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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

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

3.8

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (24)
Good for Groups (18)
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Authentic (11)
Kid-friendly (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fun (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Business Meals (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Cozy (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Great Beer, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Good. But very overpriced. No excuse for such small bowls of slaw and onion rings for those prices. Steamed lobster cooked nicely but $40 for a 1.5 pounder? Come on.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Fried scallops and belly clams, roasted lobster and clams were fab! The chowder, and Caesar salad were lousy. bluefish and crab cakes were so so.
Service was excellent. Ambience was sports barish.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We ordered the scallops and the hake and both specials were very good. Service was excellent.
Restaurant is comfortable and casual. I will go there again.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 6, 2017

This is a go-to favorite in my family! Love the lobster and desserts, in particular. Lots of friends go for the raw bar and drinks after work. Always a great meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on June 6, 2017

The special of grilled salmon on caesar salad was delicious, and the cornbread arrived warm and tasty.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

well ill never go back. the selection was meh, the cost was on the higherside, the quality of our meals sucked. except for the mussels appetizer

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Frequent diners, we enjoy the atmosphere and food. It was a busy night, and for the first time ever, we felt rushed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 31, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 31, 2017

It was perfect! From seating through the meal. Loved the meal and the dessert was awesome!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on May 26, 2017

Our server Sal was excellent. We've had him dining there other times as well. Food was spectacular, albeit a bit pricey.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Nothing special. Meal was OK but not certainly great. Desserts were good.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 21, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Oysters to start and crab/lobster to finish. Always fresh and delicious here!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Great food, enjoyed seafood. We were with a large group and it was very crowded so service was a bit slow and it was noisy, but overall a good experience and great meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

As always, we had an excellent meal at Summer Shack, delicious food and cocktails and knowledgeable, friendly service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on May 17, 2017

There were an incredible amount of tiny flys around where we were sitting that were pretty annoying. I mentioned it to the hostess to let the manager know. We were sitting near the lobster tanks. Not sure where they were coming from.

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 (Austin)·Dined on May 16, 2017

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.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Food was ok, service the same. During the meal I received an email stating I was a no show for our reservation. Not very well organized or well trained staff.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Good seafood. Baked lobster was very good. Waiter was fair not great. Forgot bread after asking twice and soda refill. Seemed overwhelmed in spite of the help he had with runners and staff to clean tables.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Decent food. Great for kids with lobster tank, crayons, supposed to be a balloon person, and sundae bar for kids meal when offered.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Favorite spot decent menu -
Little lite on options but really good
Prices not bad as well good fresh raw bar - wish the bar was better layout not a lot of seating

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Good food, reliable, but nothing amazing. Would be nice to have some unique specialization to have a twist on some old classics

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 (Orlando)·Dined on May 4, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Healthy
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 (Columbus)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Casual seafood place, like a big beach bar. Plenty of large Tv's to watch Boston sports.
Service was very good- everyone was very nice.
Clam chowder was ok. Lobster roll was excellent!
Looked like a good place for large parties.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Can't believe I never heard of this place! I had the pan roasted lobster and the sauce was out of this world. Solid oysters and wine list!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Great service and good food. Waiter was exceptional as were the scallops.

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Summer Shack never fails to deliver quality seafood and excellent service. This place is our go-to!

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Very good food in a good atmosphere. Warm reception and good service.

Tags: Great Beer, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Friendly and fun staff in a casual dining environment with plenty of large portion seafood options. Come hungry and leave dirty!

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 (New England)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Best seafood restaurant in the area, ideal parking,great prices, not far from home for us. love it.👍

Tags: Happy Hour, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great friends, great food, great wine. = Fantastic lunch.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 14, 2017

They've done a very good job of recreating the atmosphere of a 60s fish house in the mythical memory of baby boomers.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (New England)·Dined on April 11, 2017

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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