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Summer Shack-Dedham

394 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-friendly
  • Fit for Foodies

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The Summer Shack is a fun, casual, restaurant. Specializing in New England Style Seafood. We offer 10 to 12 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Seafood, Comfort Food, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Wednesday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 09:00pm, ,Saturday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

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Phone number
(781) 407-9955
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mike Madden
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Catering is available. Please contact the restaurant at 781-407-9955 or email
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Parking details
Free parking behind the restaurant. To access parking use Enterprise Drive and turn to McNeial Way. Adjacent to Legacy Place
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Special events & promotions
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipdavescat (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2015

The great seafood and specials we expect at Summer Shack, in a convenient location near shopping malls and highways. Nice fun seafood décor and piped in music as well. Hubbie loved his sardine special appetizer and bluefish and I my lobster risotto.

Angmom1999 (New England)
5.0  Dined on December 13, 2015

The delicious food, decor, and amazing staff! It was the perfect birthday!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

Food is delicious! Bread and corn bread aren't great! Salmon salad was delicious! The pumpkin lobster bisque was one of my most favorite meals ever!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

this is my second time my family and i have been at this restaurant it's a friendly place.
the service was outstanding, also the welcome

Seafoodpalooza (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 24, 2015

While SS will not knock your socks off, they are consistent with their food. Desserts however leave a lot to be desired. We ordered the chocolate silk pie to share and when served, it had clearly been around a while. The filling was shrinking and separating from the crust. The bottom crust was literally the texture of cardboard. You needed a knife to cut through it.

For the price, you barely get your money's worth.

vipNWC1 (New England)
3.0  Dined on October 3, 2015

Shrimp and scallops main course was very tasty, although not hot.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 11, 2015

The food was good but not great. I expected better.

LoriMilton (New England)
4.0  Dined on September 6, 2015

Went with 3 friends on Labor Day weekend (Sunday night). We all live in different towns, and Dedham is central, so it's great that Summer Shack takes reservations. The weekend bartender is so friendly and funny. When we had a friend running late, the hostess was really accommodating to us being seated 30 minutes later than our original reservation. Our server was fine. Seemed a little uneducated about the menu (didn't know if the Sea Bass was Chilean, Mediterranean or something else). Not a big deal though. Whatever it was, the sea bass was terrific!

Pooolplayer18 (New England)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2015

Love it here especially since every time I go here I see Jasper coming out.

btaceo (Miami)
3.0  Dined on August 25, 2015

We had fried clams as an appetizer. At $16, we felt that the portion was either very small or the price too high. The few clams that were on the plate were excellent. Our fried scallops were tasty and perfectly prepared. The lobster roll was average at best, lacking any taste similarity to many lobster rolls we have enjoyed throughout New England. Finally, our server presented himself with a somewhat cocky attitude that certainly was not justified by his performance. His inattentiveness with our table showed in his inability to even refill water glasses for ten minutes after being requested to do so. Note - the dining area was, at most, maybe one third occupied. Maybe that should have been a clue for us.

vipMaryH (New England)
4.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

Had good selection of fresh fish as specials including Artic Char, Swordfish and Striped Bass. Plenty to choose from. We have had waiter before - always friendly and professional and laughs at my husband's humor. Artic Char was flavorful and served with a red pepper sauce - just enough to make attractive and flavorful. Nice cucumber salad was great summer treat.

JessT (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2015

A group of us went for my birthday. I had never been to the Summer Shack and I thought it was overpriced and more of a "chain" style restaurant - I was wrong! Their menu had a variety of dishes - from reasonably priced sandwiches to more pricier but gourmet style entrees. I ordered the Jasper's Famous Pan Roasted Lobster, it was delicious! Other dishes ordered at our table were a Clambake and Crab Legs. Everyone really loved their meals! Our server was awesome, she was attentive and friendly! We will definitely be back!

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

My wife and I have been coming to the Dedham Summer Shack every year for our anniversary. We have done this a number of times. We also occasionally come for a really nice dinner out. The food in general is excellent. It was no different this time. I have a couple of comments about things that would have made the most recent experience better.

This is a seafood restaurant. You would expect that a reasonable amount of lemon would be served with the meal. Not this time. We got one tiny piece for two different entrees. We found a waiter to get us a total of 3 more small pieces of lemons. I was wondering if they should send someone to the supermarket on the other side of the road to pick up a batch more.

One of the really nice things that Summer Shack serves on the side is their cornbread. On previous visits, there was a few pieces in the bread basket. This time, there was one small piece. We asked for more and our waiter got us more, so they clearly had more available.

Leaving the negatives aside, the food was excellent, very well prepared as we asked for.

The wine list is not extensive, which is fine, and the waiter was helpful in providing some additional information about the wine. The wine was good and reasonably priced by restaurant standards even at the upper end of white wine prices.

Our server was overall good.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

Displaced New Englanders looking for good fried clams and lobster. Was somewhat disappointed. Breading for the clams was too heavy and clams were overcooked. Lobster was likely boiled, rather than steamed. Clam cakes were great.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on August 5, 2015

We haven't been to a summer shack restaurant in years and so fondly remembered our experience at the Cambridge, MA one -- great food so we were excited about going to Summer Shack. The menu looked good and the server was so nice, but then the food came. Worst mussels we have ever eaten. In fact, each member of our party had one and then we couldn't eat any more. Our 17 year old daughter said that it tasted like the beach on a hot steamy day with the dank water smell. She got it right. We had been so looking forward to the mussels. Very disappointed. Our entrees were mediocre at best. We should have guessed that that was why there was hardly anyone at the restaurant......

OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on July 27, 2015


OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on July 22, 2015

We had lobster and the fish special. Both were over cooked. Dominic was an awesome waiter. I hope the chef takes care of him by more carefully preparing the signature meals.

Ziggy (New England)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2015

Decent menu, lots of seafood options. Brought my family for a night out (7 of us, no kids) and we had a great time. Server was friendly and fantastic with everything.

vipMrwatson (New England)
1.0  Dined on June 27, 2015

Last time we were here the food was great, service wonderful.

This time, "greeted" by a surly hostess who told us we had to wait to be seated as our table was being cleared- which was this bizarre lie. The restaurant was half full at best - and the table we sat it had been set.

The food has gone downhill. Fried calamari and oysters were overlooked in old oil. The bluefish "be good" was oily and a mess. No veggies.

The pies were even bad - clearly frozen and with a commercial grade filling.

We won't be back.

vipMaryH (New England)
4.0  Dined on June 27, 2015

Good selection of fish. Like that you may modify specials, e.g., no sauce on fish.