Waypoint

4.6
899 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 899 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
b
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Driving son back to college

Report
Helpful
R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was excellent, from the service to the meal itself. Everything that we had was delicious, and I will definitely return

Report
Helpful
C
New England
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I woke up with a craving for Waypoint’s bucatini with uni. I was delighted with it and with several other dishes we ordered. Waypoint is friendly, very chill, and always has a menu full of many flavors.

Report
Helpful
l
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waypoint was delightful! The food was incredible; we had crudo (salmon), steak tartare, two types of pasta (lobster and uni), and a few different cocktails. All of it was to die for. On top of that, our server was so fun--super cheerful and enthusiastic about the food. He had excellent recommendations and was the perfect blend of knowing when we were ready to order/needed more drinks/etc. but didn't interrupt good conversation. I loved Waypoint and will definitely be coming back!

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always.

Report
Helpful
D
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third or fourth visit to Waypoint, and once again, we were impressed. We had requested a booth to accommodate 2 guests who have hearing problems, and the restaurant honored our request with a booth that made conversation possible. We shared the cotechino sausage pizza, a salad, and Arctic char and lobster plates--all were delicious, as were the cocktails and wine. We'll definitely be back.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was unfriendly and inattentive. We came to Waypoint to celebrate my mother’s retirement and while the food was pretty good, the service ruined the experience.

Report
Helpful
SD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The wines by the glass were interesting and unusual choices. Banquette seating by the window was poor; either you get to sit looking at the goings on in the restaurant or look out the window at cars and people going by. The seats could have been put sideways so all guests get to see the excitement within. There are booths also, but for larger parties. Two booths that seat only three (or two) have an abutment of some kind so a fourth person won't fit. Problem is, they are both crammed into in a lousy spot, right next to the open kitchen and opposite a huge servers station - absolutely no ambience to speak of, and not worth the price you pay for the food, which is kind of high. The server was a little haughty; the two greeters were terrific. The service in general was very good.

Report
Helpful
d
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time here was excellent. Like the absinthe driven cocktail menu, and the other drinks were fine. Nice oyster selection. The chopped tuna crudo on curried chickpea socca was terrific. The menu was broad enough and the small plates options made for a fun meal for a group. The pasta (capellini and the Emer Casarecci) were excellent.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and we didn’t have a sitter so we had our young children with us. Our waiter went above and beyond to make our dinner feel special and he was even so attentive to the kids. The food and wine, as usual, was excellent and an integral part of the experience. We’re so happy to live nearby and be able to go a few times a year.

Report
Helpful
T
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My partner and I went here for our NYE dinner, so my experience is probably different from others. There is really nothing to complain about. I thought the value was a little low with the roast chicken. Me and my partner got the roasted chicken, and two tapas. We were satisfied at the end of our meal though.

The handcrafted drinks available were tasty and worth the price for sure. They really hit the happy median between a very stiff drink, but still delicious.

The service was awesome. our waiter gave us some ideas on how people like to order which was very helpful for my partner. I appreciated the amount of options on the menu as well. Sometimes places have to many menu items and the quality of the food suffers, and it's harder to settle on something you would like to eat haha!

Report
Helpful
DL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a hard time ordering and getting anything today. Servers were not extremely busy, but it was tough to get attentions.

Report
Helpful
A
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, creative food that offers surprises. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff

Report
Helpful
PF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really terrific service.

Report
Helpful
OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent, and every course was wonderful. As good as Alden & Harlow, but would appreciate a little more diversity on the brunch menu. Perhaps more vegetables dishes.

Report
Helpful
NH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waypoint has the best brunch in the Boston area. The fried oysters and waffles are one of my favorite things I’ve ever eaten, but the latke benedict and the bucatini carbonara are also wonderful. The raw oysters are always delicious. The cocktails are fantastic, too! Last, but not least, the service is wonderful every time.

Report
Helpful
L
New England
88 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I was surprised at first when we were seated at a group table. There were other regular tables empty.
I wished I would have known that ahead. Some of my friends do not like high group tables...but they were not with us this night. After we were seated on time for our reservation, no one came by..even to deliver water. My son was in from NY and the reviews had been so good.
Someone did come by with a free appetiser after they noticed the issue..So that made us all content.
After that the service and food outstanding..We shared a lot of dishes and there were allergies at the table. Everything handled beautifully.
This is not an inexpensive restaurant, and I believe they need a bit more effort on seating and assigning servers. This was not a holiday evening and it was not packed.

Report
Helpful
WC
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The waitstaff was superb. The food though was a bit more expensive than we thought it was worth. One example of this was the grilled octopus appetizer. The price was much too high for such a tiny piece that was served on the dish.

Report
Helpful
B
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was completely wowed by the food at my first visit, so I had high expecatations for the 2nd.
It's nice that they vary the menu to take advantage of seasonal offerings, however, I wasn't as wowed for my 2nd visit. The service was great. Our server was knowlegeble, attentive and patient. THe food just missed being excellent, but was still very good.

Report
Helpful
MP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent meal. Food was simply amazing. Waitress knew all about wines to help us as well as very detailed info about menu. Love it there!

Only suggestion is to have trap/rap music a little lower.

Report
Helpful
H
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Would have liked more than 3 dumplings for 2 people. 2 scallops? Menu not clear about how large or small the portions are. Most expensive oysters around.

Report
Helpful
e
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

overall a nice dining experience, probably a good spot for big groups to gather. the branzino was excellent.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Taller booths have benches that share with the next table, leading to irritating jostling by other diners.

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the oysters, boozy drinks and the grilled octopus! Would go back again. Food was great!

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service; our waiter was professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic without being overbearing. Loved the crudo plates especially.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Christmas meal with family

Report
Helpful
CH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply outstanding! The attention to detail is incredible, whether that may be with the quality of the food or the service. If you appreciate creative plates using high quality seafood, you absolutely must visit Waypoint. The complimentary decadent "cronuts" and absinthe cocktails to finish off our meals, was incredibly sweet. Everything was well worth the cost and the vibe of the entire place is far from pretentious. Our entire meal was spectacular and we can not wait to return again!

Report
Helpful
MS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had great service, yummy food and our server de-boned the whole fish expertly! They knew we were heading to the Oberon Theater and moved things along at a perfect pace for us to enjoy our meal and get to the show in time. We loved the high top booth seating too. We will be back and will recommend it to friends. A little pricey but we did enjoy our night!

Report
Helpful
J
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In all our years of living in Cambridge, we had one go-to place for special occasions: Oleana. And while we still adore that restaurant, now we have two. Waypoint has a really warm, energetic, but still calm ambiance, amazing cocktails, and an eclectic but delicious menu. The char belly, the pastas, the blue crab and citrus salad, and the ribeye are all amazing. The wine and cocktail list are also consistently great, and the milk punch (to which I'm a new, passionate convert) is out of this world.

Report
Helpful
V
San Antonio
39 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Creative, tasty and attractive

Report
Helpful
RD
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding menu and the Absinthe cocktails were unique. Parking on street sucks. Meters til 8pm make for disruptive dinners!

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Not enough options for vegetarians. Drinks expensive and small portions. Food came out in fits and starts.

Report
Helpful
OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing crew for Holly’s birthday experience.

Report
Helpful
S
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
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.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 3ambience 5

Out of burgers....

Report
Helpful
SS
New England
3 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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
VD
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.

Report
Helpful
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.

Report
Helpful
s
New England
11 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.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
23

Tweets by Waypoint