Legal Sea Foods - Bethesda
Legal Sea Foods - Bethesda
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Legal Sea Foods - Bethesda

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Bethesda-Westfield-Montgomery-Mall
  • Phone: 3014695900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10pm
    Sunday: 12:00n - 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, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here in Bethesda, our private dining room can accommodate 30 people for a sit-down dinner.

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Land a parking spot in the upper level lot right in front of our door.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Bethesda
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.

Maryland is known for its crab cakes, and ours makes waves. Come for the seafood – over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish served throughout the year – and stay to shop. Our convenient restaurant location on the second level the Montgomery Mall will get you hooked.

With parking right outside our entrance, steer a course for seafood directly to us. In season our patio is a popular lure for those who want the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.

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 and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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Legal Sea Foods - Bethesda reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Outstanding dinner and service...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Outstanding dinner and service... We are going to miss you greatly in Bethesda
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good and service
    HopsVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Food was good and service was again average at best
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just missed the mark
    Carol
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    While the food we received was delicious, I would not have expected them to be out of french fries at lunch. That seemed unusual until I learned that this location is closing at the end of the upcoming weekend. I am disappointed as this is a lunch time favorite of mine. Not sure if they are opening in a new lcoation in Maryland or what's going on, or even if the info I was given by someone who "got it from one fo the bartenders" is correct.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service
    jazzy
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Have been to this restaurant frequently since returning the the DC area. Every time the food and service have been excellent . The waiters are great and the staff are very professional.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the idea that they give
    LAZ123VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Love the idea that they give you a special little treat they call a MUSE for making a reservation...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Tee1970
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    The food was delicious. The waiter that served my husband and I was very nice and he kept checking to see if everything was alright. I wish I knew the waiter's name. I would love to seat in his section again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner, as always, did not
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Dinner, as always, did not disappoint. Tried the raw bar for the first time. Outstanding! Tried the fried shrimp for the first time. Equally outstanding! Crab cakes delicious and perfectly prepared. Service was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GOOD PLACE
    MARINA
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    I like this restaurant as same as the ones in Boston and DC. Good quality of food and service.Plus easier acess, less crowded than other locations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I dine at this location at
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    I dine at this location at least once each month. While the food continues to impress, it's the service that consistently wows and keeps me coming back. One of my favorite places in the area. A great value! Like any restaurant, this one is only as good as the people that work there. The people take their cues from the management. This location is lucky enough to have one of the best managers anywhere!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Meal & Gluten-Free, too!
    Kaiman
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    Loved that in addition to their regular menu they have fairly extensive gluten-free options as well. Because we booked through Open Table, they served an extra treat (a sampling of lobster bisque for my date and a gluten free melon and feta cheese tidbit for me). A nice dining option when shopping at Montgomery Mall.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was s great place to
    Lizboston
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    This was s great place to have my birthday with friends and fa mily.We Went because they have my favorite whole bodie fried clams.The waitrer very kind
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too bad they are closing at
    Mike
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Too bad they are closing at this location in a month.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I feel like I am in the hands of professionals. I got a table, menu, selection advice, service that was not intrusive or showy, just smooth and efficient. A very easy experience. Staff fades and my friend and food are the features.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    WahooGirl
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    After over 20 years of living in Boston, I wanted a walk down memory lane. Boy did I get one. The oysters, chowder, lobster, seafood casserole, etc. were all outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Size of the sides
    GustavoVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Several sides have an extra charge. Reality is that the sides are very small. In my opinion, the dishes are pricey based on amount of food they bring.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I find the crabcakes a real
    marieVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    I find the crabcakes a real disappointment. The rolls, however, are excellent, as is the cream of crab soup. Dessert arrived still a bit frozen, but quite delicious. Our server was wonderful.
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  • UNUSUALLY DISAPPOINTED
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    My wife & I have been going to Legals around the Northeast for 25 years and the Bethesda one since it was opened. The meal we had last night was the worst we've ever had. Friend fish was soggy and lukewarm. Broccoli was overcooked and lukewarm. Lite Clam chowder was over-spiced but, happily, not over-salted. We're willing to write it off as an off night by a busy kitchen and given a second chance, but it will be a long time before we give them a third.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas lunch2013
    Sexyses
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    We had a great time dining at this location and sad to see it go. I will go to the location in VA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK-not great
    Altoona
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    An out of town friend wanted some seafood. I chose this restaurant because of (1) its good reputation and (2) location. Maybe my expectations were too high. The portions were quite small considering the prices. A Bloody Mary had to be sent back because it was so bad; the Irish Coffee had to be diluted with cream to be drinkable; the iced tea tasted stale. A side salad was wilted. Despite these issues, the fish/seafood was prepared well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service excellent
    TovahVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Food was fine. Service with La Toya was fantastic. We three are not easy to satisfy. She listened carefully and brought us exactly what we asked for. Separate dressing on the side, extra ice for the water, hot soup, hot gluten free fried shrimp, great kale.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Sean
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    Overall, I find the food being very good. It can be a bit pricey, but I found it to be acceptable. Service staff is friendly. The ambience is very nice, considering that the restaurant is attached to a mall. I certainly recommend this one!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another good dinner
    Scrabble
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    My extended family went to dinner. The cioppino is great. The specialsare usually very good. My son likes the steamers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed it!
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Went for birthday celebration. Enjoyed the food. Customer service was wonderful. All around good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Improved since the last time
    OctDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    My last review of this restaurant wasn't very good - we found serious problems with both the food and service. This time, things were much more pleasant. The food was fine and service was more attentive, albeit still a little inattentive. Nothing major - just a few minor glitches. All in all, we were pleased.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Both the food and service
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Both the food and service are consistently excellent. A great value every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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  • decent food, mixed service
    Albert
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    No one at the hostess station so was seated by a busboy, as a result, reservation was not checked in and so originally reported to Open Table as a "no-show." Waitress was actually very good, hence the middle rating instead of a lower one. Food is dcecent, in line with other LS locations. Waited more than 5 minutes for someone to come over and take a drink order. Managers walking around, not sure what they do. I like this company but do not recommend this location, which is difficult to get to at the end of a parking garage in a mall.
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  • oysters
    fmjd
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    I wish there had been more oyster varieties and dishes during the "oyster festival", but the waiter-recommended Naked Cowboy oysters from NY were really really good.
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  • Great visit
    Famulan28VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Excellent service from the manager, good service from waiter, great food. Need more drink variety and maybe some music/band, I think.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reservations honored on time,
    agitator
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    reservations honored on time, Food, service and varied menu made for a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They responded to my prior review
    GustavoVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Last time I complained about the size of the lunch portions, the quality of the salmon and other things. The GM called me and received my feedback positively. I returned for lunch and I can confirm they have addressed my concerns. Thanks Gustavo
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is always good. I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    The food is always good. I especially appreciate that they have a gluten free menu, you can get Caesar salad with gluten free croutons, and gluten free rolls.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good seafood
    johnms99VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Odd chips/crisps with the crab dip that we didn't care for but everything else was great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Always nice to start the visit with a female maitre d' who is genuinely friendly and welcoming and this is the first time an opentable.com reservation warranted a special appetizer from the chef. Five of us enjoyed different seafood entrees that were perfectly prepared. A delightful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    Bethesdan
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Like other members of this chain, the Bethesda outlet provides consistently good food. What it may lack in pizazz, it makes up for in quality.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very enjoyable meal. good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    very enjoyable meal. good server. co.nveneint location
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family outing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    All six of us found a favorite seafood dish to select and were pleased with the final product. Our server was attentive throughout the meal. The young folks thoroughly enjoyed a beautiful selection of desserts. The Key Lime Pie was the all around favorite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No surprises; consistently excels
    slowbiker
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    The food is excellent; the service is friendly but not intrusive. Always enjoy dining here.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Food and service consistently
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Food and service consistently excellent. Am always greeted upon arrival and promptly seated. Very accommodating with special requests. Restaurant is always clean and crisply efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • General Review
    SkyDriver
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    The food and the service has always been very good. My wife and I have had several different selections of the main course and we have never been disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointment
    GustavoVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    I've been going to this place for lunch for a long time. It's a great location to meet with people working in Virgina. Unfortunately the quality and size of the lunch dishes have been getting worse lately The Mediterran Salmon costs 16 dollars. The salmon is getting smaller and smaller... it looks like a slice of ham... Orzo is hard and glued. I usually ask for extra hummus to replace the yoghurt... and I'm getting nothing extra... It's clear that they are cutting costs....
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