Alden and Harlow

4.7
2936 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic flavors and presentation of food. Great wine list. We come here regularly and are never disappointed.

SJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Collin was an amazing and very friendly server. The food was absolutely fantastic as well.

P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food ; lively and warm atmosphere ; amicable staff. Would recommend !

MP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricy, but worth the cost. Very tasty food, I loved the carrots. The staff did well to bring our the small plates in an order that worked great for the palate. Wonderful place for a special meal.

S
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I was surprised at how bad of an experience this was given the potential when you look at the menu items. I actually think this was the worst restaurant I’ve been to this year. To be fair, 2 out of the 5 dishes we ordered were good. We had to send the broccoli dish back because it was charred beyond an edible state and we couldn’t chew through it. We had to send the kale salad back because I kept picking out pistachio shells and didn’t want to break a tooth. We ordered the Romano bean dish as a finale and gave up... you got a kick from the peppers, but no real flavor. The diet cokes were served warm and without any carbonation... It was just really bad. Go to Parsnip, or the Indian place around the corner.

J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great and the food was very good - just quite expensive

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience. The patio is great if the weather is nice

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eating on the patio was very nice and chilled. Great vibe!

Food was outstanding!

D
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great - they had no issue re-doing a drink for me which I very much appreciated. Food was delicious!

Only issue was that the AC was a bit weak on a summer night and the place was a bit stuffy and hot.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite spots for small plates and good drinks. Service is always great and the ambience is awesome. It is pricey, but worth the splurge.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was even better than expected. We had an early dinner and every dish was excellent. The beer selection was also very good. The servers were very attentive and did not hesitate to answer any questions.

SM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food at Alden and Harlow is always amazing!! We loved the honey carrots, charred brocolli, chickpea waffles with burrata and burger. The seeded sourdough was underwhelming and the pot belly was just ok. Overall we always enjoy the food. I have to say the level of service is really dependent on your server. Last visit (on Mothers Day) we had a fabulous server who was great with recommendations and super friendly, this time our server was pleasant but did the bare minimum - no complaints. We will be back!

SR
New England
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience all around. Unique and delicious menu. Some lighter, simpler drinks might be a nice addition.

r
Birmingham
34 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a pretty evening and sat outside which was quite nice. Had an assortment of little plates and all good, some outstanding. Great lamb belly, good green beans in savory preparation, and good wine and drink choices. Longfellow Bar which is in same location also very good. Would definitely go again and food at Longfellow looks similarly interesting.

XD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Everything is delicious. Impressive wine list.

e
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was pleasantly surprised; eclectic menu and very knowledgeable server. Had 5 small plates between 2 people. Loved the chick pea waffle, chicken thighs and kale salad most. Great bottle of wine on per glass menu, made available to us by the bottle. Asked to be seated in area to be able carry on a conversation which was also accommodated. I woud go back!

DB
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for brunch. Waiter recommended ~6 dishes for a group of 4, but we ordered only 4 and that was plenty.

LB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Variety of items, always changing, always delicious. Worth it!

S
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food, drinks and service was excellent. We enjoyed the Clams, Rabbit, Corn pancakes, Steak entree, lamb belly dishes and a cocktail with Kiwi - all delicious. The lighting was very minimal and so we couldn’t see what’s in the dish or how it actually looks. It was frustrating to have to use the flashlight app in my phone to see how a sauce looks or what the different ingredients in a salad are.

AG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was really bad. Waitress messed up our order and had to wait forever for someone to come back and ask if I wanted another glass of wine.

TG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Would totally recommend this restaurant - small plates that you can share with your friends and family which allow you to taste many of the interesting dishes. Right in the heart of Harvard Square and the services was terrific. The only caveat is that some of the seating is very dark -- so bring your phone so that you can read the menu ;-).

I
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have seen other reviewers say the portions are too small. What?! The waitress tells you they are smaller (appetizer size), sharable dishes. She recommended that we order two dishes per person and actually it was way too much. We would have eaten quite well with 4 or 5 dishes. The chicken torchon is super succulent. We also like the charred broccoli and fried Brussel sprouts--both very yummy even if you are not a veggie person. If you like salads and lighter food, this probably not the place for you. Most dishes are on the heavier side. The food is cooked really well and the presentation is elegant.

RH
New England
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everytime I come here I feel so welcomed. The food is incredible and always is delicious.

CM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible meal with a creative menu and delicious cocktails. We had excellent service. One of the best meals I've had in Boston!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The amount of oil in our veggies was way way to much- just not good. Prior has been a few times. Will go back in September for one more try.

ME
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger in Boston so far...

a
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good when I come, and I always bring new friends to introduce them! Burgers are BOMB :)

u
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable lunch, so if I have very pleasant person. Very well informed and very accommodating. Despite coming in almost at closing time at lunchtime, she was still able to prepare some amazing dishes and even another dish afterwards. Great service, great food, and excellent if you are a vegan

s
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Alden and Harlow is a good spot, not great. Some of the food is unique and worth the high price point, but others (such as the burger) are good, yet standard. If you are seated in the back area, the sound really bounces and it's hard to carry a conversation. I would recommend sitting in the front under the windows.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent dinner on a Friday night. The service was great - friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable. We shared several small plates and each was beautifully presented and flavored in unusual and delicious ways. If I have one very small criticism it is that the burrata was fine but not memorable, although the chickpea waffle it was served on was awesome. We will definitely be back!

k
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All good but deafening loud. Actually we were screaming to be heard.

EZ
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Dishes were unique, with every little detail exquisitely flavored. Awesome service too!

C
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our server was good and very helpful. However, we found the portions small and the prices high.

IR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service. Delicious food and drink. What else could you ask for?

RT
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Love the ambiance. We ate there for Sunday brunch.

CS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall excellent

WD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening out. Enjoyed the food and the friendly staff.

LD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'll preface this by saying - I am not one of those people who gushes over everything...but I absolutely have to gush about this place. Had one of the best meals of my life there this past Saturday. Everything was absolutely exceptional, from the food to the cocktails to the service to the décor. Each dish and cocktail was even better than the last. Such a lovely experience - I can't recommend it enough!

MT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Boston!

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D
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first dining experience at Alden & Harlow, and it will NOT be our last. Everything was delicious and our server was outstanding. Attentive but not intrusive. The corm pancakes are to die for.

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