The Hourly Oyster House

4.6
500 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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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent especially the seafood platter. I've had quite a few seafood platters from many restaurants, and the one from Hourly Oyster House is by far my favorite in terms of quality, variety, and taste. The seafood salad was very nicely done, just enough mayo. The mussels were well prepared with a salsa like topping.

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MW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, highly recommended for all seafood lovers

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CC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! The oysters are fantastic and loved the fried clams. Our serving staff was very attentive. Would definitely come back!

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PB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We brought our grandchildren who did not find the meal very palatable. Too much fried food and overwhelming amount of French fRies.
Calimari was interesting, but not to our taste and lobster rolls were not very full of lobster.

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DO
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Noise level was high, making conversation difficult to hear. Food was good but portions were small for the price. Selection was limited but quality of the food was good.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall the experience was great. Food was a bit salty and calamari were rubbery. But, the service was great and the almond cake dessert was yummy.

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K
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I've never had such a mixed experience at a restaurant before. Some dishes stood out as really good but most were mediocre or fell flat. The cocktails I ordered was also fairly undrinkable. I would return for the raw bar perhaps but not for dinner.

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience! Went for a date night, staff could not have been nicer. Food came out in reasonable time and was exactly what we wanted. Good buzz, not too loud. Overall, would definitely come back again.

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SN
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Ambiance was fun and lively. Enjoyed our visit.

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p
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Far too many carbohydrates and pot food quality. Ran out of desserts!

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KC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great. We had a good time. The service was good.

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JT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, and drink were all great! For apps, we had oysters (tried them all!) and tuna poke. For our entrees, we ordered the scallops and Bronzini. All of it was delicious - especially the Bronzini. The smoked tomato butter sauce they pair it with is ahhhmazing. Oh, and the homemade potato chips are dangerously good.
The drink menu, which we had quite a few each, was fun and unique. Tried different drinks each round and were not disappointed.
Our service was on point. The bartenders, our server, and all of the supporting cast took very good care of us.
All in all, I really recommend The Hourly Oyster House and look forward to returning.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants of late and our go-to for pre -concert or pre-theater meals.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time trying oysters: the bartender was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, and did an excellent job directing me toward good places to begin.

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l
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious haddock sandwich, amazing tuna BLT and yummy kids fish and chips! Nice find. Head over to Mike’s Pastry next door for a cannoli to round out your meal and belly.

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DT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! The oysters were delicious and our server was awesome. We went for Valentine’s Day and the recommended specials were incredible and unique. Can’t wait to go back.

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FT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oyster are to die for! Been to this place like 3-4 times. Never a disappointment!

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly and accommodating staff (I have a dairy allergy), this place was a perfect date night spot. Not too casual, not too fancy, and we both had clean plates!! Delicious oysters, my salmon was cooked PERFECTLY, and my husband was in love with the salt crusted bronzini. Will definitely be back!!

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B
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Part of the Grafton Group, this venue excels over its peers. Good ambiance, not too loud, great service. Charred octopus included some overcharred items we literally could not identify or chew.  Side of greens was boring.  But most dishes were well-executed, tasty, and memorable in a good way.  Wine list and cocktails eminently respectable. Located in an old bank.  Good spot.

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food, awesome waiter... All three of us agree that we will be back -- VERY soon!

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LP
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place hidden on a side street in busy Harvard Square. The menu was so great, it was hard to decide what to get. Split the mussels, crab cakes and panna cotta and everything was awesome. Wine menu is diverse and reasonably priced. The old bank architecture is beautiful and memorable. Would definitely return!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was disappointing and the service very spotty. The speaker was right above us and the music was pretty obnoxious. The portions were very small and the seafood did not taste fresh (calamari, shrimp). Drinks were not timely with our dinners arriving.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was very good but the menu is a bit over priced. The selection on oysters was good but at 3 bucks a shuck and no fresh ground horseradish made it a weak value.
No blue cheese olives if you like martinis and a champagne depression glass was used as a Martini glass.
Shrimp are not over sized and again not worth 3 bucks each. Tuna blacked sandwich was very thin on the tuna.
The lobster bisque was pretty good although a bit darker in bisque color than most.
The service was the only highlight. If they have discount oyster night go then, other than that there are much better places to get oysters in boston

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SL
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
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
35 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! The food quality was outstanding!

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OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
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 on January 17, 2019
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 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything! Delicious food.

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a
New England
86 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
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 30, 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
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time.

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 28, 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 21, 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
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 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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