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Summer Shack

4.4
1413 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Comfort Food
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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.
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Phone number
(617) 867-9955
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dell Leandro
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Boylston St
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Parking details
Validation of $5.00 off for the Pilgrim Parking/Auditorium Garage adjacent to the restaurant.
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Public transit
Hynes Convention Center on the Green Line / Prudential Center on the Green Line.
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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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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 1413 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
service
4.2
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on November 8, 2017

Terrible service. Good food.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

The lobster and clams were delicious. The sangria was great. Our server was very friendly and delightful.

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4.0Dined on November 4, 2017

A great spot for dinner before a concert at Berklee Performance Center. The seafood dishes are well thought out and they let you substitute sides, if that is your choice. There are options like fried chicken and steak for those who do not want seafood. This is one of the better seafood restaurants in Boston, run by an excellent chef who uses fresh, seasonal ingredients and should not be considered a tourist trap.

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

We ate there since it was close to the Berklee Performance Center. It was a nice experience. My mom and I enjoyed the fried shrimp. My clam chowder was okay.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

We had a great night at Summer Shack.. food outstanding.. lobsters, chowder, and oysters to boot all top notch! Service was also great, Sam and the team really looked after us and we’ll be sure to cook up some chowder when we get home to Australia! Thanks so much for the cook book! Do yourself a favour check out this place it’s excellent!!

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1.0Dined on October 30, 2017

Brought my family here for an early dinner and this is one of the worst places to eat lobster in Boston. The meat of the lobster was very tough and rubbery. We struggled chewing it. Had to cut it in small pieces to make it easier to chew. We’re from a culture that’s used to consuming a lot of seafood in our diet and we know what’ good and what’s not. The Manager or owner (perhaps) asked us after how the food was and we told her the truth but didn’t even offer any discount despite our dissatisfaction. I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone. There are far better ones in the city and in the harbor.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Went for dinner when my parents were in town and as always, it was great! Due to the noise, one order was miscommunicated and came out wrong but was quickly fixed and removed from the bill. The pan roasted lobster is the best thing on the menu!

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Good service. Excellent oysters and reasonable price

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

We had such a wonderful dinner that we went back a few days later for lunch. The smashed crabs I had for dinner were fabulous! So sweet! The lobster roll I had for lunch was excellent, but the smashed crabs were out of this world!

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2017

High quality seafood. Smallish portions for the price...

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3.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Pan fried lobster was delicious but overpriced restaurant was very noisy

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1.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Bad bad bad

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Always a pleasure eating here. Oysters and lobster roll particularly great.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Summer Shack did not disappoint our friends for TX who wanted a seafood dining experience. They got the clam bakes with all the NE fixings and were delighted. The services was very good and attentive - everything was cooked perfectly!

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

The bartenders were attentive and provided quality drinks and timely delivery of some snacks. We then went to our table, where our waiter was knowledgeable about the food and wines available. All of our beverages were delicious and reasonably priced, and the food was prepared beautifully. Furthermore, the food was deliciously, bordering on succulent. We left nothing behind. I had not been in some time and am questioning my life choices as to why I do not go more often.

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2.0Dined on October 17, 2017

Wanted to love this because I’ve had such good experience at fresh pond location but it didn’t come close.

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2.0Dined on October 16, 2017

The food was great which will keep me coming back as I am local. However, our server Mike was extremely unprofessional. It was the worst service I have ever been subjected too. My cousins were visiting from North Carolina and were very taken aback by his unprofessionalism as well.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was fantastic! Waitress was rude, unprofessional and inattentive..

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Love this place! We come every time we are in Boston visiting our college student!

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1.0Dined on October 13, 2017

I have never been to Boston, so given to opportunity to come to this beautiful city, the hotel; The Colonnade Hotel, highly recommend the Summer Shack, and I was not disappointed for the must have Lobster Roll, because I always dreamed of coming to Boston and having "real" lobster rolls. THANK YOU, I WILL NEVER FORGET THE SERVICE AND FOOD!

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5.0Dined on October 11, 2017

Fabulous food- very fresh. Comfortable atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on October 9, 2017

Food was good. Service was great!

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

My family had a wonderful meal and the service was excellent. A great place for a casual and fun meal.

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2.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Large portions for the price and lots of menu items to choose from. Authentic New England vibe.

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

My wife and I went there because I wanted some good seafood. I got it – wonderful raw oysters from a wide selection and a great 2 lb. lobster. Ann had fried chicken – a very large serving, a big part of which we took home and enjoyed the next day. The restaurant is noisy, so conversation was difficult, and that affected our evening on the town somewhat. If you're looking for good seafood, though, this place has it.

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3.0Dined on October 6, 2017

Great food, a bit noisy though

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4.0Dined on October 6, 2017

A friend did not want raw oysters, so the waitress suggested fried oysters which was great - the sauce was superb. The pan-fried lobster was exceptional. My husband and I are still craving it. A bit pricey though.

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5.0Dined on October 5, 2017

What fun! Great server with personality and knowledge. Pan roasted lobster was fabulous as promised, shared grilled clams to start which I don't recommend, you will want them all for yourself. Husband loved his swordfish! Would certainly return.

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Dinner was delicious- service a bit slow in the beginning , but better as dinner progressed. We all had lobster, all prepared differently

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

First time there very casual and had a great time. Sat at the bar and had apps and dinner along with drinks, of course. Our bartender, Chris was awesome!!!!!!! I did have an issue with my meal I ordered but Chris really took care of me and the end result was fantastic! Of course like anything in Boston, the seafood is very pricey!! Everyone was great and very friendly. Can't say enough about having a super time. We were there for over 3 hours and never felt rushed, just a great time. Thanks Chris!!!

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food, great service! Order the 3lb Lobster. Amazing!

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2017

I had so interests for Summer Shack's suvenior for my friends from Japan.
But they did not have their inventry at all.
Disappointed!

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

We arrived early on a Friday and we had a wonderful experience. The food and service were great and by the time we left the place was packed!

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Nice place, can get loud, good food but overpriced.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Reliably excellent seafood. Had the whole belly clams and they were fried just right, not greasy. Rest of meal was good. The clam chowder could have been a bit more creamy but was still very good. Service was prompt and courteous.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Absolutely perfect! Wait staff friendly, raw oysters amazing!! Pan roasted lobster...I wanted 10 more!!!

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5.0Dined on September 14, 2017

Spent a week in Boston and this was by far, our best seafood meal. The staff was friendly, quick, responsive, and fun! We had a variety of oysters (recommended by our server), followed by 1 1/2 lbs of pan broiled lobster smothered in garlic butter and herbs. They had a great wine menu. Summer shack is a great value for the quality. It's a bit hidden and not an obvious place to stop. We'll be back next time we're in town.

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