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The Hourly Oyster House

290 reviews
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$30 and under
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Oyster Bar
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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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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
Taryn Mohan Bonnefoi
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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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Gift Card
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 290 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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.

vipSeamusT (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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).

Derbster (New England)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

Guinness (New England)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner 
3.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Adelaide / SA)
4.0  Dined 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!

viplexs (New England)
4.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Very mediocre menu and service, wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

GSmith (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

My wife and I had a wonderful time. Everything was outstanding!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent dinner! Oysters were perfectly shucked. The sea bass was one of the best pieces of fish I have ever had.

vipAmyL (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

I have been here many times before for lunch and enjoyed it thoroughly, but I feel the bloom is off the rose. The lobster bisque was extremely salty, though the pieces of lobster were great. The crispy haddock sandwich is so wet as the aioli liquefies with the heat of the fish. I've had it twice and it keeps happening. The menu is kinda small, too, and I feel I've done it all.
That said, on other days where we order oysters, that is always fresh and fun to try the varieties. The lobster roll is great, too, but a decadent treat. And they are so nice to do half fries and half salad, with generous portions. I'll keeping back, but some new options would keep it new! Service always fantastic!!!