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Summer Shack

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149 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02140-2306
+1 617-520-9500
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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62 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There was 12 of us and we wanted a good but pretty quick lunch, and our server Sal took great care of us. Excellent seafood choices, from the tacos to the lobster rolls all the group were impressed. Nice casual atmosphere.

Thank Macdub1
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

we went there with the whole family and everybody loved the atmosphere and the food. I love to go there for the clambake and fresh clams.

Thank Rick v
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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81 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

went here without expecting much. i heard it was a busy, loud place and it was - but it also was delicious and the service was excellent.

Thank marybeth02140
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We ate here because my sister from out of town loves to have lobster when she visits us the New England. She ordered the wok lobster with scallion and ginger that was absolutely superb (she shared some of it with me. If she did not I would have stolen it!!) They were nine of us and we ordered lots of... More 

Thank Neelie16
New York
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358 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

I've been here plenty of times and always thought the food and service were decent, sometimes great. But this visit was pretty bad. Our server answered my questions with a shrug, we only saw her once after she took our order, and my food was bad. The Caesar Salad was horrible, just a bunch of wet lettuce with cheese and... More 

Thank skgbos
Manila, Philippines
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59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

I had apprehensions trying it cause there were better rates seafood restaurants. As the appetizers came, I knew the place had great potential. The fried clams were good. Great to see that they offered many ways of cooking lobster. We tried the pan seared lobster with cognac sauce and wood fire grilled lobster. The lobsters were fresh, big and juicy.... More 

Thank TuttieG
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138 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Wonderful seafood (loved the swordfish skewer)---fresh and good portion. Prices for lunch were great. It's dimly lit and doesn't have a great deal of atmosphere, aside from thinking you're on a boat. Don't let that bother you. Enjoy the delicious food. The three of us thought it was well worth it.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Good food, great easy parking for the location. Outside looks a bit sketchy but inside is very nice.

Thank STravelsHappy
Boston, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

My wife and I have been here many times over the years and have never been disappointed. We haven't been recently so we stopped by over Labor Day weekend for some tasty seafood. My wife had the Black Sea Bass special and loved it. I had 12 raw oysters and an excellent lobster roll. Good cold beers on draft and... More 

Thank Stephen L
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

My wife and I both love this place. The seafood is very fresh and haven't had anything yet that wasn't delicious. We typically get appetizers.... steamers, cherrystones, calamari......all very delicious and very tasty. My wife usually gets the crab legs while I get the lobster. Everything we get is wonderful. Also clam chowder is very yummy. Great place to go... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02140-2306
  • Public Transportation: We are across the street from Alewife T station on the Red Line.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-520-9500
Boston’s Best Seafood Restaurant… Summer Shack was opened in May 2000 by chef Jasper White on the outskirts of Cambridge in a spot once occupied by an infamous Polynesian Restaurant; it was a shock to many customers from the former Jasper’s Restaurant, a fine dining establishment that opened on Boston’s Waterfront in 1983. White tablecloths, soft music, elegant dinnerware and pristine food presentations: gone! Turn up the music. Haul out the picnic tables. Bring on the fun. At Summer Shack, rustic dishes like steamed lobsters and crabs, fish cakes, clambakes, fried chicken and burgers are served alongside modern preparations influenced by world cuisines, grilled local seafood and the best raw bar in town. Our seafood is supplied by Georges Bank, wholesale seafood company that we are partners in.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?