The act of moving in your new students ahead of their first day of college seems like a big milestone—and a lot of work. Treat them and yourselves to a very deserved dinner out after Harvard and MIT move-in day. Here are some of our favorite Cambridge fine dining experiences.

Cambridge Fine Dining for Move-In Day

Les Sablons

The newest project from the team behind favorites Row 34 and Island Creek Oyster Bar, Les Sablons is situated in the former Conductor’s Building in Harvard Square. Celebrate the end of MIT or Harvard move-in day with cocktails—like a perfected French 75—for the adults, and a mix of French and English classic with dishes for everyone. We love the Wild Alaskan salmon with leeks, Rohan Duck with fava leaves, and filet mignon with potato puree.

Cafe ArtScience

Kendall Square’s Café ArtScience blends the best of Cambridge’s innovation with fine dining in the form of bar director Todd Maul’s inventive cocktails (think vaporized alcohol) and the kitchen’s artful dishes. Dine on roasted duck with a hot and sour broth, hanger steak, and carrot soup among a blend of Cambridge’s scientist, thinkers, and professors.

Alden & Harlow

Chef Michael Scelfo’s first solo restaurant, Alden & Harlow raised the level of dining in Harvard Square when it opened in 2014. A great spot for brunch, Scelfo also serves up masterful dishes for dinner like grilled bluefish, smoked lamb ribs, and the limited-availability secret burger.


The new owners of Harvard Square’s Parsnip restaurant paid homage to its former iteration as the iconic Upstairs on the Square with its tasteful interiors and delicious cuisine. Enjoy grilled eggplant timbale, tofu agnoletti, and herb crusted cod in the natural light-filled dining room or linger over a cocktail in the bar upstairs.


An intimate Italian restaurant situated outside of Harvard Square, Giulia lends itself to a special occasion meal with dishes like pappardelle with wild boar, grilled beef sirloin, and an enviable homemade dessert menu.