre (25)
Worth the Drive (25)
Seasonal (24)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Great Beer (16)
Late-night Find (15)
Business Meals (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Tasting Menu (13)
Organic (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Happy Hour (12)
People Watching (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Vegan (6)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (New England)·Dined 2 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Awesome as always

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New England)·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!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We stopped in after a show on Friday night; the welcoming, bar, service, and food were all top-notch. Can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had high expectations and the place looked like it was going to be really good. Instead it was fair. The food is simply not that memorable. The burger was decent but not amazing. Potato chips are potato chips and we wouldn’t be in a rush to head back.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I went for my anniversary and the food was delicious. Small plates so the bill added up, but unusual and terrific takes on food. The waiter was friendly yet unobtrusive. My girlfriend and I were even given complimentary dessert wine for our anniversary!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I always enjoy a meal here! This time was no exception. The food was excellent. The wine recommendation was spot on. The service was great, the waitress was very pleasant and extremely attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Always spectacular. Small plates, incredibly inventive and beautifully presented. Fantastic, unusual and delicious cocktails. Perfection.

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on February 8, 2018

First time dining there was a hit. I’ll be back!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Outstanding Kale salad.... and i hate Kale!

Very interesting menu, split almost evenly between meat and vegetable choices. Small plates style, so two plates per person was just about right. Lots of local ingredients, prepared in interesting, but not precious ways. We loved the rabbit and the chicken thighs and the steak was perfect for a bigger appetite. and the Ubiquitous Kale salad was really good!

Tags: Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The online reservation site didn't offer the time slot we wanted, but when we called, our preference turned out to be available. The menu is heavy on interesting and creative vegetable dishes served in what I would call "large tapas" style. The kale salad was plenty for 2; cauliflower was delish. We ordered 4 dishes but if you're eating light, 3 dishes for 2 would be adequate.

Tags: Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I've been there many times as I work nearby. I LOVE the food and cocktails. IT never disappoints and this recent trip was no exception. I don't eat meat but there are usually really great options. LOVE the broccoli and the corn pancakes as great stand bys and this time really enjoyed the lumache which was new on the menu and the burrata. But it does add up fast - 3 of us cost $115 pre-tip recently.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Always such a great experience! The kale salad and chicken fried rabbit are two of my very favorites but the whole menu is a delight!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We were looking for some good vegetarian options--Alden and Harlow did not disappoint. The vegetarian choices were delicious and inventive as well as satisfying to the omnivores in our group. Service was professional and not intrusive and did not rush us out though we clearly stayed longer than usual--the restaurant was not full because of the superbowl. A very enjoyable evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Absolutely yummy. Share a few things and get the burger...came with a parmesan frico.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

After hearing about this place from multiple sources, I booked a table for my husband and I for brunch on Saturday morning. We were very impressed by the ambiance and vibe of the place. Although it is "underground" there are many windows and the place feels light and very comfortable. My husband also said he would love to sit there and drink coffee for the rest of the afternoon. At first, I was worried about the pricing (moderate to high) because I was expecting small dishes, but each dish that came out was a larger portion and the quality of ingredients used was excellent. I will gladly pay $2-3 more per dish for a delicious meal and great service any day. We are already looking forward to going back to try the burger--heard that's one not to miss!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food, excellent service. On the expensive side

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We met our son here to eat, drink, have fun and talk. We are all 'foodies' and appreciate a good cocktail, and found this to be a great place in both regards. The food features fresh ingredients prepared with a fun and creative flair, while being reasonably priced for Cambridge. I especially enjoyed vegetable dishes made with some imagination and flair; you could have a really good vegetarian meal if you wanted to and not feel left out at all.Cocktails very well crafted and reasonably potent. Service was spot on, attentive, friendly while being professional. A little noisey for conversation, but we managed ok. Overall, five stars and recommended as an excellent value.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Amazing dining experience with delicious food, and a great, friendly staff. Thank you for a great evening!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The food here is artfully made. The brussel sprouts were the best I've ever had! The latkes were also amazing. Honestly, nothing wasn't delicious. Every dish had a special twist that was bold but meshed perfectly with the other ingredients. The desserts were amazing and not overwhelming, and the drinks were lovely. I would recommend this place for a birthday dinner or another such special occasion. Can't wait to come back to try brunch!

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Casual, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Alden and Harlow consistently delivers delicious and interesting food every time. The charred broccoli dish is a favorite.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2018

I have been to Alden and Harlow a number of times and usually walk away having enjoyed my meal, and certain dishes have been truly delicious. This time I left feeling like it was fine, although the root vegetable latkes that are on the current menu fall into the delicious category. And the smoked chocolate bread pudding is incredible. I generally do not eat meat, so I cannot say anything about the meat dishes. The current cauliflower dish is just ok. I am a fan of the charred broccoli, although I have had it enough that we did not order it this time.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Delicious!! A bit pricey for small plates but yummy small plates! Service was great

Tags: Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Love the small plate concept with the food arriving sporadically so conducive to long conversation and an appreciation of each unique dish. Despite the crowds we never felt rushed. The wait staff are excellent.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Unique flavors, great drinks, cool atmosphere and thoughtful service. A+

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Was at Alden & Harlow to brunch on 1/28/18. Had been there once before for brunch and several times for dinner. In terms of my previous brunch visit, the food had significantly deteriorated, egg entree arrived not hot but toward the cool and the coffee was too strong and perhaps old (make much better myself). All in all a disappointing meal. Won't be back for brunch. Might try it again in the evening for small plates.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

They were very accommodating to our large party which we appreciated. I think they had a hard time keeping up with orders though since a handful of things were never served. They do sharing small plates so it's not the best for large groups. I think I would have enjoyed it more in a smaller more intimate group.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food and cocktails are awesome. The fried brussel sprouts were the best.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

First time eating here. Food was amazing - for the 3 of us, we ordered 6 dishes to share. Very small portions, but fine if you order 2 or 3 each. We ordered wine by the glass, and the pours were almost shot sizes instead of a glass.
Because the dishes were so tasty, I will be going back! And i want to try a cocktail from their creative list next time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Birthday. Andrew our server was amazing

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This place would become Michelin rated one day and I would tell everyone how I ate there twice before it was all the rage. Everything is delicious

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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Alden and Harlow was unexpectedly busy on a Wednesday evening. We had a last minute change in your reservation, to which they easily obliged and moved us up one hour. The seating was comfortable, however the positioning of the corner table was awkward on the end, looking straight at other guests' tables. The waitstaff was perfunctory and polite, clearing plates quickly and giving us helpful recommendations on the wine list. Portions are small though, so it's not the best value for your meal, as most people will end up getting at least 2-3 plates and a drink. Grilled broccoli with butternut squash puree was the table favorite. Additionally, the chicken thigh was seasoned well and flavorful, although the pork belly was dry and the veggie latkes oily.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The food was unusually creative and delicious!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

What a gem in Cambridge. Everything was delicious. Definitely want to come back real soon!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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