Legal Oysteria
Legal Oysteria

Legal Oysteria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/charlestown-legal-oysteria
  • Phone: 6177121988x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 1:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and street parking available
A word from Legal Oysteria
Legal Oysteria is a casual neighborhood restaurant serving coastal Italian-style seafood. Executive Chef Rich Vellante developed a menu based on the food he cooks at home for family and friends.

Legal Oysteria’s menu showcases the freshness and purity of its seafood offerings and other ingredients. Preparations are simple and authentic. A brick oven (with pizza oven and rotisserie) informs the menu. There are options for those who choose to table share or prefer more traditional coursed dining. Our bar program was designed to complement the cuisine. The all Mediterranean wine list is heavily focused on Italy and Spain and the cocktail program highlights the beautiful wine, vermouth, chinato and amaro of Italy and beyond.

By tradition, an osteria is casual, comfortable and accessible and Legal Oysteria aspires to afford that same experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Legal Oysteria reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)vibrant bar scene (30)fit for foodies (25)hot spot (25)good for groups (15)notable wine list (13)special occasion (11)romantic (7)great for lunch (6)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Not legal and not osteria
    CambridgianVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We thought it had to be a great: we are huge Legal seafood fans.We love Italian Osteria restaurants. They could benefit from becoming either more like a standard Legal Seafoods restaurant, or more like an Italian bistro. It is neither. The service was indifferent, in stark contrast to the usual high standard at Legal. The food was odd at best. I had the silk handkerchiefs--which was basically pasta in a green souplike substance. The appearance was to say the least off putting. It actually tasted fine. We ordered the ricotta fritters, which were slightly overdone. The crostini were quite good. The bread was dry and served sliced, on a plate. The artichoke lasagne was so-so, and a bit small. If it succeeds it will be due to a great location.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • worth a try
    ellebeeVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I love seafood and had been waiting to try this relatively new spot. I didn't love the menu, but had some oysters and then my date and I shared entrees. Both the swordfish and salmon were delicious and they even split the dishes for us in the kitchen. the table was small, so having the two large plates each was a bit awkward. The waitress was also strange and seemed to hover over the table when we were trying to talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It ain't Olives
    Eater272VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Don't come here expecting the rebirth of Olives. The room reminds you of Olives, but the food, though good, is far from great. Terrific if you live in the neighborhood, but not worth a long trip.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time, great food!
    AlysiaVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Really enjoy the atmosphere at LO. We have dined here twice now and have enjoyed our meals both evenings. In both events, our appetizers and entrees were brought out a little too close together but I was looking forward to diving in to the Lobster Fra Diavlo so I had no issue with it. The Ricotta fritters are to die for! Looking forward to the next seasonal menu!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Nice spot in Charlestown. Extremely loud though. Not a place for a nice quiet meal at all. Could not even hear myself talk at points because of the extreme noise.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legals Oysteria
    VotsieVogue
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The food was good, the restaurant loud, and the waitress very inattentive. We had to wait 12 minutes after dinner for her to see if we wanted dessert or to leave the check. The whole fish was fantastic. Though it did taste good, the Silk Handkerchief Pasta looked too much like snot to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lynnVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Just too noisy and was not thrilled with the selections on the menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Above and beyond on all aspects.
    maya
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was great. We ordered Seafood Appetizer, Pizza, Whole Fish, Rabi, and the cookie dish for dessert. Every dish was perfection. Delicate touch with seasoning. The portion of Seafood appetizer was disappointing, but the dressing was great for bread dipping--forget the drawn butter. Kyle, our server, went above and beyond, and we're a fussy group! Atmosphere is casual--not muss, no fuss. It's open, bright, and upbeat. I'm local and I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legal Seafood with a culinary twist
    MBFMaven53VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This place is great! Revamped in the former Todd English's Olives location, Legal Oysteria takes food to another level. The staff is friendly, the wine list has been thoughtfully designed to pair with the food and the food...well, it's touted as Mediterranean coastal food that the chef likes to cook at home for friends...I would like to be on the guest list! Menu is a combination of small plates and larger servings. Charred octopus was well executed, stuffed trout was delicious as was the swordfish salmorigilio. Will defiinitely return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Legal Oysteria is trying hard
    gclabo
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I have tried Legal Oysteria a few times. The times we sat at the bar were a pleasant experience from all aspects of food, drink, and service. The time we had reservations we stood at the reception desk while the 2 receptionists were on the phone never even looking at us. Not good. At the table the server was prompt, friendly and very observant. She noticed that my wife was not thrilled with her dish. The fresh pasta was undercooked tasting like uncooked flour. The GM came over and made it right by not charging for the pasta and desert. That is a sign of good customer relations that will keep us coming back...unless the food fails consistently. We want it to work badly...Charlestown needs it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Work in progress but getting there
    Monkmayfair
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Big fan of Legal and good to see new concept and good dining in Charlestown. Like all venues, new ones have to work a few things out across the board - menu, recipes, service, attention to detail - all good qualities of the other Legal operations and locations. Food and menu balance will get worked out - service seemed to need a focus that needs attention - management always a big part of the service experience - surprised in a new location less apparent on the night we dined. Either way - will try it again as no doubt will settle down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Bar
    Maryco
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is a nice concept from Legal Seafoods. It has a huge bar in the middle with tables around it. So there is less seating at tables with the bar taking up so much space. The small plates are nice. The menu is limited with only a few main courses. The one thing that I did not like were the large TVs over the bar playing car racing and other sports. I found them to be extremely distracting since they are in the middle of the room. I couldn't look anywhere without seeing the screens which feel like they belong in a sports bar, not an elegant room with large windows overlooking the park.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly surprised
    frankc
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I live in Charlestown and have been wanting to try this restaurant. I had heard it was a Legal’s restaurant, but it served Italian food. It is actually seafood prepared Italian style. The food was excellent. Appetizers: Best octopus I ever had. The salad was delicious. The trout was very substantial and the swordfish with homemade gnocchi was fabulous. Prices are very reasonable. Truly a neighborhood gem. I will definitely be back often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • night out
    kend
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    First time. All 5 of us , not local, off of boat for evening out, all agreed great new experince and reccomend to all.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The coffee was served hot!
    EAKAZANVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The coffee at meals end was served hot...so many times this is not the case...a big plus! A few suggestions...the topping on the trout was 50% jalapenos YET no mention of spicy/hot on menu description. The grilled lobster came cracked (looked like smashed back of knife) BUT to the point where I was picking bits of charred shell from each mouthful. Why not provide nut crackers like other restaurants. Don't split the tail, this is New England we know how to open lobster.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Legal Oysteria- Great New place!
    SMG01VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    What a great new Legal restaurant! Loved the food and atmosphere! Highly recommend to everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • And dinner?
    bake
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We had lunch on Sunday, which was superb. We hope it will be as good for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst
    BellaVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Terrible service, rude unprofessional staff that has had little or no customer service training Loud cavernous overcrowded space Food was poor quality not up to legal standards at all
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sparkling wine and Oysters
    emilymaine
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This was our second time visiting L.O. and it was even better than the first. We started with a dozen oysters of every available variety. They were briny, delicious and tasted fresh served with all the right accouterments. For my main course I enjoyed the green salad with pine nuts, grapes and cheese and an order of their tomato/pancetta mussels. I highly recommend this place. The service was awesome!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The service was extraordinary. The oysters were delicious as was the salmon. My guests loved the linguini with clams and the anchovies dressing on the salad. It's a bright, fun place that deserves a return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    JoeTVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We ordered the baked oyster app and they were so yummy we ordered another. It came out almost raw. We sent it back and they gave us another and it was the same. My dinner was very salty and sent it back. My wife's trout was excellent. I am a big Legal fan but will not go back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service but...
    SAGLG
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    There is a long rectangular bar in the middle of the dining room. Tables for four are situated around the edge of the room while tables for two are in the space between those and the bar. People standing talking to their friends sitting at the bar were inches away from our table for two. It was a horrible location, unless you like looking at behinds while you eat. Oh, and bring your noise cancelling headphones, you would get a sore throat from yelling to make yourself heard to your companion. Basicially, you are paying restaurant prices for a bar atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Legal is SPOT ON eith Oysteria!
    DandJSVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This was our first visit and will not be our last. Legal hit a home run with Oysteria when they created this mix of Legal's superb quality standards, absolutely fresh ingredients and attentive service with an Italian Bistro there. The menu has any number of very interesting choices and everything we had was truly outstanding. Legal's executive chief stopped by our table to check on us and we learned that the menu will change seasonally with new selections. All in all, a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly really wonderful
    SouthEndFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I guess I wasn't expecting anything unique from another legal branch, but this one was the best, most fun, and had the most character of any in the Boston area. Food was excellent and actually well priced, service was great, and just a fun spot. The only negative (depending on opinion) is the noise level. It's not ideal for a quiet intimate chat, but we were looking for an energetic evening so was perfect!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not in My Neighborhood!
    Inkyfingers
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Oysteria is not in my neighborhood but I wish It was! Bar seats were filled with 30 somethings enjoying the Sox game and drinks and food after work. Tables had a mix of ages but overall vibe is young and happening. It's the place you want to go with friends - fresh - upbeat - welcoming - and all with great food. The table on our left had pizzas and the one on our right had appetizers and wine as two old friends celebrated seeing each other again. I had simply the best salmon I have ever had - cooked perfectly and with an amazing sauce. My friend ordered Linguine and clams and, after protesting the portion was too large, devoured it all. Yeah, it's not in my neighborhood - but I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Janlou1VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food ok but not outstanding. the linguini and clams had a nice flavor but the extra clams were tough and probably not the same as the Manila clams. We suspect they were quahogs. Expensive for the quality.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What Charlestown needs
    IballVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food as always from a Legal restaurant was fresh and delicious. Fried oysters a must try! Charred octopus was done just right. Prices are reasonable to build a neighborhood clientele . It was open less than a week when I went with 2 friends . Waited too long for someone to approach. Had to ask for a waitress to take a drink order. Manager did come over - wanted feedback - nice touch. Fisherman stew was full of shrimp and fresh fish. Whole fish of the day a hit too. Bar was packed. And when the waitress heard it was my birthday- dessert was on her!! They will work out timing kinks I am sure. The noise level was an issue when it was Olives and it still is REALLY loud and difficult to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    AliG
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great new spot- the ricotta fritters were SO DELICIOUS! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
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