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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, 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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Casual Atmosphere!

Good food, great lobsters, mussels and overall a fun lunch with the family. The shrimp was a disappointment but the crab and lobster made up for that as did the mussels! Worth a visit but a little touristy which you still have to do once....

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Shanghai, China
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Boston, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

I'm allergic to seafood, and I'm still recommending it... it's that good! If you're in the same, sad boat as me know that they have food for land lubbers. There are salads and the hamburgers. If you get the hamburger, you can substitute out the fries for another side to take care of any allergy problems. Also, the seafood is... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The Barking Crab is amazing! We had already set up a reservation, but when we arrived 30 minutes before hand, they seated us anyway. The service is slow, but the food makes up for it. Move over Red Lobster, this is the new seafood place!

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Shanghai, China
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Good food, great lobsters, mussels and overall a fun lunch with the family. The shrimp was a disappointment but the crab and lobster made up for that as did the mussels! Worth a visit but a little touristy which you still have to do once....

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Boston MA USA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We like the ambiance of the place, it feels as if it has been there for 100 years (may be, I don't know) The tables are old and the floors are uneven. A breeze made it just comfortable and you could sit outside if you like. The food was good, not great. Had fried clams, scallops and fish.... Would go... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Make reservations! Seems to always be busy. It's a very relaxed atmosphere and not a restaurant... More like a pub! Open air environment, covered and heated if needed. Music plays regularly and loud like a bar. Food was very enjoyable. We had crab cakes and fish and chips. Well done and we enjoyed ourselves. Good to come if you're visiting... More 

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Fairfield, Maine, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I've been here before, so when our group comes down from Maine, it is kinda where we start out our Boston day as a tradition. We will have to start a new tradition, because the staff was so oblivious and pretentious, after an hour of waiting to be seated, while others who came in later were sat down, we went... More 

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Although walking up to the Barking Crab you are certainly going to smell the ocean as well as the seafood, your experience inside will be as fresh as you could hope for being so close to the water. The Barking crab has cheap beers, fresh fish, great steamers, as well as fried seafood as well. Definitely a spot to hit... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Another overpriced tourist trap. If I want fresh seafood, or even really good fried seafood, this isn't the place to go. Even Legal in the seaport would be a better bet.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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112 reviews 112 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I live in the Boston waterfront area and I have walked by the Barking Crab a number of times, and decided to visit for a Saturday lunch. The place was completely filled. Sat us at a small bar table for 2. Between the two of us, we had 4 oysters, 4 scallops, 1 small lobster, and 2 cokes and the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Good prices near the centre of Boston for good seafood. Lots of drinks available as well so overall a superb place to be! Went for an early dinner on Friday and the place was packed!

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Additional Information about Barking Crab

Address: 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
Phone Number: (617) 426-2722
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood

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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: Large groups, Scenic view, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic, Entertaining clients

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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