About Alden and Harlow
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.
American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10:30am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-1:00am, Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Thursday - Friday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Saturday: 10:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm - 2:00am
We serve our full dinner menu until 11pm nightly and then switch to our late night menu from 11pm-Midnight, Sunday - Wednesday; 11pm-1am, Thursday - Saturday.
Mt Auburn Street
$30 and under
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University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.
Alden and Harlow is accessible via the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop, located just one block away at 40 Brattle Street, between Eastern Mountain Sports and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Alden and Harlow Ratings and Reviews
I love Alden, they're my favorite. The f ...
I love Alden, they're my favorite. The food is amazing. But it is way too HOT in there! We had to leave still hungry because we felt like we were going to faint. It was in the high 80s at night outside and going outside was even cooler.
A very large, busy restaurant. The food ...
A very large, busy restaurant. The food is truly excellent. The service is attentive--extremely attentive--but seemingly focused on moving the table before all else. I would return on another day of the week to see if that would make for a more relaxed meal.
Alden and Harlow is a gem of a restauran ...
Alden and Harlow is a gem of a restaurant. My boyfriend and I went for date night after a long week and were so pleased to have small portions of multiple things because we always want to try more! Each dish was so thoughtful and well composed- never have had anything like it. Great ambiance and great food and company :)
In town with family (two teenagers). Ve ...
In town with family (two teenagers). Very friendly service and . Interesting and diverse menu with enough variety to satisfy even our picky eater. The rest of us enjoyed experimenting across many selections. Great cocktail menu also.
Lovely tapas-style meal. Creative food ...
Lovely tapas-style meal. Creative food choices in which flavors were not shadowed by their unconventional ingredient combinations. Actual popcorn was awkward and bizarre paired with delicious raw bass that could have stood alone in its divine flavor. Overall, lovely food, great atmosphere and sweet, knowledgable staff.
Two of us shared 4 smalls. Everything wa ...
Two of us shared 4 smalls. Everything was delicious. Specialty cocktails were also on point. I had the stand tall and it was refreshing. Definitely a MUST try. I highly recommend the porkbelly. I went for the specialty burger but at 745 they were already out.
Our dining experience was terrible. The ...
Our dining experience was terrible. The noise level was appalling; it was not that of a fun, exuberant spot -- it was literally impossible to have a conversation. The seats were incredibly uncomfortable. I signed up on Open Table for a table -- yet we ended up at a high bar table with legs dangling uncomfortably. Two of us sat on a bench where we were unable to move the table closer (the base of the table hit the bench, so it was impossible to move), which left us leaning forward and backless for the entire uncomfortable meal. The food was quite good -- but they serve plates to share with no serving spoons. Our server was lovely, quite nice but it couldn't compensate for a meal without conversation and in physical discomfort.
Had been there on two previous occasions ...
Had been there on two previous occasions both where the food was fabulous but the third time was not a charm. The food was average this time around with the rabbit just inedible. I really don't mind to pay up for great food but this time I felt robbed on two counts, once for the average food and again when the bill came. Service continues to be excellent and I should note the rabbit was taken off the bill.
Alden and Harlow had some of the most un ...
Alden and Harlow had some of the most unique and interesting food I have ever eaten. Moreover, their cocktail selection is unparalleled. To top it off, the service is amazing. I was surrounded by friendly, knowledgeable, and skillful servers all evening. Would highly recommend.
Tried four plates. Pistachio kale salad ...
Tried four plates. Pistachio kale salad was good. Striped bass crudo was good but small portion size - didn't see the need for them to put popcorn on the side. Rabbit was good but a small portion - kind of a play on cordon bleu. Pork belly was kind of lack luster - I've had better elsewhere.
We had brunch at Alden & Harlow on the r ...
We had brunch at Alden & Harlow on the recommendation of a friend. It was our first time at the restaurant and we were both very pleased. The staff was very helpful and knowledgable, providing good recommendations. The brunch menu consists mainly of small plates, a wonderful change from the standard U.S. approach of giant meals. The small plates allowed us to try a range of choices and the restaurant encourages sharing. Another welcome change! All in all it was a wonderful meal in very nice location and we plan to become regular customers.
I was there just as they opened on a Sat ...
I was there just as they opened on a Saturday at 10:30. Felt just a bit rushed as I would have preferred to get more of my Bloody Mary down before all the food arrived as they didn't mix very well. There was just a hint of "we're too cool for words, aren't we" from the wait staff. While the dishes were indeed inventive and excellent, I would have preferred to come to that conclusion unaided by my server.
This is a large, loud, faux farm to tabl ...
This is a large, loud, faux farm to table restaurant with carelessly prepared food. The servers are as attentive as they can be within such a deafening and distracting environment. There was grit in the kale salad and the charred broccoli was burnt beyond being edible. No one at our table of 6 ate anything they truly enjoyed and left a lot of the overpriced food on the table. We fled and went somewhere else to finish our meal and conversation.
Corn pancakes -yum! I had that with the ...
Corn pancakes -yum! I had that with the kale salad, which was a nice savory/tart combo with the savory/sweet corn pancakes.
But a friend ordered the chocolate smoke-y dessert, which I found to be not palatable.
SERVICE WAS WONDERFULLY FRIENDLY & GOOD
This was my second visit to A&H. I've h ...
This was my second visit to A&H. I've had the burger both times - recommended; cooked to perfection. My girlfriends had a variety of dishes, all very good - the kale salad is a stand out as were the cavatelli. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. We asked to change to a quieter table and they did so immediately, without a fuss during a busy time. They also allow you to taste wines before committing to a glass. Will definitely be back.
A good go-to if you're looking for more ...
A good go-to if you're looking for more ambitious cuisine in Harvard Square. Get the charred bok choy and quail. Cocktails and desserts are a must. We weren't so keen by the absent-minded service, nor the snottiness from the bar staff. This is Cambridge, guys, not Manhattan.
I like Alden and Harlow for the Boston-f ...
I like Alden and Harlow for the Boston-feeling it has when you walk in. The warm wood and low light creates an atmosphere of belonging.
The food has always been creative, delicious and makes you want to go back to try more items from the menu.
I recently had brunch there and the dishes were accompanied by the slow cooked egg that I like a lot. Everything was tasty !
I was excited because of all the hype an ...
I was excited because of all the hype and good reviews, to visit Alden and Harlow. We visited for brunch. Our table was small and we were sitting very close to the next party. The service was ok but food coming out was very slow. The corn pancakes were excellent and would order again. The dish with the eggs and pig tails was good but very rich. The torched fruit was very good. All in all pretty small plates and a bit expensive and a good but not a wow experience.
2nd time I have eaten here and I thought ...
2nd time I have eaten here and I thought it was good not great. Hated our table under the window with the plants growing out of the wall and lots of tiny black flies. The server was fine not overly friendly. Overall not memorable.
Our waitress was really great. She was s ...
Our waitress was really great. She was so friendly and helpful with our selections. We ended up with 5 dishes between us (they're small plates I swear) and ended up getting an extra due to some confusion in the kitchen and we were stuffed by the time we left. Everything was very delicious and their drink menu is crazy good.
The cocktails were great. The servers we ...
The cocktails were great. The servers were knowledgable. The food was generally great. However, avoid the bok choy unless you like it done in the blossoming onion/kale chips preparation style. We didn't get the secret burger but I heard later that it was amazing.
Amazing tasting food with unique, bold f ...
Amazing tasting food with unique, bold flavors. Would've liked to be seated in the main dining area even as a small party instead of the more private nook by the main entrance, but will note that for the future. Otherwise, the food was delicious and just the right portion size to sample a variety of different things. The quail dish and the smoked chocolate bread pudding were particularly outstanding.
Service was incredibly slow. Minimalisti ...
Service was incredibly slow. Minimalistic food, and every vegetable is pickled. Very few dishes on the menu that can be understood or that even seem appealing. While the beer list is fairly good, the over pricing really adds a nice snobby touch to this hipster haven.
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