Summer Shack

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1757 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was terrible! Took 45-50 mins for appetizers to come out. No AC! Horrible experience

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e
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent fried clams. Best chowder!

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GC
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A surprise find for us in our visit to Boston. Loved it. Excellent food and fantastic service. Thoroughly recommend to anyone.

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HW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We stopped in for the ease of location but was not happy with service or food. Waiter looked annoyed as she served us. There are far better options for chowder and a lobster roll.

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Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

If you want to feast on fresh shellfish, this is as good as it gets. Can easily rack up a big check, but if spending a few dollars is not an issue, this is as good as it gets for New England’s best seafood. Each time we visit, they always have 7 or 8 different types of oysters. Great clams steamed in garlic and butter. They also grill their calimari as well as fry it; not sure why more places don’t do this? Their lobster preparations are uniquely delicious but not over the top as enhancement to fresh seafood. Homemade coleslaw, corn on the cob and a great selection of beers. Waiters and waitresses are obsessed with making sure you have a great time. Place is very casual and a bit loud, but really fun. I highly recommend! Great family place and just as much fun with friends who like to eat and drink!

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Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This place is overrated. The prices are good but the lobster and monkfish dishes were overcooked. The place was a hot, loud mess and the service was spotty. Our waiter would disappear for long periods of time, and the kitchen wasn't able to keep up with a moderate sized crowd, even BEFORE a huge party came in. Also, the a/c was malfunctioning, a few ceiling fans were broken, so the whole experience was poor. This place looked gimmicky, which doesn't usually bode well for quality, as was the case.

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1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Underwhelming meal. Oysters were good, but credit nature for that. Service was pleasant.

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S
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Summer Shack on 4th July. Fun atmosphere and really enjoyed the food.

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IL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Casual atmosphere, delicious food, and our waitress Jenn was very pleasant. I would definitely go back. The Lobster Roll was delectable.

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CB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service! We were within walking distance of our hotel and enjoyed the atmosphere while visiting Boston!

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun family style atmosphere. Enjoyed every food we received - lobster roll, lobster gnocchi, grilled calamari and two chowders - New England and fish chowder. Would most definitely go back.

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LC
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I mainly came back for the jasper lobster which was good.
Ordered the sesame crusted tuna but so disappointed as it was too well done.
Fortunately the waiter took it off my bill as i took only one bite.

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M
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

The hostess was awful. Couldn't-care-less attitude, resting her elbows on the hostess stand while she chewed her fingernails. We had to wait 10 minutes past our reservation time and there was no apology or offer to sit at the bar. Also no drink while we waited. Server was very good. Crab cakes were good. Halibut was very thin and dried out. We had to ask twice for extra lemon. Key Lime Pie was small, no whipped cream on one of them and absurdly overpriced at $8.00 each piece.

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FE
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Had grilled lobster.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Just wanted something different for an anniversary. For several years we went to Del Frisco’s in the Seaport but that’s sometimes too much of everything (food & &$) so we went for good food in a more relaxed atmosphere. Everything except my bluefish dinner was excellent including our server, Jen. The atmosphere was casual without being sloppy and we could have a conversation !! I’d give Summer Shack another try because the cherry stones, crab cakes, Caribbean stew, and steamers were perfect. This was a positive experience!

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Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Loved the Monkfish. Excellent oysters

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j
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating.

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HM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and our appetizers came pretty quick. The main dish took a little longer but not a big deal. The size, taste, temperature of the food was excellent. A bit pricey but to be expected in Boston. Overall, it was a great experience and there was no problem making and changing our reservations.

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JR
New England
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food. Very interesting, appealing menu items for brunch/lunch. Grilled cornbread, chicken and waffles, lobster frittata, open faced veggie omlet. Spacious and clean enough but it is below ground/barely at street level so a bit dark and damp. Server was friendly and knowledgeable and our orders came in timely fashion. Go for the really good food and the convenience to Back Bay, Pru, Hynes and even Fenway Park.

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HK
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Once again a great meal. We always come back here when we return to Boston. Love Summer Shack and will be back again soon.

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NR
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visitor, spending the weekend in Boston. Hotel recommended Summer Schack. I had the shrimp and scallops with the farm vegetables ratatouille. Excellent flavors, especially on the seafood. Wanted to try the Boston Cram Pie (out), but settled on crime brûlée...excellent choice! Thoroughly enjoyed my meal!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We have loved this restaurant for many years. Our last two visits have been very disappointing. Overpriced tourist food.

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HT
Salt Lake City
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We ordered crab cakes, corn bread, calamari, lobster potstickers and lobster rolls (CT style). All were fantastic! The price for the quality of food was phenomenal. Highly recommended!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a family and the overall experience was great. It was pretty loud and exciting in there. If you looking to have a great meal and have fun this is a great place.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was fabulous, service was ok, but very noisy and the floor was incredibly slippery.
Will come back again for private dinner, but mayby not with business clients.

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E
Atlanta
34 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steamed lobster was the best I’ve had in a while. I ordered 2lb. But think it was bigger. Great service. Cleaner and better than Barking Crab. And you can make reservations. Great atmosphere and yummy brownie dessert.

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BG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food for all 9 was fabulous and our server was efficient and very helpful

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ME
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

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EC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the Connecticut style lobster which were really good i'd definitely visit here again, fun relaxed atmosphere

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JM
Detroit
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly service always a good combination!

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r
Dallas
67 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Place was only so, so. One of worse lobster rolls ever. Great tourist spot though

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H
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the great experience many times at Summer Shack.
Thanks.

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CP
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friend claims were late coming because of a kitchen issue..BUT THE MANAGER DELIVERED THEM..APOLOGIZED AND AT NO CHARGE.

Now that is good customer service!

Food GREAT!! WILL GO BACK AND RECCOMEND..

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Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. It was loud and hard to hear our sever, but she was nice and a good server. Wish she had come by a little sooner to get us more drinks.

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AM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lobsters were terrific! Lobster Mac was wonderful too! Great service. Will be back.

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NP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was a really busy night with the pride parade and a double header at Fenway. We had a 7:30 reservation. Got there at 7:15. Asked us to wait at the bar until 7:30 which we did no problem. Thirty minutes later we still hadn’t been called. My husband checked and we were told that “someone” just sat another group at our table and we would have to wait. So again. Ok. We wait. Finally we sat. Then we ordered. Ran out of beer, ran out of tuna and ran out of something else. The oysters were amazing. The NE chowder was thin. The shrimp and scallops just ok. Atmosphere was good and our server was amazing even under the not so perfect circumstances. I think his name was Dan. Good job Dan!!

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m
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Waitress was great. Host and hostess were not competent.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Really disappointing

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1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. We had Tuna, clams, shrimp and scallops and lobster roll. Great selection of drinks. A real solid place. Wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

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JW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lobster potstickers were great definitely have to go back

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