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Summer Shack

4.4
4.4
2049 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Comfort Food, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 867-9955

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Lucas Almeida

  • Catering

    We have a full service catering division and will travel all over New England. Our mobile Clambake on Wheels trailer allows us to bring our famous New England clambake to you. We also offer a wide variety of other types of menus.

  • Private party facilities

    The Summer Shack in Boston can accomodate up to 175 people. The entire dining room has seating for up to 140 people and the circular bar area can accomodate a reception of up to about 60 people. A lot of smaller groups request the back alcove area for more intimate seating.

  • Private party contact

    Vincent Lombardi: (617) 867-9955

  • Neighborhood

    Back Bay

  • Cross street

    Boylston St

  • Parking details

    Validation of $5.00 off for the Pilgrim Parking/Auditorium Garage adjacent to the restaurant.

  • Public transit

    Hynes Convention Center on the Green Line / Prudential Center on the Green Line.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Raw Bar

Offering a rotating selection of the freshest oysters from local, sustainable farms sourced in the pristine, icy cold waters of the Atlantic

  • South Bay Blonde Oyster & Tuna Sashimi

    • Jumbo Cocktail Shrimp

      • Clam Ceviche

        lime, jalapeno, cilantro & tomatoes

        • Cape Cod Cherrystone or Littleneck Clams

          • Tower of Power

            8 oysters, 8 littlenecks, 4 shrimp & 2 clam ceviche, 2 oyster & tuna sashimi

            What 2,049 people are saying

            Overall ratings and reviews

            4.4
            4.4 based on recent ratings
            • 4.4Food
            • 4.5Service
            • 4.2Ambience
            • 4.1Value

            NoiseModerate

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            1. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              New England

              45 reviews

              vip
              4.0

              45 reviews

              Dined on January 1, 2022

              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.

            2. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              New England

              2 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on December 19, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience4

              Good food with good service and nice environment.

            3. BM

              BernieM

              Pittsburgh

              3 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              3 reviews

              Dined on December 19, 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.

            4. TA

              TADy

              New England

              10 reviews

              vip
              2.0

              10 reviews

              Dined on December 19, 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.

            5. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Las Vegas

              3 reviews

              1.0

              3 reviews

              Dined on December 17, 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.

            6. R

              Rannam

              1 review

              5.0

              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.

            7. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              1 review

              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on December 12, 2021

              overall4food5service4ambience5

              Chill place to hang out

            8. n

              nobu

              Hawaii

              1 review

              vip
              4.0

              1 review

              Dined on December 12, 2021

              overall4food4service4ambience4

              They provided us with main meal prior to appetizer..

            9. BD

              BigD

              Portland

              1 review

              5.0

              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!!

            10. V

              Vivsta

              New England

              5 reviews

              3.0

              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

            11. SD

              StephenD

              Chicago

              40 reviews

              vip
              2.0

              40 reviews

              Dined on December 7, 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.

            12. W

              Wuavo

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on December 6, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

            13. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              Toronto

              1 review

              1.0

              1 review

              Dined on December 3, 2021

              overall1food1service4ambience3

              There was a large rubber band in my lobster roll.

            14. MR

              MichaelR

              Baltimore

              9 reviews

              vip
              1.0

              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.

            15. LS

              LSK1

              New York Area

              10 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              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.

            16. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              New England

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on November 22, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              とても美味しかったです

            17. DR

              DebbieR

              Chicago

              9 reviews

              5.0

              9 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!

            18. CG

              CarolineG

              New England

              10 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              10 reviews

              Dined on November 18, 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.

            19. s

              sheilae

              New England

              2 reviews

              5.0

              2 reviews

              Dined on November 16, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience4

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

            20. SP

              StephenP

              1 review

              5.0

              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!

            21. DM

              DMDJ

              New York Area

              23 reviews

              5.0

              23 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.

            22. CL

              ChristiL

              Oklahoma City

              3 reviews

              5.0

              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!

            23. GF

              GlutenFreeJ

              Philadelphia

              23 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              23 reviews

              Dined on November 7, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

            24. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              New England

              13 reviews

              5.0

              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.

            25. YS

              YosemiteS

              New York Area

              1 review

              4.0

              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.

            26. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on October 31, 2021

              overall5food5service4ambience4

              Fabulous oysters! Best pan broiled lobster anywhere

            27. LB

              LisaB

              New England

              2 reviews

              4.0

              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

            28. A

              Alison

              New York Area

              37 reviews

              vip
              4.0

              37 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 !

            29. DR

              DawnR

              Denver

              32 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              32 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.

            30. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              New York Area

              8 reviews

              4.0

              8 reviews

              Dined on October 22, 2021

              overall4food4service4ambience4

              Dinner there was good.

            31. TL

              TLCS

              Cincinnati

              5 reviews

              4.0

              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.

            32. C

              Charlie

              New England

              61 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              61 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.

            33. j

              johnt

              New England

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on October 19, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Great Restaurant ! Would dine there again as food was outstanding

            34. MS

              MikeS

              1 review

              5.0

              1 review

              Dined on October 18, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

            35. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              New England

              2 reviews

              2.0

              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.

            36. ED

              ExperiencedDiner

              New England

              37 reviews

              vip
              5.0

              37 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.

            37. OT

              OpenTable Diner

              New England

              1 review

              5.0

              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.

            38. s

              sara

              New York Area

              33 reviews

              vip
              3.0

              33 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

            39. p

              profjane

              New England

              31 reviews

              5.0

              31 reviews

              Dined on October 11, 2021

              overall5food5service5ambience5

              Awesome food and wonderful server. Swordfish was delish.

            40. l

              lowta27

              Charleston

              9 reviews

              5.0

              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!

            Safety precautions

            • Cleaning & sanitizing

              • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
              • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided

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            Summer Shack is rated 4.4 stars by 2049 OpenTable diners.

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            Additional information

            • Cross street

              Boylston St

            • Neighborhood

              Back Bay

            • Hours of operation

              Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

            • Cuisines

              Seafood, Comfort Food, American

            • Dining style

              Casual Dining

            • Dress code

              Casual Dress

            • Parking details

              Validation of $5.00 off for the Pilgrim Parking/Auditorium Garage adjacent to the restaurant.

            • Public transit

              Hynes Convention Center on the Green Line / Prudential Center on the Green Line.

            • Payment options

              AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

            • Executive chef

              Lucas Almeida

            • Additional

              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

            • Phone number

              (617) 867-9955

            • Catering

              We have a full service catering division and will travel all over New England. Our mobile Clambake on Wheels trailer allows us to bring our famous New England clambake to you. We also offer a wide variety of other types of menus.

            • Private party facilities

              The Summer Shack in Boston can accomodate up to 175 people. The entire dining room has seating for up to 140 people and the circular bar area can accomodate a reception of up to about 60 people. A lot of smaller groups request the back alcove area for more intimate seating.

            • Private party contact

              Vincent Lombardi: (617) 867-9955

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