Summer Shack Cambridge

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$30 and under
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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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
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4.2
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r
New England
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I had the hake and it was delicious! The key lime pie and indian pudding were also very good

j
New England
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Calamari arrived tepid and a lot of the coating had fallen off. Very disappointing.
Lobster roll was just fair and I thought the lobster was overcooked
the bun was barely butted and toasted. My friends had swordfish kabobs which they liked

F
New England
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Tuna ahi poke was excellent, and Cobb salad.

PE
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Summer Shack

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was good

S
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent & I celebrated my BD

SD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

We frequent the Summer Shack often and were a bit surprised and disappointed with the quality of the food on New Year’s Eve. We were a party of six and ordered 3 orders of the grilled clam appetizer and the clams came out somewhat on the raw side, cold and doused with the garlic sauce. We ordered a large fried clams platter and the dish was mostly french fries. The monkfish was buried in rice. I’m hoping that this was all due to the kitchen staff being overly busy. I will think twice about coming back.

TM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

For what they charge for food I thought it was going to be delicious and give decent portions. I was deceived, the food wasn't that great. The service wasn't that good either. I wasted 70 dollars on low quality seafood.

K
New England
42 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal! We miss Sal!!

JR
New England
81 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Usually enjoy going here but on this evening, Christmas Eve, the service was very poor and the food preparation was sloppy. Items were served lukewarm and the ingredient proportions were off.

OT
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service even though the place was full

MN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Lots of good seafood, but very poor serving special diets.

BL
New England
43 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Summer Shack is a very good seafood restaurant and is very conveniently located with ample parking. It is very close to the Alewife T station. We use it as a a meeting point for friends coming from several directions . Add to that the fact that the food is excellent and the service is good and friendly and we are frequent visitors.

m
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience1

My husband and I went for an early (5:30pm) dinner on a Saturday. The restaurant had many families with young children, just as we expected. As parents of three now-teenagers, we know the challenges of taking kids to restaurants first-hand. However, there were kids running around the entire restaurant, jumping up and down the small staircase, playing hide and seek, cutting corners and physically bumping into us. The parents are to blame, but if the restaurant doesn't tell the neglectful parents that the children will get hurt and shouldn't run around, they should seat diners without children in a totally different section. There certainly were many other tables available.
And the waiter was nowhere to be found - had to get another one to tab us out.

LW
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was terrific! We had grilled shrimp and a whole sea bass. Everything was cooked to perfection and the sauces were wonderfully flavorful. However, I was surprised that in 2019, the waitperson had seemingly not been briefed on which foods contain gluten, and apparently did not know that soy sauce contains gluten. Service was good; however, although the restaurant was almost empty, no one ever came to refill our water glasses or ask us if we needed anything. Finally, some of the prices were a bit shocking--for example, lobsters in the $50s! The decor was just right for the space, and the Tiki-Head-turned-Fisherman's-Head outside the front door was a delightful nod to Aku-Aku, a Polynesian restaurant that occupied the same space in the last two decades of the previous century. Overall, a fun experience. We would come back!

K
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Fabulous oysters.
Grilled Tuna dish good but not very nice looking, presented in a pile. Waldorf salad mostly apples.
Bathrooms very cold , toilet seats freezing.

OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Good...food...but little noisy

c
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to place for lobsters ... both the pan seared and baked stuffed are outstanding. Also great oyster selection. I had the South Bay Blondes. Friendly service and an energetic atmosphere. Nice to have a good Cambridge restaurant with a sizable parking lot. :-)

F
New England
28 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Usually great. But a whole fish was not cooked through. We sent it back, and by the time it was replaced in 25 minutes, the other two diners were finished with their meals.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All good though the shrimp scampi was a little bland.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The restaurant is nice, the menu looks good, but unfortunately the food is not good at all - will not go back.

JE
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Had the chowder and that was very good. Also had the fish tacos and there were totally boring.

JC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Friendly and efficient service. Another plus: they sent our extra food home in eco-friendly containers. No styrofoam.

a
New England
37 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Summer Shack offered us a great meal with excellent service! Everyone was friendly and helpful (a waiter we had on our last visit remembered I liked one of the desserts and made sure he told me and had one saved - and he wasn’t even our waiter on this visit! THAT is service!). And the visit with the lobsters for our grandson is always a highlight. We will return again soon.

KG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great loud, fun, Friday night vibe. I have loved every meal here, every piece of seafood has been fresh, flavorful, and cooked or prepared perfectly. I appreciate every effort made by the staff to accommodate celiac/gluten free options.

PO
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food not as good as previous visits. Also felt like we were being rushed throughout meal. Not happy.

KW
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dined here with a group of six. It's easily accessible by walking from the Alewife T stop, and it was far less crowded that other restaurants we visited around Boston and Cambridge. It's a reasonably priced restaurant with tasty food and good drinks.

M
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

We have been to this place any times but in the past few months the food quality has substantially declined. Also, there were interesting things on the menu that disappeared. Now, the menu is just ordinary! This is unfortunate.

DC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It was ok the staff could be more attentive
The food undercook and the wings were dry

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

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 on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Perfect place for seafood lovers.

ML
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

JF
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

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
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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

KN
Palm Springs
31 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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