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Summer Shack

Summer Shack

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood, Boston
62 Tips and reviews
  • lobster
  • oysters
  • crab
  • tuna sashimi
  • family-friendly
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    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Jasper White's seafood is wonderful, though the prices do not fall into the ``shack'' category. The oyster selection is outstanding, and the blackboard specials of grilled fish are worth any price. Read more
  • Debrina W.
    Debrina WrightJuly 19, 2013
    Seafood was fresh. Service was fantastic! words for how great it was. Definitely will become a regular!!!
  • Maria V.
    Maria VargasAugust 3
    Best lobster in town! We finallly got a table and service is great!! Thanks for understand and help us even without a reservation, I appreciate it!!
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisAugust 18, 2016
    Try the South Bay Blonde Oyster And Tuna Sashimi - Beautiful and tasty bites of oyster, tuna, seaweed salad and roe (via @Foodspotting)
  • The Culinary Institute of America
    Summer Shack restaurants are renowned for their seafood and New England specialties. But who's the chef behind it all? It's CIA alumnus Jasper White '76! Read more
  • mohrab2001 ..
    Great place for good food. Had oysters and the mussels are to die for.. the staff are friendly and accommodated every request I had. Highly recommended.
  • Laurie D.
    Laurie DesAutelsAugust 7, 2014
    This is a fabulous little joint in BackBay. The prices are fabulous but the food and staff are amazing!
  • Mike A.
    Mike A.November 10, 2013
    Good seafood selection, specials and deserts. Also good wine selections and a friendly and accommodating staff.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisAugust 18, 2016
    Try the Pan Roasted Lobster - Sooo much lobster! And butter! Nom nom. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Scott C.
    Scott CobbanDecember 18, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't listen to John and Darin. Morgan is the best bartender. She's very attentive and has the best smile.
  • Tala K.
    Tala KayAugust 30, 2011
    If you don't know how to get the meat off the lobster and crab ask your server to show you how/ do it for you! :)
  • James L.
    James LeeMay 21, 2012
    The food was great! The server took a while to warm up but other than that it was an excellent time
  • Peter W.
    Peter WeissensteinFebruary 25, 2012
    Some of the specials listed here in the tips are no longer in effect. They were for a limited time so ask about them first.
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetJanuary 18, 2011
    Every Monday through Friday the @SummerShack on Dalton Street (next to the great Bukowski) has $1 oysters at the bar from 4 to 6pm.
  • W Scott W.
    W Scott WilsonJuly 19, 2013
    The Lobster specials are amazing. Jasper's or the woodfire!! Great service.
  • Russell B.
    Russell BooneFebruary 25, 2015
    Excellent Lobster!!!! However, Avoid the crab cakes, nothing like Maryland crabs cakes.
  • Alice F.
    Alice FerrisAugust 18, 2016
    Try the Grilled Littleneck Clams - Lots of butter with these tasty Littlenecks (via @Foodspotting)
  • Alicia F.
    Alicia FoorApril 29, 2015
    Oysters are huge! And the Sangria Margarita was delicious.
  • Ansel W.
    Ansel Wooden KnifeNovember 2, 2015
    This place is a hidden jewel, the food is really good.Go for the crab cakes
  • American M.
    American MensaMarch 12, 2014
    This restaurant features a “raw bar” of seafood that will either captivate or horrify your children. You decide. Read more
  • BostonTweet
    BostonTweetSeptember 4, 2010
    Show your MBTA Charlie Card at any Summer Shack and get a free cup of clam chowdah or a free soft serve ice cream with a purchase of an entree.
  • Nate J.
    Nate JonesMarch 24, 2011
    Get the pan roasted lobster. When the lobster is gone, sop up the sauce with the rolls!
  • Shion G.
    Shion GuhaAugust 4, 2015
    The oysters are incredibly fresh and delicious.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DarveauJune 3, 2015
    Decent place for mid price seafood. I'd suggest avoiding the mussels as the broth they are in is kind of weird.
  • Jessica J.
    Jessica JenniseJuly 12, 2014
    Enjoyed this place, loved the cornbread with molasses butter
  • Emily B.
    Emily BaerMay 24, 2015
    Kind of disappointing. Very expensive for the size of the portions. Good oysters and mediocre service. But a phenomenal location.
  • Omar V.
    Omar VerduzcoSeptember 14, 2016
    Excellent lobster roll and coho salmon.
  • Geff H.
    Geff HerreraAugust 3, 2016
    The spicy calamari is a game changer
  • Alexis F.
    Alexis FanSeptember 6, 2010
    Food was great. Oyster, crab legs, lobster. The fat and tall hostess was really rude and threw our menus on the table, just ignore her attitude!
  • Tori B.
    Tori BillingsJuly 19, 2015
    The pan roasted lobster is to die for!
  • Kate J.
    Kate JoergerJune 23, 2015
    Lobster roll is OK. We had to wait for a long time and send our food back once. Probably wouldn't come here again. Nice staff.
  • Emily L.
    Emily LApril 6, 2013
    Nice lobster roll!!!
  • Gordon H.
    Gordon HenriksenApril 24, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Tip Louie and Kendrick well. They are awesome.
  • Chuck D.
    Chuck D'AntonioJuly 15, 2011
    Have the jerk. Really. They mean it when the say spicy.
  • Ahmad M.
    Ahmad MesawaMay 28, 2013
    The whole billy clam is awful, don't order it.
  • Meredith (.
    Solid CT style lobster roll.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HughesMay 24, 2012
    Indian pudding like my mom's...good job!
  • Maja K.
    Maja KJanuary 17, 2015
    Best clam chowder in Boston!
  • Dan P.
    Dan PhillipsMarch 24, 2011
    80s music plays non stop. Pam roasted lobster is the only way.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 23
    Expensive and ordinary, but with a decent amount of healthy options.
  • Glenn C.
    Glenn CochranMay 30, 2013
    Chowder was very good!
  • John G.
    John GurmanApril 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Deanna is a fab tender.....totally rocks
  • Patrice M F.
    I did not like the meal 🥘 choices everything was fry an bland.
  • Dave T.
    Dave TheranJune 24, 2010
    $10 for 10 raw bar items is a great deal!
  • Jen14221
    Jen14221June 16, 2014
    Get the corn dog.
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan StetsonApril 22, 2011
    Pan roasted lobster and crab! Unbelievable!
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KSeptember 26, 2011
    Vegetarians are afterthoughts. At least season the plate of steamed vegetables. Not coming back.
  • Nate M.
    Nate MahoneyNovember 26, 2011
    80s music and lobster roll!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BarnwellJuly 7, 2016
    Meh. Slow service and small portions. There are far better places to spend your money and time in the area. Avoid.
  • Renata V.
    Renata Vieira RibeiroSeptember 27, 2014
    Ceviche is bad. Too extensive for the quality of food.
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