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The Barking Crab
Crab House$$
Today 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
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88 Sleeper St Boston, MA 02210
88 Sleeper StUSMABoston02210
(617) 426-2722barkingcrab.com
$$Crab House, Seafood RestaurantToday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmThursday 11:30 am – 9:00 pmFriday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 10:00 pmSunday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
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Lively waterfront seafood joint with open-air picnic-table dining & views of the Boston Harbor.- Google
People talk about lobster roll, fish and chips, fort point channel, fried clams and england clam chowder
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Charles Bosse
reviewed 4 weeks ago
I can't say I truly hated this place because it was simply mediocre - no one was rude or mean, the food didn't have me particularly worried about getting sick, and the drinks don't suck (though don't go here for the bar - more on that). On the other hand, this place tickets their food at around $20 a plate and it's a poorly decorated, noisy, shack. Sure, it's on the waterfront, but you can't see anything besides construction across the street and the overwhelming kitsch. The chairs seem specifically designed to keep people from loitering, and the message that comes along with that, the plastic (mostly disposable) dishes and the two glasses of water I got the entire time (both of which were asked for instead of given) all seem to say "you should take our food 'to-go'". I was going with a group, and because I'm vegan, I checked the website (duh, I'm not going to a seafood place without checking my options first). The website assures potential customers that they can cater to any taste, including vegetarians. I said I would be happy with anything vegan, that I'm up for anything that has no meat, milk, or eggs. The fact is, if you're vegan, you probably can eat something here, but if you want more than the appetizer sized portion of "gazpacho" (aka, very mild salsa), you should have some pretty explicit instructions in mind (like, please cook the green beans until they are no longer rubbery). Compare this to, say, Catalyst, which has twice now turned out truly amazing veganized versions of their vegetarian daily special for me, and The Barking starts to look pretty weak. Okay, let's get back to those drinks. I've been to a lot of bars with the theme of "you won't steal our stuff because it's so cheap you'd rather throw it out" but it's a but surprising to get water in a glass but beer in a flimsy plastic cup. I've never been really sure where the pint lines on those cups really it, but it's probably not below the lowest obvious line, so I'm pretty sure I was a bit short on my pint. In Boston, $6 is reasonable for a beer, but it's not great: it starts getting a little worse though if it's not really a pint and not really a glass, but alright. Again, I'm not going to complain about my shrinki-drink in a large group. Given all that, it's far from the worst place I've ever eaten, but I'm pretty glad someone else was paying. Next time, I might still just go get my own lunch.
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Fritzson Jean-Jacques
reviewed 3 months ago
Very expensive and prices are not listed on the menu. If you not ready to spend $200 plus for a party of two do not even think about it, and parking is very expensive too. The waitress did not tell us that we can deduct the parking fee out of our tab, even though I told her this is our first time there. This is an experience that I will never repeat again on any of my future Boston trips.
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Julie Chao-Sibelle
reviewed a year ago
Waited for over an hour for a table of 10. Was told by the hostess it would be 40 mins. Watched tons of other patrons, large parties, that came in after us get seated - these people did not have reservations - I know because they gave them those pagers that notifies you when your table is ready. Witnessing whole tables get filled with patrons that arrived after my party, when ours was waiting for over an hour is frustrating. The hostess (the obese woman, with terrible dyed black hair) was so rude when I asked how much longer it would be for a table (this is after waiting for an hour). She refused to provide a time frame for how much longer we would need to wait, kept reminding us that we were walk-in's with a large party as if we didn't know. She then decides to ask us how many children vs. adults there were in the party, and then seats a huge party with no children that came in after my party. The worse part is that the hostess proceeds to talk negatively about us to another employee while we are standing right there in front of her!!! When we complained to a manager, she suddenly was willing to accommodate us immediately. So folks, this is how you get a table here: 1. wait over an hour when the hostess tells you the wait is less; 2. when you ask how much longer it's going to be, the hostess will respond unprofessionally and rudely, and won't really do anything more than that; 3. complain to a manager who will magically have a table available on the fly. Showed up at 6:30 PM, gave up at 8 PM. After all that, we just decided to leave and not even eat.
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David Marella
reviewed 3 weeks ago
The lobster roll was out of this world. The house beer was amazing. And the staff were awesome people who helped us tourists out a lot. Need to come back for another lobster roll!
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Joshua Boadway
reviewed 10 months ago
What a disappointment...my friend and I were so excited to eat here and it was a very bad experience... Ordered a beer upon being seated and the waiter asked if I wanted it in a glass, and I said yes. I got up to go to the bathroom, came back, and the glass was only half full. The bottle was no where to be found. We get our food which was very good, and my friend asks for a water. 10 minutes go by and no water, so she asks another waiter to get it for her....again 10 minutes and no water so finally she asks for a manager. The waiter finally appears with my friends water and pretty much tosses it at her, no manager came to the table. We didn't see the waiter again until he picked up our plates and he kept giving us snarky remarks the remainder of our time there....making it completely uncomfortable and unenjoyable! The waiter was completely full of himself and needs to bring it down a few pegs, you're a waiter dude get over yourself. It's a shame this place is so mismanaged because the food is pretty good, and it better be for $200 for two people. We won't ever be going back again, there are plenty of other high quality seafood restaurants in Boston where they treat you with respect. Do yourself a favor and skip this place...
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William Somers
reviewed a year ago
July 5, 2013, My wife and I went to the Barking Crab for lunch, arrived at 12:30. we were told by the matradee that there were only a few parties ahead of us. While waiting we notice other parties that arrived after us were being seated, at 1:00 I asked why were the other parties got to be seated before us, the matradee said their parties were larger and those table were open, so i asked how much longer for my wife and I to be seated the matradee said soon. It was quite obvious to us that the matradee really didn't care how long we were waiting, so we left the restaurant.
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