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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.
Cambridge, MA 02140
Seafood, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;
Monday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday : 5:00pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday: 11:30am- 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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.
We are across the street from Alewife T station on the Red Line.
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
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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
Unfortunately we had a bad experience. We had an allergy to some ingredients and 2 out of 2 dishes ordered came to the table with the ingredients to which we had an allergy. We ended up having to take medications. The waitress at the table appeared to care little and had an attitude about it. The manager, after the second dish arrived contaminated, was very apologetic. None the less, the dinner experience was ruined and so was the trust in the restaurant's ability to accommodate food allergies.
Excellent food, very good service, fair prices (though not cheap), specializes in seafood, which was very fresh and well prepared. The noise level was surprisingly low -- lower than I remembered from my last visit there. We'll definitely be eating there again soon.
New Yorkers - they're never satisfied with food outside their own neighborhood. But when our foodie/gourmet friends insisted on the Shack for their trip to Boston over the weekend, they were not disappointed. One of them, who travels to New Orleans almost every year for the past 25, said the creole catfish was the best he's ever had (!). Three of us had the lobster, 2 the ginger and scallion wok-seared, one the pan-roasted. Yummy noise throughout, cross-table tasting non-stop. The large greasy-spicy calamari appetizer was also a crowd-pleaser, ditto the chowder. And then there was the crab cake BLT - also a winner.
So, while us locals go to the Shack monthly, we know that the New Yorkers will insist on going back every single time they come visit. That's okay by us.
We visited with a group of 8 family members, including 2 kids. Service was amazingly good -- sometimes a large group is tough, but our waiter couldn't have handled things better. Everyone loved their food, but a couple of standouts were the crab cakes, cornbread crusted oysters, and the clam chowder. This is a fantastic, casual place for seafood.
Great for our purpose of a large family gathering with a cousin from out of town. It's a convenient way to have a traditional seafood shack experience in a giant setting that is super kid-friendly. Kitchen seemed slow, despite being relatively early in the evening and empty. Stick with the traditional New England seafood items like fried clams and lobster.
Summer Shack has never been known for quality cuisine, but, based on this recent experience alone, it's enough to make one opt for fasting. I can well understand why Jasper gave up his outstanding, high-end and high pressure namesake restaurant years ago, but, if Summer Shack is the best he can do now, it's time to head for the pasture.
Scallops were waterlogged and tough. Roasted potatoes were so overcooked that they were shriveled and dried out. Fortunately, I ordered nothing else.
That said, the waiter was outstanding and would surely benefit any credible restaurant. Too bad he has to toil in such a poor one.
Crazy busy due to the graduation weekend. Server was MIA because he had too many tables to cover. Had to send the dining room manager over and we had to ask for out check. The restaurant had a lot of flies around that were annoying. Smaller than a house fly but bigger than a fruit fly. It was also incredibly loud there, couldn't hold a conversation. Liked the restaurant near the Sheraton Boston, was sad this was so different. Saw that Jasper White was in the kitchen.
I've been coming to the Summer Shack for years, and I got to be honest, I was pretty upset last night. OpenTable said we could get a reservation for 9pm, which worked great because we were busy until then. We got there and the hostess somewhat rolled her eyes when we were checking in, and let us know, "we can get food for you, but you need to order like right now." This notion was affirmed by the waitress, who said pretty much the exact same thing. I asked for the Jerk fish, and she asked me which one, and I asked what my options were, she simply motioned to the board all the way directly behind me. It was pretty clear we were a nuisance to the staff present last night. I love Summer Shack, and the food is always excellent, but all 3 of us felt very uncomfortable. I can understand a place closing, but they weren't closing until at least 10pm, and the reservation time through OpenTable made it seem like it was okay. Maybe that's an OpenTable thing and not the restaurant, but I definitely felt like I was walking on eggshells. I won't let this ruin my love of SummerShack, because I go every time I come home, but just a friendly piece of advice to future dinners. Don't go if it's after 8:30pm.
The best place around suburban Boston for fresh seafood, quality now surpassing Legal. Mother's Day lunch but with reservations so waiting for a table in an area Mom requested. It was crazy busy but all courses arrived without a long delay and perfectly cooked. One of us made a huge mess with a boiled lobster but not only were the wait staff kind, but our waiter even offered to help pull the meat out of the shell. Took some tuna home as a leftover and amazingly enough, it was even better the next day. Yummy.
We were visiting Boston for the first time and friends referred us to the Summer Shack for good seafood. It was more than good. It was excellent. Food was great as well as service, and portions were plentiful! The owner came to our table twice to thank us. We would definitely come back if we visit Boston again!
We have been going to Summer Shack for a long time, but our last few visits have been disappointing. The portion sizes have gotten smaller (which would be fine if they weren't already pretty expensive) and the cooking seems to have taken a step down. Hoping they raise the bar again!
The seared tuna steak special with pomegranate and red onion sauce was so awesome that I couldn't stop thinking about it the whole next day. I had planned to bring half of it home but couldn't stop eating it until it was gone. Service was excellent. Ambience was nice and quiet so we could enjoy conversation.
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