The Hourly Oyster House

4.7
797 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 797 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
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 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great - delicious and memorable

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Ashley
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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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vipDougR
Chicago
29 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
19 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
55 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.

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RebeccaS
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was grand and the service was great! Thank you all

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Yyyy
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ordered a tower of seafood which costs $120, plus two glasses of wine. I wanted a good dinner. But It was completely different from the picture in the website. So little amount of seafood. Anything flavored tasted too sour like vinegar. Not worth the money at all.

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JoannK
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood excellent and well prepared. One of our party was used to more mayo with his lobster roll and our waiter took note of mayo on the side. When i glanced over at Stevie, he was happily eating the lobster without the extra mayo. Raw bar items swiftly prepared and I especially recommend the oysters. Clam chowder and lobster bisque devoured. Sandwiches come with either fries or salad. Only empty plates left. The espresso martini is perfect for brunch or lunch.

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vipJess
New England
43 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice outdoor dining area, food, wine and service were all good.

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OllieH
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood. Exceptionally friendly staff. Reasonably priced. What's not to love about this place?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was really amazing. Clam chowder was some of the best I’ve ever had, service was great (Cameron was fantastic). Great ambiance and lighting—would come back!

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Got there early and they were very accommodating …they let us sit at the bar where our bartender set us up with specialty drinks and oysters and then off to our table for great swordfish and scallops… awesome service and rose wine!! We will be back again soon!

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StephenM
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great quality seafood; traditional salade nicoise with salmon - a nice touch. The tuna tatare appetizer was small but delicious.

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vipKourtneyC
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Cameron was FANTASTIC!! Great personality and excellent recommendations. These were by far the best quality oysters we have ever had. They were also shucked and prepared perfectly. Not once did we ever get a piece of shell.

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vip2cats
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Seafood is fresh and salad is very good as well as exceptional oysters and wine selection is excellent as well

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MAntonia
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fish and chips and clam chowder were great. Tahini bowl was pretty good.

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RachelG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was amazing and gifted us two glasses of champagne for our four year anniversary. This is a special place to us because it’s where we first met on our first date. Thank you Hourly!

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OpenTable Diner
London
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely last minute lunch for our 46th anniversary. Limited outside dark seating lead us inside to the spacious airy, bright restaurant with booth seating, bar seating and oyster bar seating. Staff is enthusiastic and helpful but not hovering. Oyster presentation was spot on. Fried foods were crisp and not oily. Several uncooked based delicacies were offered. Strongly recommend.

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 797 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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