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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Seafood, American, Oyster Bar
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch 10am-2:30pm
$30 and under
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Valet is available Thursday-Saturday
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.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Waypoint Ratings and Reviews
Although I am not a huge sea food lover, Waypoint was a great option. Started with a tasty mocktail. Then had the Italian sausage pizza and squid ink gemelli. Both were delicious!!! Highly recommend. The atmosphere was great on a Saturday night and I'll definitely go back again.
Our small group had a nice booth away from the noise. The service was attentive and efficient. Some of the dishes were very good, like the mussels, pizza, cod cakes, chicken, but others missed the mark like the crab and angel hair pasta which was very dry and not interesting, and the Arctic char, which was undercooked. Nice atmosphere and menu, just choose wisely.
The best restaurant we dined doing this trip to Boston. We come every year after Thanksgiving. The clam pizza was the best ever, the salt cod fritters fabulous, and the uni bucatini was awesome. Such innovative dishes. We had 4 at the bar and the bartenders were fantastic. The hostess needed some coaching but other than that service was impeccable. Btw, the house made hot sauce was off the charts.
Outstanding food! We were all very impressed. The cocktails were very original, incorporating a lot of fresh juices (think root veg juices) and other wholesome and luscious ingredients.
We did the caviar, and it was so good.
I can't do it justice, not going to try. Each thing we had was so delicious. Warm trout dip, egg salad, caviar ind blinis, pizza, veggies, scallop credo, each single cocktail...all so very delicious.
We went to Waypoint for dinner and drinks after hearing rave reviews and we were not disappointed. The food was incredible and in combination with the cocktails everything was well thought out and unique. Service was impeccable, tapas can feel chaotic but our server definitely knew what she was doing, so much so that we actually fell for the upsales and were happy we did it. Will definitely return. Things to know, parking is tight, prices are mid-upper range and servings are all different sizes but your server can help with ordering, at least ours did.
Our first time at Waypoint, thanks to a gift card we were given several months back. Until this time we've avoided going because my husband can't eat garlic or onions, and their dinner menu seemed a bit risky for us.
We opted for brunch instead. We're so glad we did. This place is wonderful, from the modern sleek design of the interior, to the impeccable service of the staff. Everything was superb. The French Toast was amazing as was the Egg Sandwich. And the cinnamon roll is to die for, but way too much for 2 people.
We enjoyed it so much we're going to make this a regular spot for at least a drink at their spacious bar.
we were disappointed in the less than flavorful appetizers and the high cost for them. the overpriced apps cost $160 for the 6 people! we ordered 5 different apps, with multiples of some of them.
the grilled octopus wasn't tender (we had 3 orders for the 6 of us); the mussels were extremely acidic, the soup dumplings were not memorable and only 3 for $15. the tuna crudo was ok; the snails and the char were good. it's a shame that waypoint charges for the breadbasket with two dipping sauces otherwise we would have ordered another one. we decided not to order any entrees and went elsewhere for dinner
One person in our group was vegetarian and we were ordering the fries with crab, so we asked them if they could just put aside a few of the fries for her before sprinkling the crab on top. For some reason they are not capable of this and seemed perturbed that we even asked. Also, my friend and I got the same drink, but they forgot the luxardo cherry on mine. When the waitress noticed this, she said “oh, they must have forgotten” and walked away. Nice service... All in all, not sure exactly what we were paying so much for.
What a creative and passionate approach to food! Bold but balanced flavors, varied textures, abundant opportunities for creative wine and drink pairings. Very knowledgeable, well-trained and sincerely interested staff. Oh how I wish I could love the thought of going back. But I can't quite love it. The music (especially the music) and the noise levels detracts. Why does the music need to be so loud? Even when the restaurant is less busy, this pervading, jarring and imposing presence fills the room. Background music - it's not supposed to be the main event when you are enjoying an extraordinary dinner, with people you enjoy being with. I wouldn't even quibble with the choice of music (hip hop? though I prefer not to categorize). It probably wouldn't be my choice, though I actually could find things to like in it. But it is too loud. To the point of inhibiting conversation, enjoyment of the meal, and the memory of the experience.
Although a frequent customer, the last visit was a disappointment.
Noise level has increased significantly to the point of interference with table conversation.
The sad part was that the food was disappointing: the mussels' wine sauce was uninspired, the octopus was not tender enough (3 small pieces for $17,00); the sharing Bronzino was routinely fried and the lamb's vegetables were cooked at least 3 days before and re-re-warmed!
The service has remained very professional.
Though an Wednesday night .. cook's day off?
This was our first visit to Waypoint, and we’ve become fans! I wish we had bigger appetites or a larger group, so we could have tried more of the menu. We split
the smoked shrimp and a clam pizza—both were intensely delicious, as were the daiquiris we started with. Service was professional and friendly; and our server’s wine recommendations were perfect. We will definitely return!
Everything was fine and dandy once I saw my friend at the table we'd reserved. It was the front reception that was awful. I walk in and the hostess is on the phone. Cool, I get that. For the next five minutes she never looks up or in my direction, never makes that polite gesture acknowledging the presence of another human being while demonstrating she's on the phone. it's really simple to do and goes a long way. my friend spotted me from another part of the room and waved me over. later while dining that same hostess walked past our table twice and i thought she'd maybe say hi and/or apologize for being so passively rude. nope.
so, like i said, fine and dandy at the table. total and absolute rudeness at the front door.
Food was wonderful.
Scallop crudo was very fresh and sauce was excellent.
Octopus was a little tough. However sauce underneath was very flavorful.
Angel hit pasta with blue crab was delicious.
Char belly was excellent.
Chocolate tort was so-so....
Service was very good. Waitress was very knowledgeable and helpful.
I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family.
We were surprised (and a little concerned) when we arrived and were one of only 2 tables that were seated in the restaurant. There was a fair amount of staff, though, which was really odd and a little bit awkward. By the time we finished our meal, another large party had arrived, and the bar had filled up, so we felt slightly less out of place. It was just weird. Anyway, my brunch was so delicious that all of that was quickly forgotten. I had the seasonal french toast with pumpkin mascarpone and caramelized figs, and it was phenomenal. My husband had the steak tartar, which was good, but he said it wasn't enough food. Cocktails were good. Overall, we liked it, but it was just so empty.
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