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

Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Cambridge-Charles-Square
  • Phone: 6174919400x
  • 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: 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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Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (57)good for groups (54)great for lunch (33)special occasion (31)neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (27)kid-friendly (24)notable wine list (16)romantic (9)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (7)hot spot (6)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Slight hiccup
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    When we arrived on time four our reservation, the hostess couldn't find it. She asked if it was through opentable and when I asked in the affirmative she still couldn't find it so I seated myself with another member of my party that had already arrived and grabbed a table for four.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    After enjoying a great show at the ART we went to Legal in Charles Sq. Being a beautiful evening, we opted to sit our on the patio. Our waiter was knowledgable and friendly. Three of us opted for one of the specials, Calabrian haddock. It was delicious, as was my wife's scrod. Legal has a very nice wine list and our waiter was very helpful in advising us what to choose. Everyone in our party enjoyed the dinner emencely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been to this branch of legal several times. It's totally a "feel good" spot. Great people and certainly great seafood.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went here before a concert. Waiter was fantastic (Jeremy). Dinner took almost 30 minutes to come out and it was only 6:30p on a Saturday night. This ate into our dining time because we had to leave directly after dinner with no time for coffee, etc. Overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    DiscerningVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    we have been several times - always come when we are in town - ordered the special of the day - baked haddock with pasta - was mostly pasta - had to dig to find the haddock and still barely found any.
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  • Monty
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My only concern was the restaurant was rather warm the entire evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Oysters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    In what was suppose to be an Oyster festival they were out of wellfleets before 7pm!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good.
    hsquareVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My lobster was rubbery, and service staff was inattentive. Trading on the fabled name of Legal but a disappointing dining experience. Beer was the best part of the meal, which is an indictment.
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  • not up to Legal's standards
    foody
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    while the food was very good the service at this branch was not up to the standard you expect at Legal's. it was very slow, we didn't get all our place settings without asking, we waited a very long time for our oysters to arrive, etc. we did let the manager know
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice dinner with colleagues
    funwithcolleagues
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Organized dinner out for out-of-town colleague who was here for a meeting. Great location, great food so a perfect place to hand with colleagues and friends who don't often socialize together. Great menu made it easy for everyone to find something they liked. Everyone concluded that it was a great evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    came for lunch. Fish tacos barely edible. They need to do better! Wish we'd gone to Henriettas Table across the way.
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  • Dependably good, but not so tonight
    Artemus
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I have been eating at Legal Seafood since they started out in Inman Square. I took a few years off when the food just nosedived. Then I discovered that the Charles Square location was putting out dependable good food. So we came often and will return. It's just that last night the food was a little off. Not spoiled or bad, but just lacked the that extra little bit that made it excellent. Everybody is entitled to an off night. The seared sashimi lacked flavor. The steamed mussels were nothing you couldn't do at home. The mixed grill, normally an excellent hardy meal, was just so so. Just can't put my finger on it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • seafoodloverVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    WOW what a great lunch, service was friendly and on point. The lobster roll was over stuffed with lobstermeat what a great deal!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thanks
    RiverVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Legal always gives me the table I want and I like the servers so much. It is a pleasure to be there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Legal at Charles Sq is my fave
    2ndhelpings
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The best Legal location around Boston! Our waiter was lovely and the atmosphere just added to good, fresh food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Didn't live up to the advertising
    2toTangoVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The best of five plates was the filet, which is an odd way to start a review for a fish house: two fish plates were alright,crab cake was falling apart and didn't taste well, veggie plate was mostly an un-Chinese tasting rice
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have a great time!
    Hippuro
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife can not eat shrimp and lobster, but we try to have dinner in this Boston's representative seafood restaurant. I ordered "signature" Crab cake and she ordered Salmon special. My wife told that salmon cooked very tender and she loved it with dry white wine. I also enjoyed my dish with shrimp, . We do not have much chance to come to Boston area, but I would return for future for other location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    Mdaley3VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This Legal is hidden away in the back of Harvard Square. Great location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sea Food!
    petrock2013VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Legal Sea Food in Cambridge is always a reliable place to get great, fresh and innovative seafood. My wife and I always enjoy our meals at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday and Before Show Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had tickets to a show at the American Reporatory Theater and wanted a convenient, but good meal to celebrate my birthday. Legal was a great choice. The food ans service exceeded expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • seafoodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had great food and the waitress was outstanding, also very quick and efficent, good place for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over-rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    As Midwesterners who have heard about Legal Seafood for years, we were looking forward to our dinner. The menu was promising with a nice selection of appealing dishes. The crab cake appetizer was outstanding and heightened our anticipation for our entrees. The chef's selection was a disappointment. The tuna was medium well done and the halibut overcooked as well. But the side dish of broccoli was undercooked. My wife's baked crab dish was a hit. Our service was very good, but kind of lost in the disappointment of the overcooked fish.
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  • Service was great!
    UltimateFoodie2
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I took my grandmother out to lunch for her 80th birthday and the service was exceptional! The manager of this location, Reema did an excellent job taking care of our table. The food was delicious and the service was amazing. I would definitely recommend this location to all of my family and friends!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fried clams
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really enjoyed the fried clams. They have gluten free ones for my husband and rolls.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best of the Legals
    7PinerDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I have eaten at many of the Legals in the area and this one is the best. The salmon is always cooked perfectly and in exactly the way I request. I love the chopped Greek salad. I have never ever had a bad meal here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Great
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had dinner and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Noise level was very good, conversation was able to be heard without strain.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • zoefromNH
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Haddock special was delicious and very reasonably priced. House salad was huge and fresh. The only downside was the Soup was served only moderately warm.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Living life in Cambridge!
    Nancy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I was taking a summer institute at Harvard and was in Cambridge for the week. During this time I ate at Legal twice. I had the same waitress both times who was phenomenal! Great attention to detail, prompt, polite, and had wonderful suggestions from the menu. The swordfish with lemon, capers and butter is phenomenal as are the steamers and crab cakes. The grilled asparagus were wonderful and firm. I never write reviews, but enjoyed my experience so much, I thought the owners deserved to know. Well done! This is a treat if you love seafood as it is beautifully fresh and the planked variety is wonderful. A must do!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gluten-free friendly
    BobL
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great for gluten-free diner. Excellent fried clams and gluten-free beer
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Mame
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Excellent fresh food and service. Child-friendly waiters, good Children's Menu. Never disappointed at this Legal Seafood.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything about this restaurant was perfect. The server was friendly and knowledgable, the food was superb, and the wine was well paired. Delicious. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Last week my group of 3 ate dinner here. We requested to be seated outside (although we could not reserve an outdoor table in advance). The experience of having fresh, tasty seafood and drinks, seated outside on a cool, breezy summer evening was terrific. We all enjoyed our meals and remarked at home ample the servings were. All in all an enjoyable, tasty evening with good service and lovely ambience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Alliecat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had not been here for a while but my server recognized me and remembered how much I love the chowder (which is incredible). I am not in Cambridge very often but when I am, Legal's is a must.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not very good
    theatereaterVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I hate to post this because we are big big Legal fans, having dined, so to speak, with paper plates at the original storefront in Inman Square back in the day and patronized the restaurant in Chestnut Hill for many years. The mussels appetizer was just OK and the lemon sole entree was completely dry, with almost no sauce and no lemon taste. The seafood casserole another diner had was not moist; I've had that dish many times and it usually is just soaked with a delicious sherry garlic sauce. Our guests did not complain but they didn't rave over their dishes either. For people who like good fresh seafood going to Legal's can't be just about the address or the ambiance. The service, however, was top notch.
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  • Legal's never fails to please
    AmazingAsheville
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had lunch here and as always enjoyed this location of Legal's. Very good service, and the usual great clam chowder. The calamari appetizer was very good but not exceptional. One of our party had the salmon entree and thought it was excellent. The ambiance was perfect for our small club meeting. With a total of four drinks, one appetizer, one entree and two bowls of chowder, plus my usual generous tip, the total for three came to about $120, a little steep for lunch but worth it in Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Lobstah"
    EAKAZANVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    When evah we desiah lobstah we head around the connah to Hahvad Squaah to Legals and sit outside. Always prepared and served very well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good choice
    Michalsheli
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Legals never fails to deliver. Great food. A little pricy but worth it
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always disappoints
    Cbaroja
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What should be good simple food is too often needlessly complicated. I wish they would take more guidance from New England's excellent clam shacks. The Charles Hotel branch is pleasant and kid friendly, big plusses.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was outstanding. The service was very good. They found out it was my first time and added some special touches.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the norm for LSF
    AHHA
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our 1st unfortunate experience at LSF. Apps good but dinners over cooked, cold, and very disappointing. Not usually our experience at LSF.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet