With an extensive menu and dozens of specials each day, be prepared to experience traditional, modern and ethnic variations of the freshest seafood in town. We also have great fried chicken, burgers, steaks and kid friendly dishes. Come enjoy a meal with us!

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Here's what people say after redeeming their Nift gift.

Good food

Bryan, February 7, 2020

Food was good and so wa the service

Johan, February 4, 2020

The restaurant was fun and extremely kid friendly- they brought cups with tops right away, had good coloring options and the service was fast and very friendly. I’ve lived in the area for over a decade and had only been once for an event. I’m thrilled to have found a great new dining option!

Ellen, February 3, 2020

The lobster roll was everything promised and then some.

Jill, January 20, 2020

Great food and service

Derek, January 17, 2020

they were quick on business

Angela, January 10, 2020

Easy access via T. Great scallop app and service. I thought this place would be over priced bad seafood but it's not.

Nancy, January 8, 2020

Very excellent food and atmosphere. I really liked the lobster cages

Allen, January 6, 2020

Fun, relaxed atmosphere. Kid friendly. Great service and good food. Wasn’t my favorite lobster roll, but it was solid. Fun tiki drinks! Will be back for sure.

Melissa, December 23, 2019

The hostess was friendly and accommodating. The food was simple but delicious.

Joe, December 14, 2019

Tasty food and good customer service!

Barune, December 12, 2019

Great local seafood spot

Xing, December 12, 2019

Loved it!

Hugh, December 11, 2019

great food and service

Lynn, December 11, 2019

The whole staff was professional, the music was fun and at the right volume, the place was clean.

Pascale, December 11, 2019

We had a great time at the Summer Shack but NIFT does not appear to work on my android phone (a Pixel 2), I had to email the nift to my husband who had an iPhone. It was also giving him some trouble but he got the restaurant to honor it. I would rate this a 5

Mary, December 8, 2019

Despite the fact that my friend made a reservation at the wrong location, they were able to seat us. Our waitress was very good on timing for dropping by and generally was delightful. The food was delicious. The music wasn't too loud and the temperature in the restaurant was good (always tricky in NE winters!)

Carol, December 7, 2019

Great oysters and shrimp

Mimi, December 4, 2019

Great food and super nice staff!

Gina, December 2, 2019

The staff is so friendly and the GM is great! Love this place. Keep them coming for Summer Shack!

William, December 2, 2019

Delicious food!

Mitchel, December 2, 2019

Great food!

Anton, November 30, 2019

Friday whole fish was great

Amin, November 30, 2019

seafood galore

Nathalie, November 27, 2019

Fresh seafood. Quick and friendly. service.

Gabrielle, November 27, 2019

Great restaurant. Friendly staff and good food. Oyster selection is really good

Alexandre, November 27, 2019

The food was delicious, and the service was friendly.

Ranko, November 25, 2019

Friendly staff and very good food!

Gina, November 24, 2019

Great oysters and mussels. Server was friendly, welcoming, and knowledgeable. Casual and comfortable atmosphere.

Anne, November 23, 2019

One of the few fish places around these days, and it is delicious.

Bethany, November 21, 2019

Friendly service, great cocktails and a nice variety of quality seafood!

Shannon, November 17, 2019

good oysters

Alex, November 12, 2019

Very generous, freshly-made and tasty meal- we'll soon go back again.

Nan, November 9, 2019

Great service

Katie, November 8, 2019

Friendly service and tasty food

Henry, November 7, 2019

Good food and service

Meredith, November 5, 2019


Caroline, November 5, 2019

The food is great! Location is good as long as it's not during rush hour. p parking is available and plentiful, and the ambience is nice without being pretentious

Matt, October 31, 2019

Great place for group dining. Easy to find parking and accessible by train.

Ngoc, October 31, 2019

I hadn’t been in a while, great food and will be back

Christopher, October 27, 2019

Nice food and wonderful service!

Joo Hye, October 26, 2019


Kirsten, October 26, 2019

Loved having the Nift card to purchase some appetizers at Summer Shack.

Dorothy, October 24, 2019

Very nice food and service!

Tom, October 24, 2019

Always good food and service

Patricia, October 18, 2019

Yes, nice service and ambiance. Corn bread is great. Liked that I could swap chips for corn on cob. Enjoyed my lunch a lot and posted pictures to FB!

Joanne, October 18, 2019

Great lobster roll.

Charlie, October 16, 2019

Very good

Robert, October 15, 2019

Great food, great service, would come back for sure!

Eric, October 15, 2019

Summer Shack is great with kids and great food.

Courtney, October 11, 2019

Fun, casual environment and the seafood and soups were great.

Erika, October 9, 2019

The tacos were delicious and filling.

Mary, October 8, 2019

Really enjoyed the food and atmosphere of Jasper White’s Summer Shack. Hadn’t been in years and was happy to see it offered as an option.

Kaija, October 7, 2019

Fun vibe. Great access to Red Line from Alewife.

Michelle, October 6, 2019

Good food! Great service!

Bernie, October 5, 2019

It’s really good. Friendly, they know we are first time visit, they even give a little free appetizer.

Lily, October 3, 2019

Thanks! Good food

H, October 2, 2019

Enjoyed our lunch. Fish was cooked perfectly. Bit low on fish quantity and high on fries quantity. Bit expensive.

WILHELMINA, October 2, 2019

Great service and great food, the only little critique I had was the bun on my salmon burger got a little soggy due to the oils but nothing to complain about in my opinion. It was still delicious

Nickolas, October 2, 2019

I had the great crabmeat sandwich with homemade chips to go. Easy to order and pretty fast and really good food. thanks again 1

Eric, September 29, 2019


Beverly, September 27, 2019

Great food! Good customer service! Manager came over just to thank us for coming and tell us that he appreciated the nift program. Was a really great experience and will have us return to summer shack!!

Sam, September 24, 2019

Was glad I stopped in here for lunch and will be back!

Steve, September 22, 2019

From the beet salad (not overly dressed, but the perfect amount and I always order dressing on the sode, but forgot) to the steamed lobster, to the desert it was all super tasty!

Katie, September 22, 2019

The food was very good and the waitress was accommodating! I would go back.

Becky, September 20, 2019

deep fried. families everywhere. wish seating we're outdoors it's just near a main road.

Natalie, September 19, 2019

Hadn't been there in several years, really enjoyed it .

Deborah, September 17, 2019

Service and food were good.

Sybil, September 15, 2019

Great atmosphere

Katherine, September 10, 2019

Great seafood, pleasant atmosphere.

Joanne, September 5, 2019

We have been to Summer Shack, and the food there is very good. They had changed the menu, but we still found something we enjoyed. We were celebrating just having bought a new car with lunch.

Belle, September 4, 2019

Good food, went on a slow service night but the staff is very friendly

Priya, September 4, 2019

Solid food overall. Little pricey

Quentin, September 2, 2019

Great atmosphere, attentive staff

Brian, September 1, 2019

The food was great and the waiter very friendly. What a nice was to spend a Saturday night with my young adult children!

Jessica, September 1, 2019

Great going back to the Summer Shack, hadn't been there in a while.

Alan, August 31, 2019

Food is fresh, service impeccable and great atmosphere

Stephanie, August 31, 2019

Fast service and great menu selection

Greg, August 29, 2019

Fresh tasting oysters, large selection of food, fun atmosphere

Joseph, August 28, 2019

Awesome seafood and great servers ( Vanessa, Petra, Jasmine)

Anne, August 26, 2019

Love Summer Shack !

Melissa, August 23, 2019

loved the lobster roll!!

Georgette, August 20, 2019

Whole belly fried clams, french fries, and a crisp dill pickle. What could be better?

George, August 20, 2019

The food was yummy, drinks were too. Server was spot on. Ambiance was delightful.

Olivia, August 13, 2019

We had a very nice meal, good service, nice atmosphere.

Evelyn, August 12, 2019

Both service and food were excellent!

Misha, August 8, 2019

Great time, delicious food.

Andrea, August 7, 2019

Our bartender, Maureen, was exceptional! I will definitely be returning to the Summer Shack.

Bobby, August 7, 2019

I've been on a mission to find a great lobster roll this summer and Summer Shack's was the best I've had! Glad I went and would recommend

Laura, August 6, 2019

Steamers were fabulous

Lisa, August 5, 2019


Sami, August 5, 2019

Thanks. A surprise to get this.

Adam, August 4, 2019

Very fresh food

Barbara, August 3, 2019

Great place, kid friendly, delicious food. Worth the splurge every once in a while.

Hilary, August 1, 2019

Tasty food, friendly staff, fun layout and atmosphere of the restaurant, and super convenient location just outside Alewife station! I hadn’t been back in several years having moved away and then back to Boston, but I will definitely return again soon!

Constance, July 30, 2019

Service was really slow at first. Then the salad came out WITH the entree! We were really hungry and didn't realize they weren't going to serve bread. And it wasn't busy at all.

Brooke, July 29, 2019

Good service. Fresh crab!

Michelle, July 26, 2019

Loved the Summer Shack! Would go back.

Morgan, July 23, 2019

Excellent food!

Tom, July 22, 2019

Had not been to Summer Shack in years. It was delicious (fish tacos and lobster roll). Service was great too. Will definitely return soon.

MADOLYN, July 20, 2019


Molly, July 19, 2019

Delicious food, good chill vibe even though the dishes were fairly fance, and really great service!

Arpita, July 17, 2019

Excellent food

Amy, July 15, 2019

Yum! Great service!

Ally, July 15, 2019

Great, friendly service and excellent meal

Kim, July 14, 2019

Food was great and the server was amazing!

Dave, July 14, 2019

Fast service and great quality food. The oysters are excellent

Joshua, July 13, 2019

Very good crab cake, coleslaw, sweet potato fries and cornbread.

C., July 9, 2019

One of the better local seafood restaurants. Really enjoyed the food and service. I happily give The Summer Shack a 5

Carole, June 30, 2019

Excellent good and service.

Melinda, June 28, 2019

Delicious fresh seafood. Excellent service. Fun atmosphere.

Patty, June 26, 2019

Delicious food, friendly prompt service, large welcoming space. My first experience at the famed Jasper White’s restaurant. One suggestion— first-timers would love signage for front door! It’s not obvious from the street

Barbara, June 26, 2019

This was my first time visiting Summer Shack. It's quite pricy (especially for lobster!) but the food I did order (a cup of chowder and grilled shrimp) was delicious, especially the chowder. Very different and tastier than many others I've tried. My server wasn't very attentive at all, so had to wait a while to get water and my check. The atmosphere is DARK which isn't my style but the music was great! (Oldies playing) Glad I had a $15 gift certificate to use!

ALICE, June 25, 2019

It was great. Great food. Decent price!

Destiny, June 24, 2019

Very good oysters

Emily, June 23, 2019

Service is somewhat lacking. Hostess said she texted us that our table was ready but we never received it. We were ten feet away at the bar. Sat there for another 20 mins. Noisy and not very clean - but, hey, it is a summer shack. Food is good. Fish and chips could use more fish, less chips.

DENNIS, June 23, 2019

Great selection and atmosphere. The food was fantastic!

Drusilla, June 22, 2019

The food was great. I would love to see a takeout menu online so I can preorder and go pick it up instead of going in person and wait 15 min for takeout.

Yuki, June 18, 2019

It was my first time having seafood in awhile, very busy, we had to wait a little bit, but the staff was friendly and we had no complaints

Eric, June 16, 2019

Tasty and fun.

Leann, June 5, 2019


Joel, June 3, 2019

It was a smooth transaction.

Lisa, June 1, 2019

Terrific service and seafood.

Lisa, June 1, 2019

Loved it!

Samantha, May 31, 2019

The service and ambience is great! Location seems convenient with the train station as well and plenty of parking. The food was alright though. It was good but Boston has a lot of other competitive seafood restaurants around.

La, May 31, 2019

Only concern is waitress did not pass on that I was gluten free and my salad came with croutons.

Susan, May 31, 2019

Food was fresh, service was fast and the environment was fun! The atmosphere was exotic, the live lobsters were a fun touch!

Elizabeth, May 30, 2019

Good food and friendly service.

Kathryn, May 28, 2019

good food!

Hao, May 27, 2019

I would ask for a bowl of water to wash the muscles and clams. They were gritty (and a little chewy). The 1.5 lb. lobster was too much for me with all the other things in the clambake. Could've saved $20, but at least now I have leftovers! The waiter was helpful and had info. on why the prices were so drastically different from one lobster to another. Still, a good time for $15 off!

Lauri, May 27, 2019

Fish and-great dish! Crisp outside, moist fish inside! Tasty cole slaw and fries!

Roberta, May 27, 2019

While a little above our regular price point, we really enjoyed the fried clams!

Jane, May 26, 2019

We really enjoyed our visit. Our server was excellent - very pleasant and attentive without being pushy or making us feel rushed. Fish (Mahi Mahi and Salmon) was delicious, perfectly cooked, and side dishes also flavorful - veggies the right mix of crisp and tender without being soggy. We will definitely be back.

Roberta, May 26, 2019

Great food and service!

Gretchen, May 24, 2019

We really enjoyed the Summer Shack. The food was great and we had excellent service (waiter’s name was David). My Husband had the fried whole local red fish and I had the mahi-mahi. Everything was delicious.

Karen, May 24, 2019

I like seafood, and Nift save me some money on my experience with Summer Shack. The food there is pretty good.

Jie, May 23, 2019

Good food, good service. A bit pricey.

Maryellen, May 21, 2019

Server was very friendly and just the right amount of attentive. Food was very good, but chips a bit too salty. Will be back again!

Dygo, May 18, 2019

Thanks for introducing us to a local restaurant we had yet to try!

Karli, May 16, 2019


Carolyn, May 16, 2019

Good location and nice food

Hui, May 14, 2019

I enjoyed my food and time at Summer Shack. But before we left, we saw a couple of spiders around the restaurant.

Shirley, May 7, 2019

The waiter had great hospitality. The sea food was also very nice!

Aine, May 3, 2019

It was pretty good. Didn't love the chowder and the creme brulee was a bit burnt.

Karen, May 2, 2019

Tasted great!

Jingwen, April 22, 2019

It was good. I enjoyed my meal and I was excited to go to restaurants of my choosing. My server was so nice and very helpful

Lidwine, April 18, 2019

the food is great. atmosphere fun, staff is awesome,

Jin, April 10, 2019

Great Indian pudding!

Eric, April 9, 2019

I went with some friends. We all agreed it was a really good meal. Out waiter was helpful, the service was excellent and our meals were all delicious. I would definitely return.

Mona, April 6, 2019

Delicious! I’m only sorry I hadn’t tried it before!

Liz, April 6, 2019

The salad was great!! Will try it for dinner soon!!

Linda, March 29, 2019

The food was great and our server - Ken - was awesome!

Leah, March 24, 2019

Summer Shack was a fun atmosphere. Lots of options. Need dipping sauces for the fried chicken.

Lauren, March 22, 2019

Beer selection was okay. Chips were great.

Nick, February 27, 2019

Great service. Loved the homemade potato chips. Lobsters looked yummy but settled for fish tacos. My husband loved the fried chicken.

Joanne, February 27, 2019

Everything was great! Ambiance, food, service.

E, February 23, 2019

Thanks. I hate that they had barely any vegetarian items. but what ever basic I orderd was sure up to the taste

Shraddha, February 19, 2019

It was great to check out some of the bigger name restaurants. Always wanted to try them and this allowed me to do that. Thanks

Lily, February 13, 2019

I liked Summer Shack. I had a nice, efficient waiter and the food was fine. It seems to be a popular place for families. The music wasn't to my taste and was too loud to be relaxing, but everyone around me was having a good time.

Linda, February 11, 2019

Tasty food and friendly place, thanks!

Lauren, February 10, 2019

Great place! Would never have tried it without the Nift!

Catherine, February 10, 2019

I really appreciated the Nift chance to try out the restaurant, but the lunch I had was pretty disappointing. Cornbread was dry. My fish tacos entree were so spicy I had trouble eating them--and there'd been no flag on the menu or by the waiter that they had an intense kick. And the fish in the taco was actually small fish nuggets. Again, the menu didn't point that out. Last thing I wanted was more fried stuff.

Tracy, February 7, 2019

One of my favorite restaurants; good food in a casual, well-lit setting.

Joe, February 6, 2019

The Summer Shack is a great place for food and cocktails. Very good selection of fresh oysters which we enjoyed. The grilled salmon was fantastic, and the portions were very good. Definitely will go back again.

S, February 1, 2019

Excellent seafood and great screens for watching sports.

Lynn, January 29, 2019

Tasty food, friendly waitress.

Pam, January 22, 2019

Great food, great service!

Katlyn, January 17, 2019

It was a great experience. Food was good and the service was awesome!

Ryan, January 15, 2019

Fantastic food and a laid back atmosphere. Tiki drinks seal the deal.

Christopher, January 14, 2019

Our waiter Ken was the best! So entertaining and knowledgeable of the food/ menu!

Deborah, January 9, 2019

Great meal, nice server.

Leba, January 8, 2019

Good fried chicken and clean restaurant. I would go there again.

Ann, January 6, 2019

Great service, friendly staff, good food

Dominique, January 5, 2019


Nancy, January 2, 2019

Food and service were excellent.

Mike, January 1, 2019

I haven't been to the Summer Shack in years, it was a good trip with friends down memory lane. Food is good but not great.

R, December 29, 2018

First time at Summer Shack. Terrific food and very friendly service! Best crab cakes!

Jonathan, December 29, 2018

Thanks Nift! It'd been a long time since our last meal at Summer Shack and we will definitely be back again soon. Food was solid, service was awesome.

Ted, December 28, 2018

The Tuna entree was delicious.

Mark, December 16, 2018

awesome friendly staff

Eliana, December 8, 2018
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