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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
Wow. The food here is insanely good. I brought my mom who was visiting from out of town, along with my boyfriend. My boyfriend didn't like the sound of "tapas" because he was under the impression that he wouldn't leave feeling full, but the portions were the perfect size. All of us walked out of there saying that was the best dinner we ever had. Unique menu, explosions of taste, clean ingredients, knowledgeable staff. A must-visit restaurant.
This was a very disappointing experience, especially as I had read the reviews and seen the restaurant high in the rating of Bostons places to eat. The setting was fine but cluttered and we were given a corner table with very little leg room and a small table. Our server was great at telling us what he liked but didn't ask us what we liked. He suggested that we should choose 4 items from the menu, which we did, not realising that all the items would arrive together, on full sized plates that didn't fit on our small table. The food took an age to arrive, was cold, and was so salty that several items were inedible. The chef has discovered a process that managed to cook peaches so that they remained hard, but had all flavour (expect salt) removed from them. Due to our wait we were given a complementary plate. A piece of soggy brioche with some sort of topping. Overall a very disappointing evening on my wife's Birthday. I like seasoned food and enjoy new menu experiences but this was just a chef trying to be trendy while not getting the basics right. Not returning.
Had brunch on Sunday morning, three people. Had been there in the past for dinner, all good.
But brunch experience was mediocre at best. Tuna melt described on menu as prepared on a bagel...when it arrived - late- it was on a half-bagel, and a rather small one Over-toasted, hard to cut. They served two dishes at least 5-10 minutes ahead of the tuna melt. One dish was excellent, other good, tuna melt pretty bad. We had to get some more food afterward. Service not great, waiter congenial, but not apologetic until I stopped him and asked where the tuna melt was. Won't go there again.
Small plates perfect for sharing.
Dishes with creative flavors and texture.
Service was very nice
They didn't have the burger , was sold out.
Crispy rabbit Served with Celery and blue cheese is a must.
Chicken liver topped with blueberries was great.
Rush puppies were also very interesting .
well, goodbye Casablanca
had high expectations and was disappointed
Where to begin
table right next to us was discussing Trump and very loudly
ok, we are in Cambridge
Then the menu...per waiter small plates all for sharing
right, how about the hamburger split four ways
ordered as two couples sharing. One couple had three dishes to the other's one.
Still awaiting the second tuna dish while first one was done long ago.
I understand the eat when ready concept but totally disjointed in service which led to a schizophrenic experience
food ok but what exactly was in that dish?
nothing stood out nor apart from one another
oh well on to the A.R.T.
Considering how Alden&Harlow has become a beloved fixture of Harvard Square, I'm so disappointed that my meal last Sunday was a letdown. I reserved for Sunday brunch to celebrate my 21st birthday. Since we were the first group to enter, we had the option to choose where to sit.
The food was excellent and came quickly. Everyone loved the 'Summer Vegetable Hash'; and the large potato wedges in 'Sausage&Potato Skillet' were delicious - thin, crisp skin + fluffy potato. The 'Soft Scrambled Eggs' could be a hit or miss, depending on how much you like herbs; the dandelion green verde flavour was too strong for my friend's taste.
It was what happened when I received my after paying the check that REALLY upset me. As I was putting the receipt and coins away in my wallet, our male server was watching me and turned back to say (this is word for word), "Just so you know, the tip isn't included in that."
I only responded with, "Yes, I know," but I was so upset. Not only did he have a rather off-putting attitude (no smile and not particularly welcoming), he had the audacity to basically tell me to tip him. I was tempted to not tip because of his poor service and rude attitude, but I still tipped 15%. Needless to say, I won't be returning considering their extremely tactless service.
This was my second visit and I really wanted to like A&H, but unfortunately it was no better than my first visit. The food is hit and miss - some dishes are good , while some are just ok e.g the beets was so average and not good value for the money at all. They never seem to have the special burger available :-(
The food was delicious and very well made. The cocktails were outstanding and creative. The prices were steep for small plates but all together were filling. The service was lackluster and apathetic. We were tucked in a corner for my partners birthday very close to another table. All together the juice wasn't worth the squeeze but those chefs and bartenders are doing a great job.
An incredible meal with incredible service. You made my husband fall in love with a kale salad, a thing I thought to be impossible. Everyone from the hostess to the wait staff went out of their way to make my first wedding anniversary so special. Thank you thank you. We will definitely be back!!
I found this place using OpenTable's "top five" feature and I am glad I did! My (vegetarian) daughter and I had a great dinner here -- small plates that are more involved than traditional tapas and combined unusual flavors and ingredients. They were served seriatim like a multi-course meal. Perfect for sharing and exploring. I look forward to going back next time I am in Cambridge.
The service rating has nothing to do with our server. He was very helpful.
The food and atmosphere are good, but I was immediately turned off by being shown to, what had to have been, the worst table in the restaurant (Table 27). There were other tables available as we passed to #27. I refused to sit there and was placed at one of the tables we had passed. Frankly, from want I saw, there shouldn't be a Table 27; it is cramped and beside a very busy wait station where the servers hover. The table for the wait station actually extends into the space of the person sitting closest to the station. To compensate the table looked more narrow than others. It says a lot about a restaurant when the "hostess" tries to take advantage of guests from out of town.
My wife and I made a last minute reservation for our anniversary and we were greeted with a prosecco toast when we were seated. The server was very knowledgeable and engaging throughout our dinner. The food was mostly small plates with some excellent flavor combinations.
We definitely recommend this restaurant as they understand the meaning of hospitality. After all, that is what its all about.
if you are lucky enough to have Kate as your server - you will be in Great hands!! Myself, a vegan diet, she was amazing at adapting 4 sharing dishes to accommodate and have the dairy on the side for the others at the table to enjoy.
The burgers, ranks #1 for the rest of the family, in Boston so far -
A lively spot and friendly atmosphere - creative food dish to be shared -
It was our first Wedding Anniversary which we had in the notes. The moment I walked in the hostess said "here for your 9:15 reservation?" And when I said yes she said "ok well we have a special event and kitchen is closing early tonight so you need to order by 9:30." She never said sorry or anything just very short with me and then pointed at our table ... didn't walk me over. I figured she was just busy but then she just hung out with her coworkers talking all night. Our server, Gretchen was amazing. She's very attentive but doesn't bug you, explained everything nicely to my husband who has allergies and made it a point to acknowledge or Wedding Anniversary. Food was fantastic and well priced. Don't get the torched peaches, though. The jalapeño and red Onion is overwhelming on the plate and that's all you can taste. The chicken entree is by far the best thing!!!
Typically our go-to restaurant in Cambridge but it seems the kitchen was "off" on this weeknight visit. Food came out at inconsistent timings -- we were served 3 plates almost immediately after ordering but then waited about 45 min for the pasta dish to come out. No apologies for the delay. Burrata was very salty and the broccoli dish, typically my favorite at A+H, tasted totally different and was also too salty. We left pretty disappointed. I hope this was a one time fluke.
This restaurant is such a gem! The decor is trendy but classy. The music selection pleasantly surprised me: R&B. The food selection is amazing - we ordered about 10 dishes and not one thing wasn't delicious! They say that this restaurant is more like tapas place so they encourage sharing. It was possible but some dishes were tricky to. Most of all, I was so well impressed with the service! My glass was never empty and, the servers would recite each dish as they brought it to the table. Moreover, we got dessert drinks on the house! We couldn't be happier.
The only problem with this otherwise truly excellent restaurant is the noise level. We couldn't hear the server and he couldn't hear us. And this was a somewhat slow night-- or at least, not every table was occupied. I bet the noise level exceeds OSHA safety standards.
Wonderful service and fine ambiance, but the food was too salty. We ordered 3 dishes. The lamb-neck salad was great, with tender lamb (there could have been more greens, however). The other two dishes I found inedible. One was the tuna dish, the other the charred broccoli. Despite the welcoming atmosphere, I will not be returning.
LOVE alden and harlow. SO glad we were able to make a repeat trip for a special date night out. The food is exuisite and interesting and they plentiful. Its not inexpensive but worth every penny. And the ambiance is cool, fun and hip without being over bearing or too hipster.
We drove in from Westborough to check this place out, and we're so glad we did! Very unique menu and overall great dining experience! I loved that the dishes were smaller, because we could try more that way. Would definitely make it back into Boston for this!
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