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Summer Shack

149 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02140-2306
+1 617-520-9500
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Overview
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good31%
  • Average20%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (81 reviews)
“fresh seafood” (19 reviews)
“clambake” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
CUISINES
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
RATINGS
Service
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LOCATION
149 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02140-2306
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went as a family for a dinner but it was way too loud as the bar area was packed with after work parties and near drunk crowds. The dining area was pretty empty so we got a table quickly but the service took forever....More

Thank Raj m
Sierra U, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Raj — We're so sorry to hear about this experience. We pride ourselves on being a great restaurant by providing the highest quality food and service. We would like to invite you back in for a meal and allow us a chance to remedy...More

Reviewed 18 December 2017

I was visiting a friend in the Boston area and staying at the Freepoint Hotel down the street from this restaurant. We ate here because it was convenient, but I am so glad we did. The hardest thing is to narrow down to what you...More

Thank TamMpls
Sierra U, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks for stopping by! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 18 December 2017

We chose this place as it was pouring and we didnt want to go far from our parked car. The wine suggestions were good and the calamari here is the best i have had ever. The service was good and the ambiance was cool &...More

Thank IQKaur
Sierra U, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

We're so glad you enjoyed the Calamari and had a wonderful evening! We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 16 December 2017

You can count on anything Jasper White does will be done right. This nationally acclaimed chef has been out of the spotlight the past few years, but those in the know understand that he is one of the most talented chefs in the USA. I've...More

Thank WINEandTRAVEL
Sierra U, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 18 December 2017

We're so glad you enjoyed your meal with us and are thankful for your long-lasting loyalty! We couldn't agree more — Sal is a fabulous employee. We look forward to your next visit!

Reviewed 12 December 2017

Service could have been a bit better but the seafood was very good. I had the swordfish and friend had the lobster. We both had the chowder.

Thank Joe A
Sierra U, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2017

We apologize that the service was not up to par, but we're so glad you enjoyed your swordfish and lobster! We look forward to seeing you back again soon.

Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

When ever I am in town, my mom and I come here. We always come mid afternoon and not during a busy time. Normally are visit are excellent with fresh seafood, ample portions, and good service. They have always been a little pricy but you...More

Thank Winter M
Sierra U, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

We deeply apologize that the service was not up to par during your visit. We always strive to have our guests leave full and happy, and it's clear we dropped the ball during your latest visit. The next time you visit, if you would kindly...More

Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Wow, really good food. The Pan-roasted lobster was fantastic. It is not cheap. The oysters were good too. Went on a weekday and mot too many people.

Thank hkustrg
Sierra U, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

We're so glad you enjoyed Jasper's Famous Pan Roasted Lobster and oysters! We hope to welcome you back again soon.

Reviewed 22 November 2017

Checkered table cloths. Booths. It is made up to look like an old fish house. The scallops and lobster were very good. The soups were ok. The service was pretty perfunctory (wine came after the appetizer was served) and the waiter forgot the cornbread order...More

Thank cgny1fwd
Sierra U, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

We apologize for these errors, as they are not up to par with our standard of service. We would like to cordially invite you back in for the true Summer Shack experience. If you are interested, please reach out to our General Manager, Vinny at...More

Reviewed 19 November 2017

We were a group of four eating here for the first time.We were familiar with Jasper White's reputation and were anxious to try his restaurant. The atmosphere was quite nice and we looked forward to a fantastic meal. It was all downhill from here. We...More

Thank portcitydad
Sierra U, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2017

Hello — We're so sorry to hear about this experience. We pride ourselves on being a great restaurant by providing the highest quality food and service. We would like to invite you back in for a meal and allow us a chance to remedy the...More

Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner here. It was a very cold night and our table near the back windows was quite drafty, but otherwise, it was a great experience. The fresh oysters were amazing! Our entree’s were well-prepared - the monkfish dish was exceptional. Our...More

Thank lovenyc210
Sierra U, Public Relations Manager at Summer Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thank you for the review. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back again!

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It is a few hundred yards from the Alewife station and parking garage on the Red Line, and the Charles Hotel is three blocks from the Harvard Square stop on the Red Line.-- 15 minutes underground. The Charles Hotel to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 50
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 149 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02140-2306
  • Public Transportation: We are across the street from Alewife T station on the Red Line.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-520-9500
  • E-mail
Description
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 by world cuisines, grilled local seafood and the best raw bar in town. At Summer Shack we are serious about our food, drinks and hospitality. Were are not fine dining – this is a casual restaurant that is family friendly and handicapped accessible. We welcome small parties but also excel at handling large groups of friends, family and business colleagues. Our Cambridge restaurant features a large function room, suitable for all sorts of event from rehearsal dinners to business meetings. Clambakes are our specialty – with our patented “Lobster Line” we can cook 100 lobsters at a time perfectly. Call us about customizing your next function; we can work with your needs and your budget. Come let us show you why FOOD IS LOVE.
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