Shaking Crab - Boston Common

4.2
61 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cajun
Shaking Crab's vision for messy eating began with the core belief that food can be more than sustenance, but an experience to be shared with those around us. Bibs up, phones down, we need YOUR help to continue spreading the communal experience of shaking.
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New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food could have used more salt. Service was attentive, but not as knowledge of the offerings.

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J
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place!!! Food outstanding!! And service was on schedule

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Argentinian Shrimp was amazing ! Be ready to get dirty

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The waitress was not too attentive. Took long to get her attention. The crawfish was not fresh despite it being called fresh as the flesh was mushy and fell apart. The head on shrimp was clearly previously frozen as the meat also fell apart and was mushy.

They hardly gave us enough gloves to eat the meal properly. Gloves were of low quality n all the grease seeped through. The sauce was inconsistent between the different seafood. Only the mussels had lemon in them and tasted better than the other bags of seafood. Some were more greasy and some were more dry in terms of the sauce.

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MD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was fabulous! Very minimal service needed and no wait time! Delicious!

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A
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it. The service was good and the food. Definitely coming back

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food, that actually came out considering a few things ordered never made it to our table, was the only saving grace. First and foremost, we were placed at the first table near the entrance where you could feel the winds every time the door was opened. Secondly, a few items that we ordered weren’t even brought to the table. There were three of us, two of us received our meals and the other did not. When he did receive his meal, he realized items were missing within it. We relayed the missing food entree and appetizer items to the waitress to which she replied with an attitude asking “what we’d like her to do then?” After that attitude, she didn’t come back to our table anymore and had someone else deal with us. Very unprofessional the way she handled the situation. As I stated, the food was good but I won’t be coming back to this location.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was great but check out was terrible. Our waitress had an attitude and was very confusing. But hopefully when you go they are in better spirits

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This is a newer location, the location is great, the food is fantastic as always. My issues were with the staff being attentive but inexperienced. In time this may get better. Huge issue with the bill and the tip. Not sure everyone understands the billing model utilized at this location. We almost felt tricked but a question cleared up the issue. I wish them luck!

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D
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tables are too close. I could hear the other tables entire conversation and we had to keep moving our chair so they could get in and out.

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s
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved the food and the place was cute. The only things is that the restaurant is small so it’s hardly any space.
At the same time, I would definitely return.
Thanks

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If I could give it a zero, I would

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Love the food at shaking crab however I wouldn’t recommend this location :( it wasn’t the best experience and the amount of food I received wasn’t as much as I usually get from other locations. The other locations fill my bag with lots of sauce!!! This location was very skimpy.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I’ve been to this location twice and I’ve experience poor service both times. Staff not organized. Host will have you wait for 20 min without even coming to check on you or apologize for the wait. We made a reservation and still had to wait 30 min to be seated because the staff didn’t want to open another table upstairs even though downstairs was packed and they already had people upstairs. I only come to this location because it’s closer, moving forward I will be going to the one in Quincy even though it’s far. I rather drive far than deal with this poor service. My experience was so bad that I’m writing my first ever review.

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JL
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This place was super fun, the seating is a little tight but would recommend to a friend.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat while visiting. Alaskan king crab legs were excellent.

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New England
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Customer service was horrible, food was cold. Employees were standing around . we had to ask for slicers, the bill, napkins, gloves, etc .. would not recommend this location. Management was rude and not understanding. Ordered food that was never brought out

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EO
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was horrible we were rushed out of the restaurant and it was not busy at all for that to occur. Unacceptable I will not be returning

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TW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!!

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LC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

This was the most horrible experience ever. The food taste very tangy,it was not fresh at all. I really was excited to go there and I was so disappointed. It was a waste of time and money

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RH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tast was booming and the service was fantastic. I really enjoyed my choice of food I ordered the crab legs ang shrimp with a double side of corn the sauce was amazing and the appetizers was a good size as well I ordered the macaroni and chicken tenders delish. I would recommend this place and definitely go again.

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NK
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great first experience . My friend and I had no clue what we were doing and the waitress showed us exactly how to do it all and to get every bit of food . Was a great time , and the Cajun was a great flavor !

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LD
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best shaking saucy place in town! A must go to place

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SL
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Me & a friend had been looking forward to trying out the place but sad to say it wasn’t worth the hype. The service was nice & the workers always checked up on us & made sure we were comfortable. I just wasn’t a fan of the food, & there wasn’t as many selections as I had hoped, didn’t even finish half the bag :(

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DD
St. Louis
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The primary offering is steamed seafood with seasoning “shaked” over it. Their signature seasoning is “Cajun”. Having grown up in Louisiana (where Cajun is), I found the seafood unimpressive. Cajun seafood is boiled in heavily seasoned water. In authentic Cajun seafood boils, Cajun seasoning permeates the seafood, which is not what we experienced at shaking crab. Instead, what you get is bland seafood swimming in seasoning. Trust me, it’s not the same. Go to Louisiana and get the real thing. Service was good.

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ZC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it will be back again 😍 it was worth the ride and it wasn't expensive

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Shaking crab is always great! The food has so much flavor and is a good price. Was sad to see the fried pickles were not on the menu at this location.

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ST
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out of my comfort zone for this and so glad I did. Greta flavor, not too hot if you don't want it. We will be back

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J
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A super fun find! close to the theater district. Tasty food. Messy and delightful.

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JW
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I love Shaking Crab! I’ve been to the other locations that are great. However, this one in the Commons is terrible. Terrible service! My drink came way after my food and I had to ask serval people for things because so many people took my order I really didn’t know who my server was. No matter how much people I asked, whatever I asked for was forgotten. It got to the point where I asked the hostess. I’ll stick to the other locations even if they’re further away.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible. Food was terrible. Mac and cheese came out cold and tasteless. Service was horrible. I wish I could’ve received a refund. Never going again.

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NH
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love the noodles.💓 It place for nice cozy meal. Each visit has extremely pleasant.

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AL
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I really like the fact that they give you gloves and a bib

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place food is amazing and worth every penny I spent

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Boise
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fun place, food pretty good. We had the medium spicing which was still pretty hot. Glad I didn't go higher.

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NS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shaking Crab is the best place to go to if you are looking for amazing seafood in the Boston area. The Alaskan King Crab legs in Seoul sauce is my recommendation, especially if you love crab.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First time eating at Shaking Carb. The food was good. Happy to see an easily accessible location in the city.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was delicious. First time there and waiter did great job explaining everything. Tables were a little small and tight. Overall great experience and would go back again

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AP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Funny staff. We had a great time, and plan to return if we ever visit Boston again!

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DB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Not for us
Emptied trash right next to bar
Service terrible
Unfriendly annoyed servers

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