Legal Sea Foods - Atlanta
Legal Sea Foods - Atlanta

Legal Sea Foods - Atlanta

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Atlanta-Downtown
  • Phone: (678) 500-3700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm
    Sunday: 12n - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here in downtown Atlanta, we can accommodate from 12-60 people for a sit down dinner and up to 125 guests for a cocktail reception. Depending on the size of your party, choose from our Wine Room with its bottle-lined walls or our Oyster Bar for toast-worthy celebrations. Or within the Hilton Garden Inn, the colorful Atlantic Room and elegant Pacific Room provide additional function space, ideal for corporate meetings. Larger gourps, up to 200 seated or 250 for a cocktail reception, may prefer semi-private space or a buy-out of our dining room. Private dining at Legal Sea Foods offers great food and hospitality and easy planning. Please contact our special events manager for further details.
  • Special Events: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here in downtown Atlanta, we can accommodate from 12-60 people for a sit down dinner and up to 125 guests for a cocktail reception.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Luckie St
  • Public Transit: Georgia Dome/GWCC/CNN/Phillips Arena or Peachtree Center MARTA Stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary self-parking (up to 3 hours) or $5 off valet (up to 2 hours). Regular parking rates are enforced after the aforementioned times.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Atlanta
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
See fish. Eat fish. Legal Sea Foods is located in downtown Atlanta’s Hilton Garden Inn, across from the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola. Our two-story restaurant is double the fun for Atlantans who love seafood.

The buzz-worthy Oyster Bar is our street level lounge. Our second floor dining room features panoramic windows overlooking Centennial Olympic Park and Atlanta’s skyline, a balcony with outdoor seating and a wine room for semi-private parties. Nineteen signature cocktails, 28 wines by the glass and 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish will get you hooked.

Legal Sea Foods has received a boatload of accolades including being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Legal Sea Foods - Atlanta reviews from OpenTable diners
235 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (124)special occasion (114)good for groups (94)fit for foodies (75)romantic (69)great for lunch (54)hot spot (40)notable wine list (33)great for outdoor dining (30)late-night find (30)neighborhood gem (30)vibrant bar scene (27)great for brunch (23)kid-friendly (18)Show More
  • Not too bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food was great, especially the fish. There was nothing special about the sides. The staff were very professional. I think the entrees are a bit overpriced.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable reunion
    ArmchairAdventuress
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I met a long-time friend and her husband for dinner here -- it is a favorite of the husband's. The seafood was uniformly excellent(I had the combo platter -- crab cake, shrimp, scallops). I could have wished for better bread -- seems like we should be able to do better than plain white rolls in this more enlightened age of complex carbohydrates. But otherwise it was a lovely meal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre, Bordering on Subpar
    JustOKVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    With entrees approaching thirty bucks apiece, diners are better off spending a few bucks more and going to one of Atlanta's non-chain, up-and-coming spots with notable chefs. Alternately, there are simply better seafood spots in Atlanta for the price. We chose to eat here simply because of its proximity to Phillips Arena.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    NurseKesha
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Took my husband here for his birthday! He is a Virginia native and must have fresh seafood. He was so impressed with the freshness of the food and can't wait to go back! The service was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No review for the Bar Tender at all while waiting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    As myself and 1 other guest were waiting on the remaining party we decided to sit at the bar and have a drink but the tender was very slow and seamed to have an attitude even though it was 6:00 p.m.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Roachcat
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food was very good. The seats by the windows had a great view of Olympic Park. The shrimp cocktail and house salad were very good. I had the Chioppino for dinner and it was also very good but could have been a bit more spicy. The wine list was pretty good but lacked descriptions of the wines, I had to resort to looking them up on my phone. The Boston cream pie was delicious and my waitress was excellent. Overall it was a very enjoyable meal and I would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atlanta's Best Seafood...
    Hampton
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    What a great experience. We had an awesome view of the city, great staff, and incredible food. What more could you ask for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Alwayseatingout
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Food was good. Had cajan sea scallops. Shawn was great( server) It was loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but needs a little help !
    Toolman
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    When I inquired what you all you might be doing for Veterans Day I was told "Nothing" I could have eaten at a lot of other places that were doing something and some of them actually a lot. You all might not advertise anything but when asked I felt something would have been a nice jester.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    Gee1
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great night, great waitress, she was friendly ans a nice smile. It was our 1st time there & she suggested the favorites. Service was fast, food was flavorful & delicious. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • World Class Crab Cakes
    TJBuford
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I've eaten crab cakes all over the country and these rival the best anywhere. Crab soup was also fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was great, ambiance was great, service was almost great. Our Waitress brought out our bread, and informed us that better ones would be out shortly. We suggested we'd just want to better ones, but bread was never brought out after that. The only other issue was our parking validation was only good for 3 hours. So because we went to the bar after dinner, our parking wasn't honored. Seemed a little weird to me, but it is what it is. The view was outstanding, food was great, drinks may have been a 3 outta 5.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    the place was beautiful, but way too expensive. the soup was absolutely delicious! our entrees were not very great. i had the stuffed shrimp casserole and it was very mushy and lacking. i don't think i would come here again, but the restaurant does have a very nice view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OUTSTANDING
    BigTimeImages
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The restaurant is the Best yet!! Great service, outstanding food, and it has a view of the city. I will be coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Great Place for Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was great. I'll go backk the next time I'm in Atlanta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent Restaurant
    JT1028
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We ate here twice during our stay in Atlanta. Both times were excellent. Highly recomend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was disappointing
    TinaP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    My lobster was mushy and the shrimp were tough. Overall, I can get much better food in my own kitchen. The service was good, but being a weeknight, I would expect as much. Next time, I will go to Ruth Chris.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food needed attention
    Notmychoice
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The appetizer was good, not great. Our entree was the worst I've had in what was suppose to be a great place to dine. We ordered the lobster and shrimp with something that looked like dressing. It was dry and no management ever came to our table. Our entree was really late coming out. My husband went to the front to ask if it was going to be ready soon. We think they left it in oven to long. For a$90.00 meal, I would have rather gone to McDonalds for $10.00.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scallops were great!
    SB123
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The scallops, sweet potato mashed, chowder and onion straws were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad experience
    Fit2Judge
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I have visited in many cities and have never been disappointed in a single thing. From service to food, they are always on point!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Delight Delicious
    Cram45
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was excellent. A great variety to choose from. Fish REALLY is fresh. The portions are just right - not too little and not too much. Enough to leave room for the decadent key lime pie. All this with an amazing view of the Coca Cola bottle being filled up on the ATL skyline all throughout dinner. Cool! Overall, a real nice night out in Atlanta!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner before Paul McCartney
    BillyHuntVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had an excellent dinner and experiance . I had the crab cake combo with grilled shrimp and scallops. My wife had the lobster roll. Both of us very pleased.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An above average franchise.
    Laura
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    If you're going to an event at Philips Arena, this is a good choice. Be sure to valet park!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as usual
    RoxboroNC
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had a late lunch so ended up ordering the light. We had the Caesar salad, the dressing was not that great. The seared Tuna was really good and enjoyable. My son ordered the Mussels, and we think they were bad. As soon as we got out the door he threw them all up. So we spent $50 for soup, a salad that was not good, Mussels and Seared Tuna. The tuna being good. Definitely disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Excellent meal. Fish was very tasty. My wife's fillet was one of the best steaks that she has had. A little pricey but the quality of the food makes it worth it for a special occasion. Service was good and the food arrived in a timely manner. Very satisified overall
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    TMan
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was fabulous as expected. The wait staff was impeccable. Had a great meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Took a customer prior to the Falcons game and the meal was at best just ok! My Oysters were tasteless and the Fried clams were very rubbery and chewy. The clam chowder was acceptable but that was about it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No AC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had an awful time and too bad, because it was a birthday lunch! There was no AC and it was stifling. I had made the reservation weeks ago and expected a beautiful lunch. They should have told us as we were being seated, before we ordered. We commented on the heat and our server said they were working on it. After 20 minutes we asked to speak to the manager, who explained they had a unit out and could not get anyone in to repair it! She graciously offered free desserts - a lovely gesture. But we hurried through lunch and were glad to leave.
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  • Great night
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was ny second dining visit and was a great improvement.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    LSF1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    You will not be disappointment. For an incredible experience, let the server pick the item for you. I did and I loved it. It was a lobster roll sandwich on fresh baked bread. Delicious. And it comes with 2 sides. He chose kale and mushrooms. More yummy food. The service was attentive and we will definately go back in the future. And as a bonus, then even validate'your self parking in the parking garage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey
    Audiotrauma
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The food is top-quality, but you pay for it, also pay for the location, one of the best downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Save your money!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Good wine, good service but I've had better seafood at Captain D's. The food was cold and without flavor. It seemed as though our lunch had been sitting out for quite some time. I honestly wouldn't eat there again if it was free. It was that bad.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Louisiana Catfish Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The catfish was not seasoned well. The taste was bland.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Seafood & Service!
    Steaknheart
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The restaurant was very quick in seating our party as we had reservations. Their crab dishes are to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wait for food at lunch is too long
    OccasionalPatron
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It took 40 minutes to just get bread during lunch. If someone is pressed for time, Legal Sea Foods is not the place to go. There was a nice crowd, but nor bursting at the seams where a long wait would have been expected.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!!!
    Neet
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Wow is all I can say! Legal Sea Foods is absolutely stunning... from the food to the patio view! Definitely a gem!!!! My new favorite seafood restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Seafood in Atlanta!
    FoodLover1911
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I had an awesome experience. The food, service, and atmosphere was spot on! The Crab Cakes are a must try!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, but needs a Makeover!
    Wenfen
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We recently had dinner before a concert & the good news is that the food was excellent, service OK (not exceptional), but our biggest complaint is that the restaurant is starting to look tired & really needs a make-over. We were seated next to a booth who's wood trim had been ripped off, so it looked really bad & the carpet is old & dirty. We Love Legal's food, so hopefully they will improve the ambiance & look of their restaurant.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atlanta Weekend
    CrossoffBucketList
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We were greeted quickly and sat immediately. We sat outside and thoroughly enjoyed it - until our food arrived. As soon as the food was placed on the table a swarm, literally a swarm, not just a few, but so many flys appeared out of nowhere that we had to ask to be moved inside. They moved us inside but to a horrible table that was in the constant path of people walking by. The food was okay but it was cold. Good for a one time visit - been there; done that; won't go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good ambiance disappointing exper
    Savvy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was the first visit for a friend from Chicago and me. We were seated later than our 9:15pm reservation because of a staff change at the hostess stations, they forgot about us in the transition. The waitress was attentive, the saving grace of the experience. My guest had Wood Grilled Assortment, which included tuna, swordfish, shrimp, scallops and two sides - grilled asparagus and mashed potatoes. The tuna, swordfish and other fish were dry and over cooked. The asparagus was burned instead of grilled to the point we could not cut away the burned sections. We sent the asparagus back for sauteed kale. The server brought the kale to the table and placed the serving plate on top of the bread plate and put his hand in the my eating plate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate