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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

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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (11)
Fun (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
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Good for Groups (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Business Meals (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Great Beer (3)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 11, 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (Richmond)·Dined 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

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 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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·Dined 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined 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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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great experience

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2017

.Very lively vibe

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Wonderful food. Good service. Nicely decorated for the season. Music was not too loud.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Always consistent..
Sal is a great waiter.
Food is fresh and well prepared.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Oysters are clearly fresh, well presented with great accompaniments. Service is friendly, knowledegable and good.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Authentic, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Always great! Always my favorite for clam bake! Love this place and have been visiting since 2002!
Love the music you guys put on!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

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

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

New menu has a nice variety of options -- our lunch was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Tapas, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Casual, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We were in Boston for Columbus Day weekend and wanted a local, casual fish place. Summer Shack was recommended. I wish we had gone to the one closer in vs. Cambridge because it was a bit out of the way from our hotel. It was a bit more chain-like that I imagined (i.e. very big). The food was good - I would not say fantastic. It was also quite expensive - a bit more than I expected for casual dining (our bill was close to $200 for a family of five).

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had a good meal. I'm allergic to shellfish, so had the fried Chicken which was great.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This restaurant is a gem. The fish is wonderfully fresh, served with good sides. We didn't eat appetizers because we knew that our entree would be very generous.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Love Jasper's pan roasted lobster! Three of us had it, three plates cleaned!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Only real disappointment was the after work group of about 50 people boozing it up and being loud and not separated by any noise baffling screens from the main part of the restaurant. They should have been in a separate function room away from the main dining room. My guests loved the food as I did.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Um a lifelong Bostonian/Roxburyian who brought relatives from San Francisco & LA, we enjoyed every single minute, the food selection, Our Waiter, pricing....eveything.....if there were six stars we you give them....

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Always a reliably good time for all who crave new england seafood.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Wonderful oysters, fishes and overall lobsters. Very well cooked. Good value. This time, service was not that excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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