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About Waypoint

Chef Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow welcomes Waypoint, his second Cambridge restaurant. Located at the gateway of Harvard Square at 1030 Massachusetts Avenue, “waypoint” often means a plot point on a map. For Chef Scelfo, it signals a natural next step along his culinary journey. From live-fire pizza to raw bar and caviar service, to an expansive absinthe list, the menu at Waypoint reflects his forward-thinking approach to coastally-inspired fare combining approachable ideas and ingredients with elements that are unexpected.

1030 Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

Hours of Operation:
Dinner 5pm-11
Late-Night 11pm-midnight
Sunday Brunch 10am-2:30pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 864-2300

Website:
http://www.waypointharvard.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is available Thursday-Saturday

Public Transit:
Waypoint is conveniently located between Harvard Square and Central Square, with red-line MBTA stops at both Harvard and Central. From either direction, it takes roughly 5-10 minutes to walk to Waypoint at 1030 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

Executive Chef:
Michael Scelfo

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

Special Events & Promotions:
All inquiries regarding private party bookings/events should be sent to jen@waypointharvard.com.

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Waypoint Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (79)
Fit for Foodies (75)
Good for a Date (62)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (45)
Special Occasion (45)
Hot Spot (39)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Local Ingredients (34)
Bar Seating (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Good for Groups (30)
Fun (29)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Tapas (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Casual (21)
Worth the Drive (20)
Notable Wine List (19)
Romantic (15)
Business Meals (14)
Healthy (13)
Late-night Find (13)
Seasonal (13)
Authentic (12)
Cozy (12)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Happy Hour (8)
People Watching (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great Beer (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Organic (2)
Spicy (2)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Fabulous loved the good the ambiance and services

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

A little over priced but overall a great place! Drinks and Pasta were terrific but our special fish dish was over cooked and overpriced.

Tags: Happy Hour
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Great wine list. Not the usual listings. Food excellent and unique preparations. Overall a great place to go

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vip
 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was very good, though a bit pricey. The lobster tail with half black rice was delicious and drinks were good as well. Fun atmosphere, nice design, and friendly staff.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

I really wanted to like this place, but I didn't. The food was good, but not amazing. The atmosphere was too precious -- the place (like it's sister restaurant, Arden & Harlow) is just too hipster for its own good. It's got everything it's supposed to have -- well-designed interior and lighting, interesting sounding drinks and menu, attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff -- but nothing about it felt real, nothing made me light up with surprise or delight, nothing made me feel at home. The waitstaff were great (despite the stiff and silent trainee who followed our waitress around like bump on a log). They recommended one dish that we ended up not liking and they took it off our bill without us even asking. But it still ended up a ridiculously expensive evening for the quality of the food and the overall experience. If you like Arden & Harlow, you'll love this place. If you don't, you won't. I didn't. Sorry....

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Excellent food and service. They were out of two of the dishes that we wanted, but it was a three day weekend and I guess that speaks to the freshness of everything.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

All around amazing experience: we had snacks, oysters, plates to share, the special and an entree. Oh, and delicious donuts for dessert. Wine and draft beer selection is top notch and service ties a bow in this dining experience.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and service, as usual! Never disappoints!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food and a great wine list! Try the char belly and the donuts, both are to die for. Also the Greek white (very minerally) and French Syrah (typical French notes) were great finds on the wine menu. We will be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I would recommend going on not a prime day / time. The food is better if you go during an off time when they are less busy and more attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great bar, cocktail list, wine list, ambiance, menu, and service. Would definitely recommend to friends and business associates, the value was there and management of the restaurant was spot on. I will definitely try the restaurants again.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Spicy, People Watching, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Went here on a date with my wife. I wouldn’t just go here for a date though. The restaurant was very quiet so we ended up sitting at the bar. The staff was very friendly and the service was great. We will be headed back for sure.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

You may have heard of Alden & Harlow but I think Waypoint is not as known. The inside is beautiful. The drinks & the food are amazing! The pastas are the best. The pizzas are ok. I also had the chopped tuna crudo & I still think about it sometimes. It was that good. The service is impeccable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great space but the food lacked distinctive flavor and all the dishes seemed over-salted

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My son and I had a great time at Waypoint though as vegetarians we had very few choices. Lots of hidden bacon and other pork products that are probably tasty but put dishes like a broccoli pizza off limits. Service was fine but could have been more attentive. It was freezing where we first were seated but the server found us a warmer spot. The char belly and mackerel dishes were amazing as was the lobster hummus but we wished we had gotten the bread plate. Donut dessert was A plus.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Stellar service and the food was amazing.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Lovely meal with friends. The food was delicious. The only slight negative was our server started out fine but we got less attention as the meal evolved. But I would definitely go back!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We dined here for NYE (after multiple visits to sister restaurant Alden & Harlow) and we had an amazing meal. The cocktails were amazing, and the food -- not a single disappointment. We ordered multiple items to share: crab french fries, roasted snails, wood grilled octopus, chopped clam pizza, uni bucatini, and the donuts for dessert.

Our waittress, Christine, highly recommended the uni bucatini and we are so thankful she did -- it was by far our favorite dish of the night and one of our favorites we ate this year.

Truly a great meal for any special occasion/anniversary/date!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to Waypoint for dinner on New Year's Eve. The menu needed to be explained to us by the waitress. What is the difference between a "starter" and a "plate". (Answer: not very much - plates are only slightly larger, but not large enough to be an entree). My husband and I started out with the hummus and flatbread starter (hummus with some lobster in it) which was pretty good. We loved the flatbread especially. Then we each had a plate - he had smoked haddock and I had tuna crudo. That was delicious. Then we shared a dish of squid ink pasta with pumpkin crema and bacon and mushrooms. It was pretty good. That was plenty of food! No room for dessert. Although the people at the table next to ours highly recommended the toffee dessert. The wine menu had items on it I had never heard of. I was looking for a chardonnay. The server was very helpful in helping us choose a dry white wine. But I felt the wines were overly esoteric. And then they offered us the "reserve wines" menu. Ooh la la! $200 per bottle! Way out of our price range! We purchased our wine by the glass (3 glasses between the 2 of us).
Overall it has very good food, with creative ingredients. It is an expensive restaurant. And the wine is extremely expensive!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Never disappoints! Delicious food, great service and a great vibe.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This is our second time we had dinner at this restaurant in the last 3 months. This time my wife and I ate here with our 2 young-adult children who each has very different food preferences. It suffices to say the Waypoint menu has enough variety that satisfied all four of our palates. We ordered a total of 6 appetizers, two pastas, and a beef entree shared by all of us. In addition, we ordered their french fries which my children enjoyed a lot. We feel their food, in particular our 2 pasta dishes, is as good as any other similar type of restauant in this price range in the Boston area. Unfortunately, unlike last time, our waitress, and the rest of the wait staff, seemed to be tired and unenthuastic. (It was December, 30th, 2017, a Saturday night and maybe they feel sorry that they have to work the New Year's weekend.) I almost complained to the management about the service but I did not want to create some negative vibes for our family outing. Other notables, the ambience is quite good for a neighborhood restaurant. We had a Coatian bottle of wine for the first time and it was quite good for the money. We also had no problem finding parking on the street in front of the restaurant as we did the first time. If we were reluctant to come back here in the near future, I think the inconsistent service will be the reason. Otherwise, I think it is worth at least a try for locals and visitors alike.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is the second time here and thought our first time experience was better. Clam pizza crust was burnt and not that textural appeal of pizza. ALso would like to see more clams on the pizza and less garlic!

Crab pasta was very good but again way too much garlic! Like the whole roasted branzino.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food (but not cheap)! We shared the French Onion pizza (not sure how it got the name but lamb & apple slices are prominent) - delicious! Followed by splitting a 10oz steak served with roast potato strips and seared lettuce - excellent! We tried all 3 deserts - all very good but the donuts were best. Waypoint bills itself as a seafood restaurant - but it is more of a shellfish establishment - almost no fish on the menu - which was a bit disappointing. Given the chef's creativity, it would have been interesting to see how fish dishes turned out. Service was excellent and meals were served family style which promotes sharing and dish splitting. Busy place - and yes the background music was louder than it should have been. Recommended but know what you are getting into.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Average food.
Felt like we got almost rushed out of the door by the waiter (although no waiting no guests)

Not worth the premium price tag

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

So delicious. Fun environment. Super nice staff- I love this place.

only issue is the design of the booths along the curved wall- they’re tight and awkward with nowhere to put your legs comfortably. They should switch out the heavy bases for something less space consuming and have hooks for bags and coats.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

It was great food with an upscale yet still very bostonian atmosphere. Wear a nice dress or a flannel! The food was excellent and had a lot of seafood options. Very lively place and great service. Enjoy some wine while listening to the best rap and hip hop. Better for group outings but a little loud for a romantic date. Would still recommend to friends and family!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We had excellent raw oysters to start, and smoked mackerel, grilled octopus and lamb shoulder to share. All the dishes were great but we thought the lamb was a real standout.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Great seafood, plates for sharing and superb service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Limited menu, but very tasty food and good size portions.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We decided to stop by for a late dinner and decided to try this restaurant based on reviews on OT. Started with Grimm artisanal beer, Porter beer and nitro cold brew iced tea made with a combo of black and green teas. We all liked our drinks so that was good.
For our meals we had the blue crab and angel hair pasta and two of us split the 10 oz ribeye. Both were excellent choices and portions were just right - not too much that we were stuffed and not too little so that we were still hungry.
But we had to try the cinnamon sugar donuts. Perfect end to a great meal. And the Mediterranean mint herbal tea was great too.
While food was good the noise level was a bit on the louder side. All in all we agreed we would come back again.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great date spot! Food comes out as it's ready, and plates are big enough to share!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Everything was overly salted to the point where it overpowered the other ingredients. We couldn't finish a couple of our dishes because of it. I love salt and this was even too much for me. The wine list was nice and the wait staff was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent food coupled with outstanding service made for a very memorable occasion. Thanks
Abhijit

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Everyone morsel of food was absolutely delicious. Each dish was exceptional. Flavors and textures were just amazing. It was truly exciting to be the recipient of such genius. The wait staff is knowledgeable about ingredients and cooking process. Wow!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Casual, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This was our first time at Waypoint. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and fun! The food, from apps to dessert, was delicious. We primarily enjoyed the seafood (oysters, little necks, tuna tartare, octopus, shrimp), but we also tried the braised lamb pizza! Tried a Croatian red wine at Katie's recommendation which was an excellent accompaniment. With so many restaurants in Boston, glad we found this one!

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

All the good food and drink is spoiled by the pounding noise level.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Although I am not a huge sea food lover, Waypoint was a great option. Started with a tasty mocktail. Then had the Italian sausage pizza and squid ink gemelli. Both were delicious!!! Highly recommend. The atmosphere was great on a Saturday night and I'll definitely go back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Awesome atmosphere and setting inside. Food was fantastic and they had a really cool drink menu, I’ll definitely be back.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

The staff and chef are amazing. I have severe food allergies and the chef called me personally to ask how he could best accommodate my very limited diet. The food was absolutely delicious. I highly recommend Waypoint.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We had a great time enjoying oysters, char and prawns. Wish we were hungrier because the food was excellent!

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