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Barking Crab

#258 of 2,499 Restaurants in Boston
€€ - €€€American, , Seafood
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” (180 reviews)
“seafood” (314 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 21:00 Hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
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Reviewed yesterday

This was my second visit to this establishment. The first time I had the traditional Lobster Roll, and Crab Dip. This time I enjoyed the Crab Cakes and Naked Lobster Roll. You can't wrong with the food here, although pricey, you can be sure you're...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you have a hunkering for deep fried seafood (lobster, clams, scallops, etc.) and a cold beer this is the place for you. Located right on the edge of the Fort Point channel in the Seaport District, it is worth the trip. Very casual, and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the king crab legs and a cup of chowder. Everything was delicious. I found it a bit pricey though as the place is quite informal (shared tables, bar athmosphere). Service was ok.

Thank nobradors
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you get the lobster, it will cost you, but it is worth every bite. The Chowda was delish! We love that there is a tent, because our first visit was actually just to duck out of a heavy rain storm. We got to dine,...More

Thank Sabrina G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A friend recommended I check out The Barking Crab for my quick visit to Boston and I made sure to call him and thank him immediately after my trip!! Upon arrival I was seated by a hostess who wasn’t very pleasant, but thankfully Brandon, the...More

Thank Jaime S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe it's just us, but the food was not worth $175 for 2 adults and 2 boys. I've eaten at many other restaurants with a better seafood with better prices.

Thank Katrina S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was refreshing to ask a waitress ,"What is good on the menu? ",and get a straight answer. Yes, it took 5 minutes for the expertise advise but it made our experience delightful.We had Dungeness crab and the lobster roll. This was the best we...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best seafood restaurants in Boston. Can't go wrong with any of the crabs, lobster BLT (if available) and steamers. I'm a bit of a crab cake snob raised on Maryland blues so not so much a fan of crab cakes that are...More

Thank EaglesFan19810
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by a Boston native and glad I went. This place is next to the waterfront. It is small, crowded, a little loud and perfect for a group of friends. I had the stuffed flounder with brussel sprouts, it was good. I...More

Thank Quetzal2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a seafood platter and the lobster mac and cheese! They were both outstanding! The portions were a little small considering the price. Also, the table were a little dirty.

Thank Mattzin25
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
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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
17 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, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
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
  • 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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