Shaking Crab - Newton

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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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Amberlc
New England
6 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 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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vipNatt
New England
23 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
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

No meat in the seafood

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

What a great place. A neighborhood gem. Crowded.

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vipSineWave
Miami
59 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
12 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Mobile
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The experience was really nice, was a family dinner. The food is very good

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Virtu
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic dinner

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Ssri
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Only bad experience was that the website allowed us to reserve a table for 4:30 but the restaurant didn't open till 5pm. We had traveled over an hour to get to the restaurant only to have to wait an additional 30 minutes. Didn't like that we had no free refills on beverages. But the food and service was absolutely amazing.

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AngelicaC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! I’m so glad we went!!!! Great staff!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was good but the space is too tight for me.

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jr2000
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Weren’t sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the concept and the delicious food.

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AycaO
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small location, big flavors! Everything tasted delicious. Gonna have to warn those who may be allergic to the smell of spicy food.it'll make you cough, especially important for families with kids or anyone who may have breathing related symptoms.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing.

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Rose
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fun place. Be prepared for plastic silverware and plastic covering you and the table. But messy eating at its best!

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Travelhui
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Simple place with delicious shellfish. The house (Cajun) flavor is really good, and the service is friendly and helpful. However, the environmental practices is terrible: lots of plastics and Styrofoam. The prices are not low for a simple place with lots of disposable ware.

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ASRO
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very fun place.

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vipDebE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time at the shaking crab. The service was terrific, the food was delicious, and the prices were really good. We will definitely be back here!!

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vipSineWave
Miami
59 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Get ready to get messy! Wear short sleeves. Heaven for seafood lovers. The server helped my 12-year-old niece crack her lobster and remove the meat from the shell. Yes, you can order any seafood with no sauce at all; it’s so fresh that it doesn’t even need butter or garlic to taste delicious!

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vipSimonM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, a little cramped. However, you can't beat the crab!

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shearahb
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my mothers birthday and she loved it and so did my children.

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vipElena
New England
30 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun! Original! Delish!

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vipPeterC
Atlanta
22 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I took on a trip to Boston. When we travel from Atl to the Northeast, we like to make sure we get our hands on a favorite- the Lobster Roll

Well the lobster roll, with an order of King Crab Legs were outstanding. My wife thought it was the best Lobster Roll she ever had. Kudos

By the way, we had a side of Garlic Noodles which were terrific and rounded out a fabulous meal

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vipjonshort1
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome flavor and great service.

FAQs

Shaking Crab - Newton does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and 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 62 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.