Shaking Crab - Cambridge

4.2
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106 reviews
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$30 and under
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Cajun
Put on a bib and get ready to make a mess!

Channeling New Orleans by way of New England, Shaking Crab offers a variety of fresh shellfish drenched in house sauces featuring rich butter, ample garlic, and bold Cajun spices. Throw in spice level customization and the option to add sides and you'd best believe that your meal will be different every time you shake!

Shaking Crab offers a fully stocked bar with inventive cocktail options and a rotating selection of craft beers on tap. The modern dining area aims to create a communal vibe to enjoy a meal with your family, a drink with friends, or a first date with no chance of awkwardness. In the age of social media, the inherent messiness of Shaking Crab is sure to do away with pretention - and your cell phones.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
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4.1
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4.1
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4.1
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JuliannaF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I recommend the food but that’s about it. I’m going to try another location because the service here was absolute TRASH. Not only were the appetizers cold when we got them but every request I made or question that was asked with answered with a, “I’ll be right back to help”. It took over an hour for my food to get to me and I was sat in a very cramped area. It was a busy night which I understand, but the workers were just walking around as if the restaurant wasn’t full of angry customers. There were at least 10 workers and only 2 appeared you actually be doing their jobs.

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LongN
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

bad service overall! Kitchen mixed up orders! Servers can only apologize for the mixed up and delay food.

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Chloe
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Cheap drinks. The spices on the seafood is phenomenal but the seafood itself is not the best quality.

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WinnerWinner
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Portion size compared to price was amazing. The house shaking seasoning/sauce was so flavorful with a heavy garlic flavor, so freaking amazing. The drinks came out way too slow and you can tell the management of staff and organization is not their strong suite. Good news food comes out quick and everyone is nice they are just all over the place. They could water more, refill drinks more but lets be real. Came for the crab and the food did not disappoint i would highly recommend, in addition to going back and trying more amazing seafood!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Portions at the Porter Square location were smaller than the Boston Commons location and I ordered the same meal. 🤔

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vipMarkitt
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Delicious and good value! Suggest getting medium spice on spiciness scale as that's darn spicy already. Staff is excellent!

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vipMidtown
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Nice environment, great service but the food too salty !

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LeahN
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I thought that the food was slightly pricey but after trying it I realized that it was worth the price. Fresh and a great representation of how great seafood in the Boston area could be. I brought some family members to this restaurant when they came to visit me from New York and everyone enjoyed their meal, I would definitely come again!

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AnthonyJ
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

The service was bad. It seems that the server was new. Which was not the worst part. We had a party of 9. They came all the way from Virginia and I chose this place to take them to. 1 person didn’t get to eat and 1 person got there order wrong. Instead of them just making it right, they made it look like our fault. Turns out the server put the order in wrong. Manager didn’t even acknowledge us or come over. I work for Marriott. We are in the same industry. We all make mistakes. But what sets each establishment apart are the things we do to “make it right”. Customers don’t come back to places because they are perfect. They come back because no matter what, we “make it right”. This place failed to do that so it will not receive my business or another $350 from myself and anyone else I tell to not go here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you my friend was so happy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Poor quality seafood compared to similar restaurants in the greater Boston area. Small portions. Mild sauce was still pretty spicy. Food runner brought the food out, server didn’t come by for a good 10-12 minutes so if we needed anything it was pretty much too late at that point. She was too busy breaking down the patio seating and giving another female coworker a massage by the bar, I had eyes on her the whole time, she just didn’t care to keep her eyes on us. For 3 people, it was quiet a waste of $140. I wouldn’t return.

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TamikaR
New England
10 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great location easy to find parking. Staff are pleasant and there is enough room to get busy on your food.

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shays
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I was very upset there wasn’t no lobster on Thursday

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OscarC
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place food is great and a fun time for a good night out

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FranM
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was DELICIOUS. Usually we go to Capt. Louis in stoneham, and this place was just as good. Mussels were a little weird they had some seaweed inside them but besides that the crab and sauces were delish. Totally recommend . I think as well they should lower the volume of the music as there is some people who want to converse during dinner together but cant with the music. Service was excellent no complaints

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was OK. The location in Newton is better

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Westwoodmom
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a fun family birthday dinner at the Porter Square location. It was a little hard to figure out the menu, but my kids have eaten here before and helped me out. Nice sized portions!
The staff was kind enough to retrieve a gift card my son had left behind--many thanks for helping us out with this!

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Peter
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overpriced for the quality of the food. The Cajun fries were great, the seafood average. There are places in the greater Boston area with much better value and taste for the same experience.

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Donaldi
New England
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ate here with my wife and 3 sons for mother’s day and everything from the service to the food was great. My wife ordered a watermelon margarita which she wasn’t happy with and the waitress gladly got it remade for her. Good food , good service, good times!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience4

Great food! Amazing in fact! The drink were subpar and service was overwhelmed and not friendly. We waited 15-20 minutes for drinks ordered when we arrived. We didn’t see our waiter/security guard most of the night.
I would visit again but maybe the bar or other location as it was that bad of service at the table top seating.

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BeeC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The crabs was overcooked. The medium sauce I requested was extremely hot. I could not eat it because of the heat I was in discomfort and kept coughing. I suggest making the sauce less intense if you have hot on the menu and the two is the same intensity why even bother having the two if it is the same. Take away from the enjoyment of the meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was good food

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vipKarenC
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was a little too salty, otherwise it was good. The service was good. We were there between 4:30 to 6 on Sunday. It was not busy so it was rather quiet.

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NatayliaC
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best location I have ever been to. Spacious, very clean, the food and waiters were great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was out of this world.

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SoumenD
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great and food was good. We will come again!

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JoeyDon
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best shaking crab I ever had. Donna was a great waitress!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was horrible, the drinks were expensive but the bartender didn’t fill the entire cup. The music was the only good thing

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Necig
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food especially for the value. Good service not excellent but overall okay. Definitely recommended if you are a seafood lover! Will return for another round!

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vipTonyW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Have tried some of the best seafood boils in Las Vegas, Florida, and DC so we were excited to try the same in Boston. We were disappointed with the flavor (or lack of). Gumbo was not very good and clam chowder was only served warm (but tasty). Po boys were ok, but bread was not toasted. Seafood boil in a bag lacked sauce. We won’t be back.

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vipFoodFan
New England
33 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience1

The food was excellent as always, but this was our first time at the Cambridge location. As soon as I set foot in the door I knew there would be a problem with the excessive music level. I immediately asked the hostess to turn it down and she said she would see what she could do. We were seated in a far corner and it seemed as though the noise level was almost tolerable, but very quickly it increased to a very unpleasant level. Two or three times during the evening I asked for the sound to be turned down and it seem to work briefly but then very quickly the volume became intolerable again. I would strongly advise that no one ever plan to have dinner in this restaurant. The service was also very weak. We ordered a large salad to share and it was brought to the table without any plates! Although we requested them no oneever appeared. I went and hunted down another server who then had someone bring over small paper containers

I wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant for takeout but will never die in here again

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Scott
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was awful food was awful everything about the place was awful and I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy

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AltonD
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Came all the way from ct...had a amazing time food was delicious and music was on point

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DanteD
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great food. Great dining experience. Service was a little slow. Only 1 bartender for the whole resturant... maybe understaffed for the night. Absolutely would return

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GGGS
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I was disappointed with the service I received; I ordered a cocktail from their menu and then they told me that their drink menu wasn't live yet. I don't understand why they would distribute this menu before it's ready. The drink that I wanted was a simple Mai Tai made with Captain Morgan and Triple Sec, so I'm not sure why the bar wasn't ready to make it given that it required no special ingredients. Instead, the waiter offered me their "standard" Mai Tai. Fine. However, when the bill came the "standard" Mai Tai that I got was more expensive than the specialty Mai Tai I originally tried to purchase! The sum of this experience gave me a sour taste and made it feel as though they were taking advantage of me.

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JaidaG
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time will not be the last time. I even think my picky eater of a sin would enjoy this place!!! 👍🏾❤❤

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ElizabethF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun Experience, and good food. Shrimp was my favorite. Garlic noodles were delicious. Would recommend and will be going back.

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RawdaM
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This place was amazing from their buttery garlic bases to their hospitality. Namee was AMAZING. She always had a genuine smile on her face and checked on us just the perfect amount of times. Would definitely come again and recommend this to my friends!

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dotdotdot
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was pretty good, and it was definitely a unique experience. But the service was comically bad. The hostess who sat us forgot to tell the servers about us, so it took about ten minutes for someone to finally come by to take our drink orders. Then they got our order wrong twice! It took about ten minutes to finally flag someone down to bring us the check -- we actually ended up going to the front to ask the hostess. And then, to top it off, we got the folio back with the receipt but no credit card. We had to get up again to ask the hostess to find our credit card.

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BELINDAT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We absolutely love Shaking Crab!! Our first time at the Cambridge location because Quincy was closed. This location is huge and we were impressed by the amount of seating they provide. The service was a little slow but it was New Year's Eve so we understood. Nevertheless, the food was very-very good. My hubby and son ordered the gumbo and didn't care for it; thought they needed to get the recipe from the Quincy location. The drinks were really good, the waiter was happy and very polite and they all seemed to work great as a team. The food portions were very impressive; they really know how to take care of you. So... amazing food, great svc, great location and great portions. I would give them a 8.7 out of 10. The gumbo was the only thing that we didn't like but that's no biggie. We will definitely be back.

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Shaking Crab - Cambridge does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Shaking Crab - Cambridge also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (857) 259-6147.

Shaking Crab - Cambridge is rated 4.2 stars by 106 OpenTable diners.

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