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Barking Crab

88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
+1 617-426-2722
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“crab” (169 reviews)
“seafood” (317 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
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Reviewed yesterday

Picnic table style seating under a big tent by the water make the Barking Crab a Boston landmark. the restaurant calls itself a bar and makes no apologies about how loud the place is. There is even a sign which says "Don't ask to make...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed yesterday

We had only been in Boston a couple of hours looking for lunch when we found this place. Good food, plenty to look at, right on the harbour.Loved my clam roll

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Went on last Saturday, there were three of us and a 45 minute wait or we could sit at the bar. The place is LOUD, I had to shout to get not just the attention of the bar server (C. who was pretty good) but...More

Thank Tom U
Reviewed 3 days ago

Some Boston locals took me to the Barking Crab, and I'm so glad they did. My only regret was that I could only order 1 dinner. My fish and chips was great, but all the seafood we had at our table was fantastic. The décor...More

Thank smcgury
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Where to begin, after a long day of walking the city and our last night in town we wanted some honest good lobster/crab fare. Beer list was descent though not huge.m, but enough variety to pair with your meal. Wine and cocktails were available. I...More

Thank aeiusa
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I Was told this place was good for sea food so decided to try. WHAT A MISTAKE I was show to a table them they showed other people to join me. Sorry I was to eat on my own then they decide to take there...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 5 days ago

LOUD for starters. You must speak very loudly for the person across from you. Sardine style seating, barely enough room for wait staff. Our table was on an acute angle [do to the floor]. You needed to be cautious with anything on the table in...More

Thank balkor2
Reviewed 1 week ago

i read several reviews on Trip Advisor and we stumbled upon this place by the North End. We had some blood Mary's, chowdah and then saw this sick crab sandwich being served on a toasted / buttered potato bread. It was to dye for. Highly...More

Thank Jaycation05
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant was near the children's museum so we decided to give it a try. It felt congested inside the restaurant so we requested a table outside far away from the bar as the music was blasting. First of all, I think the table needs...More

Thank DreamTraveler1314
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunchtime delight . This restaurant is on the water 💦 front . Beautiful view . Not a regular lobster eater the experience of eating a cracking the lobster amazing. Food tasted good as well as good service

Thank AlanMendy
Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
This area has been expanding and becoming more and
more popular, for good reason. Not surprisingly, the
seaport district of South Boston is located
beautifully along the water. The area is designed for
easy strolling along the HarborWalk, and there are
bars and restaurants for all ages and budgets. The
Institute of Contemporary Art is located in this area
in a contemporary building with an absolutely stunning
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29 September 2017|
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Response from Mike M | Reviewed this property |
It seemed to us that parking was very limited, but we used Uber without incident. Get the lobster Mac and cheese.
Glenn K
17 November 2016|
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Response from Terra C | Reviewed this property |
I don't know- sorry!
Lisa B
24 April 2015|
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Response from 42fireball | Reviewed this property |
Parking is hard due to the construction and court house. There is some meter spots on Northern Ave and a small public lot. Find a spot and take a walk it is worth it!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
  • Public Transportation: Red Line (South Station) Silver Line (Courthouse Station) Blue Line (Aquarium Station) Green Line (Government Center Station) Orange Line (Downtown Crossing Station)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
  • Neighbourhood: Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
  • Phone Number: +1 617-426-2722
  • E-mail
Barking Crab is a landmark Boston seafood restaurant celebrating our fifteenth season. Located on the Fort Point Channel in Boston's Seaport District, The Barking Crab features fresh crabs, lobsters, and day-boat fish brought in each morning. We feature traditional New England fare served in a funky urban clam-shack setting. We have a full bar including over 15 regional micro brews, cocktails, and an approachable value-priced wine list. We are family friendly and a short 2 minute walk from the Boston Children's Museum. Other area attractions include the Institute of Contemporary Art, Harpoon Brewery, the Harbor-walk, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and Boston's Financial District.
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