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Shaking Crab Opens on Boston Common Next Week

With so much spicy seafood

Lobster tail with potatoes and sausage at Shaking Crab
Lobster tail with potatoes and sausage at Shaking Crab
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

A growing group of restaurants known for serving Cajun-style seafood adds a new location to the mix next week. Shaking Crab (140 Boylston St.) opens its Boston Common location on Tuesday, January 23, at 5 p.m., having taken over the space Troquet vacated in its move to South Street.

Shaking Crab most recently opened a restaurant in Cambridge’s Porter Square, in the former Tavern in the Square space at 1815 Massachusetts Ave. This location became the first Shaking Crab (of which there are now several across Massachusetts and New York) to go bag-free, abandoning the traditional plastic bag as a method for shaking spices in with the seafood, instead opting for wooden bowls.

The seafood options at Shaking Crab range from mussels and crab to lobster, which can all be shaken up with one of several sauces and at one of several spice levels. There are appetizers, sides, and a few other options as well, from mac and cheese to fried pickles. Diners are provided with a bib and gloves; don’t skip the gloves, especially if you intend to use your hands for things like removing contact lenses later.

Shaking Crab’s Boston Common location will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Keep an eye out for the arrival of yet another Shaking Crab soon — it’s expanding to Brookline’s Coolidge Corner (250 Harvard St.) next.

Shaking Crab Boston Common Coverage [EBOS]

Shaking Crab (Quincy)

18 Cottage Avenue, , MA 02169 (617) 481-1353 Visit Website

Shaking Crab (Cambridge)

1815 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02140 (857) 259-6147 Visit Website

Shaking Crab (Brookline)

250 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446

Shaking Crab (Newton)

203 Adams St, Newton, MA 02458

Shaking Crab (Boston)

140 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116