Summer Shack - Back Bay SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

Back Bay Summer Shack has become the place where Red Sox fans, visiting fans and Boston Symphony patrons rub elbows. It’s within walking distance to both Fenway Park and Symphony Hall, and it’s only three blocks from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. We love the raw bar case Jasper designed which holds 2,000 pieces of shellfish kept fresh in an ideal atmospheric condition. Our shucker, Eladio is a legend around the city of Boston, where he has won almost every shucking competition in town. Our menu features traditional, creative and ethnic versions of the freshest fish and shellfish in town. This is definitely the place to come eat lobsters when you visit Boston! In addition to seafood, the shack has plenty of kid-friendly dishes and meat options – like Fried Chicken, Burgers and Steak.

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good fish n chips

Jeanne, February 10, 2020

fast service, good food

Krista, February 1, 2020

Nice service, good food

Hana, January 10, 2020

Service was friendly and prompt. I will definitely be going there in the future.

Eron, January 8, 2020

Awesome food and service, I love their clam chowder!

Rachel, January 4, 2020

The gifts are awesome and relevant to what I want!

Jakia, January 3, 2020

it was good.

Sara, January 3, 2020

Service was good and there were a variety of menu selections.

Dionne, January 2, 2020

it was awesome!

Sara, December 29, 2019

Delicious burgers! This was so good!

Colescott, December 23, 2019

Service was fast

Christine, December 22, 2019

Seems like a great place to take people who are visiting Boston

Naomi, December 19, 2019

Quick service

Shay K, December 16, 2019

The burger in a seafood restaurant? Haha, it was unexpected,but that place is good for the meat fans as well. And even if french fries were too salty and dry, the burger itself was yummy 😋!

Cyrill, December 15, 2019

Great service, excellent vibe, and delicious hot food! The location is close to everything. Staff are welcome and they have lots of menu options

Karima, December 15, 2019

great lobster roll and thin onion rings!!!

Roberta, December 12, 2019

Great local seafood spot tugged away in the heart of back bay. Great decor and atmosphere too

Xing, December 12, 2019

Delicious food and excellent service!

Anurag, December 10, 2019

Loved the food and service was great!

Ambreen, December 10, 2019

The cornbread was delicious!

Carly, December 10, 2019

It was fine. Nice service. Good seafood. Not amazing

Jenny, December 8, 2019

Great food, great service!

Fara, December 8, 2019

Friendly and kind

Stephanie, December 5, 2019

Great Clam Chowder!

Steve, December 3, 2019

Great service and management. I love the food

William, December 3, 2019

good location and good value

Dk, December 2, 2019

They had a large variety of options on the menu and the staff was friendly

Coralea, December 2, 2019

There service is amazing and food is so fresh ash.

Mattina, December 1, 2019

food was fantastic!

Jason, November 30, 2019

Great service. Delicious food.

Gabrielle, November 30, 2019

Great fries and chowder

Keegan, November 28, 2019

great customer service and food!

Alena, November 27, 2019

good food

Nathalie, November 27, 2019

Good place

Ryan, November 27, 2019

Lobster roll was very creamy and tasty

A, November 25, 2019


Adam, November 23, 2019

Great service, delicious food (especially lobster roll).

Надя, November 22, 2019

I loved my lobster roll, beer and service.

Engel, November 21, 2019

Great seafood!

Thuy, November 20, 2019

Great service, very good food

Maria, November 20, 2019

big tasty burgers and fast service

Al, November 20, 2019

the food was good and very fast service

Sarah, November 19, 2019

Excellent customer service in honoring your gift certificate in paper format

Richard, November 19, 2019

Great food!

Sammy, November 18, 2019

loved it! griddled cornbread👍🏼

Cory, November 17, 2019

Great atmosphere and delicious lobster mac & cheese. A little on the pricy side for a more casual location.

Emily, November 17, 2019

loved the atmosphere of the place and is very close to our house. without Nift we would have never go there. good place to bring friends visiting boston. 👏💯

Deljan, November 17, 2019

great service

Yalda, November 16, 2019

Went to the restaurant for a typical fish and chip dinner and was not disappointed. For those looking to find a new seafood place to try put Summer Shack at the top of the list!

Nina, November 16, 2019

Food was good!

Jennifer, November 16, 2019

Good service

Soyoung, November 16, 2019

Nice staff and delicious food!

Shahrzad, November 15, 2019

Cozy atmosphere and excellent food

Kevin, November 15, 2019

Will be going back with friends next week!

Gina, November 15, 2019

Great food and service!

Lauren, November 14, 2019

Good food!

Elyssa, November 14, 2019

great food!

Joel, November 13, 2019

Excellent food and service!

Elise, November 11, 2019

Summer Shack is great! Would love to go again.

Allie, November 11, 2019

Great brunch menu!!

Michelle, November 10, 2019

Good food but so expensive

Maya, November 9, 2019


Jackie Cuppy, November 9, 2019

Fun servers and good food

Mimi, November 9, 2019

I did a pickup for a hot lobster roll because I was too tired to eat in-store and paid for it when I got there. The service was awesome! It took a bit to get home but when I finally got around to eating my lobster roll, it was still butter and the bread had a nice crunch texture. The chips were crispy and thick. I’m bringing friend for lobster rolls here next time!

Kim, November 9, 2019

Went on a weekday, so everything went smoothly. Waiter could have been a little more attentive, but overall good experience.

Paul, November 9, 2019

The place was clean, waiters were attentive. The cook was amazing, he modified our order to a healthier version. The clam chowder was tasty, crab cakes were crispy on the outside, soft in the inside. I would definitely come back.

Marcela, November 4, 2019

Great place for a quick lunch or a nice dinner

Greg, November 2, 2019

Thank you so much for referring me to Summer Shack. I enjoyed their clam chowder and fish and chips. I will come back. ❤

Lisa M., November 2, 2019

great food!

Matthew, October 31, 2019

Very strong drinks, amazing salad (beet and kale), fine seafood

Sylvi, October 31, 2019

Great fish sandwich!

Liz, October 30, 2019

Very good lobster roll and atmosphere.

Kate, October 30, 2019

Very helpful staff and delicious food

Chinecherem, October 30, 2019

Great food, wonderful service

Diana, October 30, 2019

great atmosphere and food! first time and I would go back!

Amy, October 29, 2019

Two words: molasses butter

Suetortolani, October 29, 2019

good food

Richard, October 26, 2019

Delicious meal!

Krystle, October 26, 2019

It was great!

Bryan, October 25, 2019

Great place to kick back and relax with delicious seafood. Get the stuffed clams!

Erica, October 25, 2019

Excellent food and seafood in particular. Great service!

Allen, October 24, 2019

The server offered me free bread. Helped me decide what burger to get (was stuck between 2 options). Food was delicious (Tuna burger with fries)

Miranda, October 24, 2019

Nice people and vibe

Tom, October 24, 2019

Great food great service too. The waiter gave really good recommendations

Abigael, October 23, 2019

so great, took my gf there she loved it

David, October 21, 2019

They were totally cool with my using my Nift Gift to go — wholeheartedly appreciated! Nift definitely provided the impetus to try out a restaurant I would have otherwise never tried! Very friendly service.

Celine, October 20, 2019

I had the mussels. They were fabulous. Our waiter Trevor was super nice! Thank you Summer Shack!

Alexander, October 20, 2019


Lily, October 20, 2019

The food was great, price was fair, I'll be back for sure

Sabrina, October 19, 2019

Excellent food.

Hamza, October 17, 2019


Camarie, October 16, 2019

Pricey but yummy!

Cam Tu, October 16, 2019


Adrian, October 15, 2019

Burger is great! Service is great! Thank you. First time here and loved it

Misbah, October 15, 2019

Good food and good host. Their dessert is amazing

Yash, October 14, 2019

that was great, the staff were extremely polite!

Siamak, October 13, 2019

Great service and very good food. Really delicious.

Gina, October 13, 2019

Wonderful service and delicious steamed fish!

Krystle, October 12, 2019

Delicious calamari and beer!

Jess, October 12, 2019

Fish tacos were great. So were the potato chips.

Ron, October 11, 2019

Lunch was Great....Grilled waitress was Brazilian (I unfortunately didn’t get her name) but she was Great too....M

Michael, October 11, 2019

They stuffed up my order and my clams leaked in the take out box, but the food was great! Wish they were better prepped for takeout

Rachel, October 11, 2019

The place was really nice, and the service is great. Our waitress knew that the kitchen was busy, checked up on us and provided us a complementary bowl of clam chowder while we waited. I would go back again. Though my food was great, I had the Brazilian Seafood Stew while my girl friend had the Scampi (that wasn't as good, very bland and they cook off the wine). But the Corn bread was AMAZING. Highly recommend it.

Henry, October 10, 2019

Good food, big portions. Yelp checkin gets free dessert.

Letao, October 8, 2019

That was very delicious with the respectful stuff, the food was so fresh and looks coming from sea!

Zainab, October 8, 2019

I sat at the bar to watch the Pat’s game. The vine was chill and the bartender was a cool dude. Service was great though the food took longer than expected to come out. I had the lobster omelet from the brunch menu and it was amazing. The omelet was LOADED with lobster and the sauce was perfect. Definitely recommend. Give this place a shot for brunch or come in any time for a solid seafood selection at a very fair price.

Daniel, October 8, 2019

Love love love....cannot wait to go back

K, October 7, 2019

Food and service were great.

Mariucy, October 6, 2019

Super friendly service and delicious food, plus an unpretentious atmosphere

Lauren, October 4, 2019

Fabulous selection of food, and I was astonished at how fast the order came out, like 6 minutes.

E, October 2, 2019

The quality of the food was great and service was pretty prompt. The location was a tad odd to me and a bit hard to find since I had never noticed Summer Shack, but when my lobster roll arrived, it made up for it :)

Julia, October 1, 2019


Georgia, September 30, 2019

I really enjoyed the sesame encrusted tuna, the portion size was generous and filling.

Victor, September 30, 2019

Oysters tasted very fresh. Friendly bar service. Food came out very quickly. Portions were plentiful.

Brett, September 27, 2019

Very well seasoned food.

Nick, September 27, 2019

Good food. Location is away from everywhere else but other than that the seafood seems like good quality and atmosphere is nice and quieter than the other spots in copley.

Mark, September 27, 2019

Good Monkfish, relaxed enviornment

Alicia, September 26, 2019

Really good dessert. Loved the key lime pie and peach cobbler

Midori, September 25, 2019

Server is friendly, discussed why NIFT is good for business. Food is fabulous,healthy.Like Summer shack very much.

MD, September 25, 2019

amazing prices

John, September 25, 2019

I loved the ceviche! So fresh tasting

Rachel, September 24, 2019

Friendly bartender. Good food. Nice bloody.

Salvatore, September 23, 2019

Quick service, nice staff

Simon, September 23, 2019

Delicious lobster roll, great service

Kasia, September 22, 2019

Good food and reasonable prices. I wish the menu had more options though.

Jessica, September 22, 2019

All American Brunch was great, my friend raved about the Crab Cake Benedict.

Rachael, September 21, 2019

Food was great, sever was friendly

Kim, September 20, 2019

awesome food!!

Yen, September 19, 2019

A great seafood meal. Thanks for the deal!

Natasha, September 19, 2019

I was sitting around for a while before the guy working the bar got around to taking my order, but the food was tasty! I don't think Summer Shack hits the right price vs. quality & quantity point for me to actually go out and spend money or recommend it, but I was glad to have gone with a subsidy.

Kassidy, September 18, 2019

Enjoyed the calamari although portion was small

Mary Katherine, September 17, 2019

Great good. Would like to see the service be better tho.

Liry, September 16, 2019

Lovely food

Lucy, September 14, 2019

I'm vegan.....& even vegans can eat well here. I had the roasted kale beat salad, it was not only delicious it was so artfully presented. Well done. 😋

Janet, September 13, 2019

Good food and great service! The oysters especially were fresh and delicious.

Ina, September 7, 2019

Good service

Robert, September 7, 2019

Yummy food

Vee, September 6, 2019

Good! Surprised by how much I enjoyed the breakfast!

Olivia, September 6, 2019

Surprisingly good! Easily visitable on a budget, which is great, would highly recommend the clam chowder and the corn bread (with molasses butter!!)

Carlotta, August 31, 2019

Chris at the bar was great and very helpful. Enjoyed my food and martini as well

Gesha, August 30, 2019

Amazing seafood, very fresh

Chanthia, August 28, 2019

The service was quick, their veggie options were good, and the overall ambience was enjoyable.

Prabha, August 27, 2019

The seafood was really good. Good portion sizes and variety!

Tabinda, August 25, 2019

It was great and the food was delicious

Erin, August 23, 2019

It was a wonderful experience loved the place

Kanwal, August 20, 2019

Outstanding fish & chips. 2nd only to Sail Loft in Padanaram.

James, August 14, 2019

The service and food was wonderful!!

Martha, August 14, 2019

My girlfriend and I split a meal because they offer so much food! Good prices and fresh fish.

Alan, August 11, 2019

It was great! Delicious food and wonderful service!

Marie, August 5, 2019

The food was good, portions generous, service fine. The actual restaurant looked, to me, in need of a little updating.

Ann, August 2, 2019

It was so yummy. Apple crisp is fabulous and worth trip back to have again.

Vail, July 27, 2019

The food was great. The seafood was really fresh.

Brianna, July 24, 2019

I had oysters, mussels, and a lobster roll with asparagus as a side. I would have gotten the whole menu if I could afford it. Oyster options are plentiful!! Everything was just what I wanted

Shelby, July 23, 2019

The location was convenient. The steak I had tasted very good.

Conrad, July 22, 2019

Very average seafood. Looks like a fun vibe though and pretty spacious!

Amanda, July 20, 2019

It was hard to decide what I wanted but when I did everything was delicious.

Tatiana, July 16, 2019

Summer Shack was great. I took my girlfriend as a 4th of July date and we had a great time. The food and drinks were delicious and left us perfectly satisfied.

Pierson, July 14, 2019

Great fried chicken and fish and chips!

Jacquelyn, July 13, 2019

It’s good but expensive so the gift certificate was perfect!

Kristen, July 11, 2019

I never would have gone without the giftcard and I am so happy I went! Great change of scenery, staff was excellent and the food was awesome too! Will definitely go back

Ashley, July 10, 2019

My friends and I enjoyed the time at Summer Shack Back Bay. Great environment!

Zenaida, June 30, 2019

Varied, extensive menu but includes all the classics ; high quality, fresh seafood; good service; fun, casual atmosphere (though sometimes gets loud) = my go-to seafood place in Boston.

Irene, June 29, 2019

The chicken, Mac and cheese and customer service along with the location was amazy

Arrachael, June 25, 2019

Very good food, friendly staff.

Javier Felipe, June 24, 2019

It was a delicious meal and it was great service.

Les, June 24, 2019

Awesome soup!!

Kandley, June 20, 2019

Very good food and service. We are looking forward to eating there again.

Jim, June 17, 2019

great service and food. reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is that they don't have their menu online.

Tongtong, June 16, 2019

Food was great and service too!

Eliza, June 12, 2019

a little pricey, but delicious food, and big plate

Nicolas, June 10, 2019

Excellent customer service! Was checked in easily, the Nift gift card wasn't a problem, and servers frequently kept me updated on the status of my food. I especially appreciated having recyclable take-out containers. Good food and experience! Would go back.

Mira, June 10, 2019

Great food and great service!

Chastity, June 8, 2019

Best crab cake I have ever eaten! Service was wonderful!

Diane, June 5, 2019

The food was great, and I'm really glad that I could try this new place for me. I'll come back again.

Saori, June 4, 2019

Great place!!!

Marina, June 1, 2019

Great service, delicious seafood, good prices

Alexandra, May 31, 2019

The food was good. A waitress was very friendly.

Carrie, May 31, 2019

Bartender was funny and kind. The menu has something for everyone. We had a great time. The seafood is very fresh.

Bil, May 28, 2019

Great dining experience - good food and service!

Caitlin, May 28, 2019

Loved the mussels, oysters and the calamari. Great apps!

Ravelle, May 27, 2019

Great service! Food came out fast and staff was really friendly and accommodating!

Cassandre, May 25, 2019

It was good

Upmanyu, May 24, 2019

The food and service were excellent. The fish was so fresh. It was wonderful.

Katie, May 21, 2019

Good food, great service!

Sagar, May 16, 2019

Great seafood! Relaxed atmosphere.

Noah, May 14, 2019

The fish tacos were great. My friend didn’t realize his food would be a bit spicy and the waiter was great in offering to help fix it.

Dave, May 10, 2019

The food was great. The restaurant is bustling and definitely one of the popular spots to get seafood in the area.

David, May 8, 2019

very tasty!

Carina, April 28, 2019

got wings, they were ok. service was good though.

Kyle, April 25, 2019

Good salad! Kind of overpriced for the quality and size.

Rachel Speigle, April 24, 2019

Food was over salted. Service was a little slow but the atmosphere was good. I will go back for seafood over fried chicken

George, April 18, 2019

Great eveything.

Jake, April 17, 2019

Great service!Host seated us in a cozy spot on a busy Saturday night. Fish and chips eeredelicious, along with french fries and coleslaw.Can't wait to return!

Roberta, April 13, 2019

Such a nice environment. The food is really fresh and tasty

Mohammad, April 13, 2019

Loved the palce!

Harsh, April 13, 2019

We enjoyed going there, but the food was a little greasy for our tastes

Kelly, April 7, 2019

Excellent sandwich and friendly service. Thanks!

Zarmik, April 5, 2019

Friendly service, nice ambiance, good food.

Caroline, April 3, 2019

Really enjoyed it! I’m vegetarian so had a low bar and the kale salad was actually so delicious. And the cornbread too. Yum!

Rachel, March 26, 2019

Prompt take-out service. The Hostess who took my order was very friendly & felt bad that she initially charged me for the wrong amount, & in turn, gave me a free clam chowder & cornbread for the inconvenience & error.

Staci, March 26, 2019

Great food and service!

Natasha Tze, March 25, 2019

The dinner was great. Tuna was very fresh and tasty. Beet said salad was one of the best I have had.

Dorothy, March 24, 2019

Warmly welcomed me and valued me as a customer. Comfortable, fun atmosphere and great selection of fresh seafood!

Chi, March 23, 2019

Had the tuna burger which was awesome! Great service too

Stephanie, February 26, 2019

The crab cakes were delicious! you can get it in a crab cake BLT sandwich and I ate the cake and BLT separately because it was so good!!

Kendra, February 25, 2019

Went for brunch. Got the crab cake benedict. The actual crab cake was really good but it was only a small part of the dish. The eggs were cooked well, but placed over a poorly toasted bagel, which was still very chewy. I think it would've been much better over a biscuit or something more traditional for eggs benedict. Also got a banana waffle which I liked, but it had a lot of liquidy sauce which meant the waffle was no longer crunchy by the time it got to us. Sauce on the side would've been ni

Sean, February 24, 2019

Friendly staff, big TVs showing the games, enjoyed it!

Chelsea, February 24, 2019

The food and service was great! Without the Nift, it would have been a little pricey. Otherwise, awesome!

Brianna, February 23, 2019

Great atmosphere. The food was tasty and the staff was welcoming and attentive. Their homemade chips were amazing!

Quanquan, February 17, 2019

Amazing food!!

Loren, February 15, 2019

My server was really nice and the food was good. The crab cake benedict comes with one cake and 2 poached eggs. As i was leaving, I noticed lots of children, and the menu for them looks stellar!

Joanne, February 9, 2019

Had a really great lunch.

Eileen, February 8, 2019

Burger was good. Chips were soso

Chris, February 4, 2019

Great service and food. Next time I'll have to bring someone who likes seafood! :)

Carol, February 4, 2019

The waiter was very friendly and the food was great. I loved the variety of oysters they had on the menu and the decor was very warm and welcoming and gave off the vibe of a classic seafood shack.

Sherry, February 3, 2019

It was delicious!

Matthew, February 3, 2019

Nice to revisit an old favorite...consistently great!

Charlayne, January 31, 2019

Very good restaurant, the drinks were amazing.

Andrew, January 28, 2019

Food was wonderful! Our server was super friendly and the atmosphere was great. Went with a friend and we both agreed to come back soon!

Amanda, January 26, 2019

Love the large plate appetizers and the bread and butter

Yulkendy, January 25, 2019

Great service great food!

Roxanna, January 24, 2019

The crabcake BLT had some of the best bacon I've ever had! A gluten-free bun would be great for those with an allergy

Ramie, January 22, 2019

Great service and nice food for a reasonable price for that area.

Sam, January 14, 2019

Very nice decorated great seafood selection! Geood for family dine out! Yhey have special for brunch time sat and sun from 10 to 3pm

Serg, January 13, 2019

Great seafood, good music. Some of the better crabcakes I've had in the area.Liked it so much we went back twice in 2 days.

Dr. Steve, January 13, 2019

The tuna burger was yummy and the service was excellent! Will definitely go again!

Shannon, January 11, 2019

Excellent meal, fresh fish and well prepared vegetables.

Martin, January 10, 2019

The food was excellent, and so is the service! Our waiter was so sweet, we had such a great time here!

LokiiuMusic, January 6, 2019

Great food and service.

Abby, January 5, 2019

The fried chicken was excellent and the bermuda fish & crab chowed was really tasty.

Peter, December 23, 2018

Phone wasn't connecting to cell service so they had to manually enter in the code, which worked! It would be great if there was a way to use the Nift without cellular data. Portions were generous, food was pretty good but nothing spectacular.

Kristina, December 19, 2018
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Summer Shack - Back Bay