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Barking Crab

88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
+1 617-426-2722
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good42%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“crab” (169 reviews)
“seafood” (317 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

First off, the location is not easy to access if you are driving. No real parking and tons of construction. The seating is not comfortable with either high tops in the bar area or picnic tables in the main area. Service is very poor! Very...More

Thank MAFestus
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited the restaurant yesterday after lots of recommendations. We were sat in the middle of the restaurant even though there were water front seats. Asked if we could sit on the front and they begrudgingly said yes. The restaurant felt grubby and the tables dirty....More

Thank PhilipPG417
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had the chilled shellfish platter at the bar. It was the worst lobster we had in new england. Dont waste your time or money.

Thank webber101
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We frequently visit Boston and this seafood is UNREAL!!!!!!! I love lobster and crab and this restaraunt tops it all!!

Thank Amanda I
Reviewed 6 days ago

Picnic table style seating under a big tent by the water make the Barking Crab a Boston landmark. the restaurant calls itself a bar and makes no apologies about how loud the place is. There is even a sign which says "Don't ask to make...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had only been in Boston a couple of hours looking for lunch when we found this place. Good food, plenty to look at, right on the harbour.Loved my clam roll

Thank Linda H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on last Saturday, there were three of us and a 45 minute wait or we could sit at the bar. The place is LOUD, I had to shout to get not just the attention of the bar server (C. who was pretty good) but...More

Thank Tom U
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Where to begin, after a long day of walking the city and our last night in town we wanted some honest good lobster/crab fare. Beer list was descent though not huge.m, but enough variety to pair with your meal. Wine and cocktails were available. I...More

Thank aeiusa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I Was told this place was good for sea food so decided to try. WHAT A MISTAKE I was show to a table them they showed other people to join me. Sorry I was to eat on my own then they decide to take there...More

Thank Robert C
Reviewed 1 week ago

LOUD for starters. You must speak very loudly for the person across from you. Sardine style seating, barely enough room for wait staff. Our table was on an acute angle [do to the floor]. You needed to be cautious with anything on the table in...More

Thank balkor2
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
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29 September 2017|
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Response from Mike M | Reviewed this property |
It seemed to us that parking was very limited, but we used Uber without incident. Get the lobster Mac and cheese.
Glenn K
18 November 2016|
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Response from Terra C | Reviewed this property |
I don't know- sorry!
Lisa B
24 April 2015|
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Response from 42fireball | Reviewed this property |
Parking is hard due to the construction and court house. There is some meter spots on Northern Ave and a small public lot. Find a spot and take a walk it is worth it!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, View
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 9:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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