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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:
Lunch Monday thru Friday 11:30pm-4:00pm
Dinner Monday thru Thursday 4:00pm-10:00pm, Friday Dinner is served 4:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday Dinner is served all day 11:30am-11:00pm, Sunday Dinner is all day 11:30am-10:00pm

Happy Hour at the bar only Monday thru Friday 4:00-6:00pm.

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

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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2012

Not impressed with the food or the service. Probably will not be going back.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2012

Great meal...food was delicious!!!
Service was friendly but slow and not very spot on, we waited a long time to be greeted and unfortunately had to keep flagging her down every time we needed something ( aka another drink, bread for the mussels, more water or a spoon for my main course).
maybe we will try it again when is not restaurant week!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on August 27, 2012

Just so happened to stumble across this place at the end of my trip to Boston and during restaurant week, double positive! My friend and I were trying to eat quick before heading to Fenway for the game and the staff expedited our service and bill so we made the game just in time. I really enjoyed the food and atmosphere, I only wish we hadn't been sat so close to the prep kitchen as our privacy was a little thwarted. But all in all a great place to lunch and I would go back to try dinner and spend a little more time enjoying the Summer Shack.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2012

Food was great for your basic seafood fare, service was less than par, a lot of waiting around for our waiter to come even near our table.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2012

The atmosphere was casual; the music ever present (but not too loud; the service was excellent without being overbearing; there was PBR on tap and finally the crab cakes were, as advertised, mostly crab and very tasty. We enjoyed the experience and the food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on August 24, 2012

the food was terrific. oysters sweet and plump. my husband had clams - never seen them so big. we were very pleased with finding this restaurant!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2012

This was a fun bustling restaurant with very good food. We loved the calimari and the mussels and our lobster was excellent. The desserts were great as well. We will be back soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2012

Affordable, deliciously fresh lobster!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2012

This was our 3rd time going to the Summer Shack in the last 6 months and although the food was as good as it always is, the service was lacking. It took an EXCESSIVE amount of time to get our glasses of wine served.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2012

not great lukewarm chowder
boring crab cakes
old iced tea
nice staff
very good service
inconsistent-last visit was great

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 (New England)·Dined on August 10, 2012

You could get better fried seafood at the beach, but this was pretty good. The fried onion strings are good. A special of sesame-crusted tuna wasn't noticeably sesame-crusted, but it was still tender and flavorful. Drinks were uneven but some were worth getting again. Boston is a high-priced city, so I won't dwell on the prices.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Richmond)·Dined on August 9, 2012

The food was good. The prices were reasonable. I had the lobster roll which was delicious.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 5, 2012

Decent food and potential for a fun atmosphere. The price was high for the very small amount of calamari in the appetizer. However, my husband loved the cioppino (fish stew). The waiter was a little neglectful and the hostess acted like she really didn't want to be there. Not sure I'd go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2012

Took family to the Summer Shack for the first time after a long day in the city. We got to the Shack around 8:00p and it wasn't busy at all. The server arrived pretty quickly, but after we placed our original orders, he was tough to find the rest of the experience. When the food has been finished, the the kids are starting to meltdown, waiting 10 minutes for another visit is not so good.

On the flipside, the food was solid and reasonably priced. I felt my clam roll was loaded, and my wife enjoyed her fish tacos. Lots of good choices for the kids, although they opted for the hot dog (c'mon kids!) I also had a Oyster Shooter which was pretty spectacular.

Just all overshadowed a bit by not being able to close up shop fast enough for u

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 (Berlin)·Dined on August 3, 2012

I had chosen this place because it was described as kid-friendly, and we had children with us. It was way too dark and dingy and loud for children. It's certainly casual, so I guess that's why people say they'd bring their kids here, but I wouldn't. The decor was kind of unpleasant and dingy (not in a good dive-y kind of way, but just in a dirty and dated kind of way) and I was a little regretful that I had chosen the place, but once the food came, the choice was redeemed a bit. The food was much better than expected for such an ugly place. The fish was fresh and well-prepared. The service was also very friendly and competent. Overall, not bad, but there are much better choices.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 3, 2012

Went here for seafood dinner right next to our hotel on Dalton Street. Kid Friendly. Nice atmosphere, great service. Very happy with the experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 2, 2012

Came back twice while in town...loved the lobster and everything I ate. Went alone amd the place was energetic enough that I could just eat and absorb the energy.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2012

I know, and love, lobster rolls. Summer Shack's version is a slam dunk. Lots of sweet lobster, dressed 'just right', and served on an exemplary new england style roll. I could eat this every day- and will while I'm in town! Big pile of warm chips on the side is satisfying.
Oh, really good fried clams too, but spend your $$ on the LR...

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 29, 2012

Went there to get lobster - variety of cooked options and the quality of the food didn't disappoint. Also enjoyed the oyster options. We'd go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2012

Delicious seafood in a relaxed atmosphere. I brought my daughter for an early dinner. We split the mussel appetizer, which was delicious. She had the baked scrod and I had the fried Ipswich clams. Both entrees we great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on July 15, 2012

Great place to take our German visitor for his first ever lobster. Good food, good service, overpriced

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 15, 2012

The seafood never disappoints but the service was slow and inattentive. Oysters were fantastic, fresh and meaty.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2012

Food was good, servers were very busy causing slow service. All was good

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on July 7, 2012

I absolutely loved this restaurant! The food was reasonably priced. I checked in on Foursquare and got a free clam chowder which is excellent. The service was amazing and we were just there for lunch! I could have stayed all day. Doesn't look that appealing from the outside but adorable on the inside. Would visit again and again. The oysters and crab legs were to die for! :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2012

Great food and service. Would go back for sure and recommend too. Overall good value.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 4, 2012

The seafood was very fresh and absolutely delicious!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on July 3, 2012

The oysters and clams were so fresh and tasty. The daily special squid appetizer was VERY delicious. I loved it so much that I made reservation for lunch the following day after I finished my dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 1, 2012

Great fried clams and the artic char was delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2012

A bit pricey, but fresh, decent portions, and well-presented. Efficient check-in and very friendly waitress. Cobb Salad was good size and presented perfectly. All ingredients chopped nicely and put in their own special place. Fish tacos were tasty and done great as well. Oldest got the Fish Sandwich, which was basic, but came with enough "chips" to satisfy. We both started with Crab Cake ($9.50 each) and it was delicious and presentation was perfect. Drink prices are reasonable, especially compared to restaurants around Fenway. Good selection of beers and wines. Not very busy which is too bad because this place deserves to be packed, especially after a game. Talk a little longer walk to Summer Shack and enjoy some real food!

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 (Houston)·Dined on June 23, 2012

Excellent food!! Oysters were amazing and the crab legs were incredible. Service was fantastic. Our waitress was great, she helped with everything from picking out which oysters to recommending a meal to informing which bars stayed open the latest!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2012

Had a great meal and enjoyed the ambience. Would recommend to friends. Worked out great goint to Fenway after eating.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on June 22, 2012

The roasted lobster dish with the buttery sauce was delicious. Lobster roll my wife got had good cucumber sauce.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 21, 2012

One of the worst dining experiences I've had in years. First and foremost on one of the hottest days of the year Thursday June 21, 2012, the A/C was not working. It was so hot, all most everyone on staff was sweating. Its not very professional for a waiter to take an order wiping sweat off of his face. I love seafood but will elect to visit another restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2012

Food was good and service just right. However, restaurant seemed a bit dingy and could use a facelift.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 15, 2012

summer shack does not belong at the Pru in Boston, it belongs on the waterfront at some beach, it is not a Boston Pru restaurant. It is much toooooooo casual for that area. I am a native and would rather see it on the beach in Wallaston or Nantasket not at the Pru.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2012

Location was good but the food quality is over-rated and expensive for quanity and quality you receive, steam clams were not hot and butter was cold

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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2012

Summer Shack is a favorite. We always enjoy our meals. Our guest especially found the fried chicken to be delicious. The location is perfect for a meal before a Red Sox game.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 7, 2012

Came here before a concert on Lansdowne. Food tasted great. $7.50 drinks and they were superb. My favorite was the fresh strawberry and lemonade vodka drink. I would come here for all my drinking in Boston. Cheap and so good!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 5, 2012

Good food, good service. Have been here twice so far. The stuffed flounder was amazing!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 1, 2012

I had a good meal. The oysters were excellent and there was wide choice, considerably more than at some of so called 'oyster houses'. The crab legs were great and a good lobster roll. I did see some reviews say the place is noisy, well it isn't quiet but ts the diners who are a bit noisy not the restaurant, it's part of the ambiance in a crab house type environment. I will go again.

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