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Barking Crab

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88 Sleeper St
Boston, MA 02210 (Map & Directions)
Phone: (617) 426-2722

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Credit Cards Accepted


Good for Kids


Yes - Full Bar


Price Point
$$ $ - Cheap Eats (Under $10)
$$ - Moderate ($11-$25)
$$$ - Expensive ($25-$50)
$$$$ - Very Pricey (Over $50)


Outdoor Seats


Mon-Thu: 11:30am - 10pm, Fri-Sat: 11:30am - 11pm, Sun: 11:30am - 10pm

Restaurant Description

Located on the edge of Boston's historic Fort Point Channel, The Barking Crab has become one of the city's best-loved meeting and eating spots. 2006 marks their twelfth year of operation. Opened in May of 1994 as an outdoor summer restaurant, they were known for the first three years as Venus — Seafood in the Rough. After a successful second season, the restaurant expanded into the adjoining Neptune Lobster and Seafood Market, adding a wood-burning stove and becoming a year-round operation. Not the typical Boston seafood restaurant, The Barking Crab offers the casual atmosphere of a coastal clam shack in a funky urban setting, with a marina alongside for easy access by water, and all the rich resources of Boston only a short walk away. Their great menu concentrates on fresh seafood but there's also plenty to delight all appetites, including the vegetarian. The wait and bar staff are cool, friendly and knowledgeable. And they can accommodate you whether you're dining alone or arriving with two dozen of your closest friends. Come join the fun!

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review_stars 02/16/2010 - Bill
I WOULD NEVER EAT HERE.. WARNING TOURIST TRAP ALERT... First, I would like to say that the Barking Crab is absolutely awful. The food lacks depth, flavor, and creativity. Do not eat any of the items that are sauteed since the fra diavlo sauce is a watery mess, the beurre blanc isn't a beurre blanc rather rotten cream sauce and almost 90 percent of the food is pre-made or frozen. The clams and calamari are usually a few days old oh and by the way this place is infested with rats. So it is easy to say that the sanitary conditions aren't up to code. The waitstaff is inexperienced, along with the Management especially Kris Kratsas, which is probably the downfall of the Barking Crab Boston. I have first hand knowledge that the Barking Crab "releases," employees before their 90 days so they do not have to pay for insurance or give a reason for the termination." They have gone through multiple upon multiple turn-overs through out the front and back of the house and even the management isn't safe from the entity known as Kris. The only people that are unscathed from the 90 day turn-over is the illegal immigrants that are working in the back for 8-9 bucks an hour. This place does not care about its food so why would they care about its patrons and employees. This place is a cesspool and should be ashamed of itself for overcharging for garbage. I could receive better food in a 3rd world country. The only thing that is usually fresh is the lobster, which is extremely over priced. The one thing that this place is Great for is making money and staying under budget, how? your guess is as good as mine. Great Job Barking Crab!

review_stars 08/20/2009 - SHIRL SUNESON
a large tent is not a shack... I have been eating here for years.. I was there last Sept. 09 to the shack..I sent friends this June, its no LONGER A SHACK..ITS a COMERCAL TENT!

the food wasn't that good the service poor and the cost for what was received expensive..

I will not be going here any more or referring people..
from a tour guide.. S

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