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, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Alden and Harlow Ratings and Reviews
This restaurant was wonderful! Everythi ...
This restaurant was wonderful! Everything we tried was great. My only complaint is that I put a note in the reservation that one of us is vegan, and no one addressed that to help navigate the menu. All in all, this spot is an excellent find and I love that it's tucked away in Harvard Square. Will definitely return!
The food at Alden and Harlow is unique a ...
The food at Alden and Harlow is unique and ever so tasty. Sharing made it fun, kind of an event. We are partial to a below-stairs location to say nothing of its proximity to a.r.t. Our only caveat is the noise level when a group of young people are having fun. Maybe there could be a corner for quiet conversation?
The food at Alden and Harlow was impress ...
The food at Alden and Harlow was impressive - so delicious and creative. Things sounded a little weird when reading the menu, but literally everything we ate was incredibly tasty. So fun to share a bunch of items at the table with friends and explore interesting dishes that we probably would not have otherwise ordered. Loved it.
The food was extraordinary-- two small p ...
The food was extraordinary-- two small plates in it became our favorite restaurant in Harvard Square. When I saw the menu I hesitated because there were a lot of things on it I don't like such as duck, blue fish, liver. But there were so many options that looked good I have to go again just to try more. The small plates are much larger than tapas and prepared to make sharing easy-- we ordered five plates for 2 people with good appetites and it was more than enough. Literally everything we saw go by the table looked amazing. The charred broccoli with pumpkin hummus and the eggplant were exquisite, the kind of food you keep thinking about the next day but too complex and nuanced to prepare at home. Little neck clams with pig tail and chili toasts was an unusual combo that worked beautiful, the pork belly was sinfully crisp and succulent at the same time and the steak was cooked perfectly, served as six hearty slices on a bed of grilled lettuces with a sauce that was perfect but you couldn't quite identify the spice combo-- making it rise from what could be a standard type offering. Only issue was service, we had two hours before the show, wanted it spaced but first three courses came out 15 minutes apart then a 45 minute wait until we got nervous, reminded them about theater, said it would be out in a few minutes-- 15 minutes later the pork came and then the steak arrived literally giving us five minutes to eat before we had to go. Hate to rush a meal and it was annoying but the food was so good I'll be back in a heartbeat-- and make sure I give them an end time a half hour earlier than i need.
The food was overall very good and the s ...
The food was overall very good and the service was also good. I think compared to other highly rated restaurants it fell short in the way they decided which plates to bring first as typically a table will order several small plates to share. Overall good but not amazing when compared to similar restaurants.
Fantastic food. Wonderful ambiance. Frie ...
Fantastic food. Wonderful ambiance. Friendly, knowledgeable service. My husband and I, who are very adventurous, went here with my mom, who can be a picky eater, and our five year old, who is very open-minded. Everyone left happy. We ordered too much food, unfortunately, so we never got to dessert, but all agreed it was still the perfect meal. We moved to MA from NYC 3 years ago and this restaurant very much reminded us of home (like the now defunct Hungry Mother back in its heyday). It hits all the marks and exceeded expectations. We would highly recommend and will undoubtedly return.
LOVED our burgers and the GF bun/toast a ...
LOVED our burgers and the GF bun/toast alternative was superb! We also enjoyed several great appetizers. Sadly, our kale salad never arrived to our table but appeared on the final bill. Our server kindly made the appropriate adjustment.
Had the most outgoing and friendly serve ...
Had the most outgoing and friendly server ever. His recommendations were things that we otherwise would not have ordered, but he did not let us down. The ambience was superb too. If you're in Harvard Square, you won't be disappointed by this spot.
Great small plates restaurant, food wond ...
Great small plates restaurant, food wonderfully prepared and excellent knowledgeable server. Only complaint is the plants were too intrusive and hung on our heads. My son came away with his shirt covered in moss and dirt. Otherwise, highly recommend!
What's the quote? Sound and fury signify ...
What's the quote? Sound and fury signifying nothing....or something along those lines.... Alden & Harlow gets lots of hype but we didn't see the execution matching the reputation. Of the five dishes we shared we were only impressed by two and agreed that we wouldn't bother to return. Nice enough staff and not a bad meal, just trying a bit too hard and not always succeeding. Nothing rose to the level of sublime, which was disappointing after all we'd heard. There ar better options.
My wife and I came to Alden & Harlow on ...
My wife and I came to Alden & Harlow on a whim and we were not disappointed. The service was great and we really appreciated the due diligence he provided. Although a tad repetitive, it does give Alden's staff credit to present the food to us and describe it again to help us remember. The corn fritters and bigoli pasta were absolutely delicious and you can tell there was attention to detail in presentation and ingredients. The beer, while a bit pricier than its surrounding areas which is a word of caution in case they seek to compete, did not disappoint. The mocktail made for my wife had just the right amount of sweetness and flavor that at no point was overwhelming.
Overall a very good experience and we'd go again.
A wonderful creative delicious experienc ...
A wonderful creative delicious experience. Our table of 4 ordered 9 dishes. All where memorable. The menu changes depending on availability but given our experience I am confident tomorrow's menu will be equally great
Each visit to Alden & Harlow is a great ...
Each visit to Alden & Harlow is a great experience -- the food is interesting, fun and delicious. At the same time, the service is well paced (we ordered a few dishes, ate them and then ordered another set), knowledgeable and helpful. And when the bill comes, each time we are surprised that the great food and pleasant few hours comes with a reasonable price.
Food was very good. Burger was incredibl ...
Food was very good. Burger was incredible! But I'd say the value is not quite there. Trying too hard to be fancy, means tiny portions for most dishes. And what I didn't realizing when picking this restaurant and needed to use cost as a deciding factor, was that they recommend two or three dishes per person. I did not know it was like a tappas place. That meant it was 2-3 times more expensive than expected. :-/
Visiting from Australia, we were delight ...
Visiting from Australia, we were delighted to find this charming restaurant which allowed us to sample a range of delicious local produce. Our waitress was very friendly and very helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.
had a delightful dinner - service was ve ...
had a delightful dinner - service was very good. Food was great with only one "miss" among the dishes we chose. In our previous visits the special burger had not been available. This time one of our party was able to get it, and voted it worth the wait.
Alden and Harlow is my favorite dining e ...
Alden and Harlow is my favorite dining experience not only in the Boston area, but also in the nation! Their impeccable service, decadent menu, and perfected cocktails are unmatched. The menu is continuously updated their menu with creative new dishes, and luckily they still keep around the classic favorites, including the clams with pig's tail and the braised pork belly. Still haven't been able to grab the burger, as they always run out by dinner time, but that just means I have an excuse to keep coming back!
Great, healthy farm to table concept. Fl ...
Great, healthy farm to table concept. Flavors excellent, expensive but worth it. Very hip, almost all 20 somethings with dough, rap as the choice of restaurant music. Vibrant, in, & healthy, with culinary sophistication. Nice wine list; terrific beer list (Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest)! Accommodating and professional wait staff and hostesses ( esp. Emily w degree in Art History & Religion). Made my wife's birthday pleasant (dessert on the house!) Will return.
This is a small plates restaurant. These ...
This is a small plates restaurant. These are very trendy these days because it cuts costs for the restaurant - no worries about plating or waiting for all the mains to come out together. I have noticed that it is not cool to ask for a serving utensil in these types of places and this was no exception. The food was quite good however. The place is noisy but our table was next to a wall and was not terribly noisy.
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