About The Hourly Oyster House
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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Oyster Bar, American, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
DINNER: Daily 4pm to 11pm
LUNCH: Monday through Friday 11am-4pm
BRUNCH: Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm
BAR: Daily until midnight
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Just steps away from the Harvard Square T-stop on the Redline.
Taryn Mohan Bonnefoi
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Send a Gift Card
Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.
The Hourly Oyster House Ratings and Reviews
Wanted a nice lunch in Harvard Square, outside of the usual options, and found this place to be the best choice! My friend and I ordered burgers with a half salad/half french fry combo. The service was great, from the moment we walked through the door until the moment we walked back out. We left feeling full and satisfied, also like we made the right decision for lunch today. I definitely recommend this location.
A long business dinner at the Hourly, complete with fine wine, oysters, fish, and scallops. I go here a lot for the great vibe, and we were not disappointed the other night. The wine was excellent, the oysters perfect, and the two entrees better than middling. (The kitchen offerings have been getting better since the place opened, but there is still much room for improvement.) Service was too attentive - too many interruptions when obviously we were engage in serious conversation. With a little less intrusive service and better entrees (meaning better assemblages of foods, cooked to more perfection, and presented more elegantly), the Hourly will reach its full potential as the go-to place in the square.
We enjoyed dinner for five people having oysters, lobster bisque, spinach and ricotta pasta and feta cheese sandwich. All were fresh and tasty. I had made a reservation via app and the hostess called to confirm. We didn’t like the tiny table by the window with bar stools she initially suggested but she allowed us a large, comfortable booth as long as we were out in 2 1/2 hours. The wait staff was excellent. Suggestions were made for draft beers that were perfect. They provide complimentary sparking and still water in cute milk bottles but need to label them as they got mixed up! A great evening!
This was probably our fifth or six th visit. First time we sat at the counter. We enjoyed talking to one of the shuckers, who had worked most of his life in n a lobster boat. I had the ahi tuna BLT (again) and it doesn’t disappoint (again). I’ll recommend this place any day.
I was excited looking at the menu, there were many things that caught my eye. I started with the Longfellow Sling cocktail, which I very much enjoyed. Service was great at the beginning, while we were waiting for the final member of our party to arrive. However, once they did arrive, service dropped off. We couldn’t find either of the two folks for drinks or water refills. I ordered the scallops and they were just eh. There was an overload of red onions that really overwhelmed the dish.
For a table of 6, they put us at a bar height booth for 5 with an additional chair at the end. It worked out okay, but since the chair was in the bar aisle, I would occasionally get smacked by people walking by.
I think I would return for oysters and a cocktail at the bar, but maybe not a group dinner.
We got there for early dinner on Sunday and were served steadily and well. Wonderful choices of oysters which four of us devoured and great seafood dishes. Parking was easy on the street or at the garage across the street. I didn't find out if the restaurant validated the parking tickets, but that would be a great plus.
I went for dinner with a friend on a Monday night. The restaurant has a high ceiling with tables that are spaced decently for an uncrowded feeling, and the noise level was about average. When all the tables were full, we had to raise our voices a bit, but not shout. The oyster descriptions on the menu were helpful; I had three delicious oysters, each from a different area of Cape Cod. The on-the-house chips were very tasty, even without adding any condiments to them. The grilled lobster dish looked small when it arrived, but turned out to be plenty for me, and it was delicious. My friend enjoyed the whole roasted bronzini. A decent price for a very good meal. I will definitely come back to this restaurant with my husband and more friends!
Food was just OK, although maybe we just didn't choose the right things. We got the 1/2 raw tower. My husband said the oysters were good (I don't like them), but the lobster was a bit overcooked, and the claims and mussels weren't great. The ceviche lacked seasoning. Sides also lacked seasoning. The best dishes we got were the clam chowder and the charred octopus, and the cocktails were fantastic. The service was great - the manager insisted on comping our first round of drinks because our table wasn't ready at the time of our reservation - we'd try again just for that!
We were in town for Head of the Charles and had one last night in Boston. Seafood was a must and it looked like The Hourly had good reviews. It was exactly what we were looking for! Great ambiance, casual and the food was fabulous. I hope to be back some day.
Delicious, creative seafood and other American favorites. The charred octopus salad was outstanding, as was the tuna poke appetizer. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The only downside was there were not enough waiters. It took almost a half hour from the time we finished eating until we could get our check, pay and leave.
We love oysters and we loved The Hourly tho' there are so many other wonderful options. It's a beautiful space with great architectural details from previous bank days. We sat at the window end of the raw bar where it was quiet and we could talk and enjoy the oyster-shucking entertainment. All the oysters (and even the condiments) were fresh, clean & delicious, but we also enjoyed the poke, the fried oysters, and shared a lobster roll ((they'll do 1/2 salad and 1/2 fries to go with it). With great wines at reasonable prices, validated parking across the street, and Mike's Pastry next door for dessert...it was a great night out at The Hourly. Highly recommended!!
Staff was friendly, but the reserved table wasn't available at the specified time of reservation. Opted for a different table style rather than a wait. Food was good, prices a bit above average but still standard for Harvard Square. Expect about $50+ pp for dinner. Ambiance was unique and interesting, being situated in an old bank building.
Everything was delicious, although the scallops did have a bit of sand which I wouldn't have expected from a higher-end spot. Despite being an Oyster specialty restaurant I don't see myself ever ordering oysters here unless they come up with a happy-hour deal as numerous other restaurants in the area do dollar oysters of equal quality.
The oysters were superb which was only fitting as this was an Oyster House! The menu selection was smaller than expected but the fish and chips I had were extraordinary and my wife was very pleased with her scallops. Our waitress was great and was full of good advice. the only minor disappointment were the small number of regular tables. Instead of a high top we opted for the oyster bar and that was a good choice but then I didn't get to see much of my beautiful wife's wonderful smile.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.