Waypoint

4.5
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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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DA
New England
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Every moment was wonderful. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about both the food and drink. She described the drinks perfectly and guided us to get the right amount of food. We left very happy! New favorite spot!

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E
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

the waiter was incredibly nice and smily and professional. The food was dissapointed but for those "donuts" which are still excellent and beat "Union square donuts". too bad the food is not as good as it used to be (hamburger was cold and too much sauce, the pasta with lobster not much taste and heavy and too creamy, hushpuppies with lobster had no taste..)

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HG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, lively and romantic. The food was fresh and delicious!

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KM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was quite tasty. We shared many small plates... which, for the price, could have bigger portions.

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m
New England
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Helpful waitstaff, delicious creative food. Pricey, but great.

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B
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was good, nothing special. An example are the lobster fritters. There was barely any lobster in them and you would not guess it was a lobster fritter if you didn't know. Some of the other dishes were tasty and the portions were small, not great for sharing.

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EK
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was oftentimes too salty. Wait staff was inconsistent in how they treated our table; (e.g. opened the water, closed the water, cleared out utensils, brought back utensils, took our order then forgot our order, etc.). Ergo, bit too expensive for the quality of service and food. But the overall menu was impressive; turnaround was quick.

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FJ
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a delightful lunch, and I am sure that it is just as good for dinner. They offer terrific seafood, including oysters and caviar, as well as other tempting options (and vegetarians will not go hungry). I had the shakshuka, and it was excellent! The wine list is good but not overwhelming; they offer many unusual or lesser know suggestions so you may need a suggestion from your server but this will give you a chance to try something good that you might not otherwise encounter.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed Sunday brunch at Waypoint. Honestly, the Okonomiyaki Waffle with fried oysters knocked my socks off... it was the most flavorful dish I’ve eaten in New England since moving from New Orleans. Also, our server (Lucas) took such great care of us, we left wanting to return as soon as possible.

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S
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun! Great cocktails for brunch. Enjoyed sharing everything!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely drinks and food, relaxed service, great late night time!

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EL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the staff were wonderful! Everyone was very friendly the entire time we were there. I recommend the lobster cacio e pepe!

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KT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable, they were attentive and knowledgable. Food was delicious, well thought out and executed perfectly. Can't wait to come back!

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e
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waypoint made my birthday dinner a memorable, special occasion. Our server went above and beyond patiently explaining and accommodating food intolerances. Her knowledge of the menu and the wines was impressive, and she was warm and thoughtful in her service - Waypoint sets a high standard for hospitality.

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ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the oyster so much! We have four people and we had 4 dozens of oysters!

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K
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great as always. I had an excellent time at Waypoint, it is the perfect place for a date, to bring a group of friends or family, and great for kids. My server was amazing as well. I forgot his name but he was so friendly, helpful, attentive, and seemed to really care about my group enjoying our experience. The food and service from all staff are some of the main reasons I continue to recommend this place to others. I will be coming back soon!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. Cloe didn't bother putting in our app order until after our mains were served. Didn't even acknowledge that was an issue. She didn't come back to check on status of our food or if we wanted another round of drinks. She was rude and threw the check on our table. This place has gone down in service - or just needs to be free of Cloe.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The food was very poor quality. Octopus was not good enough and very rough to chew. The burger actually had a very foul taste in the meat. Fries that came with were also soggy.

The drinks were good, love their selection of absinthe.

Ambiance was nice, good mood and overall design of interior.

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DC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is my fourth or fifth visit. Most of the food is good-very good though never exciting. Staff is friendly, knowledgable and professional but not stiff. Glad I am not a vegetarian as the roast vegetable entree is dull and over-priced. Stick to the seafood. Noise level is lower than most 'hip' places. Some unusual wines by the glass. Figure to spend $100+ per person. Great spot when someone else is picking up the bill.

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BK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really liked the food. We got a mix, so it was more like tasting. Excellent assortment. loved it. Great service with wine recommendations. A little noisy if that bothers a person (it didn't us, but could). I'd never been and am planning on returning. The food was really really good.

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JM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I sat at the bar. The staff was very friendly. Ordered the crab fries and blue crab with angel hair. Pasta was a little salty but over all good. The crab fries were excellent. I would definitely recommend this place to others.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Honestly? It was a little disappointing.

My friend and I shared two smaller plates: the wood roasted char belly and the soup dumplings.

For the char belly, the skin was pretty burnt for the most part. Grapes were great. Beans too. Needed a little more acid.

For the soup dumplings, I feel like they were extremely salty and just missed the mark. The dipping sauce was delicious but let down by the dumplings. A small detail: the cheap dollar store chopsticks didn’t really make sense in the setting — was really expecting something nicer.

The drink was delicious but for a cocktail the presentation was also disappointing — seemed like no effort was put into it.

I’ve been to Alden & Harlow and loved it and I really wanted to love this place, it just fell short...

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SF
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service for a late night place. Kitchen closes at 11 or 11:30 which is late for Cambridge.

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DB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent in all aspects. Well worth the price. We particularly enjoyed the char dish, the bread plate, and the pizza. One minor criticism: the "crostata" dessert was good but did not stand out like the other dishes. Thank you for a wonderful dinner experience at a reasonable price!

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LB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The evening was wonderful.
The wine pours were on the smaller side for the cost and the chickpea pancake was a bit dense and oily that accompanied the tuna cruddo.
However, my sister and I had a great evening and I was happy to celebrate her birthday at your restaurant.

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PS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

been there many times this is first time service was bad Big delays scattered plate delivery Many people involved Waitress slow to take orders and slow to follow up Hope better next time Service ruined experience

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience

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DL
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Our pastas (blue angel hair, uni bucatini) were wayyyyyyyyyyy to salty. We sent back but still the pasta was tooo salty. Ive been here 4 times and each time I got the same uni pasta, so I cannot say that this is due to personal preferences... However, our server was understanding and he handled our concern well. But disappointing as I brought several friends along after raving about waypoint...

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FJ
New England
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! The bar is the best there!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, knowledgeable bar staff. We had a perfect birthday dinner!

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P
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was slow and not the most attentive, music got loud and it was hard to hear each other, but the worst was that the food was definitely underwhelming. Apps were decent (tartare, mackerel) except for overcooked snails but the main dishes were disappointing especially the market veggies (mostly potatoes which are not a vegetable) which were properly burnt. Desserts were fine, the best were probably the donuts. A pretty expensive meal for the quality.

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MG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and nice place

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Not so great night at Waypoint. In the beginning of the meal we informed the server that we had gluten and dairy allergies in our party, and that one of us had a flight to catch. She told us it would be fine. In particular she said that the quail dish can be made dairy free by having the purée on the side. When the quail arrived on top of the purée we asked about it, and another server told us that it doesn’t make a difference since the quail’s stuffing anyway contains dairy! Anyway to make a long story short, we had to switch it for another dish, and they also forgot to remove it from the check. Moreover on top of that the main dish came so late that the person taking a flight had to ask for it in a to go box.

We’ve been in Waypoint several times and never had these issues, but perhaps they’re just not good at accommodating allergies.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, super reasonable prices, great staff... food took a little longer then expected to come out.

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MS
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Happening restaurant scene, but the food is not happening. Probably should have stuck to oysters and cocktails, both of which were quite good. That said, main courses were disappointing - lacking in both flavor and protein. A bluecrab and pasta dish contained virtually no crabmeat and lacked any seafood flavor. Pizzas were OK, although the roasted cauliflower pizza was sweet (!). Avoid the lobster hushpuppies - just weird and did not taste like lobster at all. Very expensive for what you get.

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The service was horrible. Wrote an email to the restaurant and they have not answered. Was there for 3 hours and was seated an hour after my reservation was for.

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We made a reservation for Valentine’s Day for 7:30. We got there early and had a drink at the bar. Drinks and the bartender were wonderful. Service was okay. He only checked on us once, and brought the appetizer out with the entrees. Food was awful. Not only was the pasta undercooked, I got one small claw on my Lobster cacio e pepe. Our server never came back to check on us until the busser came by and cleared my partner’s dishes. I brought to his attention and he offered to take it off the bill (thankful for that since I ate about 1/3), and graciously offered to buy us dessert (not necessary but an awesome gesture). I wouldn’t have got dessert otherwise. When we asked for the bill, the server had charged us for the dessert. Seriously? Don’t offer to buy us dessert for the mistake you had, and then charge us. We left promptly after I circled the dessert on the check. If this is how you treat your patrons, we will most DEFINITELY won’t be back. Ruined the night for us.

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DM
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Overpriced dipplings... $5 per dumpling is ridiculous. It took too long to receive food, we were there over 2hrs for 5 dishes. We’ve had better oysters elsewhere- they were not cleaned well.

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BK
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE coming here and are always treated wonderfully by the staff. Both the food and drinks are unique, delicious, and high quality. Cannot say enough about Waypoint!!!

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AM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! Love the delicious sauces and the clam pizza. Super for pre theater meal.

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