Waypoint

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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.
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J
New England
172 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went for lunch. Great food , atmosphere and service. Never had cauliflower in a pizza before, it was delicious. I had a farro dish and my husband had the fish. Everything was great. I will be back. Downsides: hard to find parking at lunchtime ( evening they have valet) , unisex bathrooms. Hate them.

VB
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious. I had no complaints.

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The brunch menu is great—recognizably “brunchy” but with some really interesting twists. The Okonomiyaki Waffle was off the hook.

p
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Bucatini VERY VERY VERY salty

HV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was great. Apps were really good

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and delicious ingenious dishes. Lobster toast was divine.

AI
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved it. The food was delicious and our waitress was fabulous. I have already told many people about it. Hoping to come back for my birthday next week.

Araceli

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We are regular patrons at Waypoint. During our last visit, we ordered ribeye steaks to our preferences. It took them more than half an hour to bring the food. The steaks came out to be very dry and chewy. When we reported this, our server brought in one scoop of plain ice cream for the table to share and eat. We asked him to take it away. This was almost like an insult to us. There was no compensation and the manager did not even bother to come and talk to us.

V
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Waypoint is always a great time with delicious food and good vibes!

GS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

One of the best restaurants in metro Boston! We love the table sharing plates and entrees.

JB
New England
107 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good seafood, energetic environment and nice service.
Hiramasa, Yellow tail ,crudo was great, very nice presentation and mix flavors.
The tuna tartare was good, fresh.
Kenny’s bread had a nice mixture of breads and seaweed butter and squid ink dip.
Pasta uni bucatini was very tasty and creamy.
The smoked mackerel was amazing, great mix of flavors and textures with scallions and eggs and miso.
The drinks were quite expensive, we ordered a shot of vodka on ice with limes ( and other order w slice orange) and they charged as a martini drink.
Coffee and dessert were ok. The crostata of the day was banana

SL
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Plates were smaller than I would have expected for the price, but delicious nonetheless!

h
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Cacio e Pepe was just ok and hamburger was STRANGLEY chewy.

c
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and inventive food and drinks, always some novelties.

A
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, creative food, wine and cocktails. Sharing plates best way to experience cuisine.

ML
New England
32 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love Waypoint. When I want to be sure that I'll get a delicious meal, I come to Waypoint. The food is so beautifully prepared and beautifully balanced, and their flavors will knock your socks off! If I ever have friends come to Boston from out-of-town, this is where I go. And I hope that Waypoint is around for years and years to come :)
Food specifics: My friends and I got the Bucatini with Poached Egg, and we were all swooning. The crudo was excellent. I have also had the Squid Ink pasta which is excellent. I mean, really, any pasta from here is amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Staff was friendly. Food was brought out cold.

BK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, interesting food and wonderful cocktails. $1 oysters were a surprise and a great. Bartenders were serious pros. We sat at the bar rather than a table and found it just as comfortable. Definitely will go back.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for new year’s day brunch, had a great time!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE - great atmosphere

XL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but tastes really amazing!

JC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great selection of small plates. Sharing with 4 people allows many options. Nice wine list.

AC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Interesting menu - lots of good choices. Great drinks. Service was sporadic - our waitress was quite inattentive which was surprising because it wasn't super busy. The servers were really good though

t
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood and cocktails. Wonderful service, attentive but not overbearing and very knowledgeable. Will be coming back!

a
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So good! Went twice already and loved it each time. Highly recommend the lobster pasta! It was nice that they even offer gluten free pasta for my family who is intolerant.

e
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. And we loved our waitress Molly, who was so friendly, timely, knowledgeable, and helpful. Oh, we did think the halibut was a bit overcooked, but tasty nonetheless.

RM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the staff, the seats, the drinks. I can’t say enough good things about Waypoint. This restaurant may be the reason I don’t leave Cambridge.

JM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous brunch! Will definitely be back. Great food.

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Awesome food! Amazing Mezcal cocktail. Cacio e Pepe lobster pasta was dope.

c
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot. Made our way in from the white bread suburbs and was so worth it. The menu is creative, focused and well curated. Not all things to all diners, but excellent execution on each of the numerous seafood things we tried. We had a high booth adjacent to the kitchen line, a great location if you like cooking and enjoy dining as part theater experience. The staff clearly enjoyed what they were doing and it showed in both the service and the food. The one issue I had was the eye-watering drink pricing. $10-12 draft beers, really? Will definitely go back and bring friends, but might grab that first drink down the street first.

b
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service from the kitchen was a bit slow, the server was aware and apologetic. It's lunch, so you'd expect it to be a bit quicker, especially when most people have time constraints on business days.
The food was good. Some inconsistencies in the french fries (overdone and small broken pieces on one order). The tuna on the sandwich was fishy and the texture seemed off, the benton's bacon added for an additional cost was the saving grace. Hot/Cold Lobster and Burger were great.
Overall, it was a bit underwhelming given the caliber of seafood restaurants in the city.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! Love y’all every time we come in -pair of neighbors

MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative interesting food beautifully presented.
Excellent service
Cosy atmosphere on a chilly night
We will be back!

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Everything was great except the seating next to the kitchen which was 100 degrees!

C
New England
29 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch menu offers some interesting items other than the usual breakfast items like eggs, pancakes and sausage etc. The donuts are really good. It was great for our family getting together.

OT
New England
33 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! Excellent food and service!!!

s
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking at the menu one could think Waypoint was a little precious; in reality there is no novelty for novelty’s sake. I was so pleasantly surprised by our meal. Everything was exquisite. Highly recommend.

TF
New England
26 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

While this was a birthday celebration during the week, I was impressed with our server. Very good. The food is pricey. For four of us, we were over $200 pre-tip. That is without lots of alcohol. Appetizers, main meal, dessert add up quick here.

The lobster toast is good but small. Crab Fries are great for an appetizer. The Lobster tail was tiny but good. The Caclo Pepe was very good. The crab and angel hair pasta was overwhelmed by the jalapenos which is too bad. The cheesecake was good. The donuts were great.

Overall, nice meal but not sure about running back.

c
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and cool atmosphere. The cocktails and mocktails were creative and tasty. We had oysters, the lobster toast, smoked char belly, and ribeye. All were exceptional.

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