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Summer Shack

#58 of 2,383 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Back Bay
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50 Dalton St, Ste 2, Boston, MA 02115-3129 (Boylston St)
+1 617-867-9955
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Brookings, South Dakota
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food was wonderful, especially the Boston Cream Pie. Of course you eat shrimp and lobster, but they had the best corn bread and rolls. The only part not so good was that it took forever for our food to come- good thing the food was really good, and so was our waiter!

Thank Patty H
Hinsdale, Illinois
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126 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Casual and fun place for many seafood options. It was Boston Dine out when went and they had a great menu at a good price. We had the 1lb lobster and something was wrong with my daughters and the waiter brought another one fairly quick. Definitely make reservations.

Thank RealtOr30
Orange County, California
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275 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped in by chance after a Berklee Performance Centre show, it was a cold windy night and the room looked warm and inviting. This is not Legal Sea Food standard, it is a very low-key place with an informal vibe, beginning with the seafaring decor as well as the casual attitude of our server. The Dine Boston menu was... More 

Thank anita w
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The service is great at Summer Shack, they have a great menu for Boston Dine out week. I went there for the dinner. For an appetizer (I chose seafood sampler), entree (1lb lobster) and a choice of desert for $33.

Thank DebbyKobashi
Santa Rosa
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287 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend of ours swears by this place. It is his absolute favorite for seafood in Boston, so while we were visiting he took us here for dinner. The atmosphere is shore casual, which we liked. However, the prices are expensive for the very basic food you get. We had some appetizers: steamed clams, oysters from the raw bar. We... More 

Thank Wildwoodatheart
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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198 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want real seafood focusing on shellfish and oysters, this is the place to go. Went at the recommendation of The concierge. Location is just down from the Sheraton and Hilton in Back Bay and a block off Boylston. Authentic food, great selection of oysters and boils. Brown paper table cloths, warm tasty bread and rotating specials. I had... More 

Thank Brando62
Montreal, Canada
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this place! We took advantage of the Dine Out Boston menu they have available until March 17th but you could also find the same items on their regular menu. The service was super fast and the food was delicious. The calamari was cooked perfectly and I really enjoyed the clam chowder and fish tacos. Next time I visit... More 

Thank SleepyTitan
Charlotte, North Carolina
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I chose this place because it was right next to the Hilton and I didn't feel like walking in the rain any more than I had to. Unfortunately I was seated at a high top table in a little niche area across from the bar - no light whatsoever so i had to use my iphone to read the menu.... More 

Thank Apex-997
Mesa, Arizona
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202 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walked here form our hotel for dinner. The appearance from the outside made us want to look inside. It looks like a coastal, boardwalk restaurant. We went in on Saturday a little after 8:00. We were seated fairly fast and greeted by a friendly server. She answered our questions about the food and took our order. We ordered the lobster... More 

Thank Scott C
Cary, North Carolina, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Summer Shack is the sort of place where you go when you want decent seafood in Boston, but you're tired of going to Legal. Open kitchen is a nice touch. I had dinner with some particular coworkers, but they had no problem customizing their dishes for their tastes. They had Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale on draft, which is one... More 

Thank Tom C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 40
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Dalton St, Ste 2, Boston, MA 02115-3129
    (Boylston St)
  • Public Transportation: Hynes Convention Center on the Green Line/Prudential Center on the Green Line.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighbourhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-867-9955
Very good food for a quick lunch

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Back Bay

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Back Bay
Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.
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