Waypoint

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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.
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MG
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and nice place

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Not so great night at Waypoint. In the beginning of the meal we informed the server that we had gluten and dairy allergies in our party, and that one of us had a flight to catch. She told us it would be fine. In particular she said that the quail dish can be made dairy free by having the purée on the side. When the quail arrived on top of the purée we asked about it, and another server told us that it doesn’t make a difference since the quail’s stuffing anyway contains dairy! Anyway to make a long story short, we had to switch it for another dish, and they also forgot to remove it from the check. Moreover on top of that the main dish came so late that the person taking a flight had to ask for it in a to go box.

We’ve been in Waypoint several times and never had these issues, but perhaps they’re just not good at accommodating allergies.

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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, super reasonable prices, great staff... food took a little longer then expected to come out.

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MS
New England
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Happening restaurant scene, but the food is not happening. Probably should have stuck to oysters and cocktails, both of which were quite good. That said, main courses were disappointing - lacking in both flavor and protein. A bluecrab and pasta dish contained virtually no crabmeat and lacked any seafood flavor. Pizzas were OK, although the roasted cauliflower pizza was sweet (!). Avoid the lobster hushpuppies - just weird and did not taste like lobster at all. Very expensive for what you get.

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BC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The service was horrible. Wrote an email to the restaurant and they have not answered. Was there for 3 hours and was seated an hour after my reservation was for.

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We made a reservation for Valentine’s Day for 7:30. We got there early and had a drink at the bar. Drinks and the bartender were wonderful. Service was okay. He only checked on us once, and brought the appetizer out with the entrees. Food was awful. Not only was the pasta undercooked, I got one small claw on my Lobster cacio e pepe. Our server never came back to check on us until the busser came by and cleared my partner’s dishes. I brought to his attention and he offered to take it off the bill (thankful for that since I ate about 1/3), and graciously offered to buy us dessert (not necessary but an awesome gesture). I wouldn’t have got dessert otherwise. When we asked for the bill, the server had charged us for the dessert. Seriously? Don’t offer to buy us dessert for the mistake you had, and then charge us. We left promptly after I circled the dessert on the check. If this is how you treat your patrons, we will most DEFINITELY won’t be back. Ruined the night for us.

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DM
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Overpriced dipplings... $5 per dumpling is ridiculous. It took too long to receive food, we were there over 2hrs for 5 dishes. We’ve had better oysters elsewhere- they were not cleaned well.

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BK
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVE coming here and are always treated wonderfully by the staff. Both the food and drinks are unique, delicious, and high quality. Cannot say enough about Waypoint!!!

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AM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious! Love the delicious sauces and the clam pizza. Super for pre theater meal.

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A
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience, loved our waiter!!

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CC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was spot on. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. The food was superb and coffee was excellent.

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JL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I wish the cocktails were a bit bigger for the price

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b
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic night. My wife is GF and dairy free. The staff was super helpful and served us some amazing dishes!!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Well done!

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TL
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We unfortunately just didn’t enjoy the food. The oysters were good but the rest of our meal was about average or less. My octopus plate was over-salted and had no bone marrow or even bone marrow flavor in it, my friend’s quail was dry, my other friend’s pasta was over-salted, and her WP Burger was cold. The over-salted pasta dish was sent back (we didn’t order another one), and we threw out the WP Burger because it wasn’t enjoyable at all. Considering all that the area has to offer, we had high expectations of this restaurant, so we were greatly disappointed with this experience.

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AC
Baltimore
38 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Hands down, it is one of my favorite spots in the Boston area! The service is always spot on, drinks are well-balanced, and food is perfection. I would recommend this for a casual meal with friends or a special dinner. This time, we had brunch, and each dish was absolutely fantastic from the whitefish pizza to the burger, to the bucatini carbonara. I can't recommend dining here enough!

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z
New England
35 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Waypoint is pleasant enough. Lively and reminiscent of places like Island Creek and Row 34 but a little more intimate. Oysters were very fresh and well-described. The house hot sauce is excellent. Roasted tomato pie and the clam pizza were good, not great—the latter being very rich and very, very garlicky. Pork and crab soup dumplings were probably the highlight of the meal, cooked just right with flavors complementing one another well, tricky to do with those ingredients. For dessert, the donuts continued the evening's theme: good but nothing special. The slightest bit of a crust and while not dry inside they could have been more moist. Service was friendly but spotty. A good solid option but definitely not up to its hype.

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s
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was over salted and my dish --blue crab angel hair pasta--was poorly seasoned and balanced. Couldn't taste the crab. Bread, Wines and martinis were excellent.

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DF
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I would recommend Waypoint for the cocktails, the service, and for the INNOVATIVE menu. That same innovative menu, however, offered nothing really appetizing for my not-very-picky seafood-eating wife, and the dessert list was just weird. Noise level at 7pm was lively; at 9pm it might be hard to hear your table-mate. Be careful of the "plates" -- they are, in fact, small appetizer-portions (my wife ordered the arctic char, which came saturated in way more butter than is ever appropriate for a farmed salmon; and it was about 1 oz. of fish).
But the cocktails -- they are really, really great: beautiful concoctions of tequila and mezcal, and the usuals, and even absinthe!

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JB
New England
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It had been over a year since coming here and my husband and I were so looking forward to returning. My previous review raved about our experience. This next visit was disappointing in every way. The server came and poured me water but it took nearly 20 minutes for him to return. He then asked if I wanted something to drink while I settled in?! We were ready to order everything by then so did. My drink was good but filled beyond the brim with ice. I asked for less and got a glass filled halfway next time. The food was mediocre as was the service. Our entrees took a long time and our server barely paid attention to us. This was so different from our previous experience!!! It was heartbreaking...

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K
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place! Second time there and continually strong regarding customer service. Loved all of the smaller plates so that we could try a few different things. Options are vast from seafood to brick oven pizzas. Especially love the tuna/chickpea small plate – the yogurt was like nothing I’ve ever tasted before. A true foodie experience! Great for date night, friends’ outing or business meeting. Yum!

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food in a cozy setting right near Harvard Square.

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L
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve never been to a place that was so gluten free accommodating and amazing. Had the lobster cacio e pepe, smoked mackerel, and the wood grilled octopus (all made to be gluten free). The lobster and smoked mackerel were incredible, the octopus a little less so but still very good. Service was excellent and so was ambience. Highly recommend!

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p
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch!

This was our second visit. We ordered five dishes to share -- each was unique, with imaginative use of ingredients, fresh and perfectly presented. We left with so many good flavors on our palates. We also had really tasty cocktails (I loved the Jean LaFitte).

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was interesting, well prepared, served at the appropriate temperature, wines was very good, drinks very good, overall very good restaurant.

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New England
65 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambience for a date. Dark interior and fairly spacious. High top tables in the back, booths and standard tables. Service was great and there was always a staff to clear plates and prep for the next dish.

More ideal for sharing a bunch of small plates and main entree. Between 2 of us, we had 2 small plates, three mid, pasta, and the roasted chicken. Food was good but not super imaginative. A little disappointed considering the same chef for Alden and Harlow.

Ora king crudo- Australian salmon which was delicious
Lobster hush puppies- nothing to rave about and didn’t have enough lobsters
Soup dumplings- Americanize version of the Taiwanese soup dumpling. Go to a Chinese restaurant instead. And wasn’t worth $5/dumpling
Grilled octopus- one of the better dishes. The grits was a nice base. Not enough pieces though
Escargot- again nothing to rave about. Better to go to a French restaurant
Uni pasta - it was okay. Some of the pasta was not al dente. Had it better elsewhere
Roasted chicken- their signature dish. Sauce was too salty, but chicken was very tender, esp the breast which tend to get dry. Dark meat was good.
Corn cake- unique but didn’t blow me away

Prices were high for the portion Size, but expected given some of the ingredients. Had a good time but won’t be going back. Prefer Alden and Harlow.

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KZ
New England
31 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Despite a somewhat confusing menu, wait staff explained the set-up & we ordered a good variety & just the right amount of food for our party of 3. On the other hand, the wait person did not take time to listen to nor appear interested in our responses when she asked how we were doing...

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M
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dinner at Waypoint is top notch with fantastic service. I have never had a bad experience here, and the last time we went, the five of us stayed for three hours laughing, joking, drinking, and eating--all with the engagement of our wonderful server. Highly recommend!

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h
New England
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at this restaurant, I was drawn to this restaurant because I loved the idea of trying a pizza that had seafood. I made the reservation on open table and marked that I was celebrating an anniversary. The server was very nice and patient with us and brought us over two glasses of rose for our anniversary, which we really appreciated. The atmosphere was great, given that it was a snowstorm that was starting to pick up, we enjoyed the quietness. We ordered the oysters, lobster hushpuppies, chopped clam pizza, and sweet corn spooncake. Our only complaint would be that the pizza was a slight oily than we anticipated, however that could've just been my request for adding olives on half of the pizza. Overall, it was still pretty good. As for the drinks, I got the submarine and my boyfriend got the snow bird. I love the presentation of the snow bird, very elegant! Service was fantastic and they were attentive, which I really appreciate.

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PC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was superb. Our waiter was spectacular. The food was very good.
A lovely evening - thank-you.

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h
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Small dishes - food was just excellent - wine list rather expensive.

Service a bit slow (Saturday night).

But food wins the days.

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M
New England
38 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had oysters and 4 small plates. They were all delicious. The smoked and salted shrimp with house made saltines was my favorite and a definite reason to go bacj

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RL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

loved that you can reserve bar seating! Really interesting menu with small plates and share plates. Good drinks (could be a tad bigger). Overall a strong B+

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s
New England
131 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food very good--not great. Creative dishes. Very attentive service. Biggest complaint is a typical one: overbearing noise, making it challenging to carry on conversation. Restaurants clearly don't care about the problem.

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EP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and extremely knowledgeable staff. Highly recommended.

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b
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Driving son back to college

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R
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about our experience was excellent, from the service to the meal itself. Everything that we had was delicious, and I will definitely return

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C
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I woke up with a craving for Waypoint’s bucatini with uni. I was delighted with it and with several other dishes we ordered. Waypoint is friendly, very chill, and always has a menu full of many flavors.

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l
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waypoint was delightful! The food was incredible; we had crudo (salmon), steak tartare, two types of pasta (lobster and uni), and a few different cocktails. All of it was to die for. On top of that, our server was so fun--super cheerful and enthusiastic about the food. He had excellent recommendations and was the perfect blend of knowing when we were ready to order/needed more drinks/etc. but didn't interrupt good conversation. I loved Waypoint and will definitely be coming back!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always.

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