Legal C Bar - Lynnfield
Legal C Bar - Lynnfield

Legal C Bar - Lynnfield

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A word from Legal C Bar - Lynnfield
From Legal Sea Foods, Legal C Bar emerges - a focused yet full-flavored social urban venue, casual in style.

Legal C Bar’s menu complements the bar forward concept and features many items suitable for sharing while also offering options for more traditional coursed dining. Tried-and-true Legal favorites along with exclusive offerings, including sushi and pizza, comprise the menu mix. Oyster lovers will find at least 8 different varieties daily.

We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” (USA Today, 2013), “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Legal C Bar - Lynnfield reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (70)fit for foodies (65)vibrant bar scene (62)great for outdoor dining (56)great for lunch (52)hot spot (49)neighborhood gem (44)kid-friendly (33)special occasion (30)notable wine list (25)late-night find (18)great for brunch (12)romantic (11)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good food, terrible acoustics
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very difficult carrying on a conversation in the main dining area. I would suggest dining outside when available. Food and service were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mea/service
    spaz
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My family and I went to Legal C Bar to celebrate my sisters birthday, she is gluten free so Legal is one of her go to places. We have been here before and the food/service was great. They have a gluten free menu with a good selection. She likes that they have breaded seafood. Great place for seafood but it is very loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dining experience
    Greatspot
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I know its a chain, but the experience was great. Food was amazing, service was exemplary and the atmosphere was welcoming and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • leal c bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Way too noisy can't hear waitress or conversation at table Food was fantastic
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood all the time
    Freyball
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The C bar is a great blend of bar and restaurant. The calamari came out quickly and was spicy and nicely crunchy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place for gluten free
    ljlblueVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Only restaurant I have been to they had a separate gluten free menu. Food was good and there gluten free rolls the best I have had. Still wish legal seafood would use sea scallops not bay scallops.other than that everything was good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legal C rates an B+
    LegalDining
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Overall, the food was very good as was the attentive service. The Tuna Sashimi with sesame vinaigrette, seaweed and wasabi was as good as we have ever had. Nice variety of oysters. The wood grilled Yellow Fin Tuna was delicious and perfectly cooked. However, the roasted half chicken was a little dry and Boston scrod lacked flavor. Legal C Bar in Lynnfield offers a patio alternative for dinner and provides relief from the excessive noise level inside. If your dining interest includes conversation, then be sure to pick a night you can sit outside. Inside, one finds a great bar seen, much better suited for drinks with friends and/or hook-ups than enjoying a leisurely dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise Level
    alfresco
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had made a reservation. When we met the hostess to tell her, she could not even hear me as the noise level was so bad. I am not a noise fanatic. I like my music loud; but when I meet friends for dinner, we do like to chat and hear each other. We ending up sitting on the patio which was delightful and the food was excellent. The service was very good, also. I would go back, but only when we could sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salmon tartare
    Willbback
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The service and drinks were very good. It was odd to have salmon tartare served without a chip or Cristini to eat it with? I guess you were supposed to eat it by the fork full?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steph
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Best of the Legals! I have had the best experience both food and service at this location!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Samme
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great service and food was excellent as usual! We had the almond crusted wild salmon special with wild mushroom ravioli and it was light and as heavy as it sounded. We sat outside and the server was great and always around when we needed her.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Outdoor Summer Dining
    happycamperz
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This is a great restaurant in the new Market Street development in Lynnfield. We sat outside for lunch. It was wonderful!!! The staff is very attentive & the food was up to the very high standards that we expect from Legal Seafoods. The sushi was very fresh..just magnificent. We each had a very large salad with cooked shrimp. Of course, the shrimp was perfectly cooked--tender & flavorful. I would recommend this restaurant for either lunch or dinner. They have a nice list of specialty cocktails & an extensive wine list that would be perfect for dinner. This is a definite "go-to" place when shopping @ Market Street.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Always enjoy this restaurant! Nice ambience, tasty menu and good service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legally Lively and Lucious Menu!!
    Bella
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Legal C-Bar at the Marketplace in Lynnfield is centrally located in the busy new Marketplace. An inviting outdoor patio for drinks, or waiting, and a bar that boasts of a great wine selection. You'll enjoy the same outstanding quality menu and services you have come to appreciate from Legals, and have the opportunity to stroll the marketplace as well.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I made a reservation for a large party and they were very accommodating. Food was good and staff was friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 107 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 202 reviews are from the Legal C Bar - Lynnfield reviews archive.
  • Horrible Waitress
    acar
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Normally I would have caused a scene but for whatever reason I did not. I have never had such a pushy waitress in my life. Telling my wife and I from the moment we sat down what to order from drinks , appetizers to dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food ,obnoxious waitress
    alanm16VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    As usual the food was excellent. The 4 of us were happy with the preparation and the quality. This time we had a server who was horrible. This has not happened before at this restaurant. We have been there a number of times and were always happy with the service. The server just followed a script just trying to push items even when we said we were all set. She was only interested in what she said and ignoring our statements. She did manage to overcharge us on a salad. That was because she had made up her mind how we should order it. We will be back there but definitely make sure she will not be waiting on us.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our Server Diana was very friendly, she was very helpful answering our questions on certain menu items and she really made our date night special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy we made a reservation
    HS86
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We walked in right on time for our 7:30 dinner res on a Friday night, very happy we went through opentable. The restaurant was packed and I overheard that here was about a 40-60 minute wait. Nice to know they do outdoor seating but I don't believe you can specifically reserve outdoor seating. Food was delicious, waitress was very nice but it was obvious she was extremely busy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing dinner
    Legalfan
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I was looking forward to a great dinner but there were mistakes made on two of our three dinner orders; and more to the point of this review, the scallops I had were undercooked and of poor quality. I would not recommend this particular legal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Grilled Shrimp!!
    Ccapozzi
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Super delicious and reasonably priced! Will return again and again!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much service
    Eikooc
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our server was very nice and tried to be very accommodating. However, she asked us at least three times did we want appetizers. Each time we told her no. We felt a little rushed in the beginning until we convinced her we wanted to chat for a while and didn't want to order right away. For some reason, she said she'd take one of our menus away as if that was a signal for something. Never understood it. The meal was fine---grilled shrimp, good portion, and tasty. My friend's salmon was just okay.The summer blueberry and raspberry mixed drinks were very good, refreshing. When we were ready to leave, it took too long to get the check. We sat outside which was pleasant and quiet. Inside and it was extremely noisy.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Real yummy food!!
    Luvdiningout
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our 1st time dining at Legal C Bar and the food was excellent! My parents had the fried clams, my husband had the sashimi tuna and I tried 2 sushi rolls... We all loved our meals which had very generous portions. The only thing that I was not happy with was where the hostess seated us. I had made a reservation prior and when I got there I requested to sit outside. That's where we were seated but in a section with only 4 tables that all had children at them rather than on the other side that had many tables and much better ambience. I just think when someone takes the time to make a reservation you also have to look at whom is in that party before seating them. We will definitely go back but request where we want to sit next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ample options
    Outandabout
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great menu with a wide variety to choose from. Crab meat sandwich was fantastic and salmon club sandwich was over the top.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • legal C lynnfield
    dgsatnite
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was great....options limited for those who are not big seafood fans but dining with others who are. The noise level was loud, and Im not sure I would classify as energetic but at times it was hard to here our own conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 4th time at Legal C Lynnfield
    Foodie28
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I've had 1 lunch in the dining room, 2 dinners on the patio and 1 cocktails on the patio - all superb experiences. Food and servers were great. The servers were patience with us as we wanted to take out time and they obliged us. We live close by and feel this is a great place for outside dining after such a terrible winter. Although I did observe/hear the high noise level inside. I had a great experience with the food, the service and servers all outside. I/we will be returning again. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute restaurant with good food
    Samantha
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I went here for Date Night. The service was friendly and quick, and the food was fresh and tasty. The Thai-style calamari was a perfect blend of spicy and sweet, and the red Dragon roll did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabfind
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great place! Amazing food, fun drinks, best sangria, upbeat
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great all around
    Umyame
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We had a terrific meal and our server Diana was just great. She greeted us and wished us happy anniversary. She was attentive but not overbearing. The food was excellent. My wife's oysters were perfect and my wedge salad was huge but did need little more dressing. We had swordfish a good sized portion cooked to perfection. My blackened scallops were tender and sweet with just amount of heat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    venaea113VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My boyfriend and I decided to try the new Legal C in Lynnfield since we had a Legal Seafood gift card. Sangria was excellent, although pricey. Main dining room was extremely loud (we were there at 8:30 pm) and difficult to hear each other over the noise. For the high end prices, service and the food quality should have been much better. Server delivering our food didn't know what dish was what and almost dumped my boyfriend's dinner in his lap as she lost her balance. Main server didn't pay attention to details, leaving soaked napkins under our sangria glasses, not replacing a used knife before the entree came. Lots of servers hanging around by hostess station. Server glared back after seeing we didn't tip 20%. Good for drinks at bar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simple pictures are best
    ferretgrrl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Basic seafood treated well is what all the Legal branches do best, so that's what you're best ordering. Sides can fall a little flat in their attempts to be overly complex, but there's no quibbling with a perfect wood-grilled piece of fish, or fresh succulent oysters. There was a small hitch with our Open Table reservation; I had received a confirmation email from Open Table, but when we arrived at the restaurant, the reservation had not been confirmed on their end. Fortunately they were able to seat us quickly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Swordfish tonight!
    DocjrsVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I enjoyed one of the best pieces of swordfish that I have ever had tonight! Kudo to the chef and the buyer. Keep the great meals coming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster bake
    Donna
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Although mgmt attempted to quell our disappointment with our meals by giving us 2 free desserts, which was thoughtful of them, both meals were subpar. The steak tip meal had a mound of jasmine rice that was like glue. The lobster bake had dry tasteless mussels which I stopped eating after 4 of them, the steamers were excellent and the lobster claws were dry and rubbery, the tail was just ok. When asked how the meals were, I usually don't complain, but had to tell the waitress the mussels were awful. She offered to bring fresh ones but I didn't want them, when asked once again how the meals were, we both just said fine because we didn't want to keep complaining. For 2 meals, 2 Sangrias, very good, for $100+ it left much to be desired.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Updated Menu
    MegK
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner at Legals on a Sunday. Was able to eat outside. I especially enjoyed the kale and farro salad as my two sides. Very modern items for Legals and they were executd flawlessly. Will definitely be heading back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Robyn1065
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    AC needs to be kept on, not intermittently on and off Too hot inside
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always excellent
    Kevinm
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We've been here a half dozen times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legal C Bar
    diningiut
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Not the same menu as other Legal Seafood - very disappointed. Too heavy on all seasoning, especially salt.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice suburban outdoor dining
    5starVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The staff was warm and friendly. However some of the apps were lacking flavor and presentation. Such as the Buffalo shrimp, it was tempura battered and just sitting in a pool if hot sauce with blue cheese. It was awful. The crab cake was amazing although it was rather small in size for the price point.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for casual dining!
    TheCash
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The restaurant is nice and modern. Dinner choices are a bit small but is varied. It was very busy on a Wednesday night but our waitress was friendly and attentive. I had the yellow fin tuna which was very good!! Overall we had a nice dinner and enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    My husband and I very much enjoyed our evening at Legal C Bar. The service was awesome. The food was very good but nothing stood out that blew me away. The noise level inside the restaurant was a bit too loud for us, so we opted for the outdoor seating which was very pleasant. Overall, we had a great time and would go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.