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
My only complaint was that they were hav ...
My only complaint was that they were having a hip hop DJ at Sunday brunch and it was so loud we could not hear people on our table. May people complained. Perhaps it would have been better on a Saturday or Friday evening.
Otherwise the service was attentive and the food was innovative. Kale salad, fried turkey on waffles and drinks were great.
I would come again without the loud music.
Amazing food, mediocre service. The wait ...
Amazing food, mediocre service. The waiter was really friendly and refilled water/explained the menu well but rarely visited the table - his absence was notable, especially at the beginning. We were waiting to order for quite some time and could not find him in the restaurant either, which was concerning given that we had a large group (8) and presumably the drinks and food would take a while even had he come by more often at the beginning. That said, the food was remarkable and perfectly seasoned, so everyone left happy and full.
Great restaurant. Handles large groups a ...
Great restaurant. Handles large groups and date-nights really well! They've generally been very good about honoring reservation requests (thank you!). And it has been some of the friendliest/knowledgeable/best service I've had at dinner and brunch. It's always such a relaxing and pleasant experience. It can get a bit crowded and slightly loud even on weeknights, so a reservation helps a lot.
The food is very creative and flavorful. And a large fraction of dishes can be made gluten free (steak, duck hearts, ubiquitous kale salad (so good!), charred broccoli). Delicious!
Came to Alden and Harlow to celebrate my ...
Came to Alden and Harlow to celebrate my birthday. I was excited to come here after looking at the menu (chicken fried rabbit, lamb breast, pork belly...). Like many times before, Alden and Harlow blew me away. No detail was left untouched. Bravo!
Alden and Harlow was a solid spot for me ...
Alden and Harlow was a solid spot for me and my wife. It definitely has a unique menu and style. You won't find standards on the menu but they have a lot of interesting offerings. Some of the dishes and cocktails seemed to be trying a little too hard to be different and may have gone a little too aggressively at a flavor. We found the kale dip overly smokey, the corn bread pancakes and the pork a bit too sweet, but all the dished we tried were worth eating. I give them credit on the ambiance, the aesthetics were great and they managed to pull off playing Wu-Tang, A Tibe Called Quest and others in an atmosphere I didn't expect to hear them in. All in, it was a fun spot to try and worth going to but we probably won't rush back given the cost and other local options.
A fun and creative spot, buzzing with go ...
A fun and creative spot, buzzing with good cheer and happy diners the Saturday night we went. The good news is that most of the food -- small plates -- was interesting and very tasty. Cocktails were generally quite good and innovative. Bad news is that the service felt rushed and some of the dishes were either overpriced or disappointing or both.
We had a large party and had a specific discussion with our server that we wanted a half dozen snacks and starter type plates to share, then each person wanted their own "main" course. Although the server said they could bring those "mains" out at the same time, the dishes trickled out and one person had to wait a good 10 minutes after all the others were served. Not good.
Best dishes we had -- charred broccoli, kale salad, smoked lamb (a bit fatty but very tasty), chicken polpette. Pork belly also good but very fatty (as it often is). Avoid the raviolo, which was a single large piece of pasta and some accompaniments -- for $17. Bluefish was good but nothing special. We tried to get the burger, but they claimed to be out at 6 pm, even as other tables seemed to get them after we were served.
Restaurant was very energetic, to the point of being noisy. They started some music at one point, which made it more difficult to hear, but it was shut off fairly quickly. Maybe people complained?
Bottom line -- I'd go back, but with a smaller party of four which would be better for sharing a bunch of the small plates.
Food and service were phenomenal. We lov ...
Food and service were phenomenal. We loved the seasonal menu featuring pumpkin, squash, parsnips, apple, and other fall favorites. The chicken fried rabbit with apple/blue cheese was especially memorable.
The only downside was that our booth was across from the doorway, and it got kind of chilly when large parties came through and propped open both the outer and inner doors.
Excellent and creative dishes - in parti ...
Excellent and creative dishes - in particular the tuna, pickled corn pancakes, roasted local squash and spiced apple cake. The decor and lighting is warm, cozy, hip and tastefully designed. The tab was reasonable. We will go back.
This was our second time at A&H, and it ...
This was our second time at A&H, and it was even better than the first. The service was professional and attentive. We went all vegetarian and loved the dishes. Our favorites were the charred broccoli and the raw pumpkin salad. The layer of flavors was superb. The cassoulet was excellent but maybe needed a teeny bit more sage (our table was split as to those who liked the balance of seasoning and those who wanted just a little more kick) . All in all, an excellent time, and we will (and have) recommended A&H to one and all. We look forward to returning.
The menu at Alden and Harlow was diverse ...
The menu at Alden and Harlow was diverse and unusual. Every dish we ordered (4 of them) was delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant for its vegetarian dishes - make sure to try the grilled carrots. The waiter was attentive but not obtrusive. Great experience overall and relaxed, elegant ambiance.
We've been to A & H many times. We were ...
We've been to A & H many times. We were a little disappointed this time, as our dishes were inconsistent in quality. Our kale salad was super salty,and the ravioli had a lot going on, but the flavors didn't seem to come together. But the burger was a hit, and the chocolate bread pudding is impossible to stop eating. And the service was stellar.
Outstanding food. Among the best burgers ...
Outstanding food. Among the best burgers I've had. However the service soured the experience. Our waiter was bad and unapologetic. They also did not have coffee for Sunday brunch (at first) which is unthinkable.
We also got our appetizers after our entree, and had to ask for drinks and apps twice after ordering.
I won't be back.
I was really looking forward to this mea ...
I was really looking forward to this meal and was disappointed. It is not clear on Alden & Harlow's website that their plates are meant to be shared, so hearing that they suggest 2 people order 4-5 plates was an unpleasant surprise. Most of our food was fine but none of it was phenomenal and the "special burger" left me feeling really sick. The space itself is really lovely, but the service was not good either. Our server rushed us through ordering, had very little information about the food, and the whole thing just felt very disjointed. Unfortunately I will not be back.
My wife is a vegetarian and finding thou ...
My wife is a vegetarian and finding thoughtful/good tasting food AND having several options can be hard. Alden & Harlow had fantastic food and many vegetarian options. We had the pumpkin croquettes and roasted figs for "snacks", and the carrots, sweet potatoes, and pork belly (not veg :) ) for "dinner". While these dishes sound plain, they are anything but. The sauce on the sweet potatoes was a unique berber spice infused aoli....or something. Very memorable, unique, and delicious.
We will be back for sure.
This was an incredibly delicious meal! W ...
This was an incredibly delicious meal! We were initially concerned, as I'm vegetarian and my guest is vegan, but no problem. Creative, excellent food. Service was professional and helpful. This will be my "go to" place for all future Boston visits.
A place to go to share plates with fresh ...
A place to go to share plates with fresh ingredients and vegetarian-friendly. Hip and young vibe with lively atmosphere. The Kale salad is huge and delicious. Charred broccoli is tasty and smoky. Makes sense to order 3-4 plates per person, but that can take you up towards 100$ if you order wine by the glass. It is not a cheap night out, but if you want creative cuisine with a hip vibe in Harvard Square, this is the place.
One of the new style of informal restaur ...
One of the new style of informal restaurants with plates meant to be shared. Lot's of noise but happy noise. Service good once it came but definitely could have been more attentive, probably matter of staffing level.
Food was absolutely amazing. Creative di ...
Food was absolutely amazing. Creative dishes/superb flavors. It was very busy but has a great vibe. Waiter was knowledgeable and very pleasant and as attentive as conditions would allow (he had a lot of tables!).
Right in the heart of Harvard Square, al ...
Right in the heart of Harvard Square, always packed, love the energy, SUPER service, the food is out of this world, small plates so you can share with your group, servers know their dishes and give right-on advice, drinks are terrific, you can feel very comfortable sitting at the bar alone or with a friend, all kinds of seating available, every night is busy, best to make reservations. PS ~ if you let them know in advance of a special occasion, they make it a special occasion!! Cannot wait to return!!!
Family style serving and sharing of food ...
Family style serving and sharing of food. We ordered many plates between 5 people and most were very good while one or two less interesting. Overall great flavors, however the food is in my opinion very rich and what I would describe as comfort food. If you love that then this is your place but if you are like me then you are going to find it too heavy. My favorite was the kale salad, it has lots of flavors but didn't feel too dressed. I was excited over the pigs tale which although very tasty came in a sauce of cheesy grits with and egg yolk on top (this was a brunch) and one bite was all I could eat. The service was fantastic and the waiter overheard that it was my birthday and sent not only a glass of champagne but a special cocktail from the bartender all complimentary as well as a complimentary dish from the chef. The drinks we had were all absolutely outstanding so I would come back and sit at the bar next time for sure. Overall great place if you like rich and tasty comfort food.
Everything we ate here was amazing, real ...
Everything we ate here was amazing, really well put together creative dishes. Four of us shared the pain perdu, sausage and potato skillet, panzanella, and quinoa. All the dishes were delicious and we had a good mix of healthier veggie dishes and more typical brunch food, we all left happy!
An off-night (Thurs) for A&H. I guess so ...
An off-night (Thurs) for A&H. I guess sometimes things don't all mesh well on some nights. We were on time for an 8:30 reservation. Without a long explanation, we were overlooked completely and finally seated a bit past 9pm. The bar area where we waited was easily 80 degrees or more. Sweltering to the point we almost left.
Drink service was slow. Server was not overly friendly. The blowfish tails I had were so-so.
Nonetheless, I hate ragging on A&H because it is a great place and I do recommend it to people. Just shows that every dog has his day.
They did not successfully support my foo ...
They did not successfully support my food allergies on two occasions. For the caliber of restaurant they are, I have been surprised at their lack of allergy support. Other restaurants in the area are better from this standpoint. Great restaurant if you don't have allergies - my husband loves their secret burger.
Great space and service was solid. Food ...
Great space and service was solid. Food was delicious. We had the avocado toast. Loved it, but didn't love the 60 degree egg. We asked for a couple of poached eggs that came out much more to our liking. We also had the egg and bacon sandwich, which was delicious. The green tomato made the dish. The kale salad was very overdressed, but tasty. Bacon was crisp and very good. Overall, a great atmosphere and good food.
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