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  • Barking Crab

  • 3.0 stars
    (14 reviews, average rating: 3.2/5)
  • Cuisines: Seafood
  • (617) 426-2722
  • 88 Sleeper St Boston, MA 02210
  • Neighbourhoods: West Broadway, South Boston
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JeffreyS
1 Review
2011/08/07
  • The place is a dump! I got sick from eating the...
  • Overall
    1.0 star
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      1.0 star
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 4
  • The place is a dump! I got sick from eating the steamers and shrimp cocktail. The place is filthy, the service is terrible, and the door people are morons! Other than that I highly recommend the place?

  • Order: steamers & shrimp cocktail
 
MaryG
1 Review
2010/08/19
  • Lousy food and service
  • Overall
    1.0 star
    • Food
      1.0 star
    • Services
      1.0 star
    • Atmosphere
      1.0 star
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 3
  • We were in Boston attending a week-long conference and went to the Barking Crab because so many people had told us we just "had to go." It was horrible. The waiter was rude and rushed in his service. The order was messed up. The food was terrible. In our party of 6 we all ordered different types of food/fish. They all tasted the same. The seafood chowder looked and tasted as if they'd taken leftover pieces of fish and thrown them together to make soup. The unbelievably loudness of the place we had been warned about but still didn't like it. I would not suggest anyone waste their time or money going here.

  • Order: fish chowder, fish dinners
 
erica
2008/09/30
  • Great Crabs, best in location
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • barking crab is a good place to go after work for dinner and drinks. the line can get long, so check the bar for a seat. Food comes fast, good beer selection

  • Order: Crabs! beer
 
kuba
2008/09/30
  • Summer Fun!
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 4
  • The Barking Crab is the perfect place for a low key seafood lunch. No pressure, you just show up and you may or may not get seated at a table with others. There is a nice breeze and it overlooks that water which is fun!

  • Order: lobster roll, fried clams, druken shrimp, clam chowder, sangria
 
JS
2008/09/16
  • Never again
  • Overall
    2.0 stars
    • Food
      2.0 stars
    • Services
      2.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      2.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: No
    • Party Size: 4
  • It did not start well: we had a reservation for 4 people, but when we got to the Barking Crab we were put in the outside dining hall, with wooden benches (yes, benches) that sit 8 people per table, so we had to share our dinner table with four perfect strangers. Nice as they were, it is not quite the same experience. The service, as you can imagine, matched the place: our waiter got the order wrong in the first place (forgot one menu item) and then she was nowhere to be seen for most of the evening.
    But the worst was still to come. The fried oysters were OK, the fisherman plate was acceptable (though fish to fries ratio was on the lower end of tolerability), but the "signature dish", the MIxed Crab Bowl was a nightmare. Badly overcooked and dry, it was like chewing through cotton wool. It is difficult to imagine how they managed to get it so wrong. To add injury to insult, we got nailed 79 dollars (plus tax) just for enjoying this memorable crab.
    Fortunately, the house Chardonnay was cold and pleasant (and affordable), and we downed two bottles in a vain attempt to forget the dinner.
    The total meal tab was 169 dollars, plus gratuities. Never again.

  • Order: Fried oysters, fisherman platter, large crab bowl, Chardonnay
 
JTR
1 Review
2008/09/12
  • The appetizers are really good as well as the...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 9 or more
  • The appetizers are really good as well as the pitchers of beer. just don't get the satay chicken on skewers. they are overpriced. I think it's fun you can go to a restaurant and use the rock on the table to open your crab legs. lol.

    The best thing about this place is the summer atmosphere. Not cheap but good for a group if you get there early.

  • Order: appetizers and pitchers of beer
 
grichard79
1 Review
2008/09/10
  • Good place for a good bowl and mac & cheese...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • This place has the best m & c around. Perfect for a cold winter evening in Boston! Service and quaint atmosphere are also much appreciated!

  • Order: Mac & Cheese
 
ms. bostonian
2008/09/10
  • Great atmosphere for friends, dates, after work...
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $26-$60
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • Have been a fan for the 15 years I have lived in Boston and always have a good time. The atmosphere is fun yet low-key and laid-back Seafood Shack, the food is consistently good, the service is friendly...it's a hit with visiting parents, friends' birthdays, and decompressing after work.

  • Order: bucket of peel n eat shrimp, fish n chips, beers
 
bookstar
1 Review
2008/08/25
  • Great Summer Location
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      4.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • My husband and I had a great weekday lunch here last week. We arrived just before the lunch crowd and sat ourselves at a small table in the bar section.

    The service was good, our food arriving quickly, and although it's a little overpriced we were both very happy with what we ordered. It's a large portion and I loved my crabby patty, especially good with the pineapple relish it comes with.

    And despite what many of the reviews say, I think the environment is fun.

  • Order: Crab Cakes
 
Kelley M.
2008/08/10
  • K & R, Bridgewater, MA
  • Overall
    4.0 stars
    • Food
      5.0 stars
    • Services
      4.0 stars
    • Atmosphere
      4.0 stars
    • Price Range (per person): $11-$25
    • Visit Again?: Yes
    • Party Size: 2
  • MOST UNBELIEVABLE VALUE, QUALITY AND ESPECIALLY FRESHNESS AS YOU CAN SEE THE SEAFOOD BEING BROUGHT RIGHT IN TO THE WHARF, ABOSULUTELY A WONDERFUL DINING EXPERIENCE, DELICIOUS!!! CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!

  • Order: my husband had the chowder and the best ever crab cakes he has ever had and I had the chowder and a seafood platter that was just incredible!!! we also enjoyed some especially cold beers and a fantastic view of the working harbor right in front of our eyes, a must see again!!! we cant wait to go back!
 
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