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Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square
Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square

Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Cambridge-Charles-Square
  • Phone: (617) 491-9400
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm



    Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here at Charles Square, our semi private dining rooms can accommodate up to 50 people for special functions. Depending on the size of your party, choose from the light-filled atrium or a dining area overlooking the courtyard. In the summer, our outdoor patio is popular for hosted classic clambakes. Private dining at Legal Sea Foods offers great food and hospitality and easy planning. Please contact our special events manager for further details.
  • Entertainment: Rock the boat find at our downstream Terrace Bar in the lower atrium of Charles Square. It’s a popular lure in season, open daily mid-April to mid-October from 11am to 1am, with light fare available from 11am to 11pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here at Charles Square, our semi private dining rooms can accommodate up to 50 people for special functions.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Elliot
  • Public Transit: Harvard Square (Red Line) "T" stop.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Our validation will net you savings at two area garages. Park before 5pm for discounted rates and after 5pm for a $6 maximum rate at the adjacent Charles Square Garage. Or park for $12 before 5pm on weekdays and $8 after 5pm on weekdays and weekends at the nearby University Place Garage, 124 Mount Auburn Street.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Located in the courtyard of the Charles Hotel, our restaurant evokes the simple style of the original Legal Sea Foods that was in nearby Inman Square, Cambridge. In warmer months our outside patio reels in those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.

We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” (USA Today, 2013), “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The quality at this location is reliable and friendly."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I am huge fan of the legals Harborside location, but we wanted to try something closer to home. The restaurant at Charles Sq is old-school Legals decor, amazing service, fresh food, and a great value. We loved every part of our meal and will now definitely return to this location."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Our 1st unfortunate experience at LSF. Apps good but dinners over cooked, cold, and very disappointing. Not usually our experience at LSF."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I've been to multiple Legal Seafood restaurants in the area. This location was great! Food was very good - consistent with Legal quality, service was OUTSTANDING (ask for Alise), and ambience is real nice; a great spot to eat indoors or out. There's also a Legal outdoor bar directly in front of the Charles Hotel with an abridged menu - great raw bar type experience. We were indoors for our visit with our kids. Enjoy your time in Harvard Square. We don't go there regularly, but really enjoyed it at Legal"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Had a fantastic meal at Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square Cambridge. It was everything we have come to expect from Legal's and more. The food was awesome and the service was the best. The dessert special was a bit of a let down but, otherwise, everything was great. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "If you love fish you'll love Legals! Our out-of-town guests really enjoyed every dish they tasted. Wait staff very accommodating. Overall A+!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "On 4 previous visits to various Legal Seafoods, including Charles Square, the food has been outstanding, so I was looking forward to a great meal once again. However, on this visit the food was a miss. My companion's grilled swordfish was delicious, but my lemon caper sole, instead of being cooked with a flour dusting & sauteed lightly, was ruined by a thick coating of damp breading. The result was a plate of soggy, badly deep-fried-tasting fish. Due to time constraints I chalked it up to a bad night in the kitchen, scraped off the coating and made do. In addition to the substandard sole, dinner conversation was difficult -- this location is VERY noisy. We'll probably return at some point, but I certainly won't order the sole again."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "the wait staff was very nice and we had a corner table -- though there's plenty of space between tables or booths. not too noisy, even with major sports event going on (loud outside, not inside). the food was plated very nicely and many menu items offered a choice of one dinner that featured several kinds of fish to sample. everything was fresh and not too fussy in the preparation -- just what you want in seafood. always a pleasant experience to dine here. never rushed."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Had a great time watching the World Cup and having fabulous service while at the outside patio. Can't wait to try this little nook more times this summer!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I had dinner at Legal Seafoods on June 18,2014. My party was originally two but expanded to six. The restaurant accommodated perfectly in five minutes without any problems. Our actress was pleasant and knowledgeable even though the party showed up in drinks and drabs. We really appreciated the hospitality. The food was hot and tasty. I recommend the hot dip and make sure the ads crab meat! If it weren't 90 degrees we would have dined on the lovely patio. I will definitely go back. Fun place."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Legal Seafood delivers what is expected. Fresh, simply prepared seafood. The lovely outdoor Harvard Square neighborhood location is perfect on a beautiful June evening."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "If you do not like really rich (oils, fats, creams, etc.) you probably would not want to go here. The food was really good, but both my friend and I got headaches from how rich the ingredients were. The calamari was drenched in oil and we could not finish it."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The restaurant was filled to capacity, indoors and out. Despite a slight clog at the reception desk, the service was excellent. Our waiter was attentive and prompt. The Faroe Island salmon and the tuna were excellent. Even the (child's) mac and cheese was great. Don't miss the bonbons for dessert!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The food was excellent and we thought it better than other legal seafood restaurants in area"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Though the food was very good, the meal was marred by very poor service. They forgot the bread, forgot the appetizer, took forever to take our orders even though it did not seem mobbed. Didn't show much concern about our complaints."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Perhaps they were short staffed this day but the service was very slow. When we arrived I asked the hostess for a glass of water as soon I arrived, because I had a tickle in my throat, no water arrived. it took about 10 minutes before we meet our server. I repeated the water request but yet it was another 10 minutes before I got it. I should have gone to the bar I guess! The whole experience included slow service. I like leisurely dining but this was a little problamic because we arrived moderately hungry and had to wait about an hour for our food."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This is the second time we went to this Legal Sea Food and sat outside. Sadly, it was a repeat of our last experience. The food was great, the server was friendly and the service was atrocious. Had to ask several times for bread, my daughter's soup showed up (after several inquiries) long after the rest of the food, her hot tea took forever and arrived somewhat warm. It was 60 minutes from when we finished eating until we got the check and left (no dessert - sorry we even ordered the tea). It wasn't just us. The poor people sitting next to us waiting 20 minutes with menus, no water, no service. the first time we ate here (inside) was that the service was better but still slow. We can't decide if we should go back. The food is good but..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "good seafood, good prices, fun times! A good time had by all. Would of loved to have a decently more priced lobster"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "It's a go-to place in Harvard Square -- and in so many other places as well."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Our dinner at Legal Seafood was disappointing. We began with Legal Oysters- their equivalent of Oysters Rockefeller. The oysters were fresh and appealing but the seasoning was bready and tasteless. My salmon was a lovely piece of fish- ordered medium and ended up being close to sushi style. It was tasteless as well. Nothing out of the ordinary here at all!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We took our children and my brother and his wife from out of town because it's one of his favorites. Personable young waiter, flawless service, mouth-watering food, mixed drinks, bottles of wine were great from a fine list. All made for a memorable, warm, happy evening. Legal at Charles Square sets the standard."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "7 Simmons alums had a delightful lunch. We dined on lobster roll, soft shell crab and chicken wrap. We had not seen each other in years so we had lots to say to each other. The food was delicious and the staff helpful but not intrusive. No one rushed us and the host took a group picture of us before we left. It could not have been better!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The clam chowder has no taste at all and the coffee tastes so bland."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Courteous, considerate, accommodating service with ample servings of excellently prepared and presented seafood dishes as well as much enjoyed wines. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "When I was expecting house guests from Arizona, I debated where to suggest for dinner. After talking with Brian, one of your waiters, I realized that Legal was the perfect place, especially for folks from the US southwest, and indeed it was. Service was impeccable, food outstanding (and as a vegetarian Legal is not one of my usual haunts, but even I was very pleased) and all together it was a lovely evening."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "The meal was well-prepared and service was excellent. The decor REALLY needs some updating...we sort of felt like we were in a Dennys. Just sayin' !"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The food and service is always amazing here! We love every time we get to come :)"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Legal Seafoods is famous, but that fame rests more on the past than on the present. They've gotten big, and that means less attention to food preparation while portion size has declined (and prices have risen.) Whereas it used to be THE place to go for seafood, it is now one of many. Not bad, but not impressive either."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "LSF has delivered a consistently satisfactory dining experience for the thirty years I've been a customer. Fresh food, friendly staff making every effort to meet diners requests. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Very mediocre food quality; service was fine. Lovely outdoor seating on a nice day but not much else to recommend this place. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Foursome and we covered much of the menu. The service, timing, seating, etc. are all consistently good. The seafood remains excellent: fresh, good variety, well prepared, and with a range of preparations. The wood grilled shellfish are excellent, as are the swordfish, artic char, atlantic salmon and greyfish."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I am a grateful neighbor of this Legal. The staff treats me like a regular. There is comfortable kindness and efficiency. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Mothers Day brunch was great, family thoroughly enjoyed everything. Food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The service was attentive but slow. The food was just average."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "There were six of us for early Mother's Day celebration. Wait staff was friendly, informative and attentive. We each enjoyed our meals. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Also, they rush you out. I got asked five times if I was done with my plate before I actually was. Pretty offensive, in my opinion, and I only returned because my last experience here was so bad they gave me a voucher to come back. A marked improvement over last time, but still not terribly impressed. Food is overpriced for how mediocre and pushy the service was."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Every time I get to Boston, I try to hit a Legal Seafoods. I have such good memories of terrific lobster and fresh, fresh fish. Unfortunately, this time, the portions just didn't justify the cost. Skimpy on the tuna sashimi. Definitely skip it. I can't believe that the very small bowl of lobster meat I got off a 1.5-1.75 lb Maine lobster was real. Maybe it was on a diet....for $40, it should have been the 1.75lb variety, but what I got was only 6oz. Disappointing."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Great fish. This is the place for fish in The Square. Pricey, but worth it "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "my guest wanted a crab cake and polenta cake— a little unusual, and i wanted mixed greens and salmon and just ordinary vinegar. the server got it all right and it was all just as we asked. i find it odd that it's difficult to get a plain missed green salad. (tomatoes are not very good at this season, so i prefer to skip them,) so i ask for a green salad, and said "you know green, without anything non -green like tomatoes," there were no tomatoes, but shaved carrots, also dry and not particularly worth having. mixed greens are tasty… and need no ingredient but the salmon to make it interesting in both the food and visual categories. it was a good lunch and not exorbitantly costly given the specific nature of each of our requests."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Had dinner there last nite - food was very good, consistent fresh seafood. Service was also good until the end, when our waitress seemed to have disappeared even though the # of customers was much reduced. Difficult to get dessert, last drink order & check. Was told it was her first nite. But would go back."
    Dined on 4/22/2014