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The Hourly Oyster House, Cambridge, MA

The Hourly Oyster House

4.8
4.8
1307 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
The Hourly Oyster House is a vibrant and welcoming neighborhood outpost in the heart of Harvard Square, where guests can enjoy thoughtfully sourced and playfully prepared seafood and oysters from New England and beyond, as well as a carefully crafted selection of signature cocktails, beer and wine. With a focus on seafood, The Hourly serves up New England classics in a dynamic and airy space.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, American
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (617) 765-2342
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Julmeus St. Luc
  • Private party facilities
    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at The Hourly Oyster House awaits your next private function. Our contemporary yet casual atmosphere in the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Please email us at events@thehourlycambridge.com or visit our website for more information thehourlycambridge.com.
  • Private party contact
    events@thehourlycambridge.com: (617) 765-2342
  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Cross street
    Massachusetts Avenue
  • Parking details
    Parking is available at the Smith Center Garage, directly across the street from the restaurant at 11 Holyoke Street. There is also on street metered parking directly in front of the restaurant on Dunster Street.
  • Public transit
    Just steps away from the Harvard Square T-stop on the Redline.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,307 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Seafood

1,307 Reviews
  1. MattL

    Greater Boston

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great spot. great food and good atmosphere. really enjoyed it.

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  2. JamesD

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb raw oysters and seafood appetizers and entrees. Highly recommend grilled salmon and bucantini frutti di mare (creamy red sauce). We've been there 5+ times and always been very happy with the food and staff.

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  3. Kathleen3206

    New York City

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good and the service was kind and friendly.

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  4. Meeb

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Hourly is fantastic. Food is always amazing, seafood is fresh, service is professional and positive. It's one of my favorite places to eat. The only thing I wish they had was a weekend brunch menu! But their lunch menu is wonderful and I have never regretting eating there at any time of day.

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  5. Martha

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place! Good vibes, good food, delicious oysters and fantastic service.

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  6. ckwc

    Greater Boston

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good but not great, especially given the price. Clam chowder was cold when it was brought out, most likely because wait staff did not bring it to the table soon enough. Wait staff was informed we wished to bring the salad home, she acknowledged the request but proceeded to stack plates on top of the salad. The dining room is cute and music wasn’t too loud, which helped with the experience.

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  7. enricog

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    For a perfect family lunch location with good food and a discrete list of affordable wine, look no further. Expect a great balance between quality and price.

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  8. Jack

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Literally the best oysters I've ever had. Everything was delicious (also got shrimp cocktail and sear scallops). Our waitress, Emma, was super nice! Also for those who don't drink, I would 100000% recommend the Destination Unknown mocktail.

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  9. TCLG

    Greater Boston

    111 reviews

    4.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and pleasant host. Tasty shrimp cocktail and scallops. Solid halibut entree— fish great - potato side lacked potatoes… and was overpowered with strong artichoke.

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  10. Valerie

    Greater Boston

    281 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    281 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We are regulars at Hourly and were rather disappointed about some of the changes on the menu. We loved the Rockefeller oysters; we are so sad they have disappeared! The fried oysters that replace them - though fair - don’t quite cut it. Still, the lobster roll and Cubb salad are quite delicious. Service could use a bit of improvement but all in all, Hourly is a great place if you are in Harvard Square.

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  11. SomeGuy

    Greater Boston

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hourly Oyster House was ok. The wine list is disorganized; they have some on the main menu, and then a full page of others on another page. We nearly missed seeing one portion of it entirely. We like the interior: comfy and cozy, the sort of place one can hang out for a long meal and conversation. Service was very friendly and fairly swift. Food was kind of a miss: the fried oyster starter was delicious, but they only give you 4 of them, which seems miserly. The lobster roll was not great: bland and kind of tough. Cocktails were superb, and friendly service from the bar. I would go here again, but would refrain from recommending the food to friends.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just what the Dr ordered when it comes to seafood menu option and casual atmosphere.

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  13. nogs

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal in Cambridge. The food was excellent, server was very friendly and ambiance is lovely. We will definitely dine here again! Get the Lobster Bisque to start! Yum!

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  14. NeilT

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is very good quality. Service outstanding. Prices very reasonable. Interior decor is great and noise level was not an issue

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  15. Sandy

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner was delicious, drinks were good, atmosphere was very nice. We really enjoyed the restaurant. Would highly recommend.

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  16. FamilyTea

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice dinner. Very good oysters, cocktails were good, and service was friendly and attentive.

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  17. SGR13

    Greater Boston

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great place! The seafood is amazing (if your dietary needs allow, definitely try their lobster mac and cheese - wow), but the salad game here is also very strong. Great wine list, too. And the ambience is chic without being stuffy. Super for date night but also plenty of space if you’re trying to accommodate a larger group. The service was absolutely 12/10, too!!

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  18. CeciliaA

    Mexico City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful food only topped by Artem’s friendly service. Oysters were fresh, fisher’s stew was fantastic and the lobster mac&cheese exceptional! Can’t wait to be back in Cambridge to eat here again.

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  19. BobH

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious, service was awesome, cozy atmosphere and great location. So much fun sampling ousters! I will be back for another delicious experience soon.

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  20. DMP0x000000

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the service here was fantastic, our reservation was for the counter but, even on a Friday night, managed to accommodate us with a high top table, right by the window. They didn't have to do that, and I was grateful. Even as a vegetarian (my date was not) they accommodated that as well. Really a nice evening.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is always good, the service is exceptional. Also, the cheapest thing on the menu might be the best thing on the menu- the smash burger. Lobster roll is packed, and calamari is crispy and flavorful, never overcooked. Finally, if you are an oyster fan- I have never been disappointed with the quality of their ever changing choices. Moon Bay, when available, are my favorites.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very small portions and high prices. Used to be better!!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the octopus for lunch was a good portion and was absolutely great with the clam chowder. The service was also great!

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  24. NanaPam

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a wonderful server and the food for each of our party of 4 was outstanding! Will definitely come again and again!

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  25. svthompson

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great selection of oysters and the raw bar to boot. Friendly service and great atmosphere to go with it. Lots of draft ales and all the right wine to accompany the seafood.

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  26. ValerieC

    Greater Boston

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Warm, inviting, friendly & accommodating staff, excellent food & craft drinks. Loved it!!

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  27. RobertC

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    one of the best nights we have ever had.. What a great find in our own backyard. Haley our server was superb.. made our special evening even better. It was my wife's 75th Birthday. we could have gone to any place in Boston area, because we were here a few weeks ago for our wedding anniversary, she decided this is where she wanted to eat.. we will be back often due to the great service/food and ambiance... thanks for making our evening perfect!! robert and Neda

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  28. Peter

    Greater Boston

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun atmosphere and good waitstaff. We were there on a rainy weekday for lunch so the restaurant was not crowded. Will return with seafood lovers.

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  29. donna

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The oysters were very good. The entrees were also very good. The menu was reasonable priced. Our waiter was outstanding. Wasn't keen about one or two of the appetizers - specifically the mussels and the lobster cakes. But overall we were pleased and would return

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  30. MaureenH

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere. Quiet enough to have a conversation. Our waiter took our order and completed it quickly. The food was excellent. I will definitely be back.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I couldn’t have been happier. The experience was “tops,” the food delicious and the ambiance great.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner and server. Amazing oysters. Brussels sprouts.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect combination of quality of food, unobtrusive service and ambiance.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience. Loved the fact it was next door to Mike’ Italian bakery. Went next door for a freshly made cannoli for dessert.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious birthday dinner. Great oyster recommendations and service from our server Haley. In addition to oysters we had the tuna tartare, scallops, and cod. Finished with crème brûlée and a boozy eggnog shake. Everything was wonderful!

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  36. MetalOx

    Greater Boston

    66 reviews

    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The servers were attentive and knowledgeable about their menu, and the food was excellent.

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  37. AnitaC

    Greater Boston

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant is very attractive and fun. We had a great table in the corner. Our server was super attentive. The food was delicious, we all had a difficult time choosing. One exception was the farro dish was not as well seasoned - seemed to be missing a dressing to make it more cohesive.

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  38. DanielD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second trip. We were in from Texas for the weekend and made a special stop because it was such a memorable experience last year. Again, it didn’t disappoint!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at the Hourly Oyster House. Recommend!

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  40. Edward

    Los Angeles

    117 reviews

    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect oysters. Perfect mussels. Great service. Warm and inviting place to spend an afternoon

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Hourly Oyster House using the Order Online button. The Hourly Oyster House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 765-2342.

The Hourly Oyster House is rated 4.8 stars by 1307 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 42 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Hourly Oyster House

15 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Massachusetts Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Oyster Bar, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Parking is available at the Smith Center Garage, directly across the street from the restaurant at 11 Holyoke Street. There is also on street metered parking directly in front of the restaurant on Dunster Street.
  • Public transit
    Just steps away from the Harvard Square T-stop on the Redline.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Julmeus St. Luc
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (617) 765-2342
  • Private party facilities
    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at The Hourly Oyster House awaits your next private function. Our contemporary yet casual atmosphere in the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Please email us at events@thehourlycambridge.com or visit our website for more information thehourlycambridge.com.
  • Private party contact
    events@thehourlycambridge.com: (617) 765-2342
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