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The Barking Crab

The Barking Crab

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Seaport District, Boston
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  • This seafood restaurant is famous for their crab. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Michelle Marie
    "my Naked Lobster Roll and drinking a pitcher of sangria."(11 Tips)
    Christine E.
    "The lobster po boy is delicious!"(3 Tips)
    Emily A.
    "Shrimp, crab cakes, fries, crab dip"(4 Tips)
    Mindy N.
    "Try the Lobster Mac 'N Cheese"(3 Tips)
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  • Noura Z.
    Noura Zahran3 weeks ago
    One of the greatest experiences in sea food !
  • Jose T.
    Jose TamayoSeptember 4
    This is it, New England style! As good as expected and then some.
  • Gadi S.
    Gadi ShamiaAugust 23
    Live music, great summer vibe, fresh fish... what not to love. Also the view.
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyAugust 19
    It can edge into tourist territory, and certainly looks the part, but it's a worthwhile stop on a summer afternoon or evening — especially now that the Seaport is an actual place to spend time.
  • Erich K.
    Erich KJune 26
    Over priced n overrated! Not sure how this place got rated so high. Our party of 6 all had horrible food! Worst lobster bisque I've ever had. Returned it for clam chowder-not much better. Skip this 1!
  • Chanda E.
    Naked lobster roll! Bloody Mary's are spicyyy 🔥
  • Navin A.
    Navin AmbiApril 28
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for seafood. Beer selection is pretty good. Fried clams and oysters are pretty good. Occasionally they have specials like the soft shelled crab burgers which are awesome.
  • Georgios G.
    You have to try this place. Original in everything that they served.
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanFebruary 19
    Excellent foods, great service. Our first time visiting and will definitely come back.
  • Cindi P.
    Cindi PoppJanuary 14
    The best place ever! Love the fresh seafood. Great job Sarah, Katie and Josh! Can not wait for my next visit to the Boston area...my number one spot to hang out
  • Cindi P.
    Cindi PoppJanuary 14
    Oh my!! I could not get enough of the fresh seafood. Love it! Sarah, Katie and Josh you are the best! Can not wait for my next visit. Thank you!!!
  • Qingxun
    QingxunOctober 27, 2016
    Unpretentious, no-frills superb lobster and oysters and crab. Do not miss it!
  • Aditi
    AditiOctober 13, 2016
    Casual environment - must visit if visiting Boston
  • Hanan M.
    Hanan MalSeptember 15, 2016
    Must try the crab cakes
  • Omar V.
    Omar VerduzcoSeptember 14, 2016
    Food is just ok for my taste and I was not impressed with picnic tables that make you eat elbow to elbow with strangers.
  • Emily A.
    Emily AnnAugust 1, 2016
    Shrimp, crab cakes, fries, crab dip
  • Charles R.
    Charles RadiJuly 25, 2016
    Great lobster, oysters and fish tacos
  • Jason C.
    Jason CookJuly 24, 2016
    Understaffed so the service was abysmal. Not worth the wait or the cost. Save your money and go somewhere worth waiting for like Neptune.
  • Juanita
    JuanitaJune 25, 2016
    Atmosphere is fun, oysters are fresh, and dungeoness crab was delish. Come here with a lot of time and in a good mood!
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TringaliJune 15, 2016
    Don't remember what it is called, but essentially seafood stew, with lobster, haddock, littlenecks & mussels. Amazing! Crab cakes look amazing. Fantastic atmosphere. Right next to Children's Museum.
  • A S.
    A SMay 30, 2016
    If you want takeout, order straight at the bar.
  • Michelle Marie
    Michelle MarieMay 21, 2016
    Really LOVE the Janet & Michael playlist while I'm eating my Naked Lobster Roll and drinking a pitcher of sangria.
  • Kathryn M.
    Kathryn MottramMay 16, 2016
    Swordfish kebab was really good
  • Sofia B.
    Sofia BenitezJanuary 16, 2016
    the hot crap dip is phenomenal!
  • Mark S.
    Mark SmithOctober 18, 2015
    This is legit seafood. Rather pricey, and bare bones atmosphere, but solid food.
  • Nick H.
    Nick HolroydSeptember 28, 2015
    Great views. Great lobster. Great service.
  • Justin C.
    Justin ChenSeptember 20, 2015
    Lobster and shrimp
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttSeptember 5, 2015
    An hour wait on a Saturday night and a bar so packed people spill out onto the sidewalk. Maybe, I'll make it on my next trip.
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BatchelderAugust 18, 2015
    A bit overpriced, but SUPER delicious crab.
  • John F.
    John FarmerJuly 17, 2015
    Service was good, the fish and chips were so-so, men's room dark and smelly!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MillsJuly 13, 2015
    Mixed bag: crab is phenomenal. And expensive. Service sucks, it's loud (in a bad way -- club music in a seafood shack? Weird); a bit of a tourist trap, but view is nice, food is good, plates are big.
  • Arnie T.
    Arnie TaylorJuly 12, 2015
    Food was great, atmosphere was awesome, and loved being in the middle of history!
  • Carina L.
    Carina LuckJuly 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Naked lobster roll
  • Todd D.
    Todd DeJuliusJuly 5, 2015
    Naked lobster rolls are the way to go. So much better than the mayonnaise regular ones
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikJune 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Woah, $21 for a lobster roll? Make it to a more authentic spot for more lobster for the buck.
  • Error404 H.
    Error404 Hack2learnJune 14, 2015
    Very good lobsters and crabs 😊
  • Tara D.
    Tara DeVincenzoJune 10, 2015
    oh by the way, sweet potato fries are big fried chunks of actual yam/heaven.
  • Tara D.
    Tara DeVincenzoJune 10, 2015
    Tourist or not (guilty...) this place really hit the mark in providing some delicious Boston chowdah with a side of harbor breeze
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikApril 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A delicious tourist trap.
  • Rodrigo A.
    Rodrigo ArtaviaApril 11, 2015
    Stuffed lobster and fish and fries
  • Jeffrey .
    10lb Lobsters!!!
  • Angelo G.
    Angelo GramaccioniMarch 24, 2015
    Good atmosphere!
  • DM
    DMDecember 23, 2014
    Really popular place! We'd have to wait for 15 minutes to get in! But is really costed it, because the dishes was delicious, staff very friendly. Sure to come again.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaSeptember 30, 2014
    They won't tell you how long the wait is, only how many parties are ahead. But it's always worth it.
  • Craig D.
    Craig DesmaraisSeptember 4, 2014
    Huge lobster roll. They also have a HUGE lobster you can eat....if you can afford it. Decent beer selection, but order at the bar if you can, it gets busy!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out The Barking Crab as seen on Man vs Food Read more
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertAugust 23, 2014
    Great place after a day tearing through the city. End at the wharf for some cold beers & great clams, oysters, cocktail shrimp. Don't be turned off by the touristy look. This place is solid.
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OshimaAugust 14, 2014
    Lobster roll, seafood casserole, and shrimp kebabs.
  • Steven G.
    Steven GodlewskiAugust 11, 2014
    Everything. :-)
  • Muhammed B.
    Muhammed BulutAugust 11, 2014
    Lobster are adviced. If you do not want to strive combing out the lobster, sandwich ones are ideal.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PriesnitzJune 21, 2014
    Delicious lobster in a relaxed atmosphere! Plan some time to go there! Often crowded! Definitely worth the waiting time! Spot for tourists and locals as well!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 4, 2014
    With outdoor dining overlooking Fort Port Channel, it's a great gathering place for a celebration, and boasts thick clam chowder and a selection of fresh fish daily.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 8, 2014
    If using malt vinegar for fries/fried fish, make sure the "shaker top" is on the bottle; otherwise you'll have drowned your food in the liquid. If available on draught, try the Barking Crab White.
  • Yasemin
    YaseminApril 12, 2014
    Been here a couple times, haven't had the chance to taste the food. Indifferent host(s) made us wait for 10 minutes each time to tell us that there's 1 hour wait. Don't think I'll give it another try.
  • Mashable
    MashableMarch 20, 2014
    Located on the edge of Boston’s historic Fort Point Channel, The Barking Crab has become one of the city’s best-loved meeting and eating spots.
  • Gerardo R.
    Gerardo RochaFebruary 26, 2014
    Best king crab legs EVER!!!
  • Jared R.
    Jared RosenzweigJanuary 18, 2014
    The naked lobster roll is a must.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GOctober 19, 2013
    Oysters + Lobster. Wow.
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BakerOctober 16, 2013
    Boston Scrod and New England Clam Chowder is the Way to Go!
  • Sean E.
    Sean EbertSeptember 29, 2013
    Dont get the hype. Overpriced mediocre food. Had the naked lobster roll which was $29 for a hot dog bun with some scraps of leftover lobster... meh.
  • BU Today
    BU TodaySeptember 27, 2013
    Enjoy a spectacular view of the harbor from outdoor picnic tables while chowing down on either of 2 lobster rolls—the Boston Lobster Roll or the Naked Lobster Roll which comes dripping in hot butter. Read more
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MatottSeptember 25, 2013
    September 25th, more flies than people...
  • Na H.
    Na HuangSeptember 14, 2013
    Food is ok, big but not cheap (naked lob roll: 29 usd). Horrible service, only thing Victoria (our waitress) did was talking with other staffs, ignored customers. Try once but won't come again.
  • Kelly R.
    Kelly RobertsonAugust 24, 2013
    Sit at the bar and talk to Jay. He knows his stuff and is one of the best servers I've had. The peel and eat shrimp are awesome. As are the Oyster Shots.
  • J.e. S.
    J.e. SeattleAugust 20, 2013
    Finally good seafood in Boston
  • Christy T.
    Christy ThompsonAugust 8, 2013
    Have the naked lobster roll! YUMMY!
  • Celeste M.
    Celeste M.August 4, 2013
    Best crab cake appetizers anywhere. Outside atmosphere is cool, definitely for tourists. Excellent service!
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenAugust 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Be an adult and wear a bib!
  • Nick M.
    Nick MetschJuly 14, 2013
    Had to wait 30 minutes with a reservation. The food was below average and overpriced. Service was rushed.
  • Betsy
    BetsyJuly 6, 2013
    Where is 86? None of the current waitstaff know about her.
  • Gus G. W.
    Gus G. WidmayerJuly 6, 2013
    WAY too noisy and chaotic. It's not worth the trek.
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LucianoJune 29, 2013
    Get a table at the window and you'll enjoy a beautiful & breath taken view 🌆🌃🌉⛵🚤 plus the food is delicious!!! Plus is casual nothing fancy!!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 11, 2013
    Order some clams and a bucket of beers and enjoy the outdoors. Read more
  • Kathleen A.
    Kathleen AlarconMay 29, 2013
    Lobstarolll yums
  • Mahinoura
    MahinouraMay 11, 2013
    Crabs are just awesome
  • Lorenz B.
    Lorenz BohrerMay 7, 2013
    Real cool place
  • Kevin A.
    Kevin Araujo-LipineMay 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Peel and eat shrimp are always best cold
  • Juli S.
    Juli SBMay 4, 2013
    Steer clear of the lobster roll-- it's made with claw and knuckle not tail...
  • Eric N.
    Eric NagelMarch 29, 2013
    Best crabcakes and awesome lobster
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SullivanMarch 26, 2013
    If you're looking to not spend an arm and a leg, definitely ask for market prices. Food was good, but $$$$$pricey$$$$$
  • matt s.
    matt sMarch 25, 2013
    Good food, but way over-priced tourist trap. Check out other seafood places before considering Barking Crab.
  • Tracey J.
    Tracey JacksonMarch 5, 2013
    Portions are HUGE! Fabulous!!!
  • Kendall F.
    Kendall FrostJanuary 18, 2013
    Don't be a fool. Get a lobster!!!!! Amazing!!!!!
  • Anthony D Paul
    Anthony D PaulJanuary 1, 2013
    Visiting the ICA museum? Lunch here. The basket of sweet potato wedges is huge/delicious! DON'T get one per person.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the historic flags on the ceiling!
  • Natalia C.
    Natalia ChilcoteNovember 2, 2012
    My favorite memories...paddling a full dragon boat (head, tail and all) and docking it below some ogle-eyed customers. Then smashing a crab, enjoying sweet sangrias, and paddling all the way home.
  • Bobby C.
    Bobby ChauSeptember 23, 2012
    Great service whilst waiting for our table, decided to go for the lobster risotto and Fishermans Platter :) Fantastic live music too!
  • Horacio R.
    Horacio Read VillanuevaSeptember 19, 2012
    Try the Mahi Mahi sandwich
  • Sam
    SamSeptember 2, 2012
    Great lobster rolls with tons of lobster!
  • Chris G.
    Chris GrimleyAugust 29, 2012
    Get the crab and smash it with your hands!
  • Iarno C.
    Iarno CastellaniAugust 15, 2012
    Before eating be sure no mice are near the entrance. I saw them !!
  • Bonobos
    BonobosAugust 15, 2012
    Seafood galore. Try the lobster roll, clam chowder, & clam chowder, just to name a few.
  • Gayle S.
    Gayle SmithAugust 8, 2012
    Overpriced dive bar with a kitchen in it. You won't be disappointed if you go with NO expectations and are loaded with money. Sit outside during the Summer, no a/c in the indoor restaurant.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DebondtAugust 7, 2012
    Lobster price range: 30 - 55 $. Amazing food but service is horrible
  • Mindy N.
    Mindy NghiemJuly 19, 2012
    Try the Lobster Mac 'N Cheese
  • Mindy N.
    Mindy NghiemJuly 19, 2012
    Try the New England Clam Chowder
  • Norm G.
    Norm GobertJune 30, 2012
    Dis ' Aint New Orleans ! Lagniappe serving size not here. Seafood was good. Price performance was weak for my $$$ Who Dat!
  • Rhonda B.
    Rhonda BakerJune 26, 2012
    Don't get the naked lobster roll, it is dry.
  • Michael T.
    Michael TroianoJune 10, 2012
    There may be no place in Boston better to be on a warm Summer night with someone you love. Or even someone you might someday.
  • Todd
    ToddMay 28, 2012
    They get rid of their signature boiled pot items. Now only have one... Sigh.
  • Ray H.
    Ray HostetlerMay 26, 2012
    $10.50 for a Grey Goose Bloody Mary. Now you know since they don't post prices.
  • Martin H.
    Martin HanniganMay 20, 2012
    It's a tourist spot so don't come expecting five star treatment. If you're a local though, tip well, smile and have fun. You'll be taken care of.
  • Richard V.
    Richard Van HoosenApril 28, 2012
    Good clam chowder. Lots of clam and potatoes.
  • Laurie J.
    Laurie JohnsonApril 23, 2012
    Fried food sucked, but dot complain. Manager will ook through your food to see how muuch you ate! Management and fried.fod.auked!
  • Crystal M.
    Crystal MillerApril 22, 2012
    Get the lobster
  • Erika R.
    Erika RodriguezApril 18, 2012
    Only in 2010 this place was good ROM over rated and pricey
  • Maxwell M.
    Maxwell McCormickApril 12, 2012
    I spent a lot of money here. I eat a ton of food. I regret nothing. It tasted that good.
  • ranii k.
    ranii kusumaMarch 24, 2012
    Breakfast ><
  • Adrian R.
    Adrian ReynaMarch 22, 2012
    Awesome happy hour place and amazing food!!!
  • Phillip D.
    Phillip D.February 13, 2012
    The grilled lobster is the best!
  • Ziba C.
    Ziba CranmerFebruary 10, 2012
    Best lobster roll AND they have Sam Adam's brick red!!
  • Ria Shabira
    Ria ShabiraJanuary 8, 2012
    The stuffed lobster was superb! Simple looking restaurant tho.
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 5, 2012
    Rustic, unpretentious, and delicious. Order a lobster, eat the whole thing (tomalley too!) and be happy. - Kellie, Community Manager
  • penguin
    penguinDecember 28, 2011
    My po boy was nearly cold when I got it. Service is rude. They refused to split check for a group too
  • Dan L.
    Dan LangevinDecember 27, 2011
    Thanks, Marcus, for charming and competent front-of-house service. He'll keep the wood stove stoked for you!
  • Jillian P.
    Jillian PennymanDecember 10, 2011
    A few people have complained about the service, but I had fantastic service! I would recommend the chilled seafood platter (you can get it served warm if you like). The half size is a huge portion!
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WilliamsNovember 5, 2011
    The food maybe be good the hostess keep letting other people go ahead of us. Make sure you keep asking how many is in front of you!!!
  • Mark M.
    Mark MusicoOctober 19, 2011
    Drinks are cheap but this place sucks -- won't even let you sit to drink when place is empty.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BOctober 8, 2011
    Love this place!!!
  • Doug R.
    Doug RanOctober 3, 2011
    Must try the blackberry margaritas !!!
  • Emily G.
    Emily GAugust 21, 2011
    The fish & chips is the most enormous I've ever seen.
  • Lindsey
    LindseyAugust 19, 2011
    Love the crab cakes and crab dip.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 4, 2011
    The Barking Crab has some of the best -- and biggest -- seafood dishes Boston has to offer. -Adam Richman, Man v Food Nation
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle A.August 3, 2011
    Definitely a tourist spot but with great food. The naked lobster roll is awesome. Lots of lobster without all the work. Beware of the bathrooms, though. They're tiny and scary.
  • Martin H.
    Martin HanniganJuly 24, 2011
    I've been coming here since it opened. Come to drink, come in your boat, come for seafood, but don't come for service.
  • Nayan P.
    Nayan PatelJuly 18, 2011
    The Spicy Calamari is awesome
  • Jill H.
    Jill HenryJuly 9, 2011
    Get the Crab dip....it is Awesome!
  • Tim H.
    Tim HenryJuly 9, 2011
    Excellent crab dip!
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DohertyJuly 6, 2011
    Think twice before ordering lobster po boy.. But fun atmosphere
  • Ben F.
    Ben FranckJuly 4, 2011
    Best Lobster in town !! Read more
  • Vernon C.
    Vernon CheungJune 16, 2011
    Crab dip packed full of crab. Lobster mac n cheese was incredible. Boston baked scrod = buttery baked fish goodness. Naked lobster roll jam packed with buttery lobsta. Top it with Sam Adams Brick Red.
  • James M.
    James MackenzieMay 22, 2011
    Must get the seared tuna!
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 19, 2011
    Let's see, there's grilled Maine lobster, baked stuff lobster, lobster mac & cheese, lobster alfredo, lobster po boys, lobster BLTs, & Lobster Thermidor, a 1 1/4 lb. lobster with Bechamel sauce Read more
  • Emjaye C.
    Emjaye CoffmanMay 17, 2011
    Ask to see the 10 lb. lobster. They'll bring it out alive, on a tray. Crazy business!
  • Nattakan P.
    I'd like alaska salmon, good stuff
  • Sylvain
    SylvainMay 1, 2011
    Try the bloody Mary! Fresh and phenomenal.
  • Christine E.
    Christine ElerickApril 30, 2011
    The lobster po boy is delicious!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SApril 24, 2011
    The line moves very fast
  • Lindsay M.
    Lindsay McconchieApril 18, 2011
    Avoid the open side when the bartender with dark, thinning hair is serving. He's surly for no reason.
  • Al N.
    Al NolanMarch 29, 2011
    Great calamari but no Wi-Fi...? Crab!
  • Jason Y.
    Jason YarboroughFebruary 27, 2011
    Jonahs crab claws for your app. Yumm. The junior platter is a great dish to share with someone. Sam Adams Boston brick on tap!!!
  • Mathew O.
    Mathew OdettDecember 11, 2010
    order a king platter if your looking to be amazed, 10 pound lobster and four pounds of crab. Perfection.
  • Norman
    NormanOctober 23, 2010
    Sankaty Light on tap! Lady's favorite.
  • styleboston
    stylebostonOctober 21, 2010
    Thanks to Tanya Brenna for showing us piece by piece how to crack open and serve up lobster! Mmm. I'm getting hungry! WHO wants LOBSTAHHH?!
  • Rick M.
    Rick McCaffreyAugust 17, 2010
    The food is great but I waited 90 minutes for a table for 3. The staff didn't seemed concerned. It's a total tourist spot and don't expect silverware either.
  • Alexa P.
    Alexa PomericoAugust 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a Guppy Bowl! The blue one has Swedish Fish in it.
  • Seraphine K.
    Seraphine KelleyJune 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the back (outside) bar!
  • Marc Jacobs Intl
    Marc Jacobs IntlMay 6, 2010
    For some great seafood, get over to the Barking Crab. The Fried Fish sandwich is yummy!
  • Noel F.
    Noel FisherMarch 27, 2010
    The drunken shrimp are the best! I'm not a big seafodd person, but I'd eat here every day if I could. Best seafood in Boston.
  • Reid E.
    Reid ExleyMarch 21, 2010
    Check out the 10 pound lobsters in the tank. I bet you can't eat them!
  • Reid E.
    Reid ExleyMarch 21, 2010
    Mussels, calamari, lobster sandwiches... Ultimate combo
  • Moni R.
    Moni RuRaAugust 18
    El mejor clam chowder que he probado, 3l mc&cheese con langosta es una delicia
  • Elena L.
    Elena LagoNovember 19, 2016
    Aragosta, frittura e molto altro ancora...!
  • Rafael R.
    Rafael RojoAugust 31, 2015
    Es un lugar muy relajado y juvenil. Hay música y mesas largas comunes. Está pegado a la marina. La langosta está en general bien servida. Las patas de King Crab buenas pero he comido mejores.
  • Ali C.
    Ali CanturkMarch 3, 2015
    Denemeye degerrr
  • Maryah S.
    Maryah SApril 11, 2014
    Naked lobster roll à tester !!
  • Vittorio F.
    Vittorio FerrariMay 7, 2013
    ambiete che ricorda una festa di paese, gioioso e poco costoso, buono il cibo
  • Maurice
    MauriceOctober 2, 2012
    à éviter cher et très ordinaire ...graisseux, assittes jetables, ustensiles en plastique .... et bouffe
  • Maurice
    MauriceOctober 2, 2012
    Terrible à éviter. Très cher contre très peu de qualité.
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