The Hourly Oyster House

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540 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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BB
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service! Will definitely be back. One of the best places we have been to in a long time.

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LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and fresh Island Creek oysters! Wonderful menu. Special of Fruit de Mar Paella was fabulous !

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BB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Oyster platter came out after main course- had to send back mains. Side salad very disappointing- wilted mixed greens straight from bag- no inspiration, no care. Even with half salad half fries still too much.

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WF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal! The mussels were plump and cooked right. The fish tacos were excellent - well spiced but flavorful.

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AP
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!!!

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BK
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lives up to the expectations based on their Open Table reviews.

Service was great. Oysters were fresh and delicious. Highly recommend the lobster bisque, crab cakes and Chili Lobster

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l
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Fries were cold and immediately replaced. Fish so delicious
We are in Canada so sadly can’t be our regular joint

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a
New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered a dozen of the largest oysters and a dozen of the smallest ones, to please tastes of my companions. Everyone was very satisfied. This is my second time there but I will come back!

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U
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Go for the oysters and complimentary chips! The oysters were incredibly fresh and delicious. There were some great cocktails as well. I wished the dinner menu had more options. Next time I am sticking to the oyster bar side of the restaurant -- it doesn't disappoint!

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BN
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, friendly staff, tasty food! Likely to return next time I’m in town

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really enjoyed first experience at this restaurant. Food was very good. My only complaint was that the oysters were so small.

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DS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and atmosphere. Will definitely go there again when in town.

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DR
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Service was attentive, but not overbearing. Food ok with quite limited menu. Listed as a seafood restaurant, but really oysters and lobster rolls. Wine list decent.

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JW
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful dinner here on a Sunday evening with my husband and sister in law. The service was attentive and the food delicious. Would definitely return!

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We actually went here for two out of our three nights in Boston! Great food, service and ambience.
The Lobster Roll and the Calamari are outstanding! Enjoy!

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ML
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I’ve been here several times for both both business and personal. While nothing was outright bad this time, it also wasn’t good. The grilled octopus app was silly. Just 2 slivers of octopus atop a tomato/olive salad. The salmon was fine, although I contend you can cook salmon well done (white all the way through) without drying it out much. Not on this day. Our seating location was cold with the door left open. I should have asked them to shut the door, so that’s on me.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

We LOVED the food, especially the clam chowder and the lobster rolls! Wish our server was a little more attentive though.

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TL
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, good wine list and the food was excellent. This was our second time there and each visit was great.

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NJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the seafood tower and dinner entrees.
Seafood tower was very nice, good selection and ample quantity.
Entrees were good, with one exception:
the eggplant was inedible; very tough and rubbery and had to be sent away.
No time for a replacement meal.
Sirloin steaks were not fabulous, but were good.
Overall, however, thoroughly enjoyed the venue and most of the food and would definitely go again.

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MF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Brazino roasted in salt with smoked tomato butter was some of the best fish I've had anywhere in the world. The Mookie Blues fresh oysters are our favorite. Service is a bit slow but helpful.

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JH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Pretty average all around. Nothing special or novel or even very interesting. Bland

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RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious. Oysters and lobster are great! Friendly service.

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K
New England
20 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The one thing the Hourly Oyster House going for it is location. The whole belly clams were horrible. Eight or Nine Clams burnt to a crisp with little or no bellys. The fries were cold. The paella had little on nor chirizo and was poorly presented. If you are only stopping in for a drink the rose sangria was very refreshing. Avoid unless you are only stopping in to meet friends at the bar.

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SH
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only downside is the food was so good we ate too much!

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KM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hourly is one of my fave places! Always a great time there!!

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K
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant.They had 6 different oysters to choose from, all amazing. I had the salt baked bronzini and it was spectacular. The acoustics are very good. There was nice music and we could have a conversation.

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LF
New England
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a busy restaurant with excellent seafood. I have enjoyed the oysters, fish and chips and salmon. Their volume means all the fish is very fresh. They have a great selection of wines by the glass, especially whites to go with the seafood. The service is friendly. The kitchen and menu are organized to get the food out quickly so you can drop by for dinner before a movie or concert and not worry about being late to your next stop.
Overall one of the best dining options in Harvard Square.

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

5 People got crammed into a booth that was a bit too small. Pretty noisy.

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D
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood gem!

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TV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hourly oyster bar is one of my fav spots in Harvard Square. The oysters are always fresh and the wait staff is always very kind. Get the Hourly Lobster Roll for the free pastry next door. Amazing

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere, location right by Harvard Square is perfect.

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TC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and service was great. The only reason I wouldn’t give this five stars is because it was extremely noisy, even sitting in the corner of the restaurant.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great spot... oysters

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S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, wine list, ambiance all outstanding. Perfect for foodies looking for a fresh and creative take on seafood. Will be back soon!

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KC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food value, service, and ambiance melded into a pleasurable dining experience.

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K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

This food is way too salty!!!!
I don’t understand why you are doing this salt thing!
I have had lots of salt on specific dishes, but this is awful.

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k
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Something to see in Boston. Food is good but the place is very loud.

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LA
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for oysters and seafood in Harvard Square. The scallops were amazing.

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DH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hourly is always one of my daughter and mu favorite restaurants. The Mookie Blue oysters are exceptional - briny, succulent and full-bodied. We tried the "Composed Oysters" which were special and distinctive. The Pepper-Crusted Tuna BLT is a tremendous value with plentiful French Fries and a healthy salad.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
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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