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Summer Shack

4.4
1414 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday — 11:30am to 10pm
Tuesday — 11:30am to 10pm
Wednesday — 11:30am to 10pm
Thursday — 11:30am to 10pm
Friday — 11:30am to 11pm
Saturday — Brunch 10am to 3pm, full menu available 10am to 11pm
Sunday — Brunch 10am to 3pm, full menu available 10am to 10pm

Happy Hour at the bar only Monday thru Friday 4-6pm.
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Phone number
(617) 867-9955
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Dell Leandro
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Boylston St
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Parking details
Validation of $5.00 off for the Pilgrim Parking/Auditorium Garage adjacent to the restaurant.
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Public transit
Hynes Convention Center on the Green Line / Prudential Center on the Green Line.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour at the bar ONLY 5:00-7:00pm Monday thru Friday and ALL DAY Sunday, featuring a $5.00 appetizer menu.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 1414 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
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4.0
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Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Summer Shack in Cambridge is more festive than the small place on Dalton St

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great seafood, but took way too long to seat us unfortunately.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

There were 4 of us having dinner before going to a Boston Symphony concert. The food was very good and the service was very good. The downside was that it was too noisy.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our first time to Boston and the hotel recommended Summer Shack where locals dine. Everything was scrumptious, from New England clam chowder to the oyster raw bar to authentic lobster rolls! We enjoyed every minute and our server was great explaining everything. The place was a little crowded and dark, but otherwise an awesome restaurant and would love to return!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Going to Summer Shack for seafood dinner always makes me happy. The ambience is relaxed but the service is infallably good. And it’s like dining on the docks!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Summer Shack is great relaxing place close to the hotels in the back bay. After running the marathon all we wanted was a warm friendly environment to refuel and start recovering. Cheers. Btw, the food is great.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We celebrated our Boston Marathon finisher with a fabulous meal at Summer Shack. The only complaint I had with our meal was the lighting. It was a bit too dark for me, personally, but everything else was fabulous! Would recommend the sea scallops and shrimp. Very delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Ate here twice during my stay! Easy walk from Sheraton on Dalton Street.
Food was good raw bar was excellent.
Nice drink selection.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Great oysters!!! Best lobster roll. Great service staff. A real winner place!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

A great meal. We started with R I Calamari , lobster pot stickers which were very tasty. I had monkfish and my wife had grilled shrimp and scallops. Well prepared. The sangria was a perfect accompaniment.
Always a great meal there. Our waitress Sophia was attentive, new the menu and made suggestions.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Went for the oysters and was not disappointed. Great selection and recommendations. Our server, Sophie was knowledgeable and super pleasant. Mains were better than average and reasonably priced. Casual and friendly, with just the right amount of sophistication to make distinctive. Highly recommend

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

My first time here, although I have passed the place a thousand times. I’ve been to King’s Bowling next door and honestly I never noticed that the Summer Shack was there.

I went there at the suggestion of a work colleague that I hadn’t seen in years, and we met up for dinner.

We each ordered a beer, split an order of Calamari, a salad each. She ordered 1/2 dozen oysters - not my thing. We both had lobster, which was decent, but hardly worth $65. Here in NH, an hour from Boston, we can get triple lobsters, soup, salad, veggies for $22.

Anyhow, our server was very friendly and attentive. The food was average, in my opinion, and certainly not remarkable nor memorable. The bill? $202. Plus tip, $242. I expect a stellar dining experience and a remarkable meal if I am spending $100pp.

Would I recommend Summer Shack? Probably not, unless you don’t know what terrific food is, and your wallet is bursting with excess ca$h to waste.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Mike the waiter was great!!!

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Summer Shack in an easy place to meet up with friends. It happily accommodates a large group. The service was very capable, the drink offerings were highly satisfactory, and there is a deep menu with a real focus on seafood.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great food. A return visit is in order

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Awesome lobster roll, great cocktails, fun atmosphere. Our waitress Carla was excellent!!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Love the crab cakes, roasted cauliflower, and tuna, and....yum!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

First time visiting and loved it! Great atmosphere and the food was fantastic!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Good food, we both got lobster roll ($30, a little high), but the whole menu looked delicious and we had a hard time choosing. Good for kids. Will definitely come back next time we are in the area.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It was great! I was really looking forward to the lobster and corn fritters but it was not on the menu :(

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Had previously visited last time on business while staying in Back bay. Back this time for a leisure trip stopped in for a late night dinner and had wonderful service and food. Went back next day for pre-dinner drinks and conversation both the bartender, host, and server were amazing a must visit while in Back bay will stop in again!!!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

I have been to Boston twice and have stayed at the hotel across the street from this restaurant both times. My most recent visit I googled good restaurants in the Boston area and the Summer Shack popped up with rave reviews. I can't believe I missed this restaurant on our first visit and will definitely be back on my next visit.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great seafood in a casual atmosphere. I liked the variety of options on the menu, including a prix fixe menu.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The best seafood we had on our short trip to Boston! A fun and casual atmosphere with a 5 🏆 quality meal.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Pricey for the quality of food. Servers seemed understaffed so everything took quite a while.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I've eaten at Summer Shack many times over the years. Food has
usually been good. Noise level last Saturday was terrible; music blaring loudly, so much
so I could barely hear my companion across the table from me. Steamed mussels, which I've enjoyed on previous occasions at Summer Shack, were served cold and not fully cooked.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Was a bit disappointed with the meal on this visit. Had not dined at this location in many years, so can only compare it to other locations. The clam chowder was pretty bland and my wife’s cup had very few clams, mostly potatoes. We both got salads, she the Iceberg and myself the beet and kale. These were both very good, but how hard it it to screw up a salad. For dinner, we both ordered the famous lobster roll. It was OK. I thought the lobster was tough and lacked flavor, my wife said she enjoyed hers. For $30, I expect it to be good, so I was let down to say the least.

As for service, Abby our waitress was fantastic. She was attentive enough to make sure we were taken care of, but not too overbearing or the opposite, non existent. If not for her, this would have been a very poor visit.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Had great service. Lobster roll was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Try many seafood restaurants at Boston
Summer shack at Boston is best

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

went for restaurant week. The 3 course menu was pretty good as well as the food. Drinks are fairly priced. Good service

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

The service was great and the brownie sundae was delicious!

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Server was friendly and knowledgeable. Although a little slow at checking in on the table.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We went to Summer Shack for Sunday brunch. It was delicious! We all agreed that it would have been a really great place for dinner. The seafood was fresh, the music was perfect, table settings clever and the wait staff wonderful. We have crab benedicts, chowder and a warm lobster roll that were amazing! There were so many thing we wished we could have tried. A wonderful place--I highly recommend it!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The waiter was excellent and accommodated a difficult diner in our party. The food was good and portions were plentiful. It's definitely got a casual feel.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food. Nice waiter. No wait because I had reservations. It was pretty loud but I think it was surrounding table specific.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great atmosphere and friendly, attentive service throughout. The famous pan roasted lobster is legendary for good reason - lobster perfectly cooked and basted with a herbs, chive and drawn butter. Wonderful. Lobster roll was delicious also. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Awesome seafood. Tempura calamari was the best we've EVER had! They did not have the Thursday crabs we specifically came for, though.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The scallops with remoulade was really delicious.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

If you want seafood done right, this is the place to go.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Was in Boston for a volleyball tournament and took time out to visit family. Niece suggested the Summer Shack and it was PERFECT. Waiter was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Food was awesome.

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