Summer Shack Cambridge

4.5
2029 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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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! We’ve eaten here before and always had a great time. Thanks for keeping up with our expectations!

JC
vipJohnC
New England
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual, friendly, well run, great service and fantastic seafood. Best seafood restaurant around.

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PatH
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Could have been a larger portion of fried vlams

HT
HeleneT
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Worth a visit. The spearpoint oysters were outstanding!!!!

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Kate
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good but we had a bit of delay in being seated even though we had reservations. It was very busy. Two dinners arrived at a reasonable time but the third meal was served about 5-8 minutes later. Although he was extremely busy, Our server was very friendly and helpful when we had a few questions about the menu.

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mbcambridge
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood and great service- great drinks as well. Very accmodating as we had visitors and spent a while- outside patio is a great innovation.

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vipBarbaram
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was great and didn’t rush us.

AD
ActonDreamer
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of seating and space for people to feel comfortable. Updated menu gives tons of great options.

SC
SCCB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is outstanding. We especially liked heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella, fisherman's platter, crab cakes & creme brulee. Enjoy the casual nature of this venue. Nice selection of wine by the glass - we opted for LaCrema's chardonnay & a French Sancerre.

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DavidM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! Many thanks! Atmosphere was quiet, since we went for an early dinner at 4:30pm.

MV
MikeV
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Good atmosphere. Everyone enjoyed their meals

GG
GinaG
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to get clam back lobster is perfectly cooked

RM
RobertM
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

There were multiple issues with the food. The calamari had MULTIPLE beaks still intact. The scampi had clearly not been salted. Someone wasn’t doing their job checking the food in the back.

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vipWilliamT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We returned to Summer Shack for my wife's birthday/our 3rd anniversary. We did not have the greatest experience this time, but the waitress was very friendly and apologetic and everyone has an off - day.
We'll definitely be back because we love the Summer Shack and it has become an annual stop for us for special events.
I'll be e-mailing the facility separately about specific concerns. But, despite a bumpy experience, give Summer Shack a visit. The seafood and service are fantastic.

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OttotheOrange
New England
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were both excellent. This establishment never disappoints….

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vipHappydiner
New England
40 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful fresh seafood- the bluefish was a little overwhelmed by the garnishes—and delightful service in a large comfortable venu.

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KatieE
New England
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Summer Shack is outstanding! We started with grilled corn bread, and then moved on to grilled salmon, steak tips and crab cake dinners. All were excellent!

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vipDargnet
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. Service is great and the food is tremendous.

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vipBac2
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Food was extremely overpriced and quality diminished from past years. Less food for extremely high cost. Will not return .

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AlexaB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.
The staff was very helpful and let us dine outside despite the rainy weather.
Really great.

M
Martino
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening with an old friend at Summer Shack. I have a limited diet and they prepared a delicious plate precisely as I needed. Our wait person was friendly and efficient and no one rushed to have us leave as we lingered for a good while after eating.
The booth made it comfortable and intimate and it was a welcome return to restaurant dining -- my first experience in more than 18 months. I have loved this place in the past and after the long hiatus, Summer Shack proved to be a terrific choice once again.

JD
JoanD
New England
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dinner at Summer Shack was a delightful and delicious way to celebrate the Fourth of July. The seafood at Summer Shack is always good and last night was no exception.
We started with a dozen oysters, trying six different oysters. All f them were fresh and wonderful. The bluefish plate looked wonderful and my friend really enjoyed it. I opted for the New England style lobster roll. The lobster was wonderful only a little spoiled by a stale roll. All of the lobster dishes were very expensive. Not the fault of the restaurant, but lobsters are expensive even in the seaside lobster shacks in Maine.
We shared an Alberino wine that perfectly matched our dinner choices.
The service was excellent. We dined inside, but there were tables available on the patio. Speak up if you would like that option. We chose not to, but the hostess didn’t’t ask if we had a preference.
The Summer Shack is family and group friendly. Despite a few large groups, the noise level was low, allowing for easy conversations.

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Jeff
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quality seafood in a casual atmosphere. Also if you have visitors with a car, it's one of the few decent places in the city with a parking lot.

SJ
vipSirJohn
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Summer Shack. Fresh seafood at its best. I enjoyed clam chowder, followed by their “Tower of “Power” ... 8 raw oysters, 8 raw littleneck clams, 6 large cocktail shrimp & 2 tuna sashimi oysters. Truly a seafood lover’s dream! I also enjoyed a slice of their homemade coconut custard pie, which was excellent.

Many, many years ago, this was a Polynesian restaurant named Aku-Aku. The entrance featured two large Easter Island heads. In an inspired act of creativity, one head was preserved & converted to the New England fisherman who currently welcomes you to Summer Shack!

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Faith
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

I love this place! I was very skeptical and wrote it off for a long time, but I was totally wrong! I come for the oysters, but honestly it's all delicious and very fresh. The service isn't amazing, but it's not bad either.

JN
vipJanie2N
New England
39 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

This restaurant is all right, not fantastic. Jasper White once had a great reputation, but I fear those days have passed. For example, I had a lobster roll, which consisted of chopped lobster and celery, no binding, no seasonings. My husband ordered mac and cheese, which was so full of liquid it looked like soup. Our server was lovely, however.

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popikhan
New England
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reduced menu still but great lunch. I cannot wait for when they are back in full swing. I am always happy to come here!

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vipClay
New England
83 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent very casual restaurant

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ElaineR
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was good. But it was an hour and a half between when we were seated and when our main courses arrived. And then one person in our party got the clam bellies when she ordered strips. She wasn't about to send them back and wait another hour and a half. So she ate them and paid more. One friend ordered lobster and loved it. But sitting there hungry for an hour and a half when it was almost too loud to talk didn't make for an enjoyable evening.

CE
vipChandraE
New England
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Pretty good but they need to work on their sushi.

AB
AlexaB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We’ve been going to summer shack in Cambridge regularly since it opened.
Always a great experience.
This time, the service was really bad.
The food, as always, was excellent!
Eating outside was wonderful.

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Pattis650
New England
21 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s “our” place. As always….exceed expectations.

NS
NeilS
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks, we had a great time, and we loved the food.

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Bobnamedbob9
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my mother’s birthday. Everything was incredible. From food to the service everything exceeded any expectation.

AB
AlexaB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

terrific food
accomodating staff
lovely outside dining

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Routhie
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Summer Shack was awesome. The food was bomb. Food is really love over there.

AH
AngieH
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was just a bit crowded reason being Father’s Day so our server was a little overwhelmed but all in all wasn’t a bad experience.... food was excellent 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

JW
JanetW
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My clams were not hot when they were served. The salad was not as interesting as it sounded on the menu. This meal would have been ok but the price was way too much for what it was. My mother got a Fisherman's Platter that was mostly French fries. And the Margaritas were very weak for their price.

BG
vipBGBoston
New England
83 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

When we want a special meal it’s Summer Shack for 2lb Jasper’s signature Pan Roasted lobster
It is expensive but worth it!
Oysters to start were awesome as well as mussels!
They no longer serve cornbread which was disappointing and the side of corn bread was not very good. Good pour on cocktails.
Marcos was our server and he was great!
This is not the classiest place to dine but if you want a properly cooked lobster in a fun, casual atmosphere get to the Shack!

SB
StuartB
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Old standard, but smaller portions. Oysters still a treat. Lobster prices crazy.

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 2029 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.