The Hourly Oyster House

4.7
747 Reviews
$30 and under
Oyster Bar
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good vibe, Friday busy. Fun place good food

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vipCOB1
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Boston/Cambridge favorite. Great outdoor space and service is AMAZING. Loved everything from cocktail recommendations to food. Thank you.

JW
JessicaW
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night. Such good food and fun atmosphere.

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pigeonnumber3
New England
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Eating outside will continue to be tricky...windy and heater was a bit underpowered in the alley seats. Staff were friendly and efficient. Oysters were fresh and delicious, but due to price I only had 4 at $3ea. My "Battle of Starcourt" $12 cocktail came in a can labelled with restaurant name, and was good but not strong. Scallop dinner was delicious, came with polenta and succotash. Husband had rose sangria and fish and chips, which he enjoyed. French fries were very good.

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Britt
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere! TRY THE LOBSTER ROLL<3

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ArtL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good - definitely on the “return to” list.

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IselinLocal
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Everything tasted great!

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vipEmilyB
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place for fresh fish :-) especially love their “tower”.

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vipTeePee
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a must when we are in Cambridge. Cam, our server was fabulous-knowledgeable and attentive!

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Urikhai
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Outdoor seating on the street was loud and not what we were expecting. The food is always great at hourly but the atmosphere this time was not what we wanted. Would have requested the “alley” or inside.

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Edmosok
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for oysters. Nice ambiance. Entree menu is somewhat limited.

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CarolynP
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious - good selection of seafood. The server was also great - knowledgeable, friendly and kept us happy. Would definitely recommend.

KJ
KatherineJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed it

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RichardT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

From the moment the cold glass jars of water were brought to our table until the final sips of our drinks, this was an exceptional experience.
The oysters were fresh, there was a good selection, and they were tasty.
My wife and I had the clam chowder and both agreed, while not “traditional”, the temperature was perfect, the consistency perfect and the flavor outstanding. For our main meals, my wife had the salmon and I had the swordfish. Both cooked perfectly and accompanied with delicious sides. GREAT FOOD!
I had a vodka martini which was mixed perfectly and my wife had the mock tail which included watermelon and lime which was both refreshing and sweet.
The majority of the servers were friendly, helpful and responsive.
If there is a drawback, finding parking is definitely a chore, so plan ahead if you are driving. Next time, and there will be a next time, we’ll Uber.

The Hourly Oyster House
Responded on August 18, 2021

Richard, thank you for such a lovely review. I'm really glad you had such a wonderful experience. In terms of parking in the Square, there is a garage in the building directly across the street in The Smith Center that we offer validation for ($2 off total fee). We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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finny
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick service, outdoor tables, and in the shade--just what I was looking for on a sweltering summer evening. The peach and burrata salad was a delight, as was the boozy milkshake.

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vipkhakio
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always have a great meal and a great experience at Hourly Oyster. I enjoy the Tale of Two Oysters (we had four in our group last night and had a Tale of Four), and also like the Mexican seviche-like appetizer, mussels, lobster roll, lobster bisque -- pretty much everything I've tried. There's a delicious cocktail called Battle of Starcourt. Hourly is a great place to eat in the Square.

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viplsullivan
New England
66 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were wonderful! Dined outside which was lovely, but I’ll never get used to being “on the sidewalk.”

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PatW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside on a lovely August evening. Our party of four ordered appetizers of shrimp cocktail and grilled octopus (both excellent) followed by entrees of grilled salmon, striped bass, fish & chips, and mussels. Everything was well-prepared and delicious. As we ate outside, I cannot comment on the indoor ambiance or noise level, but the food was great, the service friendly and efficient, and we were not rushed at all.

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vipBostonSoxFan
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent oysters and drinks. Burrata salad was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place SURPASSES the vibe check. First off, I don’t know who gave it the right to be that cute. It’s a mellow, but exciting mix of industrial and cozy. The drinks were delicious and they even can one of their own creations. (Wonder if it’s available for takeout purchase…) The food was exceptional; I’d go so far as to say “finger licking good” if I thought that was an acceptable practice. 12/10 recommend

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JimW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

great service and good drinks but sub par food (terrible fried calamari, soggy tasteless octopus, ridiculously overpriced salmon nicoise for what it was). overall very disappointing.

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MichaelS
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best clam chowder I have eaten. The food was excellent. Our waitress was very good.

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vipljc1
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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KelseyO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great bar area! Loved the staff's recommendations for dishes as well as the amazing raw bar. Definitely will be going back.

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Hana
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both fantastic. Everything we ordered was great and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We sat outside and it got a little noisy once it filled up, but overall a great atmosphere and experience!

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vipSarah
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing! One of our favorite seafood spots. Great vibe too, lively but not loud.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Patio was a little tight we were less then 1ft from the next table over

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pleasure, this restaurant. It’s been a minute since I’ve had a go to seafood spot in Cambridge. Make this yours. The service is high quality just like the food. The menu is varied and I can’t wait to go back to enjoy the rest!

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JohnS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food was exceptional, as was our bartender; we sat at the bar. Highly recommend!

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SteveK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Not the Hourly that we were used to. Many menu changes that have taken away
dinner favorites that justified a 20 minute Uber ride. Check current menu on their website. Pub food at best now.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a good time here! My burrata salad was the best salad i had ever had. Lobster bisque was so yummy, but the real star was the clam chowder. We also got dessert! Our waitress was so kind and friendly. We will plan to come back if ever in Cambridge again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable service and unbelievable food one of the best dining experiences we've ever had

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had high hopes from reading reviews and looking at the menu, but, unfortunately, those hopes were higher than what was achieved. The staff was great. The drinks were wonderful. The food, was underwhelming. For the price we were expecting to be blown away by the food.

JR
JoeR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best oyster service in Boston/Cambridge. Large open space so it can get loud. Not overwhelming but a consideration if you have older folks like me.

NJ
vipNJDave
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Decent place; oysters were fresh and very tasty. The spicy margarita was the best my wife ever had. I had the swordfish which was a bit dry. Overall, we enjoyed it and will be back.

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kris
Raleigh
28 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We made a tapas meal out of many starter plates and it was lovely. Salads, oysters, shrimp, the burrata was the best we’ve had out of Italy, tuna tartare taco, swordfish taco and lobster bisque! Good wine—finished with key lime brûlée!

Cameron was are server extraordinaire!

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vipAnnaS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was wonderful. Lobster roll and homemade lemonade was absolutely delicious!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved the food

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vipmariannab
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place might have a new chef-- things have changed and not really for the better. Burger not as good; what used to be a decent caesar salad is now a "celery ceasar" which is 90% celery (weird/bad). Oysters are still tops and they now have soft serve ice cream. But probably won't go back here, honestly.

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amyeli
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonight’s dining experience was fantastic. The food was great, the drinks were delicious, but the service was out of this world - probably the best service I’ve had since I moved to Boston 4ish years ago. From the moment we walked in, Cameron went out of his way to make the night memorable. This was my third time eating at Hourly, and I will definitely be back.

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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 747 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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