Summer Shack Cambridge

4.5
2036 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
What 2036 people are saying
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vipStaceyV
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Shrimp scampi had way too much oil in it. The service was very good and the atmosphere is always fun.

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Tomandpeggy
New England
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience -- on New Year's Eve -- was super all over, as usual: balloon festivities for kids made it especially cheerful.

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vipCookie
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fun entertaining NYE for family with young children. Checked all the boxes!

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jwm218
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service for our Christmas Eve dinner.

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BobB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good seafood and service, but especially comfortable go-to now with large room, high ceilings, spread tables, and booths with plastic separators.

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Milly
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

The dining room was far too cold and uncomfortable. Never got better even after telling our servers(2). I ate lunch with my coat on the entire time. Not a good experience. Servers were wonderful and tried to help.

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vipBostonphotobill
New England
209 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This is usually a very good meal. Today was our truly a bad experience. Our food was very slow and when it came it was cold.

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vipPlatosmom
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Two of us were served bad clams - REALLY bad. The fact that no one in the litchen noticed is outrageous. Summer Shack has always been our family favorite (there were 7 of us last night) but this is the last straw of a lot of issues. Since Jasper White sold it several years ago, it has not been the same. Now it id a danger to your health. SAd, it was formerly best seafood in greater Boston.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great seafood place like the facility and location and the food is fantastic

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LaurelEx
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best seafood, excellent fish dish (halibut) and sushi. Wine list could improve but overall excellent !

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2cuties
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful seafood, even for locals who know good seafood. My daughter had a birthday and ordered lobster mac and cheese, her favorite. It comes in a cute little
cast iron skillet. It was, however, lukewarm, and she didn't want to say anything about it. Otherwise, fabulous and relatively safe for those wary of pandemic risk.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have gone here for years in the past and it seems even better now. Pan fried lobster is worth every (many) penny. Kids fish sticks were nearly consumed by moms they were so good.

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vipKathy
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our meal was delicious. From the peel and eat shrimp, tuna poke bowl and baked lobster, it was obvious that this is fresh seafood. The sauce over the lobster was amazing. I asked for bread to sop up the sauce which they didn’t have and suggested the cornbread appetizer.

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vipMartinH
New England
32 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience1

Myra our server was excellent

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EdwardS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good menu selection, polite wait staff, and well prepared food with good ingredients brought in a timely manner.

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LorettaF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The seafood here is fantastic--very fresh and perfectly cooked. We had the roasted 11/2 lbs lobsters which are best I've ever had. I think that's a one-time event for us because of the price. The other seafood is equally delicious but it's still just a special-occasion restaurant for us.

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Sean
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
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 on November 27, 2021
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
42 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
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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vipSirJohn
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another tasty meal at Summer Shack, which is always on my agenda whenever I'm in the Boston area. I started with a glass of Lord Hobo Angelica wheat beer. Grilled cornbread with molasses butter was an excellent lead in to my order of South Bay Blonde oysters … quite flavorful. For my entree, I chose fried Gulf shrimp, Buffalo style. Perhaps not the most traditional preparation, but they were delicious. On this visit, I decided against dessert ... although some of the cornbread made its way to my hotel room for a late snack. Consistency is the word at Summer Shack ... always the freshest of seafood at good prices. And, they always have half a dozen or so different types of oysters on hand. Pick a favorite or make a combo & try them all.

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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
25 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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simmy
New England
28 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
8 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

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 2036 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.