Legal Crossing
Legal Crossing

Legal Crossing

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-legal-crossing
  • Phone: 6176928888x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: 11:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Orange/Red Line: Downtown Crossing Station
    Green Line: Boylston Station
    Orange Line: Chinatown Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Our validation will net you savings at the Lafayette Garage across the street at 1 Avenue de Lafayette. Weekdays before 4pm, get a $2/hour discounted rate for up to two hours. Or park for $12 on weekdays after 4pm and all day on weekends.
A word from Legal Crossing
Legal Crossing is an urban neighborhood restaurant inspired by the vibrancy of Downtown Crossing, then and now. It's a cross between all of the Legal Sea Foods concepts, evolved into a new, singular experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Legal Crossing reviews from OpenTable diners
186 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)neighborhood gem (64)hot spot (56)good for groups (49)special occasion (49)notable wine list (46)great for lunch (45)vibrant bar scene (39)late-night find (29)romantic (25)great for outdoor dining (17)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (5)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Not up to par
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    When we tried to check in, we were told to wait at the seats for them to get a table ready. A half an hour later they came by and asked us if we are waiting for anything in particular, when they remembered. Service was her horrendous! And they were basically trying to make up for everything the whole time we were there. If the food had been spectacular, this might of been a better night, but it was just okay. Many people asked me how it was when I went to work, I told everyone I would never return.
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  • happy out of town guests
    drummerboy
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My group of 7 thoroughly enjoyed dinner. Excellent staff.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • very disappointed
    KASIIVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    the food was decent, but the portion sizes on Apps for what they charged was unacceptable. $15 for 3 jumbo shrimp & $15 for a ridiculously small bowl of lobster soup ( it was cup portion in a bowl, total joke) not impressed enough to return, will stick with seaport venue & C Bar
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • Skarma
    Skarma
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Vibrant restaurant near the Opera House in Downtown Crossing. The menu is eclectic with many choices of Legal's trademark seafood. The seafood Cobb salad was ginormous and tasty, while the chocolate mouse was to die for. Our server was knowledgable and attentive. I'll definitely go back to accompany theater, ballet and musical venues in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner
    waalien
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great dinner as always with the Legal Seafood chain. Excellent gluten free selections, and knowledgeable staff. Would recommend highly to anyone wanting a great seafood dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • open until late
    kjmnyc
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We arrived to Boston late, and most of the restaurant were close to last order. This place accommodated us with delicious seafood and the atmosphere to stay up late.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip
    TravellingFoodie
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Hipper version of Legal Seafoods. Menu is a little limited, but food was good. Had the lobster soup (very good!) and the seared scallops with beef ragout, which was a nice contrast. Sat at bar on a Monday night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than Legal Seafoods
    JonB
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Legal Crossing is part of the Legal chain, but it is significantly different from the other restaurants. The space is dark and modern. The vibe is hip. The cocktail list is creative and the bar stocks some real gems (e.g., Del Maguey Tobala Mescal). The menu blends seafood with Asian fusion and new American. This was our second visit, and it was very good. Be aware, though, that located directly across from the Paramount Theater, LX gets a significant pre-curtain rush. On the Sunday we visited, that cleared out at 6:30. It did mean that we had to sit right by the kitchen because we arrived early too. That wasn't a problem. We all loved the lobster soup. We all loved the fish. We'll still be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Not worth the money
    FoodfinderVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We chose 'LX' for the location by the theatre (across the street), but that's all it had going for it. The menu was quite limited and pricey. Apps we ok. House salad was ruined by 'creative' dressing, clams ok. All four dinners were over salty. It's seafood. Why is the chef adding so much more salt? Trout, scallops, and clam dishes all not good. Service was spotty. Not worth our money. Not going back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was really good and service superlative. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again
    Pete
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We arrived at 6:45 for a pre show meal. Ordered a salad (ok), seaweed salad(not available)& onion rings (inedible). We had also ordered main courses but by 7:50 we had to leave without eating except for bread. I had repeatedly asked what was happening and told that we would be served very soon which was untrue. There was an apology from the manager and no charge.
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  • Legal's Never Disappoints
    DebbyB
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have been going to Legal Seafoods for many years. I have never had a bad experience. Their service and food are always excellent. I love the Bang Bang Cauliflower appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • socialgal
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My sister and I were looking for a nice spot to eat dinner before seeing The Lion King on a Saturday night. We found it!! Legal Crossing was the perfect place for us to have a leisurely dinner and chat before the show. We are both seafood lovers and couldn't have been happier with our meals; not to mention the perfect floor to ceiling view of bustling Washington Street from our cozy table. From the warm bakery basket to the Shrimp appetizer and Wedge Salad; from the Roasted Cod and Trout Almondine; to the Profiteroles with Bourbon ice cream and warmed Chocolate Sauce - it was an outstanding meal! I would not hesitate for an instant to visit again. The friendly, welcoming wait staff was equally as warm as our food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Not our first time here and not our last. Korean rice bowl is to die for, service is impressive (never had to ask for anything and great conversation) they were busy but we felt like the only ones in the restaurant. Can't wait to go back! Wish others in the area were this reliably good. Already craving another rice bowl (get the tunA!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Felt Special!
    DogMummy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We made a dinner reservation at Legal Crossing as part of our anniversary celebration thinking it would be convenient to the Boston Opera House. Little did we realize that the theatre would not be the highlight of the evening! The restaurant and the staff's attention to making our anniversary special actually made our celebration! From the "anniversary wishes" waiting at our table to the complimentary appetizers to acknowledge our milestone to the yummy food, we didn't expect to WOWed. We returned to the restaurant for dessert and coffee (actually as a thank you on our part for making the evening special) only to be surprised by the complimentary sweets. WOW again - not expected - not necessary, but so appreciated! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambiance and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The restaurant was way too cold even cooling down the food and the dinner plate. The food choices were very limited.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great First Experience
    SamV
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our friends recommended us to have dinner at this restaurant for our anniversary. We took the orange line to avoid traffic and it was just a short walk from downtown crossing T stop. The host sat us by the window where we were then greeted by the manger Reggie. He made the atmosphere warming by getting to know us which he then found out about our anniversary. We first ordered a half dozen oyster which were superb. My wife wanted to get more which we were then SURPRISED with complimentary oysters on the house. Our dinner meals were great and our experience were beyond expectations. You can’t ask for a better location and the walk after dinner to enjoy the scenery made our anniversary even better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Legal Crossing
    Perki
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We chose this restuarant because it was close to the Opera House. The food and service was excellent. The menu offered some unique choices, both our meals were flavorful and well prepared. The waitress was friendly and efficient. We will definitely return next time we are in Boston and would recommend it to anyone.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Reggie and his staff are fantastic hosts! The atmosphere is just perfect for a dinner in town! Highly suggest you make a visit. Very convenient (across the street) from the Opera House. We had dinner prior to the show and back for dessert/coffee after the show.
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  • Need to work out the kinks
    chin
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Had a new waitress and wasn't that knowledgeable about food or wines. Forgot the olives in dirty martini . Ordered the soft she'll crab. Although delicious the accompanying banana didn't make sense. Crabs a bit soggy. Should have been fried a bit more. Took over 20 minutes to get my sorbet. If you offer port in which was not available offerings of cheeses should be part of the.menu. think chef over thinking menu
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had the best time here... Everyone from the hosts to the bartenders to the servers to the manager were just awesome!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • pretty disappointed
    cindilex
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was just OK. I ordered something from the every day menu and was told that it was out of season and they didn't have it. I ended up ordering something else (everything tuna) the piece was too thick and pretty bland. My daughter had the linguini with clams and it left a lot to be desired. The wine in the sauce wasn't cooked off all the way so it was very overpowering(she didn't eat it). The clams were few and it had something else in it that was questionable, not even sure what it was but it was the consistency or a raw scallop. My husband got the aged steak and again, it was just OK. The side dishes and wedge salad were delicious though! Our waiter was present a lot in the beginning, then disappeared when we needed water.
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    notable wine list
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  • Stellar Food
    goldybesnackin
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food at Legal Crossing was exactly what should be expected of the Legal brand and more. The baked oysters were spot on. I also had the Oyster Trio, which i HIGHLY recommend. This was three shucked oysters with jalapeno, cucumber, and melon sorbet. Very unique, but I will get this every time I go. For dinner, I had the lobster which was prepared beautifully, and the rest of the dish fit perfectly. My girlfriend and mother had the LX Shrimp and Sockeye Salmon special. Both were fantastic. I will be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Restaurant is well located, the service was good, good beer choice, and nice atmosphere; however....the broccolini was undercooked and tasteless, and the Lobster in Butter dish was over-cooked. Everything around the dish was far better than the Lobster.
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  • Excellent!
    Excellent
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was inovative and excellent. The service was top notch. I love dining in Boston, but have to say many city restaurants have slid in terms of food, value and service. Kudos to Legals for maintaining high standards, especially around service! It was a little hard to read the menus, the lighing is dim, and I was facing the bright lights of the theater - pretty to look at, but a little blinding when trying to read the menu.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Best fish taco
    FoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    LX is my lunch spot. There fish taco is great. The price is reasonable. I had the calamari as an appetizer and it was Devine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Evening dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    We are repeat patrons. The food is consistently excellent and was again, the service overall was very good, although our server had a bit of attitude which detracted from the experience. I would recommend to others and return, though. The staff who helped with our table was very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lionkingdining
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    excellent food and ambiance before the show The seafood is up to typical Legal standards
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Our lunch was served quickly and the food was great. The server was friendly and reccomended great options. I will be back often!
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    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new addition to Downtown X
    misheybosVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had a great meal at Legal Crossing. We are fans of Legal Seafood and we have been meaning to try this new location. The ambiance is decidedly more chic than other Legal Seafood locations. The menu is slightly different than a typical Legal Seafood ... but the options will not disappoint!
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    hot spot, special occasion
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  • OK - but not the best
    MJSLenox
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Had a pretty good dinner here. Wasn't the best Legal Seafoods experience - but the food was mostly good (though our risotto was undercooked) and the service was friendly but not terribly efficient (appetizer plates not cleared before entrees arrived, no water service etc). Very good looking restaurant - and convenient location. Not sure if I could recommend this to a friend, however.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good
    NickVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    excellent food, excellent location for theater. Very impressive wine list. Had sockeye salmon special. Waiter was a bit too stuffy, constantly using the irritating phrase "are we done? "are we pleased with..." There is no "we" here- just ask us directly. You are not part of the dinner table.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • wb75VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have dined and left a review before for legal crossing but the service keeps on making my night special. I am a retired FDNY firefighter and the entire staff made me feel welcome and comfortable on a difficult day. A big thanks to the manager and server for making a memorable night.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to meet downtown!
    MalloryVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I met a colleague here for drinks and appetizers and it was the perfect spot. Great ambience, feels very high end for being so close to downtown crossing. The service was wonderful and kept checking in on me while I was waiting for my colleague to arrive- but I never felt pressured to order before they got there. Drinks and food were delicious and unique from other Legal locations! Definitely try the oysters!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Superior service from the bartenders! I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the people in this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    DallasdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Legal Crossing offers a good meal. The oyster appetizer paired with three sorbets was excellent. Beet salad wad very nice. Several fish entrees offered as simply prepared and I had the scallops. Nicely prepared, not over-cooked. The place was empty on a Sunday night. Great people watching when seated by the window onto the street.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood source
    Susant
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great source for fantastic seafood. Actually is a chain restaurant but has the feel of a local neighborhood place. Also have late night hours for after theater dining and dessert.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The experience couldn't have been better. The service was outgoing and fun but not intrusive. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DTX's welcome addition!
    melodyrose1
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Fabulous food, wonderful service, a great addition to Downtown Crossing- or now known as, Legal Crossing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tremendous service and food
    wb75VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I recently moved to the neighborhood, I was overwhelmed with friendly and attentive service by Heather. She recommended we share some of the signature apps. They were all delicious. Thank you! Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.