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The Hourly Oyster House, Cambridge, MA

The Hourly Oyster House

4.7
4.7
920 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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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 39 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Oyster Bar, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 765-2342

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at The Hourly Oyster House awaits your next private function. Our contemporary yet casual atmosphere in the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Please email us at events@thehourlycambridge.com or visit our website for more information thehourlycambridge.com.

  • Private party contact

    events@thehourlycambridge.com: (617) 765-2342

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Massachusetts Avenue

  • Parking details

    Parking is available at the Smith Center Garage, directly across the street from the restaurant at 11 Holyoke Street. There is also on street metered parking directly in front of the restaurant on Dunster Street.

  • Public transit

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

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 920 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. P

    Paul

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service on Harvard Square.
  2. BG

    BillG

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Family vacation
  3. CR

    CaitlinR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Our waiters were nice although they did switch over halfway through our dinner. All of our oysters had multiple pieces of shells in them so it seems they were shucked to aggressively which is a shame. Overall it was a good experience but was a bummer to spend that much on oysters and to have multiple pieces of shells. I did enjoy the vibe of the restaurant and they have a cool safe door outside their wine cellar.
  4. EL

    EmilyL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Unfortunately it was a bit noisy we were seated near the bar. But the service was truly amazing without hovering and the food was great. Especially the oysters and lobster bisque
  5. M

    Mike

    Minneapolis

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The apps we had—ceviche, tuna crudo, and lobster lisque—were quite good. The entrees— cod, swordfish tacos, and hamburgers—were not so good.
  6. g

    goot

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing dinner. The mussels were some of the best I’ve ever eaten.
  7. BF

    BillF

    Austin

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice service. Solid food. Pleasant ambiance.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Great service! Took my picky father there and he loved it!
  9. e

    eliza

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a wonderful waiter and the food was great. The Flight for One of oysters was delicious.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Dinner with family
  11. C

    Carrie

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding and service amazing You will not be disappointed.
  12. E

    Emily

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Outdoor tables were very nice, the oysters were delicious. Entrees were mediocre and pretty small for price. Definitely recommend coming here for apps and drinks.
  13. RS

    RSKretch

    New England

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hourly Oyster is consistently excellent. Great food and friendly service. I recommend it highly
  14. JF

    JeffreyF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service ultra fresh seafood highly recommended
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The waitress was sweet. However felt like she checked in us every 5 min. Food was great as always.
  16. EM

    ElizabethM

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very fun spot in Cambridge. Really cute interior and would be a nice place for a date. The oysters were good but underwhelming for an oyster bar. I had better oysters at other restaurants in the Boston area during the same trip I went to The Hourly. However, the other food was good. We enjoyed some appetizers, especially the tuna. The drinks were excellent and I highly recommend the blood orange negroni. Overall an enjoyable experience, the only disappointment was the oyster quality.
  17. AT

    ATLLady

    Atlanta

    89 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    89 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and oysters as we celebrated our Harvard Medalist. Thanks
  18. LH

    LynnH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Quality food, small portions bc recipes are rich.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pre-Harvard graduation dinner. Love going to Hourly Oysters for their fresh seasonal oysters and lobster rolls. My 5th time coming to Hourly and every time was great. Will come back again for sure.
  20. SS

    ScottS

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great oysters. Waite staff changed throughout dinner.
  21. CJ

    CaitlinJ

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food, drinks, and service! It was lovely to sit outside.
  22. DM

    DMSr

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Harvard graduation
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Nice. Not amazing. Service was excellent.
  24. EP

    EddyP

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    parking is very difficult the food is okay, nothing special/
  25. MP

    MisterPete

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hush puppies and lobster roll were divine. Loved it!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I recommend asking your server about their favorite kind of oysters when getting an assortment, the ones we got recommended were wonderful!
  27. IC

    IlanaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Had an option for outdoor dining. Would definitely go again. Inside was very nice if you choose to eat inside. Servers were all very friendly and our waitress was very attentive.
  28. P

    Parmlova

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    First off, I have never been to a restaurant that charges a “Kitchen Fee”. When I saw this I asked the waiter what this was, and it was to pay the kitchen staff since they can’t receive tips. How about this, pay your kitchen staff better? Secondly, the food was below average. Had calamari that was hot on the outside (barely) and cold on the insane. The clam chowder tasted watered down and barely had any clams in it. Finally, the bill was something like $150 for two people with entrees? The lobster roll was just good/below average, while the frutti di mare Pasta dish was just good. Our waiter was not attentive at all and it took us 20 ish minutes to flag someone down for the check. I suggest trying other places before coming here for seafood around Boston.
  29. K

    Kimberly

    Dallas

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Solid dinner choice! We enjoyed the food and the prices were reasonable
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was very good and fresh. We had oysters, shrimp ceviche, octopus and shishito peppers. We sat at the bar and while the bar was not full, the bartenders were not attentive or friendly. Also the empty plates piled up and we had to ask for them to be cleared after finishing. When we wanted to order another drink and then finally the check we had to wave at the bar tenders. No one checked on us to see how things were or if we wanted anything else. If they are going to have full dining service at the bar, the bartenders should be willing and able to act as the servers and attend to the diners.
  31. JD

    JeffD

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great place. The food was spot on. The service was slow and inattentive. I will go back and give them another shot.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Menu offerings are great. The food was delicious and expertly prepared. We had oysters, grilled octopus and crispy calamari as starters — everything was super fresh. Scallops for the entree and a couple of desserts. Every fish was perfect. The service was very relaxed. We ordered the courses individually and the server was very accommodating. All in all, a great dining experience. Can’t wait to go back.
  33. CN

    ChevalNoir

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was ok, nothing great. Not what we would call first class for a fish restaurant. Great if what you really want are oysters
  34. TM

    TedM

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety of oysters, served on shaved ice so they are cold! All food is excellent, service always superb. Energetic atmosphere.
  35. EG

    EllieG

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had the best service of our trip! Enjoyed every bite and would 100% recommend for a casual dinner in Harvard Square!
  36. SB

    SusanB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful seafood - the oyster sampler was delicious!
  37. TN

    TylerN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ronnie was an excellent server
  38. GM

    GeorgeM

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good menu, fast and friendly service, a jewel hidden in a side road of Harvard Square
  39. A

    Ashley

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really good. Service was great. Would definitely go back for oysters!
  40. JB

    JimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great, and the grilled octopus starter was outstanding!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Contact tracing information collected

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 920 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 39 times today
Google Map for The Hourly Oyster House

15 Dunster Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Massachusetts Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Thu–Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Oyster Bar, American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking is available at the Smith Center Garage, directly across the street from the restaurant at 11 Holyoke Street. There is also on street metered parking directly in front of the restaurant on Dunster Street.

  • Public transit

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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 765-2342

  • Private party facilities

    From intimate dinner parties to festive cocktail receptions, the events team at The Hourly Oyster House awaits your next private function. Our contemporary yet casual atmosphere in the heart of Harvard Square is the perfect backdrop for any special occasion. Please email us at events@thehourlycambridge.com or visit our website for more information thehourlycambridge.com.

  • Private party contact

    events@thehourlycambridge.com: (617) 765-2342

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