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Barking Crab

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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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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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967 reviews
485 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 474 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Inside it is sort of tent like with draft and weather in there with you! Service is table but chip shop like. We asked for 2 local beers and received a winter or even Christmas brew which was very unpleasant! Whatever you order the plates look sort of the same?

Thank f2s
Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Situated in the Boston Harbor. Held up by stilts. This is a place you want to go to for lunch. Full meals or oversize fish sandwiches for lunch. I had the salmon dinner (caught wild). My friends had shrimp and the salmon steak sandwich. Perfectly cooked in every way. Wonderful friendly service. Calamari as an appetizer was tender and delicious.Plenty... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've traveled the east coast before - and enjoyed fresh seafood and chowder - but had yet to try a traditional lobster roll. Several friends recommended the Barking Crab, so we thought we'd give it a try since it was walking distance from the Seaport Hotel. DELICIOUS! Our son had the crab, which was melt-in-your-mouth good. Our other son had... More 

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Charlestown, New Hampshire
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41 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I think this will make my 5th trip here. Very casual family friendly Staff: always outstanding friendly and hard working. Prices calling what you would expect for a specialty sea food restaurant. Can get pricey but food is excellent and decent portions. Looking for a Boston experience, casual setting, and good food then look no further

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Saskatoon, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here after a day of walking and hitting some pubs, an informal and fun setting on the water. I would go back here EVERY time I visit, the crab was great!

Thank Jean P
San Francisco, California
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821 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Harbor View is located next to Outlook Kitchen. I decided to try this place after my night at Outlook with my friend. Though I am a budget traveler, every now and then I treat myself to nice things. This is a waterfront building with open air tables with the harbor view dining. They serve sandwiches and market priced items but... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently had lunch at the Barking Crab and it was delicious! We had the raw oysters, crab cakes (which were amazing), a lobster roll and a 3 lb lobster. It was one of the best meals we had in Boston! It is a little pricey but definitely worth the money. My only complaint is that I tried to make... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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92 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful laid back restaurant. Quick service with good food. The hardest part is finding parking. LOVED the Lobster Mac/cheese and crabcake sliders.

Thank cbabin1119
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very expensive probably because of it's location. The food was just okay but there are probably better places to eat.

1 Thank spontaneousus
Boston, MA
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is a very informal in the heart of seaport. I didn't like their chowder since I tasted onions in them and it was a little watery for me. I ordered the fisherman's platter and shared it with my wife and there was still some left at the end. They have pretty good fries too. This restaurant wasn't really... More 

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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
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
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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