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Longfellow - Longfellow, Cambridge, MA

Longfellow

4.5
4.5
229 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Scelfo's Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow is a neighborhood bar and restaurant located in the historic Café Algiers space directly above his flagship restaurant at 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. The food and drinks at The Longfellow Bar continue to explore Chef Scelfo’s forward-thinking approach to experiencing a meal around his kitchen counter. The menu features bar food that is intended to be passed and shared, allowing guests the opportunity to become immersed in a relaxed and tactile approach to eating; they’re encouraged to break bread and get their hands messy. Rooted in genuine hospitality and exceptional cocktails, the bar program follows Chef Scelfo’s ethos of taking simple ingredients and transforming them, incorporating unique flavors and textures.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-0001

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Church Street

  • Parking details

    Discount Validation tickets offered for the University Place Garage

  • Public transit

    Harvard Sq/Red Line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 229 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston / New England

    Late Night Find

  • Boston

    Late Night Find

  • Boston

    Romantic

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food great service!!
  2. C

    Coco

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing cocktails, friendly and attentive staff & bartenders. Food was excellent, the portions could be a little more generous.
  3. M

    Matthew

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I like the split-level bar layout and would go back again to try the upstairs. Great deviled eggs, lumpia (fried meat/veggie wraps), and hamburger. Appreciate how many flips are on the cocktail menu.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks 10/10 Food 10/10 Consistently good service. Recommend!!
  5. TB

    ToddB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great service, Natalie was great, as were the others with whom we interacted.
  6. MR

    MirkoR

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food (from Alden and Harlow kitchen downstairs) and appropriate selection for a bar. You cannot go wrong with anything you select froM the menu and often we end up sampling different appetizers which are definitely filling enough that main course is not required. Desert (key lime pie) was excellent as well. Same with cocktails. Service was awesome and we stayed 3 hours really enjoying our evening.
  7. JR

    JuanR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Drink recommendation was off. Winter wonderland tasted like straight up tequila
  8. a

    alavalley

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Tables were too close together and it was very loud, making it hard to hear each other across the table and resulting in some mid-orders between us and our waitress. But, the food and drinks were fantastic and it’s a cool atmosphere and great interior design. We’d return, but would probably try to sit at the bar.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Very good service. Food was excessively salty.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I have been to Longfellow many times and this was quite a disappointment. In the past I have had exceptional food and hospitality here but my recent experience was more like going to tasty burger. Too bad we were celebrating my 40th and the restaurant was aware of the occasion. Waiter ignored us and my companion got his drink a full 15 minutes before I got mine, a negroni which is one of the easiest drinks to mix. This was after the waiter had to come back and reconfirm our drink order. Food was extra greasy, fries were overcooked and burnt. After we finished our burgers the empty plates sat filling the entire table even after we ordered a second round. It was only then he realized they needed to be cleared because there was no place to put new drinks. We had a late reservation at 9 and the place was pretty dead so it’s not like they were slammed. With service like this and at these prices go somewhere else.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome! My fav place in Cambridge.
  12. CP

    ChuckP

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Burger and fries came out cold and late. Hostess was rude on the phone.
  13. BD

    BeverlyD

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 5 seated on the 2nd floor. Service was wonderful, food was fun and tasty, and the setting was gorgeous - love the old windows and intricate ceiling.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently good! A favorite cocktail spot with yummy food.
  15. GH

    GregariousHouse

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met up with a friend for drinks - servers were effective, knowledgeable about the menu (and cocktails off menu too) and relatively prompt given how busy it was and how few of them there were. Booked a table on short notice and was served promptly. Great as always!
  16. TV

    ToniV

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome!!!
  17. H

    Hamad

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service…drink list was great as well, not too big but not too small. Truffle fries were messy but lovely. Great date night with my beautiful bride.
  18. JC

    JenniferC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing staff. They went out of the way to go in detail on menu items after informed of a peanut allergy and even remade a drink when another bartender made it too strong (had to drive, otherwise would’ve appreciated it). Couldn’t have been nicer and more accommodating. A great overall experience and will definitely be back.
  19. ES

    ElenaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful space with great drinks and wonderful staff!
  20. VR

    ValR

    New England

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We ate here prior to a show at Loeb Drama Center. The food and drinks were delicious and came out at a good pace, leaving enough time to get to the theater. They have the same orange wine by the glass as in their sister restaurant Alden & Harlow!
  21. A

    Acur

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    It took 20 minutes to get our first round of drinks, which tasted like I was ingesting smoke coals. After taking some time, our waitress came to see us again to get our appetizers course. The only thing I can say about the crab Rangoon nachos is that they tried, two large unopened Rangoons where the chip was flimsy to the point of barely being able to cut it and too big to eat with cheese that overpowered anything else. The main course we got two different sandwiches, both of which were so salty that they could not be finished. My final comment is that reviews of slow service do not justify taking food off the stove before it is done.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, lovely atmosphere, and the staff were very accommodating to the change of our party size.
  23. G

    Globaldiner

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great place to go for a bite after a visit to the ART. Food was great - Shishito peppers outstanding! And cocktails delicious too.
  24. C

    Charly

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Stopped in for a bite to eat before a show. Food is good, mostly small plates of thoughtful bar food and a couple of burgers and sandwiches on the menu. Crab Rangoon nachos and Thai sausage pigs-in-a-blanket were very tasty, could have eaten a thousand more of those. Great drink menu as well.
  25. MM

    MeghanM

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time I go here I’m blown away! Amazing and creative cocktails that are always changing and being updated, incredible menu that always has some new items on it. Got the tuna over injera which was so incredible and the pupusas which were probably the best thing I’ve ever had at Longfellow. My friend and I didn’t even talk while eating them because we were speechless! Every time I come here it keeps getting better. Highly recommend for a nice but casual dinner out!
  26. b

    bostonsoprano

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful and cozy place to grab a drink and delicious snacks. The upstairs bar is the perfect spot to tuck into the corner and enjoy fabulous cocktails.
  27. L

    Luis

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Need to improve service
  28. n

    newenglander

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The interior design, vibe, service, and cocktails at Longfellow are wonderful. The food was extremely salty. The menu is limited, but also my party wasn't excited to try most of the options. Longfellow is great for a night out with friends or date night drinks and chips (the potato chips are excellent) but I probably wouldn't go back for a meal.
  29. r

    rmbrmb

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice atmosphere but both of us thought the food was really way too salty and we did not order the same thing
  30. w

    winni3

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2021

    overall3food1service2ambience2
    The drinks are interesting although the execution can be hit and miss. Quite a few food items are way too salt like the waffle fries and the chicken sando.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Great food but inattentive service Cocktails were well crafted
  32. s

    sarah

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    It's a beautiful restaurant, and the service is great! The food is just a little "too much". For each dish we tried, there seemed to be 1 or 2 ingredients that if omitted, the dish would have tasted much better. (We tried the pretzel, the crab nachos, and the messy fries.) The one exception were the burgers, but they were a bit too buttery (the bottom bun was soaked). Also, the place had a strange smell. Maybe it's just coming from some of the seafood dishes that they make, so not sure they can fix that. Also, others who appreciate seafood more may not find the smell as irritating.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were a little disappointed that the manager did not notice two patrons who were speaking on their phone with speakerphone on. The sound resonated throughout the entire room. Use of speaker phone in a restaurant is extremely impolite and disrespectful to fellow patrons.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Will never go there again. If restaurant can not serve a Normal burger that should mean something. Manager is nasty and ignorant. Was stupidly arguing how food needs to be served based on his opinion. Drinks are good thou.
  35. T

    Trevi

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food and drinks were amazing. The Shishito peppers so delicious that I would go again just for those. But the service was sub-par. I think they forgot about us after we were seated because it took over twenty minutes for them to come and take our drink order… AFTER I had flagged down a food runner to ask if there was someone free to get our drink order. Yet I watched two other tables orders get taken in reasonable times.
  36. CK

    ChristinaK

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    This was one of my favorite cocktail spots prior to the pandemic. Unfortunately, I don't know if they cut staff or product quality or both, but the service was not what it used to be and 3 of our 4 cocktails were very poor. My cocktail was almost undrinkable and tasted of oversteeped tea. I'm incredibly sad, because Longfellow used to be a go to spot and I likely won't be returning.
  37. W

    Wanda

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The Longfellow has a great atmosphere: convivial, no tvs, has an upscale sort of feeling. The food was great and came out quickly. The servers and hostesses were friendly and professional. My husband and I made the mistake of sitting at the bar; the bartender seemed miserable.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The staff, ambience, and drinks were outstanding. The food all sounded and looked great. Unfortunately, every dish was way too salty. That was a bit disappointing.
  39. MR

    MirkoR

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food (tapas and excellent burger) - Alden & Harlow kitchen, great ambiance, 2 levels with a bar on each. Outside seating on the third floor porch is highly recommended when weather is nice. Good cocktails and excellent service.
  40. S

    Samantha

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food, beautiful interior, terrible acoustics. Cocktails were good but not my favourite. Still overall a great bar.

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Longfellow is rated 4.5 stars by 229 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Google Map for Longfellow

40 Brattle Street #3 Cambridge, MA 02138

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Church Street

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Discount Validation tickets offered for the University Place Garage

  • Public transit

    Harvard Sq/Red Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Scelfo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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