Barking Crab Boston
Barking Crab Boston

Barking Crab Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barkingcrab.com/
  • Phone: (617) 426-2722
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

    Our Tent is only open on Friday & Saturday evenings through October 31st.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Jose Escueda
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Please contact mwhite@barkingcrab.com/617-426-0872 for details
  • Private Party Facilities: We feature seating from 40-155. In-season we accept private parties in the outdoor section of the restaurant for groups of 100+. The inside portion of the restaurant is available for private parties of 40-55 people. Please contact mwhite@barkingcrab.com/617-426-0872 for details
  • Private Party Contact: Matt White 617-426-0872x
  • Entertainment: . The "Wicked Hanging Chads" check our website for show times.
  • Special Events: Please contact mwhite@barkingcrab.com/617-426-0872 for details

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Northern Ave
  • Public Transit: Red Line (South Station)
    Silver Line (Courthouse Station)
    Blue Line (Aquarium Station)
    Green Line (Government Center Station)
    Orange Line (Downtown Crossing Station)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Barking Crab Boston
Barking Crab is a landmark Boston seafood restaurant celebrating our 20th season. Located on the Fort Point Channel in Boston's Seaport District, The Barking Crab features fresh crabs, lobsters, and day-boat fish brought in each morning. We feature traditional New England fare served in a funky urban clam-shack setting. We have a full bar including over 15 regional micro brews, cocktails, and an approachable value-priced wine list. We are family friendly and a short 2 minute walk from the Boston Children's Museum. Other area attractions include the Institute of Contemporary Art, Harpoon Brewery, the Harbor-walk, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and Boston's Financial District.
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Barking Crab Boston reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (57)good for groups (54)scenic view (53)kid-friendly (39)neighborhood gem (27)great for lunch (26)hot spot (23)fit for foodies (19)vibrant bar scene (14)special occasion (14)late-night find (9)romantic (6)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • good food at expensive prices. can
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/14/2010
    good food at expensive prices. can find same for a lot cheaper in Boston.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ordered crab and lobster,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2010
    We ordered crab and lobster, which was very small and less than average in quality. And it was WAY, WAY, WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!!! Even if it had been the very best in quality (and, mind you, we eat a LOT of seafood) it was still far too pricey. i will definitely never go back nor recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great fun, a bit pricey but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/6/2010
    Great fun, a bit pricey but it is crab and lobster. Can't beat the settingvor the people. Real Boston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A great option for lunch with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/30/2010
    A great option for lunch with kids, near the children's museum. Very family friendly, great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On a cool night, hile the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/16/2010
    On a cool night, hile the tarped area has heaters, they cycle on and off and diners therefore alternate between too hot and too cold, never quite right. It forces you to eat quickly!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was excellent! I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/9/2010
    The food was excellent! I don't like sitting at picnic table when I eat, (no back support). And I don't care for ceiling fans. It was a cool and rainy day, we were eating outside, and the ceiling fans were on. My food got cold before I was half way done with the meal. Just a couple suggestions.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for out of town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/8/2010
    Great place for out of town visitors - a real feel for Boston specialties in a great location!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good spot for weekday lunch
    Johnny
    Dined on 4/7/2010
    Good spot for weekday lunch or going out after work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful restaurant...we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2010
    wonderful restaurant...we took our two kids, ages 3 and 5 for Easter lunch and it was great! Family friendly, great food, great service, can't think of a negative. Was a memorable Easter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/25/2010
    Great food & excellent service as always, however the food is extremely overpriced. 4 lobster rolls & 2 beers & 2 softdrinks should not cost over $150 with tip. Many other restaurants in the area have this same food for much less. Again the food & service & atmosphere here are great, but you will pay for it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our sons watched Food Channel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/24/2010
    Our sons watched Food Channel and saw a recommendation for Barking Crab. We tried it on a family trip and never stopped coming back. One son goes to college in Boston and this has given our family an excellent chance to explore the menu numerous times. When graduation comes, we're all headed to Barking Crab. It's a family favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for crab legs and Lobster.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2010
    Went for crab legs and Lobster. 4 of us shared the shrimp and Crab cakes for appetizer. My Girlfriend an I shares a stuffed lobster and the Alaskan King crab legs. Food was EXCELLENT, Service was very good and pleasant. The stuffed lobster is a MUST!!!! A short Romantic walk across the bridge from the Long Wharf, this is the place for no frills, but amazing seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Barking Crab is a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/7/2010
    The Barking Crab is a wonderful restaurant, even for those who don't like seafood. The waitstaff is very friendly and the atmosphere lively. Our server was very attentive and was available for whatever we needed. The food arrived fresh and hot--very good quality but a bit pricey. We went for lunch on a Sunday, and there were many families with small children in addition to couples and singles. There was a point where we felt a bit rushed, like the restaurant really needed our table for someone else. Over all, it was a good dining experience and I would probably go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • THis restaurant is a must
    mike
    Dined on 3/6/2010
    THis restaurant is a must for anyone looking for a kid friendly place along with great food. Although it is not cheap, the food is plentiful and superb. We ordered the peel and eat shrimp for a starter and the warm shrimp were plentiful and delicious. The bowls of soup that followed provided more than enough food for a light lunch for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good food, pub/sawdust
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/27/2010
    very good food, pub/sawdust ambiance, need to book in advance, summer time queues outside.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had heard of The Barking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/17/2010
    We had heard of The Barking Crab from the concierge at the Taj so figured that we should check it out. It was a great suggestion and glad we listened. Outdoor seating was closed (it was snowing) but indoor was nice, cozy (they have a firepit/oven) and casual. Waitress was excellent and food great. We started with a margarita “bowl” for two (ended up having another) and then shared "The Neptune" - a huge platter with a 3lb lobster + 4 lbs mixed crab legs - king, snow and Dungeness – and just the right amount for this couple. As lobster anywhere is always listed as “market price,” I think the Neptune was $126. With the two huge margaritas, 4 souvenir T-shirts and 20% tip, our bill came to $300 or so. Definitely not an everyday affair (
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderfully fun time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/13/2010
    We had a wonderfully fun time. The whole atmosphere was very casual and a lot of fun. All the parties around us shared in the good time and the wait staff, too. We had lots of laughs and the food was the best seafood we've had (party of 8). We will definitely return when we go to Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining was very pleasant,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/29/2010
    Dining was very pleasant, very relaxing. Food was fresh, full of flavor, hot when served. Professional service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I could have dealt without
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/2/2010
    I could have dealt without the kids but it was a Saturday afternoon. Stick to fresh fish. Enjoy winter on the water and the wood stove. Summer is chaos but its something different in a small city.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved this place! We were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/1/2010
    Loved this place! We were from out of town and really lucked out finding this spot. Nothing negative to say at all. The manager was ever present. Wait staff A++++
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is generally pretty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/26/2009
    The food is generally pretty good, a lot of good seafood options. It is best to eat here during the summer when you can take advantage of the great outdoor seating. I prefer it for the atmosphere over anything else.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As a seafood lover, I was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/27/2009
    As a seafood lover, I was hoping this big-name restaurant would be a pleasure, but it turned out to be a phenomenon of popular mediocrity. Salmon, crab cake and lobster ravioli were all faulty in their own ways, as if the chef just didn't care. Maybe ok if you just want straight crab legs or lobster, but stay clear of their menu because these guys don't know how to put together anything that can't be cooked in boiling water.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Lobster was great, crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/5/2009
    The Lobster was great, crab legs too! We had a party of eight including 4 kids, and everyone did fine. We loved the music after dinner too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No frills--not the best--not
    VixenVeeVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2009
    No frills--not the best--not the worst. Lobster roll was ultra-disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had reservations, thank
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/24/2009
    We had reservations, thank goodness...it was crowded and a lot of walk ins. The bar was packed and they turned tables as quickly as possible. Both managers were very friendly and professional. Wait staff was excellent and we really enjoyed the food. Would go back next time in the Boston area.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The noise level, driven by
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2009
    The noise level, driven by much too loud music over loudspeakers, was much too loud. Food is only fair, especially in view of the high prices.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food quite marginal especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2009
    Food quite marginal especially given prices were so high - would not go again nor would I reommend to friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I went to this place on the
    BelgoVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2009
    I went to this place on the advice of a friend of the family's who lived in Boston until recently. The place is large enough, so they must be doing something right, but I couldn't see the attraction. The food was OK, but among the least tasty of all the seafood meals I've had in New England (and I've eaten at quite a few New England restaurants). The service sometimes bordered on being rude. There was a long delay between ordering the meal and getting the appetizers, and then the main dish was brought in before I'd even finished my first bite of my appetizers. It was also left on the edge of the table, and the server ran away before I could even tell him it was the wrong dish. I could see the server eating himself with his back turned
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  • The Barking Crab was a great
    Kingwolf
    Dined on 10/16/2009
    The Barking Crab was a great place to begin a visit to Boston, and the owners and staff were so so kind to "us southerners". The food was outstanding and the service was great and the place has an atmosphere that is unique but FUN.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very quaint, quite lovely
    luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2009
    Very quaint, quite lovely restaurant. Service (Patty) was wonderful, as was the lobster and crab. The live musician added a nice touch. All in all, a fun night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our party of five had a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/10/2009
    Our party of five had a great experience! The food (baked stuffed lobster, fish and chips and halibut plus some appetizers) was wonderful! We had the most awesome server....he was professional with a nice touch of humor. We asked about the 10 lb. lobster and he brought it out to show us, which delighted every diner in the room while taking pictures of it. We can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Picnic tables, crab leg buckets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/10/2009
    Picnic tables, crab leg buckets and a big black rock to bust open the crab legs might not be part of a fine dining experience but they make The Barking Crab lots of fun. This is a great spot for a fun meal and the food is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very casual atmosphere with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/9/2009
    Very casual atmosphere with fantastic food. Great view of Boston skyline. On the water
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a great resturant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/9/2009
    This is a great resturant for tourist brings the overall New England feel with great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall a great meal - only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/26/2009
    Overall a great meal - only complaint was that we had to wait almost 30 minutes for the table despite having made a reservation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Come here for the waterfront
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/25/2009
    Come here for the waterfront after work bar scene, not for the ambiance or food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good (finally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/23/2009
    The food was good (finally found some decent shellfish) but service left quite a bit to be desired in terms of attentiveness and accuracy. There were the general issues of taking a long time to initially show up at the table and taking 10 or more minutes to bring drinks/refills, multiple times, and the kitchen sending out 3, for a group of 5, incorrect or incomplete orders (all were corrected). There was also an event that stood out to us, we’re being picky here, in that it felt a little tacky to only have the "appetizer" paper plates distributed to those that ordered appetizers and not the entire group. Good thing there was a roll of paper towels at the table which provided a makeshift placemat/plate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I was in Boston on a business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/23/2009
    I was in Boston on a business trip. I ate at the Barking Crab 2 nights. Last year I did the same thing. It has a relaxing atmosphere after a long work day. Great crabs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have been to the Barking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/23/2009
    I have been to the Barking Crab numerous times and it is always a vivacious atmosphere. My coworkers and I have been known to go over after work and order up a couple of pitchers of beer and apetizers. This visit was for lunch and did not involve liquor, however,the lobster bisque was sensational as usual.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We visited the Barking Crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2009
    We visited the Barking Crab before going to the Children's Museum and found the atmosphere to be friendly and fun. We enjoyed the food and the company of sharing our picnic table with another couple. Our food came out quickly, was hot and fresh and tasty. The casual atmosphere made it comfortable for my 5 year old.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic