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Barking Crab

) #104 of 2,418 Restaurants in Boston $$ - $$$ American, , Seafood
88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
+1 617-426-2722
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good41%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“crab” (158 reviews)
“seafood” (306 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A seemingly very popular place as it was packed on Saturday at lunchtime. Good food options and I enjoyed my crab roll and tap beer. Food service was extremely fast. I would go again.

Thank WilliNZ
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Was overlooked at the bar, then had. Old food and did not see much of our waitress, it's only Thursday night!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 days ago

Twenty years ago, I loved this place: an unassuming little crab shack right on the water. Since then, though, they've made their schtick more slick (read: expensive) while not actually improving the experience. Dinner for four will run you ~$200 for a pretty basic meal,...More

Thank mattypw
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Barking Crab is a funky venue serving delicious basket food - the crab cakes were delicious as were the tuna tacos. The frozen rose wine cocktail was lovely!

Thank clare66uk
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went here because of the proximity to our hotel. It was crowded, which is to be expected in the summer, and didn't take from our attempts to get a table. We were told it would be 45 minutes but waited only 10 minutes for...More

Thank pcroberge
Reviewed 4 days ago

Had a great time. The crab legs were great. Met a few nice people there. Had the clam chowder soup and crab legs.

Thank Darrell S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Good food and fast service. Lobster Mac and cheese was big enough to share with wife and we split a salad. 16 y.o. son had fish tacos and 7 y.o. son had chicken fingers. Both boys were happy. We all started with crab dip/chips. This...More

Thank James E
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a group outing, so we all had chowder and split some crab/lobster baskets. The food was delicious! I'm from the Mid-Atlantic region so i'm used to my crab having Old Bay on it, but this crab was delicious anyway! Loved the signs about...More

Thank Louise B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After having a slightly bad experience on an Independence Day Lunch Cruise we were feeling a little disheartened as we walked over the bridge next to the Barking Crab... heard some live music and the place looked fun so thought we'd give it a try....More

Thank Jamie_Shorts
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Prices are ridiculously high. Washrooms were disgusting. Lobster roll had no flavour. Just lobster and mayo.

Thank Maria M
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
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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
USD 30 - USD 30
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
Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, View, Groups
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
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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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