Tasty Seatood in casual environment
Summer Shack is the best. This is a go-to for our family on special occasions. The seafood is fresh and delicious, and the servers are attentive and knowledgeable. They are even friendly to kids, taking the lobsters out of the tank to show them. Highly recommend!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very friendly service. Large
Very friendly service. Large portions. Excellent selection of lobster specials/variety.
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
tasty seafood, reasonable prices
Had dinner at the Shack recently. Weeknight so quieter than usual, on weekends it can get very noisy. We had fisherman's stew, salmon, a few other entrees; Indian pudding/ice cream for dessert. Service was quick, food was tasty, pleasant experience and recommended.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food as usual and nice
Good food as usual and nice service. Particularly recommend the place with friends or family.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is the perfect restaurant for a family with young energetic children. Endless watching the lobster tank, brown paper table covers with crayons provided. We had great fun!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for an early dinner out with our toddler and did as we usually do: order everything we want as soon as we sit down so in case of a toddler breakdown we can leave immediately. She didn't have a breakdown, thankfully. And we had a great meal and an enjoyable dinner out. Margaritas, oysters, fried chicken and pan-seared lobster. It's our go-to menu for the Summer Shack and we think, the best items on the menu.
The service was outstanding and brought some extra paper for our toddler to draw on, and was quick to take away dishes that were in the way.
We love coming here and will do so again.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't get the salad...
The seafood rules here. Beers are cold, chowder delicious. Most menu items well prepared. Cobb salad with crab disappointing. The house dressing was bland, and the only other one that they have is blue cheese. Stick with seafood...
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the summer shack but I have had times when the food is so so, this was one of those times. I had steamers and they were super gritty(hadn't spat long enough) and my lobster wasn't as tasty as I wanted it to be, maybe a little over cooked. i have never been disappointed by their fried chicken, Mac and cheese, or desserts. I don't like their steak so I only got it once, I normally have their lobster roll which never disappoints, one of their fish specials which are always delicious, and their boiled lobster. Their wood grilled and stuffed lobster is amazing too!! Service is ok, never terrible but never mind blowingly good either .
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our go-to place to take visitors
We live nearby and find that when we have a house full of company from out-of-state, this is a fun, informal place to go, with a menu that's got something for everyone. The prices are on the high side for what you get, so we don't frequent it otherwise. We had 5:30 reservations, so were a little disappointed to have our group of 7 be squeezed onto a round table for six (we watched the hostess add a setting) but service and food were good.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great options for fresh seafood
Great options for fresh seafood - I had the Fish Tacos, which our server recommended as a staff favorite! The portion was hearty and the flavor was awesome.
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
May have due to the early
May have due to the early hour, but the waitress wasn't in the vicinity frequently
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious Food, Vibrant Atmosphere
We took our house guests to the Summer Shack and were delighted with the fun ambiance and tasty menu. Our waiter was very attentive and made us feel like a guest in his own home. We had fresh salmon, tuna , shrimp and bluefish--all were expertly prepared. The lobster pot stickers were awesome! I had the blackberry peach pie which is the best pie I have ever had in a restaurant! Perfect crispy crust and fruit not too sweet. We will go back, for sure!!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fathers Day Lunch
We had a great lunch!
Dad loves oysters an SS has so many to chose from....they were great!
Halibet was wonderful as well as the Mojito made perfectly...
This is a great place just to have apps watch a game and have a drink...go you will love it!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Summer Shack Cambridge, MA.
We love all the seafood here, would recommend this to all seafood lovers. Husband loves the Clam's I have tried quite a few dishes here and have not had a problem with any. jIt's a family restaurant very kid friendly, they even have a balloon man he comes around and makes animals out of balloons for the kids. Cocktails are not bad either ;-)
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was great! Drinks
The food was great! Drinks were quite. The waiter was attentive. We had a great dinner!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not Quite as Good as I Hoped
I'm glad I tried it, but the atmosphere and food weren't quite as good as I had hoped they would be.
6/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for all!
There were couples young and old. We had a one year old with us that needed to be walked around and it was not a problem. The service was great so no long waiting. We went for a birthday celebration great fun can't wait to go again we all love seafood!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Main courses were great. Salads
Main courses were great. Salads were surprisingly mediocre.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
My arctic char was just that-charred, crispy skin, moist fish underneath. Fried clams were excellent. Blueberry pie was made with real blueberries and we finished the meal in happiness. Wait service was both attentive and unobtrusive. Can't wait to go back!
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great fresh seafood
We arrived and were seated promptly, everything that we ordered was served on time and as ordered. There were apologies offered for one dish that was delivered to our table slightly behind the others - the folks in charge of service were definitely paying attention.
We were a party of 6 and all of us ordered different dishes - with absolutely no complaints. It was my first visit and I was very happy with the freshness of the fish and also the other ingredients.
One of our party has voice issues and if I had known that the noise level was as high as it is, I would have requested a quieter table - but that's on me and I will know another time - because we definitely intend to go back.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious food, good wine list, fun
The food was FANTASTIC!!! A friendly, fun environment, great wine, very good service, very pleasant waitstaff. We had a great time, and plan on returning again and again! Two thumbs way up!! I recommend you to try the Summer Shack, too!!!
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our once in a while treat to ourselves, the Tower of Power, was amazing as always --- especially the little necks.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great oysters, fried clams
Great oysters, fried clams and very knowledgeable waiter.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
After a stressful day, we decided to head down to have appetizers. Steamers, buffalo shrimp, and the special, a stuffed scallop. This was more than enough for a light dinner. The steamers were perfect size, sweet, and well presented. I particularly liked the shrimp. Spicy, but not overwhelmingly so. Finally, the stuffed scallop was interesting. The Mrs. and I both agreed it was very good, but didn't think we would order it as a regular. The dining room was full, but no significant wait. The crowd was animated, and the serving staff was in constant motion.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will definitely go back!
Great food and atmosphere. Easy parking (which I did not know before I went there -- was pleasantly surprised to discover that)
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the attitude of the Restaurant felt like I was at eating at a shack on the beach. The food was really good. I had the lobster roll and would recommend it. Every one else in my group loved the clam chowder. The only problem is finding the parking lot. Google maps directions directed us to the restaurant but there was no access to parking lot because you can access it from the street the address is on. You access the parking lot in the back of the restaurant. Follow the signs to the Italian Restaurant parking off the side street.
It was definitely worth the effort it took to find the parking lot.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are not from Boston, and went for the lobster. We were not
Disappointed at all!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was outstanding
This restaurant was outstanding as usual. The food, ambience, service, and courtesy was wonderful.
We were a party of 10 celebrating a birthday. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgable. I would recommend Summer Shack very highly.
This was not the first time dining there....and it is always great and continues to be so.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great seafood, group friendly
Only one person in my nine-person group had less than rave reviews about their food. Also, the staff was very flexible and helpful with our group's last-minute reservation changes. I'll be coming back again.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top choice lobster roll
While pricey the lobster roll had a great deal of good size lobster pieces which were tender served with good potatoe peel chips
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Lobster -- No Attitude
While the appetizers are on the expensive side, the Oysters and Lobster are top notch, and with the corn on the cob and cornbread/rolls on the side, no one will go home hungry.. A fun place for a group. Informal setting with lots of great seafood.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great party place
I was just in the neighborhood and stopped by for chowder
It was very hot n loaded with fresh clams n potatoes
The seasoning was perfect
Another group was there for a party
This place has plenty of space with nice decor
The party was just starting but I am sure it will get
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, low atmosphere
A prior reviewer indicated Summer Shack has high end prices for low end atmosphere. We had the same experience at our first visit there, and my husband was hesitant to go back. But after I had an excellent meal with friends and my son wanted to try it we returned and had a very good experience. The peel and eat shrimp (appetizer special) were excellent. The lobster roll, crab cakes and bluefish (special) were all very good. So the food is high end, you just have to accept the picnic tables and 'shack' atmosphere.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh fish, great desserts
Casual, no-frills dining, with emphasis on fresh fish and shellfish. Friendly waitstaff seated us at a quiet booth as we requested (it can get noisy if you're seated at one of the tables on a busy night). The fish is very fresh and delicious; generous portions. Go healthy with a seafood dinner then top it off with one of Summer Shack's delicious pies. Good place to take guests to give them a taste of New England.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
we had great service and seafood -- it was our anniversary dinner and we had a great meal!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Three of us went. Two had the roasted lobster, a rich and delicious dish. A lobster eater said it was the first time she had every licked the sauce off the shell, and the first time she couldn't finish a 1 1/2 lb lobster. The portions were most generous. The flounder stuffed with lobster was also superb. This is gourmet food served in a casual atmosphere -craft paper on the tables. We went for a late lunch, the restaurant was not full, and thus we could hear each other. If you want to dine and talk, I highly recommend off peak hours. The service was excellent.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time there. The food was absolutely amazing ! Pan Seared lobster was DELISH !! Drinks were good ! Servers were very friendly and attentive. Would go back.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waiter was a mind reader, coming over at just the right time whenever we needed him. The food was excellent, everything came out quickly, and the staff couldn't have been nicer.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Summer Shack is a great place. We've taken many friends there. If you want an excellent lobster, this is the place. On the pricey side, but you can count on good food and excellent service.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you love lobsters, this is the place. We enjoyed nice dinners and appetizers, and the service from waitress Debra was GREAT!
It's not cheap, but it's good, and they have a variety of different types of foods if lobster or seafood isn't your thing. There's something for everyone here, so....enjoy. My wife also liked the toy stuffed lobster I bought for her. In all, a worthwhile visit!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our go-to place for occasions
This was for my birthday and , as usual, it was awesome. The server, Sal, was always there when we needed him but didn't hover.
We tend to get the pan seared lobster. It is always just sensational. And, I know this is a silly thing but we LOVE the cornbread. When my brother and his wife come we always go to Summer Shack. Guaranteed.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome attentive server
We had the best Thursday night out as a family of 4. Our male server (wish I remembered his name) - was super. So genuine, attentive and great with our kids who are 5 and 10 years old.
I had the baked cod with tomato and garlic - really yummy!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice & pleasant
Nice and well cooked food - we enjoyed it very much.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
the place has all american food, fresh, wholesome, and affordable.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Seafood on Fresh Pond Parkway
We had a small 89th birthday celebration for my mom and I was thrilled to be reminded of Summer Shack: everyone loved their meals; my bluefish was perfect. Service was friendly and attentive. Apart from the small suggestion of turning down the music since it's one, big open space, we were one happy lunchtime group.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the food
Had the grilled clams, fresh oysters, and paella - everything was fantastic. Jasper stopped by to say hello, which was a very nice touch. Our waiter must have had an off night - his answers were short, he never smiled, and lost the opportunity for a major gratuity since everything else about the experience was top notch.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
My daughter and I have enjoyed
My daughter and I have enjoyed all the 5 dishes we ordered. Seafood very fresh, and the chef did bring out the best of the lobster, the bluefish and even the squid! Oysters are very fresh and the sauce is just right.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cod and Mussels and Rice, oh my!
We are frequent diners at the Shack. The special of Cod and Mussels was the very best meal Jasper has put on the table. The flavor was outstanding, and the portions on the mark. This dish is a keeper.
As usual, the service was great. The wait staff all have good personalities, a sense of humor, and an unobtrusive way of making sure you are taken care of.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, great service, but
the restaurant was cavernously empty! It's in a remote location and possibly too big of a space
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed the Cobb salad with crabmeat, followed by coconut custard pie with a flaky crust.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM