Shaking Crab - Boston Common

4.2
49 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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Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

If I could give it a zero, I would

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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.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 9, 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
1 review
Dined on February 9, 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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New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 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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TW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 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 3, 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 23, 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 9, 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 8, 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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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 20, 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 11, 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 4, 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 9, 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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KH
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Overpriced. They over cooked my shrimps it was so hard. They removed it from my bill.

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B
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing! Service was iffy, as we did not get our drinks until after our meals came out. Other than that it was great!

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R
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

No parking...but overall excellent and favorful seafood. Great pricing would recommend to anyone who likes seafood. Just reserve a table ahead of time. And enjoy

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NJ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was not good, the food was good but wouldn’t go again

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The snow crab was great!!

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SL
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to try for visiting Boston. Good value and excellent food. They have a lot of seafood options. My friend and I really enjoyed it.

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y
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The small bar was crowded but overall great!

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TA
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

I L-O-V-E the Shaking Crab!!
I live in Somerville and would go all the way to Newton to eat at least twice a month. Now its right in my back yard...The Commons!
I'll pay $15 for parking every time! I Love all the flavors except that lime something flavor.
The drinks are amazing!
The FOOD IS AMAZING. EVERYTHING on it. And I've tried everything!!
The gloves should come in different sizes! That is definitely a huge pet peeve of mine. The gloves should fit better. Even though I have a great dining experience every time..the gloves would definitely make it an amazing dining experience.
As far as service...the staff is very nice! The could be a little nicer as far...no let me not say "nicer". I wish they would be more attentive. I shouldn't wait 15-20 mins to be asked what I want after they put glasses of water on the table.
When you make a reservation..you never have to wait after u get there. Its like, oh you're here...follow me to your table please.
Its always cold in there too. i get that its seafood and 1000 degrees outside. But when my meal comes out hot..i like for it to stay hot until I'm done eating it. Plus I have to take a few seconds to peel my shrimp. that takes away from my eating time briefly. The blasting AC, briefly.. is causing my food to get cold. Its hard to explain.
They have large TVs, which is great! However if there was live entertainment...Shaking Crab would be off the hook. The music selection is pretty good though.
The ambiance itself is OK at the Boston site. Newton is definitely better. Seating in Boston is better then newton. In newton, people including staff is stepping all over your shoes unless you get a corner table.
Over all, The pros definitely OUTWEIGH the cons! 1000%
I love the whole food in the bag and gotta eat with your hands.
i love the different spicy flavors and "heat meters".
I love that its right here in downtown Boston.
i love that its inexpensive.
i love that its kid friendly.
Take a walk through the Commons after!!

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c
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Most casual restaurants rush you out close to closing, but we got there very close to closing time and still received excellent customer service which I appreciate! Will definitely go back.

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AS
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and great for the price provided. It didn't take us long to be seated thanks to the online reservation process. Service was fantastic.

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AJ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Fun twist on sea food. Have fun and dive in....

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The seafood was rubbery and the sauce was oily. Food tasted old. Will never go back. Not worth the money

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