The Hourly Oyster House

4.7
811 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 811 people are saying
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4.7
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4.6
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vipsisgrows
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a GEM! A beautiful atmosphere all around. A warm vibe and gorgeous setting with a unique history! Our server was lovely. The dinner was amazing. The yellow tail crudo tasted so good and fresh and our entress were scrumptious. Hope to come back soon . Praying that is possible with the mandates.

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vipDRWILLIAMW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server, food, everything was perfect!

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EastWind
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit to The Hourly and the food and service were
Impeccable!

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ChristopherS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was a lovely find for outdoor dining on New Year's Eve. Our table was right between two heaters so it was not too cold. We thoroughly enjoyed the oysters and were pleasantly surprised by the variety. The service was friendly and prompt, and the drinks were great. Finally, the mussels were delicious as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was fair at best, but I didn’t drink and I think this place is going to serve you better if you do. I’m sure they were short staffed so I give them a pass for slow service, but I mean we only ordered appetizers and the service was so so slow. We sat with empty plates for quite a while just waiting for the check at the end. Nice place, but subpar service and just slightly above par food resulted in an underwhelming experience.

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JuanH
Monterrey
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Si visitas Boston no puede faltar comer o cenar en este lugar.

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RuthP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to gather with friends. Consistently good food and inventive drink menu. Highly recommended!

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PatV
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The Hourly Oyster House is well located -close to public transportation- in a nice area in Cambridge. The environment in the restaurant was quiet, with moderate noise (as expected), time to prepare food was normal and the staff was very kind.

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vipDiner
New England
17 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Simple menu. Don't go here for a foodie experience but the food is very good. The oyster variety is excellent! We also enjoyed the service. It's one of our favorites for a quick and tasty meal in the Square.

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ReneeB
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious and the atmosphere was beautiful.

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vippigglepop
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

There was an incredibly disruptive and loud table near us that made us very angry. But the affogato martinis were lovely.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brandon behind the bar is as knowledgeable as any regarding the wine list and matching food. Way to go Brandon.

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JosephN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great - delicious and memorable

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Ashley
New England
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Waitress was conscientious of our preferences, attentive, and friendly. Great experience!

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IsabelleC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place great oysters and soup
The best place to have a brunch

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Teak
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff and food was fantastic. We had a wonderful time

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vipArielle
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent -- fresh swordfish, yellowtail crudo, and generous lobster roll -- and the service was fine. Our only complaint was the noise level -- it's a very busy place! -- but we were there on a Saturday evening, so it might be quieter on other evenings. Also, we were seated in a row of two-person tables, all close to one another. A corner table or booth might have been better. Noise level and seating aside, we'll be back for the marvelous, super fresh seafood.

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BenB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flight of oysters was excellent. The fish and chips were nicely battered, super crispy, and perfectly cooked.

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LarryK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

When in the Cambridge area the restaurant is a must. Wonderful seafood.

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teambrowndog
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An early weekend lunch, so it was quieter than I would expect in the bar, but great service and fantastic oysters. We would definitely eat here again.

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MatthewM
Key West
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was awesome and Chloe was excellent as well!

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vipPeterG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my wife and son out for a meal while visitin

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and atmosphere was very nice. The only complaint by those in our party was the portion size was a bit small.

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Tony
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fish dishes are fresh and delicious! Service is friendly and attentive.

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DGCamberville
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a cold night but sitting outside with the heat lamps was comfortable. Great for oysters and has a good, varied menu otherwise.

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Tina
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Inside dining was full so we ate in the courtyard under an overhead heater. It was still chilly and a bit noisy. It would have been better to sit at a table next to the street with larger heaters. Food was excellent as was the service.

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vipBubs
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food - loved the lobster roll! Oysters were fresh and delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my daughter and her two friends out to dinner who go to a local college and we enjoyed ourselves very much. It was a terrific experience. My smash burger was amazing and we all enjoyed our food tremendously. We would definitely return again.

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vipJoanD
New England
29 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The oysters were delicious and the service was great. More people back in the Square means a bigger crowd and more noise! The salmon was delicious as were the fish and chips. I am not fond of shoestring fries, but the fish was perfectly cooked.

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TheIcingModel
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for a Sunday lunch and were treated to a great array of local oysters and good fried seafood. Staff did a great job as well. A great meal in a great spot.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful waitress & beautiful location plus excellent food. Did not like how crowded the bar area was during Covid. But once we got to our booth there was good distance from others and felt Covid safe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oysters were amazing and the scallop dish was perfect!!!

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StevenF
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Overall, not bad. Nice location, lovely interior, noise level so-so, food good. What I wasn’t crazy about was that it felt like they just wanted to turn tables. It all felt a bit rushed…and at this price-point we shouldn’t be hurried. The waitress was attentive but at the same time came by a few too many times to ask “how are you doing?” I’d estimate 5-6 times which was veering on oppressive—and wanting to turn a table.

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Laurieb
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic, all staff wore masks, and the food was delicious!

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vipDougR
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Fresh seafood and a charming setting in Cambridge are the draws here. The menu is limited and not especially creative, but that’s true to the Oyster House format.

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vipJeffreyU
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well done traditional New England seafood with great ambience and location in Harvard Square. Highly recommend.

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vipNovaFan
Philadelphia
56 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here with a friend, we loved it!! Great food (oysters were awesome!!), fun atmosphere, and friendly/attentive service. We ate outside on the patio--it was a chilly night but the heaters helped. Highly recommend!

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BorisK
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Location and ambiance was excellent. Oysters are great, other food is decent.

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JeanF
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrifically fresh ingredients. Authentically friendly and knowledgeable service all around from hostess bar staff to servers. brassiere ambience. Crowd was mostly 30+ yo

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were very happy with our experience during a very busy weekend in Cambridge. My husband and I made reservations for two a few weeks ago, however, the morning of our dinner we called to change the reservation to five. They were very accommodating and nice about the change.

Additionally our server Angie was friendly and made our evening very fun. We will definitely come back.

FAQs

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 811 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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