Have been coming to the Barking Crab for years.. great outdoor seafood experience in the heart of the city ! Great for friends visiting from out of state too ! Great to stop by before going to the Bank of America for a show -- in the rough and great spirit !
Very nice experience for foreign people to taste the Boston atmosphere.
You are paying predominantly for the experience, the food is very mediocre and I was disappointed with both the shrimp appetizer and the baked scrod entree.
We were in Boston for two days w a 6 yo. We made a reservation on line beforehand and were easily accommodated. Our table was ready when we arrived with no wait. Outside seating was fun but loud. Lobster was cooked perfectly. Crab and steamers arrived barely warm. My 6 yo loved it all !
We went there for Lobster and Crab without the expense of most restaurants. this place delivered very casual service was good the Lobster and crab were wonderful!
I prefer a more refined modern dining room that is more refined.
Crabs were excellent but the lobster was tough. A bit expensive for what it is. The platters are crabs/lobster only. Sides are an additional charge. The place has a fun atmosphere and nice views.
This gem is right on the water and has some of the freshest seafood possible. The chowder is out of this world as well! Go with the Buffalo Scallops, those were good as well!
Fun atmosphere. Very busy during a Sunday 2:00pm lunch on nice day. Great beer selections on tap. Lobster roll was ok. Expected more for $24. Oysters on the half-shell were very disappointing. Very small at $2.50 per. Service was good and attentive.
Fried clams were very good as was the NE Clam chowder. Parking is very tough in front of the restaurant, not many spots for a busy place. There is a public lot also right in front at $20 for the day.
Amazing seafood -- delicious crab meat!!!
Had to come to this staple of Boston on my trip and couldn't have been happier. Service was great! Food was great! Someone at the table next to me ordered the 10lb lobster!!! Great experience overall! Would definitely come back on my next visit.
Tourist joint. Probably be good if you had kids & were in the area.
Very good food enjoyed talking with our tablemates. Service was very good also
Just amazing -- flamed lobster was outstanding!
You put up with the environment of this restaurant to get the fish. Eating outside is like eating in a barracks with loud music, inside only slightly better, since it's really outside, too, with fewer tables. 90-degree whether and no AC not a plus. Best scrod I've ever had, with clams not far behind. Vegetarians beware: forget it. My daughter wound up with an ear of corn and french fries. As for the alleged waterfront dining, if Fort Port Channel counts, OK.
Food was perfect and fast! Steamed lobster and crab, wonderful crab cakes, chowder, & fried platter- too hard to pick a favorite. I would recommend all! Waitress was fun and attentive. Was pleasantly surprised to have an excellent margarita so far north & we enjoyed nice wines too. Enjoyed looking at the water as we ate. Great meal and great evening!
I took my 18 year old son who knew of the Barking Crab from Man Vs Food. Our expectations were high and they were surpasssed. We started with a dozen oysters and our evening was off to a perfect start. My son had the king crab legs, which were the best we've ever experienced. I had the tuna and it was perfect. Come as you are and leave the rest to the staff, who are energetic and aim to please. Familes, couple and groups are all welcome. Don't leave Boston before dining there.
This is an outside dining restaurant. Seating is at long picnic type tables or tall round tables with stools. The wait staff is helpful and polite. We had fried fish, shrimp, and crab. The food was alright and the crab was large. Parking is very limited and expensive, at least compared to where I am from, Texas. Since reservations are recommended I expected more restaurant (table clothes, four walls, etc) especially at these prices.
Had one night in Boston and this is where we ended up for dinner - it was great! Local fish - fantastic!!! Very low key, casual, and good prices!!!
Solid. Great food, great location, nothing bad to say!
There is no point to have a reservation as the host seems to ignore the fact you are there with all your group and decide to make you wait for at least half an hour!!!
Delicious seafood! A little pricey but understandable for good seafood.
Had lunch with a group of friend here and loved it. The food (specially lobster) was delicious.
This is a bit of a tradition for my friends and I. Whenever we are in Boston, we eat 1 dinner at the Barking Crab. Amazing food! In the summer it is the best picnic style fish fry you can find. In the colder months, it is a bit more upscale, but still just as tasty.
We were visiting and wanted to enjoy the Boston weather and some good seafood . We had a great time . It is loud but a super casual place to enjoy good food and company. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. Make sure to make reservations
By far the best lobster roll I've had. The "Naked" Lobster Roll is a fresh cracked lobster dressed with melted butter on a grilled hot dog roll and served with French fries, coleslaw and a pickle. Perfect. Don't know that I'll ever find a better lobster roll than this! So good. Simple and delicious.
It was a crowded noisy tourist spot. No reason for us to have expected anything else but somehow we did. We made reservations but we still had to wait and had an awful table.
Service great, food excellent,way too loud. Would go back, though!
It is a Boston staple with great seafood and good atmosphere.
We got the 1.25 lb lobster and made it a clambake with one extra ear of corn on the cob. Our bill was $50, but it fed the four of us (my husband, myself, and my 3 and 1 year olds). Seating is all on picnic tables which makes for a nice casual lunch.
Casual fun atmosphere. Great fresh seafood. Service was friendly but slow (father's day)...
Good entertainment...guitar player/singer.
We had a fantastic dinner. The ambiance was great and they had live music the night that we were there. I would definitely recommend for any group. Its not a quiet dinner, but its not your typical white table cloth kind of a place. I would definitely go back.
Great unique experience. The crab is excellent, and kids are comfortable.
Great food, 17$ to park in addition to meal is a bit pricey. We didnt know there was outside seating with a musician and we were not offered that spot. Had we know we definitely would have preferred to be out there. Our waitress was friendly but the girl busing the table not so much. Taking the food before done as well as drinks.
We were seated at the very end of a communal picnic table with 8 other people - not a pleasant seating option. The food was average at best; not worth a stop in Boston. Many better restaurants with much more pleasant seating and atmosphere.
I went to the Barking Crab with a few friends, and made a reservation ahead of time for 7pm on a Saturday night. No real complaints there, we were sat about 5-10 minutes past 7pm, which you can't complain about due to the busiest time of the year. Our waiter was friendly and helpful and the seating was picnic bench style, so you'd share a table with others if your party was small enough. The food was delicious as we had a variety of entrees and sides. The only problem was the bill, which was just a little on the expensive side (even for seafood). However, with that being said, for a special occasion where you don't eat here a lot it's a fun, vibrate environment and a great spot on a summer day. I'd love to go back!
Loved everything about it! Food and service were fantastic!!!!
And by "energetic" noise level we mean so loud it's hard to hear other members of your party (not an option in this survey). Food was just ok. Can be fun atmosphere for large group enjoying a celebration.
Despite our reservation at 8, we waited 15 minutes to be seated. No big deal, it was a busy night, even if it was Monday. The service was very kind and nice, but very slow. The food is cooked is a simple and good way, the night's special a good deal.
Within walking distance of our hotel and right on the water, the Barking Crab attracts a lot of people with its red and yellow tent. The waiter was engaging and energetic and the Sea food was fresh and tasty. Especially loved the clam chowder at $8 per bowl.
Didn't care for the picnic bench seating and party barge atmosphere but it was very popular and crowded place on the Tuesday we visited. I would recommend this place if your looking for fast, fresh seafood.