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Summer Shack Cambridge

4.3
1473 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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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
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Phone number
(617) 520-9500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ian Brine
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cambridgepark Drive
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Parking details
Free parking.
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Public transit
We are across the street from Alewife T station on the Red Line.
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Special events & promotions
Now serving a deliciously crafted brunch menu every Sunday 11-3
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 1473 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
3.8
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food and service. We really appreciated being seated at our table immediately even though our group members arrived at different times. We were getting together from a number of faraway places so it was nice to be able to order a beer and talk while we waited for our whole group to arrive. Thanks, Summer Shack!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

New item on permanent menu: oysters Rockefeller, used to be great dish—now disgusting (Think undercooked) but for whatever reason still inedible.
SS:
Please fix!

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Too expensive. A 1.5 lb lobster has gone from $38 or so to $58. A lobster wok $60!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

My first time here, great experience. Service was quick, for was fresh, well prepared, well plated and delicious. Very friendly staff. Overall terrific experience.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Another nice experience- this time with in-laws in tow. Appreciate that staff remembers former customers and makes them feel at home!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

My husband, daughters and I have been to the Summer Shack in Cambridge (near Alewife T station) a number of times, most recently for a late lunch on Easter. We really enjoy Summer Shack because the seafood quality is excellent, and the restaurant atmosphere casual but very nice, and it's very large, so we always find it easy to get a table. The restaurant is very open, kind of like a warehouse (I think it's the old Joyce Chen restaurant space), with a big lobster pool in the middle. We ordered fried scallops, lobster roll, Asian style fried calamari appetizer, and an egg/bacon/chorizo brunch plate (brunch was a special menu for Easter). The scallops were excellent, as was the lobster and the brunch plate. The fried calamari itself was also excellent, but the Asian sauce on it was too salty. At about $25 for fried scallops with fries and $30 for a CT style lobster roll with fries, I wished the seafood portions were a bit bigger or the price was a bit lower, but they were certainly delicious and filling, and I would order them again! We tend to visit the Summer Shack about once a year, and we will definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I have been to Summer Shack many time in the past, this was a first for Easter Brunch. A good selection of items to choose from, good service and always top notch quality food. All of the staff , even if they didn't wait on us, is very friendly. I even received a greeting from the kitchen staff as we were leaving.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

When a place offers a 1-pound boiled lobster for $30 (with no sides!), you know you are going to get hosed. Immediate turn off.

My friend and I both ordered the shrimp and scallop skewer w/kale salad. Although our meals were tasty, the portions were quite small for the price.

It was a fun atmosphere, and I loved the mai-tai served in a Buddha!

It was good but not worth the money to me.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Has a shore vacation feel with blue gingham check tablecloths and picnic tables in some areas. Fish and seafood was fresh and tasty. Stuffed flounder and steamed lobster were both great choices. Our waitress was excellent, super well-informed about their dishes. Great for a group with a fun, casual, lively atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My family came here for a pre-Easter dinner. My mom wanted affordable seafood. We needed a place that could seat 5 comfortably with minimal notice. The free parking is a perk. The food was really good. The service was outstanding. The prices were right. I'll go again.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Summer Shack may be known for its great oysters, but we made the mistake of ordering from the Boston Dine Out Week dinner menu on our first visit. The point of this review: the food that we received was NOT worth the price ($33 for appetizer, main course, dessert). The Fried Scallops entree was basically a bed of french fries with 7-8 tiny scallops on top (the "side of fries" turned out to be 90% of the plate). The seafood boil was mediocre at best, with shriveled and over-salted lobster tails and shrimp. That being said, Summer Shack has a very relaxed ambience that accomodates families with kids or larger parties, and could be good if you're looking for less fancy seafood options in the Boston area. Just don't order from the Dine Out Week dinner menu.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Just ok.... nothing special. Drinks were good and strong

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

worse service ever. menu is so confused sure wont come back to this place we was here for my wife is birthday the server dint even offer a menu for dessert she dint even come back to check on us after drop the food taste of food is not bad but service is super bad

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1.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Came here for a combination of my birthday and restaurant week. Food was awful, and the service was mediocre at best.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Had some friends visiting from Germany, spent the day on Cape Ann and wanted a casual seafood restaurant- none more fitting the bill than Summer Shack!

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was cold when it arrived on our table and the waiter was inattentive and not helpful.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great seafood and fun atmosphere. It felt like we were on vacation at the beach!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Service was awesome. All our food items arrived quickly and were delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always very good food and relaxed, casual atmosphere. We like to go for lunch because it is a little less expensive and there is no problem getting a table.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Good food, good beer, good service. Fun energetic atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Family gathering

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We are on Summer Shack email list, and when they announced Star Wars theme Sunday brunch we reserved right away. It was even better than we imagined, with fun themed menu, staff in costume posing with kids for photos and more. Food delicious of course. Really fun.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

love Summer Shack for informal relaxed dinners!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Excellent for lunch. Not busy and good menu. Parking lot right there. Delicious sea food and terrific choices.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Much better this time around. Vanessa and Sal were wonderful to us and were aware of our poor experience during our last visit. Glad we decided to go back, we'll see you guys again. Thanks for taking care of us!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

...as always, the food at Jasper White's Summer Shack in Cambridge - the old AKU-AKU - was fabulous. My family group went for Oysters - a family tradition seasonally - and dinner.
Great Food, good value.relaxed/fun atmosphere.

Service was engaged, friendly and attentive.

Our part included my 3-year-old nephew - solid kid menu, with the opportunity to try something different - equally attentive staff

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Perfect seafood joint. Visiting Boston and this is exactly what we wanted.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We are a family of 5 and we have always loved the Summer Shack. It has options to please everybody. However.... one of our kid's favorite things about it are (were) the brown paper 'tablecloths'. They enjoyed doodling and playing hangman while we waited for dinner. We went there for Valentine's Day and were disappointed to find new blue checkered tablecloths. While this 'upscale' addition has probably pleased many a patron, our kids missed the old brown paper! And what's more, corndogs have been taken off the menu! What?! Even though our kids have outgrown corndogs, their absence was duly noted. Our server was nice but a bit scattered. Our meals (tuna for 2, lobster roll and a 1 pound lobster) were great, per usual.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We were impressed with the general manager checking on us to ensure that our experience was satisfactory. Even though the delivery of the appetizer was quite slow, he acknowledged this and continuously apologized.

Thank you!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food and great service... great seafood prepared with care.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

The Greeter and Server are were both friendly and attentive. The good was great. It can get a little noisy if one of the local sports teams' game is on TV. We went for lunch and it was a little busy but relatively quiet.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Summer Shack comes through again. There is no place that does Lobsters Better than Summer Shack. But I have to say that the prices are approaching that of the best steakhouses. $68 for a 2lb steamed is pushing it. and +$4 for the pan Roasted feast. The lobster is awesome as are the Oysters...But with limited ambiance at these prices we will not go as often as we used to. This was a Saturday night and there were lots of empty tables. maybe Jasper has priced himself out of the market.

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3.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Had not been here in years. Went primarily as I was in Cambridge and I knew parking was easy. Fish stew way too spicy for my taste and lobster roll had great lobster but for me too much bread and not a fan of celery in the roll Accompanying chips were very hard. Overall somewhat disappointed and feel not as good as years ago

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3.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Oysters and fried clams were very good. Breading on fish and chips was so thick that it didn’t cook all the way through. Service, as always, was excellent, but overall food quality seems to have dropped off at Summer Shack over the past year

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2017

We did not have a great experience when we went here. Our service was awful. The waitress did not greet us until 15 minutes after we were seated and it was like that for everything. My children’s’ food cane out incorrect, but it wasn’t worth it to try to get her attention to fix the problem because it would’ve taken so long and they were starving. Our appetizer didn’t come out until after the meal started, which loses the point of even having it. I would not go back here again.

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2.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Eaten at Summer Shack quite a few times; however, the server for this meal had a personality that was friendly yet bordered on the overbearing. It diminished the dining experience for the three of us at Summer Shack. The consensus was that we wouldn't be back soon.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Went for my mom’s birthday dinner and everything was delicious! Definitely would recommend it to anyone who loves lobster or shellfish. And it was great with our three kids, too.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful. I like the interior improvements in the restaurant. It looks nicer and has a warmer and quieter feel.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Usually a really good restaurant but they were out of a bunch of food including crab legs and some of the deserts. Which was super disappointing.

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2.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Some of us enjoyed the meal better than others. Stick to what they do best--lobster and fish dishes. I had a Vietnamese salad, which lacked taste and the shrimp were very tiny ones that were overcooked.

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