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
Seaweed salad, ginger, sesame, and crispy wontons.
Pan Roasted Chili Lobster
Spicy red pepper broth and bok choy.
Great. Super bartender Stephon, excellent food, fun ambiance
Good variety of oysters, each plate was really tasty and friendly service.
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!
Excellent food accompanied by friendly, efficient service. Splendid meal
Can't wait to go back! The service and menu here are top-notch. The bluefish cannoli was inventive and delicious.
First time visiting at Cambridge
Really fine service and overall excellent seafood. Recommended!
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.
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!
Nice time eating out near Harvard Square
A wonderful dinner! Only suggestion would be to lower the music volume.
Phenomenal oyster selection, beautiful food presentation and a wine list perfect for seafood.
Fantastic experience. Good drinks, food, ambiance and perfect service.
Fresh and delicious. Every single time.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Cameron our server was awesome! We got my favourite the seafood tower and I enjoyed the MoMo Sauvignon Blanc 😍 will be back soon
Amazing food, outstanding service, delicious drinks, literally couldn’t ask for more!
Great food! Nice atmosphere. Excellent service!
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.)
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.
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!
Great experience. Love the new menu. Serice is great. Looking forward to going back.
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!
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
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.
We had a very nice time. The food was great and it’s a great venue.
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!
Service was terrible
Nice atmosphere, attentive service. The clam chowder soup is really good! I found it a bit expensive, but it is probably average for Cambridge.
Eh. It was ok.
Excellent selection of seafood beyond Oysters; enjoyed the Chili Lobster and Seafood Paella. Chowder and Bisque and Calamari were also excellent.
Good food. Good service. But ... Overpowering noise. SoundPrint app registered 90 decibels. Was near impossible to have a conversation. Will not go back.
Excellent restaurant. Nice atmosphere, interesting menu (mostly seafood of course), and excellent service.
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.
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.
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!
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.