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Barking Crab

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Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic
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
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Full of annoying tourists, but still worth it

Increasingly annexed by South Boston's booming skyline of luxury high-rises and parking garages is this stalwart old salt of a crab shack; an anachronism amidst the growing metropolis. It's not cheap, but it's the best at what it does: buckets and buckets of succulent, sweet crab legs. Sure... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Robert B
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was a pleasure eating and spending time at this place. The food, service, staff and overall ambiance was spectacular. Thumbs up all the way !!

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Thank AHazim
Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Increasingly annexed by South Boston's booming skyline of luxury high-rises and parking garages is this stalwart old salt of a crab shack; an anachronism amidst the growing metropolis. It's not cheap, but it's the best at what it does: buckets and buckets of succulent, sweet crab legs. Sure, you can order fried seafood and other items, but you'd be doing... More 

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Thank Robert B
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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316 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The lobster in this place is perfect! Delicious seafood and nice trendy environment near the water. It is better to go there during the day and not in cold days because it is very open. The service is great! They have food for everyone and it is family friendly!

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Thank Danuza
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The day we arrived we crossed a bridge on foot from the Marriott Waterfront and found this place on the water . Had read about it in an online book and we loved it. We had clam chowder to start and my wife had an incredible local cider on tap and I had a few local craft beers all great.... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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47 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The alfresco side of the restaurant was closed for a private function - the indoor part was very hot and crowded so we got a drink at the bar and waited a short time for a table. Once seated, service was efficient and our food arrived quickly. The lobster bisque was delicious and the calamari tender, but a little oily.... More 

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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first visit to the Barking Crab, was almost five years ago. At that time I had some amazing steamers! On this trip I suggested that we go back. Our waitress was incredible! The lobster roll was great, clam chowder was really good, but the onion rings were over the top! The atmosphere was icing on the cake--rustic and right... More 

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Thank dmark521
Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Service can be a little slow and you have to be OK with sharing a long table. The atmosphere on a hot day is great. We went on a Sunday, they had a band playing and we stayed for most the afternoon, eating, drinking and being merry. Great times and we have been multiple times since.

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Thank ajjon1
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been dying to try this place for years. Been to Boston twice from the UK and finally made it this time! It was a freezing cold day and had been sight seeing for hours so we started with the hot crab dip and sangria. Both incredible! I lived in Spain and find it hard to get good sangria anywhere... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have to eat seafood at a restaurant that is near the water in Boston, then Barking Crab is a good way to go. It's slightly pricey but the food is good and the beer is a-plenty.

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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with friends and had a brilliant night. Venue is a glorified wooden shack with big wood burning stove in the middle. Great atmosphere - very unpretentious. Great for a laid back, crab and lobster feast. Would highly recommend as a no frills eat.

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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>  > Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
  • Neighborhood: Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
  • Phone Number: (617) 426-2722

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic

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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Staying in Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront

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.