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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Seafood, American, Oyster Bar
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch 10am-2:30pm
$30 and under
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Valet is available Thursday-Saturday
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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Waypoint Ratings and Reviews
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....
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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