Summer Shack Cambridge
Summer Shack Cambridge

Summer Shack Cambridge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.summershackrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6175209500x
  • 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, Smoking Area, 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

  • Cross Street: Cambridgepark Drive
  • 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 8 to 10 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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Summer Shack Cambridge reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (85)kid-friendly (80)fit for foodies (46)special occasion (27)neighborhood gem (26)great for lunch (24)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)great for brunch (5)romantic (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great place for celebration
    Cheers
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We celebrated our daughter's 30th birthday at Summer Shack and had a great time. Our party included two grandchildren who occasionally got rowdy. The energetic noise level prevented other diners from being bothered. Service was very good and fast. Food was fabulous. Best food I have had in a kid-friendly restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ups and downs
    ganddVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Has been recently renovated with an updated wine list (much improved) and menu. However, the night we were there, the food was only so-so. Salmon was overcooked and swiss chard was undercooked and stringy. This was always a great place for food, if a little down-scale for ambiance and service. However, they have not kept up their standards for their food service with the upgrade in décor. Was disappointed this time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed
    PeteS
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    First time at this establishment. Quiet Monday night was perfect for necessary conversation. Food was good. I will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good!
    bentley
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food was good and so was the service. We made it in time for our reservation, during a terrible rain and lightning storm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best lobster bake
    Min27
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We are regulars to Summer Shack because the food is fresh, the menu excellent, and super tasty. Two of us had the lobster bake with corn, potato, chorizo, mussels. One had the wood grilled salmon. Delicious and cooked perfectly. The large room is energetic and busy. Can be quite loud. The newly renovated bar would be quieter for conversing. We shared blueberry pie, perfect crust and filling. They would never dream of microwaving it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average
    Shirley
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Average food. Horrible service. They served us raw lobster.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just okay...
    Neighbor
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Two of us had, from the daily special menu, the Red Snapper Veracruz with cilantro cream sauce and black bean/corn chile. The fish was a bit over-cooked (dry around the edges) and served in the center of the bowl of chili, the flavors of which over-powered it. The other 2 in our party had 1.5 lb steamed lobsters with a half-ear of corn on the side for $40. each. Draft beer only $6. Single glass of wine was $9.50. Service was great and we appreciated being seated at one of the booths next to the wall where there is less noise. This is a good place to take out-of-town visitors who want fish, and there were lots of families with young children because of the special menu offerings for them, but the high prices keep us from being regulars.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jasper's Lobster
    Audrey
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Jasper's wood roasted lobster is intensely flavorful in the best way. The lobster was properly cooked and the sauce is delicious. Try it! We started with fresh, briny oysters and finished with blueberry pie, with flaky crust and fresh whipped cream. Worth every calorie!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad handling of allergies
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Allergy details were missed despite clear indications in my open table profile.Manager didn't come over and wait staff didn't seem flexible
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NancieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was delivered warm - not hot. My dish was more "filler" than fish. The noise level was as loud as I have ever experienced. We will not go back.
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  • Lobster overcooked
    tracyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Sad that my $54 lobster was overcooked and hard to chew. Oysters were great though. Fried chicken also didn't disappoint. Stock to fresh or fried.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great entre with cool sides
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Been going to summer shack for many years. Love the place. Great good with caudal settings. Why though are the side dishes so much cooler than the main good?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Fish Place
    Duspin
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Can be a pricey excursion if you're having wine. Food is fairly priced and extremely well made. The wait staff? Well, they're young--let's just leave it at that. Ordered a flounder entrée and it was excellent; accompanying vegetables were sitting in a delicious tomato-based sauce, but the grilled zucchini was too oily (probably to keep it from sticking to the grill). Companion's corn pudding was sublime and their fish was just as excellent as mine. Third or fourth time in this establishment and I'd go back again and again. Prior to dinner, at the bar (while waiting for party to arrive), I enjoyed a glass of chardonnay with an oyster/tuna sashimi thingy that was a mouth explosion of flavor and oyster. 10 please!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to Julia!!!
    FoodieMike
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I first heard of Jasper White's pan roasted lobster more than 30 years ago on a Julia Childs' show. I was delighted to find that he now has the Summer Shack group and the dish is still their signature. I was worried that nothing could live up to my expectations but the food and the service sure did. A GREAT lobster dish. Absolutely fresh the way you only get them in New England with a wonderful preparation, fabulous sauce and impeccably served. Be prepared to lick your fingers! Excellent wine choices made a great dinner even better. The fried oysters and seafood salad were perfectly prepared and also absolutely fresh.This is not a white table cloth place but if you want fresh seafood, well prepared you can't go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Evening with Friends
    ofMon
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went out with two other couples for a lovely dinner. All the food was excellent. My husband and I split the New England Bouillabaise and the striped bass with corn pudding, and we were glad that we were able to have a bit of each. The others had fried clams and fish and chips, and everyone loved their orders. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. What more could you ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    everything was great except the portion size was kind of small for the prices paid
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shack Does It Again
    JohndVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Had a very enjoyable meal with 2 friends. The oysters (blonde) were delicious, fried clams, crab, shrimp and steak all enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh seafood and Crisp Wine
    Adderley3CVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    For those looking to catch a fresh meal of shellfish and the like this restaurant will fit the bill with many traditional and non traditional preparations to ocean fare. The specials are tasty for the adventurous and the traditional items are just as appealing. The wine list is good and offers a number of great beverages to supplement the meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Evening at the Summer Shack
    Bostonian
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The Summer Shack is a great place to go when you're in the mood for a casual restaurant. By 6 pm nearly every table was filled. The clambake special had so much in it. The soft shell lobster, sweet and tender, went from the lobster tank to the steamer to your plate, resulting in one of the freshest tasting lobsters I have ever had. For a soft shell lobster I was surprised to find so much lobster meat. Our waitress was patient, helpful and attentive. This is a restaurant to which you will want to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb fish
    LloydVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The Cambridge Summer Shack, much better than the grrim one in Boston, is a hopping, fun place to eat. It's like being at a picnic. The fish is superbly done, perfectly cooked. I love the "heart-healthy" grilled bluefish--probably the best, and juiciest in town. The best dessert is the soft-serve vanilla (turst me!). They still haven't figured out how to make great pie, though this time I couldn't resist peach=blackberry and the crust was better though there was only one blackberry. The wait-staff is very good--very nice, friendly people--but sometimes a little slow (as in where's my check? where's my place setting?). PS. The fried chicken is also terrific and the potato salad is great. And occasionally you'll find a celebrity eating here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fabulous seafood!
    grotonfoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have eaten here many times and it always meets our high expectations. The food is fresh and delicious - the service is perfect!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre at best, very overpriced
    Hyce
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The hostess seated us immediately and agreed to seat us in an open booth. The nearby server yelled at us "Oh NO, NO people! You can't sit there, it's not set yet!" He was our server for the night and continued to be grouchy. The busman was nice but made us feel rushed, taking plates when we were barely done. We each ordered a coin margarita which tasted terrible, cost $10 and in the smallest 'highball" glass I've ever seen. My clam chowder was good and the salad with goat cheese was fine tho' overdressed. The butterfish special app w/ szechuan vegetables was minuscule and not a bit spicy. My date's cod cakes were rather tasteless. For a restaurant that bills itself as having great fish, we were very disappointed. Entree prices very high.
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  • Simply Perfect!
    LNaps
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Was on vacation with my sons and we did a little research on where to eat. Summer Shack was on our list and boy were we glad we selected it!! Great food, service and the front greeter was outstanding. Will always go back when in Boston!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Great food and service!
    FoodDude
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood, great service
    Hungrygirl
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Fine Dinner at Summer Shack
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistency is Key!
    MetalOxVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food at reasonable prices
    RichardL
    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.
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  • What a Catch!
    LobstahLovr
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sea Bass Was A Star
    Vinnie
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible
    MatthewT
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
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  • fun for loud group
    belmontmom
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Great spot for a reunion of loud, noisy friends. Food was great and waiter very attentive.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    spanky
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    clam chowder was only luke warm even after another cup was delivered.
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  • Best lobster & clam chowder!
    Jenn1000VIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Food Portions
    food4thot
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
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  • Not what it was
    repeatVIP
    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.
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  • Great seafood
    Alexisace
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hostess without a clue
    Tco6
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
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  • LOBSTAH at the Shack
    BGBostonVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet