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Waypoint

4.6
1383 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.

Offers

  • $1 Oysters

    Multiple dates available

    Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    Fridays & Saturdays from 5-7pm, enjoy $1 oysters! Oyster selections will be told by your server and change daily. Not all oysters that are in house are included in the deal.

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 1383 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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GrahamA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was excellent and should be considered for promotion

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sarahr
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

was lovely. great branzino and wonderful oysters

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Server did not know menu. Pasta was dry because it came out way ahead of steak entree. Hard to believe that this restaurant is associated with Alden and Harlow.

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IrenaB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over all very well prepared dishes, crudos were excellent,fresh beautifully served ,my main dish was octopus in which I was little disappointed because it was over spiced ( tenderness was perfect) , my friend main was branzino and I could taste the “ fish” that was so well prepared.I must say we were satisfied.

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vipSilvina
New England
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always!!

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ColleenM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

In town to celebrate some family milestones and though our visit started out rough (nearly 30 min wait w an angry mob, despite reservation), it quickly became one of the highlights of our weekend.
diamond & front of house staff were pleasant and professional in explaining the delays (due to other diners rudely lingering well after their bills had been paid) & once we were seated at a great high top in the kitchen area, the evening quickly was elevated to the expected level. Tigue brought us drinks and menus immediately, Jordan our server buzzed thru the restaurant amd to/around our table w impressive ease and finesse. All of the crude were outstanding, food and beverage recommendations were spot-on amd the main courses were beautifully plated and seasoned well.
We lingered over dinner, enjoyed visits from staff inquiring as to how things were going/what we might need and felt welcomed throughout and up to our departure.
We will be back & trust that the front end challenges that caused our delay to be seated are already being addressed by management.

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BostonDad
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent Food, drink and table service - waiter steered me away from my order to something better, which is rare and was appreciated. We also like the atmosphere and vibe here. Only complaint was the seating process. Despite a confirmed reservation, and arriving a few minutes early, we were seated 20 minutes after our reserved time, and only after I made a minor stink. Not sure how long we'd have waited if I hadn't done so. We spent that time outside literally cooling our heels, given the below freezing temps that night. Given what they say is a strict 90 min table limit you'd think it wouldn't be so hard to seat reserved guests on time -- unless they're overbooking to hedge their bets. Great place, but dress for the weather in case you're stuck outside like we were.

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johnc
New England
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Very disappointed. We love Alden and Harlow and this was just not comparable. Food was nothing but salt and the service was sub par.

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Ellen
New England
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the wait staff and everyone else we interacted with were gracious, friendly and helpful. This was our first night out in a restaurant in over a year and the dinner lived up to our expectations for such a momentous occasion in every way.

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vipTHIERRYL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good from the cocktail to the dessert.
All the meals are refined and very tasty. Crudos are really fresh and excellent. Lobster is really nice as well
2nd time we came and not the last on for sure

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a good meal. Consistently one of the top spots in the city. The wait was a bit long (booked 8:30 and sat at 9:00) but the quality of food was worth it. Will be back for sure.

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KatieS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Waypoint was really good! It was our first time there and we would definitely go back! Can't wait to try more!

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RobertC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Waypoint in Cambridge.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at Waypoint and love it! Great food, great atmosphere- highly recommend for date night or special occasion.

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MarieT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the clam pizza. Oyster special was delicious. Always like to try new cocktails and was not disappointed - cross of jade is my new favorite.

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KevinM
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent but three of us was served and it was towards the middle os us eating before the waiter asked about the 4th meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great customer service! They had been a little late seating us to our table and bought our drinks for the night to make up for it. The food and atmosphere was so electric, I definitely recommend this place!

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iFood
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The tuna crudo was the absolute best crudo I've ever had. The steak frites was inedible.

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Cristina
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff here is always welcoming and the food is so delicious. We came for our date night and was pleasantly surprised to learn that they had a lovely neighborhood experience of half a carafe of wine and two pizzas for 30$. What a deal. We ended up with the white clam pizza and their local favorite pepperoni and they were amazing!! Of course we had to get some of the other delicious items on their menu and at the end of the meal, the sent over their home made dessert just to say thank you for coming out tonight. I love this place. They are always on point with their food, service was excellent and the chef and his team do an amazing job!

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vipLexfoodie
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Waypoint was TERRIBLE. It was crowded, the drinks for horrible, they did not take the appropriate Covid measures, there was a huge crowd waiting to check and not socially distant. The service was horrible we had to ask for forks, knives and plates each time we ordered something. It was an awful and expensive disaster. Much different than the previous times I’ve eaten there.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was really slow/shoddy, music was pretty loud the entire night (but would fluctuate by song so hard to pin down), my meal came out close to 15 min after my girlfriends did, and the rest of the food was pretty so so for the price point. If you’re gonna go out and risk getting sick, would suggest avoiding waypoint.

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vipSamanthaC
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great night at waypoint. We were seated in a booth by a giant window that we opened to allow in fresh air. The 1$ oysters were fresh, high quality, and a great deal. The waitress was so friendly and patient. We grew a bit indecisive after 2 drinks about a third drink and what to order. The waitress continued to check on us and offered advice until we were ready to order. We ended up with 2 pizzas and more sparkling wine. We all loved the pizzas and the sparkling wine was delicious. Prices are a little high for everyday but we all enjoyed our indulgent treat. Can’t wait to go back.

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vipGG88
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Food was excellent. Wine selection was great. Noise level was too excessive. Especially with Covid and masking it was impossible to hear our server. The specials needed to be on menu. Along with oyster selection and description. The food was prepared amazingly and tasted incredible. Would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Great server, and additional staff were attentive and funny. Banging hits from the late 90s and early 2000s. Great oysters and crudo.

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vipsimcoh
New England
46 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We made use of the Tuesday night special of 2 pizzas and a carafe of wine for $30.00. The pepperoni pizza was great. The Brussels sprouts pizza was overwhelmed with garlic and the Brussels sprouts were microscopic. The manager noticed I wasn’t eating the pizza and whisked it away and brought another with less garlic at no charge. I wouldn’t order that particular one again but the crusts were great and the pizzas were generous. We had a dozen oysters at $1 per oyster and they were wonderful. The house made hot sauce was fabulous. The house wine was also very good. We would definitely return.

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ClaireD
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

food was delicious but portion sizes were very small

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vipSamJam
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Was good not great. The service was pretty ehh. $14 for basically half a glass of wine. And the music in the restaurant was so quiet that I felt like we were dining alone at home. The ambiance was pretty poor. Plus the restaurant is huge and was essentially empty and they sat someone in the both next to mine so he was back to back with me which felt very unsafe in the middle of the pandemic.

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Roberta
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at Waypoint. My only disappointment was that you didn't have any Merlot wine. Otherwise I had a wonderful time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Horrible dining experience. The server should learn dining etiquette and mannerism

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Very busy because of Valentine's Day, so hard to be fair there. Starters were great but many main dishes lacked flavor. The Uni Bucatini only tasted like cream sauce, pizzas had good flavor but still were doughy. Cocktails were great

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vipIsabelle
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I usually love Waypoint and have dined here multiple times, however, the Sunday night Valentine's Dinner service was terrible. We waited over an hour for our first drink, they did not have multiple items on the drink menu and regular menu, and the waiters were understaffed. The dish I ordered was not great at all, but they did take it off the menu for us. I'm hoping it was just terrible because they usually aren't open on Sundays.

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vipCharlesW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!Great!

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vipAmoc
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

The food was really good and the service was great. However, we've waited for almost one hour between the appetizer and the entrees. Then we've waited 30 minutes to get the check. I can see that the waiters were trying their best which I don't blame them but I do want to say that the waiting time for the food and check can be a bit annoying. (we started at 5:30 and ended at 7:30 with 2 entrees and 2 sharables)

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Grads
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

I have been to WayPoint a few times before and have always been delighted by the service, ambiance and food. This time the service was very disappointing. But I assume this is a one-off experience.

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vipHusbandisafoodie
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as usual. Lots of effort put into Covid safety. Will go back and continue to support this superb restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Dinner was great, service struggled.

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vipPhilL
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waypoint has been consistently great ever since they opened. Staff are always gracious and provide excellent service. There is a limited menu due to Covid but still plenty of variety. We started with oysters which were clean, plump and cold. Expertly shucked and served with all the accouterments. Btw the cocktails were stiff and delicious. We also had the smoked shrimp a couple different crudo dishes and the great fries. All were spot in and we were not rushed. We moved onto several different pasta dishes the lobster cace Pepe was fabulous with really nice bucatini pasta. The crab with angel hair was the other end of the pasta spectrum delicate and light a great contrast . One of our party had the lobster tail over black rice and devoured it. We finished with the only dessert which was comfortable and a nice ending to a great evening; homemade donuts with chocolate ganache.

I want to thank the staff and chefs for continuing to provide a great dining option greatly appreciated

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AmandaT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really good oysters and food. It was just cold in the restaurant that I needed to put my jacket on. Other than that, our server was very knowledgeable. I would recommend this place and return.

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thehoopsforum
New England
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the ambiance and atmosphere. Waypoint will be recommended to foodies in my circle.

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vipstever
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Service always good, food always really good, and menu is awesome. Too bad with Covid it is not busy but I am sure it will be back to busy before calendar year end 2021.

FAQs

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

Waypoint is rated 4.6 stars by 1383 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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