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Summer Shack Cambridge

4.4
4.4
2034 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Sushi, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 520-9500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Dell Leandro

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Cindy Battersby : (617) 520-9500

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Cross street

    Cambridgepark Drive

  • Parking details

    Free parking.

  • Public transit

    We are across the street from Alewife T station on the Red Line.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,034 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. SV

    StaceyV

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Shrimp scampi had way too much oil in it. The service was very good and the atmosphere is always fun.
  2. T

    Tomandpeggy

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Experience -- on New Year's Eve -- was super all over, as usual: balloon festivities for kids made it especially cheerful.
  3. C

    Cookie

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous fun entertaining NYE for family with young children. Checked all the boxes!
  4. j

    jwm218

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service for our Christmas Eve dinner.
  5. BB

    BobB

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always good seafood and service, but especially comfortable go-to now with large room, high ceilings, spread tables, and booths with plastic separators.
  6. M

    Milly

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    The dining room was far too cold and uncomfortable. Never got better even after telling our servers(2). I ate lunch with my coat on the entire time. Not a good experience. Servers were wonderful and tried to help.
  7. B

    Bostonphotobill

    New England

    220 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    220 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    This is usually a very good meal. Today was our truly a bad experience. Our food was very slow and when it came it was cold.
  8. P

    Platosmom

    Austin

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Two of us were served bad clams - REALLY bad. The fact that no one in the litchen noticed is outrageous. Summer Shack has always been our family favorite (there were 7 of us last night) but this is the last straw of a lot of issues. Since Jasper White sold it several years ago, it has not been the same. Now it id a danger to your health. SAd, it was formerly best seafood in greater Boston.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great seafood place like the facility and location and the food is fantastic
  10. LE

    LaurelEx

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best seafood, excellent fish dish (halibut) and sushi. Wine list could improve but overall excellent !
  11. 2

    2cuties

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful seafood, even for locals who know good seafood. My daughter had a birthday and ordered lobster mac and cheese, her favorite. It comes in a cute little cast iron skillet. It was, however, lukewarm, and she didn't want to say anything about it. Otherwise, fabulous and relatively safe for those wary of pandemic risk.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have gone here for years in the past and it seems even better now. Pan fried lobster is worth every (many) penny. Kids fish sticks were nearly consumed by moms they were so good.
  13. K

    Kathy

    St. Louis

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our meal was delicious. From the peel and eat shrimp, tuna poke bowl and baked lobster, it was obvious that this is fresh seafood. The sauce over the lobster was amazing. I asked for bread to sop up the sauce which they didn’t have and suggested the cornbread appetizer.
  14. MH

    MartinH

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience1
    Myra our server was excellent
  15. ES

    EdwardS

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good menu selection, polite wait staff, and well prepared food with good ingredients brought in a timely manner.
  16. LF

    LorettaF

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The seafood here is fantastic--very fresh and perfectly cooked. We had the roasted 11/2 lbs lobsters which are best I've ever had. I think that's a one-time event for us because of the price. The other seafood is equally delicious but it's still just a special-occasion restaurant for us.
  17. S

    Sean

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    There's no complaining about fresh ingredients cooked just right. We'll be back again to try some of the other things on the menu.
  18. MH

    MichelleH

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall3food2service1ambience3
    Service was bad. The waitress doesn’t check on us and the way she talked to us wasn’t sound right. Tonight somehow the food took a little longer then usual. When I ordered extra sauce on my lobster it came out less than it supposed to be. The food taste different from before it doesn’t tasted as good as before. I like the food and the service before especially from the old waiter who worked there forever. He’s super nice
  19. n

    nickwu

    New York Area

    44 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Compared with few years before, price is much higher and baked lobster is much smaller, even we ordered 2 lb version. Test is still good though.
  20. P

    Peter

    New England

    80 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great for lunch with friends. Food is well prepared with interesting selections. Service as always was friendly and very helpful.
  21. PP

    PaggiPazzo

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Marcus our server was great and the food was delicious. Kids had burgers and the wife and I had seafood. I really enjoyed my negroni and the salmon with grilled asparagus and leeks was enjoyable. Also had some of the tuna sushi and I was more than pleased. We will definitely come back.
  22. AH

    AudeH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, great food, friendly service and a fun family outing.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Clam bake: lobster great. We also ordered, ,title neck clams and oysters. Also delish.
  24. SJ

    SirJohn

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another tasty meal at Summer Shack, which is always on my agenda whenever I'm in the Boston area. I started with a glass of Lord Hobo Angelica wheat beer. Grilled cornbread with molasses butter was an excellent lead in to my order of South Bay Blonde oysters … quite flavorful. For my entree, I chose fried Gulf shrimp, Buffalo style. Perhaps not the most traditional preparation, but they were delicious. On this visit, I decided against dessert ... although some of the cornbread made its way to my hotel room for a late snack. Consistency is the word at Summer Shack ... always the freshest of seafood at good prices. And, they always have half a dozen or so different types of oysters on hand. Pick a favorite or make a combo & try them all.
  25. WS

    WilS

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Food was amazing and prices were fair!
  26. MR

    MarthaR

    Key West

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Ate there twice in 2 days…1st day 7:30 PM… 2nd day today ate early - 3:30 PM & had a better experience‼️ Last night had to wait 20 min. for a server to come over. Then the gal didn’t quite understand English & made a couple of mistakes with the order. Overall the food is wonderful & very nice servers & people!
  27. LK

    LouisaK

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The service was great. The food was only so-so. Having been to Summer Shack many times pre-pandemic, I was disappointed. Corn bread was greasy. What happened to old recipe? Caesar salad sad. But that said, we had a great time.
  28. C

    Cooksnightout

    New England

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time back to indoor dining at the Summer Shack since the start of the pandemic. Great to be back! Fried clams were wonderful as always and the tuna was excellent- a large plate of food. Service was very good.
  29. s

    simmy

    New England

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    excellent food. ambience a bit shabby. worth the meal.
  30. LM

    LexMom

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Server was very nice but food took 1 hour. As I walked out I was waiting by the kitchen and the kitchen looked quite dirty, lots of stuff on the floor.
  31. l

    lizhm

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Love Summer Shack. It's unfortunate that they - like restaurants everywhere - are dealing with staffing shortages and supply issues. Our waiter, Guy, made a valiant attempt to serve us (4) and the party of 12 seated right behind us five minutes later and the party of 3 seated next to us 5 minutes after that (and a two-top and another four-top). The oysters were, as always, shucked to perfection (Wellfleets, Menemsha Creeks, and South Bay Blonds - six of each), as they should be at $3 each. The lobster roll is iconic, but at $38 was a little on the small side - my lobster roll afficionado son rated it 6.7/10 (he would know. Mac's in Wellfleet gets the 10 btw). Bang Bang Chicken and Lobster potstickers were a win with our 17 year old. I got the mussels fra diavolo and it was clear on its arrival that it had spent some time under the warming lights: it was lukewarm and four of the mussels hadn't opened. My husband declared the swordfish excellent. Always a winner and I hope that they're able to return to pre-pandemic staffing levels when we come next time.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The food is definitely overpriced
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great seafood restaurant. Food always fresh, well prepared. Service is efficient and friendly. Tables inside are widely spaced and with the very high ceiling it is close to eating outdoors.
  34. RD

    RebeccaD

    New England

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was good enough but certainly overpriced for what we got. Two orders wrong and had to be redone. I’ve had a better experience in the past and I’m not likely to return.
  35. m

    mjboston

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always outstanding. Food is delicious and super fresh. Great every day spot. Cannot wait to go back for the fried scallops and lobster. Choices are endless and excellent.
  36. IM

    IMGA13

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I love the food here and they were able to sit us outside even though they can't promise they will have a table. The service was great even though they were very busy!
  37. NY

    NYEater

    New England

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Brought an out-of-town guest to summer shack to get great seafood. We tried a bit of everything and everything was finished with abandon Great representation Of the best of New England.
  38. h

    hlgd

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Unimpressed. Food was barely average, but taking cost into account, it's very subpar. The ingredients were not good for the price. Flavors were so so. We won't be going back anytime soon.
  39. G

    Geodiner

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    Great menu and decent service. Unfortunately my main course Shrimp Scampi arrived lukewarm and overcooked. How does a great restaurant screw up pasta??
  40. SC

    StevenC

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extensive seafood as well as some non seafood items on the menu Everything i have had there on multiple visits has been good. A reliable nice place to eat seafood in a casual setting. Not inexpensive but a fair value for the quality of the meals. Excellent service and very appropriate COVID protocols in place

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Summer Shack Cambridge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 520-9500.

Summer Shack Cambridge is rated 4.4 stars by 2034 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cambridgepark Drive

  • Neighborhood

    Cambridge

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Sushi, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free parking.

  • Public transit

    We are across the street from Alewife T station on the Red Line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dell Leandro

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 520-9500

  • 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.

  • Private party facilities

    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.

  • Private party contact

    Cindy Battersby : (617) 520-9500

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