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.View Private Dining Details
Good food, good beer, good service. Fun energetic atmosphere.
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.
love Summer Shack for informal relaxed dinners!
Excellent for lunch. Not busy and good menu. Parking lot right there. Delicious sea food and terrific choices.
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!
...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
Perfect seafood joint. Visiting Boston and this is exactly what we wanted.
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.
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.
Excellent food and great service... great seafood prepared with care.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful. I like the interior improvements in the restaurant. It looks nicer and has a warmer and quieter feel.
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.
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.
.Very lively vibe
Extremely yummy. I had the Smoked Salmon Hash, which was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Brunch is new for them and I think they knocked it out of the park.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful food. Good service. Nicely decorated for the season. Music was not too loud.
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.
Sal is a great waiter.
Food is fresh and well prepared.
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.
Oysters are clearly fresh, well presented with great accompaniments. Service is friendly, knowledegable and good.
Always great! Always my favorite for clam bake! Love this place and have been visiting since 2002!
Love the music you guys put on!!!
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
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.
New menu has a nice variety of options -- our lunch was delicious.
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!
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.