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Waypoint

4.5
4.5
1792 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 48 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-2300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Private party facilities

    All inquiries regarding private party bookings/events should be sent to paige@aldenharlow.com.

  • Private party contact

    Jen Fields: (617) 864-2300

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,792 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    General manager checked in on us as soon as we were seated, best service I’ve had in a long time!
  2. GF

    GreatFoodBadParking

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food and service were amazing, especially for the price point. We had a few folks who were not that into seafood and this was not an issue at all. Really, really delicious. We did have a challenge with parking/valet. There is not much available for parking and we had a larger business group coming independently. There was no coordination between the restaurant and the valet service, which meant we had to go find the attendant both before and after dinner, multiple times. Everyone waiting for the attendant had to wait in and block busy traffic an bike lanes, somewhat stressful and frustrating as the attendant could never be found, and the resto couldnt help. At one point we found the attendant sitting in a car with a friend across the street, watching us look for them for over 10 min. Another time the attendant was sitting on their phone inside the adjacent building while we looked, tried getting help from the host, and walking around in the cold, while getting honked at and yelled at by motorists and bikers alike. Normally I wouldnt put this in here, but it was pretty stressful for the entire group, and took up at least 30 minutes of our time that we would have rather spent eating and enjoying the wonderful food and drinks.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time at Waypoint! Service was excellent - the hostess, the server, the food runners… all the staff were kind and courteous. Our server, Victoria, was very efficient and nice. She knew we were off to a show after, so she made sure our food was out in a timely manner and our plates were cleared promptly. The food was delicious! We had the steak frites and lobster caccio and peppe. Would definitely recommend both. I had a mocktail that I really enjoyed it. We’ll definitely come back soon!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place, pleasantly surprised. High level dining, amazing desserts, highly recommended!!!
  5. H

    Hide

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was easy-going, the food great (and a little unusual menu) and the service very attentive and enjoyable.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were there for an early reservation on a Saturday night and the place was packed. Very busy restaurant. Interesting menu, unique combinations of food. Quick service, would go again.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Waypoint seems like a great place to grab some drinks with friends. The drinks menu was larger than the actual dining menu. Not really somewhere I would suggest for dinner. The waitress disappeared for an exorbitant amount of time and by the end, the manager I believe brought the boxes, boxed our food and handled the ticket. Overall it’s a fine restaurant but comes across as more of a place for drinks and socializing than somewhere for a true dining experience.
  8. KP

    KPMedical

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was very good. The atmosphere is energetic lively and fun. The manager is a great guy and took the time to stop by the table and ask how everything was. The drinks were good and creative. The only issue we had was the valet. It's hard to find a spot to pull over to and once we did there was no valet guy to be found. We ended up driving around looking for a parking space and that's no fun in Cambridge. Overall it's a great place. Next time I will Uber.
  9. e

    ebob52

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had dinner for the first time at Waypoint last evening. It surpassed our already high expectations in every respect. We will definitely return, and have already recommended it to friends and family in the area.
  10. VL

    VeraL

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With a group of 6, we had an amazing experience. Perfect ambiance. The drinks were good. The menu had a great variety of off-the-beaten-path dishes. Everyone on the staff was pleasant and accommodating.
  11. JM

    JustinM

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent from the food to the service. Our server Sam was awesome.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The lighting was so dim that I couldn't read menu. Food was very good.
  13. S

    Shannon

    Raleigh

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food at brunch was good but dinner is really the star here!
  14. SF

    ShelleyF

    New England

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most unique New Year’s dinner yet🤩food was cooked perfectly. Bronzino was divine as were the lobster tails on black crispy rice, the caviar apps and not to be missed baked oysters! Unforgettable!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience3
    NYE crowded but we enjoyed ourselves
  16. JM

    JustinM

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent from top to bottom. Pizza was excellent and we loved the cod cheeks. The service was also on point. We will be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was probably the best service experience I’ve had in a post-Covid era. Our server Ingrid was THE ABSOLUTE BEST SERVER I have ever came across. I have two serious allergies -gluten + shellfish- and eventhough I’m just use to get whatever I can get when dining out, she was kind and happy enough to go through every single item in the menu, EVERY SINGLE ONE, she scratch and checked the items that I could/couldn’t have and pointed out substitutions. Her kindness was just beyond anything I could describe. Thanks so much for the kindness, attention and kudos to the chef! Every single one of our courses were amazing! Can’t can’t can’t wait to come back and
  18. p

    pursuingfood

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food is “okay” but not great. The drinks are interesting and the service was fine, but the final cost of our meal was ~ $90 per person. No way we received ninety dollars of value
  19. JB

    JacobB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    one of the most fantastic meals i’ve had in a long time. good fish and oysters and good presentation.
  20. MK

    MariaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We came here in 2018 and we had a great experience. This time it was horrible. We ordered the steak with frites, one medium rare and one medium. There was a 15 minute delay between when the two steaks were served. By the time the second steak was served the first order was cold. When I asked the waitress about the time lag, she said it was part of the procedure. I’m not sure what happened between 2018 and 2022.
  21. AB

    AmandaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was kind, courteous, and helped us through our group. We’d recommend this experience to everyone.
  22. SC

    SusanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve never had a bad meal at Waypoint. The food is awesome, the service is great. Every chance I get a bring one of my friends to his restaurant and they can’t say enough about the food. I highly recommend this restaurant.
  23. F

    Fish5

    New England

    164 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Have been several times to Waypoint. It is a good restaurant but could be better. Grilled branzino was overdone, pasta with crab also could have been a little more al dente and the portion size was way too much food - but it was very flavorful. Good service.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time here! The restaurant was really cool, the service was fantastic, and the food was so good. Highly recommend the lobster caccio e peppe and the carrot latkes!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    First time there. Was great that they could take us at last minute. Great selection of food to make everyone in our party happy. Waitress was very nice, but I think messed up our order, as one person who ordered the lobster pasta got her food first, and a second person who ordered the same thing only got hers after everyone had their food and we asked when it was coming. Would definitely try again, as the food and drinks were quite good.
  26. j

    joanned

    New England

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The dollar oysters at the bar are a treat. The menu is creative, hard to imagine the flavor combinations until you have them. We had the octopus salad, the crab and farro salad, and the pannacotta for dessert. Victoria was our server, she was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We’d go back, especially to grab more oysters!
  27. HK

    HKB23

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Waypoint is creative, fresh and expertly prepared. The branzino was excellent, as were several other dishes we tried. There are entrees available; the cuisine is interesting enough that sharing plates so that one can taste more dishes is more fun.
  28. f

    frank

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    totally and completely outstanding! great food, friendly wait staff all made for a memorable experience.
  29. FB

    FoodieBoston

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The quality/flavor of the food seems to have deteriorated in the last few years. Such a pity because it was such a solid pick in the past!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very good food, but long dinner (3h) with little attention from waiter.
  31. RB

    RussellB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a perfect experience, from the receptionist, to the bartender and our server! The food and drinks were amazing! We will return.
  32. GF

    GreggF

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding, will return
  33. JH

    JonathanH

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Top notch seafood. Great across the board
  34. w

    waypointdiner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent as usual, but this was the 2nd time in a row that our party was not able to be seated at our reservation time. We were told this was an OpenTable issue but waiting 45 minutes to be seated after your reservation time feels unacceptable.
  35. L

    Libby

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    I thought the oyster happy hour was on weekdays. Friday seems to be the weekend, so our oyster starters were 3 1/2 times what I thought we would pay. They were excellent, however. The two pizzas, however tasted alike: cheese and garlic. The clams were missing in the clam pizza, as were the Brussels sprouts in its pizza. Service was cordial; noise (we were seated next to the kitchen) was deafening. I would recommend Wayfair provisionally.
  36. PD

    PatricD

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The king salmon plate and crab pasta were amazing!
  37. a

    allen

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Looks like it also has a fun bar to sit and eat some oysters. We had some great cocktails and started with a dozen assorted oysters and all was great. Then my wife and I shared a Caesar salad, luckily the waitress suggested we split since they are quite large. Then we each had the lobster Cacio e Pepe and it was excellent. No room for desert.
  38. HT

    HelenaT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5
    The food was very disappointing. It was quite tasteless and did not live up to our expectations. I will not return or recommend it.
  39. c

    christina

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous! The oysters……. Wowwww. The pasta with lobster…… wowwww!
  40. JD

    JoanD

    New England

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    $1 oysters and cocktails to start after I arrived an hour early and requested a table for 4 rather than 2. Since it was early we were able to be seated right away. The service was excellent and the food delicious. Eating at Waypoint is always a treat.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Waypoint offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 864-2300.

Waypoint is rated 4.5 stars by 1792 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:30 PM


Booked 48 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Waypoint

1030 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Dinner Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-2300

  • Private party facilities

    All inquiries regarding private party bookings/events should be sent to paige@aldenharlow.com.

  • Private party contact

    Jen Fields: (617) 864-2300

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