Summer Shack Cambridge

4.4
2030 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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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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Sean
Houston
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There's no complaining about fresh ingredients cooked just right. We'll be back again to try some of the other things on the menu.

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vipMichelleH
New England
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Service was bad. The waitress doesn’t check on us and the way she talked to us wasn’t sound right. Tonight somehow the food took a little longer then usual. When I ordered extra sauce on my lobster it came out less than it supposed to be. The food taste different from before it doesn’t tasted as good as before. I like the food and the service before especially from the old waiter who worked there forever. He’s super nice

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vipnickwu
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Compared with few years before, price is much higher and baked lobster is much smaller, even we ordered 2 lb version. Test is still good though.

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vipPeter
New England
77 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great for lunch with friends. Food is well prepared with interesting selections. Service as always was friendly and very helpful.

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PaggiPazzo
New England
21 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Marcus our server was great and the food was delicious. Kids had burgers and the wife and I had seafood. I really enjoyed my negroni and the salmon with grilled asparagus and leeks was enjoyable. Also had some of the tuna sushi and I was more than pleased.
We will definitely come back.

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AudeH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, great food, friendly service and a fun family outing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
75 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Clam bake: lobster great. We also ordered, ,title neck clams and oysters.
Also delish.

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WilS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Food was amazing and prices were fair!

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vipMarthaR
Key West
24 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Ate there twice in 2 days…1st day 7:30 PM…
2nd day today ate early - 3:30 PM & had a better
experience‼️
Last night had to wait 20 min. for a server to come over.
Then the gal didn’t quite understand English & made a couple of mistakes with the order.
Overall the food is wonderful & very nice servers & people!

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vipLouisaK
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was great. The food was only so-so. Having been to Summer Shack many times pre-pandemic, I was disappointed. Corn bread was greasy. What happened to old recipe? Caesar salad sad. But that said, we had a great time.

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vipCooksnightout
New England
47 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time back to indoor dining at the Summer Shack since the start of the pandemic.
Great to be back!
Fried clams were wonderful as always and the tuna was excellent- a large plate of food.
Service was very good.

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vipsimmy
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

excellent food. ambience a bit shabby. worth the meal.

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vipUnsatisfied
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Server was very nice but food took 1 hour. As I walked out I was waiting by the kitchen and the kitchen looked quite dirty, lots of stuff on the floor.

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lizhm
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love Summer Shack. It's unfortunate that they - like restaurants everywhere - are dealing with staffing shortages and supply issues. Our waiter, Guy, made a valiant attempt to serve us (4) and the party of 12 seated right behind us five minutes later and the party of 3 seated next to us 5 minutes after that (and a two-top and another four-top).
The oysters were, as always, shucked to perfection (Wellfleets, Menemsha Creeks, and South Bay Blonds - six of each), as they should be at $3 each. The lobster roll is iconic, but at $38 was a little on the small side - my lobster roll afficionado son rated it 6.7/10 (he would know. Mac's in Wellfleet gets the 10 btw). Bang Bang Chicken and Lobster potstickers were a win with our 17 year old. I got the mussels fra diavolo and it was clear on its arrival that it had spent some time under the warming lights: it was lukewarm and four of the mussels hadn't opened. My husband declared the swordfish excellent.
Always a winner and I hope that they're able to return to pre-pandemic staffing levels when we come next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food is definitely overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great seafood restaurant. Food always fresh, well prepared. Service is efficient and friendly. Tables inside are widely spaced and with the very high ceiling it is close to eating outdoors.

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RebeccaD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good enough but certainly overpriced for what we got. Two orders wrong and had to be redone. I’ve had a better experience in the past and I’m not likely to return.

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vipmjboston
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. Food is delicious and super fresh. Great every day spot. Cannot wait to go back for the fried scallops and lobster. Choices are endless and excellent.

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IMGA13
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love the food here and they were able to sit us outside even though they can't promise they will have a table. The service was great even though they were very busy!

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vipNYEater
New England
92 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brought an out-of-town guest to summer shack to get great seafood. We tried a bit of everything and everything was finished with abandon

Great representation Of the best of New England.

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hlgd
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Unimpressed. Food was barely average, but taking cost into account, it's very subpar. The ingredients were not good for the price. Flavors were so so. We won't be going back anytime soon.

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Geodiner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Great menu and decent service. Unfortunately my main course Shrimp Scampi arrived lukewarm and overcooked. How does a great restaurant screw up pasta??

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StevenC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extensive seafood as well as some non seafood items on the menu

Everything i have had there on multiple visits has been good.

A reliable nice place to eat seafood in a casual setting. Not inexpensive but a fair value for the quality of the meals.

Excellent service and very appropriate COVID protocols in place

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BostonGirl
New England
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great seafood and cocktails. Non-seafood entrees are not recommended. Easy, free parking.

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vipPeter
New England
78 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good variety of menu selections. Well prepared dishes and excellent service.

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vipRich
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Summer Shack is our traditional special occasion spot - we love the pan roasted lobster. It did not disappoint this time - the lobster was terrific, the cornbread perfect, and the desserts delicious. We loved our drinks too. This was for my wife's birthday, and we will certainly be back for our next special occasion!

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KennethW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall dining experience was above expectation. Food was excellent, service was great. House white wine below expectation. Overall ticket for two was a bit pricy at almost $125 per person as we each ordered a 1.5 lb lobster that didn't have much meat.

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PaulaE
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for my mom's 85th birthday celebration. Our waiter was excellent. The staff put our cake in the fridge and then put candles on it and brought it to our table- such great service. Our waiter was the best. We love the food at Summer Shack and will definitely go back.

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HeleneR
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love your place. always a good time with friends and family!

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wintersm
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food was delicious but the portions were small. The waiter was very sweet but slow and apparently forgetful. It was hard to see how many other tables he had. The restaurant was not busy. No evidence of a manager on the floor making sure drinks were delivered on time - they weren't - or asking customers how the food was. The hostess never left the hosting station to check on customers or make sure drinks were not waiting at the service bar. The place needs management!

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FoodieKD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, particularly enjoyed the whole belly clams. A bit pricey particularly given the laid back, beach themed atmosphere but overall we had a wonderful meal.

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vipBrunelloAfcionado
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Went last minute on Sunday afternoon with our 3-year old grandson for lobster and steamers - perfect location as the outdoor area was very quiet and he could get up and walk around no problem. No real ambiance if that is what you are looking for.

Great alternative to Boston where everything was packed as we had just visited the NE aquarium.

The food was fine if a little cool but works with a 3-year old. We all enjoyed the steamers, hot style lobster roll and lobster pot stickers. He enjoyed his brownie sundae immensely (think the fudge was his favorite part).

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Jeff
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood is outstanding. Like the raw bar. Sushi may or may not be offered, depending on times of year.

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RobertS
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

If you want good fresh seafood at a reasonable price, Summer Shack is a great place to go. The ambiance is very nice,seafood oriented, and clean, but not a place to go for a romantic dinner. Portions are sizable and well cooked. My companion loved the pomegranate martini.

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EddieG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is still solid. Feels like the menu has gotten a litte away from its roots, though.

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vipPetrI
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Honest seafood place, excellent service. Fresh oyster tower is recommended.

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MissyC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

At first, the Server was abrupt and rude as if we were annoying her. As the night went on, she warmed up. Food…… meh. Probably will not go back.

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vipfunfoodperson
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate outside, and had great weather. There are canopies and lights overhead. The environment was comfortable. Loved the crab cakes and coleslaw.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a blast for my parent’s 10 year wedding anniversary! The staff was beyond kind and attentive, and my dad, who is a huge seafood snob, loved the food. Thanks a million!

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RolandW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent lobster roll, and oysters. I tried the Indian pudding too, it was great. Nice vibe and very accommodating staff. I would recommend

FAQs

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

Summer Shack Cambridge is rated 4.4 stars by 2030 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.