Summer Shack

4.4
2049 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

About

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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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
45 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love Summer Shack for it's raw bar and food. The oysters were expertly shucked (better than Legals) and the New Year's Eve prix-fixe menu of stuffed lobster and sirloin was perfectly cooked. The accompanying wedge salad with crisp bacon was a treat. The service by Marisol was professional and friendly and pointed us in the right direction. The only disappointment was the lack of a list of wines by the bottle (apart from the wines by the glass) I hope this is temporary, because with so much delicious food, pairing it with a choice of wines would have improved the experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food with good service and nice environment.

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vipBernieM
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I was looking for a quick bite after a long drive from Pittsburgh to Boston. Sat at the bar and had a cup of clam chowder and a Connecticut style lobster roll with coleslaw and french fries, which I’ve had there before. Both were great from my perspective. Clam chowder had a nice seafood flavor, not like potato bacon soup that you get all too often elsewhere. Lobster in the roll was cooked perfectly and succulent. Service at the bar could have been just a bit more attentive. Coleslaw is great, but the side salad sized serving is a bit excessive.

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vipTADy
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Place has sadly gone down hill. Lobster wasn't fresh and certainly not 1.5 lbs. Probably had been in the tank a long time. Wood Oven Baked stuff all tasted like petrol. Service was very nice and pleasant it just too long to get anything, need to hire more folks. Figured this may be because it's slow in the winter, we'll try again when things warm up because normally very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Well we had just arrived from Georgia and Summer shack was a minute walk from the hotel. Other than the appetizers all of the entrees were a disappointment. My wife told the server about her shrimp scampi was sour and he apologized for it and offered to replace it but it was late and they were closing soon. I enjoyed my stuff lobster but this place was not what it was 2 years ago when we were here.

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Rannam
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner. Food was terrific. Mussels, grilled calamari, scallops, all very tasty and cooked perfectly. Server, Jason, was very attentive and cordial. Perfect prelude to our night at the Pops! Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Chill place to hang out

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vipnobu
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They provided us with main meal prior to appetizer..

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BigD
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Easy to walk to. Noise level was low enough so you carry on a conversation.
Service was pretty good! Got our order
Correct and offered our lobster roll hot or cold. Had them Hot, Awesome!!
Great whole belly clams fried . Along with a seasonal Sam Adams.
Thanks!!

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Vivsta
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The meal was great but very disappointed with calamari plate we got as appetizer. Hardly any calamari more fries totally not up to par for a seafood restaurant. If we had not ordered would have given 5 stars for the meal but the appetizer a huge disappointment

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vipStephenD
Chicago
35 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

What has happened to this place. As someone who now lives in Illinois, I was craving fried clams. $28 for about 8 clams. Clam chowder which was basically potato soup with a clam thrown in. Avoid.

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Wuavo
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
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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DebbieR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was in Boston for a business meeting. My co-worker and I had a night free, so we went for a fun dinner. Walking distance from our hotel. The wait staff was engaging and helpful and the ambiance was casual - just what we needed after a long day. The food was great!

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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
35 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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vipCharlie
New England
58 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
36 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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Summer Shack is rated 4.4 stars by 2049 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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