Shaking Crab - Boston Common

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$30 and under
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Cajun

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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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MF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

l
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

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.

RM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

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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A
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

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

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

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

JE
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

RM
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

N
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

m
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!!

PO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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

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

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

The Argentinian Shrimp was amazing ! Be ready to get dirty

OT
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.

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!

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

OT
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.

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

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!

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.

LJ
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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

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

If I could give it a zero, I would

VA
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.

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.

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.

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.

F
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

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

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

Delicious!!!

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L
San Francisco
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

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.

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 !

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

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

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 :(

DD
St. Louis
20 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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