Party Earth Review Boston is far from an island paradise, but unpretentious seafood joint Summer Shack brings a bit of the tropics – and a whole lot of shellfish – to Beantown. Located near Fenway, Symphony Hall, and the... ... read full review
50 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
Green Line: Hynes Convention Center
M–Th, Su 11:30am–10pm, F–Sa 11:30am–11pm
Back Bay, Boston –
Boston is far from an island paradise, but unpretentious seafood joint Summer Shack brings a bit of the tropics – and a whole lot of shellfish – to Beantown.
Located near Fenway, Symphony Hall, and the Hynes Convention Center, the venue caters to a wide array of patrons, from diehard Sox fans to busy conventioneers to lots of tourists in need of oyster tacos.
A tiki-inspired bar surrounded by flat-screens lets folks check the game within arm’s reach of the decent tap list, while a red neon sign reminiscent of a carnival boardwalk makes it hard to miss the popular oyster station.
Though normally mellow for midweek lunch, the venue routinely gets busy after Red Sox games, when the two-tops next to the front windows are taken over by jersey-clad revelers and boisterous college kids sipping cheap pints and tossing shooters.
When budget-conscious young professionals pile in for the $5 oyster special, the staff has to shuck into overdrive. (Happy Hour food is legal in Boston, but Happy Hour drink deals are not.) There's also many other apps like mussels, shrimp, and sliders available at the bar.
As the night sets in, college kids and dedicated eaters don bibs and transition to the scattered tables in the dining area to tackle whole lobsters, snow crab legs, and the other goodies stocked in the massive raw bar case.
It’s not always summer in Boston, but Summer Shack lets people pretend for awhile that it is, without feeling shellfish about it.
Lobster lovers, Happy Hour seafood seekers, Red Sox fans, college kids, conventioneers, and lots of tourists, early 20s to late 40s+.
Flat-screens around the bar tuned to sports. 80s jams and classic rock hits play loudly during dinner hours.
East Coast seafood favorites including lobster rolls, fried clams, steamers, and clam chowder, as well as a fully stocked raw bar. Happy Hour M–F 4–6:30pm.
Appetizers $8.50–$12, soups/salads $4.50–$16, sandwiches $6–$16+, entrées $11–$30. Beer $4–$5.50, wine $8–$12, cocktails $6–$12.
Casual: Red Sox flair, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans, sneakers, flannel shirts, baseball hats.
After any Red Sox game to partake in the infectious post-game revelry and toss back a few pints and oysters,
Bukowski Tavern (50 Dalton Street) and Kings (50 Dalton Street) are both located in the same complex. Bukowski caters to the beer crowd with an array of craft beers on tap, while bar/bowling alley combo Kings serves alcoholic fishbowls with Swedish fish “swimming” in them.