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About Summer Shack

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.

50 Dalton St.
Boston, MA 02115
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Comfort Food

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.

Cross Street:
Boylston St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(617) 867-9955

Website:
http://www.summershackrestaurant.com/

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Dell Leandro

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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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.

Summer Shack Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (23)
Fun (19)
Good for Groups (17)
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Authentic (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (3)
People Watching (3)
Great Beer (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Romantic (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was great. Breakfast food was ok. Nothing to rave about. Great place for a quick breakfast if you’re staying at a hotel in Dalton St and heading to the airport.

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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

Great seafood spot, close to everything yet off the beaten path. May not work if you have someone in your group who doesn’t like seafood and doesn’t eat red meat, as options are limited.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

This was my second visit to the Summer Shack. I went out on a limb and got something totally different - a fabulous salad and possibly the best fried chicken I ever had in my life! We preceded this with a dozen oysters (Spear Point and Blue Point) which were also perfect...and we are picky because my husband has shucked oysters for a living.

Everyone in the family loved it! My college-aged daughter had the skewered shrimp and scallops...

I love this place because it feels like a party - and a good ole New England summer feast!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New year celebration

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Casual atmosphere and decor, very good service, pricing is moderate for Boston, lobster roll was a 9 out of 10 and crabcakes were a 7 out of 10.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Glad we found this gem during our recent visit to Boston! Excellent food and service! Corn bread, oysters were excellent as starters. My son had lobster and husband swordfish, both were beyond delicious! I’m not a fish eater so I had a burger, it was okay. Not a lot of choices for those who don’t eat fish; however, I hear the fried chicken is delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Get the pan seared lobster and side corn on the cob included.
Top it off with the warm brownie and ice cream! YUM...YUM!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We were expecting a "local" type place and were slightly disappointed to see that it had more of a "chain" feel. That being said, the food was very good and came out fast. Our waitress was perfectly nice, but not the most outgoing. However, the host (I think he may have been the manager as well) was outstanding! He checked in with us several times, chatted with us about our travels, and allowed our kids to hold one of the live lobsters from the tanks. Overall it was a very nice experience.

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Absolutely delicious and super friendly, attentive staff.☺️❤️

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Absolutely fresh and excellently prepared seafood — reliably so. Fantastic and friendly service on this visit with a party of 9.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Average food and experience. Typical tourist trap but the food was good and the service was quick.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Place is getting a little tired. Food was pretty good but I’ve had better at this location before. Service was poor for it not being very busy.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Family favorite when in boston. Kids menu with good choices.

Tags: Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Restaurant half empty, but service was slow. My order was not correct. When I returned it, it took forever to come back and still not right. In addition, the salmon was so over cooked, that it was barely edible. Others in the party ordered fish tacos that came with very little fish

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Summer Shack has excellent seafood. You can't go wrong. Particularly enjoyed the fresh oysters. Only problem was that the waiter was a bit inexperienced and slow.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A little off the beaten path, yet close to everything. The food is delicious - clam chowder, house-made corn bread, chips are great. The lobster rolls are always good, and this time, I tried the crab cake BLT, which was excellent. Nice atmosphere.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Went with a few old business associates for early lunch. Located directly across from Sheraton Hotel and Haynes Convention Center, it’s convenient. Atmosphere is good once you get past the industrial-looking entrance. Food selection is good, lots of fresh seafood options, and pricing is reasonable for this Back-Bay neighborhood. Our server was courteous and helped make my meal selection even better value. I would return here when in the area.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great lobster rolls (CT style - poached in butter on a New England hot dog roll) - delicious and perfectly cooked.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our waiter, Ken, was terrific. Thanks for working on Thanksgiving, Ken!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

This was my third time here - and we really enjoyed it! As always, the service and food were great!

Tags: Fun, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We've enjoyed several meals at Summer Shack, so we were looking forward to a familiar experience. This meal really surprised us with the wonderful flavors, as well as the generous portions. Try the yellowfin tartar appetizer.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Super oyster selection. Sit in the bar area and make friends with Chris, the awesome bartender.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Terrible service. Good food.

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 (El Paso)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Best meal in Boston. Pumpkin lobster bisque is superb. Service was excellent.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The lobster and clams were delicious. The sangria was great. Our server was very friendly and delightful.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

A great spot for dinner before a concert at Berklee Performance Center. The seafood dishes are well thought out and they let you substitute sides, if that is your choice. There are options like fried chicken and steak for those who do not want seafood. This is one of the better seafood restaurants in Boston, run by an excellent chef who uses fresh, seasonal ingredients and should not be considered a tourist trap.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We ate there since it was close to the Berklee Performance Center. It was a nice experience. My mom and I enjoyed the fried shrimp. My clam chowder was okay.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Casual
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

We had a great night at Summer Shack.. food outstanding.. lobsters, chowder, and oysters to boot all top notch! Service was also great, Sam and the team really looked after us and we’ll be sure to cook up some chowder when we get home to Australia! Thanks so much for the cook book! Do yourself a favour check out this place it’s excellent!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Brought my family here for an early dinner and this is one of the worst places to eat lobster in Boston. The meat of the lobster was very tough and rubbery. We struggled chewing it. Had to cut it in small pieces to make it easier to chew. We’re from a culture that’s used to consuming a lot of seafood in our diet and we know what’ good and what’s not. The Manager or owner (perhaps) asked us after how the food was and we told her the truth but didn’t even offer any discount despite our dissatisfaction. I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone. There are far better ones in the city and in the harbor.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Went for dinner when my parents were in town and as always, it was great! Due to the noise, one order was miscommunicated and came out wrong but was quickly fixed and removed from the bill. The pan roasted lobster is the best thing on the menu!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Good service. Excellent oysters and reasonable price

Tags: Fun
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had such a wonderful dinner that we went back a few days later for lunch. The smashed crabs I had for dinner were fabulous! So sweet! The lobster roll I had for lunch was excellent, but the smashed crabs were out of this world!

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2017

High quality seafood. Smallish portions for the price...

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Pan fried lobster was delicious but overpriced restaurant was very noisy

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Bad bad bad

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always a pleasure eating here. Oysters and lobster roll particularly great.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Summer Shack did not disappoint our friends for TX who wanted a seafood dining experience. They got the clam bakes with all the NE fixings and were delighted. The services was very good and attentive - everything was cooked perfectly!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The bartenders were attentive and provided quality drinks and timely delivery of some snacks. We then went to our table, where our waiter was knowledgeable about the food and wines available. All of our beverages were delicious and reasonably priced, and the food was prepared beautifully. Furthermore, the food was deliciously, bordering on succulent. We left nothing behind. I had not been in some time and am questioning my life choices as to why I do not go more often.

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Wanted to love this because I’ve had such good experience at fresh pond location but it didn’t come close.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The food was great which will keep me coming back as I am local. However, our server Mike was extremely unprofessional. It was the worst service I have ever been subjected too. My cousins were visiting from North Carolina and were very taken aback by his unprofessionalism as well.

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