Alden and Harlow

4.7
2626 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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New England
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely creative menu using local fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Great bar selection. Highly recommended!

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Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Salty food, good inspiration but execution not done well

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New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time for my birthday. Enjoyed the tapas style menu. The timing of the food coming out made it feel like a fancy tasting menu. Everything was delicious. Some favorites were the lamb belly, chestnut tortellini, and smoked trout. Also loved the grapefruit buttercream birthday cake at the end, a great surprise! Can’t wait to come back!

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TA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good food, drinks, atmosphere. Would definitely go again when in town

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KC
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Went for dinner before attending a play at the ART. Great location for this, but that's about it, except for the service which was just fine. Quite noisy, very limited menu, especially for my vegetarian wife. Their signature burger, which I ordered medium, came essentially rare. Broccoli undercooked and stems not peeled, making it nearly impossible to cut. Pinot Noir by the glass not impressive. Will not be returning.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! nice cocktail selection

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, some spicy cocktails. Good place to have a dinner with friends. Friendly staff.

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and spectacular food. Host and manger went out of their way to get seating we asked for.

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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everyone very friendly. Three of us ordered 2 plates each. First plates arrived in a good time. 2 of 3 final plate arrived a bit longer than expected. Third plate took long time. Had to ask server status of third plate. Food was very good.

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VS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was very disappointing. Quality was mediocre but prices high. Tapas selections were limited and serving size small. Even the cocktails were bland!
I would not recommend it.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and interesting food in a warm, hip environment.

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L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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London
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very good food and a nice atmosphere, with a wide assortment of vegetarian and meat dishes. Plan to order 2 or 3 small plates per person, which can get expensive. If you like wine be prepared to buy 3 glasses at ~$16/glass, because that's what you need to order to equal what you can get in just one glass at any other restaurant. The service was generally good, but we felt pushed to order our food quickly, presumably so that we would finish early and make room for the next group.

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ML
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! The food was a little cold, but it tasted great. Amazing balance of flavors and presentation was awesome!

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S
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Wonderful service - the food was good, our dessert was actually our favorite part of the meal.

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RC
New England
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience at Alden & Harlow! The food is to die for and the ingredients are always fresh. The waitstaff is very helpful in assisting guests navigate the menu which is meant for sharing. Cocktails are top notch as well!

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t
New England
32 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Felt a bit rushed waiting for our guests to arrive.
Food was excellent & Wine pours are exceptionally small.
Best to order a bottle.

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M
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice birthday dinner! Fun with friends and great food :)

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KL
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, we had a huge table for 5 (could have fit 8) in the middle, the accommodations were very nice. Highly recommend

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PR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is tasty and creative, but portions are mostly 'small plate', so multiple plates are needed for a substantial meal. As a result the total bill increases quite rapidly, hence my rating that the value is not good. The vibe of the restaurant is heavily Harvard Square hipster..

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c
San Francisco
216 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as always!

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D
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food here! So many unique dishes and everything tastes amazing. It’s pricey though. Service is always great.

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I spent a wonderful evening at Alden and Harlow. We enjoyed delicious tapas and some wine.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

I was pretty disappointed with my visit. The cocktails were delicious, but the food (the main reason I had come) was mediocre - definitely not worth the price tag. Also, one person in my party got the "secret burger" and it came with this huge pile of potato chips. Don't get me wrong, I love potato chips just as much as the next person. But
a) if you're going to serve a burger, serve it with fries.
OR b) if you want to be fancy because you're an upscale venue, serve it with some fancy fries or a cool salad or something.
Just don't serve it with dry, slightly burnt tasting potato chips. I used to work at a diner and we would mound potato chips next to a sandwich as a cheap plate-filler. It's tacky when a $$ venue uses diner tactics, but then charges $8 for a side of bread....

Come here for a drink and maybe a snack and you'll enjoy it - but don't think of this a dinner venue or you'll be disappointed.

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New England
82 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Alden and Harlow! Some off our favorites - cauliflower fritters, burrata, roasted yams, corn pancakes, Welfleet clams and garganelli. Service was excellent...the server was well informed, asked many questions and gave lots of feedback. One of our favorite restaurants for family gatherings. Food very creative, fun and most of all delicious!!

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New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE LOVE ALDEN & HARLOW. THE DISHES ARE CREATIVE, DELICIOUS AND REASONABLY PRICED.
THE STAFF ARE ATTENTIVE, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND VERY FRIENDLY. WHY GO ANYWHERE ELSE!!! ALSO, BIG SUPPORTERS OF "NO KID HUNGRY"!!!

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T
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each item that came out of the kitchen was better than the previous one. Food was amazing. Atmosphere was comfortable and service was great.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for Sunday Brunch and it was amazing. Food and drink options were great and the service was awesome. Would highly recommend for any meal.

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l
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sharing plates are slightly larger than typical tapas - two of us would have been fine with 2 "snack" size and 2 regular size; 3 regular size was almost too much. Everything was so special and delicious, I don't know what I would have cut though...

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J
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here at the last minute with my wife for my 30th birthday after some plans got cancelled. Had never been before but it came highly recommended, and for good reason. The trout dish is a must, and the squash and avocado salad and garganelli were fantastic as well. We got an olive oil cake for dessert that was moist and delicious. The drinks were fantastic, the beer list deep, and I'm looking forward to finding a chance to go back to try more of the menu.

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EM
New England
160 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What I like about this place is the novel combinations of ingredients. You think "Does that really go together?" and it nearly always is so, so good. The roasted yams had a fabulous flavor. We had no idea what togarashi aioli was, but it was delicious. We loved the charred broccoli, which had a delicious butternut squash pool for dipping. Most of us loved the mackerel with celeriac. The Chestnut Tortelloni has a smooth filling of apples and chestnuts and was something a bit unusual. The Steelhead Trout was delicious and the squash latkes provided the right crispness to enjoy with the fish. Corn pancakes were delicious although I could have done with the maple syrup on the side. Service was knowledgable and fairly attentive. The place was very busy and people were having a great night out.

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MB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was outstanding from start to finish. Great service, atmosphere, and food. Loved the corn pancakes, charred broccoli, and trout special. I wish we had time for dessert. Great for pre- ART show.

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AF
New England
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delightful. Great, creative food. Good wine selection. The staff is amazing. They even figured to how to call me from open table phone number to tell me I lost my gloves. I loved my meal and wine! So did my friend who is hard to please : )

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F
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was even better than I remember! Wow, great variety, generous portions and relaxed and competent service.

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J
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a group of 7 and ordered 8 dishes and cocktails. Dishes are small, so order 2-3 per person to leave feeling full. Each dish was delicious and creative. Cocktails were also interesting and tasty. Went for a birthday and noted that on the reservation. Server and staff never mentioned it even after carding everyone and seeing the birthday. Warm, quiet atmosphere.

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

COOL VIBE AND REALLY EXCLETIC AND CREATIVE FOOD CHOICES. LOVED THE TROUT DINNER AND THE TUNA APPITIZER

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KB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The majority of dishes were delicious, but the ones that weren't really weren't.
Heartily recommend the kale salad with pistachios and the burrata on a pumpkin loaf. Burger was also very good.
Cosmo was very limey and fresh.
Brussel sprouts would have been tasty but were ruined by way too much salt. Chicken in the chicken thigh roll had a weird consistency, and also was too salty.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The food was very very salty.

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d
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love the Alden and Harlow’s secret burguers. The problem is that the burguer is limited, and many times we went there and couldn’t eat it. We realize that the reason it’s limited might be to make it special, but we hope that one day, the burguer won’t be limited, as we believe it’s the best burguer ever.

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M
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Boston! Never disappoints 😋

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