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Barking Crab Seafood & Bar

Barkinig Crab Seafood & Bar is the sister restaurant of the legendary Barking Crab in Boston. Opened in July of 2007, Barkinig Crab Seafood & Bar is centrally located on America's Cup blvd. in the Brick Marketplace retail district just one block off the waterfront. At The Barking Crab you will find New England cuisine at its best. We feature crabs including snow, dungeness, and king, as well as whole crabs when in season. We also feature live lobsters of all sizes. The menu also includes traditional favorites including lobster rolls, fried clams and seafood platters, beer-battered fish and chips, and for the land lover, Bone-In Ribeye. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating as well as 2 full-service bars and a raw bar. The main bar has 2 large screen plasma tv's perfect for game day.
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39 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
(39 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 39 reviews
5 stars
(11)
4 stars
(13)
3 stars
(10)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(3)
Food 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Service 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Ambiance 
3.2 / 5
(Very Good) 3.2 / 5
Noise Level
2.3 / 3
Energetic
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • good for groups(10)
  • great for lunch(9)
  • kid-friendly(9)
  • fit for foodies(8)
  • great for outdoor dining(6)
  • neighborhood gem(6)
Barking Crab Seafood & Bar Reviews List
Review 1 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 12/31/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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"Pricy for the quality of food and casual atmosphere."
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2015
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Review 2 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 12/27/2015
 2009
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Review 3 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 12/12/2015
 2011
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Review 4 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/04/2015
 2010
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Review 5 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Dined on 11/21/2015
 2008
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Review 6 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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Dined on 11/27/2015
 2003
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2003
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2003
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Review 7 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Unimaginably bad

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Dined on 11/27/2015
 2015
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2015
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Visited The Barking Crab on Friday after Thanksgiving and I can not imagine how this restaurant has a 4 star rating. We ordered appetizers which were not provided and then the waiter said he would take them OFF the bill as thought he were doing us a favor. I had the fisherman splatter which consisted a overly large portion of poorly cooked French fries. The battered fish tasted as if it had been frozen and the batter was doughy. The scallops were Ok but the clams were clam strips and not whole belly clams as I would expect for the price. My friend hat the Portugese fish stew which needed a large dose of hot sauce to make it reasonably edible. The fish stew was not provided with a spoon to sample the sauce and attracting the waiter was a waste of energy."
Dined on 11/27/2015
 2015
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Review 8 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 11/27/2015
 2007
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Review 9 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/11/2015
 2013
Dined on 11/11/2015
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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"The service was quite good. Our waitress was friendly and professional. The cocktails were good, I had a Makers Mark Manhattan, well made, it didn't go overboard on the sweet vermouth, as some do. My wife actually had a beer produced at one of the states plentiful microbreweries. The Calamari Appetizer was good. The batter could have used more seasoning, or less batter, but it was still quite good. My wife had the Coconut Shrimp, which she found had too much batter, and the marmalade was too sweet.
The main course was far better. I had the Lobster Mac and cheese. Served in a skillet, plenty of lobster meat. The pasta may have been cooked in a lobster stock, as the flavor ran through the dish. My wife had the Portuguese Seafood Stew. She said that it was excellent with a flavorful broth.
We went midweek and off season do it was not crowded in the least. The summers are a different story though. Overall a pleasant experience. I would happily return!"
Dined on 11/11/2015
 2013
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Review 10 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/14/2015
 2009
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Review 11 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/07/2015
 2011
Dined on 11/07/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/07/2015
 2011
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Review 12 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Not disappointed

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our reservation for 3 were seated right away, very attentive waiter, food was very good. Good size portions and they did not skimp on the lobster in the roll or mac & cheese! The dinner was all that I had hoped for. The main dining room is wide open and includes the bar, which did get a bit loud at times, I enjoyed my previous visit even more, when I sat outside!"
Dined on 11/07/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/07/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 14 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/05/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 15 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"We dined there twice in 1 week. Both times the food was great."
Dined on 10/30/2015
 2009
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Review 16 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Delicious gluten free food!

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Dined on 10/26/2015
 2011
Dined on 10/26/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Delicious food, and almost everything can be made gluten free including fried foods! Celiac friendly!"
Dined on 10/26/2015
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 17 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/24/2015
 2014
Dined on 10/24/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/24/2015
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 18 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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Dined on 10/24/2015
 2012
Dined on 10/24/2015
 2012
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/24/2015
 2012
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Review 19 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Informal Seafood in Newport

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Another pleasant and very informal seafood find in Newport. Don’t miss the naked lobster roll, served on the requisite toasted hot dog bun, heaped with buttery lobster and nothing else. There were chunks of claw meat and we were so sated we barely touched the generous portion of fries that came with it. The “award winning” chowder was anything but, however, and probably should have been entered in the potato soup category, since our bowls skipped the clams altogether."
Dined on 10/12/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 20 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/19/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/19/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/19/2015
 2015
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Review 21 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Average chain experience

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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"The food was fair, but just. My portion was too small, but two of the other diner's portions were way too large. There was only one dessert offered, and the restaurant did not feel especially clean. No where was market price revealed with an actual number, and our server was polite but not very friendly."
Dined on 10/12/2015
 2007
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Review 22 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/04/2015
 2013
Dined on 10/04/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/04/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 23 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/06/2015
 2011
Special Features: great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 24 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Nice food and great service

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"From walking into the Barking Carb to our great waiter to the fine food we enjoyed everything about our visit. Thank you for your wonderful atmosphere, great service and fantastic food."
Dined on 9/28/2015
 2013
Special Features: scenic view
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Review 25 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/22/2015
 2009
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Review 26 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 9/14/2015
 2015
Dined on 9/14/2015
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/14/2015
 2015
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Review 27 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/14/2015
 2010
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 28 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/26/2013
 2015
Dined on 10/26/2013
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/26/2013
 2015
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Review 29 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Bar Food

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Dined on 4/18/2015
 2015
Dined on 4/18/2015
 2015
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/18/2015
 2015
Special Features: hot spot, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 30 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/25/2015
 2013
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 31 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/25/2015
 2010
Dined on 4/25/2015
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 4/25/2015
 2010
Special Features: great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Review 32 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 4/19/2015
 2015
Dined on 4/19/2015
 2015
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/19/2015
 2015
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Review 33 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Delightfully surprised

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I must say the food was very good. I was surprised to see gourmet creativity like " Lamb with Fiddle head ferns" and turnips the size of nickels. Very delicious. My family enjoyed all the seafood which also showed creativity. Crab cakes had lots of crab. Go for a great meal!"
Dined on 4/05/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 34 for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Popular family seafood spot

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Reasonably priced fresh seafood (for Newport) with a casual atmosphere. Best Quohogs ("Stuffies") ever! Make reservations in summer, it seems like it would be very busy."
Dined on 1/02/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Barking Crab Seafood & Bar
Based on the average of (5) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
5 out of 5 recommend this product
Food 
4.8 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.8 / 5
Service 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
Ambiance 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Noise Level
3.2 / 3
Energetic