Summer Shack

4.3
2027 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
4.2
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cindy
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hostess, and waiters were very courteous, knowledgeable, and provided great service. The food was excellent! We will definitely be back the next time we are in Boston!

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MarieF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A little loud for my taste. Service was good. Food was standard fare seafood. They go heavy on the salt as most restaurants do. Son had haddock, but it was overdone and cooked in heavy butter. My scallops and shrimp were overdone as well, but still somewhat tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service was slow and mediocre. Food was good quality but nothing overly exciting for the price. Restaurant had fun decor but was very dark inside for a beach type, seafood restaurant atmosphere.

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Joshua
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster roll, and Lobster Mac! Highly recommend for anyone visiting Boston!

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vipSteakhouse
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Local favorite we tried. The seafood was ok but not what we are used to with regard to shrimp and lobster.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

So disappointed that we chose this restaurant for our last night in Boston. It started with a reservation yet the manager sat us at a random table with a used water glass with lipstick on it. Everything was below average - the food and service. The crab cake was overcooked and all filler, the fried fish was oil soaked yet raw in the middle, and the best part was the dry subpar coleslaw.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lobster roll. Amazing

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MoniqueD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!! We arrived late as our family’s plane was delayed. The accommodated is without hesitation and we closed the place!!! Delicious food!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Julia our server was great! She had a great demeanor. Food was good

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LadyD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love Summer Shack. It's casual, it's fun but they don't blast the music, and the food is consistently great. The passionfruit martini is highly recommended.

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Mike904
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood place. Fantastic staff. Worth it.

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AndreaK
Grand Rapids
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best lobster in Boston imo. Great fish as well. Get the key lime pie if its available.

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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

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KellyC
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We loved it! Fantastic service and food was great

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

Good presentation, good food.great

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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!

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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 :-)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
23 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.

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vipChicagoTraveler
Nashville
39 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

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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.

FAQs

Summer Shack is rated 4.3 stars by 2027 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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