Summer Shack

4.3
2020 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Outstanding food. Don’t let the lax atmosphere fool you. They have some serious oysters and lobster. If your a traveler, on vacation or visiting Fenway, worth stopping by and eating here.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes, and Baked Haddock. Great meal and great overall experience.

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Notme42
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best it’s been in a long time. Not too crazy busy

KC
KellyC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved it! Fantastic service and food was great

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good presentation, good food.great

SS
vipSaraS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks are too expensive

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vipgregoryp
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service as always was top notch. Seafood was super fresh! Can’t wait to go back again!

SD
SeanD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

They told us to use the online menu which offered a PDF option. So we ordered off the PDF menu and then they told us that we weren’t supposed to use the PDF and half our orders were not actually available. They were actually a bit rude about that when it was their fault for leaving an old PDF on their website! Then the food we did get was average quality at best. Overpriced and simply not that good. Overall, I will never go back to summer shack

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vipAimeeS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this casual place for great lobster dishes!

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AngieH
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, friendly staff, and clean restaurant.

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mw1478
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must while you are in Boston. Jaspers Lobster is out of this world. The staff are incredible and super attentive. Thank you for a great evening :-)

KM
KevinM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So good. Fresh seafood, well prepared. Had oysters and scallops

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aahann
New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Out of town friends who had several days of fine dining in Boston wrapped up their trip with dinner at Summer Shack and pronounced it the best meal of their visit. 'Nuff said.

RB
vipRobB
Pittsburgh
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best and freshest oysters. The lobster roll wonderful and the seafood stew sublime. Shouldn’t be missed on any trip to Boston.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and great food!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Lobster bisque was not good. Lobster Mac and cheese was out of a box I swear. No taste at all. It was just bad.

RK
RomanK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The food was great, friendly staff. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Met expectations

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Ordered shrimp and scallops, and I swear they had no seasoning on them! the vegetables however were AMAZING. Just interesting that this soo called seafood restaurant really didn’t have great seafood

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Light
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I’ve been here once a year for the last 5 years. It has always been awesome ! But I don’t know if it’s because of getting started after CoVID but it was awful this time. Waiter hardly ever came to table. Our lobster was served to us but no crackers or bibs. We asked for them when the food came but we waited about 5 minutes and nobody brought them. We finally walked over to the manager and got the cracker etc. But the lobster was cold so we just are it and didn’t say anything. They really need to get their act together! Next year, we are thinking about finding a different lobster house!

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Blaze
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The key point is that the cooking was poor. Not that the design of the dish was bad, it was bad execution and bad ingredient. Fish/scallop/shrimp was all not so fresh, likely frozen and overcooked. The only dish above my red line was fried calamari and that's just fair not excellent.

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lionspeaks
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed outstanding seafood in a casual environment.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As expected for type of restaurant.

MM
MichaelM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited during an out-of-town anniversary trip. The food is great and the owner of the restaurant makes you feel welcome. The service is excellent.

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vip2ndbreakfast
New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They were very willing to accommodate my shellfish allergy

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BrianN
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and friendly staff. Seafood fresh and portions good sized.

CT
vipChicagoTraveler
Nashville
39 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was very good. Ambiance feels like Joes Crab Shack.

JI
vipJerseyInWonderland
Orlando
48 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We are actually from the area so as advice to visitors I can say this might be a good spot to try when things are crazy busy in Boston. It’s in the tourist area but on a quiet side street. The food is good, seafood very fresh and service very anxious to please.

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CraigW
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great lobster roll and steamed lobster for entrees and mussels as an appetizer. Service was spot on and the lobster top-rate

LF
LocalFoodDude
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! My colleague and I went for dinner and everything from the service to the drinks to the food was exceptional. The food was prepared perfectly with great flavor and good size portions. The menu is very impressive with a fantastic selection of seafood as well as other dishes.

JG
JohnG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

service slow. had a tag team of servers, one of which was rude and clueless

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RobsonL
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i love Summer Shack and i want to introduce the experience to my frinds from Cape Cod. Las night we have the best experience Ever and i am sure my friends will comeback!
Special thanks for our server: Carla and the Meneger Carlos Eduardo!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for finding my sunglasses and returning them food was great!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The first impression was not great as the floor on the way to our table was sticky, but the food was good. Service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Family from Denver visiting! Lots of fun and we all enjoyed our entrees so much!

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DanielA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome place for some DARN GOOD seafood!!!! You looking for a great place for seafood, THIS IS IT!!!! From Raw Bar to their Broiled Lobster (AMAZING BTW) this is IT! Food was flavorful and HOT and no long wait!!! Price is OK but I felt it was worth it... and if you do a lobster, MAKE SURE to add the Clam Bake... it is only 15$ but WELL Worth it!!!

PM
PatriciaM
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The fried clam dinner was acceptable,
not great. The burger was average. The staff was great and since we were staying at the Hilton, Summer Shack was very convenient.

JT
vipJTNYC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Lots of great reviews but the food was average at best. Insipid chowder (worst we’ve had in many a moon). Lobster roll was not average to poor. Oysters were solid. Me thinks these folks have lost the plot in the kitchen and it is now a tourist trap — and features loud music - very casual environment which is great but the food is priced the same as most of Boston’s go to seafood houses — and doesn’t measure up. Pass.

JM
JalanM
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lobster Roll was amazing. The service was amazing

NS
vipNbSS
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Started with MaiTais which were served in cool tiki style glasses. A bit coconutty but still enjoyable. Steamers and pan roasted lobster were great

FAQs

Summer Shack is rated 4.3 stars by 2020 OpenTable diners.

Summer Shack does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.summershackrestaurant.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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