The Hourly Oyster House

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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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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. Pricing is spot on for all.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food is really good and great place to dine. The only little thing is that the Paella... is no Paella and shouldn’t be called that. It’s a risotto, a far cry from a real paella. The risotto was fantastic, but it was no paella and thus disappointed because you don’t decide to have paella on a whim and your mind is made up for the real deal

MC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant was recommended by a friend for our Anniversary. We gave it a try and was not disappointed. We had a great time in a very fun environment.

RS
New England
22 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Harvard Square. Classy, great food, and not too noisy.

JJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the seafood was incredibly fresh and perfectly prepared. The seafood half tower was beautifully arranged and every item was amazing, making it a wonderful choice. The charred octopus presentation was stunning and the combination of flavors and textures was delightful.

T
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pan roasted chili lobster is especially good. Salted brenzini is very good as well.

W
Shropshire
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Some difficulty encountered at the outset. We had a reservation through Opentable for regular seating and the Maitr D had some difficulty seating us until we requested the attention of the 'boss'.

Food good - but very loud. It might be because elderly people are more sensitive to the noise!!

KC
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent find. The oysters were excellent as was other food items. Wait staff extremely attentive and efficient. I would return.

JS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The atmosphere is lovely, the service was exceptional and the menu appetizing. I so wanted to like this place. But we all left feeling unwell, because the fried food (French fries, calamari, chicken tenders) was so greasy and it tasted as if the fryer oil hadn't been replenish all weekend (it was Sunday at 7pm). The fries had that dirty greasy taste. We had other things that were good, even delicious, - kids hamburger, chowder, raw oysters and Ceasar Salad. But even taking a few bites here and there of the fried food that we shared made us all feel sick. Even the grilled oysters, which weren't fried, were overcooked. I hope we caught them on a bad night.

AE
New England
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The ambiance, food, and service was great except we waited an hour for our food. There seemed to only be 2 waiters on the floor and many clients.

K
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It appears the raw oysters are the best choice. We didn't order any, but nearly everyone around us did. Our food was fair.

N
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Limited menu but outstanding food. The raw bar was especially good (don't miss the Prince Edward Island oysters!). Extensive wine list with good and well-priced selection from around the globe. Service was a little erratic at first, but we were there in very early evening with overstretched server. The waitstaff quickly grew to meet the demand. Great ambience, low noise level, even when the place became busier.

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent everything! Servers were all great 💗! Will definitely be back when in the area.

HK
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Waiter tried a little, but that's better than the opposite.
Also, they had good and unusual wines

GA
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled across this Restaurant and are
glad we did. The decor and ambience are spot on and the service was excellent. We had tuna poke and crab cakes to start which were delicious. The halibut main was delicate and flavour full and the decadent chocolate mousse was wonderful. Well worth a visit

C
New England
68 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious dinner! Our waitress was able to convince the chef to let me have the salmon with the accompaniments from the scallops entree. Very much appreciated. My husband's lobster roll was excellent.
The music was pretty bad, and the two young women next to us had piercing voices, so that was a negative which couldn’t be helped. All in all, a pleasure to be there.

JP
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Elizabeth provided fantastic service service!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hamburger was amazing!

JF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Raw bar was excellent - I loved that they gave you a written description of each oyster. Calamari is also worth ordering!

m
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the option that gave our party 2 of each of the day's oyster...SO yummy and liked the mignonette, too. I was a bit surprised that my panfried chicken did not have a crust but the chicken thighs were juicy and tasty and the spinach was a great part of the dish. I would definitely go again :)

T
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

The food at Hourly was delicious. The portions could have been bigger. The noise level made it difficult for our party of 5 to converse on a high top table.

CG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant! The calamari is my favorite thing on the menu.

CK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster roll and scallops were excellent. I tried the chocolate mousse for the first time and by far it was the best I’ve had. The complimentary chips were also an excellent added bonus.

LP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVED it! Wonderful meal in Cambridge. Everything was top-notch. Highly recommend.

ZA
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience, drinks where brought to us very quick. Oysters where fresh and tasted amazing. 10/10 will recommend to a friend!

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food! The oysters are amazing!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Disappointing. Have eaten many times before satisfactorily. but this time food was substandard. Halibut was dry overcooked and inedible. Caesar salad dressing a big glop. Sliders just ok. Poke was just ok. Service good. .

BH
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food was great. I’m looking forward to going back again!

LG
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the historical ambiance. Service was great. I tried bronzini and it was SO delicious! Oysters are amazing. My only gripe is that they load the drinks with ice - stick to beer and wine.

JK
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Loved the food, waiter, service, value, but it was noisy.

E
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very attentive service. Excellent burger and of course great oysters. Beer selections could either be broader or rotate more. Overall, a fine place.

SD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful location in the heart of harvard square!

C
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Beautiful restaurant in a great location but the staff was inexperienced and we received apps and entrees simultaneously. Oysters were delicious and rest of the food was good though one person who was a vegetarian had little to choose from. They need to get mature and knowledgeable waitstaff to make this place feel like the bustling brasserie that it could be.

OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great creative and delicious food. Great service. Great value. Highly recommend.

EG
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with our son and had a great meal. Loved the oysters, fresh and cold. The lobster roll was amazing as well as the seared scallops. From the outside the place looks more “white table cloth” fancy but inside is more relaxed, almost like an upscale sports bar. Food and service outstanding. We would definitely go back.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner. The service and food quality were top notch. We had a nice meal and didn't have to shout.

D
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great lobster rolls and a nice selection of wines. Make sure to ask for the home made potato chips.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

After giving the tip, the waiter didn’t see and tell me Thank you

KW
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly, not pretentious place with a diligent staff and great food. It's a place you could walk into in a business or casual attire and still feel comfortable. Great oysters, as you might expect, at typical prices. Seafood is not an inexpensive meal, but this place seems pleased to serve. Staff work cooperatively so that multiple people are taking orders, serving, refilling, etc. That part of the operation is seamless, which is not always true at other restaurants. As my daughter is just starting her undergrad work in Boston, I anticipate coming back many times.

s
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The return of the chilled corn soup with crab was worth the wait -- it is the perfect combo of summer and seafood in a bowl! I recommend having more than one while it lasts (currently part of Dine Out Boston menu). Still hopeful however it will make an encore before summer ends. The debut of the chocolate cheesecake with toast pistachios and salted caramel was equally exciting -- the texture and taste were sublime and hit the spot as a finale to a great meal. Both should be cast as regular players on the menu!

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