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/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Alden and Harlow Ratings and Reviews
The food was outstanding! However, our ...
The food was outstanding! However, our server was not the most enthusiastic person. He did not engage in much conversation. Towards the end of our meal he dropped the dessert menus on the table without a word and walked away.
Also, the music - hip hop and rap - was a bit jarring for the environment.
Again it's all about the food and that was great. Having said that, it's unlikely we would go back.
Overall a great experience. Had to wait ...
Overall a great experience. Had to wait a while for our table (even though we had reservations) but the manager came by with complimentary onion dip & chips to make up for it. Service was great and the food was inventive and delicious. At the end however - we were charged for the onion dip and chips that we were given because of our long wait. We didn't even bother raising the issue to the server by that point.
It took 20 minutes after we ordered 1 be ...
It took 20 minutes after we ordered 1 beer for it to arrive. The same person didn't have any food that he specifically ordered arrive until 40 minutes after he ordered. We eat here often, and this was the first time we experience such slow service.
Great variety, creativity, and taste. S ...
Great variety, creativity, and taste. Small plates to share, but you'll need to order a good amount of plates if you're going for a meal. Our server was informative, pleasant, and courteous. Overall, a good, fun spot, especially if with friends or on a date.
My boyfriend and I wanted a spontaneous ...
My boyfriend and I wanted a spontaneous mid-week date night and were craving the secret burger. We made a reservation last minute for 6:45p. Sold out of burger before we arrived and the hostess was kind enough to share some times I could return (this was my third attempt to try this burger).
The kale salad with pistachio dressing was phenomenal. The potatoes turned ordinary fingerlings into delicious and perfectly cooked bites in a aioli sauce.
Our waitress was friendly, timely, and helpful with wine tasting and selection.
Our second visit to this fun place. Ever ...
Our second visit to this fun place. Every dish was flavorful and interesting, especially the fried squash blossoms - WOW. Very nice if a bit pricey Cotes du Rhone; I was told corkage not permitted by law in Cambridge (Boston? MA?) and I had brought an old, classified Bordeaux for a celebration - that was the only disappointment of the evening.
This was a major disappointment. Dishes ...
This was a major disappointment. Dishes came out in a massive jumble. Dishes were drowning in oily & excessive sauces. The noise level was so loud it was impossible to converse with dinner partner on other side of table. We felt rushed and it marked our final visit. Enough.
What a terrific night at Alden & Harlow! ...
What a terrific night at Alden & Harlow!! My husband, I, and two dear friends enjoyed practically everything on the menu! Fantastic flavors in the cocktails and the food. Andrew was an excellent waiter! Great night!!
First of all, the look and ambiance of t ...
First of all, the look and ambiance of the place is wonderful. Depending on where you are seated you feel like you are in a private garden dining spot or a hip dining bar.
The food was decent. The concept - small plates shared family style - makes for a hip and modern yet communal dining experience. The pickled corn pancakes were a suprising delight, as were the green beans. The secret burger deserves its reputation as an excellent burger. The other small plates were also tasty, but felt significantly overpriced for what the food actually was.
We were lucky enough to visit Alden and ...
We were lucky enough to visit Alden and Harlow and had a spectacular evening. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The food was exceptional. Our group ordered 10 things from the menu and all were absolutely wonderful, original, and some of the best food we've ever tasted. Highly recommend this restaurant!
OMG...amazing. The menu seems mundane on ...
OMG...amazing. The menu seems mundane on the surface, but what the kitchen does with seasonal offerings is delicious. Nothing would be easily replicated at home (except by a professional). I've been a few times this summer; it's on my go to list.
Great food- especially the Sausage and p ...
Great food- especially the Sausage and potato skillet. The kale salad was over salted which made it hard to chow down on. The Berry buckle was delicious as was the burger! I would definitely recommend this to a friend- although each portion was plenty enough for one rather than a "tapas style brunch" as the waiter described it.
Food and cocktails were wonderful, as al ...
Food and cocktails were wonderful, as always. However the service was slow. No one came to refill our water until the end of the meal, and the server didn't check after he took our order until he brought the check.
All the dishes we got were good, but eac ...
All the dishes we got were good, but each kind of fell short. The highlight was the Kale salad - providing a fresh and crunchy experience. The corn meal pancakes were delicious, but no cohesive. Each item on the plate was like and individual treat that didn't work well together. The pork belly was boring and tasteless.
We got stuck in this corner booth near the hostess station. This had the odd effect of feeling very separated from the rest of the restaurant and also being rather forgotten by our server. Lots of needing to flag him down to get more drinks or place our order. At one point he just walked away mid-sentance explaining a dish. Odd.
Overall, the food was enjoyable enough. It just didn't seem to live up to our expectations. Beer list was unimaginative.
it's a small plates restaurant with lots ...
it's a small plates restaurant with lots of choices. so we had to ask the server for her advice and she was extremely knowledgeable in all the dishes. the food was fantastic. could eat several of the soft shell crab dish. the bartenders mix good cocktails.
Haven't been to Alden and Harlow in a wh ...
Haven't been to Alden and Harlow in a while. Food very well thought out, and unusual without being too exotic. Wish it had been tastier, however. Not bad, just not terrific either. Service was extremely friendly, prompt, and helpful. Noise was over the top. Even with tables pretty well spaced, it was very hard to have normal conversation. I'd come back, but not frequently.
We waited way too long to get our food. ...
We waited way too long to get our food. They're whole thing is small plates but things came in weird time intervals. Our last plate we waited 40 minutes for. So we just got the check early without that plate and left.
This is a trendy restaurant with unusual ...
This is a trendy restaurant with unusual food offerings. It seems to have a "following". We were seated at a small table next to the service bar at the end of the wall...hmmmm since the restaurant was not too busy, we wondered why???...guess they do not care about Open Table reviews. The waitress was informative and pleasant so we decided not to request another location. Favorites of the evening: pickled green beans and onion dip. Corn and cheese fritters were ok-could have used more aioli since they were a bit dry. Small plates and wines by glass are $ and not particularly generous. Pork belly was ok but the crackling was very hard and unpleasant. The NY strip steak was flavorful. We will not return but know the restaurant will stay in business attracting a particular diner. Apparently the chef is opening another place soon.
This place is one of my favorite spots i ...
This place is one of my favorite spots in Harvard Square. They locally source throughout their entire menu and you can tell that they put so much thought into their food and presentation. Great drink list too. Whether you are here are dinner which is more of a shared plate kind of approach or their brunch which I just had for the first time, the food is impressive and very tasty and makes you feel like you really did go out on an outing!
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