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Waypoint

4.5
4.5
1663 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

9:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    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 1,663 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. WT

    WinnieT

    New England

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Came here last evening with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. It was bustling on a Weds night, the place attracts a lot of people for their $1 oysters Mon-Thurs 5-7pm. We ordered the Illadelphia pizza, king salmon, uni bucatini pasta, and oysters. The highlight was the pizza. Food was decent; I didn’t think it was super overpriced. Our waitress was new/training so we expected some hiccups along the way, but it became a frustrating experience as she rarely came to check in on us when we wanted to order more drinks. She also forgot to put in one of our orders so I was left waiting 20 mins for our food and my husband felt guilty eating his while I waited, she did not come by our table at this time to check in on us. We saw her kind of aimlessly wander around at times when we tried to get her attention. Oddly enough another server came to clear our glasses and asked if we wanted to order another beer, which we said we did, but then she ALSO didn’t end up putting the drink order in. The manager came by to offer complimentary dessert as a gesture of goodwill for the lack of service but we didn’t want to chance waiting another 20-30 mins for it. She did comp our round of drinks which was kind of her, but overall disappointed with what could have been a great dining experience.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent, although it took quite a while to get some of our dishes. Also, the waitstaff was approachable, but there were a few instances of them forgetting to bring out items we had ordered (drinks, etc.)
  3. PH

    PhilipH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food.. and good service ! Attentive staff and Enjoyable evening
  4. S

    Shmo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great flavors, wonderful accommodating staff. Would definitely recommend.
  5. BS

    BenjaminS

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I had been to your place twice in the past and had a good experience my last experience there was the worst service I’ve ever had the food was proportioned so little I thought I was back in Barcelona eating plates rather than spending $52 for a bronzino And an extremely small portion of Krudo the only thing of note was the flatbread the drinks alcohol were so small I thought they were dosing out the penicillin all
  6. NR

    NR41

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service, 10/10 would recommend
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and the service was excellent. The waitress was particularly knowledgeable about their wine list which is hard to find at most restaurants.
  8. MP

    MishaP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I don’t know where to start! I had two cocktails, which I never do, because they were that good! The size for the price of the lobster tail and octopus was steep, but oh so delicious! We weren’t the easiest of parties of six. One of our party spared with the barman about whiskey. It ended up with my friend taking her ‘whiskeyed up’ husband’s keys away. The oysters were superb, we ate and drank a lot. It was a reunion of sorts, and none of us wanted the evening to end! Thanks, Megan, for your excellent service! We will be back for deep dish pizza and whole bunch of oysters. Whoever created the fennel vinaigrette for the oysters and clams is a genius. And ending the meal with delicious beignets and French press..magnifique!
  9. R

    Recommend

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waypoint is one of our local favorites! We love their happy hour oysters from 5-7 for $1. We tried a couple of new items, crab caesar salad, crab dusted french fries, and and the scallops. All were delicious and the service was outstanding (as normal)!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    While the food was very good and our waitress was decent, the hostess was terrible and had the same attitude as an early aughts barista, as though she was just so important that belittling us would improve our experience? She tried to put us in a tiny corner for a special birthday, and was visibly annoyed when we requested to move seats. She just moved us to another corner! As a result we could barely see the restaurant decor and mostly just saw the back of of the waiter's station. The restaurant had many open seats and it felt like we were being told we weren't good enough to eat there. Would not recommend you based on this attitude. Too bad the food was fun, but your hostess made us feel like we were the weird kids in a middle school cafeteria. Hard pass.
  12. d

    dinaiva

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Great service, vast varieties of seafood that tastes delicious. Would come again
  13. GM

    GeraldM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing food, service, and atmosphere. One of my favorites. You will pay more for the experience, so it is definitely for those that prefer quality over quantity.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN. FAKE MARKETING. I loved Waypoint at our first visit, and made a reservation for $1 oyster happy hour thing. They never mentioned anywhere until we sat down, said their happy hour is for bar area only.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great experience but we way over ordered. It would have been nice to be counseled by the waitress that we were getting too much food for two people.
  16. D

    Dino

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Haven't been in a couple of years but used to eat at Waypoint a fair amount. I thought it was just OK. We got a bunch of dishes and they were just OK. The funnel and octopus was really creative but the octopus was dry.
  17. KL

    KylieL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was unique and we enjoyed everything we tried, cocktails included. Would reccomend.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Oyster deal is the best! Monday through Friday 5-7 dollar oysters. Food was decent but not amazing. Pizza would be the go to here instead of the expensive dishes that aren’t really a wow factor. Ambience is really nice. Very trendy and wasn’t crazy noise. All in all go for the oysters and the pizza and it’ll be well worth it. Everything else is pretty overpriced for what it is
  19. c

    cbmh

    New England

    22 reviews

    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    We were unfortunately disappointed by this experience. We love the chef's other restaurant and heard good things about this one. However, everything seemed a bit off. The food was fine but not outstanding, and certainly way overpriced for what it was. We initially had an interaction with a really nice waitstaff/person but it was switched to another who seemed uninterested in her work. She was a bit short-tempered, seeming annoyed at our questions. She knew very little about the drinks/bar menu and flippant about our questions. While we don't expect every wait person to also be an expert bartender, we do expect them to be pleasant and eager to be helpful in finding out the answers. On the plus side, we enjoyed the overall ambience and really liked the layout, where there were different areas that had different feels, with some larger tables and booths. The design was really well done. And some of the interactions with staff was positive, just not all. It would be nice if things improved to live up to the promise.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The food, service, lighting, and overall experience was very underwhelming. This was my second time eating there and this time was much worse with the poor service from our waitress, low quality food (or food that didn’t align with the menu name/description), and very low lighting for our table compared to other tables.
  21. JM

    JocelynM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a lovely dinner at Waypoint while visiting Cambridge. Delicious food and very kind, conscientious service. Will definitely come back next time I’m in the area.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic and attentive service. The $1 oysters were amazing!
  23. AC

    AnneC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time at Waypoint , we were there on a Thursday at 5:30 and we enjoyed everything. The food was served fresh and delicious. Our table had the Lobster Cacio e Pepe, wood seared scallops and a pizza. Also the Caesar salad was very good. The drinks were refreshing with plenty of alcohol (we had the Penicilium). The only bothersome moment was when they sat a table of 18 right next to our booth and they were so loud that we could not even have our own conversation going at that point. The place is fun and loud anyway - we just know for next time to steer clear of large party tables nearby :) ENJOY!
  24. JN

    Janie2N

    New England

    48 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    We read in the Boston Globe that Waypoint had $1.00 oysters between 5-7. We went. Lovely waitress, but oysters all of one kind only. My husband said they were only all right. I ordered something called "zucchini knots," which were disgusting (un-cooked rolls of zucchini). Many restaurants have $1.00 oysters. Try elsewhere!
  25. AW

    AlWorthington

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    - menu is confusing and annoying to navigate. It would help of the print conformed to standard pagination guidelines; in other words, it’s annoying to flip the page and then see that you have to turn it upright afterwards. This is a pic but there’s more - it’s impossible, without server assistance, to know large plates from small plates - my crab based pasta dish was too dry; more sauce would have helped as sauce provided tended to sink to the bottom of the plate
  26. SK

    StevenK

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Lobster was a bit too spicy. Uni Bucatini was delicious. Tried orange wine. Was excellent.
  27. N

    Nicole

    Atlanta

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    The food was not good
  28. SH

    ShannonH

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Delicious food and cocktails! But the portions are quite small, we were surprised. The entrees are more like small plates.
  29. AR

    ARM2991

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Drink were fantastic. They had interesting seafood items but portions were small. Parking was a problem as well.
  30. g

    glen

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    there was an excess of salsa verde under the Octopus Polpetti was coarse, not well blended and lacking in flavors that complemented the dish. The aioli was bland and lacking in enhancement to mayonnaise. The Uni Bucatini was memorable, an outstanding, if rich, way to end the meal. Strongly recommend the smoked mackerel - an outstanding and unexpected combination of flavors.
  31. JK

    JamesK

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We have been to waypoint twice before the pandemic and both times we had good food and adequate service. This is our first time back post pandemic. The place seems to be as lively as before. We did not have any drinks but we had five dishes in all. The portions are big and their uni Pasta is excellent. However the other dishes are very average. Our octopus dish was oversalted. The service is adequate but not very attentive. Maybe it will improve with time. It has nice ambience and a neighborhood feel.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Such amazing food and drink! This is my boyfriend and I’s favorite place to go out to dinner just us.
  33. DD

    DiningD

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    They need to figure out their menu. It was so confusing. House salad and small plates in the same category as large plates.. and all in the same price range?! I had the mackerel and it was lively.. but literally two bites.. but priced as a main plate! The meal next to me was a pasta dish 5 times the size and for less money. I get that fish is more expensive but if it’s a small plate let me know!
  34. YS

    YoSoyFiesta

    New England

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our visit to Waypoint was outstanding. The cocktails were all fantastic, with the best being an unusual milk-washed cocktail called The Whey We Were. We sampled several appetizers and got the Uni tray from the raw bar. While I do not have much experience with Uni, it was really tasty. The standout entree was the lobster cacio e pepe. Despite them being very crowded, the service was pleasant and on point.
  35. JS

    JSasaki

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oysters were great, drinks were very tasty, and the kids' food was prompt and happily enjoyed.
  36. SK

    ScarlettK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food is delicious and interesting - really enjoyed the grilled octopus with the parsnip and the wood grilled trout with the miso yam. However, if you order a plate that isn't pasta or pizza, it's a pretty laughably small portion for what you pay for it. We paid $24 for maybe 2 ounces of octopus, which was delicious but still not enough food. The smoked whitefish pizza was excellent & the poppy seeds on the crust are a great touch. $1 oysters 5-7pm are a good deal. Staff friendly and polite.
  37. B

    Briar81

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    The only reason I gave less than 5 stars is because for the third time visiting the restaurant, after making a reservation long in advance, that I would either not be seated at a regular table…meaning not a high top of “chef’s table” (which is simply their name for a table facing the kitchen and not a true chefs table at all) and treated rudely and officiously by the manager. Very disappointing.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a family reunion night . We always come here and never disappoint
  39. L

    Lauren

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    The food was good but was too expensive for what it is - small plates for a typical Boston entree price (~30 each). Our server recommended 6-8 of the “plates” section of the menu for 4 people and we were still hungry after. The service in general was pretty bad and the cocktails looked good on the menu but didn’t taste good at all. Won’t be returning anytime soon.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The happy hour oysters were amazing as well as the drink. The server were on top of things, they check on you enough but are not annoying. However the food was good, but I didn’t feel like it’s good enough for their price tag.

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 1663 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


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Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

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Google Map for Waypoint

1030 Mass Ave Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    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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