Summer Shack

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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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C
New England
44 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've eaten at the Summer Shack many times, as this is a convenient place to eat when we attend BSO (the parking discount helps, too). My wife and I both enjoy seafood, but I had never before ordered the Tuna Burger. This was one of the best choices I've made in a long time; I recommend it with the highest regard.

S
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Grilled shrimp and scallops were very good, lobster rolls delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food nice ambiance moderately priced good service

CC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Shack atmosphere, busy and accommodating wait staff. Food is good, but prices seem high for what is served. For instance, lobster is selling at retail in Maine for $6.95 a pound, a two pound lobster here is $52.

MB
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had only been to the Summer Shack (now closed, I think) out at Alewife T Station, several years ago, in a celebration involving MANY oysters. While attending an archaeology convention at the Sheraton Boston, I had lunch there in the past few days. Both times were delightfully happy ones, with excellent food, outstanding service, a great atmosphere, not to mention highly reasonable prices compared to other eateries in this Boston neighborhood (this based on direct experience). I recommend the clam chowder, lobster dumpling things, fish tacos, and, of course, the oysters. Couldn't like it more.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!!

TL
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and excellent service.

C
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Excellent ambiance suitable for intimate and large party dining. Kid friendly with a diverse seafood menu. The oyster bar is especially good with a decent range to select from. Fresh! Lobsters are overpriced though and the bake stuffed version leaves much to be desired. Mine was watery with a few, very small, shrimp as well as being short on breadcrumbs. Tap selection is ok but not great. Wait staff is hurried and impersonal all bet it competent. The bottom line is the lack of value for the money spent. The $78 bake stuffed lobster was not the only thing overpriced. If you're going to spend this amount of money you are better off doing so at one of many other seafood options.

DS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great ambience. Really good service, Finley waitress and excellent food. We definitely will come again

p
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reliable favorite, a casual restaurant in the Back Bay. Food is plentiful (not overly) and very well displayed. Great variety of seafood options offered in everything from sandwiches through well sauces offerings. Worth a visit.

Q
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to sit with friends and enjoy a very good meal.

r
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great warm lobster roll and thin onion rings, great waitree

DP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 14 for my wife's birthday. I had been to a Summer Shack many years ago and wasn't sure what to expect. It was really great. Many great dishes to choose from on the menu and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. Fun to have a full bar. My liter sized beer was great. We'll be back.

BR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and great food!! Highly recommend the Jaspers Lobster

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

with my aunt

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The lobster was soft-shelled (which can be expected this time of year), but there seemed to be an extremely small amount of meat inside even for a soft-shelled one, and residual salt water from the tank and/or cooking water had not been sufficiently or properly drained (excessive salt flavor). To be fair, my basis for comparison is the Lobster Pound in Wells, ME (years of experience of on the coast and open only in summer) but I think Mr. White can do a bit better. Menu, flavor apart from overly salty bites of lobster, service and ambiance were all excellent.

l
New England
46 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

That pan roasted lobster! Oh my! But we love everything about the restaurant. The food, even the fried chicken, the atmosphere , and the service.

JK
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and service were good. Just expect to pay a hefty amount for the special lobsters.

I
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pan fried lobster did not disappoint. It was amazing.

G
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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KO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Casual atmosphere with great seafood. good location and the staff were very nice

SZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great food, try the cornbread! Excellent service! Here on business so it was nice to try a new place!

AB
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The lobster roll was fantastic! Definitely a loud festive place.

S
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food fresh and really flavorful. The wait staff made us feel that we were the only one he was serving can’t remember his name (, a composer ). Wonderful experience

f
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious scorpion bowl!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food....great service!

KM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

My server ( Riley) was spectacular. Patient and great following through on our rather complicated requests.

I was disappointed in my fried clams though-too heavily salted and too heavily breaded for my taste. My friends were happy with their scallops and shrimp with pasta dishes though.

Previously I had sent over 8 clients to dine at the restaurant and they were enthusiastic with their food and beverage and service.

M
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited with my previous guest and we all satisfied with excellent food.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Super fun and energetic seafood restaurant. Beware of the UPsale from the 1 pound to 1.5 pound lobster. It was a $22 difference and I was shocked. Food was great otherwise and lots of choices for kids.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Starters (oysters and lobster) and main ( sea bas! were good, brûlée was average

H
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

great food and service. Environment is very loud and hard to speak over

DD
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific oysters, chowder, fried clam roll, and service.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except I asked for fried clams not fried clam sandwich but overall food was great and the service

GS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun no Thrills Place. Food and Service was good. Priced right.

C
New England
45 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We enjoy Summer Shack for the oysters and great seafood, plus it's conveniently located.

TG
London
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was fine. Lobster roll for one of us, and a crab BLT for my partner. Similar price and quality to other meals we had. Nothing outstanding.

VG
San Antonio
37 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service.

LM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overpriced lobsters for the convention crowd at Hynes.
We ordered paella. It was soup, like a Spanish-style bouillabaisse. It was OK, but it wasn't paella. The salads were good.

s
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The sesame crusted yellow fin tuna was one of the best meals I've had in a few months (and we go out often). Highly recommended. Pre-dinner cocktails were made perfectly. Oyster selection is very good and were of high quality. Will return!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was so friendly it made our experience great. The food was good and it was close to our hotel.

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