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Barking Crab

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American, Chowder, Seafood
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88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
Red Line (South Station) Silver Line (Courthouse Station) Blue Line (Aquarium Station) Green Line (Government Center Station) Orange Line (Downtown Crossing Station)
(617) 426-2722
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Barking Crab is a landmark Boston seafood restaurant celebrating our...
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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  • 208
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  • 107
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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This was some place that everyone said to go and it was very good. It is worth a visit for sure, but it didn't blow me away.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
chelsea g
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Went for lunch and beers. Awesome lobster rolls and calamari and great atmosphere outside. Would go again next time we're in Boston

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This was some place that everyone said to go and it was very good. It is worth a visit for sure, but it didn't blow me away.

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Apex, NC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We had lunch on a Friday and it was pretty busy. Ordered many things: crab cakes, boiled shrimp, mussels. All very well cooked and seasoned. Try to Bad Martha brew from Martha's Vineyard...yum! Our waitress did a great job.

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Hernando, Mississippi, USA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Nothing special about this place, just another restaurant that serves fried seafood and an over hyped and over priced lobster roll. Service was on the low end of average. The atmosphere is more of a bar scene. I had the lobster roll, fries and tea which with tip and tax totaled $30. There is really no reason to put any... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Been here eight years ago, we was somewhat curious if this place could still deliver big maine lobster and authentic experience. It could! Sitting in a tent, great atmosphere, good tasting, fresh lobster from the grill and fair prices, no bull....

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The absolutely BEST baked scrod (haddock), crab cakes, and anything else you would like to get. Very casual, outside seating, great prices. I don't think it gets any better than this!

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Los Angeles, California
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

This is a cute place right on the water and seems to always be crowded. The crab we found to be very salty, but the lobster was perfect. The clam chowder was pretty good. The wines were overpriced, costing $10 for a small glass. The service was very spotty. At any one moment, there were about one-third of the tables... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Came here with business colleague and partner. Long queues but got a table in the communal section after 15 mins. Bee ordered crab cakes for starters (good) then crab and lobster platter. There were 4 kinds of crab and it was delicious. It's very unpretentious and you dine with paper towels, plastic bib etc, and even the wine is served... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A quaint bar/ restaraunt with a nautical theme. Service is excellent and the menu is fantastic for seafood lovers. I particularly enjoyed the boiled lobster and the fried oysters. There unfiltered cider is great roo

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A large group of us went to dinner here on a Friday night. We were outside in the heated tent, but since I was near the door, my back was freezing. They were pretty busy, so service was a little slow, but the food was very good. Tried the calamari, very good. My entree was the naked lobster roll -... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
  • 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
  • Phone Number: (617) 426-2722

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Scenic view

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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