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
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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
90 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
22 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
76 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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

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Rich
New England
18 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
1 review
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
17 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
18 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.

MC
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

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JohnA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious but expensive. Great seating options as well

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I visit here several times a month! This was by far the worst meal I’ve ever had! Dinner for 4 people (one was a kids meal hot dog). Took over an hour, two of our meals arrived cold.

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vipElisaM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Great location for get delicious chicken and seafood. Very casual so more so for lunch than dinner.

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vipSirJohn
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My “go-to” spot whenever I’m in the area. Tonight I enjoyed a refreshing pint of Wachusett Blueberry Ale. For an appetizer, I had six delicious Cotuit oysters 🦪 on the half shell, followed by Summer Shack’s shrimp 🍤 scampi over linguine. As usual, Summer Shack did not disappoint! Always great, fresh seafood at fair prices.

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vipdbal
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Easy vibe, good service, good food. What's not to like?

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vipChris
Baltimore
65 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Reliably tasty seafood. Crabcake sandwich and the seafood stew were both excellent. Seared tuna was a bit undercooked. Outdoor dining was appreciated (although the mosquitoes showed up around dusk).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Music a bit too loud!

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Nessa
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a fantastic find. The inside is large and spaced out well. The food and service was excellent! Will definitely be back.

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MIchaelW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Visited on a Tuesday for dollar oysters which were very good. They all came from local bays and mostly tasted the same, so chose larger sizes for second round order. Ate at the raw bar inside and watched shuckers and US Open tennis on screen above us. Good selection of local beers on tap. Service was efficient and attentive, enjoyed the evening.

LV
LauraV
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

The waiter was very fast and services was good on timing especially that we were there just about 1 hr and 15min before closing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the freshest seafood, prepared expertly. The value cannot be beat. Dinning outside only adds to the experience.

JH
JohnH
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The raw oysters were outstanding. However, everything else were ho hum. Service was overwhelmed. The fried Fisherman’s s Platter was overcooked.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Service was terrible—never got a water refill. Waitress wouldn’t divide checks, even just to a table of 4 (we had a party of 12). Don’t go here.

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Tony
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, bring an big checkbook

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edjan
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This review is based upon a Restaurant Week experience, eating in the outside patio, so keep that in mind. Ordered off the special menu for this week. Food was good, although not quite as hot as would have wanted. Tenderloin steak tips weren't quite as tender as would be expected. Portions were above average, and mixed drinks were also generous portions and tasty.

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.