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The Hourly Oyster House, Cambridge, MA

The Hourly Oyster House

4.7
4.7
1063 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 52 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 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

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What 1,063 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  1. NA

    NABEMARO

    Tokyo

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered raw oysters, clam chowder soup, and Grilled Bronzini Fish. Everything was delicious. Wine was Atom Chardonnay and Champagne. They were especially good with the raw oysters. Our waitress gave us helpful advice and we enjoyed the menu as expected. I would definitely visit again.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fresh, clean and delicious. Every dish was thought out very well and it was the best experience. We started off with the Two tales of oysters then had the crispy calamari and tuna tartare. All starters were very fresh and delicious it had us clean the sauce off the plate. For our entree, we had the grilled swordfish and the lobster roll which both were amazing. Our waitress, Carolina was super friendly and patient. I will be coming back for more!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters were amazing! Chowder was delicious! Lobster bisque was under seasoned & Luke warm.. lobster roll & scallops were very good.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal!
  5. T

    Tracie

    New England

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our table of 5 really enjoyed ourselves in our little corner. Wonderful service with great recommendations for trying oysters I hadn't eaten yet. This is a fun place with a good vibe and excellent appies to share. Thanks!
  6. CR

    ChrisR

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters were fresh and crisp. The two entrees the scallops and the Bucatini were top notch. Highly recommend!
  7. JH

    JohnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our new go-to spot for the freshest clams in a delectable, crisp oysters, savory scallops and scrumptious fish in Cambridge. We''ll be back for another date night.
  8. CW

    CatherineW

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great range of seafood inspired entrees. Good wine list. More sophisticated than many restaurants in Harvard Square.
  9. H

    Holly

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first but not our last visit to the hourly. I have no complaints and only praise. Drinks- incredible. The interrobang was *chefs kisses* and their version of a manhatten was well received in our group. Strong. Apps: oysters were fresh and delicious with some varieties we haven’t seen before. hush puppies were wonderful (spicy-i could eat the spicy butter with a spoon it was incredible) calamari was good (not our favorite dish but tasty and a decent serving-probably wouldn’t get them again). A member of our group had and loved the clam chowder (not super thick more broth like but had big pieces of bacon). Entrees: scallops were wonderful and the risotto they were served on was unique and tasty, the cod dish was wonderful and the poke bowl from the starter menu was great. The ambiance was excellent- very hip without being annoying, a really nice mix of harvard/cambridge young people, middle age yuppies (🙋‍♀️) and those who are aging gracefully. Honestly I can’t find fault with the restaurant and can’t wait to go back. Parking is a challenge as it is anywhere in Harvard Square. We found street parking but they give a modest discount for a nearby garage I think. Lastly, prices were fair. Certainly there are more expensive seafood restaurants within walking distance. 5/5.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and yummy food. Perfect for a quaint date night, deff coming back for those delish oysters ☺️
  11. MJ

    MJMA

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent overall! Food was delicious, service was amazing. If there was one remark to make, it would be to dial down the music volume, which was a bit loud at the beginning. Eventually it was lowered to a good level. Thank you for a wonderful night out.
  12. DB

    DonnaB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance, professional, friendly service. Very good food and wine. Yummy oysters, and French fries! I would return.
  13. G

    Guillaume

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Great choice of excellent raw seafood. But everything that is cooked is just a bit wrong. Why do they add so much lemon in the lobster salad ? Why not change the oil from time to time to fry the calamari ? The wine list is not the best, and is definitely overpriced.
  14. PJ

    PaulJ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    This is our favorite restaurant for oysters. We come here often.
  15. SR

    SusanR

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had the lobster mac and cheese. Loaded with lobster and rich sauce. Only complaint - so rich I couldn't finish it.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I wanted to get something light before we went to the theater so we looked at the menu a few days before and loved all the small plate/appetizers and raw bar items. The restaurant was really nice and cozy. We loved the New Orleans touches. The server, Jackie was so lovely. We got a drink, shared a bunch of small plates and got dessert. The best of the small plates was the octopus. Delicious. Would get that again. Great experience. The restaurant was nice and I could see it being a fun regular neighborhood spot.
  17. NO

    NOLEW

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Year’s Eve
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and delicious food! Our server was excellent.
  19. SK

    StephenK

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Perfect shucked oysters.
  20. CC

    ChristinaC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding! Excellent oysters, burger, farro dish was superb! Fun atmosphere & great wine!
  21. M

    Minding

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Th fish and chips and chicken were fabulous as were the cod cakes. The swordfish was overpriced and mediocre. We were slow to order and we did it in stages. The waitress seemed to have a difficult time adjusting to our unusual timing.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hayley was amazing!!
  23. T

    Tony

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a warm, friendly place with excellent seafood and always friendly efficient staff. Good wine selection too
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, lovely staff and amazing food!
  25. s

    smithwmj

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience after going to ART for a play and doing some shopping. Good, thoughtful handling of gluten free options - a member of our party has celiac disease and both the menu and our excellent server took it seriously!
  26. SS

    StephenS

    New Orleans

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere. Highly recommend.
  27. E

    Explorersoflocaleats

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a lovely spot off of Harvard Square! We enjoyed the clam chowder and lobster bisque and the scallops with butternut squash risotto. It was all delicious and our server and her team were quite pleasant and attentive. My wife enjoyed her soft serve ice cream while I lingered over good coffee.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent seafood and service in a nice restaurant. Our first time here. We’ll be back.
  29. JT

    JacekT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good food, simple so one knows what to expect. We tried clum chowder and seafood, all was fine
  30. O

    Outwithmyguy

    Manitoba

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fun experience! If you can, sit at the bar. Watch and interact with the guys shucking the oysters. They were great!
  31. R

    Reese

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. The fish and chips, scallops and Iceland cod were cooked perfectly. The mussels were the best we have ever had! This was my second visit. I will definitely come back again.
  32. GG

    GregG

    New England

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall a very good dinner experience. The tuna crudo, octopus and shrimp ceviche were delicious.
  33. KD

    KellyD

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve eaten here several times now, with and without reservations and felt welcomed every time. The menu is a good range of seafood, raw, ceviched or grilled, as well as classic standards such as pasta, roasted chicken and a great burger. Something for everyone. The space itself is welcoming and comfy. A great bar area, generous booths or cafe table seating makes a lively scene without too much hustle or noise. Even enjoyed the outdoor alley space this summer.
  34. C

    Christian

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday, mentioned to the waitress if it was possible to do something for her. My request was completely ignored, and when ordering oysters - they lacked juice. I assume they were being used for the oyster shooters. Our food came out cold and it took a long time to get our check, I had to walk up to our waitress because we had been waiting 20 mins with a clear table.
  35. V

    Violet

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The staff at The Hourly is terrific - friendly, attentive, prompt - and the restaurant space is a real pleasure. The food is tasty - a great local spot.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great oysters and quick service
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was friendly and efficient. We will be back!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Very good food and service. It’s hard to find a parking though.
  39. CS

    CrystalS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    We were in Cambridge for college tours and I made a reservation after having done my research so I had high hopes. My reservation was made over two weeks ago and we were first seated at the very end table by the bathrooms far away from other guests. I asked to be seated and the new table was better. The lobster bisque was on the salty side but I didn’t want to ruin the experience for my family so I still ate my soup. The chop salad was also salty, which surprised me. Isn’t it really difficult to make a salad salty? The Bucatini frutti di mare was the saltiest of all. It was so salty to a point that no one should eat their food like this. It was a long day and I really didn’t want to make a fuss at a restaurant that I would never come back anyway. I decided to ask for some bread to offset the saltiness instead of sending it back to kitchen. The two thin pieces of toasted baguette was sent to our table 15 minutes later and I was charged $2 for the bread. Maybe I should have sent the soup, salad, and pasta back.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was so good!

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 4.7 stars by 1063 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 52 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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

    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • 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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