About Alden and Harlow
Cambridge, MA 02138
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 had the opportunity to eat dinner there this past Wednesday with my wife and I must say in was an exquisite experience. We first had a drink at the bar and ordered the dip with chips, which was awesome! The martini though tasty and well prepared was a bit small for $12.
For diner we ordered the Ubiquitous Kale salad, Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly, verrill farm corn cakes, and a chicken and waffle dish. the pork belly was divine, the kale salad was well dressed and surprisingly good for this meat eater. We really wanted the burger, but it runs out fast. Next time
To the surprise
This was my first visit. The server kindly explained how things work. The food comes out whenever it comes out. We were encouraged to share. Unfortunately, my two guests didn't want to share very much and they had to wait 20 minutes after their first courses were served before my first course came out. So they ended up with cold food at the beginning. The server was very nice, attentive, and responsive. We had a nice conversation during the long waits for food. Since we were early, the place was pretty empty. I would go back, but only with low expectations for food being delivered from the kitchen. We liked the food, but I didn't have any dishes I would come back specially to eat again.
Small to medium sized plates for sharing, we counted 20 items on the main menu, 12 veg and 8 non-veg. My wife and I ordered 4 dishes, 2 veg and 2 non-veg, for sharing which was just about right, we took a little bit home with us. WOW! I normally don't order veg foods, but the all the dishes sounded so interesting we decided to give the veg dishes a try and boy was it worth it. We ordered the chicken thighs, pork belly, veg dumplings and seared broccoli. My favorite was the chicken thighs, but a close second was the veg dumplings. All dishes were very, very good. There were a couple of dishes on the menu that I want to try the next time, hopefully soon.
We went here for my girlfriend's birthday on a Thursday night. It was busy and we were a bit late for our reservation. They called us to make sure we still wanted it, which we appreciated. The food was expensive and not very filling. We got three entree's that all had something to dislike about them. The drinks we ordered were great tho. The ambiance was cool and it was nice inside. Overall an okay experience. The waiter however, didn't notice it was my gf's bday even though he looked at her ID.
Honestly, we were a bit disappointed. We had heard so many good things about the restaurant and the whole experience was underwhelming. We had five dishes. They started off great, but ended on a poor note. The beef neck was dry. Our favorite was the Farm Egg and the Rabbit.
Also, the biggest turn off was when we walked in the door, the restaurant stunk. I don't know if they were having trouble with the ventilation, but smell from the open kitchen was not good.
The atmosphere was nothing special. We feel like there are other restaurants that we'd rather go and spend our time & $.
Food was delicious, inventive, very fresh and satisfying; seasonal ingredients in surprising but perfect combinations. Portions are plentiful and great for sharing. Service is wonderful, friendly, knowledgable; very accommodating of a food allergy without removing any of the flavor and creativity of the food. The atmosphere is simple, warm. The restaurant was full, busy and buzzing so the noise level is a bit high, but OK for conversation. Definitely recommend, will eat there again, it was a perfect place for dinner with a friend from out of town who loves good food.
Menu has new and wonderful additions, and has kept the fabulous kale salad. Adventurous cocktails. My cocktail featured a smoked flavor which I didn't care for and they replaced it with a standard I preferred. Great for foodies and reasonably priced when compared to Boston.
We had a lovely Valentine's dinner at Alden and Harlow! The decor is a bit hipster, but the service was impeccable and the kale salad is just as good as everyone claims. The specials were excellent as well, and the kitchen was extremely careful about allergies. Excellent experience overall.
I think this is one of the best restaurants in the Boston area! Our group had 2 celiacs, 1 vegetarian and they didn't make us feel like we were any trouble at all. We all had lots of options and were all able to have a full meal that was truly amazing. They even made us a gluten free dessert. Every dish is outstanding! I would eat here all the time if I could! Our waiter was wonderful and all the staff are very attentive.
Our first visit here was hit and miss. Of the 4 dishes we ordered 2 were fantastic, one was OK and one was disappointing (undercooked, gooey $17 dumplings.) The service was fine, given that it was valentine's day. The have a terrific wine selection.
I don't know what was going on in the kitchen, but, by the time we left, the place was eye stinging smokey. 3 days later, my coat still smells. So, for me, there's nothing so fantastic that would warrant a return trip.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... The food is always interesting and the flavors and textures are well balanced, but about half of the dishes I've had over three visits in the last 18 months have been too salty to the point that I primarily taste salt, and can't taste all the wonderful ingredients in the dish. Usually, I think this occurs in dishes that have salty ingredients, like fish sauce. In those dishes, the extra hit of finishing salt, or boiling the dumplings in salted water isn't necessary and it overtakes the other flavors of the dish.
That said, I'll most likely dine at Alden and Harlow again.
Overall the food was pretty tasty but nothing too special. I liked the smoked Steelhead trout and the brussel sprouts. The pork belly was way too crispy on top, to the point that you couldn't even cut through it. The broccoli came with a lot of recommendations but was just okay, probably wouldn't order them again. The restaurant was very full and lively, but the tables feel a bit cramped as they are quite close to one another.
Came here for an anniversary date. The food combinations were surprising and they did a lovely job (pickled green beans? almond butter with carrots? why YES). We got to be amused by the older folks next to us being loudly picky about their bottle of wine, and I must say the sommelier did a fantastically professional job with them.
Absolutely amazing meal!! I don't usually do reviews, but A+H warrants one. The drinks were some of the best in Boston. For whiskey fans, get the Born Again. Also, the appetizers of pickled green peppers had a great spice. Also, for steak eaters, their 8 oz has a great bite. It'll cost you, but great for special occasions. I will be back.
We had lots of fun there with the sharing and the food. The service was a little slow, but excellent once it happened. The garlic on the clams drowned out completely any taste of the clams, but the other dishes including the steak were terrific. Desserts were fun too.
The food was spectacular, especially the brown bread crostino, three onion dip and charred broccoli. The service was also great; our waitress was really patient with our questions and gave nice accurate descriptions of menu items, including cocktails. The only thing we didn't love was dessert. We had the earl grey pound cake and the flavor was just a bit off but I can't explain why.
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