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Summer Shack Cambridge

4.3
1510 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Good for Groups
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
The Summer Shack is a fun, casual, restaurant. Specializing in New England Style Seafood. We offer 8 to 10 different types of oysters daily. Lobsters in varying sizes and styles including our signature clambake. 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, Sports Bar, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday : 5:00pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday: 11:30am- 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 520-9500
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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
In addition to seating for up to 350 people at the restaurant, we have a full-service catering division specializing in LOBSTER CLAMBAKES. We also offer a wide variety of other types of menus perfect for your special event from rehearsal dinners, corporate outings, holiday parties and other celebrations.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cambridgepark Drive
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Parking details
Free parking.
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Public transit
We are across the street from Alewife T station on the Red Line.
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Special events & promotions
Now serving a deliciously crafted brunch menu every Sunday 11-3
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

The Summer Shack in Cambridge is perfect for all types of celebrations and gatherings. The entire restaurant accommodates up to 375 people. The Upper Deck is a private room which seats 90 people and can accommodate 100+ people for a reception.

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What 1510 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.1
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

We've been here before and had better experiences than this time. The kitchen got backed up and we waited much longer than usual for our entrees. My companion's swordfish was overcooked and dry which was extremely disappointing since that was one of the day's specials. On a better note, the manager took it off the bill and apologized. Because we have had better experiences here and because the manager did the right thing, we will assume it was just an off night and we will return.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I have been to Summer Shack a number of times. It has been consistently good. Plenty of parking. A couple of close handicap parking spaces. Easy to get to. Can handle med large parties easily (6-12). Love the fried clam offerings. Pricing is not low, but it is acceptable.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Our server was excellent. Summer shack is a great place to bring kids

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Our annual Father's Day ritual: dinner at Summer Shack with our 2 grown daughters,
at The Dad's request. Always good quality, fresh and well-prepared seafood. A wide variety of
preparations and seasonings, so different tastes can all find something they like. Good
cocktails, too. Very pleasant and friendly service. The atmosphere is casual, like an
indoor version of a New England clam shack, but that doesn't mean the prices are low. I
have passed on their signature pan-roasted lobster dish in recent years due to sticker shock,
even though I know it's delicious and a true classic.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

overall this establishment continues to have excellent food -- have been coming for years. But service has dipped. Waitress was slow in service to put in our orders to getting bread out, etc. Service was not as confident and timely.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The snow crab legs are amazing...service wasn’t that great though.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Lexi Our server was fantastic. We are a large group and she handles everything very well and with a great attitude

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Good food. Good ambiance. Great service!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Summer Shack is a great restaurant for anything, special occasion, date night, group get to together or just a nice meal on your way home from work. The food is excellent and fresh fish/lobster, oysters, excellent service and relaxed atmosphere for fun! Try the Pan Fried Lobster, calamari appetizer and fresh baked desserts, ( I love the Key Lime Pie).

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Summer dining all year round if you want seafood. Even though you are in the close in burbs it feels like you are at the beach. Lobster any way you want it.

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1.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Mediocre food and terrible service.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Waiters were young and inexperienced. A few mistakes slightly annoyed.

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3.0Dined on May 27, 2018

2 of us ordered "smoked salmon hash" dish -- the salmon was too salty, and sat atop the "hash", not in it. The greens on my plate were wilted and inedible. Fortunately, service was good and prices were reasonable.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

we love this bustling seafood place. it's noisy and on the higher side expense-wise, but with very rare exceptions the food and beer are terrific. this place is also great if you just want to drop in and sit at or near the bar and have a few drinks and some fresh oysters. wonderful!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Excellent food and friendly, welcoming service! Ken was a great server!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Excellent restaurant!!! Keep doing that great job, great food!!! And great service!!!

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3.0Dined on May 19, 2018

If you're going to spend a lot of money on seafood. There are many better ones in the surrounding area. Service was slow, food was okay.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

It was very busy but everything was timely and efficient The food was awesome We never felt rushed It was a nice way to celebrate our friends birthday

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Great food and excellent service, as always. Thanks to Sal and everyone at Summer Shack!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

I went here for my birthday and my overal experience was unforgettable! This was my first time here however, service was incredible and so helpful! The food was absolutely an eye-sight and delicious. I would 10/10 recommend to a friend!!!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Great food; relatively high prices. Noisy.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Birthday
Jasmine (I think) was our waitress
Steamers were not hot but they replaced them
No key lime pie which the birthday woman wanted but took pecan which was delicious

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A lovely meal

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very busy and hectic for Mother’s Day. Food delicious. Somewhat overpriced. Service a little harried.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent restaurant, we keep going back. This occasion was a graduation meal for 15 people . Great space for large groups.
Paula

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great raw bar - super fresh oysters!

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Surprised to find no brunch dishes on Mother's Day brunch menu, but food was tasty and casual atmosphere good for small kids (they loved touching a lobster at the tank)

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We haven’t been to Summer Shack for several months and enjoyed a better than expected experience. This restaurant has always been better than good but our recent dinner definitely fell into the great category.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The long-overdue onset of warm weather inspired my husband and me to try Summer Shack for the first time. We had a great dinner. Our waiter Ken was fantastic. Very knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive and engaging without hovering. The soft shell crab appetizer was great, served on top of a light and flavorful summer salad. I splurged on Jasper’s pan-roasted lobster and was not disappointed. Lobster can often taste bland and feel overpriced, but this was delicious and worth every penny. My husband had the snow crab legs and sirloin, which were also very good. We didn’t need dessert but tried the key lime pie anyway, also delicious. We both enjoyed the ambience as well: intimately dark but not can’t-read-the-menu dark with awesome 60s classics playing. Definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great casual spot. Service was very good. Food was great.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Delicious food!!!! The calamari was was cooked just right. The strawberry rhubarb pie was the best that I ever have had. The waitress was friendly and attentive to our needs. Will dine there again.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Summer Shack is a terrific restaurant, probably one of the best, for seafood. Food is well prepared, tasty, and portion sizes are appropriate.

We particularly enjoy Sal. He request Sal whenever we make reservations. He knows us, what we like, and how best to meet our needs.

I only wish they had GUMBO more frequently...

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2.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Overpriced for mediocre food. Recommend that you be unadventurous and get only the fried stuff.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

All 11 of us had a fantastic time, dining for hours and closed the place down. Multi-generational family gathering with such nice host and waitress treatment. And the lobsters! Wood-grilled, pan-roasted, wok seared - couldn't have been better - a huge success.
We've been going to the Shack since it opening around 18 years ago and it NEVER disappoints.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Excellent food and service. We really appreciated being seated at our table immediately even though our group members arrived at different times. We were getting together from a number of faraway places so it was nice to be able to order a beer and talk while we waited for our whole group to arrive. Thanks, Summer Shack!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

New item on permanent menu: oysters Rockefeller, used to be great dish—now disgusting (Think undercooked) but for whatever reason still inedible.
SS:
Please fix!

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Too expensive. A 1.5 lb lobster has gone from $38 or so to $58. A lobster wok $60!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

My first time here, great experience. Service was quick, for was fresh, well prepared, well plated and delicious. Very friendly staff. Overall terrific experience.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Another nice experience- this time with in-laws in tow. Appreciate that staff remembers former customers and makes them feel at home!

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