Shaking Crab - Newton

4.6
80 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

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Shaking Crab is the new beat to eating seafood. Mixed with some West coast inspiration and Southern spices, we have brought to the East coast a new and unique way to eating seafood.

Pick a seafood by the pound along with your choice of mouth-watering sauce and we will "shake" it together in a bag - and alas, it will be ready for you to dig in! Although popular for our Shakin' (Cajun) Sauce, our restaurant has a variety of choices and mixes that will surely meet everyone's appeal. Stop on by and "Shake" with us; it'll be more than delicious!

"We take pride in our food and service - think of us as your second home!"
-Alex and Hayato, Shaking Crab Newton Managers
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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a fun experience while visiting g Boston! Everything was delicious!

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vip2full2eatanymore
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious and the service was great.

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vippaulb
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Lobster role at $24 was less than impressive with very little meat. On the other hand the shrimp basket was a good value albeit very messy. Probably will no go back

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Frank
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was very good, music was a bit loud for me. Service was great!

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AidaA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very tasty, the actual restaurant was small and cozy .. they don't have parking it is off street .. the server was pleasant and accommodating.. the only negative was they didn't have available certain things on the menu and was told after we sat down .... ☹️ They were out of corn, whole lobster and dungeness crab clusters .besides that it was a different cool experience.

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ChristineS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place . We look forward to returning .

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SCOTTM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Our waiter was great but the food lack flavor. It needed a bit of salt. I didn’t enjoy our meal for what we paid.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was extremely courteous and catered to our every need. Above all the food was carefully and promptly prepared, it tasted amazing.

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SueB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This the 3rd time we’ve eaten at the location in Newton. Always a great foodie experience. Fantastic steamed crab legs, shrimp, and clams! 3 of us was dining. 2 of us enjoyed the Seoul shake, the other had the Cajun shake.

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PaulaR
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately we didn’t enjoy our visit at Newton location. Service was terrible we had to ask few times for everything even napping we eat out appetizers with our hands also it tuck 10 minutes to someone ask if we any a drink And the rest was empty.
Also was wayyyy less food in the bags them the other locations.
Terribly experience we will never coming back at Newton location.

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Bluegold
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the shaking mild sauce

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GladymirB
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I like this place love the food we have a good time

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Mezzofoodinsta
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Taste is awesome, but the size of the seafood is too tiny.

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amandal
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was great food, tad bit pricey for some but overall great. Would go again!!

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WhiteShark
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I ordered gumbo, they put a big corn in my cup, só the space was taken and there wasn’t enough soup. Also, when you order fried shrimp, very few shrimp come on top of a French fries basket. It wasn’t like this in the past. Other than that, big thumbs up! The food is good so it’s still worth a try.

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Pattis650
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to sample a new item crap soup. It was fantastic! Very enjoyable evening.

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DimitryG
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great place for flavorful cuisine and small gatherings.

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Christine
New England
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome atmosphere! Very nice staff as service 10/10

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Amberlc
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with the husband

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EkaterinaD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Second time here and will come again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service..great ambiance will definitely go again

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AllanD
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at Shaking Crab was amazing.
The food and service were fantastic. I can not wait to go back again...😊👍

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vipRabbitMom
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The wait staff screwed up our orders and did not even bring our vegetables until after the meal was done. They were wet and greasy, no one ate them. The waiter refused to remove them from the bill. Apparently if you want your sides with your meal you need to be very specific when you order.
The sangria was watered down and full of ice, disgusting.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood! Love the concept of choosing your own sauces and spice level and then having it all shaken up in a bag! Truly so much fun!

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RosalinaP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place definitely going again! Perfect Valentine's date. Vibes were great staff was friendly.

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Emma
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was so great!! Only downside was there was a clump of black hair in my boyfriends food which was unappealing but other than that it was great food and great service. Hoping that doesn’t happen again- maybe bandanas / tight hair buns for the waitresses

Food is consistently delicious though so- We will be back

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Natt
New England
24 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Fast and great service. Food is ok. Not too crowded on Tuesday.

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vipBonnyB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

An adventure. Very boisterous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

No meat in the seafood

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Ptcakes
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a great place. A neighborhood gem. Crowded.

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vipSineWave
New England
68 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the shellfish served in plastic bags! It’s messy, fun, and fresh! Excellent professional service. No other restaurants provide such a great experience! Watch your teenagers willingly put their devices away for an hour. It’s worth going just to see that happen.

My personal favorite is the Alaskan king crab legs. Easy to get the meat out. Cheerfully prepared with absolutely no sauce but scrumptious nonetheless.

My only suggestion would be increasing the number of available craft beers or alternately improving the current list.

Extremely highly recommended!

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AndyL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed the food at Shaking Crab - we tried the snow crab legs with shrimp and fries add-on as well as a cup of the gumbo. All the food was delicious and we had fun with cracking open the crabs at the table. They provide gloves to keep the mess off the hands, but we both had punctures in a couple fingers - it would have been nice to provide some wet-naps as a back up! The atmosphere was nice and not too loud - place was popular even on a Wednesday evening. The only disappointment was that they didn't have any blue crab - apparently they haven't had it for a while....

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vipBenD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food; good service; nice ambiance; would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo good and fun too!

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KM2492
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience1

The food was okay, flavorful but overpriced. Staff was friendly but could not understand the waiter so it made ordering difficult. We did not receive everything we ordered despite the restaurant not being busy. There are no windows in the restaurant that can be open and it was extremely hot inside which probably was the worst part of the experience. They had a fan going but it had no impact at all and we couldn’t wait to get outside for some fresh air.
I would suggest keeping your ordering simple...forget appetizers and maybe just stick with one side and it may not break the bank

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Michael
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Down home cooking with paper and plastic. The food is authentic and tasty. Not the kind of place you linger. You clean up your table into a plastic bag. We enjoyed ourselves! Service excellent.

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CheriW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get ready to put on a bib and dig into an awesome steamed bag of spicy deliciousness!! Loved the king crab with potatoes and corn. Unless you are a professional... go mild- great rage of heat levels and spices! Very friendly staff.

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SKELLYE
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Services was quick and on time.

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KAnna
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All around nice experience. Excellent food but you must enjoy eating with your hands, and feel comfortable with the people you are eating. Plates are not a given option for many of the dishes.

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WatertownStrong
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Neat place in Newton where they shake your seafood in a bag. This is a bib and gloves kind of place. Get ready to get dirty. Vietnamese owned, so there is plenty of variety of hot sauces. On the small side, fills up quickly. Don't expect to be seated until your whole party is there.

FAQs

Shaking Crab - Newton does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Shaking Crab - Newton also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 795-1630.

Shaking Crab - Newton is rated 4.6 stars by 80 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.