Summer Shack Cambridge

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$30 and under
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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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OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Good...food...but little noisy

c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to place for lobsters ... both the pan seared and baked stuffed are outstanding. Also great oyster selection. I had the South Bay Blondes. Friendly service and an energetic atmosphere. Nice to have a good Cambridge restaurant with a sizable parking lot. :-)

F
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Usually great. But a whole fish was not cooked through. We sent it back, and by the time it was replaced in 25 minutes, the other two diners were finished with their meals.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

All good though the shrimp scampi was a little bland.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The restaurant is nice, the menu looks good, but unfortunately the food is not good at all - will not go back.

JE
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Had the chowder and that was very good. Also had the fish tacos and there were totally boring.

JC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Friendly and efficient service. Another plus: they sent our extra food home in eco-friendly containers. No styrofoam.

a
New England
37 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Summer Shack offered us a great meal with excellent service! Everyone was friendly and helpful (a waiter we had on our last visit remembered I liked one of the desserts and made sure he told me and had one saved - and he wasn’t even our waiter on this visit! THAT is service!). And the visit with the lobsters for our grandson is always a highlight. We will return again soon.

KG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great loud, fun, Friday night vibe. I have loved every meal here, every piece of seafood has been fresh, flavorful, and cooked or prepared perfectly. I appreciate every effort made by the staff to accommodate celiac/gluten free options.

PO
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food not as good as previous visits. Also felt like we were being rushed throughout meal. Not happy.

KW
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dined here with a group of six. It's easily accessible by walking from the Alewife T stop, and it was far less crowded that other restaurants we visited around Boston and Cambridge. It's a reasonably priced restaurant with tasty food and good drinks.

M
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience3

We have been to this place any times but in the past few months the food quality has substantially declined. Also, there were interesting things on the menu that disappeared. Now, the menu is just ordinary! This is unfortunate.

DC
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

It was ok the staff could be more attentive
The food undercook and the wings were dry

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Summer Shack in Cambridge is one of our favorite restaurants and our "go to" place to celebrate birthdays. The food is always delicious!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

I don’t want to go back. At dinner recently, the two people who got lobsters did not feel they were prepared correctly. I tasted one of the lobsters along with a scallop and someone else’s French fries because she left most of them. I love French fries but only ate 3. I did not get enough of a taste to confirm
The last few times I eaten here, I’ve been dissatisfied. Lots of people seem to love the place and it has received many awards so I think it’s best to decide for yourself.

DA
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was very nice and the atmosphere was fun. Two of our three seafood dinners were excellent. The third one (halibut), however, was seriously overcooked, totally dry, and very hard to cut even with a knife - it was amazing that they would serve something that poorly prepared at a seafood restaurant. We asked for a burger as a replacement, cooked "medium", on the theory that it was hard to mess up a burger. The burger, when it arrived, was tasty, hot and cooked on the outside, but on the inside it was nearly raw. We ate it anyway - the others in our party were done...

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Server was excellent service excellent
We love the fried Chicken but tonight’s meal was super salty. And chose Mac and shells which were watery and not so good. My wife had fried potatoes wedges that were over cooked. Fish and chips for one daughter were good. Shrimp for other daughter the sides were very watery.

r
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is the spot to go for seafood in Northern Cambridge. Close to the T with a full bar, it also has some interesting items on the menu that you won't find at other seafood restaurants. Good portions, cooked well !! Our server was attentive and very efficient.

P
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Perfect place for seafood lovers.

ML
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my 11 year old daughter out for dinner and we had an amazing time! Our waitress was Elizabeth and she was awesome. Very attentive and personable. We didn't have to wait long for our food and it was all really good. We'll definitely be coming back soon!

CD
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food we ordered for brunch, especially the lobster Benedict! Huge portions for the $$

JF
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Very expensive for what you get in food. Lobster is twice the cost of other venues.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Good food - pricey - server was going through the motions.

KN
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service - great way to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday.

BL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I thought we are in the midst of tariff war with China and the lobster prices would be more reasonable! Everything except value is great at this place.

F
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great fresh fish, wonderful service and comfortable atmosphere.

AK
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was very good. Service was outstanding. We were fortunate to get Stephanie as our waitress. She was outstanding. Very knowledgeable about lobsters. Great place to eat. A definite must when dining in the Boston area

G
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not as good as I remember last year. Maybe changed owners still fun place but pricey

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff is outstanding. They are friendly and happy to answer any questions or take care of your requests. The food is fresh and delicious. This was our second visit during Dine Out Boston - both times for lunch. We look forward to returning - even after the special deals offered during Dine Out Boston. Worth the price.

MH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was scrumptious. The pan roasted lobster was as good as its reputation. Even the corn on the cob was superior. Some of the prices seemed a tad overbearing but not disturbing. The only reason I did not give a 5 overall was the cheap lobster crackers. They were not the right type for cracking lobster; in fact they were wobbly and useless.

M
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything was delicious except one person in our party said the swordfish was overcooked. Next time she'll request it med-well done. Cooked to a safe temperature, not over-cooked

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience2

Children friendly. Our waiter was fabulous
The food was ok.

BE
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was outstanding!! Food was delicious!!

b
Columbus
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food was good busy active fairly noisy place
lots of good lobster!

PM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The lobster was overcooked big times ! I am a big fan of seafood,but it must be done right, it is very easy to over cook and the whole meal is destroyed

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best way to start a vacation thank you all at Summer Shack!

FS
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thorough enjoyed our meal from appetizer to dessert. Both quality and quantity were excellent but a little pricey for every day dining. We were celebrating a birthday. It was an excellent choice.

SH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We went for dine out Boston. The clam chowder was delicious but the oyster crackers were place on top for you and they were stale. The main course had shrimp that was overcooked. The dessert was a brownie sundae and by the time it arrived at the table the ice cream had all melted and the brownie was cold. The watermelon margarita was awful. I would not go back.

JL
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great seafood as reasonable prices. Casual atmosphere but that's okay. It's about the food!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous! We went for Dine Out Boston week. One of us ordered from the specials, one off the regular menu. All the food was fresh, tasty and plentiful. Our server was friendly and helpful. I ready to go back again and again.