The Hourly Oyster House

4.7
692 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 692 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RobertA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Super bartender Stephon, excellent food, fun ambiance

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CynPM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
5 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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vipChuckK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really fine service and overall excellent seafood. Recommended!

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Paul
New England
49 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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Mike
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dinner! Only suggestion would be to lower the music volume.

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MagdaE
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal oyster selection, beautiful food presentation and a wine list perfect for seafood.

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Kayla
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience. Good drinks, food, ambiance and perfect service.

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vipDavidL
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and delicious. Every single time.

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vipMeganR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of friends and I went for my birthday and it was excellent! All of the cocktails were refreshing, the service was amazing, and the food delish! Our group split a dozen oysters (island creek and mookie blues) and has the scallops and hangar steak. The scallops were served with polenta wedges and a creamy succotash, and the polenta was both perfectly cooked and the perfect complement to the meaty, tender, and seared to perfection scallops! I also highly recommend the watermelon lime oyster shooter! It is a fun take on a typical bloody Mary’s mix style oyster shooter, and super refreshing!

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WesleyW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not the first time I’ve been to the hourly. Always a good time and good vibe. Good people in there with a lot of choices of food. Nice oysters and fried calamari. 5 star as always.

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ZGBurnett
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I were thrilled to be back at Hourly! The service was excellent and the food/drinks were even better. We were lucky to have wonderful weather and the outdoor seating was comfortable and accommodating. We will both be back again!

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vipElizabethR
New England
23 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The oysters at Hourly Oyster are fresh, delicious and well priced. The other dishes too -- including the tuna poke and grilled oysters -- are delicious. My only complaint is that the decor seems a little dark and dated. Otherwise, a wonder spot.

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vipBeeDubs
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, great place in Harvard Square to escape to for a bit and enjoy a cocktail and food. Friendly and attentive staff. Very highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cameron our server was awesome! We got my favourite the seafood tower and I enjoyed the MoMo Sauvignon Blanc 😍 will be back soon

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KennethO
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, outstanding service, delicious drinks, literally couldn’t ask for more!

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OlgaK
New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Nice atmosphere. Excellent service!

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Acolyte
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My significant other and I had our very first meeting at The Hourly some three years ago. We were not able to return in 2020 because of the pandemic, but we made it this year. The host kindly let us use the very table where we sat in 2018. Food was great and service was indulgent. Highly and warmly recommended. (It's a little pricey, but you get value for price.)

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viphard2plz
New England
62 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first outdoor experience at Hourly and we very much enjoyed it. They have made the best use possible of the little section they have, and we felt both safe and comfortable. Food was very good, and better than I remember from previous visits. Had the salmon which was yummy. Staff were superb, especially Lucy (?), and no difference noticed from the outside space, which is hard to do. We'll be back.

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vipSeth
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This seems to have gotten somehow better over the pandemic shut down! The food was more refined than we remembered. We really enjoyed the cured salmon special and the vegetable sides. Excellent cocktails, oysters, wine, & experience - highly recommend!

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vipWayne
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Love the new menu. Serice is great. Looking forward to going back.

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BretL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very helpful as she guided us through our first time trying oysters. She explained the differences in flavor and sizes between the oyster types.

Very pleasant and memorable dining experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Chowder and burger were great. Something was off about the lobster roll. Either not super fresh or cooked too little. Service was excellent and wine was good

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Chelsea
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did the Dine Out Boston 3 course option and really enjoyed it. Waiter gave us oyster suggestions and they were very enjoyed. Will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very nice time. The food was great and it’s a great venue.

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vipMrRochester
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While our server did not ask about the sesame allergy which I think I posted when I made the reservation - he was quite attentive about the allergy.

Everyone enjoyed the meal!

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vipnancyp
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was terrible

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FedericaC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere, attentive service. The clam chowder soup is really good! I found it a bit expensive, but it is probably average for Cambridge.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Eh. It was ok.

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JenniferM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent selection of seafood beyond Oysters; enjoyed the Chili Lobster and Seafood Paella. Chowder and Bisque and Calamari were also excellent.

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GeoffreyG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Good food. Good service. But ... Overpowering noise. SoundPrint app registered 90 decibels. Was near impossible to have a conversation. Will not go back.

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RSKretch
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Nice atmosphere, interesting menu (mostly seafood of course), and excellent service.

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CamaraK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Everything was decent, I would still recommend the Hourly to a friend. But on this visit the service was very poor on the part of the server. The menu was updated at some point and she gave us the wrong information on some of the changes which affected some of our orders. She was also not attentive.

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GoForTheFood
New England
23 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Helpful, attentive, pleasant staff. Absolutely luscious food - First the oysters, of course: Holbrooks, Spear points, Island Creeks (all of which they get directly for the freshest experience); Both of the sauces (red and mignonette) complemented the bivalves with just-right spice and acidity). Our server recommended a lovely Italian white which complemented the oysters nicely. Then the Brussel Sprout app., then the meaty, fragrant, and delicious trout (we’re often disappointed elsewhere by bland and uninteresting trout - Hourly proves that it’s not the fish’s fault). One of the staff pointed out that Hourly is getting great steaks as well, but we filled up on their seafood, so we’ll have to try that next time. We finished by indulging in a fluffy dessert with a dram of Balvenie Caribbean- We had a lovely experience - Highly recommended for anyone looking for a top notch and high-value dining experience in or near The Square.

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vipJillianR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! I would highly recommend to anyone looking for fresh local seafood prepared in a unique and delicious way. I will definitely be dining here again soon!

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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 692 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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