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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food....great service!

KM
New England
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
35 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

DD
Hawaii
4 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
42 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
35 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.

S
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice brunch spot. Casual atmosphere but really tasty food, good Bloody Mary. Everyone in our group really liked our meals. Lobster omelet was very good. Lobster roll got high marks as did chicken and waffles and Benedicts.

SO
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Large portions of high quality seafood. Service was terrific. Server knew menu and gave good recommendations. Last night of our vacation and couldn’t have chosen a better restaurant in Boston.

LP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding food a little loud but everything else was great. Definitely will recommend it.

PM
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Attentive and knowledgeable service. Good quality seafood, prepared simply and traditionally. Wholesome and delicious. Friendly atmosphere.

TH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Not in line with expectations. Had to wait 25 min for 8.30 tabletter. Very good food.

RC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love the shack! It's always a guaranteed visit when I'm in Boston!

OT
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went there for a second night in a row, had the "chinatown" lobster, just fantastic. Can't wait to go back to try something different again!

n
New England
76 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Had steamers, crab cakes and Jasper’s famous pan roasted lobster which was delicious. Very pricey, but everything was fantastic. Thank you!

OT
Chicago
110 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time here will keep coming back

S
Calgary
47 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious lobster - Jasper’s blend is so tasty. I couldn’t get enough of the sauce.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Good spot for last min meeting.
Food is not up to Boston seafood standards.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food was great. My entree came out two or three minutes after everyone else’s(which really was no problem) but the server and manager brought out a complimentary fried clam dish to make up for that, which was really kind. There was also a miscount on our oyster appetizer but the server brought out extras when he realized that. Thank you for all of the accommodations!

SK
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

noisy poor service there was a function at the bar which made it worse

MV
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

One of the worst meals I have ever had. The only thing that was passable was the salad-hard to mess up some lettuce and vinaigrette. Save your time and money and avid this place.

3
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Summer Shack is a must every time we are in Boston. They were kind and accommodating as our party went from 8-11 last minute . Our waiter was top notch and the food was delicious and fresh. My kids always get a chick lobster and their delicious chowder .

I finally tried the pan roasted house specialty ... phenomenal!

TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic seafood! We went back a second time to try other menu items. Great service, too! The ambiance is fun and energetic, but definitely noisy. Go!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was amazing !our server was nice but a bit all over the place had to wait for dessert menu and check a little longer than anticipated but overall experience good

S
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was so busy Sunday night between 7:15 and 9:00 that our waiter could not be as attentive as he should have been. We had to keep asking for butter, tea, etc; things we should not have kept asking for. It was not the waiter’s fault; he had too much to do. I live the food st your restaurant.

AW
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The concierge at our hotel recommended The Summer Shack. We enjoyed the pan roasted 2 lb lobster, but I think a 2-lb steamed or grilled would have been the way to go. Good service.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Out waitress was attentive and made sure we had everything we needed!

Food was great and all of it came on time! No problems with and so on

MC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 6 that wanted to experience the Boston Lobster scene. Our waitress, Nikki, was fantastic! She helped us work our way through the menu with drinks and of course the food. The lobster potstickers were legit as was the seafood tower! The 2 orders of 3lb lobster capped off the evening with a melted butter chive that we wanted to pack up and take home!

I’d recommended this venue for a place to go with friends. We could carry on a convo no problem. We got in right away and left completely satisfied!

S
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I met an old friend here for dinner. They recommended the restaurant. It didn’t disappoint. Great evening, great food, great company

AL
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great service.

TB
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It’s a fun, loud seafood restaurant appropriate for families, first dates, and tourists. It doesn’t pretend to be something else so the dinner my wife and I enjoyed was as expected.

JN
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Enjoyed every bite. Nice to be able to park next door, since Boston is so busy and price is affordable for parking.

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