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About Summer Shack Cambridge

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.

149 Alewife Brook Parkway
Cambridge, MA 02140
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 5:00pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday: 11:30am- 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Cambridgepark Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 520-9500

Website:
http://www.summershackrestaurant.com/

Catering:
In addition to seating for up to 350 people at the restaurant, we have a full-service catering division specializing in LOBSTER CLAMBAKES. We also offer a wide variety of other types of menus perfect for your special event from rehearsal dinners, corporate outings, holiday parties and other celebrations.

Parking Details:
Free parking.

Public Transit:
We are across the street from Alewife T station on the Red Line.

Executive Chef:
Ian Brine

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Now serving a deliciously crafted brunch menu every Sunday 11-3

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Summer Shack Cambridge will be open until 8pm on Christmas Eve- there's no better way to warm up a winter evening, than with fresh New England seafood!

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Private Dining

The Summer Shack in Cambridge is perfect for all types of celebrations and gatherings. The entire restaurant accommodates up to 375 people. The Upper Deck is a private room which seats 90 people and can accommodate 100+ people for a reception.

Summer Shack Cambridge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (18)
Good for Groups (15)
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Good for Birthdays (10)
Kid-friendly (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Fun (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Business Meals (4)
Healthy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Seasonal (3)
Cozy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

You can count on anything Jasper White does will be done right. This nationally acclaimed chef has been out of the spotlight the past few years, but those in the know understand that he is one of the most talented chefs in the USA.

I've been coming here since it opened... must be somewhere approaching 20 years... not a lot has changed... and that's good for us, the diner.

Our shrimp cocktail, sold by the piece, was excellent. Craved the chicken, so that was my choice... my brother opting for the swordfish... he loved it.

Our waiter, Sal, has been there since they opened! If you're lucky enough to get him, you'll see he's as into his job as he was on day one... a great server who aims to please!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We go here a lot. The service is always friendly. The food is always good. Last time out we split a number of starters and it was a fun meal. Tried the grilled clams for the first time and they were outstanding. Hope to go back when they have a smashing crab night.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We ordered the BGTY bluefish special which we always do when it’s available. We enjoyed the meal. We told the waiter it was tasty but not bluefish and had way too many bones. We were then told it was their mistake that they served us mackeral and they took the price off our bill. Mackeral is an oily fish high in omega-3 oils, but it’s not bluefish.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

We were a party of 6 and were seated promptly. It was not too crowded that night so the noise level was moderate. The staff service as always was outstanding. Had some fun with the staff recalling the drinks and the food when the location was the Aku Aku. The fish, as expected, was delicious and prepared/cooked properly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I love this place. The service is friendly, and the food is reliably excellent. We had lobster rolls (the butter version) and fried oysters. And sweet potato fries! Fun place with great seafood.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Wonderful food. Good service. Nicely decorated for the season. Music was not too loud.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

A classic for people who like seafood without too much fuss. The remodeled restaurant still has the same great food and friendly staff. The Indian pudding is a wonderful dessert too.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always consistent..
Sal is a great waiter.
Food is fresh and well prepared.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Really good food served extremely fast, almost too fast - didn't get to enjoy as much conversation with my son as I would have liked.

Tags: Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Oysters are clearly fresh, well presented with great accompaniments. Service is friendly, knowledegable and good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Authentic, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was good as always Waitress was terrible One of the four meals came out way after the others with no apology. I had to assume she forgot to put it in
It ruined the night

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We've been to Summer Shack many times, but the last 2 times have been awful. Probably enough not to return for awhile. Came with my inlaws they ordered steamers and oysters and I ordered soup. Soup never came. Asked server twice, she explained it was 'coming out' well, it was the same time as my dinner. Not what I expected. She didnt seem very concerned or apologetic. She delivered it with the manager, who was a woman, very nice. Manager apologized offered free dessert and no charge for the soup. We had trouble getting server to clear empty plates off table, she never offered refills on our drinks. It was just totally disappointing. I'd imagine the soup was prepared and sitting in a pot- easy enough for her or someone to go tot he kitchen, ladle out a cup and bring it out with in 20 minutes of ordering. Steamers and oysters took more effort yet arrived sooner. Excuse was kitchen was backed up-- same as last time. If you are a major restaurant that can't plan for Saturday nights, I'd assume you have a mgmt problem not a kitchen problem.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

New menu has a nice variety of options -- our lunch was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

I am never disappointed with Summer Shack. Our table of 8 ordered 7 different mains. Everyone was VERY pleased with the tastes and quality, 2 meals were given a "best ever" rating! It's not cheap but it is worth the price if you like fresh seafood and sophisticated recipes!

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Casual, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Have been here many times and consistently order the same meal (wood grilled lobster). Unfortunately, first order came out very dry and just not a good tasting lobster (rubbery and weird taste). I am not one to send back food; however, it was not cheap and people at my table confirmed my assessment. Our waiter could not have been nicer and very accommodating. However, his manager felt it necessary to come over and question my decision to send back and 'wanted to make sure I'd eat it if they were to prepare another lobster'. No apology just an attitude that I was trying to rip them off. This could be taken two ways and to me it was an offensive question and implied I was not genuine. My fiancé's take was he wanted to make sure I would be satisfied if they did prepare a new lobster. Regardless, a seasoned manager should have recognized I took his approach the wrong way and backed off. He didn't and defended his approach and asked 'had I had a wood grilled lobster in the past and maybe my expectation of how it should be cooked was off'. It started to turn into an unpleasant experience and my dinner partners were all set to eat. I went along with his questions and, it appeared, begrudgingly he would put in a new order. Again the server was fantastic and it was the only reason I didn't raise 'a stink' given how poorly I felt the manager handled the situation. A new manager stopped by while the second lobster was being prepared and she was super nice. She actually brought out the food and came back to check to see how it was. It was perfectly cooked and tasted like a normal lobster. Another guest in our party ordered a baked stuffed lobster and she didn't like the way it was cooked either but didn't want to bring more attention to the table. I have never sent back food at Summershack so to assume I was 'just not going to be happy' was a poor decision on his part. It will be a while until we go back and pay good money to be treated poorly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were in Boston for Columbus Day weekend and wanted a local, casual fish place. Summer Shack was recommended. I wish we had gone to the one closer in vs. Cambridge because it was a bit out of the way from our hotel. It was a bit more chain-like that I imagined (i.e. very big). The food was good - I would not say fantastic. It was also quite expensive - a bit more than I expected for casual dining (our bill was close to $200 for a family of five).

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had a good meal. I'm allergic to shellfish, so had the fried Chicken which was great.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

This restaurant is a gem. The fish is wonderfully fresh, served with good sides. We didn't eat appetizers because we knew that our entree would be very generous.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Love Jasper's pan roasted lobster! Three of us had it, three plates cleaned!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Only real disappointment was the after work group of about 50 people boozing it up and being loud and not separated by any noise baffling screens from the main part of the restaurant. They should have been in a separate function room away from the main dining room. My guests loved the food as I did.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Um a lifelong Bostonian/Roxburyian who brought relatives from San Francisco & LA, we enjoyed every single minute, the food selection, Our Waiter, pricing....eveything.....if there were six stars we you give them....

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Always a reliably good time for all who crave new england seafood.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Wonderful oysters, fishes and overall lobsters. Very well cooked. Good value. This time, service was not that excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Sadly, Summer Shack seems to be slipping. Maybe it was showing up on Sunday, but things just were not as good as in the past. For the prices charged, we expect superb execution, and didn't get it.

High point was the oysters -- fresh, tasty, and a bargain (they were offering 2 for price of 1).

But we ordered one of our favs -- the spicy calamari -- they brought the regular by mistake, and it was too heavily battered and overcooked to dark brown.

Many of the dishes were oversalted -- the crab cakes so much so that we had to reject them. Since the mix is prepared in advance, they did remove the charge from the tab.

And the menu of fresh fish offerings was much shorter than usual (maybe because Sunday).

Service - friendly and smiling, but screwed up the calamari order.

We will probably try again on a weeknight -- I don't easily give up on an old friend -- but it was disappointing.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Food was good but the service which is usually good was very slow

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Vinny and staff are wonderful--we love this place!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner. Great seafood in a fun, upbeat atmosphere! We'll be back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Sal the waiter is excellent!!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Several people recommended this restaurant. I wanted lobster and was taking two college students to dinner. I wanted options that wouldn't break the bank. My husband thought it too casual and noisy. I thought it was perfect!

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Haven't been here for about 15 years. Was in Cambridge and noticed it on Open Table... glad I did. Still exactly the same since it opened. The surrounding area has been developed with buildings everywhere, but Summer Shack remains the same... an excellent spot to enjoy a casual meal in a fun atmosphere. We passed on the lobsters with the seemingly high prices. The rest of the menu is very reasonable for what you get.

Remembering the excellent chicken, ordered a piece as an app... the shrimp cocktail was also great.

My brothers fish dish was awesome... very new orleans... with rice, fried okra, fried green tomatoes. My fried shrimp was very good.

Service was friendly and efficient.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 4, 2017

I have been to this restaurant many times, and have always been happy with the food. This time, however, I was not happy. The swordfish and kale dish was heavily over-salted, and the "corn and lobster ragout" did not appear to have any lobster in it, and was loaded with potatoes.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great for kids!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I had a good time here and the food was excellent. It was my friends first time here and he was very impressed with everything.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Second time visit. Easy to get a table for the time preferred. Portions are plentiful. Great food. Friendly service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The food is always good, but the service is really frustrating. I'm not sure if the servers are overworked or under trained or both. It's impossible to get a server in between ordering and delivery of food.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2017

A little too loud to talk with our group of 6 people.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (London)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Straightforward cooking and super fresh seafood. The pan fried lobster is worth a detour!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We have always enjoyed Summer Shack as it was my son's favorite place, but we have not been there in quite a while. Surf and Turf was on the mind of the person we were celebrating, and Summer Shack came to mind. We were very happy to return after a few years of being away!

Tags: Great Beer
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This restaurant has a very casual atmosphere and seemed to be a go to place for groups with large numbers of young children. Given the price of most dishes, I was expecting a place a little less run down. Not a place for a relaxing romantic dinner. Music too loud and acoustics echoed.

The scrod dish we both had was exceptional however. Very fresh, nice balance of flavors, sufficient portion.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Summer Shack never disappoints. We had a lovely dinner with cocktails for my husband and an old dear friend. We loved the swordfish, fried clams, mussels, and even the roll basket! Yum!

Tags: Local Ingredients
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