Longfellow

4.4
210 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Scelfo's Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow is a neighborhood bar and restaurant located in the historic Café Algiers space directly above his flagship restaurant at 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. The food and drinks at The Longfellow Bar continue to explore Chef Scelfo’s forward-thinking approach to experiencing a meal around his kitchen counter. The menu features bar food that is intended to be passed and shared, allowing guests the opportunity to become immersed in a relaxed and tactile approach to eating; they’re encouraged to break bread and get their hands messy. Rooted in genuine hospitality and exceptional cocktails, the bar program follows Chef Scelfo’s ethos of taking simple ingredients and transforming them, incorporating unique flavors and textures.
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ValR
New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate here prior to a show at Loeb Drama Center. The food and drinks were delicious and came out at a good pace, leaving enough time to get to the theater. They have the same orange wine by the glass as in their sister restaurant Alden & Harlow!

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vipAllysonC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It took 20 minutes to get our first round of drinks, which tasted like I was ingesting smoke coals. After taking some time, our waitress came to see us again to get our appetizers course. The only thing I can say about the crab Rangoon nachos is that they tried, two large unopened Rangoons where the chip was flimsy to the point of barely being able to cut it and too big to eat with cheese that overpowered anything else. The main course we got two different sandwiches, both of which were so salty that they could not be finished. My final comment is that reviews of slow service do not justify taking food off the stove before it is done.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, lovely atmosphere, and the staff were very accommodating to the change of our party size.

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Globaldiner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great place to go for a bite after a visit to the ART. Food was great - Shishito peppers outstanding! And cocktails delicious too.

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vipCharly
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Stopped in for a bite to eat before a show. Food is good, mostly small plates of thoughtful bar food and a couple of burgers and sandwiches on the menu. Crab Rangoon nachos and Thai sausage pigs-in-a-blanket were very tasty, could have eaten a thousand more of those. Great drink menu as well.

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MeghanM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I go here I’m blown away! Amazing and creative cocktails that are always changing and being updated, incredible menu that always has some new items on it. Got the tuna over injera which was so incredible and the pupusas which were probably the best thing I’ve ever had at Longfellow. My friend and I didn’t even talk while eating them because we were speechless! Every time I come here it keeps getting better. Highly recommend for a nice but casual dinner out!

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bostonsoprano
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful and cozy place to grab a drink and delicious snacks. The upstairs bar is the perfect spot to tuck into the corner and enjoy fabulous cocktails.

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vipLuis
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Need to improve service

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newenglander
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The interior design, vibe, service, and cocktails at Longfellow are wonderful. The food was extremely salty. The menu is limited, but also my party wasn't excited to try most of the options. Longfellow is great for a night out with friends or date night drinks and chips (the potato chips are excellent) but I probably wouldn't go back for a meal.

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rmbrmb
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere but both of us thought the food was really way too salty and we did not order the same thing

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winni3
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience2

The drinks are interesting although the execution can be hit and miss. Quite a few food items are way too salt like the waffle fries and the chicken sando.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Great food but inattentive service
Cocktails were well crafted

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sarah
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It's a beautiful restaurant, and the service is great! The food is just a little "too much". For each dish we tried, there seemed to be 1 or 2 ingredients that if omitted, the dish would have tasted much better. (We tried the pretzel, the crab nachos, and the messy fries.) The one exception were the burgers, but they were a bit too buttery (the bottom bun was soaked). Also, the place had a strange smell. Maybe it's just coming from some of the seafood dishes that they make, so not sure they can fix that. Also, others who appreciate seafood more may not find the smell as irritating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were a little disappointed that the manager did not notice two patrons who were speaking on their phone with speakerphone on. The sound resonated throughout the entire room. Use of speaker phone in a restaurant is extremely impolite and disrespectful to fellow patrons.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Will never go there again. If restaurant can not serve a Normal burger that should mean something. Manager is nasty and ignorant. Was stupidly arguing how food needs to be served based on his opinion. Drinks are good thou.

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Trevi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food and drinks were amazing. The Shishito peppers so delicious that I would go again just for those. But the service was sub-par. I think they forgot about us after we were seated because it took over twenty minutes for them to come and take our drink order… AFTER I had flagged down a food runner to ask if there was someone free to get our drink order. Yet I watched two other tables orders get taken in reasonable times.

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ChristinaK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience5

This was one of my favorite cocktail spots prior to the pandemic. Unfortunately, I don't know if they cut staff or product quality or both, but the service was not what it used to be and 3 of our 4 cocktails were very poor. My cocktail was almost undrinkable and tasted of oversteeped tea. I'm incredibly sad, because Longfellow used to be a go to spot and I likely won't be returning.

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Wanda
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The Longfellow has a great atmosphere: convivial, no tvs, has an upscale sort of feeling. The food was great and came out quickly. The servers and hostesses were friendly and professional. My husband and I made the mistake of sitting at the bar; the bartender seemed miserable.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The staff, ambience, and drinks were outstanding. The food all sounded and looked great. Unfortunately, every dish was way too salty. That was a bit disappointing.

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MirkoR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (tapas and excellent burger) - Alden & Harlow kitchen, great ambiance, 2 levels with a bar on each. Outside seating on the third floor porch is highly recommended when weather is nice. Good cocktails and excellent service.

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Samantha
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food, beautiful interior, terrible acoustics. Cocktails were good but not my favourite. Still overall a great bar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience2

Manager is a jerk and gave my friend the creeps. Server and bartenders are always amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite bar in the area. Killer cocktails, friendly and engaging staff, perfect upscale bar bites.

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tayav
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

bartender was amazing and made making cocktails into an art form. the place wasn't too busy so we asked him to make us whatever he wanted and ended up with delicious, off menu cocktails. the vibe is very nice too. would definitely recommend

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Josh
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Space is really nice. Bar food was good but not great (too heavy, at least what we ordered). Service was attentive, allowing for a newbie getting trained. The big problem is it's two notches too loud, even for young ears. Definitely a place you have to shout in sometimes, once it gets crowded. I can respect that vibe for later at night, but it sort of sucked for relaxed conversation with a friend to unwind after work. I'd turn down the music a notch and add some interior design to counteract the domed wooden ceiling (which is super cool architecturally but an acoustic challenge ). Potential is huge for this place, but not there yet.

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vipBostonFoodie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the creativity of the drinks at Longfellows!

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BenjaminF
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cannot recommend highly enough. Tuna crudo and halloumi sticks were out of this world good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Birthday party - service was slow

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was awful. Almost inedible. I expected so much more from the same owner as Alden and Harlow and Waypoint. So much salt, my fingers swelled. I would never return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The food to me was just okay. We got the fries, chicken sando, spicy flats and Rangoon nachos. Nothing really stood out to us. Drinks were also just okay. I’ve heard good things about Longfellow and I love Alden and Harlow so maybe I had higher expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible, the service was personalized and attentive, and you cannot beat the ambiance here.

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NikoleL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Isais our sever is always a pleasure! The food here, in my humble opinion, tops its sister restaurant, Alden & Harlow.

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vipAKay
Oklahoma City
46 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a cool bar! Must do in Cambridge.

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Bloom
New England
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. I love the place, people and amazing services. The lights and decoration around the hall is cool and touchy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The portions are far too small for the price when we were recommended to split plates.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance

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vipraidersix2002
New England
152 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Very limited good menu but the burgers and chicken were good if not somewhat ordinary. Service was blindingly slow . . . so slow it banged up against the 90 minute rule

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EvanN
New England
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A little expensive but the staff was super nice, the drinks were great and the food was good. Crab rangoon nachos were just okat btw

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent upscale “bar” food. Exactly what we were looking for that evening. We couldn’t get a table at Alden & Harlow, but we’

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Elizabeth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend - Fantastic drinks, food, & ambiance.

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Longfellow is rated 4.4 stars by 210 OpenTable diners.

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