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The Hourly Oyster House

4.5
319 reviews
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$30 and under
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Oyster Bar
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  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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. Instead of traditional bread service, meals begin with fresh, homemade salt and vinegar chips and guests are sent home with taffy from Harvard Square neighbor, Cabot’s Candy.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Oyster Bar, American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
DINNER: Daily 4pm to 11pm

LUNCH: Monday through Friday 11am-4pm

BRUNCH: Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm

BAR: Daily until midnight
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Phone number
(617) 765-2342
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Phil Lewis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Massachusetts Avenue
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Parking details
We validate parking at the Smith Center Garage across the street from the restaurant at 11 Holyoke Street. The cost is a $10 flat rate after 5pm, 7 days a week.

There is also on street metered parking
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Public transit
Just steps away from the Harvard Square T-stop on the Redline.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 319 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Excellent dinner after the Boston Marathon! Everyone enjoyed their food from appetizer to dessert.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I loved the food, music, decor, the service was excellent! I nice place to go with your spouse to enjoy a great moment

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I chose this for some carbo loading prior to the Boston Marathon and it was perfect. I got the meal I needed and my table mates also had wonderful meals. Friendly, quick service and the food was great.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great lobster bisque! The complementary house-made potato chips are even better with one of the luscious beers on tap.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

we came for a date night and had to wait a little, the host and manager were so amazing and so kind while we waited and checked on us throughout our dinner, and the food was incredible, so it was an amazing experience

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great apps, but salmon entree had a thick nasty sauce that looked like liquid butter

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I've never had a bad meal here. My husband works upstairs so goes there for lunch often. I've been here about 4 or 5 times and it's always superb. I always get the oysters and tuna tartare--super fresh and delicious. Great fries too! My husband loves the fresh tuna BLT. Great wine list and cocktails. Outstanding service.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The seafood here is out of this world. Staff is great, I recommend making reservations, they have always seated us right away even though we were early.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

This review is based on Dine Out Boston menu. I was very curious about what they can serve for $28. I quickly learned that there was no dessert (understandable) in the course. We ordered one each from the first and second courses in which they prepared two different dishes. The best one was crab stuffed lemon sole and the worst one was beet salad. Because we also ordered a dozen of oysters and drinks, which resulted in almost $140. Next time we will choose other restaurant for Dine Out Boston.

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

ordered the blue cod as entree, it was overcooked and borderline inedible. had mussels as appetizer and they stuck to shell and were tough. Service was mediocre i did not complain at the time as i was treating someone on their birthday and did not want to spoil the event.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent, fresh seafood! Had a stack of oysters, that were distinct in their flavors. Followed that with the special Lobster Boil. Could have used a few more clams, but overall, for the price, it was well done. Seated immediately, service was good.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Awesome oysters !

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

I have sent two matchmaking dates to this location and each time they have come back loving this spot. It's the perfect first date spot. The food and drinks are great. The place is busy without being loud, so that you can hear each other talk but also not feel completely alone in the restaurant. Great spot! Thank you

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We visited as a family during dine out Boston. The food was excellent, and they have a kids menu, so everyone was happy. Particularly memorable are the fried oysters, kids fish and chips, and tuna BLT. We plan to return.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food was lousy and drinks were so overpriced! You don’t really want me to write over 50 words in my review.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Parents visiting

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

I love the atmosphere of The Hourly Oyster House, so even though I'm a vegetarian, I enjoy going there. It's energetic but not too loud. The one vegetarian sandwich that they have is great. The beer list, while expensive, is good. And the service was great. The sandwich was a totally reasonable price, the beer not so much.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Loved it. We had a family gathering. Enjoyed the wide selection of oysters and the restaurant week menu with wine pairing. Great deal! We chose the stuffed sole and fried oysters which were delicious. Our server was excellent. I highly recommend it. Validated parking across the street was a plus.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

First time there, Hostess very accommodating as we weren't sure we could make the reservation time. seated promptly and our server showed immediately with the menus and drink selections. she was very attentive as were the "clearers", yet never felt rushed. the food was pleasantly different. i'll give you a for instance, everyone seem to do friend calamari with peppers and aioli, your calamari had another level that just wow'd us. Her lemon risotto, ya-uum. the best thing i liked, as an oyster virgin, is the descriptions of the various offerings. so we tried four and noted the taste, texture for future outings. please let your wait staff know, what they do matters. thank you

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Service and atmosphere were top notch. The main course (all three of us had some form of lobster)was exactly what we were hoping for at this price point. It was not bad, just in comparison to other place I was a little disappointed. We did have oysters as an appetizer and they were tremendous.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Amazing food. Oysters are a must. Service is attentive and good arrives in a timely manner. Great dinner!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Delicious meal! Great ambiance!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Reliable spot with good food and good service. Really like it there!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Been in Boston for 4 days and this was my favorite restaurant, the only one I will seek out again when I return. Great service, great ambiance, an experience rather than a meal.

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was very disappointing!
Two of our party shared a Caesar salad that was flavorless and dry. The salmon portion was small and the accompanying sides were pitiful-cauliflower and apple purée was tiny cut up pieces about a teaspoon worth and the other item on the plate was a small amount Frisée lettuce and pieces of cabbage.
Thankful we had Mike’s Pastry next door for cannoli!!!
Won’t be coming back.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

First time coming here and it was great - I'll definitely be back. Classy spot with delicious food and a great oyster selection. Large wine list, but I got a gimlet and it was perfect. The restaurant itself is very nice inside and beautifully decorated. It is conveniently located in Harvard Square and the perfect date night/friends dinner spot.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Food delicious, service prompt and helpful. Courses came a little quickly - next time will ask for more time.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great spot for oysters, craft cocktails, and great ambiance. I was super impressed with the lobster portions for the price as well.

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2.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The food needs some tweaking.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Was pleasantly surprised by Hourly. I went in with moderate expectations and the food and service definitely exceeded them. The branzino was phenomenal, and the oysters were so fresh! They have lots of seafood options, which for me is so important, with a paleo diet.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Love this restaurant. The staff are incredibly friendly and accommodating.

The food is great - I just wish the portions for some things (e.g. the steak dish) were a bit bigger. But taste was great and the cocktails were well-crafted.

Will certainly be going back.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Great venue, wonderful food prepared perfectly. Seafood was excellent - great oyster menu. Service was wonderful, very helpful and relaxed (didn't rush you through meal).

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Very nice restaurant! Good service, good ambiance and good food (except for the lobster pot pie which was terrible).

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great find. Loved the oysters. Will return Nice wine list and overall menu too

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great oyster selections from MA and RI.
Food menu is simple but the food is fantastic!
Great service with friendly people.
Comfortable seating and it is not so noisy.

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

We were not told that adding a protein to the salad entree nearly doubled the price. For that I’d expect a full steak, not five tiny shrimp

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great service and great location, but the food was NOT worth the price. Burger was very run of the mill, and pasta was not up to the $26 price tag. Come here for oysters and a beer, but maybe not a date night.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and we didn’t wait long at all for our food. Would definitely come back!

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The oysters were fabulous and every dish was very well prepared and sensibly sized. A relaxed diner with excellent food and service

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

It was great except 2 of us ordered the steak and it came out cold. And not Luke warm but cold cold. We sent it back. Someone came out and informed us it was hard to make a rare steak warm. False. We cook steaks every bit as rare as what Hourly served us and make it hot every time. This entree sat out for awhile before being served. They brought us the same steak heated up which was mostly fine except they mixed up the plates so we got the wrong entree back. Been many times but this service really makes me question going back

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