Summer Shack Cambridge

4.4
1714 reviews
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Seafood
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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New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

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New England
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Father’s Day dinner

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh, flavorful, delicious seafood in fun casual setting. Salmon and bluefish were outstanding. And get the cornbread (it comes with maple butter...delish!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Steak was over cooked. Rare came out medium well. As did the medium! Oysters were great!

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and very friendly service!
Actually we had lobster of which they had quite a big selection.We would definitely go there again!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents in town!

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OG
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Summer Shack is a go-to for us for special events. Also great for after work drinks and apps.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the Ken show was great!!

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing, food is fantastic and also you have awesome servers, I had amazing dinner!We will be back soon. If you never been here before,don't think twice, come in!

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TK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately the night we went a couple of things on the menu that we wanted were not available. The service was extremely friendly but very slow. Overall the food is very good the crabcakes are an excellent choice. The ambience is really fun.

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New England
50 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Summer Shack Cambridge is a convenient stop for any visit to the greater Boston area- free parking or right near to Red line Alewife stop! Plenty of seating in dining room or at the bar. Our fish and chips order was filled with crispy, moist, battered white fish, tasty fries and delicios cole slaw. Attentive, friendly service. Can't wait to return!

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New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

By far the worst experience I've ever had at Summer Shack. Tried to order soft shell crabs but they couldn't prepare them without garlic. My scallops & shrimp dinner consisted of underwhelming shrimp and unevenly cooked scallops. Ordered Jasmine rice and was served brown rice. Server admitted they were understaffed and it showed. Had to ask for things multiple times. Management comped my wine which was a nice gesture.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Do not like the smaller menu, miss the fried oysters and other food thatj was taken off menu. Do not think we will return- not worth it if you do not have a good menu as before

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RK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All excellent. The food is so soooo delicious and fresh.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Ben was amazing

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Nice menu and great seafood collection.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Good time. Wait staff a little slow at times. Great food and sea food options.

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c
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was very helpful re: my need to dine gluten free.

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M
New England
43 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and the service was friendly and efficient

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was horrible the food took for ever we were there for three hours and when the food came it was all cold and it is incredibly overpriced

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WF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful friendly service. Great lobster rolls and oysters. Perfect Mother's Day dinner to treat Mom !!!!

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AF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent! Always a great option for any occasion!

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JC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best friend scallops ever! Done to perfection, which ain't easy with scallops.

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother's Day was great! My daughter's steamed lobster was awesome! My son's lobster Mac and Cheese was to die for, my shrimp and scallop kabob was delicious and most importantly, my wife's Swordfish was delish and made her a very happy Mom.

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L
New England
40 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a Mother’s Day dinner with four generations. Oldest mom, 96 was not clear about how she wanted her meal cooked. She sent it back twice. The manager and the waiter were very gracious and tried their absolute best to accommodate her wishes. Mom was finally satisfied. We’ve been here many times and the service has always been absolutely wonderful. Thank you to the entire staff for their incredible patience, flexibility, and good humor. And thank you for letting the 5 year old pet the lobster. He was satisfied and loved the place.

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c
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The improvements in the interior go a long way to making a visit to Summer Shack even more enjoyable.

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice seafood restaurant to go. Food was good.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everytime I go I get great service and food! Every friend I’ve brought here has loved it. Better for casual meetups

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food was good. But it is pricey. The drinks are not worth the Boston bar price of $12-13 for a overly sweet cocktail.
Noisy but not energetic fun noisy.

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HB
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food at Jacob White's Summer Shack is delicious. However, I wish they had more gluten-free food options, including desserts. Our server, Ken, was very helpful, friendly and funny. He made sure that my dish was gluten-free and put the falafel it came with, in a small container so my husband could enjoy it.

I would recommend this restaurant to my friends.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive service, delicious food, in a comfortable setting. The lobster potstickers and slaw were fantastic, and several people at our table enjoyed the oysters. Two of us had salads with crab added, the crabmeat was generous and flavorful, and the crab cake was also good. The shrimp and scallops were a hit, and the teenagers devoured their wings and a burger. We topped it off with the best key lime pie. Summer Shack is always superb.

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New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We've driven by here so many times and am glad we finally decided to eat here. I love that the menu is unique everyday and the fish was great. We arrived around 7pm on a Friday night and they were already out of the catch of the day (BlueFish) but other than that everyone loved their meals and the sides were great too (they allow you to substitute sides which was really nice). The staff was very friendly and accommodating. We will be back!

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

fun restaurant with good food and a good service. We would go any time for a casual evening and good lobster.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I brought a group of Senior Citizens to have dinner at Summer Shack in Cambridge in late April. The Group ranged in age from 65 to 100 years old. The staff was helpful in getting in to the restaurant, the food was wonderful and our waiter, Ken was outstanding. This is the best service and attention that we have gotten as a group, but Ken's service was the best that I have ever had at any restaurant. We will be back and hopefully when Ken is working.

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SD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our time at Summer Shack very much. Our server, Kiana, was terrific: efficient, kind, understanding and professional. The food overall was very good with one exception we all found disappointing. The fried calamari plate. The menu mentioned that it would come with peppers, which was good. What it didn't mention was that also included french fries!. Lots of them. We didn't want french fries, not even a few, but there were many more french fries than there were fried calamari. Terrible idea. Terrible. And to spring it on us like that. The menu said nothing about filling the plate with them instead of the calamari we thought we were paying for. The platter size is not cheap!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

We had lost power and did not Evan get our food when we had to leave.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

The lobster Mac N cheese was watered down and the bread crumbs on top were burnt , which caused the food taste different because it was burnt on top. However the fish and chip was standard but the service was really good.

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LM
New England
87 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are regulars at Summer Shack! We love the casual atmosphere, great drinks, and fresh seafood. I had the pan roasted Haddock -delish!

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated by husband's 50th birthday with friends. We were 10 people at a table.
The food was great and the service was great.
We all had a nice time and enjoyed our dinner.
We love the laid back atmosphere.
Lobsters have gotten $$$$

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food as usual David is a wonderful waiter - engaging, knowledgeable about menu, and attentive. Lobster was perfectly cooked.

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