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Waypoint

4.6
1426 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.

Experiences

  • Deep Dish Pizza

    Multiple dates available

    Monday-Wednesday enjoy Chef's special Chicago-style Deep Dish Pizza! You can get regular cheese for $19, or enjoy pork sausage or pepperoni for $23.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1426 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
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4.4
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLauraB
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Watch out for the serer who wants to join you for the evening - 3rd wheel so t speak. Also, the advertised $28 Caesar with lump crab and baby gem lettuce was the standard romaine.

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Littas
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Anniversary’s

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Ava122347
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food! We sat outside, which was a bit noisy since it’s on a busy street.

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TedA
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oyster happy hour is a great deal!

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vipTedM
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Pan pizza was DENSE. Would have been a great appetizer at 1/5 the size

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vipBruce
Denver
24 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative and delicious food in a fun atmosphere with excellent service.

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SCCB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

All 18 oysters were terrific, as were the salmon entree, french fries (!) and berry crostata. The striped bass entree was ok but not especially flavorful, and I didn't care for the panzanella at all.
The service was very kind, informative and 98% efficient -- once the place filled up, our dessert was late and they forgot to bring the coffees until we reminded. But that's ok, we had a very enjoyable meal, and the cool breeze blowing in through open windows. Overall a lovely evening and a solid recommendation for dinner. I like this place a lot.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

While the menu looked really interesting, the dishes lacked focus and flavor. The waiter explained that the food was tapas style but many of the “plates” were too small to share. There was no indication on the menu that the main plates were more like appetizers for one. The whitefish pizza had way too much cheese and the fried smelts were greasy. We did enjoy the raw oysters and they were the highlight of the night,

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Abigail
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very pleasant servers. Comfortable large booth fir four of us. Creative menu

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KayBee
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was very quick, Ingrid was wonderful! We were sat promptly and everything we ordered came out quickly. Ingrid was helpful for knowing how big portions would be to make sure we ordered enough for a filling dinner. Delicious drinks, apps, and dinner!

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Marissa
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

I hate giving negative reviews because I know the restaurant industry is really struggling right now, but I'm sorry...caveat emptor ("let the buyer beware”)! This place is soooooo overpriced. We got the garlic knots (tasty but so salty and heavy), pepperoni pizza (so oily and spicy - couldn't have more than one bite), steak tips (tasty but for that pric should be), and the caesar salad with lump crab (to be detailed further), oysters, and 1 drink each and the the bill came to well over $300. The biggest disappointment was caesar salad with lump crab cake for $28. When it was delivered, I thought they had forgotten the crab. It's outrageous that you can charge $28 for sprinkled/garnished crab on top. It was also so heavily dressed with with cream and cheese (not in a good way) that you could barely even taste the minimum crab that was there. The only highlight of the meal was our server, who was polite and kind despite it all.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Far too expensive for portion sizes.

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vipChristineS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the $1 oysters, stayed for the delicious house made pasta with lobster, pizza, and cocktails! Service was A+!

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Paul
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

One member of our party has an allergy, and we were brought a dish we did not order, and that had shellfish. Since it was so loud, and we could not hear the server, we assumed it was another dish. thankfully, her reaction was as not bad. However, for a $450 meal for 4 people, I could never recommend this. Also, then drinks took about 20 minutes per round, and our server was clearly overwhelmed.

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mew1150
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was terrible. We were seated more than ten minutes with only water being offered. I finally asked a waiter passing by if we were going to get a waiter. After a couple of minutes someone we hadn’t seen before came out, flustered, and apologized. She then asked for our order without asking if we wanted a drink to start. Our drinks and appetizers arrived at the same.
We ordered the octopus “caramels” and were very disappointed. They were tough with no hint of octopus.
And the oysters were to small for the 3.50 charge.
Not a great experience.

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JoanD
New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be eating in a really good restaurant again! The restaurant was full but the patio that has been added during the pandemic had only a few takers on this 90 degree evening.
We enjoyed oysters from the cape that were so fresh and briney you could have been dining waterside. After sharing the oysters we opted for their fabulous whitefish pizza. The Alberino wine was the perfect accompaniment to both dishes.
Our server Jordan and our sommelier could not have provided better service.
Even with a full room the noise level was more than tolerable. Easy conversational levels maintained throughout dinner.

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JulieC
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was SO delicious!!!! went during happy hours (5-7pm), totally worth it. The clam pizza was the most amazing pizza I've had. The octopus pasta was very expensive for the amount, but still delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time out with long time friends in over a year.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Too noisy, moody stuff. Super salty food

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GuacamoleMafia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Took 30 mins to seat us. We ordered pasta with turnip sauce that came without the sauce and very undercooked.

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Dustymiller123
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We did have a lovely time sitting outside people watching on a lively evening. Our server was excellent. Oysters too expensive. Beer pretty expensive too. The smoked whitefish pizza was killer! Really delicious. We made one mistake in ordering a way too expensive octopus dish. I don’t really think we got served what we ordered. It looked and tasted like smoked smelts! Our mistake for not sending it back. It cost a ridiculous $28 or so dollars.
It was five torpedo shaped small fingers. Not great. Order the pizza when you go . They are delicious.

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PatrickG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

After numerous visits, seated in poor location next to bar. Given 1st day waiter who messed up our order, and gave a wine pour of maybe 1/2 of what it should have been. The manager was summoned and was no help, and no consideration was given to us regarding the bill. We enjoyed Waypoint many times before but will not return.

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MargaretO
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambience!

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TracyT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A chill place to dine with friends. They have hourly oyster from 5-7pm and the other types are $3.5 each. We ordered at 6:50pm and waited for about 40 minutes for the food cause the bar was too busy at the time. Overall not a bad experience.

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Cristina
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is always on point. The managers and the crew usually are amazing but this time around I was a little disappointed on the service. I know that the waiter was training but there were plenty of other servers that could have helped along with the one that was supervising the newbie. But everyone seem to have dropped the ball last night. We got our Brussel sprouts before we even got our drinks. Wrong food order came out, and they weren’t super attentive to our needs.

This could be a one off, but I was very disappointed. I going that they will rectify the next time we are there.

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RickH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I've been to this restaurant numerous times, though last Saturday evening was the first time since the onset of Covid, and it was, as expected, terrific. I was with a friend who had asked me to find a place with really good food and great energy, and so naturally I thought of Waypoint. I had a selection of oysters, while she had the salmon crudo to start; we then split the fritters and the white clam pizza, both of which were delicious, and then finished with the cinnamon donuts (just because). The only down note was that our waiter was new and quickly got a little overwhelmed managing his tables; fortunately, the hosting staff picked up the slack, and all was well. Highly recommend this spot in Harvard Square.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ended up sitting at the bar for the evening and had a lovey experience. The oysters were amazing. We got several plates to share. The wood grilled octopus was amazing. Highly recommend.

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jennifern
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This formerly creative and exciting culinary treat is now expensive and standard. Such a disappointment, I used to love coming here but not ever again. Service was poor but I also understand that staff are very hard to come by and it was nice to see the flow manager pitch hit when her wait staff could not.

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NicoleG
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, good vibes! Would come back

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viphungrymasshole
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The general manager, Erica, is absolutely incredible. She and our server took great care of our group during the crazy one dollar oyster period.

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DarceyG
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience. The staff was helpful and pleasant and the food was delicious. One suggestion, the salads are sharing size, which should be mentioned. Thanks.

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JimW
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jordan was an excellent server. He made menu suggestions and handled our rowdy party.

HM
vipHaroldM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

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RP35
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service is always on point! Great job WP.

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OlgaG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food. It never disappoints! Nice hosts. Since it was Monday night, the place was half-empty which was exactly what we wanted.

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Julie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came in for the dollar oysters which were delicious! The cocktail and wine we got were very good. Spacing and plexiglass between tables made us feel very comfortable. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

such good food incredible oysters

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vipKayfreefoodie
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at Waypoint and I've never had a bad bite here! I work in the restaurant industry so I tend to be picky when I go out to eat but Waypoint does not disappoint. Service was fantastic. Sit at the chef's table if you're a foodie like me :) Price is very reasonable for the quality and level of service/atmosphere. We love waypoint!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, fantastic! We usually try to sit at the bar and the dollar oyster deal is the best lure in town. The bartender also shared our love of clams. He was professional, was there when we needed him and left us to be when we needed to. Waypoint - you never disappoint!

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vipBethC
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The deep dish pizza was mind-blowing! Will be back!

FAQs

Waypoint offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 864-2300.

Waypoint is rated 4.6 stars by 1426 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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