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Barking Crab

88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
+1 617-426-2722
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good39%
  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“crab” (156 reviews)
“seafood” (303 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210-1226
Neighbourhood: Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Barking Crab has become our traditional dinner meal after the normal April visit to Boston. It was a good thing we made reservations - the place was packed. Fortunately we got our tables relatively quickly. Service was good and our orders were taken in...More

Thank Elton K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

So maybe arriving at a popular dockside restaurant on a beautiful Saturday afternoon should have tipped us off that there might be a wait, but... we walked in, went to the hostess table and asked for a table for two. We did notice several open...More

Thank christimay
Reviewed 6 days ago

I wish I had eaten two Lobster rolls, now I have to go back to Boston...hahaha. This is a casual place. We went as we left the brewery. The service was good.

Thank ELI0514
Reviewed 1 week ago

After traveling all over the USA eating crabs, shrimp etc...this place was as amazing surprise!!! The crabs were FANTASTIC! A MUST! The place was rustic and fun. Cold beer. Good wine. Nice waterfront view.

Thank Kathryn C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for dinner and had a good time. Normally they roll the walls up and you enjoy the outdoors but it was cold. Sit at picnic tables and relax. A band was playing, nice beer selection, lobster roll and oysters were tasty. Go for...More

Thank debed-ILLINOIS
Reviewed 1 week ago

A colleague and I went to this restaurant while in Boston for business recently. It was a cold drizzly day when we dropped into the Barking Crab, we were a bit wet and bedraggled and we found a table near the bar, but also near...More

Thank Eyebalio
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friend recommended it. I thought it would be touristy. It surely wasn't. Really good food. We had to wait. But it was worth it. BTW don't be late. When they say they are done seating people they are! Saw them turn away a few nice...More

Thank ffmunson
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here for dinner after a long day on the Freedom Trail. It was a beautiful day but it started to cool off quickly. We were seated quickly, and the service was fine , but after asking twice for them to turn off the...More

Thank kjb11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best meal I had on out break to Boston and NYC. Unpretentious and completely delicious. The junior platter of lobster and crab legs was beautiful. I'd never tried steamers before so the chef sent a couple out. Good but not a patch on the...More

Thank annamerry
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fresh tasting lobster. A bit pricey but worth it. Great experience and atmosphere. Waaay better than the lousy Legal chain!

Thank BaliBoule
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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Glenn K
Do they have carryout
18 November 2016|
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Response from Terra C | Reviewed this property |
I don't know- sorry!
Lisa B
Where is the best place to park?
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, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, View, Child-friendly, 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.