Boston >Food & Dining > Barking Crab
88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA | Directions 0221042.353772 -71.048665
Su-W 11:30-9, Th-Sa 11:30-10
Neighborhoods: South Boston, D Street / West Broadway
Food was good server wasn't – We saw the barking crab on man vs food and even though most of the city search reviews were bad we still went.
We had Lobster po'boys and they were awesome!
Also, the clam chowder was great except for the clam shell my husband bit into (it happens, and the manager apologized and took it off our bill)
Our server was efficient but, seemed annoyed the whole time.
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crab barked too much – I visited this restaurant today with a lot of expectations for a fresh lobster and crab.
I ordered a chilled xxx platter as a starter and a fire grilled lobster as a main dish.
The meat from both plates had no taste at all, and no sweetness or saltiness to even comment on.
It was the worst sea food experience of my life.
I wouldn't recommend this place to anybody.
Nice outdoor dining – There is something very enjoyable about being outside in the summer while enjoying a cold beverage and some seafood. The nice thing about the Barking Crab is that it is located in the city and can extend a 'summer experience' for visitors. The food is not of the highest quality but it is good and offers many different types of seafood prepared in many ways. If you like it fried, broiled, grilled or skewered, it is on the menu. They also offer mai tai's and other beverages. It can get quite busy and so be prepared to wait most nights. I have eaten here on several occasions and the service has been fair to good. One time, the waitress let me order the guppy bowl drink for 2 without notifying me of the huge size or the &18 cost (I guess she thought I could handle it). They have since fixed the menu to include these details. I have enjoyed the cedar plank grilled salmon and the lobster roll. If you are very hungry and cost is not a concern, order the 10 lb lobster and crab plate! This is a fun place to bring friends. If you are boating on the harbor, one can dock nearby for a mid-day meal.
The Barking Crab Boston – After waiting over and hour, we still had 13 parties ahead of us. Hearing other parties talk, found out that special treatment was given to certain locals. Watched several parties arrive after, get a pager, and wait just a few minutes to get seated. Was able to hear locals talk about not having a reservation. When we approached the hosted, she was rude. We left and will never go back.
Rather eat at Wendy's – I recently went to the barking crab.. It was probably the worst meal I have eaten ever. Let me start by how horrible the service was. My waitress had a mouth like a drunken sailor and the food runner smelled as if he hadn't showered in weeks. From what I have read about this place it is probably because the staff can't afford it since the profits do not seem to find its way to the employees or the restaurant. Now the food, hmm how to I start, I believe if I went to Wendy's I could probably get fresher fish. The peeled shrimp was nasty and chewy. The stuffed lobster was the nastiest thing I have ever eaten. What the hell do they use for the seafood gravy..grossss.. I honestly don't think that they have anyone back in the kitchen that has any culinary experience. The management should be ashamed especially for overcharging for crap on a plate. Please if you read this.. Go anywhere, but here.
Awful – I WOULD NEVER EAT HERE.. WARNING TOURIST TRAP ALERT... First, I would like to say that the Barking Crab is absolutely awful. The food lacks depth, flavor, and creativity. Do not eat any of the items that are sauteed since the fra diavlo sauce is a watery mess, the beurre blanc isn't a beurre blanc rather rotten cream sauce and almost 90 percent of the food is pre-made or frozen. The clams and calamari are usually a few days old oh and by the way this place is infested with rats. So it is easy to say that the sanitary conditions aren't up to code. The waitstaff is inexperienced, along with the Management especially Kris Kratsas, which is probably the downfall of the Barking Crab Boston. I have first hand knowledge that the Barking Crab "releases," employees before their 90 days so they do not have to pay for insurance or give a reason for the termination." They have gone through multiple upon multiple turn-overs through out the front and back of the house and even the management isn't safe from the entity known as Kris. The only people that are unscathed from the 90 day turn-over is the illegal immigrants that are working in the back for 8-9 bucks an hour. This place does not care about its food so why would they care about its patrons and employees. This place is a cesspool and should be ashamed of itself for overcharging for garbage. I could receive better food in a 3rd world country. The only thing that is usually fresh is the lobster, which is extremely over priced. The one thing that this place is Great for is making money and staying under budget, how? your guess is as good as mine. Great Job Barking Crab!
DISAPPOINTED – Having the restaurant name "Crab" one would think the crab cakes would be delicious.. WRONG, THEY WERE AWEFUL!!! the long island oysters were nothing to write home about.. If your in the area go to Legal Seafood instead.. it'll be worth it..
Visitors not welcome here – I took out-of-town guests for dinner on Saturday night. We didn't have a reservation, but were quoted a 40-minute wait so we decided to hang around. After 45 minutes were were told it would be 20 minutes more. After the second wait expired, the hostess told us she had no idea when we'd get a table but it might be another 15 or 20 minutes.
Other parties who had come in after us were seated before us. There was one other group complaining of the same wait problems. The restaurant takes a phone number to call when your table is ready; our common thread was that we'd both provided an out-of-town phone number.
A manager finally seated us. After we were seated, there we several open tables and no additional parties waiting at the door -- this was a little suspect considering the number of groups who'd checked in while we were waiting.
The oysters were fresh and tasted great. The lobster roll was a bit overcooked. The other dishes our table ordered were fried and hard to screw up. Our server was friendly, as were the bartenders, but the overall experience was disappointing.
If you're going to go with out-of-towners, check in with a local number. Better yet, skip this restaurant and take your guests somewhere they'll feel welcome.
Cool Place. You have to check it out! – We eat here at least twice a month. This is one of the coolest restaurants in Boston! They have really turned the place around from years past---great food and an amazing microbrew list. It's informal and fun here---summer all year long. You can't go wrong here!
Worst Experience Ever! – Over the summer, my fiance and I took a week-long vacation to the east coast. We decided to stop by the Crab for our last night before we went home since we had heard about the place from many of the locals who mentioned that it was a must-see before we went back to Chicago. My fiance and I are a regular fun couple who do not require anything fancy and enjoy a fun night of good beers and good food. Upon entering the Crab, I got the whole easy-going vibe with the open tent atmosphere and picknic tables and thought this could be alot of fun. We couldn't have been more wrong!
There are just too many things that went wrong to go into but I will try to touch on the highlights. We waited over an hour and a half to sit at a crowded picknic table with a bunch of roudy kids. Our waiter didn't come over to us for twenty minutes after we had been seated. When he finally came around, we ordered a lobster and a bucket of crab legs to share. We never saw the waiter again for the night except to give us our bill. Someone else served the lobster and legs in plastic buckets to us and when we asked for utensils and plates, mentioned that the waiter will be able to help us. We ended up walking around the restaurant looking to see if we could borrow a paper plate from someone else. When I finally got to the lobster, I had to break it open with my hand since the kids were playing drums with the supplied table rock. The lobster exploded into juice and shells, turning my borrowed paper plate into a nice paste and leaving me with a fishy cologne to wear for the rest of the night. We went out to eat every night on our trip to some really great places, but we ended up paying significantly more at the Crab than anywhere else.
Long story short, I felt like I was robbed. I left the place broke, covered in fish guts, and still hungry. The only thing I got out of this experience is the "Worst meal of my life" story. DO NOT GO HERE!!!!!
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