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Summer Shack Cambridge
Summer Shack Cambridge

Summer Shack Cambridge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.summershackrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (617) 520-9500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5pm - 11:00pm Saturday: 12pm- 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Tim Willis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: In addition to seating for up to 350 people at the restaurant, we have a 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 perfect for your special event from rehearsal dinners, corporate outings, holiday parties and other celebrations.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: We are across the street from Alewife T station on the Red Line.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking.
A word from Summer Shack Cambridge
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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Diner Reviews
  • "In our group of 8 people we had fried clams, flounder, fried oysters and bouillabaisse. All dishes were hot, very fresh and served quickly. Thank you very much."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We were able to move our reservation back a half hour when we knew we were running late. We were great in a friendly manner at the door and our table was ready. Great friendly attentive service even a on a busy night. They know what they are doing! I had the grilled salmon over a bed a spaghetti in a butter-lemon sauce-the best salmon I've had ever! My husband and son enjoyed the 1 1/2 lb steamed lobsters and the blueberry buckle (kind of a pound cake loaded with blueberries and topped with vanilla ice cream) was fantastic and large enough to split 3 ways. I wish we lived closer so we could go there more often!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Another quick decision to go to SS. Our family knows what to expect. The specials on the board are always interesting. Great selections of fresh oysters. We're usually quite happy with our dining experience. Service is fine and food comes out hot. There are lots of fried and broiled fish/seafood items as well as items for the non-seafood eater. They have a nice wine and beer list. Don't plan on this being your romantic dinner, but if you want a open and airy feeling restaurant with a vibrant dining room, the Shack is your place. Have a lobster too. The food is slightly on the high side, but you get only the freshest ingredients and there's amble parking and you don't have to shlep into Boston."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "This restaurant never disappoints.....the seafood is fresh, the service is quick and friendly, the specials are varied. Even better, it's not one of these seafood restaurants with a million and one fried items - they prepare the fish in a manner of ways. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Summer Shack is our go-to place for seafood. The food and service is always excellent. The menu always features the freshest catches with new and delicious preparations. And Jasper White makes frequent, friendly appearances!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Summer Shack at Alewife is terrific. Free parking, good menu, solid food. The fish dishes are always fresh, and the cornbread and desserts are good. It's not an elegant environment, but it's a Summer Shack! Fun for the family."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • " Let me say that the pricing was a bit high for lobster, especially since I live in New England. That being said everything was cooked amazingly well, and it was all delicious! The lobster pot-stickers were a new twist on my favorite shellfish, and the lobster roll was fresh not over-mayonaissed, and adequately proportioned for the price. We will definitely be back to summer shack, the service alone was outstanding and the food was the bonus."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "R. I. Style fried calamari was tender and delicious. The bowl of clam chowder was not too thick like at many restaurants, but tasty and brothy. Grilled monkfish entree came with roasted potatoes and my grilled whole sea bass was exactly that. It consisted of the entire fish, head tail, and all. It had sweet delectable meat and was an experience to eat. It was accompanied by a tasty pineapple salsa and coconut rice. Our server was friendly and efficient and I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went to summer shack for dinner and was completely disappointed. Salmon was overcooked, steak tips in the surf and turf were also overcooked and tough. The only thing that was ok were the crab legs. I'm assuming that's because they don't take much skill to execute. The side with the crab was pretty bad though. When we asked for a second round of beers, one person in out party did not receive one. She didn't bother saying anything since nobody was very impressed. We frequent seafood restaurants, and Summer Shack is a complete joke."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great spot for a reunion of loud, noisy friends. Food was great and waiter very attentive."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "clam chowder was only luke warm even after another cup was delivered."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I always take my business and/or personal visitors here for the "Boston Lobster". It's on the expensive side, but the flavors they offer are the best!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Taste-wise, the food was great. Loved the seasoning for the lobster, oysters, and mussels. However, we came here some time ago, and remembered the portions being a lot bigger. For the price, we expected more food."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Having eaten a Jasper White's food over about 25 years (going backtoJasper's) we are at the end. While the raw bar is very good (although more limited list that elsewhere) the rest of the menu has gotten more mundan and more expensive. At the same time,the concept of clam shack gone urban has lots it's novelty. Doubt we will be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "If you want great seafood—it's lobsters, oysters, mussels, fish galore here. All fresh and prepared well. Don't expect any ambience though. It's literally like driving to a beachside shack to enjoy a good meal and your company. If that's what you are looking for, this restaurant is highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 3 adults and 2 infants (noted such in our reservation). Hostess was not prepared for infants, kept expecting 5 adults and then blamed us for not placing reservation properly. We had to stand at a table and wait while they figured out where to put us and get high chairs. Waitstaff and food were both just fine. Have been here before and this visit was terribly different. Not sure if I will return."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "When I want a great Lobster I go straight to Summer Shack. Yes there are less costly places to eat my crustacean of choice but JASPER (White) created the pan roasted many years ago and it is still my wife's favorite. The Service was a bit off which was unusual and I must say that the order of steamers was weak. The steamers were great but the order was skimpy. The spinach salad sounded terrific but it was quite pedestrian. But I ordered a 2lb steamed Lobster and it might have been the best lobster I have ever eaten. the shell was very hard and the meat crazy sweet and tender. Just perfection!."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was our 6th visit in as many months and as always the fish was fresh and well cooked. "Shack" sums up the atmosphere - nothing fancy here - but a fun atmosphere and consistently good quality make for a great place to get together with friends."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "excellent food, love the casual dining experience here (cambridge location), has the best waiter (Sal)"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We have gone here many times but this time was alarming. The lobster was definitely not up to snuff, but still very high priced. (Three of our party had lobster and one had a lobster roll, and only one said their lobster was top-shelf). My crab cake was excellent as was the spinach salad. Corn was only average. Beans were fab. But the lobstah -- what a disappointment!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Very pleasant for dinner on Monday night - not too crowded or noisy. Oyster menu was great, particularly enhanced by a helpful waitress who had tried all five kinds recently and her clearly honest recommendations influenced our choices. Service was excellent, no hovering but always appeared with water/drink refills when needed."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We have been to Summer Shack in Cambridge many times over the years. The food is generally very good, especially their fish blackboard specials. Had fried flounder last night, very fresh, properly cooked, and a generous portion. This is a large restaurant with ambiance that varies."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food was great, clam chowder and lobsters are just excellent!! A little bit noisy, not a good place for a romantic dinner but to eat great seafood!!!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had a great time at the Shack! Food is very good! Our waitress was wonderful!!!! And they start the meal with a big basket of wonderful warm rolls and corn bread. We were 6 people and everyone enjoyed their meal. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our go-to place for occasions - this time my birthday. My wife and I both are lobster nuts though so that helps make this a fun place for us. Their pan roasted lobster is always super delicious!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "A fun place to go, but plan on an an array of seating options and a loud dining room. Food is fresh and there are interesting special combinations. As the name implies, it's a "shack" feeling. The food is plated nicely, but not with the same ambiance as a fine restaurant. Oysters are so fresh and lots of other seafood options. It's a wonderful local restaurant which covers the basics of having a casual dining experience without having to get dressed up, have trouble parking and stress about what to wear. It's fun, kid friendly, and if you go in with that expectation, you'll certainly want to go back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a reservation for Mother's Day and it's the best choice for a Mother's day brunch. I was with my granddaughter and her child. The food was delicious and our server was just an added touch. She made sure she talked to our 4 years old little guy in the party and made eye contact with him. She was watching her tables from afar and would promptly check with us when lifted our heads. She was friendly, pleasant, on top of things and just a joy. Lobsters were amazing, well cooked. We order two and they were prepared differently. Both delicious, sauce not heavy even when it was creamy. This was my first time, I'm definitely coming back with friends and family and will recommend. Worth driving for if you are from far away. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Had a great Mother's Day lunch here at Summer Shack. Food was excellent and my little one loved looking at the lobsters. They even took one out of the tank for her to look at. She loved it."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were hoping for some good seafood. Instead, we found the food was tasteless, over salted and over priced. The restaurant was VERY Loud. A disappointing dining experience."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Really good seafood. Some very creative dishes. Took friends from out of town craving lobster. No one was disappointed. Pan fried lobster to die for!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "They have upgraded the interior which has changed the overall appeal. My daughter had an overcooked burger that was quite a bust for a birthday outing. The one positive was the speciality dessert of Creme brûlée."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The portion were so small. I had the fish special. It was the size of my palm, with 2 pieces of spinach and two beans in the sauce for $24.00. The fish was rubbery and the sauce blah. The waiter was rude, dressed sloppy a big man with no time to explain dishes and put out when asked about the menu. My aunt recommended this place and hated her fish dinner as well. She was so embarrassed that the food was so bad and so outrageously priced. The only thing that anyone liked was the corn bread. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We were very well served and enjoyed an excellent meal. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "There's so much about Summer Shack that made me really want to like it. It has great atmosphere. Even the concept is great -- recreate the feeling of eating fresh seafood al fresco at the sea shore. At the end of the day it was just OK. None of the food was bad. In fact most was OK or even better. The seafood is very fresh after all. Still, it has ambitions (reflected in the price) to be something more and it falls short. If I'd had food like this at a Seafood Shack somewhere on Cape Anne I would have been very pleased. That said, I'm likely to go back at some point. I can see it as a nice venue for informal business entertaining, or if we wanted to take out the entire extended family en masse."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "A reliable fish and seafood restaurant, good food, family friendly."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Very pleased overall. If new england seafood is your thing, this is the place! Lobstah, (some really great crablegs too!) Definately recommended. Not pretentious. Just good old well prepared seafood."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Having traveled 90 miles to see a jazz show at Scullers in Alston our foursome made dinner reservations at The Summer Shack in Watertown, Ma. and our meals were top shelf. The food and service were excellent and we plan on returning here in the future."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Food was excellent, beer selection very good. But as the name indicates the atmosphere was more Shack than Chalet. IT's nice just low end, yet the prices were more fine dining. Seafood is not cheap, but, they are about 50% more than what they could/should be."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "What more could you ask for? Service was great, food was great, seafood was fresh and not overcooked! Lobster tank in the middle is fun. When I'm back in Boston would not hesitate to go again! Place was packed when we were there which says it all! Make sure you reserve a table!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I've been going to the Summer Shack in Cambridge since it opened. I've taken many of my friends to it when they visit Boston, and to a person, they love it. Except last Sunday. A dear friend from NYC is a vegan. My other friend wanted lobster, and we called ahead to make sure SS had something to serve a vegan. They had rice, and salad. When we got there, the server had no idea what a vegan was, and told us all of the rice and vegetables are cooked in animal-based oils. SO, my friend ate nothing. We ended up leaving and going to Tru Bistro. It was embarrassing. As the restaurant of one of the best chefs in Boston, and the U.S, it is expected that you would have at least ONE Vegan dish that would not just satisfy, but really delight a vegan."
    Dined on 4/6/2014