Shaking Crab - Cambridge

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$30 and under
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Cajun
Put on a bib and get ready to make a mess!

Channeling New Orleans by way of New England, Shaking Crab offers a variety of fresh shellfish drenched in house sauces featuring rich butter, ample garlic, and bold Cajun spices. Throw in spice level customization and the option to add sides and you'd best believe that your meal will be different every time you shake!

Shaking Crab offers a fully stocked bar with inventive cocktail options and a rotating selection of craft beers on tap. The modern dining area aims to create a communal vibe to enjoy a meal with your family, a drink with friends, or a first date with no chance of awkwardness. In the age of social media, the inherent messiness of Shaking Crab is sure to do away with pretention - and your cell phones.
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LN
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I thought that the food was slightly pricey but after trying it I realized that it was worth the price. Fresh and a great representation of how great seafood in the Boston area could be. I brought some family members to this restaurant when they came to visit me from New York and everyone enjoyed their meal, I would definitely come again!

AJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was bad. It seems that the server was new. Which was not the worst part. We had a party of 9. They came all the way from Virginia and I chose this place to take them to. 1 person didn’t get to eat and 1 person got there order wrong. Instead of them just making it right, they made it look like our fault. Turns out the server put the order in wrong. Manager didn’t even acknowledge us or come over. I work for Marriott. We are in the same industry. We all make mistakes. But what sets each establishment apart are the things we do to “make it right”. Customers don’t come back to places because they are perfect. They come back because no matter what, we “make it right”. This place failed to do that so it will not receive my business or another $350 from myself and anyone else I tell to not go here

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you my friend was so happy

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

Poor quality seafood compared to similar restaurants in the greater Boston area. Small portions. Mild sauce was still pretty spicy. Food runner brought the food out, server didn’t come by for a good 10-12 minutes so if we needed anything it was pretty much too late at that point. She was too busy breaking down the patio seating and giving another female coworker a massage by the bar, I had eyes on her the whole time, she just didn’t care to keep her eyes on us. For 3 people, it was quiet a waste of $140. I wouldn’t return.

TR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location easy to find parking. Staff are pleasant and there is enough room to get busy on your food.

s
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was very upset there wasn’t no lobster on Thursday

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

Love this place food is great and a fun time for a good night out

FM
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was DELICIOUS. Usually we go to Capt. Louis in stoneham, and this place was just as good. Mussels were a little weird they had some seaweed inside them but besides that the crab and sauces were delish. Totally recommend . I think as well they should lower the volume of the music as there is some people who want to converse during dinner together but cant with the music. Service was excellent no complaints

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was OK. The location in Newton is better

W
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fun family birthday dinner at the Porter Square location. It was a little hard to figure out the menu, but my kids have eaten here before and helped me out. Nice sized portions!
The staff was kind enough to retrieve a gift card my son had left behind--many thanks for helping us out with this!

P
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Overpriced for the quality of the food. The Cajun fries were great, the seafood average. There are places in the greater Boston area with much better value and taste for the same experience.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate here with my wife and 3 sons for mother’s day and everything from the service to the food was great. My wife ordered a watermelon margarita which she wasn’t happy with and the waitress gladly got it remade for her. Good food , good service, good times!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food! Amazing in fact! The drink were subpar and service was overwhelmed and not friendly. We waited 15-20 minutes for drinks ordered when we arrived. We didn’t see our waiter/security guard most of the night.
I would visit again but maybe the bar or other location as it was that bad of service at the table top seating.

BC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The crabs was overcooked. The medium sauce I requested was extremely hot. I could not eat it because of the heat I was in discomfort and kept coughing. I suggest making the sauce less intense if you have hot on the menu and the two is the same intensity why even bother having the two if it is the same. Take away from the enjoyment of the meal.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was good food

KC
New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was a little too salty, otherwise it was good. The service was good. We were there between 4:30 to 6 on Sunday. It was not busy so it was rather quiet.

NC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best location I have ever been to. Spacious, very clean, the food and waiters were great.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was out of this world.

SD
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great and food was good. We will come again!

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

Best shaking crab I ever had. Donna was a great waitress!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The food was horrible, the drinks were expensive but the bartender didn’t fill the entire cup. The music was the only good thing

N
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food especially for the value. Good service not excellent but overall okay. Definitely recommended if you are a seafood lover! Will return for another round!

TW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Have tried some of the best seafood boils in Las Vegas, Florida, and DC so we were excited to try the same in Boston. We were disappointed with the flavor (or lack of). Gumbo was not very good and clam chowder was only served warm (but tasty). Po boys were ok, but bread was not toasted. Seafood boil in a bag lacked sauce. We won’t be back.

FF
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

The food was excellent as always, but this was our first time at the Cambridge location. As soon as I set foot in the door I knew there would be a problem with the excessive music level. I immediately asked the hostess to turn it down and she said she would see what she could do. We were seated in a far corner and it seemed as though the noise level was almost tolerable, but very quickly it increased to a very unpleasant level. Two or three times during the evening I asked for the sound to be turned down and it seem to work briefly but then very quickly the volume became intolerable again. I would strongly advise that no one ever plan to have dinner in this restaurant. The service was also very weak. We ordered a large salad to share and it was brought to the table without any plates! Although we requested them no oneever appeared. I went and hunted down another server who then had someone bring over small paper containers

I wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant for takeout but will never die in here again

S
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was awful food was awful everything about the place was awful and I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy

AD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Came all the way from ct...had a amazing time food was delicious and music was on point

DD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food. Great dining experience. Service was a little slow. Only 1 bartender for the whole resturant... maybe understaffed for the night. Absolutely would return

GG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I was disappointed with the service I received; I ordered a cocktail from their menu and then they told me that their drink menu wasn't live yet. I don't understand why they would distribute this menu before it's ready. The drink that I wanted was a simple Mai Tai made with Captain Morgan and Triple Sec, so I'm not sure why the bar wasn't ready to make it given that it required no special ingredients. Instead, the waiter offered me their "standard" Mai Tai. Fine. However, when the bill came the "standard" Mai Tai that I got was more expensive than the specialty Mai Tai I originally tried to purchase! The sum of this experience gave me a sour taste and made it feel as though they were taking advantage of me.

JG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time will not be the last time. I even think my picky eater of a sin would enjoy this place!!! 👍🏾❤❤

EF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun Experience, and good food. Shrimp was my favorite. Garlic noodles were delicious. Would recommend and will be going back.

RM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This place was amazing from their buttery garlic bases to their hospitality. Namee was AMAZING. She always had a genuine smile on her face and checked on us just the perfect amount of times. Would definitely come again and recommend this to my friends!

d
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was pretty good, and it was definitely a unique experience. But the service was comically bad. The hostess who sat us forgot to tell the servers about us, so it took about ten minutes for someone to finally come by to take our drink orders. Then they got our order wrong twice! It took about ten minutes to finally flag someone down to bring us the check -- we actually ended up going to the front to ask the hostess. And then, to top it off, we got the folio back with the receipt but no credit card. We had to get up again to ask the hostess to find our credit card.

BE
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We absolutely love Shaking Crab!! Our first time at the Cambridge location because Quincy was closed. This location is huge and we were impressed by the amount of seating they provide. The service was a little slow but it was New Year's Eve so we understood. Nevertheless, the food was very-very good. My hubby and son ordered the gumbo and didn't care for it; thought they needed to get the recipe from the Quincy location. The drinks were really good, the waiter was happy and very polite and they all seemed to work great as a team. The food portions were very impressive; they really know how to take care of you. So... amazing food, great svc, great location and great portions. I would give them a 8.7 out of 10. The gumbo was the only thing that we didn't like but that's no biggie. We will definitely be back.

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

The service is very kind and the atmosphere is cozy, dim, and great for a dinner out. Dark wood furniture and warm yellow lights make it an experience. The food is delicious. They have crab, shrimp, lobster, and other foods. My favorite was the fried corn and the shrimp. You can choose your rub and spice level. Highly recommend.

F
New England
17 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We were initially seated next to a trashcan in a messy front corner of the restaurant. We requested a change in seating to another table for 4 which the maitre'd didn't want to break up for two diners even though the restaurant was and remained fairly empty. She did eventually seat us at that table. After each order I requested, the server said the restaurant was out of that item. This occurred three times. In the end I had a shrimp po'boy that was tasteless. Definitely would not recommend this restaurant.

JJ
St. Louis
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really fun atmosphere, and the food was served hot and fresh.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Some of the food was overcooked

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

It was fun to eat Cajun crawfish out of a bag!

IR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

I made reservation for 9:15 I wasn't seated until 935pm with a table of 4 children and myself so imagine the issue here

j
New England
34 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

They were “out” of so many items. The good was ok but not great. Just other seafood options around. I don’t plan to return.

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