About Barking Crab Boston

Barking Crab is a landmark Boston seafood restaurant celebrating our 22nd Birthday. Located on the Fort Point Channel in Boston's Seaport District, The Barking Crab features fresh crabs, lobsters, and day-boat fish brought in each morning. We feature traditional New England fare served in a funky urban clam-shack setting. We have a full bar including over 15 regional micro brews, cocktails, and an approachable value-priced wine list. We are family friendly and a short 2 minute walk from the Boston Children's Museum. Other area attractions include the Institute of Contemporary Art, Harpoon Brewery, the Harbor-walk, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and Boston's Financial District.

88 Sleeper Street
Boston, MA 02210
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
OPEN DAILY
Sunday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

Cross Street:
Northern Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 426-2722

Website:
http://www.barkingcrab.com/

Entertainment:
Starts Mid-May

Catering:
Please contact party@barkingcrab.com/617-426-5093 for details

Parking Details:
Suggested Parking is located in the Vertex Parking Lots located on 10 Northern Avenue.

Public Transit:
Red Line (South Station)
Silver Line (Courthouse Station)
Blue Line (Aquarium Station)
Green Line (Government Center Station)
Orange Line (Downtown Crossing Station)

Executive Chef:
Jose Euseda

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact party@barkingcrab.com/617-426-5093 for details

Private Dining

Give your guests the ultimate New England Experience at The Barking Crab, Boston's only coastal clam shack. We host events anywhere from 20-300 guests, semi-private or fully private. We accept private parties on the outside tent (heated during the off season), The Lobster Room or on the outside pat

Barking Crab Boston Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

80% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
Fun (10)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
People Watching (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Scenic View (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Authentic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Business Meals (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Live Music (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great Beer (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Exactly what we needed start our trip to Boston. Lobster, family and classic Boston harbor ambience

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

My wife and I had the Mixed Crab Bowl and it was fantastic.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Though reservations were made and occasion stated; no special mention was made___ waitress was indifferent and we had to beg for the heater to be turned on....overall; it was a highly underwhelming experience for a Boston fare.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great location. Food was delicious. A little too noisy

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Why would anyone go there when they confirm reservation on Open Table and you grab cab to restaurant only to find they have entire place closed that evening for private party. 10/9/17
If they can not update open table then why would one go there and waste a cab fare and have to grab another cab to much better restaurant!
The hostess there could not have cared less. An indication, in my opinion, most likely of the type of service if this is their best foot forward.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 12, 2017

We love this restaurant. Roasted lobster is the best! We have never seen this on any other menu and we travel all over the world. We always visit this restaurant each time we are in Boston. It is on the water; friendly and vibrant. Casual yet great food!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Perfect lively place for a special celebration or girls night out.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Live Music
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great place to meet up with visiting friends and family, if they are looking for a typical Boston seafood locale.

Tags: Hot Spot, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Read reviews so did not book at busy times, ate lunch time on Tuesday, so not overly super busy. Food, Cocktails, Beer, Staff, Food were excellent. Have ate here before 5 years ago as we live in England but worth the booking and would eat here a lot more if "Only Closer" !! Hopefully see you again in the near future.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Quick Bite, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Authentic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Casual, Waterfront
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

We went, based on a recommendation, celebrating our anniversary expecting a nice dinner. All the seating is picnic tables and we were placed in the center of the restaurant. A reservation was really not necessary at 5:00 on a Wednesday. The waiter came to take our drink orders, a local beer and a bloody mary and then came back to let us know they were out of the house made bloody mary mix. Ordered a dark & stormy instead and the waiter came back to let us know they were out of dark rum. Seriously, no bloody mary mix or dark rum at a bar on a Wednesday at 5:00pm?? Had them make the drink with light rum instead. Waiter then took our food orders, both lobster dishes at market price (not sure what market they were buying at, other area restaurants were much less expensive at market price). Another loud, drinking group was seated at part of our table. Did not see waiter again until after well after food was delivered, he never even came by to check on our drinks. Overall, not the best experience, poor service and high prices.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The food was amazing!! We made a reservation for water side dining but that did NOT happen. we had to sit by the road/walkway. Service was SLOW and disinterested but the food was GREAT..

Tags: Fun, Waterfront, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

We went to the Barking Crab specifically for the 10 lb lobster, as we always do when we have company who like seafood. It's fun to watch the expressions on the faces when the lobster is brought out, and it's fun to eat the it. Ames for great conversation. The lobster I meat is sweet , and tender, and we have never been disappointed. The service this last visit was not the best. The waiter forgot our fries, and did not seem too interested in keeping our drinks refilled, unfortunately it cost him a larger tip.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Fun, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This is the place in Boston for lobster or crab legs. You order by the pound and get the freshest available seafood. Nothing fancy and the prices are reasonable. Always packed, so a reservation is a must. Don't go to Boston without trying this place!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Dry, expensive lobster roll and very poor service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Awesome crab!!!! Great Cioppino too. Parking is horrible though and the lots around the area are way over priced.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great place. Good food. Cute, happy, and friendly servers.

Tags: Scenic View, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

I suggested we go to the Barking Crab with some friends, as I was a bit of a regular five years ago, when I was based in Boston, but was rather disappointed: the music was so loud, carrying a conversation proved a complete challenge. There was no indoor seating as it was a weekday, and no alternative to keep us warm, regardless of how unexpectedly cold an evening it happened to be. The receptionist was outright condescending and showed no sympathy whatsoever. Luckily the food was as good as ever and our server a really hard worker. All in all it catered for a different experience to what it once did.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Great Beer, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food love the lobster mac and cheese and the lobster roll. We sat next to the water on a pretty day it was a fun afternoon

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

fresh seafood and crab!! Great options and platters for groups. Its messy and hands on, they get you prepared with everything you need. Dig in and eat some great seafood!

we were looking for a waterfront restaurant with fresh crab and a great atmosphere and that is exactly what we got

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Naples)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Disgusting. We were sat at a bench and my dad went to sit next to me and they told him he wasn't allowed. he hd to sit across because it was community seating (which made it even worse). Then we asked if we could atleast switch to a table that was near the water and the host said no and walked away. Our server was only interested in getting us in and out which made us feel rushed and the food tasted like i was cooked that morning, and then put in the microwave to be served. Will not be returning.

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·Dined on July 27, 2017

A little frustrating-I feel like I might as well not have reserved a table. It was our last day vacationing in Boston, so I booked a table a couple days in advance so we had a set time and didn't have to wait with our 4 kids. We arrived about 15-20 min early and I checked in with the desk. They said they would text us when the table was ready. We walked around a bit and when we didn't hear back, went back to check at our scheduled time. They had completely forgotten about us, and on top of that, seated a party of 10 right in front of us (they had arrived the same time as us, without a reservation, when we checked in the 1st time). We waited another 20 minutes to be seated after that, so all in all 40 min before we were seated. Not to mention it was raining and there wasn't much close to entertain the kids. Super fun. The food was decent, but not 'blow-your-mind'-I'll admit I was a bit jaded after the wait though. This restaurant came highly recommended from family that had taken their kids there before because they have a kids menu.

Tags: Casual, Waterfront
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

It was fun, but I miss the rocks that they used to give you to crack the crab in addition to the usual crackers. It was still good food. Very loud early 2000s rock music blasting. Bar was packed. Drinks were strong. Service was adequate. Good place for fun casual, but pricey meal. Not a good place if you want to talk.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Barking crab is a very fun, lively place if you're looking for a hopping bar-restaurant scene. If you're looking for a place to have my type of conversation with dinner-this is not it. Food is expensive but really just mediocre. I had the lump crap roll which was very bland. Clam chowder was ok. Fried shrimp basket was heavily breaded but ok. I guess it's more about the hopping bar scene on the waterfront which was not what we were looking for that night.....

Tags: Waterfront, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Best seafood. Really good clam chowder. Oysters are very small but good fresh flavor (no crackers) 10lbs. Lobster is amazing.biggest lobster I've ever seen. Burgers and fish and chips are good too. Server was very attentive. Music is a loud but the view is great. Drove from Florida. This is a must stop and try if you never have. Easy to get in with no wait around lunch time.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Fun, Casual, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Barking crab is one of our favorite Boston experiences. We highly recommend it if you're looking for the best seafood in Boston!

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 (Columbus)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Unique setting, quality seafood specialties set this place apart. A must-do when in Boston.

Tags: Seasonal, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Casual, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2017

This was a horrible experience. I made a reservation the day before and received a confirmation. When we arrived the host couldn't find a reservation and then asked me all
My information again including my phone number. I found this odd. He then pointed to seats near the end of the bar area..it was jammed and certainly no room for my boyfriend and I. The host walked away and we seated ourselves to a large picnic table. The waitress that came overwas so rude and had a attitude and told us the host had to sit us and if it got crowded my boyfriend would have to move to the other side of the table and she walked off. No asking if we would like something to drink etc. I plan events and entertain clients and this one establishment we will never frequent nor would I ever recommend. I calledto speak to a manager 10 minutes after we walked out and received a voice mail. I left amesssage and no one bothered to return my call. Clearly they don't care about patrons .

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 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2017

The food was very good, however the service was a disappointment. We showed up 15 minutes early to get a waterside seats. Because the person who reserved was not present they said NO. The service attitude was very abrupt and not at all accommodating. We all agreed (six people), that the staff was being influence but the managers business practice, he/she is definitely setting the tone and attitude of their staff.
Get location, good food....it's stops there!!!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Very disappointed in the Barking Crab. My parents came in to town to celebrate the 4th of July and we went to the Barking Crab on the 3rd hoping to have a fun dinner on the water. Instead, my mother received steak that was not cooked and I received a lobster roll that had shells in it. To make matters worse, the service was terrible. I asked ten times to get water and we never received it. I ended up having to go to the bar to get water. Secondly, our waitress was not apologetic at all and did not offer to remedy the food situation. She was very rude and an awful server. I will never go here again and do not recommend it to anyone.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 2, 2017

This wasn't as great as we hoped or as previous reviews suggest. VERY loud. They were out of several items, including almost all of their draft beers! Expensive, too. Just not for us when there are so many other great seafood places to choose from.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 1, 2017

You need to know right off the bat that they do not answer the phone nor do they return messages despite that is what they require you to do per their recorded message. With a reservation, still had to wait for our table. Not the best way to start the evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Fun place with friendly staff and great food. Lobstah!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Fun, Waterfront, Paleo Friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Definitely better food elsewhere. Naked lobster roll was a okay, lobster a little too well done. Fish and chips, but seemed like batter it had not been mixed enough so in areas it was egg and other areas dry

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 (New England)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Everything was good except the server couldn't find my reservation and they ended up cancelling my reservation so I had to contact open table so that I got credit

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Always love the Barking Crab! The staff is friendly, the service is prompt. Great place for seafood in the heart of Boston.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Casual, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

I LOVE THIS PLACE! The Barking Crab is the ultimate spot in Boston. The atmosphere is fit for any occasion and the lobsters provide the perfect activity to make a great night happen. I've been to this place more times than I can count and it never lets me down!
Get the crab cakes as they are spectacular!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

Really disappointed with our visit. It would be a zero for service if our server wasn't so nice. Front of house are a joke, lots of eye rolling observed by us & the diners next to us. We were seated at a bench (party of 3) & were soon joined by a party of 5 so it was a squeeze with 8 there, the front of house lady shouted over at my friend to move her elbows even though she was at the end! How about you seat a large party at another table? The other guests were mortified & apologised to us! Food was average, the taste of grease & smell of fuel dominated proceedings.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Horrible service; food is not what it used to be. Overcooked and greasy. Reservation was not honored. Will not be returning.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Awesome and great fun!!!!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Delicious food!

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