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About Summer Shack

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.

50 Dalton St.
Boston, MA 02115
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday — 11:30am to 10pm
Tuesday — 11:30am to 10pm
Wednesday — 11:30am to 10pm
Thursday — 11:30am to 10pm
Friday — 11:30am to 11pm
Saturday — Brunch 10am to 3pm, full menu available 10am to 11pm
Sunday — Brunch 10am to 3pm, full menu available 10am to 10pm

Happy Hour at the bar only Monday thru Friday 4-6pm.

Cross Street:
Boylston St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 867-9955

Website:
http://www.summershackrestaurant.com/

Catering:
We have a full service catering division and will travel all over New England. Our mobile Clambake on Wheels trailer allows us to bring our famous New England clambake to you. We also offer a wide variety of other types of menus.

Parking Details:
Validation of $5.00 off for the Pilgrim Parking/Auditorium Garage adjacent to the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Hynes Convention Center on the Green Line / Prudential Center on the Green Line.

Executive Chef:
Dell Leandro

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour at the bar ONLY 5:00-7:00pm Monday thru Friday and ALL DAY Sunday, featuring a $5.00 appetizer menu.

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Private Dining

The Summer Shack in Boston can accomodate up to 175 people. The entire dining room has seating for up to 140 people and the circular bar area can accomodate a reception of up to about 60 people. A lot of smaller groups request the back alcove area for more intimate seating.

Summer Shack Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (24)
Comfort Food (13)
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Fun (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
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Fit for Foodies (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Authentic (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Hot Spot (4)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was absolutely amazing both times we went. The service was crazy fast! They were very accommodating for my infant son (even when he spilt my Husband's beer, the manager cleaned it up and grabbed him a new beer). Will definitely visit again and recommend to others!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Healthy, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 5 days ago

Very good! Lobster pot stickers were fabulous! Fried cornbread was good, didn’t taste the maple in the butter only the honey. Didn’t really need the fried cornbread because they brought rolls and cornbread to the table with the meal. Crab cakes were excellent, not too much breading, Mahi Mahi was very good as well, spicy! Smashing crabs were good. Came with 3, and 2 of them were a little over cooked and dry.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

The staff did not cook meal the way asked, which I thought was not in keeping with good customer service. We returned the food, but it came out just the same--looking like the cooks just washed away the sauce we asked them to omit. They didn't take the time to easily prepare the item the way it was requested--without sauce.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, atmosphere, and service! I don’t think it’s overpriced at all. The oysters are awesome! I got the ones from Martha’s Vineyards. The fried chicken was also really good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Quick and attentive service, good food, and overall an easy meal out!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Enjoyed a good brunch!

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 (Miami)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We are visiting our daughter who goes to school in Boston. Summer Shack had a great vibe, awesome service, and delicious food!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 29, 2018

One of my favorite places for seafood in Boston. Pan Fried Lobster is awesome! Jonathan, our waiter, was simply terrific. However, the clam chowder and lobster bisque were too salty. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Seated at a high top next to the bar. Bar patrons were very loud

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was not as good as the previous two times we have dined here but overall, a good experience. Appetizers were the best part of the meal. Waiter was great even though a little too friendly at times. Very expensive

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Server was attentive...choices of food were great...very Boston. Excellent choice for families.

Tags: Fun
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 (Austin)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Shake Shack makes great burgers, shakes and fries cooked to order. They are tasty, moist and meaty. The shakes thick and creamy. Always a satisfying meal at a moderate price.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was good, but one order was wrong (no surf with the turf). Actually some of the food (the Bermuda chowder and the pan roasted lobster) was excellent. But the wait staff couldn't provide a decent description of some of the craft beers (had to google them), and just forgot to bring certain requests (like ketchup for fries). And the "market" prices for the lobster seem to reflect the stock market not the lobster market.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The bar area and the crowd that was there were very noisy. It was hard to have a conversation even though I was at the back of the dining area. Food was good but pricey.

Tags: Casual
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Service was great. Breakfast food was ok. Nothing to rave about. Great place for a quick breakfast if you’re staying at a hotel in Dalton St and heading to the airport.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great seafood spot, close to everything yet off the beaten path. May not work if you have someone in your group who doesn’t like seafood and doesn’t eat red meat, as options are limited.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

This was my second visit to the Summer Shack. I went out on a limb and got something totally different - a fabulous salad and possibly the best fried chicken I ever had in my life! We preceded this with a dozen oysters (Spear Point and Blue Point) which were also perfect...and we are picky because my husband has shucked oysters for a living.

Everyone in the family loved it! My college-aged daughter had the skewered shrimp and scallops...

I love this place because it feels like a party - and a good ole New England summer feast!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New year celebration

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Casual atmosphere and decor, very good service, pricing is moderate for Boston, lobster roll was a 9 out of 10 and crabcakes were a 7 out of 10.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Glad we found this gem during our recent visit to Boston! Excellent food and service! Corn bread, oysters were excellent as starters. My son had lobster and husband swordfish, both were beyond delicious! I’m not a fish eater so I had a burger, it was okay. Not a lot of choices for those who don’t eat fish; however, I hear the fried chicken is delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Get the pan seared lobster and side corn on the cob included.
Top it off with the warm brownie and ice cream! YUM...YUM!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were expecting a "local" type place and were slightly disappointed to see that it had more of a "chain" feel. That being said, the food was very good and came out fast. Our waitress was perfectly nice, but not the most outgoing. However, the host (I think he may have been the manager as well) was outstanding! He checked in with us several times, chatted with us about our travels, and allowed our kids to hold one of the live lobsters from the tanks. Overall it was a very nice experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Absolutely delicious and super friendly, attentive staff.☺️❤️

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Absolutely fresh and excellently prepared seafood — reliably so. Fantastic and friendly service on this visit with a party of 9.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Average food and experience. Typical tourist trap but the food was good and the service was quick.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Place is getting a little tired. Food was pretty good but I’ve had better at this location before. Service was poor for it not being very busy.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Family favorite when in boston. Kids menu with good choices.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Restaurant half empty, but service was slow. My order was not correct. When I returned it, it took forever to come back and still not right. In addition, the salmon was so over cooked, that it was barely edible. Others in the party ordered fish tacos that came with very little fish

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Summer Shack has excellent seafood. You can't go wrong. Particularly enjoyed the fresh oysters. Only problem was that the waiter was a bit inexperienced and slow.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A little off the beaten path, yet close to everything. The food is delicious - clam chowder, house-made corn bread, chips are great. The lobster rolls are always good, and this time, I tried the crab cake BLT, which was excellent. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Went with a few old business associates for early lunch. Located directly across from Sheraton Hotel and Haynes Convention Center, it’s convenient. Atmosphere is good once you get past the industrial-looking entrance. Food selection is good, lots of fresh seafood options, and pricing is reasonable for this Back-Bay neighborhood. Our server was courteous and helped make my meal selection even better value. I would return here when in the area.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great lobster rolls (CT style - poached in butter on a New England hot dog roll) - delicious and perfectly cooked.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our waiter, Ken, was terrific. Thanks for working on Thanksgiving, Ken!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was my third time here - and we really enjoyed it! As always, the service and food were great!

Tags: Fun, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We've enjoyed several meals at Summer Shack, so we were looking forward to a familiar experience. This meal really surprised us with the wonderful flavors, as well as the generous portions. Try the yellowfin tartar appetizer.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great, fresh seafood. Nice wine as well. Perfect place for friends to get together over some good eats and cocktails

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Super oyster selection. Sit in the bar area and make friends with Chris, the awesome bartender.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Terrible service. Good food.

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 (El Paso)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best meal in Boston. Pumpkin lobster bisque is superb. Service was excellent.

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