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Summer Shack

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Certificate of Excellence2017 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

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Menu

IN THE LOUNGE​
4.00
Creamy Clam Chowder
4.00
Bermuda Fish & Crab Chowder
4.00
Shack Style Fish Taco
4.00
Rhode Island Calamari
Spicy & greasy
4.00
Shells & Cheese
4.00
Vegetarian Spring Rolls
4.00
Mini Corn Dogs
4.00
Shack Nachos
4.00
Fried Shrimp
Buffalo or beer battered
4.00
Crab and Cheese Pupusa
SHACK DRINKS​
9.25
Orange Martini
Absolut mandarin, triple sec, orange & cranberry juice
8.50
Regular
Mango
Raspberry
Flavored Mojitos
Rum, fresh mint, lime, sugar
8.00
Shack Margarita
Cuervo gold, shack sour mix & triple sec
Regular 7.50
Carafe 26.00
The Shack Sangria
Red​ wine, fresh fruit, brandy, & fruit liqueur
9.75
Shack Infusions
Homemade infused vodkas, flavors change with the seasons please ask your server or bartender
7.50
Shack Lemonade
Citrus vodka, splash of cranberry, sour and sprite
9.00
Silver Coin
Sauza silver tequila, cointreau, fresh squeezed limes
Regular 8.75
Flaming bowl (for 2) 23.00
Scorpion Aku Aku
Brandy, triple sec, rums & exotic juices
16 oz 4.75
Pitcher 18.00
Sam Adams
16 oz 4.75
Pitcher 18.00
Sam Adams Seasonal
About
Cambridge’s premier Seafood Restaurant featuring the largest raw bar in town… Summer Shack was opened in May 2000 by chef Jasper White on the outskirts of Cambridge in a spot once was occupied by the infamous Polynesian Restaurant, Aku Aku. It was a shock to many customers from the former Jasper’s Restaurant, a fine dining establishment that opened on Boston’s Waterfront in 1983. White tablecloths, soft music, elegant dinnerware and pristine food presentations: gone! Turn up the music. Haul out the picnic tables. Bring on the fun. At Summer Shack, rustic dishes like steamed lobsters and crabs, fish cakes, clambakes, fried chicken and burgers are served alongside modern preparations influenced
PRICE RANGE
$30 - $50
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Seafood
FEATURES
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been to this restaurant often over the years and always had a good meal. With so many new places to try, however, it has been some time since my last visit. On the spur of the moment, I made a reservation for this...More

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank ladyluke
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s been several years since our last visit to this location. The food and service were excellent. After 12 perfect oysters I had a lobster Chinese style. Wok cooked with ginger and scallion. Yum! Carol had their Clam Chowder and also liked it.

Date of visit: August 2019
Thank B3059CCbills
cfinigan, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for the kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to have you back again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When in Boston, I suppose you expect every seafood restaurant to be great. We were the guests of Boston residents who used to visit this restaurant often and they loved it. They haven't been in awhile. This location had lots of potential, but it didn't...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank littletm
Reviewed July 8, 2019 via mobile

Great food, reasonable prices and excellent service. Nothing to complain about. Our party of six was welcomed warmly and seated even though three of us were still 15 minutes away.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Sojurnr
cfinigan, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2019

Hi there! Thank you for the feedback. We always welcome large parties here at Summer Shack! Hope to have your group back again soon :)

Reviewed June 29, 2019 via mobile

Typical tourist place. I ordered lobster mac and cheese supposed to have a lb of lobster. Not. Wife had clams which were good but dwarfed by the french fries. This would be good if we paid a third less for what it cost. Im not...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank G4749WRpauls
cfinigan, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate the honesty. We will continue to improve. We hope to have you back again!

Reviewed June 20, 2019

I tried Summer Shack for the first (and last) time this week. I seldom write reviews, but had to tell you what a horrible rip-off we experienced. $44.00 for a one pound lobster that had no meat in it. Give me a break. Lobster prices...More

Date of visit: June 2019
1  Thank Nancy C
cfinigan, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2019

Hello Nancy, My name is Vincent Lombardi, and I am the Director of Operations of the Summer Shack in Cambridge & Boston. I have worked for the Summer Shack for 17 years, and continue to do so because I am passionate about the quality of...More

Reviewed June 19, 2019 via mobile

I gotta say I ve been to many different places where I had oysters but this one definitely hit the spot ... ended up getting two rounds of 6 🙄 the only thing though we weren’t explained which oysters where which like they had different...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank anaismolina
cfinigan, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2019

Thanks for the feedback! We hope to have you back soon :)

Reviewed June 17, 2019

Good service and choice of drinks. Fried Sea Bass was disappointing — mostly bones with little fish and a high price. Side dishes were unremarkable.

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank RTFNH
Reviewed June 12, 2019

The seafood is fresh and delicious at Summer Shack. The burgers are terrific, too, and the housemate chips are a real treat. The waitstaff is well-informed and engaging. Menu prices are very fair, especially for Children's Meals, which boast generous portions, including a drink and...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Kathleen O
cfinigan, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded June 14, 2019

Hi Kathleen, thank you for the review! Who doesn't love to be near the lobster tanks?

Reviewed May 19, 2019

This was not a typical meal. We were here to celebrate a friend's birthday. The "meal" consisted of steamers, a lobster roll, and the pan roasted lobster. Each went well with the beers! The steamers were good but a little dry. The tarragon mayo lobster...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Tim F
cfinigan, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2019

Hi there! Thank you so much for the feedback, we love to hear from our customers so we can continue to strive for 100% satisfaction. We hope to have you back again.

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