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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (39)
Fun (33)
Good for Groups (27)
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Local Ingredients (22)
Good for a Date (21)
Great for Lunch (19)
Authentic (18)
Bar Seating (15)
Kid-friendly (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Happy Hour (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Great Beer (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Business Meals (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Seasonal (8)
Cozy (5)
Healthy (5)
Live Sports (5)
People Watching (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Romantic (3)
Tapas (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Always try to eat at least one meal when visiting Boston. Have never been disappointed with the great seafood or the service. It's a Boston Backbay favorite!

Tags: People Watching, Fun, Good for Groups, Casual, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great food and service!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Super yummy and not super expensive. Definitely casual, very fun cocktails.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great seafood and friendly wait staff. Really enjoyed our experience. Would definitely go back!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

All three of us enjoyed our meals. Ceviche was very good. Nice balance with lime and cilantro. Clam chowder was outstanding. Light on the cream. Main courses were also outstanding. Lobster roll, swordfish and scallops. I liked the casual vibe and the price point was fantastic.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 2, 2017

A bit pricey. I had a 2 lb. lobster for $64, it was delicious. Cracked perfectly. My Husband ordered a lobster roll for $24.95. It was very disappointing in size and the roll was rock hard. We came from the Seaport area and I am sure we could have found something equally as good.

Tags: Live Sports, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Corpus Christi)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food was good, but the portions were very small.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Never disappointed in a meal here! Freshest sea food in the Cambridge area.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Tapas, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Casual, Seasonal, Authentic, Live Sports, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Stopped in before a concert at Fenway. I usually get the pan-roasted lobster at both local locations but tried the jumbo Canadian snow crabs this time. And the Boston cream pie. Great choices, great service. The only noticeable oddity was the music in the ladies room- louder than being in a club. Couldn't even hear each other talk at the sink. Mentioned to the hostess upon leaving that the restroom was in need of service and louder music. Just bizarre.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Have been to this restaurant several times, as well as to its sister restaurant in Cambridge. This was the first time I had a terrible meal. Lobster was overcooked and dry, corn was overcooked and mushy, and tollhouse pie was undercooked and improperly prepared. I will certainly think twice about going again.

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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Entrees were fine local seafood ... cookies & ice cream desert were laughably small; coffee was dead cold!

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Excellent food in an inviting, laid-back ssetting. Grret beer and wine choices in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Overall a great experience. Waiter was okay but didn't clear as we finished. Great drinks.
Lots of loud bangs as the kitchen dropped pans (guessing) which were disturbing to our dining experience. Food was delicious, I had the Fish Tacos.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great find! I love how the menu changes every day! Food was delicious and came quite promptly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Tapas, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We met another couple at the Boston Dalton St location for a late lunch on Saturday. We were seated immediately but it took a while for the server to take our drink order. Once taken, he served them promptly and answered all questions regarding best meal options. Drinks were good. While off-peak and only 1/2 full, we all noted that the noise level was much louder than expected from the meager number of customers. It took a long time for the meals to arrive, but the clam chowder (GF) was excellent, as were the various seafood dishes we ordered. (BTW - To the Open Table web designer: for Noise level designation, you really should consider replacing the euphemistic label "Energetic" with something like a Bose headphones icon. Seriously.)

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had a party of 6 people on a Friday night; we read the reviews and were excited but unfortunately the service really put us off. One of the six meals never showed up or sides we ordered and we got one water refill the whole night. The food we did receive was tasty (steamers, lobster pot stickers, the special lobster was delicious, standard steamed lobster was good too). Overall would probably not go back because of the service unfortunately.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Very good selection of seafood for a reasonable price with great service. Will visit again many times.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Enjoyable spot we tried while on vacation. Casual atmosphere and good menu. Quaint seafood decor, tasty food. Good experience. Would definitely recommend the Summer Shack.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Summer shack always included in my visits to Boston. Fresh oysters were great - never disappointed with my meal or service.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 24, 2017

I hesitate to judge on the basis of one meal, but the grilled halibut was overdone and the dish, while having an appealing menu description , was a huge pile of coarsely chopped vegetables. Lobster potstickers were clunky as well. Restaurant very loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Great selection of oysters and Jason's pan fried lobster is a must!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The pan roasted lobster was messy, expensive and delicious.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great spot & our server was excellent. She initially asked if we were seeing the Sox double header which made us nervous as we though perhaps the game time had changed. She immediately checked & validated it was only one game & apologized. Excellent service throughout the meal.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We decided on the steamed lobster and a side salad. The small lobster was adequate and meaty.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Amazing overall!!! Food was fantastic from start to finish!
Highly recommend!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Convenient, quality restaurant near convention center and the Sheraton. The pan-fried lobster specialty is excellent. The steamers were excellent as well. Quality food, very fast drink service (!) in a casual atmosphere. The only slight negative is that the lobster prices are pretty steep ($70 for a 2-pounder) considering the cost of lobster is roughly $6.99/lb in today's market.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 15, 2017

Top top resto to have dinner In Boston. A little bit noisy but every resto in states are noisy!
The famous pan roasted lobster is a must. We went twice!!
Very very happy!

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

The general atmosphere is about what you would expect from a Boston fish-themed restaurant. The service was very good. Unfortunately the quality of the food was sub-par...blackened swordfish tacos were a huge disappointment with the fish cut in minuscule cubes and despite the blackening spices, the dreaded fishy flavor rendered the meal inedible. The signature lobster dish was okay...but way overpriced for what it is. Overall it was a disappointing experience, way over priced (emphasis added!), and I won't be returning.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Came for the lobster options, and got a fairly good deal by getting two. The problem was that this lobster had not been cleaned out at all. If they had cracked it in half and cleaned it out, I would not have had waste in my food. The smell and sight of the waste made me not only not want to eat, but physically ill. One of the more disgusting dining experiences I have had in a long time. I would go to Legal Sea Food instead where they clean out the lobster before serving. Price is close to the same and service is better.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

My son wanted to have more seafood before going off to college. So we decided to try out Summer Shack for lunch. He tried out raw oyster for the first time and he loved it. We were there during dine out Boston with my parents. We ordered 3 fish entree and one beef and shrimp entree. All were great and fresh. Dessert (Indian pudding) was delicious.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Came here on 8/10 for DineOut Boston, but when we got there, they said they had ended it the night before (wasn't too happy about that). However, the food and service were good. Ordered the tuna, which was a bit overdone but my partner had the monkfish, which was delicious. Would go back again, but I am trying other seafood places first.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The restaurant smelled. The service was good and the music selection was wonderful. We ordered the lobster roll, fish and chips and crab cakes. The serving size was big but none of us were impressed with the taste of our food.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We were looking to impress friends with children who were staying at one of the nearby hotels. I hadn't been to this Summer Shack in years but knew it was kid friendly. It's loud with half a dozen TVs and dim - quite perfect for kid antics. Most importantly, the food here was outstanding (I honestly wasn't expecting this especially for a chain). They serve a perfect fried chicken, and a mean lobster roll. Instead of fries, choose the homemade potato chips - delicious. Plates were cleaned and our party left happy.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great Beer, Late-night Find
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

I had grilled oysters and a lobster roll. Service was good, server was knowledgeable and attentive; food was good. I enjoyed the visit.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

C'était super ! Nous étions 4 personnes et nous avons adoré !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fun, Happy Hour
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

We were visiting Boston for a few days and Summer Shack was recommended to us by our hotel. Food was excellent and creative. I had the crab cakes and my husband had the shrimp and scallops. If you are looking for seafood that is different this is the place. The sides were not your typical french fries and cole slaw.
The only downside was it was crowded and my chair got bumped into several times as people walked by. It was very noisy also but with the size of the crowd we expected that level of noise.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Very disappointed in this tourist trap . $28 for a lobster roll that was tough , dry with small minced lobster pieces .

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 5, 2017

It was fun and food was ok. It was a bit expensive, but you are in Chicago. That's to be expected.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great food and really fun experience! Highly recommend.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This was a great summer place with awesome atmosphere and food. Love love love it.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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