Summer Shack

4.3
2050 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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4.2
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Wuavo
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent will be back soon. Clean and service was great

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience3

There was a large rubber band in my lobster roll.

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vipMichaelR
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Clams in chowder were tough. Cornbread was awful but thankfully the manager didn’t charge me for it. Service very good.

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vipLSK1
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

This is my favorite restaurant in Boston. Whenever I visit form NYC (about 3 times a year), I always schedule a return visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

とても美味しかったです

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vipCarolineG
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and great service in a relaxed environment! We cannot stay away from Summer Shack. It has become our go to place for fresh seafood.

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sheilae
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific food and service...loved the lobster ravioli, and the crab roll was excellent

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StephenP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so good we came two nights in a row. Staff was great and the food was awesome. We will be back!

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DMDJ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant deserves 5 stars. The food was spectacular from start to finish and the service was wonderful. Highly recommended.

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ChristiL
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I started with a reservation for 5 and more and more people decided to join us. In the end we had a group of 18. They handled the group very well and dealt with our weird billing issues with no grumbling. We had a great evening!

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vipGlutenFreeJ
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marisol, was tending bar and was wonderful in her suggestions for dining gluten free here.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We usually come here when friends are visiting Boston. This place never disappoints. Good service and great food.

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YosemiteS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was Thursday night at the Prudential Center. Quiet as we liked it.
Food was very good and good portion size.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fabulous oysters! Best pan broiled lobster anywhere

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LisaB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Would have received outstanding for the food if the steamer broth has been seasoned.

Our server was really very nice

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vipAlison
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately we had about two minutes with our appetizer before our meal arrived . The whole belly clams were good but for the dinner portion ( it was not a large portion ). The lobster Mac n cheese was also very tasty but not a big portion for almost $40.
Service was very slow in getting our check and take out containers. The corn bread appetizer was also amazing !

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vipDawnR
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I'm in Boston... steamers and clams on the half shell are a must. Summer Shack did not disappoint. Excellent shellfish! Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner there was good.

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TLCS
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As a tourist, good sample of Boston seafood and enough for regular food for non seafood eaters. If I was a local, not a place I would frequent.

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Charlie
New England
54 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a really great meal. Starting with oysters, then fish soup. My wife had Portuguese stew and I had yellowfin. Key Lime Pie for dessert. All of it excellent.

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johnt
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant ! Would dine there again as food was outstanding

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MikeS
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service.
Server was friendly as was host.
Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We were seated with no menus. Luckily we had looked online. I understand short staffing, but don’t tell us the food will be up in 10 minutes when you know it isn’t true. From the time we ordered it was about 45 minutes. If what we got was great, the wait may have been justified, but charitably it was mediocre. My daughter’s lobster roll was really skimpy. My wife ordered the seafood stew and the clams and mussels were, in her words, inedible. She grew up by the sea and knows of what she speaks. Now to my lobster Mac & Cheese. It’s billed on the menu as having the meat from a 1 pound lobster, I guess just not all the meat. I thought they had made an error and brought me a side, but no, that was the $38 main. They did comp us two glasses of wine, but our total came to $140 before tip.

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vipExperiencedDiner
New England
35 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not too crowded for our Wednesday 6:00 Open Table reservation. Made things easier. Tried new things - spicy crab chowder and blistered shishito peppers. Only two of four dessert items on the menu were available.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From the last minute reservation to the griddled corn bread for desert our evening was perfect.

$1 oysters were an excellent way to sample New England’s best oysters.

It was refreshing to see a Sancerre on the wine list by the glass, always a great wine with casual food.

I could not have picked a better dinner that evening.

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vipsara
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was just OK. Ate in lots of places in Boston over the weekend and this was the least impressive. Clam chowder was watery and underwhelming

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profjane
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and wonderful server. Swordfish was delish.

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lowta27
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment we walked in, service was exceptional! We were early, and they were happy to accommodate, our waiter was prompt, polite, and helpful with the menu. Food was served hot and tastefully presented. Great choice!

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dquiglette
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!!! Had lunch before the Red Sox game (14 innings and won)
Had fresh oysters, lots to choose from!
We loved the Cotuit and Menemsha!
Then we a 2 pound pan roasted lobster-
I see now there was so many great reviews!
Absolutely delicious! Would highly recommend!

We also had a free desert via Yelp, so we decided to splurge for our first time in about 6 months and have a dessert - we had the warm fudge brownie with ice-cream and it was fabulous!
Our waiter was excellent and friendly!

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RyDot
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the food and the service was good.

Overall a nice low keyboard experience.

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chefplee
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner with another chef colleague and our spouses. I ordered the cedar planked salmon MR. It was perfect-crispy skin and edges yet soft and moist on the inside. All the others loved their entrees,

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This was a disappointment. I figured since we were in Boston we should eat some good seafood. This was not the place. The food was edible but not much better. There ate many better restaurants in Boston. I won't be back.

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Ashley
Orlando
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Lobster roll I’ve ever had.

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vipMakeMeLaaaugh
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

George was amazing!!!

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vipEatsoutalot
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good spot to get your Boston seafood fix-menu has a lot of fried options and I was surprised that no fried oysters were available. Clam chowder was tasty but not hot (in the “pass” too long?). My fried clams were tasty and the portion size was good. Service was OK-price was reasonable-

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ErinS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graduation

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Charlie
New England
55 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The oysters were amazing; the meal was delightful.

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NancyR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Looked forward to having oysters since I was in Boston on business. Ordered half a dozen as there was a good selection along with dinner and glass of wine. The manager comes by in a bit with our entrees-hadn't received the oysters or wine yet. Decided to just take the entree and skip oysters. Manager says he'll take the oyster charge off our bill but will still bring the oysters gratus. They took the charge off but never brought the oysters. Seems both the manager and server blew it off. Going to Legals next time.

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vipDAVIDT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food came 45 minutes after we arrived. Lobster potstickers were cold, oysters Rockefeller were overcooked and rubbery. Pan roasted lobster was very good. Bill came immediately after they bussed the table; didn't even ask us if we wanted dessert. This was a very disappointing meal; not worth what we paid.

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MariaL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good and server was attentive. It definitely busy, but wait time for drinks and food was reasonable.

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Summer Shack is rated 4.3 stars by 2050 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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