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Barking Crab

$$ - $$$
Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
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88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
+1 617-426-2722
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Really cannot think the stuff enough for their timely and attentive service to a pretty large group of about 25. Well done with that. The food - I don't think it was on par with the better meals we've had in Boston but it also wasn't horrible.

Thank PMDow42
Highland Park, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So after an awful hotel experience I cut my trip short and decided to stop in here for some crabcakes. There was zero parking. Not even a garage if I was willing to pay $20 hourly. So I had to do takeout and run back to my idling car before a cop showed up. Crab dip...superb. Crab cakes delicious. But... More 

Thank RThomas15
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great Resto, there Crab cake is to die for, very friendly, our host and waiter Brandon was incredible, he knew his menu, made good suggestions for us. My only complaint the Resto close too early. We wanted to order more lobsters and it was only 9 pm and the kitchen close. They said in summer they r open... More 

Thank Arun S
Ronks, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with some friends and the environment was great. Large picnic tables to sit at, and normally would be open air but closed in with heaters for the winter. Location is right on the water so it is a prime spot. The seafood was delicious, I split a lobster and crab platter with my friend and it didn't take us... More 

Thank Hunter S
Naples, Florida
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108 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lunch at Barking Crab. Fire Grilled Lobster is very good and fresh. Hot Crab Dip is also a good starter. An easy walk from downtown or ride the Silver Line T and walk across the street. Have eaten dinner here before when in Boston and always a good meal.

North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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458 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 475 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted crab or lobster in Boston and settled for this. It is a tent on the wharf but warm enough despite a windy day. Service was fast and standard American-style. I opted for a mac 'n cheese with lobster. It was heavy and filling and tasted OK. The so-called Christmas beer, yes in October, was not really pleasant.

Thank Kirkcaldylad
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is definition of tourist trap. Food is awful and overpriced. The location is good , so its ok to stop by for a beer, or its a good place to bring loud children , just dont order very much food. I know its one of the few casual places to go around here, but just not worth it

Thank iliketravel67
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered lobster and fish and chips. Both delicious. Great drinks. Neat resteraunt that gives you a true taste and feel of Boston. Fast service with a relaxing atmospere.

Thank slztrav
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were recommended the Barking crab and were really looking forward to trying it out. The food was average and the service was uninterested. I think that there are many more enjoyable places to enjoy seafood in Boston.

Thank Leo D
Astoria, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A very cozy spot. The food was excellent! I recommend trying the lobster roll. Service on the other hand, mediocre. When we arrived, their picnic style table was dirty, our server hardly checked in and we had to ask for our waters to be refilled.

Thank 664daniellaf

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
  • Public Transportation: Red Line (South Station) Silver Line (Courthouse Station) Blue Line (Aquarium Station) Green Line (Government Center Station) Orange Line (Downtown Crossing Station)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
  • Neighbourhood: Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
  • Phone Number: +1 617-426-2722
Barking Crab is a landmark Boston seafood restaurant celebrating our fifteenth season. Located on the Fort Point Channel in Boston's Seaport District, The Barking Crab features fresh crabs, lobsters, and day-boat fish brought in each morning. We feature traditional New England fare served in a funky urban clam-shack setting. We have a full bar including over 15 regional micro brews, cocktails, and an approachable value-priced wine list. We are family friendly and a short 2 minute walk from the Boston Children's Museum. Other area attractions include the Institute of Contemporary Art, Harpoon Brewery, the Harbor-walk, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, and Boston's Financial District.

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Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
This area has been expanding and becoming more and more popular, for good reason. Not surprisingly, the seaport district of South Boston is located beautifully along the water. The area is designed for easy strolling along the HarborWalk, and there are bars and restaurants for all ages and budgets. The Institute of Contemporary Art is located in this area in a contemporary building with an absolutely stunning deck overlooking the water. In the summer time there are Friday music concerts on the deck of the museum. Nearby, there are many green spaces to enjoy.
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