Summer Shack Cambridge

4.4
1554 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Local Ingredients
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, Sports Bar, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday : 5:00pm - 11:00 pm, Saturday: 11:30am- 11:00pm, Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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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
Dell Leandro
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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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, 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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4.4
service
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3.9
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

A delicious brunch!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

The place was massive, but we still had to wait over 20min to be seated despite having a reservation. They wait staff got our order wrong and there was a lot of time between my meal coming out and everyone else's meals. The service is very bad if its a peak time. Don't expect to even get a drink order in if they are packed!

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

I had a 3-course menu for $25. The shrimp tacos had 3 small shrimp and some greens. Not terrible, but not great either. My mistake! This place is known for its lobster, so I really should have had that. I can recommend the sweet potato fries though.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great shack atompshete thought was in the carolinas not cambridge
Service was excellent
food was delightful
Good selection of oysters
Our waiter was very imforative

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

The lobster pot stickers and haddock were very good here!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Always dependable, and food is well prepared. Service is quick.

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3.0Dined on August 12, 2018

food delivery was slow, portions small. friendly waitress. no prices on drinks menu

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Good place for lobster. Lol

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Went for Dine out Boston and enjoyed the late lunch. Service was friendly, waiter was professional and among our favorites at Summer Shack. Had the lobster raviolis which were fine and the carb cake which was also very good. My husband had the calamari and the fish tacos which were also very good.
The waiter was someone who had served us several times before and was very nice and professional.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

I ordered off the restaurant week menu. Great value! The lobster potstickers and steamed lobster were terrific! The fruit crisp was fair - too little fruit and too much crisp. It was noisy from the full bar area at 6:15, but quieted down as the meal time went by.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

First timers. Three adults on an early Thursday evening to celebrate a birthday. Noisy bar scene, nice table, great service (BiBi and his helpers were outstanding). One of us ordered a cup of clam chowder which was "good", another had the wine-garlic muscles which were outstanding. Two of us ordered the CT lobster roll was below average compared to what we experience over New England...just not much lobster, and most of the meat seemed too finely chopped...no recognizable parts (claw or tail meat). The other had the baked haddock which was 'good.' Might come back in the future. FYI: GPS would have us make an illegal U turn. You have to map the approach to this place carefully, it's not easy to get to from the east!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Convenient location for people coming from Boston, Northshore, and West of Boston to meet for a birthday celebration with great food!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Went to restaurant on Dine Out Boston offer. We couldn’t have had a better seafood meal! The grilled shrimp and scallop entree was superb, as was our perennial favorite, the R.I. calamari appetizer. Great value!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Terribly noisy. Otherwise fine and I love having plenty of parking. Also, good variety of fish in the menu. But the vegetarian friend who joined us could order only sides.

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1.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Greasy fried food. MSG was definitely in the food as both my wife and I could feel it for hours afterward.

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

it was Boston week my friends got grand reasonable food I got an overdone stringy lobster

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The food did NOT disappoint. Excellent lobster, amazing cornbread, solid dessert. Fun, slightly kitschy, drinks. The only shortcomings were the slightly disappointing service, which was just a bit... weird, and the high cost. Our server definitely pushed me to get more expensive things, like the $45 lobster that I would not have been able to eat vs. the $20 lobster I could eat (and did end up ordering).

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Our server was fun, the vibe of the restaurant was fun, we had a great time and good food.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Broad menu options.
Excellent, fresh seafood, particularly the Lobster.
A bit expensive for the Lobster dishes, but worth it.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Nice setting for a large party. Very good service for large party. Food was good. No specific recommendations.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Excellent as always. Food was very good and our waitress (it was her first day) was fantastic.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Not up to the (high) standards that I have come to associate with the Alewife Summer Shack

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Still one of our favorite restaurants! Food delicious...best place around to get a variety of seafood choices and the menu does change daily...but staples like lobster, clams and shrimp always available. Chocolate pie was DELICOUS! Ask for Sal as your server. He is the best.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Food and service were outstanding. We chose The Summer Shack to celebrate our best friend’s 65th birthday and it couldn’t have been better! Our waiter, Sal, was excellent as always, as was the wait-staff. Kudos to the reservation desk, too, as I had to add people to our table at the last moment.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Great meal, great waiter. We always enjoy Sunday brunch

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great fun ambiance to enjoy fresh seafood. Not pretentious - just fun.

Truly the best and freshest oysters we have ever had anywhere.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

We were a 3 person party, one had Salmon, said it was fabulous. One had fried clam, said the best she ever had, and one had steak and shrimp, was good but better in Boston.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Love Summer Shack. It’s the best of good food in a casual setting. Tonight we bumped into friends and the wait staff were so great to help out us together. Plus the kids love the Sundae bar. The lobster rolls keep us coming back.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food is consistently excellent. The scene is casual and comfortable.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

So many option to choose from, delicious! The drinks were great too!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Lexi was a great server. The food was very tasty and we were given a large booth when requested for our party of two.
Very nice time and I look forward to my next visit.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

We eat here more often than any other restaurant. The only thing I wish is that the dishes I like the most wouldn't disappear! We started coming here when our sons were children and now come with our grandchildren who love Sunday with the "balloon man." I will find any excuse to go to this Summer Shack with or without children!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

We actually had a group of 4 and were looking for a lobster place while vacationing in Boston. This place was great. Food was very good and the wait staff and general ambiance (very casual) was also welcoming. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Very casual spot, but solid food. Fresh lobsters, excellent oysters, and very friendly and helpful service. The restaurant is very big and not well-lit.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

4th of July dinner- Food and service were excellent even though the rest was full.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

It is quite loud in there when busy. food was wonderful- lobster, tomato basil mozarella salad and blueberry pie.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We had a very nice lunch on the Fourth of July. Delicious, fresh ingredients. Healthy meals along with fried fish options. Our waiter couldn't have been nicer, bent over backwards to resolve an error with one of our dishes and then removed it from our bill. people really seemed to be enjoying themselves - several large family parties noted.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Jaspers pan fried lobster is the best!!

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Always pleased to dine at Summer Shack. The food is always fresh and sensitively prepared.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Always friendly service.
Food is always well-prepared. Always like the menu offerings and specials.
They usually know how to cook fish just right.
Oysters, Lobster, Clams, Blue Fish, etc.
Downside: Noise is a bit off the hook, for my taste. Rock music in background with loud voices carrying in an open space.

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