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
105 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (57)kid-friendly (38)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (22)special occasion (12)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (9)great for brunch (3)notable wine list (2)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)romantic (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Family friendly
    Michy1018
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    They have a great kids menu with fresh homemade fish sticks, as well as other good options. The adult food was good too. My husband's fish & chips was very fresh and a large portion. The clam chowder was just ok, I found the clams to be chewy, but the mussels were delicious.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Lobster Rolls
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I came here specifically for the lobster rolls based on a recommendation from a friend. They surpassed all expectations! Both my girlfriend and I ordered the lobster roll and were delighted to see how much meat was stuffed into the toasted, buttery bun. Absolutely delicious. We also ordered the raw oysters. Although I am no expert, I could taste the freshness. The
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A simple seafood shack in the city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    All of your seaside favorites: boils, half shells, steamer, and fried. Combined with some upscale twists: half shell clam ceviche, New England bouillabaisse, and the Be Good to Yourself Plate.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food very fresh very clean knowledgeable staff would highly recommend
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the Chowdah...both of them
    Reds7VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    While the clam chowder was delicious, as one would expect in Boston, the spicy Bermuda fish and crab chowder was a real winner. Reminiscent of the pepper pot I remember my father eating when I was growing up, this was just the right amount of spicy with plenty of hunks of fish, crab and tender veggies. Definitely an order to be repeated on a future culinary adventure! Two thumbs up for sure!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beach9999
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Nice informal place to eat some great seafood. Food was well prepared. Close to Fenway and Copley Square.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Disappointed
    Feedme2
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Our group liked our food. It was a bit pricey for lunch. We found the place nearly empty, the music was too loud, and service was slow. One of our party ordered creme brulé for desert and, after a lengthy delay for desert, someone came out to say that the creme brulé was "still in the oven" and the rest of the deserts were ready. After a couple of questions we were told the creme brulé would not be available. My colleague did not want to wait again for another long period of time so she was the only one who did not have desert. It's unfortunate, because she was the one visiting from out of state. I regret not going to the Barking Crab instead.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shabby and expensive
    LovesgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    In boston for weekend and wanted local lobster by the pound. They only had 3 sizes to offer: 11/2, 2 or 3 lbs. we ordered a 2 and 3. Ok but not as good as eating them in Maine. Next day walked by Atlantic fish company on Newburyport and noticed lower prices for same lobsters. Much more beautiful restaurant and better location. Will give that a try next visit.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We ordered the buffalo shrimp, which was good, but for $11 we thought we would get more than 6 little shrimp. Then we got lobster rolls. They were nothing exciting.
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  • Overcooked lobster!
    MissMisty
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Overcooking the overpriced lobster special dish is inexcusable. Appetizers were very good especially the fried clams. Crab cakes and steamed crab legs were also very good.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Seafood
    spl0319
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The seafood was fresh, the menu was large but not overly. Daily special on the black board and the wait staff was well versed on all menu items. The atmosphere was very good, not too loud. Service was spot on and the restaurant was crowded for a week night. Food came out in a timely manner and hot. I will come back on my next visit to Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Great place to get some great food prior to a sox game, affordable parking at the restaurant, friendly staff, 5 stars by me.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special; sort of blah
    DawgatAuburn
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I don't really have any complaints about Summer Shack, but it didn't seem to do any one thing great. Our party of five had five different dishes and no one left wowed. Server was fine and atmosphere was OK but the food was decidedly average.
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  • Great Seafood!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We ate there 3 times during our visit to Boston. The seafood was fresh and delicious!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely come back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We had a party of 5 with 2 kids.......the food was excellent and our server was very attentive. We were in and out in under an hour which is great when there are young kids involved. We had fried calamari, monk fish, grilled shrimp, and fried oysters. All was delicious and the kids loved the corn dogs!!
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Definately Not a Shack
    marojale
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Saw Summer Shack on the Zagat list for Top Seafood Shanties in the Boston area. The location in Back Bay is anything but a shanty or a shack, it looks a lot like a big chain restaurant inside. The food was very good, I had the fried clam sandwich and the clams were obviously very fresh, and the cornbread with molasses butter was great, but I was really hoping for a more authentic "shanty" experience overall. For the little bit extra I'd rather go back to Neptune Oyster or try out B&G.
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  • Splash
    Yokochan
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We sat near the water tank and got a little wet with the spray because a lobster flounced. The chef gave a small dish to us for nothing. Of course, other main dishes (oysters and lobsters) were great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but not the best location
    Traveller
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We frequently go to Summer Shack in Deadham and always find the food great. This location was was nearly as good but the bread and rolls were smaller and a touch stale.
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  • fresh seafood
    bostonfanVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Always reliable for fresh seafood. We often dine here when in Boston.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Big Disappointment
    LocovoreVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I've been taking visitors to the various Summer Shack locations for many years. We keep it simple - steamed lobster - and always have a great meal. This time we asked our server for recommendations and were steered in the worst direction. We started with mussels fra diavolo - either the shellfish were bad or the sauce was burned; the dish was inedible. For our main course we ordered a specialty lobster that was nothing like the server described. He described a lobster whose meat was removed from the shell, sauteed in a cognac sauce and returned to the shell; what we got were lobsters split and grilled (but otherwise firmly in the shells) drenched in a heavy, oily sauce. Very unpleasant trying to hold and crack the lobsters.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • walktovenetian
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    haven't been in a while but it seems like it was upgraded and the food was very good
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  • Disappointing experience
    Barb
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    On a Saturday night it is hard to find a family friendly restaurant with reasonable priced food. I opted to go with summer shack because I thought the seafood must be good if that's what they specialized in. My father and I both ordered the steamers and my boyfriend ordered the fish tacos. The steamers were so over cooked that they were hard to chew and the fish tacos were plated in a way that they were essentially right on top of each other in one gooey mess. I also wasn't impressed by our server at first - we are a pretty outgoing and funny family and he wouldn't crack a smile to save himself but when we brought up issues about the food he was quick to offer replacements. Too bad we didn't trust that the new food would be any better.
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  • DCVisitorVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    A great place for lobster, lobster rolls, clams, etc....a real taste of traditional New England seafood in a very casual environment.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Not what I was expecting
    Knightsgk01
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Summer Shack had received good reviews so my wife and I were excited to eat there. We were seated right away however we had to wait 15 minutes before our waitress came to greet us. We ordered our food and then we waited, and waited, and waited for our food to be served and then once it was, it was extremely underwhelming. The portion sizes were decent but the food lacked flavor and overall for a $70 outing for two people, you can find much better food elsewhere in Boston. We will not be returning.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and good, but noisy
    BobfromCT
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great dinner and convenient walk to Symphony Hall is weather is nice. But we were seated next to a large party that was loud. They were rudely loud, which isn't the restaurants fault.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    You can get a good steamed lobster elsewhere for a lot less, so I'd steer clear of the steamed lobster or the"clam bake" but they do great things with fish. Spend you money on the chalk board items - my arctic char with arugula pesto was wonderful, the shrimp & corn fritters were super good too.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly Good
    LlamaFamily
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We were looking for something close by that would work for a family with a second-grader. It was the right amount of noise: we could have a conversation, but not worry about the occasional bursts of glee from our son. The food was surprisingly good, better than hair-under-four-star review would suggest. My wife loved her crab cakes and my read fish was very excellent too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • No thanks
    BostonEats13
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food was decent but too expensive. The drinks were outrageously overpriced--$10 for a mixed (weak) cocktail. I won't be coming back
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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  • Food was bland, service horrendous.
    ntesniVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were sat quickly, but with no drink or appetizer order taken for close to twenty minutes. Buffalo Shrimp appetizer was tasty, but so small for the price. Out of swordfish as well as salmon for their specials. Lobster roll was very bland.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    Midmom
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Can't beat the reliably good food. Fresh seafood, appealing specials, good beer and wine choices. The oysters were sweet and fresh. The mussels were the perfect spice and the bread was perfect for dipping. Those who are lobster were well satisfied. My monkfish was perfectly cooked and the accompaniments highlighted the fresh fish. Great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Choice
    RobTNHVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We enjoy bringing people from out of town to Summer Shack. It is comfortable, has very good food and is affordable. I have had many things on the menu that I like but the pan roasted lobster is always a hit with visitors.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    GBoot
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Looks like your average casual seafood place, but food is top shelf. Service was good.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • da lobsta roll !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Awesome stop before a Red Sox game, we had a group of 13 at two tables and the staff was very good and accommodating as half the group was late arriving. Oh, and did I say Lobster Roll ? Holey Red Sox, this was loaded with lobster with just a hint of seasoning, lightly toasted roll made it a meal. Got the coleslaw side, big portion and right on the mark. Others had Atlantic Salmon, Crab Cake, calamari, seafood fritters, etc. No complaints on anything. Topped with a Harpoon IPA and life was good. Will surely stop in again when in Boston.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EricC
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was outstanding. I had fried clams, that were lightly battered so the taste of the full belly clams came through clearly. They were tender and moist, but not oily like they are at most places. I substituted green beans for the fries and they are still crunchy (just perfect) and were done in an interesting garlic/herb sauce. The coleslaw was light on the mayonnaise, which I liked. My wife had a lobster roll, which was jammed with lobster meat, just enough mayo to hold it together, cooked just right. Service was prompt and friendly, noise level was much better than I was expecting, given the nature of the place.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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  • decent; good with kids
    tigrl
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food was never special, but now they are dialing it in. Fish is very fresh, but recipes are boring. Drinks are very, very mediocre. We took friends with small children there because they are good at dealing with kids, and the place is so noisy that kids blend right in. Otherwise, a very expensive meal in comparison to quality.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricier than I remembered
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food was great as always but limited fish I liked this time. And main course prices were higher than I remembered. Still had a great meal. Main course, split appetizer and one glass of wine was well over $40.00 with tip.
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  • Always great !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Have been to Summer Shack on each trip to Boston and have never been disappointed ! Great service reasonable pricing and the skillet lobster was fantastic. Will be back on next trip to Boston
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 68 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 711 reviews are from the Summer Shack reviews archive.
  • seafood thumbs up
    NotDiningAmateur
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Enjoyed the affordable seafood and will definitely come back when in town!
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    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Lobster outstanding
    Bobby
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The pan-fried lobster was absolutely delicious, lots of butter, garlic and chervil. I have never tasted a lobster dish this good. Huge side serving of slaw, tasty but not overpowering. The Indian Pudding dessert was non-remarkable but fun since local. Oysters fresh and good too, although the Bay Blondes not as good as others, despite their popularity. Very casual atmosphere, which belies the expense, as lobster is still of course pricey. Overall, lots of fun, worth it, awesome service.
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    hot spot, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I think this restaurant has
    WawoVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I think this restaurant has gone way downhill. Food quality is not up to par & portion size has consistently gotten smaller. No reason for the seafood to be anything less than great here in New England! The Cosmopolitan that I got from the bar was awful - ingredient portions were incorrect! This place is too high priced for what you get. I won't be going back again. It can't compare to Atlantic Fish (or even Skipjack's).
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