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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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter promptly attended our table. The dinner was delicious! We always enjoy out time at the Shack! A favorite when we are in town!

KG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The bartender was also the raw bar attendant. The fish was not properly prepares and we sent it back. The portion for calamari plate was sub par and overpriced. We will NEVER waste our valuable time to go back to this location.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Over all just ok. I was expecting better service . Food was fresh but could have been prepared to better degree

F
New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Disappointing- didn’t meet expectations- Calamari greasy, tacos bland , desserts over sweet and low quality ice cream . Won’t be back .

AS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for Dine Out Boston and their selections were all tempting. Everything was delicious.

LT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, as always. Fish so fresh and ample portions. Nice menu options--hard to choose! We did miss the free cornbread, which we were told is now a charged item. Also, for the 2nd visit in a row, I was disappointed to hear the South Bay Blonde oysters were unavailable. We will definitely return soon, though!

MJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best clams ever! The food was awesome and the service was fantastic. Highly recommend.

M
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Seafood that we ordered were not fresh and overcooked.

M
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good was excellent. They ran out of crab claws and substituted one shrimp in our Tower of Power. The waitress noticed that the substitution was not fair so she asked the manager to give us a discount. She also brought he is extra shrimps. Very nice of her.

WS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love the ambiance at this place. The server was nice and helpful and The food was Very fresh and delicious. I would definitely go back again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed enough.

J
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

No corn bread? Clam chowder was extremely salty with very few claim....shrimp liguingi seemed to have a hot sausage added and portion of swordfish was small and partially cook on one piece

F
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a great option for meeting family and friends. Great food and wonderful service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food & staff esp our server Jeffery. Keep up the great work guys, will be back soon

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Highly recommend for seafood lovers!

SC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Business Dinner: we were a group of 24 people and the service and food were great. Thank you

R
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there late, but everyone was friendly and cheerful after 10 pm. Soup was hot and good. Lobster roll and the salmon was cooked perfect. Looking forward to next time to try the whole lobster.

D
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there for my daughter’s birthday. Everything was great! Had a nice table, wonderful waiter, and the food was excellent! Prices very reasonable. We will definitely be back!

CM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for groups and great for families with young children.

M
New England
49 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood paella was fabulous and the oysters were great as always

WC
New England
23 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This is not a favorite of mine. It's styled as an 'in the rough' type seafood restaurant but with high end prices. We found the service slow, after waiting a long time with nothing but bread, the appetizer salads came with the meal. We ordered the special, very expensive, pan fried lobster which came in the shell. Dripping with excessive amounts of sauce, it was a mess to eat. We were given one napkin each and no towelettes until we asked. No picks were available and I was unable to access a large part of the lobster meat. The space is caverns and loud and simply doesn't gel with the high prices and poor service.

AH
Cleveland
31 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved this place!! Great Lobster and fried clams. Great for casual place with excellent seafood at value pricing.

TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. I would recommend getting a reservation. Although the restaurant was not crowded when we arrived at 6:00 pm, it quickly filled up. The waitstaff was courteous and professional.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants really tasty seafood with great service.

T
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and beers here.

r
New England
29 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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

j
New England
33 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
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 on January 11, 2020
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
7 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
45 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.