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Barking Crab

88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210 (South Boston)
(617) 426-2722
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Ranked #385 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: South Boston
Transit: Red Line (South Station) Silver Line (Courthouse Station) Blue Line (Aquarium Station) Green Line (Government Center Station) Orange Line (Downtown Crossing Station)
Description: 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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61% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Typical outdoor dining spot on the hawbor in Boston. Sort of reminded me of the places I went to in OC Maryland in my younger years. Nice location next to the water. I had a crab salad which would have been much better with the cold crab I was told would be on it instead of the warm crab cake... More

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Carencro, Louisiana
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We ate outdoors in the tent area. I had the traditional lobster clam bake, which was done to perfection. The atmosphere is first rate, being on Boston Harbor.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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94 reviews 94 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

After 20 years in the Seaport area of Boston, the iconic Barking Crab is still going strong, in fact some, including myself would say its better than ever. They have a new chef, Joshua Brown who has brought his expertise in creating a new menu of simple, local and fresh ingredients, which will delight locals and tourists equally. I recently... More

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Denver, Colorado
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78 reviews 78 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

First, the crab legs were pretty good. The Alaskan King Legs are $49 for a 1.5lbs. The Biardi Legs are only $31. Its a common table for everyone but you get the nice breezes off the bay. Not a bad spot if you want to treat your family to some crab.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Found this wonderful place while walking around the Tea Party exhibit and The Children's Museum. Wonderful food and great atmosphere. Don't know if or when the indoor part is open, but the "tent" part is filled with permanent walls and decorations. Tables are meant to be shared. We had delightful diners with us. The tables are staggered so that new... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

The food was good and the place had a nice ambiance. We sat in the restaurant part not the patio. But the manager was the host and not too friendly. My friend walked in and said hi how are you and then he just growled good. She tried to joke with him but nope....no smile. A little later he decided... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went here because we happened to be walking over the bridge and saw it. Quick to seat us, but should know thats its picnic table seeting. You may share a table with another group depending on your group size. All seafood is way over priced. Lobster roll is $23.00, it's average sized and tastes like any other average roll. Lobster... More

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London, United Kingdom
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175 reviews 175 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It is in an enchanting area of Boston, near the sea, in the fresh air. Walking around looking at the financial district with the lights. We had guests rom Canada and we were all delighted. We had such fresh plates with shrimps,nice pieces of fish,clams and sweet potatoes fries. The waiter was smily and lovely. The restaurant was full, with... More

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I definitely had a great time with my family in The Barking Crab tonight, although we waited the available seats for almost 25 mins. We ordered 2 lobsters, fresh oysters, crab cakes, a bowl of clam chowder and a salad. Everything is satisfying. However, I did not like the environment of the restaurant. For some reasons, the indoor seats were... More

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Quincy, Illinois, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We went at 8pm on a Sunday, they told us the wait would be 2 hours but it would probably be quicker. We waited maybe 30min so that was awesome. All four of us got lobster,. Three got fired one got boiled. They were delicious. I got green beans that I would never get again because they were soooo garlicy.... More

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