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Barking Crab

$$ - $$$
Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
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88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
+1 617-426-2722
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for drinks in November, great atmosphere, plenty of people. Fun fishing-themed decor with fairy lights etc. Drinks were fine, simple and tasty, but nothing fancy! Prices were decent for in Boston. We didn't eat but food smelt great,

Thank Chloe2406
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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93 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fresh food, amazing views. The pleasant bay oysters were beyond words. Love the crab cake sliders. Great friendly service. Expensive, but worth it.

Thank de c
Grantham, New Hampshire
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30 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very rustic seafood restaurant in Boston. Comfortable room with moderate noise level ----but why the dreadful background music? Service is great, staff are friendly and helpful. Seafood per se is excellent, and portions are huge. However, perhaps I am wrong, but fries appeared and tasted as defrosted frozen ones............come on. Still, great value and great quality. Highly recommended

Thank corgi1234
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went as a group of 5 and had a seafood feast. The scallops and lobster were as good as I've had and the tuna tartare was very good too. Nice, relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff - definitely worth the walk in the freezing cold!

Thank Andy B
Windsor, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful little place right on the water, old wood burning stove in the middle with incredible fresh lobster and other seafood. Awesome place for dinner with friends enjoying the Boston area for the first time ..,. We will definitely be back

Thank VBotter12
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the barking crab for our last night in Boston, and it didn't disappoint! We had the king crab, the fish sandwich, and the crab cakes. Tried each, and they were all absolutely delicious. Definitely recommend everyone to try it out!

Thank Taylor L
Cranford, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was told years ago by a local this was the place to go and have been going back ever since. Just visited again and does not disappoint, if you in the harbor this is where you need to be.

Thank chiangle
Bordentown, New Jersey
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family visiting from NJ and loved the open air deck! The Lobster Roll was legit! Kids had the macaroni and cheese! Wife enjoyed the fish and chips! Cousin had the fish tacos which were great too!!!

Thank VinnyBurnotice
Houston, Texas
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A funky, little, very casual seafood restaurant housed in what could be called a shack, located on the Harbor, serving freshly caught seafood. We enjoyed oysters, crab and lobster; all were very fresh and tasty. It was very crowded and we had to wait about 45 minutes for a table; during which time we enjoyed meeting some friendly locals who... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love crab and this place was amazing and the food was delicious. It has a great view of the river. Had dinner and drinks with friends and loved it. Will be going back any time I am in Boston

Thank Danielle G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups
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
  • Neighborhood: Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
  • Phone Number: +1 617-426-2722
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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Neighborhood Profile
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 deck overlooking the water. In the summer time there are Friday music concerts on the deck of the museum. Nearby, there are many green spaces to enjoy.
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