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The Barking Crab

The Barking Crab

Seafood Restaurant$$$$
Seaport District, Boston
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    "my Naked Lobster Roll and drinking a pitcher of sangria."(9 Tips)
    JingXun H.
    "Unpretentious, no-frills superb lobster and oysters and crab."(30 Tips)
    Chris K.
    "The New England clam chowder is amazing, as is the lobster roll."(8 Tips)
    Charles R.
    "Great lobster, oysters and fish tacos"(7 Tips)
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  • scenic views
  • good for groups
  • live music
  • sangria
  • happy hour
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  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertAugust 23, 2014
    Great place after a day tearing through the city. End at the wharf for some cold beers & great clams, oysters, cocktail shrimp. Don't be turned off by the touristy look. This place is solid.
    Upvoted Oct 6
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 4, 2014
    With outdoor dining overlooking Fort Port Channel, it's a great gathering place for a celebration, and boasts thick clam chowder and a selection of fresh fish daily.
    Upvoted Oct 1
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithMay 8, 2014
    If using malt vinegar for fries/fried fish, make sure the "shaker top" is on the bottle; otherwise you'll have drowned your food in the liquid. If available on draught, try the Barking Crab White.
  • Meg B.
    Meg BermanDecember 5, 2018
    Open year round, this Seaport district fixture is a great spot for on-the-water dining. Arrive by boat & dock at the marina during low tide. The menu features seafood options from across New England.
  • Meg B.
    Meg BermanNovember 9, 2018
    Open year round, this Seaport district fixture is a great spot for on the water dining. Arrive by boat & dock at the marina during low tide. The menu features seafood options from across New England.
  • Matthew T.heart icon on user image
    Matthew TringaliJune 15, 2016
    Don't remember what it is called, but essentially seafood stew, with lobster, haddock, littlenecks & mussels. Amazing! Crab cakes look amazing. Fantastic atmosphere. Right next to Children's Museum.
  • BU Today
    BU TodaySeptember 27, 2013
    Enjoy a spectacular view of the harbor from outdoor picnic tables while chowing down on either of 2 lobster rolls—the Boston Lobster Roll or the Naked Lobster Roll which comes dripping in hot butter. Read more
  • Navin A.heart icon on user image
    Navin AmbiApril 28, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for seafood. Beer selection is pretty good. Fried clams and oysters are pretty good. Occasionally they have specials like the soft shelled crab burgers which are awesome.
  • Cindi P.heart icon on user image
    Cindi PoppJanuary 14, 2017
    The best place ever! Love the fresh seafood. Great job Sarah, Katie and Josh! Can not wait for my next visit to the Boston number one spot to hang out
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyAugust 19, 2017
    It can edge into tourist territory, and certainly looks the part, but it's a worthwhile stop on a summer afternoon or evening — especially now that the Seaport is an actual place to spend time.
  • Juanita
    JuanitaJune 25, 2016
    Atmosphere is fun, oysters are fresh, and dungeoness crab was delish. Come here with a lot of time and in a good mood!
  • Natalia C.heart icon on user image
    Natalia ChilcoteNovember 2, 2012
    My favorite memories...paddling a full dragon boat (head, tail and all) and docking it below some ogle-eyed customers. Then smashing a crab, enjoying sweet sangrias, and paddling all the way home.
  • Alexandra L.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra LucianoJune 29, 2013
    Get a table at the window and you'll enjoy a beautiful & breath taken view 🌆🌃🌉⛵🚤 plus the food is delicious!!! Plus is casual nothing fancy!!
  • DMheart icon on user image
    DMDecember 23, 2014
    Really popular place! We'd have to wait for 15 minutes to get in! But is really costed it, because the dishes was delicious, staff very friendly. Sure to come again.
  • Ira B.heart icon on user image
    Ira BOctober 25, 2020
    Try the crab cakes for appetizers and the lobster roll is a great choice for your entree.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PriesnitzJune 21, 2014
    Delicious lobster in a relaxed atmosphere! Plan some time to go there! Often crowded! Definitely worth the waiting time! Spot for tourists and locals as well!
  • Kelly R.heart icon on user image
    Kelly RobertsonAugust 24, 2013
    Sit at the bar and talk to Jay. He knows his stuff and is one of the best servers I've had. The peel and eat shrimp are awesome. As are the Oyster Shots.
  • Bobby C.
    Bobby ChauSeptember 23, 2012
    Great service whilst waiting for our table, decided to go for the lobster risotto and Fishermans Platter :) Fantastic live music too!
  • Craig D.heart icon on user image
    Craig DesmaraisSeptember 4, 2014
    Huge lobster roll. They also have a HUGE lobster you can eat....if you can afford it. Decent beer selection, but order at the bar if you can, it gets busy!
  • JingXun H.heart icon on user image
    JingXun HuOctober 27, 2016
    Unpretentious, no-frills superb lobster and oysters and crab. Do not miss it!
  • Gadi S.heart icon on user image
    Gadi ShamiaAugust 23, 2017
    Live music, great summer vibe, fresh fish... what not to love. Also the view.
  • Cindi P.heart icon on user image
    Cindi PoppJanuary 14, 2017
    Oh my!! I could not get enough of the fresh seafood. Love it! Sarah, Katie and Josh you are the best! Can not wait for my next visit. Thank you!!!
  • Michelle A.
    Michelle A.August 3, 2011
    Definitely a tourist spot but with great food. The naked lobster roll is awesome. Lots of lobster without all the work. Beware of the bathrooms, though. They're tiny and scary.
  • Mashable
    MashableMarch 20, 2014
    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.
  • Chris K.heart icon on user image
    Chris KennedyJune 12, 2022
    The New England clam chowder is amazing, as is the lobster roll.
  • Georgios G.heart icon on user image
    Georgios GatosApril 18, 2017
    You have to try this place. Original in everything that they served.
  • Martin H.
    Martin HanniganMay 20, 2012
    It's a tourist spot so don't come expecting five star treatment. If you're a local though, tip well, smile and have fun. You'll be taken care of.
  • Todd D.heart icon on user image
    Todd DeJuliusJuly 5, 2015
    Naked lobster rolls are the way to go. So much better than the mayonnaise regular ones
  • Celeste M.
    Celeste M.August 4, 2013
    Best crab cake appetizers anywhere. Outside atmosphere is cool, definitely for tourists. Excellent service!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 11, 2013
    Order some clams and a bucket of beers and enjoy the outdoors. Read more
  • Daniel T.heart icon on user image
    Daniel TewfikJune 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Woah, $21 for a lobster roll? Make it to a more authentic spot for more lobster for the buck.
  • Gary N.heart icon on user image
    Gary NoeFebruary 19, 2017
    Excellent foods, great service. Our first time visiting and will definitely come back.
  • Muhammed B.
    Muhammed BulutAugust 11, 2014
    Lobster are adviced. If you do not want to strive combing out the lobster, sandwich ones are ideal.
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 5, 2012
    Rustic, unpretentious, and delicious. Order a lobster, eat the whole thing (tomalley too!) and be happy. - Kellie, Community Manager
  • Arnie T.heart icon on user image
    Arnie TaylorJuly 12, 2015
    Food was great, atmosphere was awesome, and loved being in the middle of history!
  • Michelle
    MichelleMay 21, 2016
    Really LOVE the Janet & Michael playlist while I'm eating my Naked Lobster Roll and drinking a pitcher of sangria.
  • Vernon C.
    Vernon CheungJune 16, 2011
    Crab dip packed full of crab. Lobster mac n cheese was incredible. Boston baked scrod = buttery baked fish goodness. Naked lobster roll jam packed with buttery lobsta. Top it with Sam Adams Brick Red.
  • Tara D.
    Tara DeVincenzoJune 10, 2015
    Tourist or not (guilty...) this place really hit the mark in providing some delicious Boston chowdah with a side of harbor breeze
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OshimaAugust 14, 2014
    Lobster roll, seafood casserole, and shrimp kebabs.
  • Anthony D Paul
    Anthony D PaulJanuary 1, 2013
    Visiting the ICA museum? Lunch here. The basket of sweet potato wedges is huge/delicious! DON'T get one per person.
  • Noura Z.heart icon on user image
    Noura ZahranNovember 23, 2017
    One of the greatest experiences in sea food !
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MillsJuly 13, 2015
    Mixed bag: crab is phenomenal. And expensive. Service sucks, it's loud (in a bad way -- club music in a seafood shack? Weird); a bit of a tourist trap, but view is nice, food is good, plates are big.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 4, 2011
    The Barking Crab has some of the best -- and biggest -- seafood dishes Boston has to offer. -Adam Richman, Man v Food Nation
  • Tara D.
    Tara DeVincenzoJune 10, 2015
    oh by the way, sweet potato fries are big fried chunks of actual yam/heaven.
  • Jason Y.
    Jason YarboroughFebruary 27, 2011
    Jonahs crab claws for your app. Yumm. The junior platter is a great dish to share with someone. Sam Adams Boston brick on tap!!!
  • Carl W.heart icon on user image
    Carl WalserMarch 5, 2019
    Atmosphere was great. Crabs were awesome, fried platter not so much.
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BakerOctober 16, 2013
    Boston Scrod and New England Clam Chowder is the Way to Go!
  • Moon B.
    Moon BangAugust 25, 2018
    Chilled shellfish platter was good, lobster roll was good too- so buttery
  • Bonobos
    BonobosAugust 15, 2012
    Seafood galore. Try the lobster roll, clam chowder, & clam chowder, just to name a few.
  • Yasemin
    YaseminApril 12, 2014
    Been here a couple times, haven't had the chance to taste the food. Indifferent host(s) made us wait for 10 minutes each time to tell us that there's 1 hour wait. Don't think I'll give it another try.
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