Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street
Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/washington-dc-7th-street
  • Phone: 2023470007x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11am - 12am
    Sunday: 12n - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact for information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G Street, N.W.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Land a parking spot at a meter street-side or at one of the garages within walking distance.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker. A bipartisan favorite, we have occupied the nation’s capital since 1995, anchored across from the Verizon Center and around the corner from the International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Chinatown.

Make waves at our racetrack-shaped bar or sup on seafood underneath the hull-like ceiling in our restaurant’s main dining room. Either way, be presidential and order a cup of our New England Clam Chowder; it’s been served at every Inauguration since 1981. Other accolades include being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013).
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street reviews from OpenTable diners
195 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (60)fit for foodies (58)great for lunch (55)special occasion (49)neighborhood gem (43)kid-friendly (26)romantic (22)hot spot (20)notable wine list (20)vibrant bar scene (15)great for brunch (13)late-night find (9)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Great Service
    Dexter
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The server was very attentive and efficient. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very disappointing
    pepper
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    What a disappointment. We asked for salad instead of rice - we got rice. No sauce or butter on one order - we all got tasteless overcooked fish, etc. The waiter was fine and wrote everything down, but whoever prepared the order ignored what he wrote.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Night Out With Friends
    DineoutDiva
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A Great Night Out For A Group Dinner. Although Our Group Was Occasionally Loud With Laughter, We Never Felt Out Of Place Because The Environment Generally Tolerates A variety Of Loudness Levels. It Is A Large Space, However ClusteredSeating And Lighting Makes For Great Intimacy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood done well
    ABCov
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is one of those rare places that even with mediocre service it is still worth going because the food is so good. Everything was excellently seasoned, flavorful and prepared perfectly. I would recommend to anyone who was going to be in that area.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paul
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Outstanding food highly recommend! The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor First Impression
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Made reservations on Open Table for 13 people. Knowing we have a big group, we left our hotel early and arrived 10 minutes before our reservations. We were left waiting in the tiny lobby for another 15 minutes while they seat other groups. I peeked around the corner and saw a table all set up for our group, yet the hostesses never came to seat us. I finally had to come and ask if our table was ready. They nodded and took us to our table. Food was ok. Scallops were tiny. Service was so so. Waitress never came by at the end to ask if we want desserts. Our bill came under $500, and we left an $80 tip. We came to Legal Seafood to celebrate our family reunion dinner and left disappointed. NOT recommended.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    But scallops were smaller than I remember in the past
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT LEGAL!
    BizzTrvlr
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The 3 meals were not up to Legal Seafood Standards. Two meals "Chef's Choice Grilled Seafood " $28 ea were tasteless and seemed more like steamed than grilled . The plating must have been done by the bus person. The other meal Spicy Fish and chips was as if it was being kept warm in an oven somewhere soggy breading not crisp fish or chips. The waitress was less than interested in providing above average service. This was at 7:30 on a Friday night. Lots of empty tables there was no need for a reservation. Upon leaving the Mgr? and Hostess did not even look up and thank us as we passed them going out the door right next to them. I previously lived in Boston and always enjoyed Legal Seafood this wasn't it. Would not return or recommend!!
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  • Client Luncheon
    cparkVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    My client opted for the signature crab cake which she says she always gets because it ti delicious. I had the rainbow trout. It was done to perfection. I also had the white rice which was really tasty and coleslaw. The menu is loaded with healthy options!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing special
    John
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Limited ordinary menu. I expected better from a seafood restaurant. I had a seafood casserole that was overdone and dry. There were no premium fish species on the menu. Things like tilapia, catfish, tuna and salmon belong on the menu at a TGI Fridays. For a similar price and nearby neighborhood McCormick & Schmick at 9th St NW is a better atmosphere, better selection and better quality.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    it was good and dependable. It was a mad rush because it is near the Verizon Center and there was a big rush but they handled the crowd quite well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster Bake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service was great and sides were delicious. I was disappointed with lobster bake. More red peppers and onions than seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I haven't been in a while and the food was great. Also the waiter was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The classic a must
    SAACVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The wood assorted seafood and seafood casserole excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Again
    Tomvd1
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Wife and I went again and it was very good. Service, food, atmosphere, all very, very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not for Tourist
    JJJJ1107
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I felt that because we walk in with open table reservation we were treated like tourist. Plenty of available tables but yet was seated by the kitchen. When ask to be moved we were denied. It was so obvious that the good tables were being reserve for the locals. The temperature was 85 F at a minimum. Noise level threw the roof. Next time I dine while out of town at a so called high end restaurant I will call and make the reservations and not use Open table.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Fabulous2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The steamers were delicious, as were the crabcakes. Good selection of wines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Osteria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The best poster in Washington DC ++++++++++++++++++++=============
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Luv2experiencefood12
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The manager Aaron, made our night very amazing with his professional business knowledge of everything on the menu, warm inviting welcoming and especially his great efforts and attentiveness to our detailed needs and wants! My brother has been in the restaurant business as a GM for upscale steak restaurants and Aaron absolutely knows what he his doing to run a smooth inviting ambience and more to your wonderful inviting environment!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • walk
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Once again found food to be very good. Enjoyed the experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food/waitress but seating odd
    Guysnite
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a great meal but the hostess tried to put us at the worst table in the empty restaurant and we had to follow her around the restaurant and back to her desk before she would put us at a better table. A person who we believe was the manager asked us about our meal without introduction or name tag. If it was the manager some social training or name tag would be helpful. The food was fantastic as usual and we had a great waitress.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, high-quality lunch
    dfk59
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Highly recommend 7th St. Legal Seafood for a special lunch with co-workers. Service is fast, food is top quality and lunch portions are just right!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Visit
    luvseafood
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Must visit again:) Loved the food and the place we had to dine. Must go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food; waiter tried too hard...
    DavidSFOVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Legal Sea Foods is awesome. Even though the food this time was only "good" what made the overall experience also only good was that the waiter just tried too hard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DC098098
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Amazing quality seafood, well prepared. Also reasonably priced.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food / Good Service
    NatsFan
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    One of our favrorite restaurants. The food is well prepared and served promptly so that it is hot. The service is very good and servers are pleasant. Overall a great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster caution
    blazer50
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    It was my birthday and I wanted to splurge so I ordered the 2.5 lb. lobster and asked them to take it out of the shell. It arrived with a large head on the plate that looked to be quite large and a nice dish of lobster meat. I thought the tails seemed a bit small and after 2 pieces I found 10 claws below. I showed the waiter and he immediately brought the manager over. The manager apologized and said he would bring me a new lobster. He returned with the same plate and explained that the chef was trying to give me extra meat, but he understood and offered to reduce the price to the 1.75 price. I accepted and ate the remaining claw meat. I love lobster and the tail meat is my preference. If the didn't have the 2.5 lb they should have told me
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Iknowfood
    Iknowfood
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Having eaten at many Legal Seafood places in Boston over the years, and this one several years ago, I was disappointed. The service was OK but the food quality was, at best, average. Maybe an off night, but not up to Legal's standards. At this price point I think DC has more to offer.
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  • Awful
    worldfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I was hankering for some seafood and was going to a show at Verizon Center so chose Legal Seafood. Wrong. The only thing that was worth the $60+ was the wine. No bread served with the meal although others were getting bread. Had the seafood casserole. Tough lobster, smothered in garlic so you couldn't taste anything else. The broccoli with cheese sauce was so tough I couldn't cut it with a knife (I understand veggies al dente but this would have been better served with dip as raw). The chocolate mousse parfait was grainy and bitter. Ordered a second glass of wine (figured they couldn't mess that up) and had to wait as my order "was delivered to the wrong table." All in all an awful experience. Won't go there again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality fish and service
    gumpacina
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Dined here with out-of-town family. The Montauk calamari trio was fried to perfection w/ wonderful contrast of flavors. Accommodated us w/ both steamed and fried Shrimp Wontons, which were inhaled. Warm Spinach and Feta dip was creamy, delicious w/ plenty of soft pita; it's a large appetizer. The MD cream of crab soup was velvety, but the menu called it a bowl and we received a cup. The Wood grilled assortment is for a true fish lover w/ sizeable portions. The Seafood Casserole they cheerfully accepted as a return - seems someone spilled salt into it. Our waiter - engaging, knowledgeable, and absolutely perfect service until it came time for coffee. Brought with dessert, an issue for those not having dessert. Overall, a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply delightful & delish!
    Sqrlz8
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My daughter and one of my best gf's since middle school treated me to dinner at Legal Sea Foods in DC for my 50th birthday and I thoroughly enjoyed it! From Phan, our waitress, to the perfectly grilled asparagus and roasted shrooms, the entire experience was a blast. Although we had a reservation, for some reason I just knew it was going to be a very long wait but it wasn't! We got seated right away and Phan, who was just a delightful delight with her witty sense of humor, came over to take care of our drink and menu orders right away AND she kept checking on us until the end. I would recommend Legal to all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Not worth it; the food was average at best; would never return
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  • Lunch special gone bad!
    LoveDC
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Portions were plentiful but salmon burger and spicy fish & chips lacked any real flavor. I had tried a shrimp gazpacho sample at the Penn Quarter Farmers Market a few days prior and it was delicious however the soup offered with the lunch special did not include shrimp, thus disappointed there as well. Our waitress was pleasant but slow to come to table for refills and restaurant was not busy. Overall disappointed after enjoying the sample at the Market and hearing such good reviews from friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    SC9603VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I took my husband for the first time for dinner. The service was outstanding and the food phenomenal! Easily accessible to the Gallery Place metro, this restaurant will definitely be visted again by us - recommended to all!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food-poor service
    Steve4031VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Legal seafoods is always my first choice for seafood in Washington, D.C. Love the dinner rolls, clam chowder, and fried entrees. For dessert I always gave coffee ice cream. The hostesses are excellent. They seem to recognize me even though I come through once or twice a year. The wait staff is in serious decline. I ate at legal seafoods 8/6, 8/10, and 8/12. The server on 8/6 was slow. She appeared not to understand English. Messed up order, and was not friendly. 8/10 server was fine. 8/12, the server did not care. He was slow, not attentive, and poorly trained. He messed up order. His attitude was flippant when corrected. Legal seafoods used to have great, responsive servers. This was part of the joy of eating there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • riggerjan
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Our waitress was superb. Her recommendations were spot on. The food was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Alexandriamom
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    If you're looking for a diverse menu with great salad options, then please try Clyde's at Gallery Place. I love their new Grilled Chicken Salad with kale and grilled peaches!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Impressive
    keke57
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    For My First Time Visit I Really Enjoyed The atmosphere.. A little dark if it's family night but perfect for a romantic dinner for 2. Looking forward to a return visit.. Want to try the clams with the whole bellies. Haven't had them In yrs.. And the Long Island Iced Tea Was on Point.. Kudos to the Bartender.. Wait Staff was friendly & knowledgeable.. Thank You For The Experience
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Displeased
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was just ok. Service we felt rushed. Soup and salad brought before wine was served.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Good!
    Keish
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    It was good nothing fantastic. I ordered a simple dish. The jumbo shrimp. This dish was tasty and good portion size.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.