Summer Shack Cambridge

4.5
1954 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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LouisM
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service! We'll definitely visit and recommend!

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PattiT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really wanted a steamed lobster! This was the best lobster I’ve had in the longest time. You deserve to try it :)

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Dorathediner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cedar Plank Salmon was fabulous. Waiter was excellent and fun. Very Covid safe - masks, plastic dividers between booths, tables spread out. Oh, and sushi was so good!

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AnnaS
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great. The new sushi menu is very impressive in that they introduced rice paper, instead of seaweed. And their Pan Roasted Lobster is a rite of passage for the happy palate

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vipHud35
New England
29 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was only our second inside restaurant experience in over a year, and I have to say, it was great. The restaurant had done a very good job of spacing tables so we felt safe, our server was extremely kind and friendly, the music was good, the food was delicious. Thumbs-up for Summer Shack!

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GinnyE
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good with nice selection for kids, coloring menu and crayons, service was outstanding

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vipKaren
New England
44 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The Lobster potstickers..yummy followed by the Tower of Power.....double yum.....salmon and a fisherman's platter rounded the meal off and a Happy Easter was had by all!

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HollyR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Summer shack is super unassuming from the outside but one of my absolute favorite Boston restaurants. Delicious! Highly recommend.

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vipmary
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Appreciate that the music was toned down a bit after requesting. my baked stuffed lobster was overdone, charred at ends of legs and claws.; that was disappointing as i have had better at the summer shack. would not order this again.

did have 1.2 doz oysters that were very good.

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lisar
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good and the waiter was attentive

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our first inside dining experience since Covid . Felt very safe and food was delicious.

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SarahC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our Fisherman's Stew was delicious. We had thought we could eat outside, but felt safe and comfortable in a booth with high partitions.

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LoveToEatOut
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food and menu were great, as always. Unfortunately, our waiter seemed to be asleep at the job. One of our party of four got her appetizer in a timely fashion, while the other three of us waited and waited and waited. Finally, we got MOST of the other appetizers. One person never did receive his. All was fine with the entree service, but then we again waited and waited and waited before our dessert order was even taken. It made for a VERY LONG meal (3 hours!).

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AlexandreS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was awesome as always

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Bessie
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We join the Dine Out Boston.Very impressed us and great experience! The food is sooo delicous and
I want to join the second time !

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vipeati
New England
29 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

The food was ok but we've had many better meals here too; certainly the menu is more limited than formerly due to COVID. Our problem was with the glacially slow service. Our waiter (Sean) was slow in taking the order to begin with and lacked any follow up. We waited over 45 minutes after our appetizers came out before we finally got up and asked the host/manager where our entrees were. Clearly the waiter had forgotten to put our order in and/or forgotten to follow up on it. He then compounded this delay by getting the to-go dessert order wrong and adding another 45 minutes to our time in the restaurant. Dinner for three (one of them a child) took over two hours. We were not satisfied with our experience this time.

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Arlington
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Summer Shack fell off my list of recommendations about 5-years ago because lobsters were usually small (1 lb) at super-premium prices. I thought I would give them a try during covid. Good news is the covid situation at the Alewife location is excellent - - tables spaced far apart and staff all wearing masks - - it is an open kitchen situation so it is easy to observe. Good selection of on-tap beers. Waiter was ok on a Sunday afternoon, but, did not ask why we did not eat the burned grilled asparagus - - pre-covid, I would have requested the dish be removed from bill. I tipped well (25%) as I usually do during covid but the service was average. The food, sadly, still is average and over-priced - - $32 for 1 lb lobster plus chips. $5 for fries (average taste/texture). So . . . covid-safe but otherwise not highly recommended.

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KristinB
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food here was amazing! The portions were good, large amount of crab/lobster in the dishes. Very fair pricing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

I was very excited to visit here after reading all the reviews. I was EXTREMELY disappointed in the outcome. The server was wonderful but the steaks we ordered were cold, unseasoned, and took forever to get to the table in the first place. We had only gone here to celebrate our engagement and it just put a damper on the evening. Will not be returning.

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Kaceyk
New England
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was great. Very chilly with overhead air blowing down on us.
Server was very good, hostess as well.

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vipbicyclist
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

DineOutBoston lunches at $25 each. Included a bread pudding desert which was good. Had fish soup and shrimp tempura, both fine. Shrimps on stewers and fish and chips. One large size fish piece. Cole slaw okay. Some salad fixings. Good tasting everything. Good attentive service. Nice draft beer selection.

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Carol
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fish stew is absolutely delicious! Can't go wrong.

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KarenDee
New England
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome! BLT Salad and Fried Chicken.. YUM

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible! Victor was great! Will come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The The server was awful she did not even care about us.The salad was old the was not great.Bad Service

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BigG
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our host, Douglas made us feel very welcome. Our waiter, David gave us five star service. The food runner was an angel!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Way to expensive for seafood!!

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RobinK
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our server was super slow and difficult to find when we needed him. Food was ok, too few calamari, clams were chewy.

TJ
TracieJ
New England
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The hostess wasn't friendly but our waitress made up for it. The oysters and lobster were fresh. They are really following COVID19 guidelines which I appreciated. Overall I enjoyed my experience. I would highly recommend the restaurant.

TA
vipTarekA
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friendly and excellent service, and the best seafood you'll find in the Boston area. Buffalo fried shrimp is out of this world, and the sides complement the fish perfectly.

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JudithL
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always the best oysters anywhere. Grilled tuna was dry and tasteless, salmon a bit salty, Scampi always good,my boys loved the Fish taco and calamari appetizers. Appreciative that the wine list is affordable.

TJ
ThomasJ
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

How can haddock be so freaking amazing?
I expected my conservative selection to be very nice, a prudent and healthy choice.
Instead, I got a massive hedonic blow out!
Did not see that coming.
Will be back.

KW
KristenW
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. This is the best place for fresh fish.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food best Summer Shack experience. You have to try Jasper’s famous pan roasted lobster to die for.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome!’ Everyone very nice, good servers, and good food... highly recommend!

JC
JoshC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Summer Shack has been favorite restaurant for a long time, but especially during the pandemic it has been a singular go-to dining destination. Their food is always first-rate, I've never had a disappointing meal. And, the chef is always adding or varying options that give me a broad choice of high-quality seafood, plus terrific appetizers, salads, etc. The chef is very creative also. This is one of the best restaurants serving the freshest of fresh seafood in the Boston area. It's always an excellent choice for us. We are very pleased they have been able to remain open and look forward to many more great dining experience longer-term.

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thomasl
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food, new menu, relaxed and casual dinning. Best oysters I have had in a while, and fish was fresh with excellent pairings for sides.Definitely going back.

TM
TeriMed
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing...I'm visiting from San Antonio TX and wanted lobster. I ordered the stuffed lobster and it did NOT disappoint. A must try...

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RobertoP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant. I love ambiance, food and guys. General manager fantastic

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vipWayneO
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for Valentine’s Day. The food was scrumptious and the service was friendly and prompt. It’s a great restaurant for social distancing with a large footprint and high ceilings.

FAQs

Summer Shack Cambridge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 520-9500.

Summer Shack Cambridge is rated 4.5 stars by 1954 OpenTable diners.

Summer Shack Cambridge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.summershackrestaurant.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.