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Summer Shack
Summer Shack

Summer Shack Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.summershackrestaurant.com
  • Email: mwhite@shackfoods.com
  • Phone: (617) 867-9955
  • 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 & Promotions: 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Good location for a pre-game meal or drink. Close to fenway, yet not horribly crowded. The food was pretty good; actually the monkfish special was exceptionally good."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I've been there before (and enjoyed it) but enjoyed a very good meal at Summer Shack last Friday with my of age son, before a show at Berklee Performance Center. I thoroughly enjoyed my grilled sardines app with tapenade and my fish tacos were very tasty and a generous portion. My son enjoyed his Jamaican chowder and crab cakes. Drinks were good and the service and atmosphere were fine and comfortable. Need to go back and get the pan roasted lobster which I haven't had since Jasper closed his original location years ago. i would definitely return here and recommend it to friends."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food was mediocre and pretty expensive ($50 for two sandwiches and drinks) just like any franchise restaurant. Service was okay. Food took about 20 minutes for a crab cake sandwich and a burger but it took almost a half hour to get our check. Would not recommend to anyone when there's so many more great places to eat in downtown Boston."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Had a good dinner with 6 people before a Red Sox game. Waitress was very good, got everything correct without writing anything down. I had oysters and a poor boy sandwhich and all was very good. I would not hesitate to go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "When one spends almost $350 (with tip for five people) you might expect bread service or that when waiters deliver food to a table they should know who gets the dishes they ordered. Summer Shack takes casual dining to a too casual level but at these prices one would expect a little more refined service. Plus the Boston location feels dark, dingy and not terribly clean - an impression when we had eating at another Summer Shack in a Connecticut casino a few years back. That's it. We're done with Summer Shack."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Fresh seafood in an easy, casual environment. Our server check in on us several times. We recommend the lobster roll, crab cake and the cole slaw side dish. The fish tacos were good too. The raw bar and shrimp cocktail were as expected - fresh. Lots more of the menu to try. We'll return for sure."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were (mostly) pleased with the food, but the service was... Bad. Both slow and uniformed. For example, I had a question about the ingredients in my salad, and the server simply had no idea what the various vegatables were. We waited and waited for everything. While I certainly don't want to rush a dinner, there is no reason a simple dinner for two should take more than 2 hours and 45 minutes. Yet, the staff was very friendly and seemed well intentioned. A bad night or new on the job? Hope to see improvement here. Standout menu item: lobster raviolli. Creamy and delicious."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I've been to the Summer Shack in Cambridge numerous times, but this was my first time at the one in Boston. I went with a group of six people and most of them had never been to Summer Shack before. For appetizers, we had the south bay blonde oyster & tuna sashimi, sautéed mussels in garlic & herbs and a spicy red sauce, fried calamari and clam chowder. The appetizers were very good, but the favorite were the mussels. Then, we moved on to the entrees. Most of us got the grilled fish of the day. My bass was burnt and the fish was very dry. Such a shame because I really love bass. My friend's trout was also burnt as well. The dishes overall were pretty much OK. We also ordered desserts, but none were spectacular. We agreed we wouldn't return."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Was pleasantly surprised with Summer Shack. I had heard of its many locations and wasn't sure the food would be as great as promised. Service was the personable Wilson who I would ask for any day. Every course was delcious, the seafood unbelievably fresh including the calamari, the clam chowder, and the Bluefish. The desserts were typical, but nothing that I didn't enjoy."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Didn't want to do Dine Out Boston this year. Last year's Restaurant Week experiences at two high-rated steak housese were so bad--bad service, luke warm food, etc. Totalling different this year at Summer Shack in Boston. Service was wonderful. Very accommodating to one of our party using a cane. Food came quickly and hot, delicious, and plentiful. It was very comfortable, and the wait staff were friendly and efficient, checking with us regularly. Will come back over and over again."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We arrived at 6:00 for our reservation and they said they did not have a reservation for us. They did seat us immediately, but it appears that they were trying to negate our Open Table reservation. Please make sure we receive the Open Table points we are due and discuss with their management the errors of their ways."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great seafood -- fresh, moist & flavorful! Fair pricing!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Selected an app. from the specials and it was not available. Small portions large prices."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Convenient to Berklee performance center, with convenient discounted parking at garage next door. Casual atmosphere, reasonable limited seafood menu. But it's not Legal Seafoods"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Great fried oysters, relaxed atmosphere, good service"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "It's a fun joint - great shellfish - interesting beers. Real New England feel. Beats the seafood chains."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Lobster was great. Clam chowder was watery and disappointing."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The attitude of receptionsit was not good. Other tha that, it was good but not excellent."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Pleasant evening with good food and a great bartender - Sun, Dec. 15, 2013."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "I got their "be good to yourself special", which is a great gluten free special. I had the bluefish and it was deliciously spicy."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "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"
    Dined on 10/12/2013