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 WinnerSeafood
Legal C Bar - Lynnfield reviews from OpenTable diners
198 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (79)great for lunch (76)vibrant bar scene (74)good for groups (69)hot spot (53)fit for foodies (52)neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (44)notable wine list (32)kid-friendly (31)late-night find (16)great for brunch (12)romantic (11)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great for Ocations
    Ted100
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    great place good attention perfect for big groups , nice restaurant over rall
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • night out with a friend
    seafoodie
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great food, great service! Way, way too loud for a dining room. We were yelling to hear one another, which is what we would expect at a bar. Otherwise, I will revisit soon........just will sit @ the bar next time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    northshoredinerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Four of us had a fabulous dinner at Legal C Bar. My expectations were not high after my last few experience at a Legal Seafoods. However, this was different. Everything was great. My husband had the swordfish and it was thick and tender. I had sushi and a salad -- also delicious. My daughter and her boyfriend were also happy with their meals. The fried pickles to start were one of the best we've tried. As a matter of fact, we had to place another order since they were so good. Drinks were good as was the service. It was a nice touch having the manager stop by after the meal. I don't know why more places don't do that. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in the area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food, great drinks, great looking restaurant and the only Legals you can get sushi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time visit
    Lucie13
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First time at Legal C Bar and we would definitely go back! Great dinner, service was excellent and all staff very friendly. Manager comped our apps because we booked said we were first time customers on our Open Table booking. It is noisy so if you are looking for a quiet place I would not recommend it on a Saturday night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Couldn't even hear myself chewing
    FoodisLove
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We decided to go to the Legal C Bar in Lynnfield this past Friday. We were thankful we made reservations because it was packed. We were able to sit quickly. The food was good, and my salmon was cooked perfectly. Really the primary problem with this restaurant is the noise level. I'm fine with loud bars, but if you're going out and paying a fair amount of money for your meal you would like to at least be able to talk with the person/people you are with. It really did not make for an enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good dining experience
    SherryVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    at Legal C Bar. Prompt seating upon arrival. Sat outside where it was very quiet. Service was very efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Addition to the North Shore
    no27glo
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My husband and I have been to Legal C many times. In addition, we've given gift cards to our friends. We enjoy everything about the restaurant. It is casual and comfortable and the food is always excellent. The more formal Legal Seafood restaurant is good but the Legal C Bar seems to fit our lifestyle. The entire outdoor mall has been a wonderful addition to the Lynnfield/Saugus area. We plan to continue our trips to Legal C and recommend it highly to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as are all Legal restaurants
    MuddyWatersVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We love this place and go every week. All the Legal restaurants do a great job (fresh food, reasonable price, good service) and Legal C is no different. I recommend them all if you want great seafood, fresh salads, and good service, all at a pretty decent price point.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    Jazzy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was delicious, the ambiance was upscale, relaxing and pleasant, the people were friendly and professionally, the price of the meals and drinks was about 20-30% less than what we would have expected to pay elsewhere. Plenty of parking too and a broad menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Love the food there. I requested an outside table for a party of six so it would be quiet and we could talk. When we arrived I was told that they do not honor request for outside seating through reservations and had to sit inside where it was extremely loud and difficult to have a conversation with a party of six
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    meditatefood
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We had a great lunch. The service was attentive and fun ! We really liked the crabmeat salad and the salmon reuben! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
  • 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
    alanm16
    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.