Summer Shack
Summer Shack

Summer Shack

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.summershackrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6178679955x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Monday thru Friday 11:30pm-4:00pm
    Dinner Monday thru Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday Dinner is served 5:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday Dinner is served all day 11:30am-11:00pm, Sunday Dinner is all day 11:30am-10:00pm

    Happy Hour at the bar only Monday thru Friday 4:00-6:30pm and Sunday all day.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Dell Leandro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have full service catering division and will travel all over New England. Our mobile Clambake on Wheels trailer allows us to bring our famous New England clambake to you. We also offer a wide variety of other types of menus.
  • Special Events: Happy Hour at the bar ONLY 4:00-6:30pm Monday thru Friday featuring a $5.00 appetizer menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Boylston St
  • Public Transit: Hynes Convention Center on the Green Line/Prudential Center on the Green Line.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Validation of $5.00 off for the Pilgrim Parking/Auditorium Garage adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Summer Shack
The Summer Shack is a fun, casual restaurant, specializing in New England Style Seafood. We offer 10 to 12 different types of oysters daily. Lobsters in varying sizes and styles including our signature clambake. Wonderful local grilled fish and crispy fried seafood. We do offer several non-seafood items as well. Steaks, burgers and award winning fried chicken. We are a children friendly restaurant and we can accommodate larger groups upon request.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Summer Shack reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (64)kid-friendly (33)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (30)great for lunch (21)hot spot (13)special occasion (11)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (2)notable wine list (2)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great Oysters
    betsybob
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    We are addicted the Summer Shack's oysters and always stay on for dinner, because the specials are always very good. Fish is fresh and the preparations are excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not as good as they used to
    TiMyVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Haven't been to Summer Shack in a while and coming back on Valentine's Day was a disaster. We get there right before opening the place so it wasn't so crowded but then again the waitress was friendly but pushy as to coming to ask every five minutes if we wanted to order something else. My friend's entree was very hot but mine was relatively cold. The tuna tartare appetizzer was very good but too much stuff on the sides that made it seem a little too much to take. I ordered some grilled shrimp but the damn tails were hard to remove. Overall it was decent but don't think I'll go back any time soon.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Below expectations
    Wilbur
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Perhaps it was an off night, but our waitress evidently forgot to deliver one of our orders to the kitchen and meanwhile the rest of us are sitting there while our food gets cold while awaiting this last dish. I had to go ask the bartender where our waitress was, as well as the rest of our food order. Also, I like rock and roll music, but I am not a fan of the trend to have this stuff blaring over the loudspeakers. I do not like to have to shout my dinner conversation while cupping my ears to hear someone speak to me. My fish was slightly overcooked, and my wife's crab cakes were mediocre and came with a bizarre bitter/spicey coleslaw that she didn't like, but the waitress said that's just the way they make it here. Oh well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bland
    Julia
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Not so great food. Fish tacos were mushy and void of flavor. Fried clams also texturally off, also mushy and bland. Expected lots more from the food. Will not rush back that for sure. Seemed very touristy and should represent New England seafood in a more classic way. Fried clams that are crispy and with a depth of flavor would be one way
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  • Summer Fun in Frigid Cold
    DinnerFun
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The weather outside was below zero, but the warmth of the staff and food was extremely welcoming. It was like a little glimpse if summer on the Cape in the dead if winter. Food was excellent and our server was very attentive but gave us plenty if time to dine and enjoy our time together.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Summer Shack
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    My husband had never eaten a fried clam. I knew I had to bring him to Summer Shack for some of the best. I have been coming to the various locations since the first one opened in Cambridge. I would happily recommend anything on the menu, even the non-seafood dishes. It can be noisy, tourists love it here, it's not a place you go for ambience, but it is really fun, and I do like sitting at the bar as well. And my husband loved the clams.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lobster. Not clam chowder!
    Mary
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Lobster was great. Clam chowder was watery and disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The attitude of receptionsit
    TedMNY
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The attitude of receptionsit was not good. Other tha that, it was good but not excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Summer shack return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    It's been at least 10 years since I've been to Summer Shack with many fond memories of prior visits. I try to get my "lobstah" fix whenever returning to New England and this time wasn't any different. We had an assortment of appetizers including the clam chowdah and the mixed seafood stew with Saffron Tomato Broth followed by the Wood Grilled lobstah! Great food! Focus on seafood in this place! That's what you're there for!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sjf
    Sharon
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Pleasant evening with good food and a great bartender - Sun, Dec. 15, 2013.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    This place was great for a casual dinner. The food was alright- not mind blowing but still enjoyable. The sweet potato fries and the wine were the big pluses - I could have just eaten those all night!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • From the outside looks like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    From the outside looks like it could be a dive but once inside the place has a nice appearance. By no means fancy, but has a comfortable feel. Reminds me an outdoor beach area seafood restaurant. Service is attentive but not over-bearing. Food is very good and prices are reasonable. For a casual dinner it is an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • At the fringe of the dining
    FWEboston
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    At the fringe of the dining "desert" a.k.a. the Symphony Hall district, this outpost of Jasper's chain offers good variety, interesting preparations, and decent value. Noise level makes conversation a challenge, but for some that's what they ordered. One of the minority of restos to make the effort to print their specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and affordable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    I got their "be good to yourself special", which is a great gluten free special. I had the bluefish and it was deliciously spicy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    Hard to beat for fresh seafood listed on the blackboard. Great fresh bluefish, Wish mackerel would have appeared. Choice of oysters on the half-shell was outstanding. Well-made cocktails, good wine list, very good draught beer list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobstomatic!
    jerseyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    I had the pan roasted lobster...I cannot say enough about the preparation. It was decadent, messy, and delicious! There was a nice pinot noir on their wine list which made for a fine pairing with my lobster. The corn on the cob was simple and delicious as well. Great place as far as theme too...I was afraid it would be too touristy and over the top...instead it was just vibrant and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Crowded, average service
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    Really just not much better than Red Lobster. Food was good, but not great. Waiter (truthfully) had never opened a bottle of wine before - we had to show him how. Crowded with kids. Tables too small for a decent seafood meal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as Usual
    Suburbanguyintocity
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    A short cab ride from Fenway before the second world series game... Summer Shack was great as usual. Took a little longer to get a her..they ran out of glasses? Had the Portugese stew special..spicy and terrific.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food
    MarlenC
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Hi, We have been to the Summer Shack before and it is a favorite place to visit while in Boston. The atmosphere is fun, casual and lively. The food is just fabulous - best fish place. It is an easy walk from lots of hotels and is close enough to the Symphony to eat there before a show. Definitely try Summer Shack!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    SorelyDisappointed
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    The Summer Shack was a fun place to eat and drink. The only negative was that we had the steamers and they were quite sandy....dipping them in the clam juice....dipping them in the butter....not dipping them in anything....it really didn't matter, we couldn't get the sand off. Other than that we all had a good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Dinner with Friends
    Bonnie
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Food was TERRIFIC. Almost everyone ordered a different meal, and all raved about the food. Service was perfect, and it was our waiter's first night! The oysters were delicious. It really couldn't have been better! Highly recommend Summer Shack!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is fantastic service
    tonywest
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Food is fantastic service is only mediocre I guess our server was in a hurry to leave she didn't inform us that kitchen was closing so we couldn't have desert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this world Crab!
    CalDavisAggieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    There special pan fried lobster with bourbon butter sauce was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fishy, fun and friendly
    VeniceVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    Really enjoyed our experience here. Food is super fresh and delicious. Crab cakes the best I've ever had.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok Food, Mediocre Service
    vyl88
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Overall food was decent, a little pricey for what it was. Cute atmosphere and decor, careful if you sit near the lobster tank, it can be a splash zone. Service was horrible, our waitress had blinders on and barely interacted with us except to take our order and give us our bill. I think it was just our server as the others seemed attentive enough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go there !
    Sly2
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Great food, ambience, service and friendly staff .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and good dinner
    kelsh22VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    We enjoyed our dinner at summer shack. We met our son and his roommates. All enjoyed the experience. The boys said the portions were small, but all said the food was good. The lobster pot stickers were terrific.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Wait
    bruhaha
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We had been to the Cambridge Summer Shack many times, expected good fish and circus-tent ambience. But despite the less-than-appealing neighborhood and unassuming sidewalk entrance, the interior is actually pretty cool, really well laid out. The food was quite good -- my grilled salmon and her crab cakes were both pretty darn good. There was a delay in the kitchen on this Saturday night which had some other diners registering complaints -- but we were in no rush. Yeah, it took too long, and we never did get any bread (despite being promised it was was on its way, twice), but we'll give the place a break and try again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    I was in Boston for only a few days and Summer Shack was near my hotel. I love lobster so of course tried it at several restaurants. At Summer Shack I ordered a 2lb wood-grilled lobster (just over $50 the day I was there). It was fantastic - best I've had in Boston or anywhere else for that matter. It was cooked melt-in-your-mount perfectly. The tail was split and stuffed with a decent stuffing. The claws were huge and oh so good. It was served with corn on the cob, which was also cooked nicely. For dessert I had the bananas foster, which was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very casual
    CatherineprovVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    I used to love the Summer Shack locations. The crab chowder isn't what I thought it would be. Not very good. Group had crab club which was good. Salads were all good and a few had the burger which they said was fine. Wine list expensive for this kind of establishment. Service was fine.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer Shack is the place to go!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Great dinner at Summer Shack! Don't miss the lobster potstickers - they are delicious. We had the pan roasted lobster and the crab legs and everything was amazing! Service was phenomenal - can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ya Gotta Have The Lobsta
    Baje
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Fun restaurant for an evening lobster (or other seafoods) at a reasonable price. Tables covered by brown paper for ease of splashing your meal with lobster crackers. Quick service. Light, touristy ambiance. Corn on the cob not as remarkable as the lobster.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was fine . . .
    artsnminds
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    My out of town guest wanted lobster and this was the first place I thought of. We made reservations about 15 minutes prior to arrival. Without asking our preference, the hostess seated us in the bar area, at a high table - not optimal for those with experienced legs. We quickly asked to be reseated at a table and were accommodated Service was fair, with different people taking our order, bringing our meals and removing the dishes. It was difficult to get our server's attention at times, though we didn't need much help. A personal peeve - when the server arrives and asks who had which dish. With only 2 people, the restaurant should be able to arrange the tray in advance. I'll return, but not as often as I'm sure Jasper would like.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Pan Seared Lobster
    Steph
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    The restaurant was dead on a Monday night at 6:30 which made me suspicious. Summer Shack was clean and had a nice vibe although the staff was not overly friendly but certainly not rude. Nothing to complain about but noting note worthy as well. What is worth writing about is the pan seared lobster. As a life long Southern California resident, I have been eating lobster for about 40 years now and this was excellent! A nice diversion from steamed lobster and drawn butter but not too far off the path that the sauce made the natural lobster taste was overwhelming. I would go back again just for this lobster. The lobster wonton's were also excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot. I've eaten here
    coinman
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    Great spot. I've eaten here before and this visit was bit off. Food fantastic (although a tiny bit pricey)as always. But service was lackadaisical and spotty, forgot one of our appetizers and periods of in attention. But I would still recommend . The pan roasted lobster is phenomenal .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Seafood Near Pru Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    It's a fun joint - great shellfish - interesting beers. Real New England feel. Beats the seafood chains.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    My friend and I chose the Summer Shack for lunch during Restaurant Week because the choices were the most appealing to us. I had the fried calamari, crab cake sandwich, and cheesecake. They were all very good. My firend had the gaspacho, shrimp po boy, and key lime pie. Although she enjoyed the entree and dessert, she didn't care for the gaspacho. She said it was bland and a little bit on the grainy side. It wasn't what she expected. On the whole, the food and service were very good. I liked the selection of music as well. Quite a few songs from the '80's which is my favorite decade for music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!!
    VinAm10
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    I went on a Monday night with 5 family members (2 children-4 adults). It was restaurant week so there was a 4 course meal added to the menu, which was nice to sample various items on the menu. Between all adults there was a wide range of seafood on the table and not one complaint. Everything was cooked to perfection & portions were plentiful. I would definitely recommend Summer Shack to anyone going to Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summer Shack
    Cindy
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Too young a scene for us old timers. Food and service was great. Just to crowded and noisy for us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fell short
    Phillymom1VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Booked this after seeing great Open Table reviews, but it seemed to be a quick turnaround shop designed to crank out passable seafood items. Nothing was stellar. Food was OK, and salads were soggy with dressing. Service was just OK (we had a very forgetful waitress who had to be reminded of what we'd requested several times). Ambiance was cute but unremarkable. Prices were higher than expected for what we got. The entrance also looked shabby from the street and we questioned whether we wanted to even go in -- looked like a hole in the wall. There are other places in the neighborhood that offer more for your money.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic