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.
The delicious food, decor, and amazing staff! It was the perfect birthday!
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!
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
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.
Shrimp and scallops main course was very tasty, although not hot.
The food was good but not great. I expected better.
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!
Love it here especially since every time I go here I see Jasper coming out.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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......