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“Food & cocktails worth returning for”
Review of Alden & Harlow

Alden & Harlow
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Ranked #26 of 689 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Located at 40 Brattle Street, Alden & Harlow serves thoughtfully sourced, honest American food in a subterranean, modern and comfortable space. Inspired by the gathering of family and friends at his home kitchen table, Chef Michael Scelfo prepares bold and flavor-forward food that honors tradition of place in its quality. It is how he connects with anyone who joins him at his table - and we hope it is why you will join us at ours!
Reviewed 9 December 2017

The small-plate menu didn't seem super exciting on paper, but when the food came to our table it really exceeded our expectations. Everything we tried was great as a stand-alone dish. The kale salad sounds common but was actually one of the best picks, with a delicious pistachio dressing. The chicken thigh, halloumi and patatas bravas were also very good. Cocktails were my favorite part of the night, while the bread pudding dessert was ok but not as great as the rest. Service was cordial and quick and the atmosphere was lively but not too loud to be annoying. Definitely worth visiting! Two plates per person is a good amount. Wish we could of tried the secret burger but by 8:45 they were out of it.

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Sarah Z, Manager at Alden & Harlow, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2017

Happy to hear you enjoyed everything so much! We’ll see you for a burger sometime!

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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Absolutely original, delicious in an original setting. We put our names for a reservation and came back 40 minutes later. The waiters are attentive and elaborated on the choices. We enjoyed the cocktails and the various items. Halumi cheese was delicious! Highly recommended!

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Sarah Z, Manager at Alden & Harlow, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2017

Thanks for dining with us! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed everything.

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Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

We were a group of 8 people who dined here on a recommendation from a work colleague and we found everything to be extremely delicious! All the unique combinations of flavors in the small dishes for sharing were amazing. We ordered two of some we really enjoyed. I think we almost ordered one of everything on the menu! Our favorites were the kale salad, the corn salad with popcorn, and the corn pancakes. It can get pretty loud inside but the food was so good, I can't wait to go back.

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Sarah Z, Manager at Alden & Harlow, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

I’m happy to hear you had such a good time! Thanks for dining with us!

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Reviewed 5 November 2017

This is a good option for brunch. The line gets long very quickly so show up 10-15 minutes before opening on weekends. Every dish is GOOD but they are just short of fantastic. The soft scrambled eggs are quite good, the burratta was also good. The cinnamon bun, which I expected to be terrific, was okay.

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Sarah Z, Manager at Alden & Harlow, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

Thanks for joining us!

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Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We came down to Cambridge before a concert and wanted a unique dining experience. Alden & Harlow didn't disappoint.

We were happy to be given a choice of either a corner table or one very close to other diners, so we chose the corner. It can be loud in there, which we realized and were even more thankful for our corner spot.

As for service, it was perfect. Our waitress and all of the staff were attentive, professional and personable.

We ordered the summer corn salad, charred broccoli, hush puppies, grilled blue fish and, my husband was fortunate to get the last Secret Burger of the night.

He can be picky about burgers, but this was cooked just as he likes and he enjoyed it, a lot.

The popcorn on the summer corn salad adds the perfect texture to the dish. We both loved it, even if we couldn't find the right word to explain why, other than, perhaps, umami.

The broccoli was great, if you enjoy a good chat, like me. But the star is the butternut squash hummus. Amazing.

The hushpuppies and blue fish were also well rounded and perfect for what we were hoping for.

Also, the cocktails were great, the Heaven Sent, in particular... delicious.

Would go back again.

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Sarah Z, Manager at Alden & Harlow, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2017

Thanks for dining with us! I’m glad you enjoyed everything, see you next time!

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