Waypoint

4.6
804 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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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
What 804 People Are Saying
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DL
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant...My family and I really enjoyed the food. The service was excellent and the staff was very attentive.

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T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waiter was very good and accommodating. The kitchen was overwhelmed and sent the wrong food out our the dish too early as next course. So the pasta that got there too early was cold by the time we got to it.

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C
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waypoint was 5-star out of this world!!! For starters, my wife ordered a Hungarian wine, I had a Greek wine, were so different and complimented our dinner perfectly. Our food, Tuna ceviche plate, bluefish plate and lobster pasta entree were out of this world. Everything was perfect, only bummer was I requested a birthday note to be on the table and nothing was there.

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RA
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was friendly and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of both the food and cocktail menus. Tuna crudo is a must. The Professor and the Buttered in Bond were standouts on an inspired cocktail menu. We finished the daily crostada—to die for. This place is fire. Don’t sleep.

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, we were impressed by the balance of every plate.
Service is very friendly and amenable.

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JP
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful experience. The food is always good and the cocktails always well made. This time the service was also particularly good. Our server (Lucas/Lukas) was really fantastic. We had a fun and interesting dialogue with him. He was around when necessary but otherwise let two friends catch up. We ended up engaging him quite a bit and it made our night even more enjoyable.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food, great staff.
A bit pricey but totally worth it. The crudos are out of this world :)

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The service was slow, and they were leaving dirty plates and empty bottles on the table. We had to chase them down, to clear plates, get drinks etc.

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CG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderfully prepared food designed for sharing which made for a fun dinner. A bit loud in the restaurant which made conversation a little difficult. Dessert list seemed lacking so we skipped that course.

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SW
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

A few points:

. Great ambiance and servers were very attentive
. Cacio E Pepe was heavily salted
.Char belly done well with just enough smokiness and texture
. Solid menu for business dinners but does not have a memorable\ standout menu

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MD
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were party of 6, and ordered multiple dishes. The pizza was good, so was the crudo. The snail dish was very plain, so was the super expensive Lamb dish. For a seafood restaurant with high pricing, I didn't think it was worth it.

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j
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Restaurant. Everything about it was supreme, especially the chef's creative menu.

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EU
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Spectacular and original food, fun decor, hip atmosphere, great cocktails!!!

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PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Far too noisy
Waaaay too much dressing on kale salad
Waitress good enough, but not very happy or pleasant,

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W
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great experience. The food delicious and beautifully presented. Our waitperson Yang S was beyond any one who ever provided me service before. She knew the menu and wines in depth and explained all in beautiful detail. My son, daughter in law and I ordered several plates to share and loved every one of them. Definitely one of best food experiences have ever had. Thanks so much!

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KS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was overall excellent. We had one raw course that was a fail. The rest of the courses were excellent. I love small plates and I love the sister restaurant Alden and Harlow, but did not think our dining experience was worth the $$. The food was excellent, but very very small portions. The atmosphere was loud and the service was only ok (especially for the price paid). Had the rest of the atmosphere been on point, I probably wouldn't have cared that the small plates were so small/$.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The food overall was good. However, our service was so slow that once our dishes were served our food tasted as if it had been under a heat lamp for quite some time as the food tasted dried out. We also ordered a bottle of wine and it took almost a half hour for it to be brought to our table. Our server apologized for her poor service, however we felt as if we were "forgotten" throughout our meal. The service was so slow that by the time we left the restaurant we were hungry, again. Had the food been served in a respectable time frame, there is no way that we would have left the restaurant slightly hungry. On a positive note, the oysters on half shell were some of the best we ever had eaten. I understand things "happen" which can delay service, however for the high marks Waypoint has been awarded we were very disappointed and embarrassed in front of the guests we asked to join us. I hope this was just an unusual "hiccup" for Waypoint and wish the restaurant the best of luck in the future.

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting Boston from NY and was dying to try Michael Scelfo’s restaurant. So proud of you, Michael!

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KS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cocktails are one of the highlights here. Make sure not to miss having a couple.
Oysters were really good
Lobster tail was decent but a really small tail :-)
Highlight of the meal was salmon crudo and soup dumpling
Definitely worth a couple of visits

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T
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Holy cow. We were staying near the North End and wanted a place for brunch that wasn’t going to be peppered by tourists. A quick T Ride to the Harvard stop proved completely worth it. The smoked peel and eat shrimp with the buttermilk sauce and house made saltines is something not to be missed. Bucatini with poached egg and bacon... oysters, both on the half shell and chicken fried with grits. Cocktails were inspired and the wine list was super interesting and well thought-out.

This might be one of my top five favorite restaurants in the country.

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EM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding brunch with an excellent service staff. We want to go back for lunch and a dinner during future visits to Cambridge

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JF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with top notch service. We tried a wide variety of appetizers and plates all with incredible presentations and amazing flavors.

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience. The smoked bluefish, uni bucatini, tuna crudo, and grilled octopus were all mouth-wateringly delicious and thoughtfully constructed. And somehow their just-as-excellent cocktails paired well with every dish! Dessert (blueberry and corn panna cotta) was the perfect capstone to one of the best meals I've had in ages. Would give 10/5 stars if I could. If you like seafood, you owe it to yourself to eat at Waypoint.

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JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

At the price point it should 'wow' and it didn't. Drinks were OK, food was OK. You pay a lot for mediocrity here.

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CM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

When you spread chocolate ganache thinly on a plate, providing a soft doughnut to scrape it up, most of that chocolate will travel back to the kitchen. I like chocolate a lot. This style over substance and comfort choice is representative. The menu is an origami project, with no recognizable logic to where to find what, with small print in soft lighting - topped off by the waitress which expected us to follow her high speed race through recommendations as if we were world record holders in folding swans. The dishes tasted okay, but felt similarly over-engineered - like, who makes a dumpling that's too big for the dipping sauce plate? The ambiance is nice.

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JL
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katie is the best server ever! And never get rid of the uni bucatini!

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SK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good!! every meal was delicious and the service was excellent. The green lighting definitely sets the mood

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YN
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For the second time that I had dined at Waypoint and loved it very much. The server, I can't remember her name was fantastic (beautiful Asian girl), very knowledgeable about the food and the wine.
Great food tons of options and I highly recommend it.

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Waypoint is worth traveling for. Both the service and the food are great - I highly recommend the tartare and the uni bucatini. Only real disappointment was the pizza that was pretty boring and so excessively covered in garlic that no other ingredients were identifiable. Mentioned to the waiter that it was pretty hard to eat and in return he just wrapped up the pizza so I could take it home.

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SM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lobster cacio e pepe is out of this world. My daughter and I ordered two pastas and a salad to share, and the staff was very accommodating in terms of supplying us with extra plates. Delicious oysters and helpful wine recommendation.

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k
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration dinner

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LH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a fun evening at Waypoint. Our servers were welcoming and helpful with our large group. Back soon!

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JG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I Love Alden & Harlow, and have been very excited to try Waypoint. The menu was creative, however I wasn’t blown away by any of the dishes we tried: fish sticks, Char belly and octopus Polpetti. Everything was ok, but didn’t exceed my expectations as I was I thought it would.

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HR
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Service and To-Die-For Food. Great cocktails, perfect place to celebrate an anniversary or go on a date. Wonderful Staff. Would def recommend and would definitely go back.

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JC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great, except for the AV was too strong, and they were not able to change me to a warmer area which was not directly below the AC. I strongly requested to be changed, for I was really freezing, but they were not able to accommodate my request. It is very unfortunate.

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h
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Always one of my favorites and the menu is constantly changing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Uni Bucatini all the way - fantastic dish. Great wine program and service.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really amazing food, flavours and freshness! Wow :)

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e
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderfully crafted small plates expertly paired with not-your-run-of the-mill wines. Well paced and presented. We had a blast!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sister in town

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