The Hourly Oyster House

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477 reviews
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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. Instead of traditional bread service, meals begin with fresh, homemade salt and vinegar chips and guests are sent home with taffy from Harvard Square neighbor, Cabot’s Candy.
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SL
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Charming
My only suggestion would be to have one red or darker beer on draft. The nitro stout was too close to a Guinness

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S
New England
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! The food quality was outstanding!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly service after getting the table requested in my reservation. Good appetizers and we all enjoyed the main courses. Your seafood is superb!

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n
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for the first time, at the recommendation of a friend, before a play at the A.R.T. I'm so glad we did. The wait-staff were friendly, the atmosphere is great, and the food was delicious. We were only in the mood for appetizers and the selection was varied and unusual. I loved the tuna tartare appetizer and the curried mussels were absolutely delicious. Great wine selection. We received a discount at the garage across the street, and the walk to the theatre was close. I'll definitely return!

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EO
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hourly adds something special to the Harvard Square Food scene. From fresh, deliciously prepared seafood, to tasty vegan options, there's something for everyone at this cozy, eclectic, sepia-lit establishment. All this, plus a delightful staff make Hourly a restaurant I'll choose again and recommend to others.

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RJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything! Delicious food.

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a
New England
82 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sorry to say that it was an off night for Hourly. The oysters were wonderful, as always! Dinner was not up to their usual standard. A few of us tried the New Year's Eve specials and they were just good. My husband had the salmon from the regular menu and he cleaned his plate. We'll chalk it up to a hectic night.

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DR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had great service at the bar... Food was excellent. The recommendations from the staff at the raw bar were top notch. Warm ambiance over all

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DO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was good but the seafood pasta came with a lot of pasta and very little in the way of seafood.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time.

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner spot. Food was delicious! The seafood was fresh and portions perfect.

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PH
New England
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Selected on line and was not disappointed. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals.

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h
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We stopped in after Revels at the Harvard Theater mainly because it was close and convenient. We were very pleasantly surprised by the food and had a great time. The oysters were excellent and the two dozen option was a very good value. The grilled octopus was some of the best I have had since the last time I was on Crete. The bronzini I had was baked in salt and I was concerned it would be too salty but it was pretty close to perfect. The waitstaff was also perfect; not hovering but available when we needed something. Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was a lovely end to the day.

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LB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and ambiance. The fish was uniquely done and very tasty. Loved it!

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AP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

good food , we enjoyed the night be a little much better the service of servers

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MV
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. Fuoad was our waiter and he was fantastic. Made great recommendations for food and drinks. I can’t wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lady at the bar was beautiful and great

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B
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent lobster roll -- very meaty and tastes fresh.

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S
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three co-workers out for a pre-Christmas lunch and looking for something different from our usual gathering places. Among us we had a burger, prepared just as ordered (medium rare), the Banker's Lunch (half grilled sandwich plus a bowl of clam chowder), and grilled salmon over yummy soba noodles. Everything was delicious. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. The restaurant itself has comfy booths and has an air of sophistication that lent just the right atmosphere for a special lunch out. The menu offers sufficient variety that guests interested in spending less can be satisfied even though as one of us thinks the Hourly is pricey overall. Personally I didn't balk at the $18 salmon dish, especially as it was a special occasion. I'd definitely recommend the Hourly and will return for special occasions.

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SP
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were fantastic! Highly recommended.

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NN
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, beautiful restaurant!

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HS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Zeph was fabulous!! No rushing us out as we spent a couple of hours for a holiday luncheon while we did a yankee swap!

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D
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service is very careful and attentive. I introduced two fiends this week and they liked it too. I like the limited but full menu options. I thought the cioppino was very tasty but a bit skimpy on fish.

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MK
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely way to spend Sunday brunch. Friendly staff; outstanding service.

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NP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Loved the location, atmosphere, price. Thought menu was somewhat limited and hate the use of cheesy champagne type glasses instead of traditional martini glasses!!!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The service was okay. Crab cake appetizer was excellent. However I ordered the scallops and it was lackluster. The risotto was over cooked and had no flavor. Overall a nice restaurant and I definitely want to try eating there again

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RS
New England
33 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delightful. Very fresh seafood in a low-key atmosphere. Definitely one of the most enjoyable places for oysters in town. Went for a birthday lunch and had the Tale of Two Oysters and a Half Hourly (seafood tower). Both excellent and great portions.

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MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always really enjoy The Hourly Oyster house. I go pretty regularly. I'm a vegetarian and they always have at least two vegetarian options. And my friends who like fish say the fish is great, and my buddy who really likes burgers really enjoys their burgers. They're always nice, good bar, and the seating while sort of close together also feels like each table has privacy. I'd really recommend it.

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AL
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good. We will be back (as we often are). The raw oysters were delicious.

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P
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place, decent food and good menu selection. A lot of seafood and a few burgers and other options. Good assortment of appetizers. Have to try the dessert next time. Plenty of booze for those who drink, they are not pushy with trying to sell you booze for those who dont, which is good, and they give excellent service whether or not you order booze, which shows it is a first class place.

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l
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful, the food was delicious, and service was attentive and pleasant. I am definitely looking forward to another visit in the future!

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SJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was really good the octopus, mussels, and oysters were fantastic but the cod sliders are pretty fishy tasting almost like they weren't super fresh and I wouldn't recommend them.

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TF
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hourly Oyster never fails to deliver a great experience. Great staff, helpful and friendly and efficient bartender. The shuckers are outstanding, and the oysters impeccably fresh.

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c
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the freshly shucked oysters are a marvel. And the appetizers and entrées are splendid. We shared the bronzino and the shrimp scampi, both served piping hot and both very tasty. We topped off the meal with a scrumptious cranberry apple crisp with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

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D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service delivering delicious food and drink. Oysters are fresh and well shucked.

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BW
New England
120 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Two of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. We started with oysters and shared 4 dishes -- charred octopus, tuna poke, oysters Rockefeller, roasted brussels sprouts. Everything was delicious, as were the complimentary homemade potato chips. Beware the parking validation. The Holyoke Street garage appears to be undergoing some changes, and they were charging $15 up front for an evening rate with no restaurant discount. The atmosphere gave us the creeps so we went to the University Street lot where we paid $14. I neglected to mention this to the restaurant.

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LM
New England
79 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at Hourly. We had the turkey dinner, which was delicious, and the pecan pie in a jar which was everything I hoped it would be! Delicious cocktails and excellent service rounded out a very pleasant meal. Recommend.

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MG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Oysters were fantastic. Seafood pasta tasted great; but was small, cocktail shrimp, tiny calamari, and short shavings of chorizo.

It was Thanksgiving.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highlight of the day! Even open on Thanksgiving :)

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