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The Hourly Oyster House, Cambridge, MA

The Hourly Oyster House

4.7
4.7
969 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

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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 969 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. CC

    CoCr

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great time with Alex S yesterday! He was very professional and helpful with the menu as we had some questions for allergy purposes. The food was hands down delicious! The food came out rather quickly and we enjoyed every bit of it! We were sat right away even though we were about 15 min early for our reservation. The tables were a bit close but the couples to our left and right were awesome. They had great energy and made brief conversation which made the closeness more comfortable for us. Service was great, food was great, ambiance was great and we can’t wait to come back. We don’t live in the Cambridge area but the reviews is what made us come the Hourly! Now that we’ve been, we’ll definitely be back.
  2. SB

    SBRich

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great oyster selection, cocktails, soft serve; some kinks to work out (servers attempted to deliver three different plates to us that we didn’t order) and it should be made clear on reservation option that one must request a booth if one wants a booth.
  3. SC

    SarahC

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OUR MEALS WERE DELICIOUS. THE SERVICE WAS GOOD ALSO.
  4. BR

    BillR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was catching up with a good friend visiting Boston and needed a spot in Cambridge. The Hourly met the criteria - seafood-centric, Havrard Square-adjacent and positively reviewed. It was an inspired choice - we were quickly seated outside by the friendly hostesses, who explained the QR-code for menu access, as well as the daily special. Our waiter was outstanding - friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We started with a split of 16 oysters, all from Massachusetts Bay, helpfully cross-referenced with accompanying info sheet. Meals were both delicious - cod and steak. I had a watermelon salad. Had no room for the included cheesecake, but it was boxed in advance and came with the check. The bar inside was busy, but well staffed. Open windows provided ample ventilation. All in all, highly recommended.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    It was my second year anniversary with my wife, and we had a great time at Hourly oyster house. The server was nice, but somehow it was hard to find him a few times when we needed, but still he was attentive and very cheerful! The food was very nice, we tried oysters which were super fresh. The price was a little high, but good enough to celebrate a wonderful night. All in all, will definitely go again!
  6. PH

    PamelaHelen

    New England

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    The look and feel here is great -- beautifully put together. feels sorta old boston - dark wood, great art/decor, interesting bar setup, nice to have high tops and low tables. They seemed to have plenty of staff adn it wasn;t too crowded, which made it surprising that it took so long to get our cocktails. But the most unfortunate aspect was the food. The menu looked great, but the food was not as great as we had hoped. The brussels appetizer was quite undercooked, and lacking in flavor. We asked for salt and some salad dresing (all I coudl think of) to help, but they were far too undercooked. Likewise the broccolini that came with the seared scallops - barely steamed - suitable for crudite, but not as a side. The risotto was also, sadly lacking in flavor, under-seasoned at the very least.
  7. j

    jtfrankel

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So GOOD!! Great food, great vibe, great service. Highly recommend.
  8. L

    Leon

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great place to have a nice and relaxed dinner with the person you love. Oysters were fresh, grilled octopus cooked perfectly, and the paste di mare was generous and very tasty. This place is worth your money. Service was good considering the fact that --as everyone-- they are short staffed. Definitely coming back ;)
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    We originally went to try out the Dine Out Boston experience. Unfortunately when we arrived we were informed that the menu was not available until 4om which the qebsite did not state. We still stayed and ordered and the food was good. We lived the tale of 2 oysters. The service was not good though. The server that we had seemed annoyed to be there. He moved very slowly and we didn't feel very welcomed. He left halfway through our meal and the second server was much better. The only time we really saw the 1st server smile was when he was walking by leaving work.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wait staff very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Great recommendations. Ordered octopus, calamari and mussels. Food was excellent.
  11. SS

    ScottS

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always excellent. A bit loud but still an excellent place for dinner.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was amazing! Our service was not. The server had a very bland attitude and never came back to check on us after delivering our dessert. We had to get our check from another server who had a much better attitude.
  13. T

    Thomas

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite oyster bar in Boston! Seafood is always great and is a hidden gem of Harvard Square.
  14. EP

    ElizabethP

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Sat outside. Great for people watching.
  15. HF

    HeatherF

    Indiana

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We booked a reservation at 9 and went early because we were there :) they were so kind to get us a table at 815! the atmosphere is fantastic & the beer was cold! Overall the food was good (chowder was yummy) & service timely!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great, we’ll actually be back tomorrow.
  17. M

    Mfood

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters and meals were delicious!!! Dessert were amazing !
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a hidden gem for us! The oyster selection is fantastic and everything we ordered was delicious! We shared a dozen oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, calamari, Caesar salad (seriously the best I’ve ever had - save some calamari for the salad, you’re welcome) & clam chowder. We also ordered oyster shooters (flavor was surprisingly good!) and I had a Rose Sangria that was yummy! We will definitely be back!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great waiter!
  20. GG

    GailG

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and terrific service in outdoor setting!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service not as good as expected
  22. KC

    KarenC

    New England

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The oysters are always good. We enjoyed our lunch.
  23. S

    Straightshooter

    New England

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed the Hourly Oyster House. There were at least 7 varieties of oysters, and when we ordered a number of types, and one was teeny, the lovely waitress brought two more of a different type. Menu is limited, but enough to choose for those who didn't want primarily oysters. Very hot day, and the restaurant was quite comfortable.
  24. L

    Lauren

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and our server PJ was great!
  25. SF

    SFDiner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They had a good selection of oysters and raw bar, we got the shrimp cocktail and half a dozen oysters which were great. It's a casual spot with a nice feel and good options, I would go back for lunch if we were in the area again.
  26. DG

    DGCamberville

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our servers were very nice and knowledgeable but it seemed only one person was responsible for outdoor tables, and that slowed things down. Would have preferred having order in more quickly and even if we had to wait for things to be brought out. In the event, it was OK because we weren't in a rush.
  27. M

    Mellll

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved this place! Service was top notch and so was the food. We had the lobster roll and bucatini and both were delicious. Will definitely be coming back!
  28. D

    Douglas

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The seafood tower was the star of the show, but IMHO could use a little more up on the top deck given the price.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around experience. Wonderful service and tasty variety of oysters.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great for gluten free guests—very attentive and respectful about allergies.
  31. j

    jbkoll

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met friends here to have a long visit over drinks and dinner. Sat outside. Attentive but not overbearing service. Great wine choices and great food. Fit for gluten free and vegetarian. Pleasant urban location.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Greta service, great food!
  33. HS

    HilaryS

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    When seated, I prefer a menu, scanning too difficult on phone. Like to see all at once. The mussels were good, but after that, no so great. Nothing like a room temperature glass of Pinot Grigio to start off with. The funny thing is glass was cold. May or may not go back just for the mussels.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This will be my forever go-to spot for great seafood and drinks. Always the best choice when I want to impress friends and family when they come over to visit us.
  35. JF

    JeffF

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the muscles! Seafod place and dang good. Servers on spot and friendly.
  36. AS

    AnnaS

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We had a wonderful birthday dinner for my husband with our two teenage sons. The food was excellent - everyone cleaned their plates - and the oysters very fresh and delicious. The drinks were also excellent. The waitstaff was attentive and kind and we enjoyed ourselves. My only comment would be that we were all bunched together (tables were very close) on the other side of the bar yet there were empty tables near the oyster bar. I don't know if these were reserved but they remained empty during our entire stay and would've provided a bit more ambiance and airflow.
  37. D

    Dewiv

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Ambience was great. Service is as great. Food, amount of food and price did not meet our expectations.
  38. C

    Chendo

    Raleigh

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good seafood, fresh and well cooked
  39. DJ

    DJNAVAL2002

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was great!
  40. SM

    SharonM

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic time! Everything was exceptional. We had fun sampling all of the available oysters. We will be back again and again!

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 969 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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