Longfellow

4.7
152 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great! Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. He asked us for feedback on the dishes and gave detailed descriptions of the drinks, dishes, and liquors available to us. Food service was timely and each dish we ordered was beautifully plated when it was placed. I went with 3 friends and we were pleasantly surprised at the affordable price for such a well rounded and rich experience! We will be joining Longfellow again in the future with a few more friends. I highly recommend this space for a date as the ambiance is impeccably warm and inviting.

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vipYoungwino
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time at Longfellow and we appreciated the festive decor. The cocktails were great and reasonably priced. The menu items we tried were all very delicious but overall pretty petite portions for shareables. The crab nachos tasted great but the topping:crisp ratio was off - the crisps were buried in sauce. Could have done with more crisps! Service was good and very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to the Longfellow when I want a date with myself. I’ve been twice since they re-opened, and I’ve taken to making a recurring Friday-night reservation here.

The high-top “chef’s table” is a great nook to lose yourself in many things according your fancy: food, drink, ambiance, thought. It also affords the opportunity to chat with the crew, if that’s a thing you like.

The staff have always been kind and pleasant to me and themselves, and I love watching them work when I need a break from myself. Each of them seems to take great care in their work, whether their role is maintaining the kitchen, crafting or preparing the food and drink, or managing guests. I appreciate those who take care in what they do.

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AlecH
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food & atmosphere. Service could have been quicker.

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vipLauraC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Longfellow's drinks can be spectacular but they can also be hit or miss -- the drinks at Alden & Harlow are actually more consistently good, though when Longfellow hits, it's amazing.

Unfortunately on this visit it seemed like they had changed the shape and consistency of their waffle fries from what we remember in the before times, so they lean more toward crunchy and you lose much of the potato flavor. The tuna kitfo was excellent, though.

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vipLocalB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining option, friendly servers and neighboring diners.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time at Longfellow! This is my third time at this bar, and I also have been to Alden & Harlow a few times so I was happy that it hit my standard. We had some great cocktails and loved the shishito pepper hummus dish. It was also my first time being sat outside and I loved how intimate the small patio is.

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vipBandido
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Menú was a little too precious. One got the impression that they were trying hard to be cute and different when a bit more simplicity would have sufficed. Excellent, friendly and attentive service though.

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susanl
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. Tables are close together and it is a loud busy place so can be hard to hear dining companion. Service was good, waiter knowledgable about drinks and food and made great recommendations. This was my second time here and I would return, but definitely easier to be there with one person vs. a table of four in terms of being able to have a conversation.

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KimD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The drinks and food are excellent, and the staff are friendly. The only downside is that we waited longer than I expected for food and drinks, so try to order sooner than later. Consider ordering a second drink before you've quite finished your first. Totally worth it, though! Make a reservation on weekends, it can get crowded.

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vipfoodieinboston
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful meal at Longfellow. Each dish is creative and delicious. One of my favorite things on their menu are the cotechino pig n blankets; a solid snack we get every time we dine here. The longfellow burger is awesome and undergoes new iterations periodically. The most recent one, a nod to In-n-out burgers, was very tasty. Great cocktails, and I appreciate how they have some low-proof options! We've come here for anything from date night to celebrating something in our lives. Longfellow is a true gem in Harvard Square! I also like how you can easily do dinner before (or after) a screening at the Brattle Theatre that's right below it.

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Heath
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been dying to come here and finally got the opportunity to celebrate a special occasion. My expectations weren't even close to my experience, I was blown away. The environment, the service, the fulfillment of my special request for my reservation, it was all too perfect. I will be back even after I move out of state because it is that good.

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Eatwell
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good location, excellent food and drink. Nice service. However, the entire dinner we were cold since it’s a small place and the door kept opening and closing. Overall, very good. Thanks

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vipKathy
New England
48 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a little gem in Harvard Square. Great bar food and cocktails. Love it!

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partyofsix
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Part of 6, service from from the door till we left was great. good and drinks were delicious.

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vipGregariousHouse
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Longfellow was great as always - the service was slightly disjointed because a different server/manager ended up taking our order than the one who initially approached us, but I much prefer this because it meant we didn’t have to wait for our original server to make her way back up. Our second round of drinks was faster too. Good work as ever, just know that when it’s busy you have to be a more proactive to get service when you want it but they’re always excellent at what they do.

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vipSatisfied
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great location and ambiance. We only went for drinks, but the food looked very appealing.

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vipFoodJunkiefeedMe
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I wasn’t treated very nicely by a prominent staff member who could likely use a day off to regroup. The waiter and hostesses were however both thoughtful and attentive throughout . On to the food- The small plates were perfectly executed across the board. We likely ordered 8-10 apps(roughly half of both the food and drink menu). Exquisite tuna tostada , expertly crisped quail and the infamously pedigreed burgers live up to the food hype machine. Drinks were honestly not nearly as inspired as Waypoint we felt. More cocktail choices would also be rather useful here considering the billing.

Be well Longfellow

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vipDMG5
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Fairly miserable experience

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vipSGR13
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lovely spot with a creative menu, wonderful cocktails, and terrific service. What's not to love? Will I be back? Yep, soon as possible!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time visiting this establishment for lunch, and I just love it! The food is innovative and consistently good, but the ambience upstairs and the outstanding service make it great!

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StephanieS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Saturday was a brutally cold night and we were given a table downstairs in the line of the door. It was also extremely loud which made it hard to catch up with my friend. I asked to be moved upstairs if space became available, and we had barely sipped our drinks before that happened. The upstairs is gorgeous, quieter, and the evening was so much warmer! The food was amazing. This is my second time at Longfellow, and I would recommend it, as well as, go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
44 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Poor service; a snarky server e we him we simply asked for a knife ; a table that left one diner squeezed near a pillar, with her chair constantly bumped by servers and other guests; cold (truly) coffee, apparently left sitting on a counter. Will never return and urge others to skip it. Too bad, because it is convenient to the A. R. T.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and cocktails , really terrific service

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RobertA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could be considered loud but who cares it’s Friday night the left lane should be wide open anyway. Great service and great food chef Michael knows what’s up. He’s one of the best out there

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vipGregariousHouse
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Great drinks as always - we ordered the wing flats and they were extremely small in size and quantity for the price (though tasty). I liked them but because of the horrible value I probably wouldn’t ever get them again. Still love the place and will return but I think some of the food pricing is wonky, or ill-suited for value (the burger and chicken sandwich are great for price but so many other things are not).

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vipBoston
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Upstairs closed for private party so we sat at small table in the downstairs bar area (cold when door opened). Service was good. Cosmo was good, out of craft beer husband wanted but he liked the beer recommended ($14 can). Food (pigs in blanket, rye pretzel and burger) not good. We went to a different restaurant for wine because better wine, more generous pour for equal or less $.

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LindaD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Emma, was outstanding! She was friendly but not obtrusive; she made great drink and food recommendations and at no time did she make us feel like she was too busy to make sure we were happy with everything. She really made our night. In hindsight we should have tipped her more but we will catch her the next time we are in there! The drinks and wine were great. Some of the food was a little too rich for our liking and were disappointed that the tuna was sold out.

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vipGregariousHouse
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks as always - pleased with both of my choices. One thought, the Japanese whiskey with pear and soda is a little pricey for the strength of booze compared to others, and seems a little overpriced but it was delicious. Relished your take on the Corpse Reviver #2 with the clarified lemon juice

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My friend had a wonderful evening with his lady friend. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Restrooms are amazing

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vipboathouse
New England
86 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Yikes!
There are no paper cocktail napkins at the bar to absorb the condensation from glass - “we are being mindful to reduce our paper waste and be environmental friendly.” Really??

Yikes!
There is NO silverware - unless you request a fork and then it is reluctantly delivered to you with a slight hand tremor. “It’s a tasting menu and we encourage guests to use their fingers.” Really???

The drinks are strange ... some distilled on premises and poured into unmarked glass bottles from plastic containers. Seemed more like potions than cocktails. Stirring only ... no shaking drinks. Seems like a Board of Health problem brewing ... literally.

Portions were microscopic. Prices are astronomic.

Help them reduce their environmental footprint by not going altogether and reduce their impact to zero.

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AlexisD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great cocktails, fun and delicious finger foods with great flavors.

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Nycer
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice place; servings are small, but good. Nice ambience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great cocktails and delicious wings for an after work hang out with friends.

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Cameron
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday and it was really lovely. The staff was so nice, professional, and helpful with recommendations. They even gave us a dessert on the house. So lovely, would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service in a cosy atmosphere. No wonder it's a popular choice: it's also a good one.

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vipGregariousHouse
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks, service, and food were excellent as always. I particularly love the variety in the drink menu, from classics to super-creative cocktails, as well as low-proof and non-alc concoctions as well. Our server was attentive and friendly to just the right degree to not interrupt our reunion dinner. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn't serve us. Went to a different place that was willing to serve someone on their 21st birthday.

KK
KimberlyK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The freekah bread appetizer was out of this world. Otherwise, "meh". Service was earnest but needed to run back to check on many of our questions (what type of whiskey do you have?). The noise level was too high to have a decent conversation. The place is sleek and nicely done over, but lots of stone and glass make the acoustics challenging. We liked our drinks.

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Longfellow is rated 4.7 stars by 152 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.