Summer Shack

4.2
2028 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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4.0
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3.9
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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good meal with reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not bad. Expensive for what you get. The clam chowder was alright but nothing special (Boston Sail Loft has outstanding chowder). Oysters are $1 on Tuesdays.

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HeatherH
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was good. Food was great. CO2 levels were very low so we felt safe eating with our child who is too young to be vaccinated for COVID-19

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Cricket53
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clam chowder, Lobster and clam were excellent

JD
vipJDubz2
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Very very slow service and waitstaff was not very knowledgeable about menu items

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Price was fair although dishes were missing what menu said. My husband asked for brocolini instead of asparagus but still got asparagus. My dish was suppossed to have potatoes but didn’t. Between parking cost and the overall quality I’d give it a pass. If I were to spend 56 on crab legs again, I’d definitely pick a real seafood place.

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FattyDaddy
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Summer Shack! First time we been there in years, but the food was dead on great. Yes, I think it may have been the best lobster roll I've had, due to the tenderness of the lobster. Sorry guys (they were in the tank behind us). Cornbread and slaw surprisingly really good, crabmeat solid. Oysters great, wish they had Island Creeks though. Great service - not cheap but good value for freshness and well done simplicity!

This meal was better than the one we had the night before at Select Oyster Bar in the Back Bay.....

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the pan-roasted lobster and the lobster MacnCheese. The calamari appetizer was a bit chewy.

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Notme42
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lobster prices have gotten ridiculous need to correct or the restaurant is going to fail

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TXLulu
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lobster roll and fish and chips. Attentive server and a fun ambience. We will definitely go again!

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Carmey
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The food was good but the service was only ok. The server brought the wrong food to our table then took it to the next table

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MustaphaR
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service. My sister had a great birthday. Thank yiu’

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Classic New England Seafood. Prepared well. Substantial portions. Great experience.

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vipCheric222
Orlando
69 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed the seafood!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

My girlfriend and I went here for the “Dine Boston” promotion. Overall we were not pleased. The service, although polite, was extremely slow. The food was cold and didn’t taste very good. Even with the promotion price, I think we over paid for what we received.

I don’t think we will be returning

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SteffiW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Space is nicely decorated-a little loud. Food was good, but nothing extraordinary. A little pricey.

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profjane
New England
29 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as usual here. Server was a delight. Make reservations!

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dennisg
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

No waitstaff!!! For those prices and no waitstaff OR Hostess

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Jojo
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was friendly and attentive, food was amazing

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returning
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Ate at Cambridge for lunch the day before. Crab cake and side salad are just average...disappointing. I understand prices are higher due to the pandemic..industry is struggling, but Summer Shack COULD be great! Better value and really make local seafood shine but you have to know what to order. Ate at Back Bay last night 8/12. Service was courteous but a bit slow. Ketchup was brought; brand new bottle but the seal had not been removed so we had to do it. Win e is WAY overpriced and I am used to paying decent money for wine at home and in restaurants etc. Food was good and portions generous, but I'd prefer REALLY good and smaller portion size. Requests were accommodated and thats nice. My friend's fried fish was batter laden, like light and crisp making the fish oily. The batter did not stay on the calamari so something is off in the frying department. We did not do Dine Out Boston. It would be nice if they offered more fish specials, octopus and fresh. vegetable options. Legal is not GREAT either and it's getting harder to find really good fish restaurants that have raw bar options and are really good..just simple..,

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KevinP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great time at Summer Shack before the Red Sox game!

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vipMSmimi
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Love the lobster roll...had a few issues with our order. Had to ask to get credited for the meal that arrived 30 minutes after everyone else.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had oysters, shrimp cocktail, mussels and a crab cake. Everything was delicious and the food came out very quickly. My martini was perfect and we enjoyed the draft list.

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KathleenL
Pinehurst
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great time at the Summer Shack. I was a little worried because it’s located at the bottom of a parking garage but inside the decor was fine and the food was fantastic. I had the lobster roll which was fresh and delicious. My spouse had the haddock which was cooked perfectly and not greasy at all. My son had the lobster Mac and cheese which was also not greasy and very smooth with a good size portion of lobster. Our waitress was attentive and quick. We felt the prices were good too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and wine. Lobster roll a little soggy from too much butter. Lobster potstickers good.

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EdwinS
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food is just ok for the value. Service was good, just not in tune with a problem with the meal.

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Cindy
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
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 on July 29, 2021
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 on July 29, 2021
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 on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSteakhouse
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
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.

FAQs

Summer Shack is rated 4.2 stars by 2028 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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