Waypoint

4.6
707 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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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.
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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Parking details
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.
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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707 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
74%
Very Good
20%
Good
5%
Fair
1%
Poor
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4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had 4 of the small plates between 2 people and a bottle of wine - all the plates were absolutely delicious. Loved the food/wine + the staff was very nice and welcoming.

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San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 2nd time visting Waypoint. The first time was me and my boyfriends first date. 8 months ago. So we decided to "return to the scene of the crome" so to speak. It did not disappoint. Our server was attentive and made excellent suggestions. i will be coming back for the blue crab and angel hair pasta!

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KK
New England
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant, highly recommended. The food is intended for sharing and are mostly small-plates. All was exceptionally good, we had a sea bass that was exceptional. The cocktails are very good and the bartender is more than happy to go off menu. The waitress we had was very knowledgeable about the food and the wine.

My biggest (and really only) complaint is that the beer list is ridiculously overpriced. While they had some nice selections, nearly every offering was $12 for about 10 oz. My cocktail was the same price!

Still, that aside, this is an excellent visit.

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New England
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, prob one of the best and innovative seafood restaurants in Boston, really novel dishes with interesting combinations. We had the soft shell crab pizza and the crab angel hair pasta which were both amazing and fresh. Pizza crust was crunchy, thin and light. The angel hair pasta had a fresh bouncy texture, we also had a Crudo which was nice too. We had dumplings and they were decent but overpriced for what it was. Cocktails were also great. Service was great too!

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d
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED the food and cocktails at Waypoint. What a great find! The imaginative crafting of tasty seafood dishes and yummy cocktails put Waypoint's menu among some of our all-time favorites. It also had a great ambience, and we had lively conversations with our waitress. Highly recommended!

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ND
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Me and my friend really enjoyed Waypoint. The cocktails were on point with an adventurous selection to choose from. A wide range of seafood options and small plates that all sounded delicious were present at a reasonably fair price, with an open kitchen to compliment, alluding to the patrons that their food and process don't need to hide behind closed doors. Pace of the experience was moderate to slow, yet didn't feel like poor service and I was pretty much ok with it. We split both a lobster pasta dish and a 12 inch pizza. Both were great and portion sizing was generous. Definitely plan on coming back to try some of the raw bar options, would highly recommend!

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New England
61 reviews
4.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything we ordered was delicious and the service made us feel so welcome.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! The menu sharing plan is a little complicated and could be simplified, but overall was a fun and enjoyable experience.

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1 review
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. 5Star Service. A Perfect Evening.

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c
New England
22 reviews
2.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Selected because my guest suggested it as having great food and drink. We had brunch. Menu was pretty limited. Other reviewers were right about overdose of garlic on clam pizza. Garlic was not really carmelized, might have been better. Burger was too cooked. Maybe it's the oysters that everyone is taken with.

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GH
Raleigh
4 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We had a competent if terse server. Three of us got the fried oysters and waffles (oysters were superb, waffles were so-so but didn't spoil the dish). One of us got the buccatini carbonara -- the pasta was decidedly underdone (far closer to raw than al dente). Overall a good experience but a few misses here and there.

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EV
Miami
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Katherine was a great waitress. Food and drinks perfect. She helped me get vegan options and I was very pleased. Roasted Market Vegetables a must!

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New Mexico
19 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had eaten here one prior, and like it. This time was blown away. My husband, who had never been, declared it his favorite meal in Boston. I would for sure say top three in the city. The char belly was AMAZING! The uni, caviar, and miso butter on a crumpet was another highlight, although the crumpet was a bit thick. The oysters were super fresh. The service was fabulous! I cannot wait to go back!

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S
New England
16 reviews
4.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fun location with lots of options to share. The ribeye was particularly tasty.

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New England
7 reviews
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third visit to Waypoint. The food never disappoints...it is creatively prepared and presented. ; Absolutely delicious! The branzino is to die for! I failed to mention not wanting a high top and we were seated at one this last time...not my preference..now know to be more specific during our definite next visit.

A great addition to the Cambridge food scene!

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New England
1 review
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was too rich

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CJ
Miami
1 review
3.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Waypoint is on Eater's 38 Essential list for Boston and New England, so we had high hopes. We arrived 30 mins early for our reservation and were seated immediately. Unfortunately, our table was squeezed in the middle of five tables. I felt as if we were dining with several different parties. It was impossible to have a private conversation or not intrude on your neighbor's discussions.

The menu was imaginative and creative, but most of the dishes fell short. The Tuna crudo was the true standout dish. It had several flavors (sweet, salty, spicy) going on and was one of the best dishes we had in all of Boston. The homemade hummus was also good, but was a bit too salty.

We also had both the striped bass and the char. Both fish were cooked fine, but most of the flavor was on the skin, which was barely edible. We also tried the crab fries, which were supposedly covered in crab seasoning with some real crab on top. Didn't taste much seasoning or see any crab, so I pretty much had $9 french fries.

The dish that really confused me was the grilled shrimp. They came unpeeled/whole (which we were warned about), but they were blazing hot. So I was expected to de-head and peel a shrimp right off the grill! I could have waited ten minutes for them to cool down, but this was the last thing served to us. Once cleaned (and the tip on my fingers sore from the heat), the shrimp's flavor was lacking. The juice was definitely not worth the squeeze on these guys.

Service was friendly, but kind of slow. Our server had to be reminded of a request once or twice. No biggie, but kind of annoying since they weren't that busy. It was our anniversary and they brought us out sparkling wine which was an appreciated gesture.

Maybe they had an off night or maybe our expectations were too high, but for the prices they charge, they need to do better.

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L
New England
39 reviews
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! The food was delicious and the chef was very accommodating of my nut allergy.

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CM
New England
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants around Boston where I have eaten so far

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New England
1 review
3.0Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

All the food was great (except the soup dumplings). The menu is way too complicated and the descriptions were vague.

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b
San Francisco
4 reviews
2.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Raw bar is good, but all main dishes were high fat. I ordered grilled vegetables and they were swimming in grease and inedible. Pasta that I tasted was overly cooked with too much butter. Not good value for price!!!

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JP
Raleigh
10 reviews
4.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really nice experience. Great cocktails, food was well executed and the service was solid too. Pacing of the meal was nice and we enjoyed the ambience. Modern but warm. Look forward to going to their sister restaurants.

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RB
New England
7 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We definitely enjoyed our recent visit to Waypoint. The stand-out dish the night we went was the UNI BUCATINI, a great pasta dish. However, everything else we ate was also great.

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WM
New England
6 reviews
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

It's ok.
One positive is that the oysters were well shucked and clean. But even at the Sunday half price special, they were $2 and $1.75 each.
Cocktails were weak and the mimosa was pure orange juice. We would have had more drinks otherwise.
The white clam pizza was dripping with oil and the raw garlic taste overwhelm everything else. Perhaps it was rushed so the kitchen can close at 2:30pm.
Our waitress was glum and disinterested. When we asked for bread, she brought out 2 pieces! Who does that when there are clearly 3 people at the table! Granted, she did bring us another 2 pieces when we asked for another portion.
Not feeling what the positive reviews are about.

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Dallas
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service.

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AH
New England
1 review
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waypoint was delicious! Really appreciated the variety of dishes, and the creativity with which they approached seafood - usually a lot of the same, but this was great. The seaweed bread and the baguettes with the hummus and squid ink were fantastic, in particular, as were the grilled octopus and the bluefish.

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J
New England
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great company

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JD
New England
7 reviews
4.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Waypoint is a relatively new restaurant on Massachusetts Avenue near Harvard Square. My friend and I decided to try it and see what all of the buzz is about.
Many restaurants have jumped on the small plates/tapas bandwagon and Waypoint is an excellent example of how to take this trend in a creative direction.
The menu offers raw bar choices and we went for 1/2 dozen of 2 Massachusetts varieties. Both were fresh and delicious, enhanced be a mignonette and seafood cocktail. A hot Chile sauce played the horseradish role with the seafood cocktail sauce.
Mussels escabeche were perfectly prepared with the favs beans, sweet peas and radishes providing a fresh crunch. We also tried the grilled citrus shrimp. It arrives in the shell with heads on. Thoughtfully provided vodka infused napkins were welcome and desperately needed! Beautifully cooked with a sauce that emphasized the orange component the shrimp is a success.
In addition to the smaller plates, we shared the clam pizza. You must love garlic to eat this dish, but rewarding if you can do it.
Pasta choices and shareable roasts round out the menu and we will go back to try them.
A special note about the service. Katie was perfect. She was knowledgeable and helpful. She knew what to suggest when we ordered rather ordinary spirits. Bombay Sapphire isn’t available, but Katie had the perfect suggestion for my martini. The same was true of my friend’s desire for scotch. She brought a small plate of wood grilled octopus that was tender and tasty. And what wine could we drink with this wild assortment? Katie pointed us to a delicious Muscadet! She couldn’t have been more helpful and attentive. We were in awe of her ability to make each of her tables feel like they were her main concern.
Really good food coupled with interesting cocktails, an interesting wine list and great food results in a restaurant that deserves great buzz. I can’t wait for my next visit.

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London
17 reviews
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious creative food, reasonable portion sizes, outstanding service, great wine. Really nice - highly recommend. Came to $120 including tip for two people.

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N
New York Area
12 reviews
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

At the bar the service was excellent but at the table it was not so great as we expected after being so good at the bar, we felt the waitress even though she was nice she was too mechanical.
The shrimp cocktail were too mediocre but the oysters and the rest of the food were great

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HH
New England
17 reviews
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, fresh, innovative seafood, and innovative cocktails. The priciest, yet most entertaining route is to order raw bar and a bunch of small plates -- but there are also more affordable pastas, pizzas, and several entrees that can be shared by 2 -- 3 people.

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m
New York Area
175 reviews
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Way too noisy, even late at night. The bar-like atmosphere detracts from the food; the dim lighting makes it difficult even to see the food. The food is very reasonably priced, eclectic, and full of strong flavors. Pizzas (pizze, for you language sticklers out there) are very tasty; the lobster tail was delicious. Recommended with qualifications.

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m
New York Area
18 reviews
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and other life celebrations with 4 friends. We had a great time. Everything was perfect.

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I was very impressed with this Restaurant. I really enjoyed the food. The waitress was was as good as it gets. I would definitely go again.

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IC
New England
3 reviews
4.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great menu- we had friends visiting from Texas and brought them here for their first dinner as they requested to have seafood. Menu is super creative and lots to choose from. The plates are mainly to share but there are more traditional sized entrees. We all left satisfied!

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Washington DC
2 reviews
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We went to celebrate a birthday. The food was good but the waitress was behaving as if she was doing us a favor anytime we asked something.

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New England
1 review
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is mostly small plates made to share, and they were almost all excellent, The grilled octopus was especially good, as were the tuna crudo and the crab fries. Also the cocktails were especially creative - mine was a concoction of absinthe, lemon, honey and who knows what else called The Professor, and it was delicious. My biggest reservations were that the table was a bit cramped for 4, and it was a bit noisy. Other than that, a solid recommendation

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SL
1 review
4.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Good oysters.
We had a late booking. Had a surly waitstaff eager to get us out of there.
Waitstaff did not know names of oysters so could not reorder.
Did not much like Brunch menu, greasy, overcooked and fussy except for raw seafood.

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N
Pittsburgh
8 reviews
2.0Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Portions were crazy small. Lobster tail was the size of a large shrimp. Service was slow. Cocktail was mostly crushed ice.

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C
1 review
4.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun atmosphere with outstanding service. Great place to enjoy creative seafood dishes. Menu includes good options to share. Tasty drinks, too!

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