Legal Crossing
Legal Crossing

Legal Crossing

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-legal-crossing
  • Phone: (617) 692-8888
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Legal Crossing reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)hot spot (53)neighborhood gem (52)good for groups (48)notable wine list (43)great for lunch (41)special occasion (37)vibrant bar scene (29)late-night find (28)romantic (22)great for outdoor dining (11)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Nice Addition to Downtown Crossing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Anyone familiar with the area knows that this is definitely a neighborhood/area in transition. Had this opened in another Boston neighborhood, it would have been just another Legals. But it is a welcome addition here.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I have been here 3 times now and have loved it more with each visit. Our server was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it here, but bad night
    mmmmVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This is my go to place. Got the mussels., but they were undercooked. All white and slimy. Gross. The waitress was weird and would look at us strange every time she came over. No mints or tiny candies when leaving.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Your Average Legals
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The menu is different from other Legals. It is more eclectic. We loved the bang bang cauliflower appetizer. The grilled calamari was scrumptious. For entrees we both had the whole fish, which that night was grilled branzino. It had a little too much butter for my taste, but it was still quite good with an excellent side dish. One entrée arrived a bit undercooked. Our server took care of it quickly and the manager compensated us for the inconvenience with a free dessert. We had the profiteroles with brandy ice cream and, like the rest of the meal, it was delicious. Overall, we had an excellent meal and a pleasant experience. One thing that needs improvement: the bread basket. The one we had that night was somewhat lame.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    bobr
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    First, I was there for business lunch and the dinner experience may be different. I had the pork belly sandwich. In my opinion it was inedible. First, the bread is like a sub roll, so it is pretty large, but the amount of food inside is tiny - just a few pieces of pork belly and some cucumber. Eating it would have been mostly bread. I took the pork out and ate with a fork and left the bread. It was overwhelmed with spice that left me with an aftertaste the rest of the day. Very little pork. The side was slaw and potato chips, which weren't bad. Expensive too Bottom line - not in a rush to go back
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • goddandred
    GODDANDRED
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Although a little pricey, the appetizers, chowder, and entrees are excellent, and the wine list is also very good. For lovers of cheese, forget it, so in that respect it is not fit for foodies. Otherwise, it is excellent. The waiters are helpful, and we ordered a full bottle that we were unable to finish, and the bottle was seal-packed for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great option in Downtown Crossing
    westenderVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We dined with friends before the ballet. Service was good, flexible when we asked for a table away from the register, patient when our friends were delayed, and attentive when we told them of the 7:30 curtain. We all really enjoyed our meals, all fish - trout, salmon and swordfish. There is a nice wine list, by the glass, by the bottle and even some half bottles. No time for dessert even though a couple tempted us. Next time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    johnadrian
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    A must get is the . . . bang bang cauliflower . . . to die for :D A very great atmosphere for dining. Staff were great
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food !
    MichelleVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Great food, everything was delicious, right from the start. Congrats to the chef. And great service too. Good location.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • full and happy
    wb75VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    You're greeted with a friendly smile by the host, servers are knowledgeable and they accommodate dietary restrictions, what more would you want? The food is great too, gluten free calamari is amazing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great food and wonderful pre-theatre option. Fish portion for cod dish was much larger than I expected. As a healthy eater, if I go back, I'd have a salad and share an entree with someone. For the price though, not cheap, it's nice that the portions are large.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to par
    Wineginger
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Evening dinner
    JeffJM
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.