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Barking Crab

Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
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88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
(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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This a great old Boston Harbor joint. It a real oasis in a sea of large rather bland buildings that harkens' back to an earlier, much funkier Boston. The service is great, the food good and the prices high, but overall very much worth repeated visits.

Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is the preverbal tourist trap. Not easy to find if your are not a local and dining is rustic at best. Opening your Lobster with rocks is not quite expectable to me. Paper and plastic for all food served. There are plenty of good tourist food stops in the Seaport area. This is not one of them!

Thank Michael C
Boston, Massachusetts
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105 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a "joint," you're not coming here for fine, elegantly prepared food; it's the best food you can get served on a paper plate (Lobster roll is my fav). It's more about being in a fun place with nice staff and boisterous crowd on the water.

Thank Carol K
Guilford, Connecticut
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

there currently is road construction in front of the restaurant. we had dinner in the covered large open air picnic table area attached to the bar. there is a more formal sit down area on the other side of the building we did not go in. nice view of the water. very good appetizers, we had little neck clams that... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This resaurant was recommended to us by a tour guide. Down on the Boston Docks. Sounded great. Then we had to try and find it for all the construction (they must have wanted to stay hidden as there were no signs directing us to it). We waited at the reception desk for ten minutes to get the receptionist to acknowledge... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Very average food. No napkins. Paper plates , plastic cutlery and plastic glasses. It's not cheap either.

Thank Jane L
Chicago, Illinois
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Food was very good and service was excellent. Seating leaves a little to be desired, but a great place for lunch on a nice day.

Thank dianebornell
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We came across this restaurant by accident while walking along the Boston waterfront. It is located just by the Courthouse and from the outside looks like a shack! It has an inside room but the outside terrace overlooking the waterfront is much better. The menu is mainly seafood and we opted for the hot crab dip and New England clam... More 

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East Windsor, New Jersey
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83 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Very loud and very dirty. Our plates and cups were sticking to the bar. Not worth the high city prices for a dirty bar.

Thank Case1096
Leola, pa
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97 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a cross between a working man's bar, a tourist eatery, and a local landmark. Nothing fancy, but great beer and bugs. Would stop in again if in Boston

Thank CDBLeola

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view
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: (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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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.