The Hourly Oyster House
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
The Hourly Seafood Tower*
16 Oysters, 6 Littleneck Clams, 6 Jumbo Shrimp, Bass Aguachili, Tuna Crudo, Lobster Salad
Aioli, Griddled Roll, Chives
Maitre d'Butter, Lardon
Eating outside will continue to be tricky...windy and heater was a bit underpowered in the alley seats. Staff were friendly and efficient. Oysters were fresh and delicious, but due to price I only had 4 at $3ea. My "Battle of Starcourt" $12 cocktail came in a can labelled with restaurant name, and was good but not strong. Scallop dinner was delicious, came with polenta and succotash. Husband had rose sangria and fish and chips, which he enjoyed. French fries were very good.
Great food, great service, great atmosphere! TRY THE LOBSTER ROLL<3
Very good - definitely on the “return to” list.
Great food. Everything tasted great!
A wonderful place for fresh fish :-) especially love their “tower”.
Always a must when we are in Cambridge. Cam, our server was fabulous-knowledgeable and attentive!
Outdoor seating on the street was loud and not what we were expecting. The food is always great at hourly but the atmosphere this time was not what we wanted. Would have requested the “alley” or inside.
Great place for oysters. Nice ambiance. Entree menu is somewhat limited.
The food was delicious - good selection of seafood. The server was also great - knowledgeable, friendly and kept us happy. Would definitely recommend.
From the moment the cold glass jars of water were brought to our table until the final sips of our drinks, this was an exceptional experience.
The oysters were fresh, there was a good selection, and they were tasty.
My wife and I had the clam chowder and both agreed, while not “traditional”, the temperature was perfect, the consistency perfect and the flavor outstanding. For our main meals, my wife had the salmon and I had the swordfish. Both cooked perfectly and accompanied with delicious sides. GREAT FOOD!
I had a vodka martini which was mixed perfectly and my wife had the mock tail which included watermelon and lime which was both refreshing and sweet.
The majority of the servers were friendly, helpful and responsive.
If there is a drawback, finding parking is definitely a chore, so plan ahead if you are driving. Next time, and there will be a next time, we’ll Uber.
Richard, thank you for such a lovely review. I'm really glad you had such a wonderful experience. In terms of parking in the Square, there is a garage in the building directly across the street in The Smith Center that we offer validation for ($2 off total fee). We look forward to hosting you again soon!
Quick service, outdoor tables, and in the shade--just what I was looking for on a sweltering summer evening. The peach and burrata salad was a delight, as was the boozy milkshake.
I always have a great meal and a great experience at Hourly Oyster. I enjoy the Tale of Two Oysters (we had four in our group last night and had a Tale of Four), and also like the Mexican seviche-like appetizer, mussels, lobster roll, lobster bisque -- pretty much everything I've tried. There's a delicious cocktail called Battle of Starcourt. Hourly is a great place to eat in the Square.
Food and service were wonderful! Dined outside which was lovely, but I’ll never get used to being “on the sidewalk.”
We dined outside on a lovely August evening. Our party of four ordered appetizers of shrimp cocktail and grilled octopus (both excellent) followed by entrees of grilled salmon, striped bass, fish & chips, and mussels. Everything was well-prepared and delicious. As we ate outside, I cannot comment on the indoor ambiance or noise level, but the food was great, the service friendly and efficient, and we were not rushed at all.
Excellent oysters and drinks. Burrata salad was fantastic!
This place SURPASSES the vibe check. First off, I don’t know who gave it the right to be that cute. It’s a mellow, but exciting mix of industrial and cozy. The drinks were delicious and they even can one of their own creations. (Wonder if it’s available for takeout purchase…) The food was exceptional; I’d go so far as to say “finger licking good” if I thought that was an acceptable practice. 12/10 recommend
great service and good drinks but sub par food (terrible fried calamari, soggy tasteless octopus, ridiculously overpriced salmon nicoise for what it was). overall very disappointing.
The best clam chowder I have eaten. The food was excellent. Our waitress was very good.
Great bar area! Loved the staff's recommendations for dishes as well as the amazing raw bar. Definitely will be going back.
The food and service were both fantastic. Everything we ordered was great and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We sat outside and it got a little noisy once it filled up, but overall a great atmosphere and experience!
The food is always amazing! One of our favorite seafood spots. Great vibe too, lively but not loud.
Patio was a little tight we were less then 1ft from the next table over
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!
Our food was exceptional, as was our bartender; we sat at the bar. Highly recommend!
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.
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.
Unbelievable service and unbelievable food one of the best dining experiences we've ever had
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.
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.
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.
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!
Staff was wonderful. Lobster roll and homemade lemonade was absolutely delicious!!
Loved the food
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.
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.
Great seafood and bar service
We had a great time.
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 744 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.