Summer Shack

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1738 reviews
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Seafood
The Summer Shack is a fun, casual restaurant, specializing in New England Style Seafood. We offer 10 to 12 different types of oysters daily. Lobsters in varying sizes and styles including our signature clambake and the famous Pan Roasted Lobster. Wonderful local grilled fish and crispy fried seafood. We do offer several non-seafood items as well. Steaks, burgers and award winning fried chicken. We are a children friendly restaurant, and we can accommodate larger groups upon request.
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JR
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. Very interesting, appealing menu items for brunch/lunch. Grilled cornbread, chicken and waffles, lobster frittata, open faced veggie omlet. Spacious and clean enough but it is below ground/barely at street level so a bit dark and damp. Server was friendly and knowledgeable and our orders came in timely fashion. Go for the really good food and the convenience to Back Bay, Pru, Hynes and even Fenway Park.

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NR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visitor, spending the weekend in Boston. Hotel recommended Summer Schack. I had the shrimp and scallops with the farm vegetables ratatouille. Excellent flavors, especially on the seafood. Wanted to try the Boston Cram Pie (out), but settled on crime brûlée...excellent choice! Thoroughly enjoyed my meal!

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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We have loved this restaurant for many years. Our last two visits have been very disappointing. Overpriced tourist food.

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HT
Salt Lake City
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We ordered crab cakes, corn bread, calamari, lobster potstickers and lobster rolls (CT style). All were fantastic! The price for the quality of food was phenomenal. Highly recommended!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a family and the overall experience was great. It was pretty loud and exciting in there. If you looking to have a great meal and have fun this is a great place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was fabulous, service was ok, but very noisy and the floor was incredibly slippery.
Will come back again for private dinner, but mayby not with business clients.

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E
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steamed lobster was the best I’ve had in a while. I ordered 2lb. But think it was bigger. Great service. Cleaner and better than Barking Crab. And you can make reservations. Great atmosphere and yummy brownie dessert.

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BG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food for all 9 was fabulous and our server was efficient and very helpful

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ME
New England
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

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EC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the Connecticut style lobster which were really good i'd definitely visit here again, fun relaxed atmosphere

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JM
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly service always a good combination!

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r
Dallas
67 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Place was only so, so. One of worse lobster rolls ever. Great tourist spot though

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H
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the great experience many times at Summer Shack.
Thanks.

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CP
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friend claims were late coming because of a kitchen issue..BUT THE MANAGER DELIVERED THEM..APOLOGIZED AND AT NO CHARGE.

Now that is good customer service!

Food GREAT!! WILL GO BACK AND RECCOMEND..

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. It was loud and hard to hear our sever, but she was nice and a good server. Wish she had come by a little sooner to get us more drinks.

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AM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lobsters were terrific! Lobster Mac was wonderful too! Great service. Will be back.

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NP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was a really busy night with the pride parade and a double header at Fenway. We had a 7:30 reservation. Got there at 7:15. Asked us to wait at the bar until 7:30 which we did no problem. Thirty minutes later we still hadn’t been called. My husband checked and we were told that “someone” just sat another group at our table and we would have to wait. So again. Ok. We wait. Finally we sat. Then we ordered. Ran out of beer, ran out of tuna and ran out of something else. The oysters were amazing. The NE chowder was thin. The shrimp and scallops just ok. Atmosphere was good and our server was amazing even under the not so perfect circumstances. I think his name was Dan. Good job Dan!!

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m
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Waitress was great. Host and hostess were not competent.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Really disappointing

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. We had Tuna, clams, shrimp and scallops and lobster roll. Great selection of drinks. A real solid place. Wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

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JW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster potstickers were great definitely have to go back

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LB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable, the cocktails outstanding and the food excellent. I am usually so good with names but can't remember my servers name but he was young, tall with black hair and so personable and attentive. When we visit again, I will be looking for him.

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EB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was poor, multiple late items, 1/2 hour wait for drinks and failure to bring kids drinks until reminded at the time their meals arrived

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GC
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

This was the first time we tried this place. It was a recommendation from a friend & we saw an advertisement on it. Checked out the menu & decided to give it a try. We got the lobster roll, cup of clam chowder, & lobster mac. We arrived before the lunch crowd & were given some corn bread when we sat & got our drinks. Food was fair-good but nothing extraordinary that would make me want to go back. Good serving of lobster & food was filling. Service was slow once it got busy and I didn’t get a refill until the end of my meal. Casual dining kind of place with lots of families there.

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

Excellent food and nice ambiance
Service was also very sympathic

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SD
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a party of 4 and were sat at a big table which was great. Food was great and our waitress was very attentive. She had made some great suggestions for things to try on the menu. It was a bit of a louder, family atmosphere but still, we enjoyed our time very much.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were looking for something last minute near Copley and they had room for us. The service was excellent as were the the lobster potstickers that he suggested. Lobster roll had plent of lobster, we’ll be back!

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NK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent! Each meal was creatively prepared and delicious. Service was also very good. I would return again.

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B
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Neat atmosphere, our server was great, and my wife really enjoyed her cod. But, my black sea bass (a fish I often order) was somewhat fishy tasting, a bit overcook, with uninspired spices. Also, the tuna in my poke was not fresh at all. We had a long wait, even though we had a reservation, and much longer than they said when we arrived - but those things are sometime unavoidable. If I lived in Boston, I would consider going back, but ordering the lobster.

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NY
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a casual atmosphere! Just steps away from the much pricier and less comfortable seafood places on boylston st. So glad I tried this establishment after so many times of walking by.

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j
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best. Lobster. Ever!

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The host refused to allow us to park a stroller near our table or seat us at a table where we could. We came by around 4pm, and the restaurant was still pretty empty when we finished. It’s disappointing how some personnel cannot think on their feet and how an accommodation like that would have gone a long way. The waitstaff could use some real training in hospitality.

Needless to say we won’t be bringing our out of town guests here anymore.

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G
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good Fish restaurant. Atmosphere like it has to be. Perfect evening.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I have tasted a great lobster and enjoyed a great baseball evening!

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SJ
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was phenomenal, it’s loud and casual and fun. The portions were small for the bigger eaters in our group. The crab cakes, snow crab legs, and oysters were especially memorable.

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PW
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Clam chowder wasn’t hot. Lobster Roll was just okay. A few in our party liked their dishes. Great cornbread. Nice waitress.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sat in bar which was a little noisy. Was my only complaint. Other than that it was amazing!

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P
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal at Summer Shack. Delicious lobster pot stickers and chowder to start. Stew and lobster roll to follow. Fresh and delightful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Way too expensive for food that tastes average. Gotta admit, the ingredients tasted fresh, but I feel that is a minimum any good restaurants would do. It seemed absurd to me that chips -not fried would be served with burgers - all at the cost of 16$+. I was really hungry so i didnt get to see the fine print that it would be so, but I feel it would have been appropriate if the servers let us know ~ she knew we were first time visitors. Anyways, I don't want to waste my time complaining. This probably won't be considered anyways ~ you guys have great reviews and that will be all that matter to you guys~ the majority likes it.

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CN
Mexico City
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, the waiter was Berklee nice, everything exceptional!!
Keep the good work!

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