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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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 is by no doubt a neighborhood gem. ...
This is by no doubt a neighborhood gem.
The menu is innovative and versatile; food is delicious; service is attentive and professional; environment is lively but not noisy; cozy but not crowded; cocktails are flavorful and full of spices.
Sadly the famous Secret Burger ran out right before we placed the order, but I'm willing to go back just for it.
Despite these minor nit-picking, Alden & Harlow has certainly become one of my favorite places in Harvard Sqr.
Last weekend was my most recent trip to ...
Last weekend was my most recent trip to Alden & Harlow - I've dined there about 5 times in the last 2 years. Once again, it did not disappoint. The vegetarian dishes are particularly interesting and tasty. The star recently is the charred broccoli, although the roasted cauliflower was a close second. We also had the Ubiquitous Kale Salad (which is...ubiquitous..on the menu) which we order every time we go. Kale may be getting "old school" but this salad still satisfies greatly. They were out of their outstanding "secret burger" so we ordered the pork belly and a venison Crepinette. Both were good but not nearly up to the vegetarian dishes. another thing we do is order the corn pancakes as a dessert rather than as a savoury course and they were once again excellent.
Romantic setting, elegant bar, nice seat ...
Romantic setting, elegant bar, nice seating and lighting, and thankfully NO LOUD music! Perfect for a special evening out. The complimentary pickled string beans they give out when you first arrive were not exciting and I suggest a different "first impression" taste treat. Other than that, each course was beautifully prepared, different from anything else you've ever eaten, fun to share, and promptly served. The wait person was very knowlegeable about each speciality. The group next to us ordered one of everything on the menu and they were having a grand time!
The restaurant has a great ambience, liv ...
The restaurant has a great ambience, lively, trendy, decor is great, nice lighting and layout, the sort of place you fall for instantly. The food was very good, rated the clams and the pork belly in particular. The restaurant is not cheap. We thought the wine list was very expensive, cheapest white a bottle of Ok Soave at $46. Service was excellent, we really enjoyed the evening.
Have eaten brunch here several times and ...
Have eaten brunch here several times and the food is always amazing. Great combinations of sweet and savory and shareable portions are a win. Sometime brunch can be too loud during peak times, which is a shame because the music is always on point!
This was only our second time eating her ...
This was only our second time eating here and we absolutely love it !! Creative and flavorful veggie dishes, fresh pastas and tasty meat dishes. We were on a date night and ordered 4 dishes for the 2 of us and it was too much food. But fun to taste everything and have leftovers to take home. Great beer list. Funky decorations and variety of spaces. We liked the high top booths by the bar. We will be back !!
The food is excellent - from the smoked ...
The food is excellent - from the smoked egg yolk raviolo to the so amazing corn pancakes with shishito peppers. We loved everything we had. 5 small plates left both of us feeling well-fed and happy. Wine list is limited but a good range of options. Cocktails are really innovative and cool. Loved our date night here.
Probably hard to say something about Ald ...
Probably hard to say something about Alden and Harlow that everyone doesn't know already. Food items are somewhat unusual, very tasty, and of decent size (even with the bit about them being "small plates"). Our waiter was unusually friendly and attentative. Prices are surprisingly high. That's not to say that things don't taste great, they do. But prices of $16 or so and up, for a plate of (very well prepared) carrots, or 3 corn-meal pancakes, is pretty far up there. If you make believe that you are eating in some "hip" restaurant in NYC, but it was a lot easier to get to, then you'll enjoy your dinner a lot.
Excellent food, excellent service but wa ...
Excellent food, excellent service but way too fast. We received our 10 tapas within 45 minutes... Eating under pressure because you don't want to eat cold is not a incredible feeling... Next time I will order in two separate wave.... Dessert is the best I have eaten in years!!!! Interesting wine selection.
Always delish, with interesting variatio ...
Always delish, with interesting variations that make each visit a bit of a thrill. Last time it was corn pancakes paired with spicy peppers and popcorn. Sounded nuts but tasted amazing.
Wait staff knows their stuff. But do reserve ahead. If you miss your window for that realize the bar keeps a seating list separate from the restaurant.
Great menu and service, it was a wet nig ...
Great menu and service, it was a wet night so it was a little quiet and staff were extremely attentive. All of our choices were amazing, and the complimentary beans to start were appreciated. We just ordered too much, the broccoli was massive but yummy, and the meat dishes outstanding. Our only feedback would be our table was a little small for the size if the sharing plates, which mentally made us rush through the courses so the next plate could be brought out, a very small compromise for what was otherwise a fantastic experience.
Inventive menu, especially if you like ...
Inventive menu, especially if you like veggies. The pickled corn pancakes were great- do not miss! There was a broccoli dish and a carrot dish, both of which were very grilled and very salty, and not much else. The burger, one of the rare meat dishes on the menu, was verry good, with a yummy pan fried cheesecrisp on it. Service was good. The wait staff kept our water glasses full at all times. The waiter suggested a wine for me, and poured a taste before committing to a full glass, a nice gesture.
Our first meal at Alden and Harlow was p ...
Our first meal at Alden and Harlow was pretty amazing. We will definitely be returning for another dinner. The only negative point against our experience was although the dishes were explained to us to be family style, the composition and plating of some dishes was more like single composed plates and we weren't given spoons or appropriate silverware to split up the dishes between me and my guests. For example, the pork belly was especially hard to divide between multiple people- the crispy skin (although delicious) was hard to cut with a butter knife. And how do you split an egg yolk ravioli between a few people with a fork where the experience of the runny yolk is the same? Granted, these criticisms were really picky, our experience and meal was amazing but these minor things kind of took away from the first introduction to this great restaurant.
The variety and abundance of flavors was ...
The variety and abundance of flavors was outstanding. How so many flavors can be incorporated into each dish is beyond comprehension. Our only one complaint/comment, though minor, is that we would have liked serving utensils with each dish.
I ordered something that said fresh figs ...
I ordered something that said fresh figs. The waiter assured me they were, even though they were not in season .It was actually fig jam (even though it said fresh in the menu.) When I told the waiter he just smiled. I was with a friend that asked for bread to eat with her breakfast. We asked for it 3 times. When it finally arrived her eggs were cold. We told the waiter and he didn´t apologize or seemed to care. Service is a very important part of going to a restaurant and I found it beyond deficient. Food was OK. Should have made brunch at home.
Went as a couple on a wet New Year's Eve ...
Went as a couple on a wet New Year's Eve 2016 and immediately disliked the place because it was jam-packed, stifling hot, had to share a table for six with four others (two of whom had a bad odour), and there was no place for our wet coats and umbrellas and other detritus of a Cambridge Winter. After the third time the waiter knocked my scarf off my chairback I gave up and ended up sitting on everything, soon topping it off with my sportcoat which I had to remove due to the heat. Maybe the clothes tower I perched upon was good because the chair height was too low for the table height.... My wife and I sipped a cocktail while concurrently being amused by our tablemates' inanity and the mistake of eating the complimentary vinegar-soaked improperly trimmed green beans inappropriately served as a cocktail accompaniment. Alcohol plus vinegar is for cleaning your ears, not your tastebuds. Our adorable Shirley Templesque waitress (the high point of the night, actually) cheerfully explained the menu, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to build an intelligent dinner from the offerings. Dishes are mostly sides. We had five which I will describe not by their Esperanto-like names but by what they actually were: brown bread mini-disks topped with cream cheese and pickled grapes (pickled grapes are like a poor man's olive, actually), a doughy lumache pasta with invisible cauliflower, a credible gremolata in a cassoulet, and three silver dollar pancakes served on a bed of popcorn. All I can say is you gotta hand it to the chef to come up with such a creative assortment of things. May I suggest he add a prune and banana sandwich served on a bed of pretzels to round out the menu and add to the humour? Anyhow, the place is hot, crowded, noisy, has horrid thump-thump music, no place for a coat, no compunction about sitting a couple with others, and a dinner menu that seems to be lacking dinner entrees. The waitress was adorable, however.
Menu is not descriptive enough; very cry ...
Menu is not descriptive enough; very cryptic so did not feel comfortable ordering items based on menu alone; this added extra time of asking questions from our waiter before revisiting the menu and putting in our order. Kale Salad was the best! Nice and light compared to many of the other items on the menu. My second time at this restaurant; consistently good.
While the suggestion to order a variety of dishes to share and sample is a good one, it's easy to end up with way more food than can be consumed…Overall, very good.
The 5 of us were seated in a dark crampe ...
The 5 of us were seated in a dark cramped corner at a table for 4. You have to ask about several items on the menu if you're not an insider. Of course, they were out of the secret burger. The kale salad was a joke, the fried chicken had two tiny fingers of meat and two giant waffles, and the sirloin steak was the only appropriate value. Save your money and choose a restaurant that provides real food quality and value. Huge disappointment.
The food was excellent. Service was ver ...
The food was excellent. Service was very good. Restaurant is beautifully done - upscale casual. My only complaint - which colored my experience in a slightly negative way: When the restaurant called to confirm our reservation the person asked if there were food allergies and if it was a special event. I told them that I had a lactose intolerance and that it was our anniversary. During our time there, the server and host were totally uninformed about either of these things. Initially they put us at one of the worst tables - by the front door and in the bar area rather than in the dining room, which given that I had told them that it was an anniversary dinner really set a negative tone initially. We requested another table, and they were able to accommodate us in the dining room. I recommend that the restaurant NOT ask these questions before a party's arrival if they do not intend to actively use the information. It sets the experience up for a negative flavor.
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