Barking Crab Boston
Barking Crab Boston

Barking Crab Boston

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barkingcrab.com/
  • Phone: 6174262722x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 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
115 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (67)good for groups (51)scenic view (51)kid-friendly (45)great for lunch (25)neighborhood gem (25)hot spot (23)vibrant bar scene (19)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (12)late-night find (5)romantic (5)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Good but not Great.
    ImNOFoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    When there was an hour and a half wait on Saturday we decided to come back Sunday night because it must be "that good". It was just good, not great. After missing my "text message" letting me know that our table was ready I was frustrated. W were right next to the hostess stand and she never 1) told me she would be sending us a text, she told us she would come find us and 2) she seem annoyed when I told her I missed the text. Then we were sat at the kiddy table, or what seemed like one anyway. I was not blown away by any of the selections we had. I can say that I went there but would probably not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun, Fun, Fun!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This place was recommended to me by someone I met on the way to Boston and I'm so glad we made the time to go! I love how friendly everyone was from the wait staff to the customers. One big party!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OVERRATED
    TravelingForl14
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food is OVERPRICED and UNDERWHELMING .... NICE VIEW #TravelingFork14
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Afte attempts to call the restaurant in the afternoon were met with an audio recording, we had made "reservations" for 8 PM on open table. When we arrived, we were informed that the restaurant did not take reservations (although the website stated differently) and told our wait could be up to 2.5 hours. After finally being seated, the service was absolutely terrible. They seemed severely understaffed. Once we finally got our food, it was decent but did not make up for the rest of the experience. Definitely a lackluster meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lobster and Crab lover paradise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We really love the food and the ambiance. We had a lot of fun. I would only suggest to include some side dish in the price of the plate because it's a bit frustrating to pay 50$ and only have the lobster without anything else. It's the first time of my life that I eat Lobster that doesn't come with side dish. But except this little detail! WE LOVE IT :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Service could of been much better. Waitress took our order and we didn't see her again until check time. Had to ask a different waiter for drink refills. Food was ok was much better my first time there. Atmosphere was good and the guy that greets you was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The crab dip and stuffies make a great appetizer. A very good bear list with including a local Belgian White, IPA, and, of course, Sam Adams Lager and seasonal. The lobster mac and cheese special was terrific. Wait staff was attentive, yet with no sense that we were rushed. Sitting outside in the tent next to the water capped off a perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    There is something about Boston and Lobstah, you just HAVE to have it. However, on a recent trip to the Barking Crab it just didn't hold up to the true Boston Seafood experience. First, let's talk about the "communal" seating on the patio. Picnic tables are large, uncomfortable and only sit about 6 people though they take the space of a large table that could fit 8 or 9. Also, there is nothing fun about making a reservation for four and sharing your lobster mess with a couple that is trying to have a date night. Awkward. The food is okay at best. A favorite for me would be the crab cakes but the lobster was overcooked and small for the price, the coleslaw needs work. The decor is promising but service was terrible 10 minutes for water?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had a great lunch break
    MikiVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Met with a group of friends working in town for lunch and enjoyed the lobster roll and had a great break from work. Great food. Great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • seating was tight
    bostoncommuter
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Made a reservation for 9, but they sat us at a table for "8" and stuck a chair on the end. With all the tall men we had, that was not fun. The service was under par. This is a usual spot for me at lunch time, but I didn't like the dinner service or being squeezed in. I also thought the food quality wasn't as good. For as much as I paid for that lobster, I would have expected better. Fish and chips were not crispy, kind of soggy. I haven't given up on this place for lunch, but wouldn't do dinner there again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Spot
    Paul
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been here many times and as usual had a wonderful time. The food is good and the service wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dirty, dirty, dirty!!!
    Patroncita
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you like to eat in a place where rats (yes, rats) are running around under tables and in and out if the kitchen (my kids spot them twice, and I felt one running over my foot) this is the perfect place!! We even told about this to one of the staff members and they didn't see very surprised, the worst part is that they didn't do anything, just smile at us!! Will not come back to this place ever!!
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not bad but not great either
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The very noisy construction going on next door took a lot away from my experience. Obviously not an issue with the restaurant. Sitting outside under the tent was awesome and the location allowed for a nice walk along the harbor after. However, my lobster was over cooked. The sweet potatoe fries were fantastic! The service was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for seafood
    Libar
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My daughter and I split the raw bar platter. It had a generous portion of clams, oysters, shrimp, crab and a whole little lobsta! Yummy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for visitors to Boston
    lotna44
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Also great to take families..very fun. Wine list great. Bar and restaurant energized and fun..a great place for overseas visitors to get a view and taste of Boston. Plus, not the expected "fried food" menu that one would expect. Lots of choices to have broiled etc. Party of 6 all found something to suit their tastes
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just plain fun
    gfdeb
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Love the Barking Crab for a night with friends, getting messy, eating from a huge shared bowl of crab legs!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    SatisfiedMom
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Visited w/daughter & friend as visitor 2 Boston. Music was extremely loud but even louder in outside area so moving wouldn't work. Would have left except for daughters wishes. Food was good, especially clam chowder. Daughter had crab legs which were WAY over-priced as compared 2 other items. Clam bellies were also good. No need 2 return 2 that noise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eh
    Crem
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I like barking crab - our waitress was just not friendly. She seemed annoyed like she didn't want to be to the point we didn't either...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nite at The Crab
    Walkingman
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The Barking Crab is a great place it's located on the waterfront. The food was very good I had the hot crab dip for an app and fried shrimp as my main. We sat on the outside deck with a nite view of the city very cool, only downside was the service was a bit slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great--thanks to open table
    TryAll
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were visiting Boston from out of town, and someone from Boston recommended we try The Barking Crab. The first night we tried to go there, the line was crazy--and the wait for a table was more than 2 hours. The second day, I realized they take open table reservations, so I booked the table that way. Presto--we arrived on time and were seated immediately, despite the waiting line. So I think that is a win for Open Table. Thanks to that, we were able to enjoy some fresh seafood. Food was good, wait staff was very friendly and attentive. Would recommend for others to try, but definitely make reservations first.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food
    JohnW
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This location is always busy but the food is fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best place in boston
    Olga
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Breathtaking view, the most tasty clam chowder and lobster roll in town. Resonable prices
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On the Water in Boston
    Coffeemilkman
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our second time at the Barking Crab. It is a wonderful place to spend an evening. I made reservations about a week ahead of time and had to suddenly delay our arrival by an hour due to a flight delay. The restaurant was more than happy to accommodate us. When we arrived our table was ready for us and we were seated right away. The restaurant was very crowded but our service was excellent. My party of 3 ordered 2 seafood platters and 1 Fisherman's platter which were excellent. We had a great view of the Boston skyline as the sun set. While the prices are a bit on the high side the food was worth it! Don't miss an opportunity to stop at the Barking Crab and have dinner. You will be happy you did.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't waste your time
    BostonJessa
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We arrived on time, had reservations, and were seated immediately. Our waiter was doubling as the bartender...not sure why but the Mai Tai we ordered tasted terrible. We all asked for and recieved water but were never offered refills. We placed orders for a couple of appetizers and had our waiter come back to take our order. This took almost a half an hour. The music was turned up so load we could not speak to each other and we asked them to turn the music down. About 45 minutes after our appetizers were finished our dinners arrived. The food was cold. Not sort of warm because it had been waiting under the heat lamp- slimy and cold. We were very dissappointed.
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  • Fun and delicious!
    Lauren2076
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We had a great time sitting at a picnic table in the outdoor area. Lively band and bar scene. The food was delicious with really fast service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The lobster at the crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Good lobster and crab for a proper price (2 clam chouders cups, one 2 lb lobster and 8 crab legs for 90 USD, tax included). Good service and atmosphere. Unfortunately they don't give you rocks for breaking lobster as they used long time ago
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood options
    HollyE
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I can highly recommend the lobster roll and the crab Louie salad! I had mine without dressing and it was phenomenal!!! I'm so glad our server recommended it. He was hesitant when I opted for no dressing, but the crab us butter warmed and there is a soft boil egg which made a great sauce.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    If you love seafood straight from the source and the fun ambience of outdoor dining on a pier, this is the place for you. Our family loved it - the food and atmosphere made us feel like we were in Maine.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lobster
    Emily
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The crab was fantastic. I saved the lobster portion of my dish for last and that was a poor choice because it was well under cooked. I split a chicken lobster with a friend so eating the claw was one bite. That bite was under cooked and I guess I should have spit it out because the waitress doubted me when I informed her about it. Great ambiance of course. Next time I will stick with the lobster roll which never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything about this place was outstanding. From the food to the server it was an all amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table seating confusion
    mehboston
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Loved the food and music and ambiance. Slight confusion about when I had a reservation, which location to check in. I went inside and didn't know the tent has another check in. So took 30 minutes to get our table. Hostesses were confused. Finally an older waitress came over to help out!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place
    JCY888
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Well-priced, fun place along Boston Harbor. Because of the construction next door, the ambience gets lost a little but it is a great experience for eating seafood in the fresh air. We got a wonderful summer night with a cool breeze. It was our last night in Boston, and we enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and good'
    MaineahVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great atmosphere - fun with awesome music - bench communal seats - fast service and great experience
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was great, loved the picnic table ambiance. I had the grilled swordfish and didn't care for what was on top or under it but the fish itself was delicious, I ended up eating just that as I had filled up on appetizers!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Need to improve on customer service. We had food allergy and was not accomodated but ignored. They did not let us talk to chef to see what could be done. Instead they let us sit there for 45 minutes and we had to leave. Very disappointed.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great crab
    CharlotteTraveler
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Open Table reservation honored right away. Great view, charming, rustic, casual interior. The Alaskan Crab legs were giant and excellent. The Fried Combo Platter started out ok but quickly turned soggy and definitely not so good. Good beer list. Very good service - the waitstaff hustles to serve, help and clean tables. Glad we went for the experience and the crab.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • H2Ofr
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Very nice dinner. Great Atmosphere and service. Great Food too except Oysters less good than expected.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique experience
    mhunte
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were looking for a unique restaurant to try while we were down by the harbour. It was almost too perfect as the rain that had taken place almost all day stopped just in time for us to really enjoy this awesome outdoor restaurant. The food was great and very reasonably priced. Although we had heard mixed reviews in terms of noise we are a young couple and enjoy/are used to loud bar type restaurants and that does not deter us from choosing where to eat! In fact I think it added to the ambience and 'fun' feel of the place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok but better food elsewhere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was ok, Food ok and lobster roll was disappointing compared to other places we went to. The mussels were delicious but our waiter could not even explain how they were going to be cooked. Would go down the street on our next trip to Boston.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CDubya
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Our family had a great meal and enjoyed our visit. Service and food was fantastic. Worth a stop.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic