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
We went on a Thursday night and it was q ...
We went on a Thursday night and it was quite busy. You can't go wrong with practically anything on the menu. The kale salad and clams were my favorite. Would have ordered dessert if we weren't so full. Instead had tea which was so fresh and flavorful. Would def go back.
We were excited to visit this restaurant ...
We were excited to visit this restaurant for a very special occasion. Ultimately it was not a great meal. Oyster had too much vinegar for our palate, squash was a missed opportunity, and the rabbit was disappointing. No items carried a good flavor composition. Crowded and busy environment. Cocktails are excellent!
We were hoping to try the famous "Secret ...
We were hoping to try the famous "Secret Burger" but unfortunately the limited quantity was sold out. However we got to try 6 different dishes that have interesting combinations of ingredients. We particularly enjoyed the charred broccoli, the sweet potato fingerling, and the bluefish. The smoked chocolate bread pudding was also very good. They gave me a complimentary apple cake for my birthday.
We had an amazing experience here and lo ...
We had an amazing experience here and loved trying 4 different dishes in one sitting. The fall menu is fantastic with lots of hearty choices - the charred broccoli was so amazing. I have never enjoyed broccoli as much as I did here! We celebrated a birthday and my boyfriend is gluten free (allergy) and they were incredibly knowledgeable and accommodating. Cocktails were fun and different.
We had a terrific experience- these guys ...
We had a terrific experience- these guys are true professionals. Saturday nights are infamously crazy and the service was so good, that it didn't feel so rushed and hectic. Went out of their way to make you comfortable and regularly checked in. Loved that the manager was present and affable. Food was outstanding- looking forward to coming back!
Great food. We were encouraged to order ...
Great food. We were encouraged to order everything at once so "the kitchen could time everything" properly, meaning one dish at a time with ample time between courses. Instead, we ended up with all four on our table within 20 minutes of ordering. Food got cold and we felt pressured to finish quickly. I'll go back, but next time will order courses one at a time.
Our experience was perfect! From the dri ...
Our experience was perfect! From the drinks to the food to the service, everything was great. Our server, Andrew was helpful, kind, and really knowledgeable, and his suggestions were tip top! We'll definitely be back, and would suggest this resto to anyone! Thanks again!
Make certain to order the burger--they o ...
Make certain to order the burger--they only make 30 a night (at least that's what we overheard). The cocktails and mocktails (you can request a menu) are excellent, and I recommend the Nakamora Tower drink if you like whiskey/bourbon.
Service was so slow; parties adjacent to ...
Service was so slow; parties adjacent to us received their orders 20 minutes or more before we did, even though we had the same waitress, and explicitly asked for dishes to come out as they were ready (being small plates for sharing). We were even told that dishes were coming "right up" around 15 minutes before we saw them.
I made a reservation at Alden and Harlow ...
I made a reservation at Alden and Harlow because I was attending a show at the Brattle Theatre later that evening. I ordered the secret burger, a dirty martini, and a beer. The cocktail was perfect and exactly what I was looking for. My personal preference is for ground meat to not be pink, so I ordered the burger well done. I would rather a burger overcooked than under. With that being said, my burger was slightly too charred on the outside for my taste. However, the burger was really flavorful and incorporated a lot of different textures, which was nice and helped cover up the over charred crust of the burger. The service was excellent and the ambiance was cozy with a mix of modern country kitchen feel. I would recommend going with a friend to share plates.
Returning to Alden & Harlow presents a d ...
Returning to Alden & Harlow presents a delightful choice: have the favorites or try something new? Favorites won out, because I don't get here often and this food is simply not available anyplace else. Corn pancakes and kale salad with butter-milky dressing and pistachios! Service was top notch as usual, and the greenhouse is cozy and fun--all that O2 given off by the plants must sweeten the air!
The food was delicious and interesting, ...
The food was delicious and interesting, although the "tapas" plates can leave you hungry and the bill can add up. All the brunch entrees we tried were outstanding! We were told that it was a "tapas" style place, and indeed the plates were small and not served at the same time so that some of us did not get our food until others had already eaten.
They picked up on my note in OpenTable t ...
They picked up on my note in OpenTable that it was our wedding anniversary and treated us to a great table and complimentary sparkling wine. That gesture was truly above and beyond the call. Conde Nast described Alden and Harlow as one of the best restaurants in the world, so perhaps our expectations for dinner were set too high. Although dinner was not flawless, the Secret Burger might just make your night. We hope you try it. We're glad we did!
Really great! I had read an article abo ...
Really great! I had read an article about Alden & Harlow that gave it a great rating, so we checked it out. It didn't disappoint. We had an 8:45 reservation and they couldn't seat us until 9, so they kept apologizing and brought us a free appetizer. The service was great, the food was good, and the menu had some very interesting options - enough that I as a picky eater could find something but also so that my husband who likes to eat something different really enjoyed the food as well. Cool decor also. Would definitely go back.
First, we were seated at a bar table tha ...
First, we were seated at a bar table that was very bad, but we asked for a better table and we were moved to the dining room. After that things went smoothly. The wait staff was good and the food delicious. The only oddity was that it took a very long time for our strip steak to arrive, but it was worth the wait. Also, the waitress overheard us talking about how we were celebrating a birthday and she brought over candles and ice cream after our meal. We will definitely go back!
Been here several times. Each time Noi ...
Been here several times. Each time Noise level was pretty high. Also, One dish was so salty we couldn't eat it. They did credit us by taking it off the check. We had forgotten how
Salty many of the dishes are. They were very accommodating to our Vegan needs
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!
Quite an innovative small plates menu fo ...
Quite an innovative small plates menu for family style dining. Creative drink menu for adventurous types. Was busy and service suffered - clearly needed more staff. But, overall, very enjoyable and will return when I'm in Boston again.
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