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Summer Shanty

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140 Main St, Route 28, West Dennis, MA 02670-2212
+1 508-394-0400
11:30 - 00:30
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Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sun 11:30 - 00:30
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We came to Summer Shanty for our first ever lobster rolls and we weren't disappointed. We sat outside next to the water and had some local beer to accompany our Lobster Indulgence - lobster roll with chowder on the side, slaw and chips/fries. It was all delicious and service was great; our waitress Tina even said hi to our friends... More 

Thank No_foreign_land
Manlius, New York
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97 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Our first dinner on our recent trip to the Cape Correct planning got us to THE AREA about an hour before sunset... But the POOR signage off the road and we spent a half hour looking with no one to ask... Almost decided to go some place else, but finally stopped someone coming off the marina and the told us... More 

Thank vinooram
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is the type of place that is a no frills with great food. Lobster Roll you need to eat with a fork. Nice family eating with picnic tables and a view right on the channel. May be too rustic for the upper crust. But great for the other 99%.

Thank Rich N
Westport, Connecticut
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47 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016

My wife and I love stopping at the Summer Shanty whenever we're on the Cape. It's real calling is drinks and apps with a fun atmosphere and nice view of the marina. Service isn't always spot on but nothing to get frisky about. The food is average to good and the drinks really sell the place. Everything is served at... More 

Thank raunk929
Needham, MA USA
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149 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016

The entrance looks very nice, having been recently freshly landscaped. It wasn't an ideal night to sit out because it was too windy, so we went inside. 4 waitresses huddled in the corner chatting and only 3 tables located inside. They had the air conditioning turned down so low that we were all freezing. When we mentioned it to the... More 

Thank Jean293
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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98 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Had a similar experience to the previous reviewer. Server was not friendly, water cups were rarely filled, and there wasn't much "circling back" to make sure everything was ok. We went on a non-music night so I can't comment on music. I would assume though since this is a cute place that it would be a fun music venue to... More 

1 Thank icudoc1
Dan K, Owner at Summer Shanty, responded to this review

Good Morning, Thank you for your recent visit. I am truly sorry for your recent uncomfortable dining experience. Rest assure, additional staff training will be provided and monitored to assure customers receive the level of service expected. Your business is valued and hopefully next time you are on Cape Cod you will give the Summer Shanty another visit. We look... More 

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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We ordered a lot of items from the menu including clams, shrimp, chowder, fish (haddock), and some kids menu. Server (T) made some errors. Wasn't very friendly with our very polite group. Example " how many clams come in a pound as I am deciding between a puns or two?" Response "I have no idea". We asked "10,30?" Her response... More 

Thank Foodxpertnyc
Dan K, Owner at Summer Shanty, responded to this review

Good Morning, Thank you for your recent visit. As you can see with the other Trip Advisor, Yelp & Goggle reviews the level of service you experienced is not the norm for the Summer Shanty. As owner of the restaurant I am truly sorry for your recent uncomfortable dining experience. With regard to the number of clams in a pound,... More 

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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Went to Summer Shanty on Day 5 of vacation. Ate seafood every day. This place was most enjoyable for several in our party of six. Food was excellent for the price. Casual outdoor dining on the Bass River.

Thank NerdTravelerDayton
Greer, South Carolina
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Great bar scene but the outdoors on the harbor was main attraction. Service a tad slow but best plate of lobster I had all weekend. Sat and w notes a few drinks a great dinner me fun people watching and view Must go hang out!!!

Thank maryyates
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

For a "clam shack" sort of place, the food was above average. My fried haddock sandwich appeared to be a real piece of fish (larger than the roll), the tomato and lettuce fresh. It was tasty. The fries, also, were good. My husband liked his cajun salmon, although the bite he shared with me was too spicy. The field green... More 

Thank Laura02116

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 17
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:30
11:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 140 Main St, Route 28, West Dennis, MA 02670-2212
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cape Cod  >  West Dennis
  • Phone Number: +1 508-394-0400
Casual waterfront dining servicing local seafood, black angus burgers, clam chowder and other light fare. Full liquor license with GREAT frozen drinks. Winner 2009 & 2013 "Best Waterfront Dining" by New England Cable Network. Winner "Certificate of Excellence" by Trip Advisor. Cape Cod's best sunsets EVERY day!

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