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The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods - really fresh fish. Enjoy ocean-side dining just steps from the New England Aquarium. Our restaurant couldn't be more convenient to the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and waterfront hotels. We think a visit to Boston must include a meal at Legal Sea Foods. Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there's no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker. We've received a boatload of accolades including "Most Popular Boston Restaurant" (Zagat, 2011/2012), "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Improper Bostonian, 2010), "Best Chowder" (Boston Magazine, 2010), "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Boston Phoenix, 2009) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
Regular Hours
Mon - Thu:
Fri - Sat:
Extra Phones

Phone: (617) 782-4479

Fax: (617) 523-0512

Payment method
travelers checks, visa, amex, diners club, discover, master card, all major credit cards
Price Range
North End, Waterfront

Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf

Seafood Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street, Validated

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Seafood

Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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5 stars!! Are you crazy!!

No, sorry....where do you people normally eat? Mcdonalds?? It was good, I guess. And yes, I had the premier "lobster 3 course" dinner,
and had a dozen oysters for appetizers. Ok....I guess I didn't eat what you had. And it was decent, 3 stars, but 5 stars!?? It's a food factory, it's not fine dining by any means. Sorry to burst your bubble. If you're looking for good decent food at standard prices with ok service, than this is your place. If you're thinking fine dining 5 stars, keep driving.



Provided by Citysearch - 
consistently good seafood

I've eaten at several Legal Seafood locations and I find the seafood and other menu choices to be consistently good, the service to be friendly, and the ambiance pleasant. I recommend Legal over other Boston Seafood Restaurants and cant help but wonder if some of the the sniping is planted by the competition.

Cave Cibum


Provided by Citysearch - 
Not the only choice for seafood

In a city that is literally right on the water, many visitors end up at Legal Sea Foods, looking for that ""authentic"" seafood experience. Which is a shame, considering there is better seafood to be had in Boston at lower prices. Legal Sea Foods is fine, if not generic, and most definitely over-priced. Their chowder is thick and slightly gloopy, but the French bread rolls are delicious. Fish is cooked well, but it's nothing to write home about, and the variety of sides will please just about any diner.

But frankly, seafood restaurants shouldn't smell like seafood. Legal Sea Foods always smells fishy, which is just not right.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Good if you like well done

I have been to this place several times. Their motto: ""if it isn't fresh, it isn't legal"" is a joke. Everything is always so overcooked, you would never be able to tell if it were fresh or not. My litmus test for a good seafood restaurant is whether or not they can properly cook a rare tuna steak. Legal failed this test not once, but twice at two different locations! Over the years, we have sampled lobster, and swordfish - and always overcooked, dry, and tough! Three strikes, you're out. If you have to go to this place, order something safe. The chefs either have minimal training or are so overloaded they can't pay proper attention to what they're doing. Naked Fish or Skipjacks are better bets.
Good luck!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Overpriced, Red Lobster

When you travel to the coast you hope to eat a great seafood dinner. This place was a joke! We ordered wine and our apppetizer and were asked not once, but four times to please place our order, long before the appetizer ever arrived. To be honest, we were waiting to see and taste the appetizer because the place reaked of the smell of FRIED fish and I was worried about the quality. Our waitress finally got rude and told us to place our order just as the appetizer was placed on the table. My husband ordered surf and turf. Yes, I know it isn't wise to order steak in a seafood place, but get real! What they called filet mignon was a chopped steak at best! I had crab legs (mostly because I was so offended at being severely rushed and I knew they would take forever to eat.) Very Dry! Hey, Legal Sea Foods. Don't claim something you cannot deliver! It just makes you look stupid!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Avoid the Clam chowder

My friends and I each had a bowl of the New England Clam chowder and it was a major disappointment. One of my friends didn't even finish their bowl. The chowder had no flavor and it was watered down. I have had better clam chowder out of a can. The service was good, but I will try never try this restaurant again.



Great, Great Great

What a delight, the sevice was exceptional, food was cooked perfectly. Even with no reservation the 45 minute wait in the bar fun, and the visit was worth every penny.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Clam Chowder in Boston and my favorite restaurant.

Ive eaten at most of the locations. The quality of the food is always consistent and the clam chowder is amazing. For lunch, try the spicy fish and chips. Its not too bad so dont worry. I took my friend here when he came to visit me from San Diego. He loved it. Had the baked scrod.

If youre visiting here for the first time, you have to come here at least once. My favorite locations are the one on the waterfront near the Aquarium and the one near Park Plaza.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Really bad

Appetizers were ok, ordered a $95 bottle of wine and had to ask 3 times for wine cooler. Finally got it.
Ordered lobsters, husband's was cooked ok, but he said dry, not like when in Maine. Mine, was undercooked and I didn't realize it till I ate a few bites. Sent it back, and came back still undercooked. Was told I had to wait 8 - 12 hours if I'd be sick. Yes, they didn't charge, but who cares about the money, I wasn't looking for free food, I was looking to eat a nice dinner. Instead I spent the night worrying if I'd be sick. Thankfully I wasn't but the point is it should never have happened from a place that says it has high quality control standards.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Quality food and Service

Recently went and ordered oysters as an appetizer. Reasonably priced and delicious. The food came out in time and the champagne was great. Visited the P.F in The Prudential Center. Great music, great food. Plan on going back soon.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Decent food, terrible service.

I went to Legal Seafood on my first visit to Boston. My idea was to have some good fresh seafood near my hotel. The result was devastating. We ordered oysters and clams as appetizers and tuna and trout as main courses. To drink we had a nice Napa Sparkling Wine.

The meal came down to this. We first received the main courses, then the oysters, and at last, when we were almost finished we had the wine... Then we get to pay at the table. Not only we had to input the tip but we even had to slide the credit card.

I won't go again even though the food was ok. Kumamoto oysters and raw tuna... how can you go wrong?



Provided by Citysearch - 
Poor management..

I've been to other Legal Seafoods restaurants and they've been better. It looks like someone doesn't pay attention to the details here. Reservations are sometimes not met- you end up waiting for a table the same way if you hadn't called in adavance. People will be waiting and there will be plenty of empty tables but no waiters.. Many more things just like this.

Also a general Legal Seafoods thing. I know these are supposed to be good seafood restaurants but I haven't found the food to be better than anywhere else. I've had lobster bakes here.. and they're so over priced and really not that good. Nothing really stands out. If you want good seafood don't go to a chain liek this



Provided by Citysearch - 
Overrated Food! Ridiculous Prices! Tourist Trap!

When I lived in Boston, I tried Legal Seafoods a number of times and each time it got worse. The clam chowder is tasteless and the steamers were something to laugh at. The prices are way too high for what they give you and the quality is just unacceptable. The service is less than great and the wait (even with a reservation) is just ridiculous. This place is a total tourist trap and I've stopped going.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Forget a reservation

Have to agree with the last poster, reservations mean nothing here. When I arrived on time for my reservation, I received a beeper, I asked why do I need this I am on time for my reservation. They stated it will be a few minutes. I was seated after all the other people in the front waiting where seated, which took 45 minutes. Food was very good, but not great. Good portions. Servers where going in and out of the front door where patrons go in to serve the patio guests, which I felt was a bit unprofessional for such a nice place.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Bad Food, Terrible Service, Astronomical Prices.

I was relocated to Boston in Fall 2006 and this was selected as one of my first places to visit. Oh my God!! What a dissapointment!! Having reservations already, it took myself and a friend over two hours to be seated (what a joke !). I still did not give up since I was thinking the good food may be worth the long wait. The food was bad, totally average and nothing spectacular. The server had absolutely NO IDEA about wines and/or about the food. Both servers were not even familiar with the menu !! One entree was forgotten and it took another hour to get it. Not to mention, they brought a completely different entree that the original order. What a mess!! My dish said it had rice and it did not come with it and I decided to asked for it: What a surprise, the server came back after 30 minutes to tell me they don't have rice and brought bread instead. What the heck was that for?. Save yourself a trip and the agravation... DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE !!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst service EVER

I had one of the worst dining experiences of my life at this restaurant. I had 6:15pm reservations on a Monday night and was seated upon arrival. But then.... we waited.... and waited..... and waited..... 15-20 minutes before a waiter came to our table at all! No water, no bread, no taking orders, no nothing! This is totally unacceptable, especially for a pricey restaurant!! You'd think that once a waiter realized we were getting no service that everything would be great from then on, wouldn't you? Nope!! The food did come in OK time, but water refills were completely slow or non-existent and getting the check took another 15-20 minutes and then waiting for the leftovers to be put in a paper box and returned to our table took another 10 minutes. Totally insane. (Oh and by the way it's a horrible date place because it was SUPER LOUD in there and totally crowded and the seating had everyone crammed in there -- all on top of the ridiculously bad service! And this was a weeknight to boot!) I will NEVER go back!!



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Gave the Kendall Sq Legal's a second try even though it was completely average the first time. Should have stayed away. The famous chowder was unstintingly mediocre (Whole Foods makes much better chowder, for goodness sake) and my husband's onion-crusted fish was inedible. He described it as ""bland white fish covered in oatmeal."" Our server and the manager were very kind and apologetic - the service was great - but when the manager offered us a free meal in the future we had to chuckle. Will NEVER go back.