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Alden and Harlow, Cambridge, MA
Alden and Harlow, Cambridge, MA
Alden and Harlow, Cambridge, MA
Alden and Harlow, Cambridge, MA
Alden and Harlow, Cambridge, MA

Alden and Harlow

4.7
4.7
4680 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located at 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, Alden & Harlow serves thoughtfully sourced, honest American food in a subterranean, modern and comfortable space. Replicating the style of cooking he does for family and friends in his home kitchen, Chef Michael Scelfo prepares humble, unpretentious food that honors tradition of place in its quality. It's how he connects with anyone who joins them at their table.

While reservations are strongly suggested, we also save a portion of the dining room and bar for walk-ins in the event that your request cannot be accommodated. So please, come on in!

Parties of more than 8, please call to make a reservation.

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2 people

11:00 pm


Booked 103 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Late Night Thu–Sat 11:00 am–12:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 864-2100
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Michael Scelfo
  • Private party contact
    Jen Fields: (617) 864-2100
  • Area
    West Cambridge
  • Cross Street
    Mt Auburn Street
  • Parking Details
    University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.
  • Public Transit
    Alden and Harlow is accessible via the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop.
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,680 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Greater Boston

    Most Booked

  • Boston

    Most Booked

4,680 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing! All of the staff at check in, our server and additional wait staff were knowledgeable, attentive and made some great recommendations. Parking is a little challenging, but well with it.

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  2. LADiner

    Greater Boston

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was pretty mediocre. Rubbery bacon in the focaccia sandwich. Runny eggs even though we requested they be cooked. Salad dressing so tart, it was impossible to eat the greens. And they forgot to bring out my dish also I had to sit around for 20 minutes while the rest of the table ate their meal.

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  3. DerrrickW

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    David and his team always deliver an incredible dining experience. Alden is one of our favorite restaurants in Harvard Square and the Boston area.

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  4. DianeK

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is delicious and unique. I would highly recommend this place for dinner but not for brunch.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The handling of food allergies was amazing from the moment we sat down and ever person that interacted with us checked on every item brought to the table for me multiple times as well as bringing my menu to the chef to be customized for my allergies. Highly recommend! Everything was delicious

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  6. KarenK

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Really delicious, creatiive food. Service was extremely pleasant and efficient. I was welcomed as a solo diner, which should be a matter of course but sadly is not the case everywhere. I have marked the ambience lower than the food and service because it was extremely noisy. Being by myself, I happily read my book, but I can’t imagine having a conversation with a companion, and by the time I left, my ears were ringing and my nerves were frayed from the din. Instead of pumping out loud music, they should look to install some sound-dampening features, because that low-ceilinged space magnifies all noise terribly. And I didn’t like the music. I would go back, but only as a solo diner because when I go out with friends, we want to be able to have a quiet conversation and hear each other without shouting.

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  7. SisterP

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 14 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We had an unfortunate medical event, and the staff was incredibly responsive and helpful. We'll be back to more fully enjoy a completed meal

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  8. Diningout

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appreciated that there were lots of veggie-focused dishes!

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  9. RobertC

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food order 3 to 5 dishes for 2 people. For the area good value.

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  10. MrRochester

    New York City

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I have eaten at the restaurant many times since it opened. And always the food is enjoyable and very good service. BUT … We were seated in the oddest table. It was impossible for the table in the corner to be served without someone bumping into my chair. I would get up to allow the people seated in the corner to get in and out. I didn’t mind that but I did think that the constant bumping unpleasant and unnecessary. And could have been avoided by a more thoughtful arrangements of the tables.

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  11. CreatingAFoodie

    Greater Boston

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress Becca knew EXACTLY what foods my husband with celiac could eat. Impressive and incredibly helpful! She quickly marked up a menu for him and told him what could be altered.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server, Andrea, was amazing!! We had a wonderful meal and she was super helpful with choosing our dishes.

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  13. eatdrnkbemerry

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On acquiet weekday night itsva joy. Oterwise noisey and barvcrowded

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and ambience. Unfortunately, the manager was rude to our table, not once but twice. We were celebrating a birthday and were disappointed with the poor service.

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  15. CatP

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this restaurant! Hidden jewel. We went there for brunch on a Saturday. We were encouraged by our server to order multiple share plates for our group of 8. Each dish was so flavorful and fresh. We thoroughly enjoyed each dish and the unique flavor profiles. We will definitely go again!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the food to the service to the ambiance, everything was spectacular. The value can’t be beat for nice night out!

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  17. EmmaCC

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Carrots are to die for! I’m truly shocked at how delicious they are.

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  18. KristenG

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality of the food has diminished sadly. Service was good. Lively atmosphere.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly staff - but the food portions were quite large

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing from start to finish. Consistently delicious, every dish, and our waitress was kind and knowledgeable. Looking forward to our next visit!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food & wait staff was excellent.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent Service, kind & efficient waitstaff. Food was delicious & the menu was interesting..

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Las raciones muy pequeñas y necesitan tener más opciones de carnes

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious!! Fresh and unique flavors that worked well together. Limited menu however so would check out the menu before you go. Would give 5 stars except they ran out of burgers by 1:30 pm which a few in our party planned on ordering. On the bright side, it forced all to choose an alternative choice and every dish was exceptional!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really good. The service was also really good. Really satisfied with the experience.

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  26. mk10cambridge

    Greater Boston

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a large party and the staff accommodated us so well especially when it got even larger at the last minute. We had a gluten free requirement and the server was so knowledgeable and marked up a menu for us to use as a guide. She was sweet and funny and efficient. Of course we were there for the food, which didn’t disappoint. Dish after dish after dish was interesting and oh so tasty!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredibly prepared and presented. The flavors on all our dishes was next level. Kelsey is the best server ever! She was so attentive and made my friend’s birthday celebration special! Pricey but worth it!

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  28. Foodie21

    Greater Boston

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for an amazing Sunday brunch to catch up with an old friend. Standouts: the service (Ingrid), the bluefin tuna crudo, kale salad and sausage and biscuit. Also we sat undisturbed until late--the staff were very gracious.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The wait staff was excellent. The hosts not so much.

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  30. christinew

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 23 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic. Super helpful server (marking up the menu with what accommodates our gluten and dairy free selves). Fun drink after at Longfellow’s. Such a solid spot!

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  31. PeterE

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Five of us had dinner and, although there were some delicious moments, all in all we felt that A+H was off their game. First the good news - the wines, the cocktail, the steak tartare, the mackerel, and the duck were the stars of the night. The less good news - we were amazed that the chef would let out of the kitchen consistently chewy, almost soggy, home-fried potato chips. This seems like a small thing but it had an impact on our enjoyment of the accompanying dishes (the tartare and the hamburger). The burrata was served on top of a semi-sweet dark bread that clashed with the cheese. It was an odd pairing. The room we were in was in the front of the restaurant and had a speaker in it with the music turned up quite high. But, just to end this review on a high note - the woman who served us was efficient, helpful, and very nice. The first person of our party arrived quite early, but was seated right away.

    2 people found this helpful

  32. Jody

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here, and look forward to returning! The food was outstanding. Lots of interesting choices. Lots of shareables. Our server was knowledgeable and on top of it.

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  33. Valerie

    Greater Boston

    283 reviews

    4.0

    283 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved Alden & Harlow! Inventive cuisine, small plates, except for huge impossible burger! We will be back.

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  34. GregoryP

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Noisy, food too salty, asynchronous delivery of dishes

    1 person found this helpful

  35. HelenA

    New York City

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    When our party of six placed our order the waitress informed us that all of the food might not come out at the same time. Telling us ahead of time is nice but it does not justify a bad practice. In fact, nothing came out at the same time and there was 15 minutes between the first order brought to the table and the last dinner served. The food was good, but not good enough to compensate for the poor kitchen service. Portions were also generally small and that last person served was pretty hungry.

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  36. SBfromPhilly

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    2.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    To be fair, the food was great, as always. The problems we had were ultimately with the service and the response to our feedback that we were asked to provide candidly by someone appearing to be the manager. Specifically, we were just going to chaulk it up to a bad night and not mention any of our challenges -- no one consistently cleaning the table after plates were cleared between servings; serving food on chipped dishwear; not consistently bringing out serving spoons with new dishes, etc. But the person appearing to be a manager asked us to be candid so that the issues could be addressed properly. So we shared candidly. However, after each issue raised, his immediate response seemed to be to 'justify' each problematic issue to the point of frustration. If he didn't want to hear what we had to say, he should not have asked! We have dined at A&H multiple times since relocating to the area and will give them another chance, but this experience was deeply disappointing, in spite of the great food.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The kale salad is out of this world. I love love love it! The bourbon drink was outstanding. Bravo.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the ambience and the food tasted great but the portions were small. I understand it is supposed to be more of a family/tapas style, but some of the shareable plates were pricey for what you get in my opinion.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived on time for our reservation but we were offered seating right behind the front server - I asked for a different place after a few minutes they did accommodate us. We ordered 3 dishes for two : kale salad, salmon and a basil pasta with white wine - everything was delicious, and served on-time. Great restaurant with a beautiful warm atmosphere.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat at a beautiful table; amazing vibes. This is easily some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. It’s magic, they don’t miss.

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FAQs

Alden and Harlow offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 864-2100.

Alden and Harlow is rated 4.7 stars by 4680 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

11:00 pm


Booked 103 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Alden and Harlow

40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Mt Auburn Street
  • Area
    West Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Late Night Thu–Sat 11:00 am–12:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.
  • Public Transit
    Alden and Harlow is accessible via the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Michael Scelfo
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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