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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.

15 Dunster Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Massachusetts Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 765-2342

Website:
http://www.thehourlycambridge.com/

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

Public Transit:
Just steps away from the Harvard Square T-stop on the Redline.

Executive Chef:
Taryn Mohan Bonnefoi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Join us on New Year's Eve from 10am to 4pm with our Brunch or from 4pm to 11pm with our Special New Year’s a la Carte Menu in addition to our Dinner Menu. Complimentary Sparkling Wine will be served at midnight and the festivities will continue with the Oyster bar and the Bar open until 1:00 am.

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The Hourly Oyster House Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Casual (23)
Fit for Foodies (18)
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Fun (11)
Business Meals (10)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Cozy (6)
Healthy (6)
Romantic (6)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Groups (4)
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Comfort Food (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good raw oysters. However, our dishes had some problems, too much beet under the crab cakes, only four scallops in seared scallops, and tough and chewy steak. Next time, we will order others.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was great! Enjoyed the Lobster Roll and Scallops. Service was excellent. Will definitely come back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We go for oysters and require nothing besides a good glass of wine. It is perfect for that. Absolutely perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Everything was wonderful! We sat at the bar and had amazing service. The food was incredible. We had the tuna poke, a dozen oysters, and the scampi with shrimp and lobster. We will definitely be back!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Hourly Oyster is a lovely spot. Excellent service and atmosphere. I would definitely dove there again without hesitation. The food was solid. Nothing memorable, other than the homemade chips, but overall a nice meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent oysters, good food, great location in Harvard Square.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Went here with friends on Thanksgiving. Great food, cool spot.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Best oysters ever. Everything from start to finish was perfect. Can't wait to go back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Enjoyed the specials that day. Service was good. Ambiance felt perfect for a lunch.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The setting is very nice & reminds me of being by the ocean with the photos of sailships.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent all around. Awesome oysters and wonderful wait person.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The food was pretty good. The service was remarkably bad.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Really nice oysters and nice but not extensive menu. Fish and chips were good. Nice selection of drafts. Professional server, very pleasant. We arrived early and host made nice effort to seat us early. Enjoyed it and hope to go again when in Boston.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Nice and friendly restaurant. This is our favorite place in Harvard for different variety of very good oysters.
We recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Succulent seafood on home-made, perfectly cooked (al dente) spaghetti and very good lobster roll!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

great fish...poke is very good....grilled lobster good as well

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Ok place, food is decent but everything is priced like a tourist trap.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

One of the best oyster selections in Boston.Relaxed atmosphere in a very comfortable high-ceilinged space.Outside of a rowdy table of Dartmouth football players, noise level was low..Our second visit,we'll be back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Bar Seating
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 28, 2017

One of my absolute favorites in Cambridge. The oysters are always fresh and delicious. The lobster roll is my favorite in all of the Boston area. Yum!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Perfect. Thank you for a great night. Everything went well, and the oysters we had were excellent. The restaurant itself was a little busy due to an event, but it still was very spacious and had a good scene.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Enjoyed immensely. Entree's were excellent. Oyster bar selection was fantastic. Extremely attentive and friendly wait staff. Only complaint was the most over the top hot bloody mary.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Hot Spot, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great lunch menu. The raw bar was especially appealing. Efficient and polished service.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We had another great meal at Hourly. It was our second visit. Food was delicious.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

What a great find! Came here with another couple and had an awesome dinner with nice wine pairing. Parking garage across the street on a chilly night and Mike's Pastries next door made it even better.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on September 30, 2017

It was ok. Not great but decent.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Tasty creative... We ordered mostly seafood but the beef tartare was also great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Enjoyed oysters and poke bowl for appetizers. Entrees included the tuna BLT and scallops. Overall quality of food was very good. Restaurant was a bit loud but the general experience was great.

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