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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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Benefit of the doubt, it may have been a bad ... terrible day of few tips and too many complaints.... but based on ZOMATOES review sit.... 687 people gave below average grade mostly based on service. HORRIBLE ATTITUDES, POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. NOT FAMILY FRIENDLY. I never post reviews. Mostly because I'm not usually sure if they are even helpful. But... More 

Thank Regina N
Vancouver, Canada
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the location here..right by the water. I only had a lobster roll by the seafood looked amazing ( full plate orders). They were playing lots of fun top 40 music And hace a lively feeling happening. Also the sangria looked amazing

Thank travelguru19_80_13
Prairieville, Louisiana
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a really great place for dinner and or drinks. Its a great atmosphere right on the water, but it gets busy. Lucky we found an open table on the bar side, but people were literally standing inches away from us as we tried to eat. In the bar area you will not have a waitress, you must get... More 

Thank julieleblancsmith
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43 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The title I used may beat description e this location, but what an awesome hole in the wall. Service was great! Foods a bit pricey specifically d you get any type of seafood, but worth it to sit overlooking the harbor while eating it. Adds an element of perceived freshness whether that's true or not. You won't be sorry if... More 

Thank Ericka R
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there on a Sun at 8pm and there was long wait and they were closing at 9pm. We tried again on Monday around 6:30pm and were seated immediately. Friendly servers. Clam chowder the best we have tasted, not to be missed. Famous hot crab dip did not disappoint. Dungeness crab gave big portions. Nice view of the city... More 

Thank sky478
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103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went after the childrens museum as they are basically next to each other. Its a perfect lunch spot to take the kids. Its loud with lots of things on the walls etc. Can't mess it up as the floors are wood and tables are picnic style. The food was average to above average. A lot of fried items but... More 

Thank Mojohnburr
San Francisco
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77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is very tasty, the ambiance very basic and the prices are not cheap but it is all worth it. We had crabs, lobsters, muscles and clams and all was delicious.

Thank Biff_10
Laval, Canada
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214 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i read reviews of this place and was expecting something more. we were at the children's museum and this place was in walking distance. i was disappointed that the portions were so small. i was actually hungry afterwards and had a second meal. i ordered the crab cake sliders and they were tasty but nothing special. my husband ordered a... More 

Thank jkdussault
London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So in the area which is quite busy with buildings going up there is this little place by the waterfront. Be prepared for when you go in, this isn't one those Michelin star looking places but the food is great. It's all fresh and of course the seafood is great. Service was top and the only thing stopping it being... More 

Thank razwan33
portland, oregon
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the night we arrived, recommended by our very youthful hotel concierge. Service tried to seat us in a corner despite our request for a table with a view -- which we took after the small child sitting next to us poured soup on his head, creating a mess, which service ignored completely. We had a great experience with... 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, Gluten Free Options
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
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, 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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