Shaking Crab - Boston Common

4.4
89 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Jimmy
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and
Good service!! Would recommend to
Anyone

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HunterN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great value and delicious food! The cheesy lobster fries were great!

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TheresaJ
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I was charged twice on my credit card, called and was told I was only charged once so now going thru cc co. To try to get resolved. Seated 15 min after reservation then waited ~10 min before being acknowledged. Once ordered and food received no service, Had to ask for the bill. Crab was very mushy. First time customer, on vacation and was hoping for a great experience, sadly disappointed.

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StephenG
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Disappointing.
Was hopeful we would have a reasonable meal, but turned up to a pretty empty place.
Not clear where the restaurant was! Turned out to be on a 2nd floor.
Menu only online and confusing.
Food seemed overpriced for what we had.
I’m sure I could find better value seafood elsewhere.
This is basically a street-food place in a building. If it was street-food anywhere else on the world it would be 100 times better - consider finding somewhere else.

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PatriciaM
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was not very good, you had to ask for things multiple times. The guy helping us was nice, but it was as though the entire team was not on the same page. The person who seated us didn't even tell us where the menu was. The lobster roll was more celery than everything else and the mac and cheese had one piece of lobster in the entire paper container.

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EvieK
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, experience was fun, and my waiter was efficient,entertaining, and kind.

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Dellie
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in town for my birthday. Before I arrived in Boston from Bermuda, I went on line looking for a Seafood Restaurant. Found Shaking Crab and booked. The the food was so good and the service was the best, I will return. Best Birthday ever. Will recommend to friends n family who leave Bermuda and travel to Boston.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

My son and I were in Boston for a fun trip. He wanted a crab dinner but they are hard to find in Boston. A friend of his recommended the Shaking Crab. They serve your dinner in a plastic bag, which is really fun! In our bag we had corn, crawfish, shrimp, potatoes, and crab, drenched in delicious garlic butter. The shrimp were overcooked, as was the crawfish. The crab was so good, as were the vegetables. Our server is supposed to bring gloves and bibs, but we had to ask for those after our food came. Overall I’d say it was a fun experience.

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vipBenz415
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great low key seafood experience

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GeralynS
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was great, staff was excellent and price was right. Can't wait to go again

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RachelleM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food
Awesome time
Will definitely go back again

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undercoverbrotha
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yo my waiter was bae af. This white boy was super nice and super good looking. I am going back tonight just to see him. Aint like I'm doing anything else for Vday

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MikeCapeCod
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Food was excellent - however Boston Common location is very small...

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MortimerF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time going. I definitely enjoyed the food and the service was excellent.

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lbbos
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Food was good. Service was great. But everything is in plastic bags. If you want to take food home? Another plastic bag. The waste from the restaurant could turn the Common into a mountain of plastic. You can't run a business like that anymore. Not if you care about trying to do your part for this troublesome world. I'll never go back.

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RickM
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had crab legs and shrimp in a bag. Food is excellent Fun place

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Me encanta comer con las manos.

Te dan un babero para que no te manches.

El cangrejo de la nieves está muy bueno

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Amr1997
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Servers don’t care about the costumers, they seem distracted and stressed, food was really good tho.

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vipAmanda
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fun date idea. Great quick service and great sauces/spices, but would recommend sticking with shrimp and muscles to get the most for your money. Difficult to get meat from crab legs as usual

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Disappointed that there’s no lobster available at the time of our dining on a state where lobster is the main food feature.

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JayE
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

It is way too hot. There needs to be a fan or air conditioner installed. I have to go outside in the middle of my meal to get air because I was uncomfortable and sweating.

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Cana
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. I like spicy food and the dish was to my delight how I like it. Great ambiance , not too noisy.

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RobertoM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome. The only thing is that no too many options for desserts.

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vipNgrant
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I’ve been to all Shaking Crab locations in Massachusetts and this one by far is my least favorite. The floors were very sticky and they had only been open for less than an hour. Serving staff was nice but a little pushy. Three different servers kept coming to our table asking to take our order. When we finally placed a starter order for french fries, the order took forever to come out and wasn’t fresh. I could tell that the fries had been sitting. My entree also wasn’t as hot as it should have been. Whenever I order a combo bag the food is usually steaming, that was not the case with this order. All in all my experience at this location was very disappointing and I have no intentions to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the overall experience. The gloves, napkins, trash bag, and bib were quite the added touch. Definitely would recommend to friends and for sure any seafood lover.

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mieshae
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful place. The people were friendly the food was absolutely amazing and i would definitely recommend it to a friend. I brought my friend from florida and he loved it. Thank you shaking crab for a great night!!!!

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vipPaulaO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab legs and shrimp were great, but the surprise were the sides. Garlic Mac n cheese was gooey and tasty. And the collard greens were the best I’d ever had— fresh, tangy, lemony, garlicky and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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

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Jemmima
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JorgeD
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The Argentinian Shrimp was amazing ! Be ready to get dirty

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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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MariahD
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

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

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Ashley
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

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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Marley
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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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Drea
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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LaLa
New England
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

UNFORTUNATELY, we made a reservation through Open Table to arrive to the restaurant to a hand-written CLOSED notice taped to the door due to some HVAC issue. Would have been nice to know the restaurant was closed for repairs before driving 2 hours to Boston for the day. We were really looking forward to it from a Phantom Gourmet episode, which side note: I'm starting to learn Phantom Gourmet is advertising hack places because this isn't the first time we've had a bad experience from one of their episode recommendations. Anyway, the restaurant should have called us ASAP to notify us of the issue. This told me they do not really value their customers, plus reviews online told me this place would be iffy anyway. Should have gone with my gut.

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sharelleg
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If I could give it a zero, I would

FAQs

Shaking Crab - Boston Common does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Shaking Crab - Boston Common also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 936-3162.

Shaking Crab - Boston Common is rated 4.4 stars by 89 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.