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Wed, 4/25
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Waypoint

4.6
630 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner 5pm-11
Late-Night 11pm-midnight
Sunday Brunch 10am-2:30pm
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Phone number
(617) 864-2300
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Scelfo
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Valet is available Thursday-Saturday
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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.
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Special events & promotions
All inquiries regarding private party bookings/events should be sent to jen@waypointharvard.com.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 630 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.5
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4.0
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Very nice experience. Excellent service and great food in a fun atmosphere.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Get a booth table! The rest of the restaurant is quite loud, but the side tables are at a great noise level for conversation.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was great
Service was awesome!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Incredibly creative and consistently delicious food. Great atmosphere and excellent staff--very knowledgeable about wine pairings w/food and eager to help make your experience an exceptional one.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

This was my first visit to Waypoint - my husband and I have been wanting to try it since we are fans of Alden and Harlow. We ended up hanging out at the restaurant with another couple for several hours - the waitstaff couldn't have been more accommodating! We all agreed we would definitely recommend any of the dishes we had, especially the oysters, skate wing, tuna crudo, bread plate, blue crab pasta, and for dessert, warm cinnamon donuts. The wine was awesome as well! Can't wait to return...

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great raw bar. Many selections to share. Knowledgeable attentive service. Nice selection of wines.

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1.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The food was very disappointing. Went with a group of four and ordered a variety of dishes - almost all disappointed.
Snails: super bitter and earthy, bread was the ends and really poor - worst snails I’ve had
Crab fries - came out over cooked - almost burned and the seasoning was quite unappetizing.
Octopus - this dish was amazing. Perfect texture and wrk balanced. Order this!
Lamb shoulder - super dry in parts, not good
Pizza - this was good but not out of this world.
Dumplings - super thick and tough on the outside. Poor.

Wine - good wine list, this totally saved the night.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Really, really good service, creative and delicious cocktails and food. Not for you if you want predictable seafood as the menu is VERY unique. If you are open to new combinations of flavors and textures, you’ll love Waypoint!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The food was great, the service exceptional and the view was second to none in the Boston area.
The seafood chowder was absolutely to die for. We will definitely be back next time we are in Boston.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food, great service , way too noisy

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

I've been to Waypoint several times and have always had great food and service experiences! The staff is friendly and attentive but not too invasive, and also make good food recommendations. The bar has a great cocktail selection. For brunch, I recommend the irish coffee and donuts. For dinner, make sure to try the clam pizza and branzino.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic food and great service

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

My husband and I came here for a pre-event dinner and were super impressed! We sat at the bar where the service was impeccable. We shared some $1 oysters (which were surprisingly tasty for being $1), the clam pizza (out of this world, the best clam pizza I've ever tried), and a farro and crab salad (fresh, light and flavorful). Given the quality of the food and drink, I thought the cost was quite reasonable, especially for Boston standards. Our bill was hardly more than a couple of burgers and beers would be at other area restaurants. We will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

It was wonderful - food and ambiance fantastic!

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

This place never disappoints. We brought out-of-town friends who were just wowed by the individuality of the dishes, the multiple delicious tastes in every dish, etc.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Waypoint provided wonderful food and highly trained waitstaff. Really glad we came here.
I highly recommend this restaurant!

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Six of us in on a Sunday evening, early (6:30). Had reservations, got seated promptly. We go out quite a bit, and have been to Alden and Harlow over a dozen times. Excited to try Waypoint.
Ordered 2 dozen oysters right away, as we were waiting for our party to arrive (all got there within the next 5 minutes). Oysters landed, delicious. We ordered the rest of our meal with the server before the oysters were even off the table. Then, the long wait. Ordered two of the 'roasts' ("for 2-3 people"), the large size vegetable roast and the branzino fish, two pastas, a pizza, 4 appetizers... all on top of the oysters.
The food came very very slowly, and seriously? The fish, once filleted, was enough for perhaps one very sated person. The vegetable roast had possibly 7 chunks of veggies (oh good, one quarter beet each!). Much hype, little sustenance.
The server realized we had been waiting ages, for these few morsels to arrive, and arranged for us to get free dessert. So in the end, we all felt mildly ill as we filled ourselves with donuts and cake, since we were all still hungry.
Nope, never again.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Loved the whole experience. The oysters, the drinks, the service, that pizza!!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Very hip but approachable ambiance, kind of makes you forget that you’re in Boston!

The angel hair blue crab was excellent. Would go back.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Uni & Caviar Toast and the Blue crab Angel Hair are the must-have dishes.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Loved the cocktails, the food, the vibe. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It was Great!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Fantastically prepared dishes, unique, imaginative flavors and outstanding service. We really enjoyed our experience.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food and service is fantastic! Congratulations Waypoint team! Hospitality at it's finest. Kitchen killed it!

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch, great cinnamon roll, meh donuts, great sparkling wine.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We loved Waypoint! Every morsel of food was delicious. We were there for brunch and we got the bread sampler and patatas bravas as appetizers for 4 people and then ordered mains. I got the lobster roll with pickle chips and I love it. The pickle chips are very thinly sliced pickles that are battered and fried. Everyone at the table was "helping" me eat them. The oysters and waffles were amazing. The ricotta blintzes were also fantastic.

The outside of the restaurant looks bland but once you're inside, it's welcoming and eclectic. The staff was attentive and friendly. Overall, a top notch experience!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter celebration

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

First time at Waypoint for brunch, and like all other meals I’ve had there, it didn’t disappoint. The only problem is choosing what to order and not overeating because you want to try everything. We had the avocado and shrimp toast, ricotta blintzes, and because it was Easter, the donut with a homemade Peep on top. Too cute!

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Very disappointed except lamb pizza
That was good not too much cheese no lamb meat smell would recommend it but this is the end Of good things
Hamburger was disaster it was almost McDonald s double burger plus little more condiments did not have any meat taste
Beyond that menu you need to read before you go to see if it fits to your adventures
There were no salad appetizer either

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Outstanding menu and food quality. Wide selection of meat, fish, and veggie options. Everything was great. Pretty affordable to try different dishes as well.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Waypoint was absolutely phenomenal! The food is inventive/delicious. The waitress was thoughtful and paced the meal so that we felt we could savor every morsel...which we wanted to do!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Service was overall good but waitress forgot to bring us the coffee we had ordered.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Bartender was less that friendly to say the least, but our server was friendly and informative.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I went to Waypiont with my spouse for a meal before a show at the Sanders Theater on the Harvard campus. The restaurant offers a number of savory plates offered in a bistro environment. There are some large portions, but most plates are portioned at a level that might be ‘tapas plus’—enough to share but still not a full entree serving. There is the (mandatory) burger, and one or two other meat offerings, but the substantial majority of offerings are in the seafood category. But while the offerings are in the seafood category, the flavors across the plates vary quite widely across a wide range, and as a meat eater I was very happy to find a number of seafood offering that have rich and savory flavors. The service was prompt and knowledgeable (waitress made excellent recommendations, and immediately and authoritatively answered all ingredient questions from my lactose intolerant dinner companion.) The crowd was youthful, but not undergraduate. The bistro atmosphere was also friendly and casual, just what we were looking for prior to the show. Driving and parking in Cambridge is . . . what it is. We enjoyed our meal and will go back.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Good and creative see food variety. Kid-friendly.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Our waitress was amazing, she was extremely helpful with any menu questions and wine pairings/recommendations and was very professional. The manager visited us at the table and was also lovely. I have already highly recommended friends to go and try it if they haven’t already and will continue to do so!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Absolutely delicious food, fantastic service. Worth every penny

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Waypoint impressed with not only the selection and quality of food, but the overall experience as well. Staff were friendly and helpful, and we really enjoyed our experience. Good for a night out with family, friends, or for a date.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

It is really a wonderful restaurant overall. Great food, great service. A true gem.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Lamb Roast was the best lamb we have ever had!!
also loved the roasted vegetables. Our chicken was a little dry but otherwise flavoring was delicious. The waitstaff were great

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