The Hourly Oyster House

4.7
722 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
What 722 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSarah
New England
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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OpenTable Diner
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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vipRogerM
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood and bar service

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters!

MJ
MarcJ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an awesome time, food/drink was excellent, we will be coming back

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DarjaD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

June 30 and July 1 2021:
Exceptional food, service, and ambiance! And we are experts on seafood restaurants in Boston, since 2004. SO good that we went for dinner 2 nights in a row. Special shout-outs to waiters Cameron, Julia, Jon, and hostess Katie. Amazing place. A must-eat and must-go place for drinks--cocktails excellent too--in Harvard Square!

Dr. Darja and her family

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vipMargaretG
Miami
31 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lobster bisque was excellent. I had the grilled oysters which were tasty, could have had another order (only 4 oysters). Server was great.

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DonS
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our services was the best I ever had. The food was outstanding and prepared perfectly. A true diamond of a spot and will recommend to anyone.

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Thomas
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Hourly and are so happy that it has reopened! The oysters are our favorite in MA - and the food is always awesome, with some unique seafood choices. We had the bluefish cannoli and it was AWESOME. We sat outside and the ambiance was great, sitting in that side area is very cute. Will definitely come back.

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VirginiaR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best lobster roll in town! Music tends to be on the loud side. Outdoor dining area is cozy and fun. One of our favorite places.

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ALPT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our waitress was terrific. The fish tacos were great but the calamari was not good. Way over breaded and overcooked. Awfully loud music too.

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BrianU
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was fair,waitress was not very attentive,cocktails sat ready for pickup at the bar as she walked by four times.Wifes Cosmopolitan had to be sent back as it was made with wrong ingredients,my Martini was very watered down.Food came out within 10 minutes,which made me a bit nervous, however it was very good,Scallops had a nice combination of succatash and crispy polenta.My wife had fish and chips,fish was very good,not a lot of coating and shoestring fries were light an d hot.If the food wasn't as good as it was.i would not recommend this place,however I would go back

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MarilynB
Nashville
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of oysters to choose from. Crispy calamari, blackened swordfish tacos and seared scallops were delicious. We enjoyed sitting at high top near the window and enjoyed the quiet atmosphere. The customer service was superb.

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vipRusha
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely night- outside patio cozy but felt safe
Service was great-most of the seafood also great one dish over cooked but overall a casual fun atmosphere and very good seafood

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CaseyL
New England
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I work in Harvard Sq and come here for lunch from time to time but haven't been for dinner. It is now on our list for dinner restaurants, My son and I had a great meal, great time. Raw bar is outstanding and a varied dinner menu. Reasonable prices too.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the neighborhood and are regular customers. We’ve never had a bad meal or a negative experience. The atmosphere inside is fun and the outdoor dining adequate but perfect for a summer evening. Last night my son and I split a half dozen oysters then enjoyed sharing lots of small plates. Everything was perfectly prepared and the pacing was spot on. There are so many great restaurants in Cambridge, but we keep coming back to Hourly!

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RobertA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Super bartender Stephon, excellent food, fun ambiance

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CynPM
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good variety of oysters, each plate was really tasty and friendly service.

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topheavyhiker
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John was an excellent server, we enjoyed delicious cocktails, a bomb seafood tower and tasty affogato martinis to close. I had noted it was my friends birthday and they treated him to a crème brule with candles which was a very nice surprise. Will return soon!

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RobertS
London
20 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food accompanied by friendly, efficient service. Splendid meal

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to go back! The service and menu here are top-notch. The bluefish cannoli was inventive and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time visiting at Cambridge

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ChuckK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really fine service and overall excellent seafood. Recommended!

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Paul
New England
51 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside although inside tables were also available (french doors open to outside). The service was excellent and the food was perfect. I had scallops which were nicely grilled and came with a tasty succotash and grilled polenta. I was a very nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Hourly. The waiter gave great suggestions for oysters and all of the food was delicious. Can't stop won't stop coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice time eating out near Harvard Square

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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 722 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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