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
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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
Over an hour for hour drink order? And ...
Over an hour for hour drink order? And that was just the start. Server didn't even appear to be aware that a standard meal somehow took three hours
great food (beautiful presentation and g ...
great food (beautiful presentation and good balance of flavors). food came out in very good timing, like I've never experienced better timing (10 minutes or less between ordering and getting food then each plate followed as soon as we finished the last). Got a smaller table in a corner and while it wasn't quiet it certainly wasn't uncomfortably loud / open. I liked the ambiance of Edison bulbs and great music choices (played like ratatat, beck, indie stuff). Was a little dark (would have liked some light to see the pretty food! but not really a problem). nice staff! very accommodating and I forgot my bag and they called me and kept it up front and recognized me to give it back when I returned. overall would totally recommend. we went after seeing a movie (literally) next door at Brattle, good date night.
Food was very good. Portions compared to ...
Food was very good. Portions compared to price for a few dishes seemed off when glancing at others tables selections. Dishes all ordered at one time but showing up to the table when they are finished is a nice idea, except one dish took over an hour to show up which really broke the meal up uncomfortably. I'd give it another go.
Amazing food. Plan to go back very soon. ...
Amazing food. Plan to go back very soon. Definitely get the chicken fried rabbit and corn pancakes
We were just in Boston for the weekend l ...
We were just in Boston for the weekend looking for a solid brunch spot before we all went our separate ways later that afternoon. Our local friend knew Alden and Harlow was a great dinner spot... So we decided to give it a go for brunch. Easily one of the best brunch spots I've ever been to. Great plates for sharing, incredible taste, good ambiance. Will be going back again for brunch the next time I'm in Boston.
The servers are very knowledgable about ...
The servers are very knowledgable about the food and drinks.
Loved the food. The big room was noisy ...
Loved the food. The big room was noisy and sitting two top we were practically dining with our neighbors. Music was too loud and not anything I would play for a dinner crowd, more suited to the staff. I might try again but only on the bar where there are banquettes or front room. Was thinking about desert but we couldn't hear each other so we went elsewhere.
Another Boston area restaurant where you ...
Another Boston area restaurant where you have to stop at McDonalds on the way home because you're still hungry. The food tasted good, but for the price, there was hardly any of it. One crab for $17 and 6 small clams for $18. Are you kidding? Although the place was only half full, the hostess took one look at us and put us in the worst table, behind a column with no light. They should return this place to the Casablanca.
My husband and I were Extremely impresse ...
My husband and I were Extremely impressed with Alden and Harlow! We've had the place on our list for awhile, and we LOVED every bite of every dish we ordered. Everything is special and has a unique preparation or presentation. Every single dish was seasoned perfectly. For sure, the #1 best burger I have ever had! Make sure to try the chickpea cakes and the celery root slaw. Enjoy!
We had a reservation and were greeted wa ...
We had a reservation and were greeted warmly by the host. The seating was comfortable,atmosphere eclectic . The waiter came to give us menus-no personality at all. The food is tapas style-served as it is prepared and small plates to share. Food arrived shortly after placing our order. Kale salad, excellent, warm quinoa, excellent , cheesy smoked grits, excellent, Daves sausage and potato skillet, excellent , Bentons Bacon, excellent and torched fruit, good. The only downside was that a bus person cleared a plate with food on it and the lack of personality on our waiter! I highly recommend this restaurant for food!!!
Great good and atmosphere for a relaxing ...
Great good and atmosphere for a relaxing brunch. The variety of small plates you can share for brunch is excellent. Everyone in the party will be satisfied whether they have sweet, savory, or some combo of taste preferences.
Great food and fabulous service. I have ...
Great food and fabulous service. I have been several times and will return. Only complaint is they do not pour enough wine when ordering by the glass.
Good food, but if you're with more than ...
Good food, but if you're with more than one other person (we had 3) the small plate approach to dining, with the plates being delivered as they are ready, breaks down. A small plate gets dropped off and everyone gets one fork full and then you sit waiting for the next small plate.
Great food, passion connect to the plate ...
Great food, passion connect to the plates well done
This was my second time at the restauran ...
This was my second time at the restaurant I was a little disappointed this time Signature hamburger just kind of burnt Broccoli just quite burnt w/o pazazz Popcorn pancake good as ever Maybe an off night?
Cannot say enough about the food! Spec ...
Cannot say enough about the food! Specifically, the pancakes don't sound interesting on the menu but were spectacular. Wine list was very thoughtful and waitress knowledgeable on selection. A foodie paradise. The only negative part of the experience was a bit of an odor due to what I assume was a temporary plumbing issue.
Everything I ate (devoured) was deliciou ...
Everything I ate (devoured) was delicious. The service was exceptional. My girlfriend and I sat under the skylight among the plants. It was very nice.
Well crafted eclectic food with a variet ...
Well crafted eclectic food with a variety of interesting tastes. An unusual meal of small plates and great bites. The servers and the kitchen easily made accommodations for various dietary restrictions. A great experience.
We had a great time, my second dinner vi ...
We had a great time, my second dinner visit to Alden & Harlow and everything was delicious! Out waitress was great, and we did not feel rushed through the meal. Definitely will be returning! I love all the nooks in the restaurant that make it feel like you are in a much smaller restaurant, great for intimate conversation.
The menu is set up for sharing and the w ...
The menu is set up for sharing and the wait staff pointed that out. Excellent drinks and food. The service got very slow in the middle of the meal, but they recognized it without us even mentioning it and they topped off our wine and comped us a dessert to share. Overall a great experience.
Our server was excellent and provided gr ...
Our server was excellent and provided great recommendations. When we strayed from his recs, we were not as happy. The duck tongue salad was kind of slimy. On the other hand -- the corn pancakes and beef cheek were both AMAZING dishes. Generally excellent food and drink!
a totally different menu so imagintive. ...
a totally different menu so imagintive. great combinations of flavours. so many choices that deciding on the not so small plates is hard.
They are known for the best burger and i ...
They are known for the best burger and it doesn't disappoint. The cheese crispy is much better than melted cheese. I love the section under the skylights.
Amazing food and ambiance! Perfect for ...
Amazing food and ambiance! Perfect for a date night or large group of friends. Dishes are creative and super flavorful. Their Secret Burger is supposedly the best in town. A must try if in the area!
Our server, Cynthia, was outstanding. T ...
Our server, Cynthia, was outstanding. The charred broccoli and corn pancake things were amazing. At first I thought corn pancake? Gross. However, I usually listen to servers suggestions so we tried it and glad we did. I would certainly come back.
It is fun! We ate breakfast, and all the ...
It is fun! We ate breakfast, and all their breakfasts are perfect for hangover.
Good variety in the menu. They have rea ...
Good variety in the menu. They have really lovely panko breaded fried disks. I enjoyed the rabbit & the bluefish. A lot of "char" as a seasoning. Insufficient small salad options.
Incredible food and experience
My wife and I recently had a sate night here and loved it. The wait staff was very knowledgable and the food was amazing. Loved the charred broccoli, I would order that plate any day of the week. We heard the smokey burger was a must get, and that too did not disappoint.
ecclectic, fun, adventuroues
not for the faint of heart, but a good meal. some creative dishes and solid execution
I have spent a half dozen weekends in Boston and this has, by far, been my best dining experience. The menu is interesting, creative, and well executed. Service was great for date night (not on top of us, but attentive) and the music was fun! I'd return to Alden and Harlow again and again with friends and family in tow to give them a wonderful dining experience.
A Restaurant in Search of an Identity
This was a very disappointing meal, both in terms of food and in terms of service. First the food. The general effect was that of someone saving up interesting recipes over the year and then deciding to make them all for guests one night. Without first testing them out. There was absolutely no cohesion to the menu, and out of seven dishes (the three of us ordered one more than the suggested two items per person) only one - the charred broccoli - was anything that could be considered particularly good (it was, in fact, delicious); the chips were quite tasty but the dip that came with the chips was boring and a bit nasty. Many of the menu flourishes were just pretentious, without adding anything, and in many cases detracting (e.g., putting a crust on the beef cheeks, thus intruding on their tenderness). In addition, we were seated around 8 pm, and already three of the dishes (including the famous signature burger) were no longer available - this does not reflect a professionally run kitchen. In addition, the gimmick of "bringing things out when they are ready" led to an uneven parade of dishes, and a 10-15 minute wait for the last dish after the previous ones had been served. With respect to service, although we had made a reservation three weeks in advance, we were initially shown to a table adjacent to the bar, and then to another similarly situated. We preferred to wait for a better table, which we did while sitting at the bar, drinking interesting-sounding but operationally indifferent cocktails while two of the bartenders squabbled with one another. When I made the reservation I also had indicated that this was a birthday celebration, and I also reminded the hostess of this after we were finally seated a decent table. We ordered two deserts, but they did not manage to put a candle in either one. Clearly there is someone in the kitchen with talent, but the delivery is spotty and the operation of the restaurant does not help to showcase that talent.
The waitress was very good about which items were gluten free and substitutions that could be made.
My wife and I split 4 plates and a snack ...
My wife and I split 4 plates and a snack. It was the perfect amount and everything was delicious. The grilled octopus was a standout. Being paired with corn was a great move. I'm sure we'll be back.
Wonderful dining experience. This is a g ...
Wonderful dining experience. This is a great dinner option if you want to take your time, enjoy small plate after small plate, have drinks, and chat with friends.
It was the last day of our holiday in the USA and we were recommended this place by our host. We wanted somewhere special and this place truly delivered. It was the best place we went in two weeks in New York and Boston. It was very busy but had a really nice chilled feel, with lots of people tucking into great looking food. We shared 4 dishes between two (Kale, Octopus, Pork Belly and Rabbit), all amazing. For me the stand-out was a great octopus dish, but my partner loved the Kale salad. Highly recommend this place, it's not cheap, but then the food is excellent and one of the best meals we've had. Ever. :)
Food is trying to be something it is not ...
Food is trying to be something it is not. Trendy menu without really striking pleasing flavors. Italians and French know how to respect the ingredients and allow the flavors to emerge. This food is forced, salty and rich.
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