Summer Shack Cambridge

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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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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Summer Shack in Cambridge is one of our favorite restaurants and our "go to" place to celebrate birthdays. The food is always delicious!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I don’t want to go back. At dinner recently, the two people who got lobsters did not feel they were prepared correctly. I tasted one of the lobsters along with a scallop and someone else’s French fries because she left most of them. I love French fries but only ate 3. I did not get enough of a taste to confirm
The last few times I eaten here, I’ve been dissatisfied. Lots of people seem to love the place and it has received many awards so I think it’s best to decide for yourself.

DA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was very nice and the atmosphere was fun. Two of our three seafood dinners were excellent. The third one (halibut), however, was seriously overcooked, totally dry, and very hard to cut even with a knife - it was amazing that they would serve something that poorly prepared at a seafood restaurant. We asked for a burger as a replacement, cooked "medium", on the theory that it was hard to mess up a burger. The burger, when it arrived, was tasty, hot and cooked on the outside, but on the inside it was nearly raw. We ate it anyway - the others in our party were done...

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Server was excellent service excellent
We love the fried Chicken but tonight’s meal was super salty. And chose Mac and shells which were watery and not so good. My wife had fried potatoes wedges that were over cooked. Fish and chips for one daughter were good. Shrimp for other daughter the sides were very watery.

r
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is the spot to go for seafood in Northern Cambridge. Close to the T with a full bar, it also has some interesting items on the menu that you won't find at other seafood restaurants. Good portions, cooked well !! Our server was attentive and very efficient.

P
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Perfect place for seafood lovers.

ML
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my 11 year old daughter out for dinner and we had an amazing time! Our waitress was Elizabeth and she was awesome. Very attentive and personable. We didn't have to wait long for our food and it was all really good. We'll definitely be coming back soon!

CD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the food we ordered for brunch, especially the lobster Benedict! Huge portions for the $$

JF
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Very expensive for what you get in food. Lobster is twice the cost of other venues.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Good food - pricey - server was going through the motions.

KN
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service - great way to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday.

BL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I thought we are in the midst of tariff war with China and the lobster prices would be more reasonable! Everything except value is great at this place.

F
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great fresh fish, wonderful service and comfortable atmosphere.

AK
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Service was outstanding. We were fortunate to get Stephanie as our waitress. She was outstanding. Very knowledgeable about lobsters. Great place to eat. A definite must when dining in the Boston area

G
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Not as good as I remember last year. Maybe changed owners still fun place but pricey

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff is outstanding. They are friendly and happy to answer any questions or take care of your requests. The food is fresh and delicious. This was our second visit during Dine Out Boston - both times for lunch. We look forward to returning - even after the special deals offered during Dine Out Boston. Worth the price.

MH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was scrumptious. The pan roasted lobster was as good as its reputation. Even the corn on the cob was superior. Some of the prices seemed a tad overbearing but not disturbing. The only reason I did not give a 5 overall was the cheap lobster crackers. They were not the right type for cracking lobster; in fact they were wobbly and useless.

M
New England
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was delicious except one person in our party said the swordfish was overcooked. Next time she'll request it med-well done. Cooked to a safe temperature, not over-cooked

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 2

Children friendly. Our waiter was fabulous
The food was ok.

BE
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding!! Food was delicious!!

b
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

food was good busy active fairly noisy place
lots of good lobster!

PM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The lobster was overcooked big times ! I am a big fan of seafood,but it must be done right, it is very easy to over cook and the whole meal is destroyed

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best way to start a vacation thank you all at Summer Shack!

FS
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thorough enjoyed our meal from appetizer to dessert. Both quality and quantity were excellent but a little pricey for every day dining. We were celebrating a birthday. It was an excellent choice.

SH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We went for dine out Boston. The clam chowder was delicious but the oyster crackers were place on top for you and they were stale. The main course had shrimp that was overcooked. The dessert was a brownie sundae and by the time it arrived at the table the ice cream had all melted and the brownie was cold. The watermelon margarita was awful. I would not go back.

JL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great seafood as reasonable prices. Casual atmosphere but that's okay. It's about the food!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous! We went for Dine Out Boston week. One of us ordered from the specials, one off the regular menu. All the food was fresh, tasty and plentiful. Our server was friendly and helpful. I ready to go back again and again.

DH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

I've been a fan of Jasper White since the days of his restaurant on the waterfront. Clearly people in his kitchens are well trained. Whether it's fancy signature dishes at the high end, "Jaspers" or simpler preparations at the Summer Shack I've never had anything that wasn't prepared perfectly.

The service has been better on previous visits to SS. Our server was welcoming and explained the offerings well but it took a long time to get drinks and after asking if we were happy with what we'd ordered she didn't check back or notice that our glasses were empty.

For such a casual atmosphere the prices at Summer Shack are on the high side but you get what you pay for – food prepared to the standard that Jasper built his reputation on.

J
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jaspers chicken and baked stuffed lobster what could be better that
Stephanie was our server and she advised my husband about an ingredient in the stuffing he may not like. We were so glad she did because he doesn’t like those ingredients.
Hubby is enjoying my leftover chicken as I can never finish all of it
Hubby also enjoyed seeing the statue from the Aku as he worked in the neighborhood.
Jasper please enjoy your retirement as the staff has it covered and food is definitely love here

BL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Summer Shack is the place to go for the NE lobster shack experience. Great food, great staff, and excellent drinks! Perhaps surprisingly, a treat for business meetings and a fantastic place for family celebrations.

PM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They didn't have the scallops that night, so I ordered something else which turned out to be absolutely delectable! My daughter was pleased with her crab cakes.

r
New England
26 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I brought my relatives there, they were not from this area...they thought the lobster was the best they have ever had. My salmon was excellent also, and my son loved the chowder but my son thought the crabcakes. Considering we were one of the few people there we should have been able to hear each other better but the ambient noise level was such that it was not as easy as it should have been. Also the parking lot could be made a little nicer to look at...the inside is nice enough but the outside is a mess.

B
New England
148 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still a great seafood restaurant. Wonderful oyster selection. I had the wok cooked lobster. Carol had fried clams. Both were very good. And the service was great.

CC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and good ambiance but service was hurried.

B
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very good seafood at Summer Shack Cambridge. You know it's fresh. I dined there twice this week. The first night there were several large parties, and the noise level was a problem. The second night that was not the case. Everyone I was with liked their food a lot--except for the kale, which came with the bluefish, which was drenched in oil. Service is very good. Parking is easy. Gluten-free is available. This restaurant has been a Cambridge staple for years and years, and continues to be popular, for good reason.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Summer Shack was lacking tonight. Service was terrible - took over an hour for our food to arrive. Restaurant not crowded - I suspect the order was lost in the kitchen. Waitress had no explanation.

Food was average; Gulf Shrimp was two skewers of tiny shrimp.

Look elsewhere.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service was great. My only complaint is that I thought the food was a tad overpriced.

R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Food unimpressive

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E
New England
95 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliable. Food excellent. Great menu
Great service. First choice for lunch

SM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was amazing - from the Buffalo Wing (yes, they were good!) and corn bread to the pan roasted lobster. We’d definitely go back. And, our waiter Ken made the meal perfect - witty with a helping of humor. Thanks.

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