Waypoint

4.6
865 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New England
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food quality and some unique dishes that we'd order again. Maybe a little pricey, but we liked it enough that we felt it was worth it. Try the pickled vegetable salad - very, very good and have never seen a dish like it anywhere else. Some other great options also.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 2service 3ambience 5

Out of burgers....

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had the Shrimp snack and that was great. I had squid ink pasta and that wasn't good. It felt very heavy and wasn't necessarily tasty. My husband also had a pasta dish with octopus, and that wasn't great either. I assume the non-pasta plates may be better.

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KG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service! We had reservations (but could only get them at the bar) so when we arrived I asked if there was any table seating. They said no, but that we could sit at one of the chef's tables facing the kitchen - even better! Our waitress had plenty of recommendations and they did not disappoint. We got a pizza and 3 small plates to share (for 2 people) and it was the perfect amount of food. The crudo and lobster hush puppies were amazing! Also, the cocktail list had plenty of fun drinks.

Another point to the great service - I left my scarf hanging over the chair and they immediately called me, left a voicemail, and had my scarf in the back when I came back a few hours later.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was great. We stuck to the seafood theme. Everything was delicious.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Being big fans of Alden and Harlow--Chef Michael's other restaurant in Harvard Square--my boyfriend and I were excited to try Waypoint. We went for an anniversary and were surprised at the amount of people there on a Wednesday night. We both had mixed drinks (Ouz Time is it Anyway and Submarine) which were great, cheaper beers with our meal which was a clam pizza, crab fries and garlic shrimp and the food was all fantastic. We would definitely recommend and come back. My only issue was not getting seated at our reservation time--we had to wait over 15 minutes in an awkward foyer as the door kept opening and closing behind us, and the hostess asked us after a while if we wanted to sit in a shared space or at the bar since tables weren't opening, which I would normally be okay with had we not made reservations in advance.

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious especially the lobster with sichuan peppers and rice. pasta with lobster was also good. i found the mackerel too strong for my tongue, but my friends liked it quite a bit and also the char.

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W
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very delicious menu. Clam pizza is worth
The hype and so were the oysters and ribeye. My goodness. Snails were a tad under seasoned, needed more salt/butter. Otherwise I would come back on a special occasion. The drinks were tasty as well. The server was really kind and attentive. Engaging as well. She will make a fine manager at michael’s new restaurant above Alden. Thank you!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We had an 8:00 reservation for my moms birthday and didn’t get seated until 8:30. There was no where to sit while waiting and no offer of assistance during our wait even though a member of our party was on crutches. When we were finally sat, we were sat at a table sharing with others without being asked. The manager thanked us for our patience and said she’d send free snacks to the table which I thought was nice, however the ‘snacks’ were one fish stick each. When the waitress came over she explained how the menu worked then started to walk away...I had to ask if we could order drinks. The food itself was very unique and tasty. It was difficult to have a conversation because the rap music was very loud and littered with swear words which is fine, but not great dining music (and I did have my 7 year old son with me which I do realize was my choice). At the end of the meal I paid the check and at no time was there any acknowledgment of my mother’s birthday even though I had made them aware in advance. It was disappointing because we say other birthdays being acknowledged around us with special deserts with lit candles.

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HF
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was great and tasted amazing, however the portions were unbelievably small for the enormous price

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New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food delicious but portions super small and expensive

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fun and enjoyable

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DK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I thought the restaurant was much too dark--very difficult to read the menus while at the table. Could some small lamps be added to the tables? Also one member of our party asked for a drink with a lime, but got no garnish--not for the first drink OR the second drink. None of these are serious issues, but make an impression.

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ME
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting atmosphere, great food, and fun cocktails.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dining experiences I have had in Cambridge in over 20 years. We had a reservation for Saturday night at Waypoint and I expected noisy and crowded with substantial delay for our table. That is not because of any past experience atWaypoint; rather it is because of past experiences with the popular restaurant scene in Cambridge and Boston.
What we experienced was attentive service, an excellent table location, and imaginative, very well prepared food.
There was a small glitch when we first arrived which was not the restaurant’s fault. One of our party has a leg in a cast and we had askedsent a message via Open Table for a table that would allow her to put her leg up on a bench or extra chair. That message did not get through somehow. The table they had set aside for us was ready spot on time but since it would not work for our problem, they were incredibly apologetic and worked very hard to find another table within a few minutes, and it was perfect. The manager went well out of her way to keep us alerted on how long we may have to wait for exactly what we needed and even gave us a complimentary and delicious radish appetizer. We didn’t think it was necessary for her to do that but it was most gracious.
Our waitress was personable and helpful, clearly knowledgeable about the wines and all plates. The wait staff also assist each other, clearing away empty plates and bringing out your next course smoothly without delay.
The oysters were wonderfully fresh and served with a hot sauce, mignonette, and a compote that were all good accompaniments. The small plates are well worth trying, but the thing that is the real standout is the pasta. They serve half portions that allowed us to try two dishes (lobster cacio y pepe and the blue crab) , both of which were excellent - And not a scrap was left on either plate.
The noise level was remarkably low despite the restaurant being full, with comfortable lighting,

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k
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

So tired of restaurants with bad lighting, horrible music and upity millennial staff. They have zero respect
for anyone older than 30.

Food here is over seasoned. Piles of salt. Vinegrette is literally all vinegar. Whole salad is ineditable.

The waitstaff so poorly trained. . . Hang on to your plate. . . They will clear while you are still eating, reach across you while you are eating to whisk away another’s plate, grab all the napkins from you while you are waiting for your bill to be processed.

Overpriced

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k
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food is consistently good - but the service on our last visit here was abysmal. If we hadn’t had a gift card to spend, we would have left.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great vibe, food was delicious. Brown butter pancakes were very tasty. We really enjoyed our brunch. Only thing was their latke Benedict was a very small portion and left something to be desired.

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CG
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch and was pleasantly surprised about the donuts and their service was great!!

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S
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. A little different than typical brunch. Fun place.

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HP
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

One of the worst experiences in a long time for us. The waiter never introduced himself, he completely forgot to order our starters, never came back again to ask if we wanted more drinks, and when the entrees showed up, he came and asked if we still wanted our starters and only offered a very insincere, "So sorry. But this bread basket is on me." Only positive outcome, we were all very well hydrated from the constant refilling of our water glasses. We would have preferred some more drinks instead. We were very disappointed with the service since we were so looking forward to visiting Waypoint.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The overall experience was positive except the service. The wait time between the orders was unusually long. Half of the table recieved their dinner 45 minutes before the other half..awkward. The dishes on the most part were interesting, they ranged from excellent to "returnable", basically a mixed bag. The atmosphere is fun and relaxing.

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First dance with Waypoint. Excellent on all levels. Will def return.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Cambridge/Boston, no contest!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was spot on but service was a tad awkward. Our first server was great but they kept changing servers on us and it was confusing vs helpful. Took forever to get our glasses of wine so they nicely compd them which was generous. Love the food and would surely go back.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mostly small plates, mostly seafood. Terrific menu. Everything we ordered was delicious and unique. Smoked whitefish pizza!

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SL
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing place to celebrate a birthday! we went for sunday brunch and the atmosphere and food were fantastic.

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r
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything but the eggs benedict to small of a meal to be considered as a meal, appetizer yes

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ED
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

They were very accommodating especially with 2 babies! Pumpkin pizza was the best ever! Amazing seafood variety! Our family from NYC loves it!

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New England
396 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere and good seafood. We were pressed for time and they did a great job accommodating our schedule. It is cold sitting near the windows so avoid those tables.

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CU
Berlin
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was tasteless so was the wine. Nice service. Noisy place. Overall disappointing

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LF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

This was our second time at the restaurant. We had liked the vibe before and our food was okay. We had a lovely server this time and the wine selection was good. Three of the four plates we ordered, however, were very salty and I mean very salty. The lobster tail, the umami pasta and the crab dusted fries were all too salty to enjoy. The octopus was fine. The doughnuts were delicious. But, after all, it’s the mains that drive the meal. So, if I returned I would stick to raw bar selections.

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Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My meal was really splendid. My dinner date and I split the lobster cacio e pepe w/ gluten-free noodles, a share-size serving of vegetables (mostly root vegetables, since it is November), and octopus. What I liked as the way the server ordered the courses; First the octopus, then the veggies and pasta. She was also very sensitive to dietary restrictions: there was something with wheat in the veggies (maybe) and she instructed the chef to switch that component to a chickpea spread of some kind. Everything was delicious.

Also, despite the fact that it was a hip crowd with a lot of glass and hard floor, it wasn't too loud.

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SH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went here with a buddy in from out of town. Interesting concept, Small plates like Tapas, pasta comes in regular meal portions, and roasts in portions for 2. Wait staff was good, food was excellent. Make reservations.

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there last week and had a great dinner. Dishes that stood out were the oysters, Lobster with black rice/chili sauce and Uni Bucatini. Dessert was pretty good also: we enjoyed the crostata, but the spoon cake was dry (avoid).

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c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

$1 oysters at the bar almost every night until 7 pm. Excellent attentive bartenders, very knowledgeable about the interesting wine list, as well as awesome cocktails. I can't stop dreaming about the white clam pizza!

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MS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, service was good, not overly attentive.

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to try different things and share. Excellent service and recommendations from our waiter.

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CP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I came here for dinner on Sat with a request for a counter seat. Unfortunately we were seated in the area to the left that was quieter and less lively. The music and ambiance was good but I really wanted to be closer to the action and vibrancy of the restaurant.

The menu was explained to us by the server. There were apps, small plates, entrees and shared bites. For me, there was just too much going in terms of sizes of plates. We ended up ordering way too much food.

We had the har gao, scallop crudo, and crab fries. They were all just ok for me. The dough of the dumplings was undercooked, scallop crudo had too much vinegar and the crab fries were just fries with one piece of crab in the aioli.

The uni pasta dinner was very good but also extremely rich and could have been easily shared. Lobster cacio e pepe was also good but again heavy and should have been shared.

We ordered the donuts - they were incredible but enormous. We also got the very dense corncake that I wanted to love but felt like it was missing something.

During the service, I went to the ladies room and was directed to use a restroom outside of the restaurant in the hallway so I didn't have to wait for the main stall inside the restaurant to open up. This sounded like a good idea in theory but it was quite disgusting and most likely not maintained by the restaurant itself.

Cocktails were excellent and I would return for drinks and oysters in the future.

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G
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic seafood options and great service! We chose the small plates and enjoyed the variety and creativity in every dish. Our server was very knowledgeable and attentive and the kitchen was able to modify a few dishes to accommodate some food allergies. Interesting wine and beer options, as well.

If you don’t like seafood this might not be your place — if you do, it is!!!!!

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