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 Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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Alden and Harlow Ratings and Reviews
Lovely atmosphere even though below stre ...
Lovely atmosphere even though below street level. Service was spot on, yet comfortably descrete. Very creative menu.
Our server was outstanding, explaining t ...
Our server was outstanding, explaining that each plate was more like tapas than a meal and gave us good guidance about how much to order. Everything was delicious, beautiful and we tried some unfamiliar things and greatly enjoyed nearly all of them. We tried beer, wine and craft cocktails and enjoyed it all. We skipped dessert. Highly recommended.
Current favorite spot
Really nailed it again. Great plates, well informed wait staff. Tremendous value, just awesome.
Local and delicious food!
Local and delicious food!
Not my original first choice, BUT...
...so glad we came here! A&H's hours are what made my mind up-we were attending an event close by that ran late, and I was looking for somewhere that still served dinner after 10pm. The food was amazing, the staff friendly and the atmosphere perfect for a birthday celebration. We're recommending A&H to friends, and looking forward to going back soon (can't wait to try their brunch)!
We enjoyed a delicious meal at Alden and Harlow! The crowd is young and super good looking! The vibe is stylish and energetic. The menu is creative and varied. The craft cocktails are not to be missed. Our server made great suggestions and our meal was absolutely scrumptious. We look forward to going again to try the many dishes that we missed. Don't hesitate to dine here!
Ate here a few months back and the food was better. This was good, don't get me wrong, just not rave worthy like before. And the noise level is annoying.
Probably one of the best restaurants I'v ...
Probably one of the best restaurants I've ever been to! I loved that you get to share plates and everything is delicious!
Alden and Harlow continues to impress wi ...
Alden and Harlow continues to impress with its wonderful Sunday brunch offerings. We shared the kale (had it before), the pancakes (just terrific) and the crumble (to die for). The coffee, water, greenhouse venue, waiter attention, and generally pleasant atmosphere greatly added to the enjoyment of the experience. Don't take the ingredients too seriously, for they are subtly blended and the taste is not necessarily what you would imagine by just reading the menu. Sharing courses is the way to go, even if it has not been your longstanding preference. You have to try it, for this is one place where it is worth having as many tastes as possible, which maintaining control of course for the scale awaits you the next morning. It is not hard to fill up on little food that is SO GOOOOOD.
Attended Alden and Harlow Saturday night ...
Attended Alden and Harlow Saturday night with a friend. Very busy restaurant, lively, great music, great atmosphere. The restaurant was a little warm, we got a seat near a window, otherwise would have been hard to sit through a long meal. Had a couple of cocktails at the bar before our reservation. Bar was very crowded and could not get a seat. However, got our table before our reservation time, so that was great. Ordered the Chips and 2-onion dip which was a great snack; Charred Broccoli - was delicious; Crispy Baby Bok Choy - was a too greasy and egg was very sunny side up - would not order again; finally the Creekstone Farms New York Strip was fantastic. I was dreaming about it all night and still thinking about it 3 days later. I would definitely return when visiting Boston/Cambridge again.
If you're going to Alden & Harlow for a ...
If you're going to Alden & Harlow for a special occasion or date, I would recommend requesting to be seated under the glass canopy in the front area of the restaurant. As for the food, I would recommend asking the waiter/waitress whether the dish you're ordering is enough for one or two as some of the dishes were smaller than others and were not listed under "snack". The Braised Berkshire Pork Belly was the highlight of the evening and I highly recommend it. The quality and presentation of the food was incredible. I will definitely be going back.
Every plate was cooked to perfection. We ...
Every plate was cooked to perfection. We had eight different plates, and short of licking them, we cleaned every one.
The restaurant A/C was broken and it was ...
The restaurant A/C was broken and it was extremely uncomfortable inside. The waiters denied there was an issue - and should have informed those with reservations of the problem beforehand. They had all the doors and windows open and didn't even admit there was an issue. Other than that, the food was very good and unique, just hard to enjoy given the temperature.
Better service would have made for a great meal.
Went for a pre-theatre dinner. We shared 4 items and 3 were very good. We had a pasta that just didn't work but the rest were yummy. Unfortunately, after taking our order the waiter seemed to think he was done with us and drinks stayed empty for going on 20 minutes. I'd definitely try it again and hope this guy wasn't assigned my table.
Fab menu not so fab dessert
Went there with two friends for a girl's catch up. The drinks were really great. We ordered a few different plates that were delicious, highlighting the range of the kitchen. The dessert though was disappointing.
Went for Mother's Day so with all the li ...
Went for Mother's Day so with all the little kids it was a bit louder but still able to have a nice conversation with those at my table. Wait staff was nice I will for sure going back love the little plate sharing.
Best restaurant in the Boston area
Alden and Harlow remains my favorite restaurant in the area. Superb service, amazing food (including some pork fat biscuits with a pimento sauce that was one of the best brunch dishes I've tasted), and wonderful booze. Their staff knows their menu and dishes incredibly well, and can both advise and handle allergy requests and concerns. It's not cheap, but it's worth it.
Eclectic combination of unusual flavors
Excellent food, eclectic combination of unusual flavors. Restaurant very popular and crowded, therefore a bit noisy and hard to hear others at our table. Would recommend curtains or something to help with noise absorption.
excellent food, fun to have small plates
well informed wait staff, especially about wines. Generally a very pleasant and unusual (in a good way) experience. We were with a European guest and foodie and he was duly impressed.
The food was good and better than expect ...
The food was good and better than expected given the hype. The service was artificial and pushy, trying to get us to spend $45 on a tuna collar when it really wasn't what we wanted. Also, not very organized in explaining options I could enjoy that were dairy-free -- asking repeatedly if she should return when I've had more time to think but couldn't tell me at once what I could/could not eat (only as I asked about each). The wine was wonderful - nice options. The seating area behind the host stand was tight and not at all cozy, avoid that area if you can, because there were 3 hosts actively on duty (on a Thursday night) and it felt as if they were on top of us, listening to our convo. It was a special night for us and I really wished service and seating was more on point. The bartenders were wonderful and if I return I hope to dine at the bar.
Always nice combinations of ingredients ...
Always nice combinations of ingredients for unique plates, and cocktails. It's pricey definitely but good to go once now and then. If you sit close to the open kitchen you may smell a bit of all the different cooking smells. One of my fave spot in boston.
Loved the food and they were very accomm ...
Loved the food and they were very accommodating of intolerances!
Warm setting, awesome food, terrific service
We were visiting from San Francisco and our daughter chose this restaurant for her birthday and college graduation celebration dinner! We all were so impressed by the unique spices and food pairings! Delicious! There was a selection for all to eat whether vegetarian, meat lover, fish lover, etc! The service was terrific and the noise level was quiet since we sat to the right of the entrance in a smaller private area with a skylight to the sidewalk! Our server was helpful with his descriptions and suggestions and he was attentive, but not hovering! Perfect evening and will recommend to friends who frequent Boston.
This restaurant perfectly exemplifies the "New American" concept: expensive food (think $5/egg) that comes in tiny portions (they make sure to tell you it's 'family style' to justify this), and while delicious is often unnecessarily complex in flavor (sometimes less is more). The 'special' of the day was also 3x more expensive than anything else. It would've been good to know the price, but since I didn't, I was left feeling blindsided. The dessert was the most positive aspect of this meal.
Solid Dinner Round Two!
This is the second time that we have gone to Alden and Harlow. First go round was with my brother and his lady friend and we all loved it then. This time around was just me and my wife. The way it works is that they have small-medium and medium sized plates. Order a bundle of them! We went with the duck wrapped in bacon with figs, corn cake pancakes (they are awesome and come with popcorn), charred broccoli, kale salad, rabbit fritter and finally the steak (smaller size, think 8oz). That was for the two of us and it was boat loads we were stuffed and took a hearty amount of left overs home but we wanted to try it all. Good cocktails, they use big ole chunks of ice. We got the peanut butter cake desert, it was also delicious. I want to try their bread pudding. Would go again.
Great food! Came here for brunch. Wasn't ...
Great food! Came here for brunch. Wasn't expecting the tapas style, but I think it worked out better because my friend and I got to try a few different meals instead of choosing one! Food was delicious and came out quickly even though they were busy. Inside was much bigger than expected, and I loved the feel of the restaurant. Cocktails were okay but didn't stand out. Overall a high recommendation for a different style of brunch!
Great food, always new interesting dishe ...
Great food, always new interesting dishes and old standbys. Wish I could try them all
Alden & Harlow is a great find. I am so sorry I found it on our last night in Boston. We would have gone back every night if we had more time. The small plates make for a fun and tasty sharing experience. We tried things we'd never had before. We loved it all. The food is unique without being weird. At the end of the evening I went over the check because I thought the total amount was too low for the great food, wine and fun we'd had.
A fantastic dining experience!
A fantastic dining experience!
We sampled a large number of small plate ...
We sampled a large number of small plates. Everything was outstanding. Dishes were thoughtfully composed and the flavors sophisticated. We loved the grilled octopus and the fried bok choy. Great night out!!!!!
Will return again and again
Secret Burger!! Keep it a secret so there will be enough for me !! Apps are excellent very different twist Always have the burger for dinner so cannot comment on main dishes A bit pricey as tapa style usually is Drinks are amazing too
Family style for one
Never have I been to a restaurant so challenged by the definition of family style. The cinnamon roll was hard, crusty, and while it had a gooey center, it was difficult to share. The roll was a big lump of overcooked dough with cream cheese icing on top. It would've been difficult for one person to eat, much less four. One friend ordered the pork campagne sandwhich, and it was an actually delectable (but rich) meal. But it wasn't meant to be shared by four people - it was cut in half, and served with chips, just like a regular sandwich. Another friend had kale toast. The bacon was cured for so long that it more resembled jerky, and she had to hunt for the kale. It too was rich. So were the skillet potatoes, and so was the croissant toad in the hole. We ate for brunch, and by nightfall our stomachs still felt as though they were well greased. We ordered coffee, because that's what you do at brunch, and it was good, but it sure was not cheap. Four dollars. Every coffee house in Boston sells drip coffee for less than four dollars a cup. In all Alden & Harlow, is definitionally challenged, likely lazy (they bring the food as it's prepared, which would be okay if it were family style, but it isn't), overpriced, and over greased. Go somewhere else.
Great for foodie friends
We always love to go to Alden and Harlow with friends who have not been there before. The creativity of the menu and the sharing of small plates make for great dinner conversation with foodie friends. Try the orange wine.
High end dining with super relaxed vibe
Absolutely professional and relaxed staff with excellent high end dining. The staff was very courteous, professional and relaxed. Made my wife and I very comfortable and our server was very knowledgeable of the menu. Great drink menu with a lot of local beers and really unique cocktails. The food was AWESOME! Really fresh and vibrant options. It was really tough to pick just a few from the small plate selections. Highlights were the smoked broccoli and the chicken liver pate. The food was excellent. The vibe was great. Very professional staff. Definitely going to be planning another visit!
Energetic Ambiance and Delicios Food
Alden and Harlow was really great for a friends' get together and a fun Thursday night out. There was a great variety of food and everything was delicious. Staff was also incredibly friendly. Overall great experience.
Loved the variety of choices and the eclectic food. The charred broccoli was a clear highlight. Fish selection was great (char, tuna) and so was the chicken fried rabbit. Can highly recommend and great place to share dishes.
Fabulous, as always. Smoked eggs, Caesar ...
Fabulous, as always. Smoked eggs, Caesar salad and that ridiculous burger were more than enough to leave us sighing with contentment.
Food doesn't disappoint
We have enjoyed the food at this restaurant since our first visit two years ago. Alden and Harlow is the only non-tapas restaurant where I've found the small plates system not precious and annoying. This is because the food has been so consistently good that it is exciting to order a variety of menu items each visit, and the amount of food you receive makes it possible to share enough of each offering to enjoy the dish and yet when you're done you still feel like you've shared a meal, rather than a prolonged snack. Spring menu was delicious. We shared four plates and an appetizer during the first hour. The beef cheek dish was our hands down favorite. However, the service slipped when we ordered desserts- a piece of cake and the cheese plate. We sipped coffee and waited nearly half an hour with no dessert. Finally I saw our waiter and asked him if it would be possible to have our desserts and the bill because we still needed to eat and get to an event. The waiter complied quickly, and our desserts were tasty. In all, that was the only true disappointing experience at any of my Alden & Harlow visits. I am not a big fan of their model where the kitchen brings food out at their own pace. Yet, Alden and Harlow has only failed to deliver in that capacity just that one time on my visits.
What a great place!
Amazing food, service and ambiance - wish they would open up in NY as we were only visiting Boston for the weekend.
Place to go before the Boston Marathon
One of my chef friends from Pittsburgh told me to go. They were very busy, only get a late table, but upon calling they reserved 2 seats at the bar, which was great (love dining at the bar anyway). Server/bartender was great, had a very nice time, food excellent and very interesting. Highly recommend
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