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
128 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (60)good for groups (52)great for lunch (41)special occasion (40)neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (28)kid-friendly (28)notable wine list (15)great for brunch (11)romantic (10)vibrant bar scene (7)hot spot (6)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)Show More
  • We have a great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
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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
    • Food
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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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  • 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
    • Food
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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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  • Dependable
    Cantab
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The quality at this location is reliable and friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • great Legal's experience!
    lschultz83VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The BEST baked stuffed lobster
    dearnancyVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This Cambridge spot is very convenient, right near the T. Kid's menus were nice, The baked stuffed lobster must have had a half box of Ritz crackers and a half pound of butter in it, and I loved every mouthful.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great legal!
    Spc1220
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    JackS
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Outstanding!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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+!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • good service and food at legal sea
    moveablefeastface
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • patio bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodated us nicely
    Happywanderers5
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Legal Seafood delivers what is expected. Fresh, simply prepared seafood. The lovely outdoor Harvard Square neighborhood location is perfect on a beautiful June evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really nice waiters, food very rich
    Yummerz
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • great seafood
    localresident
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was excellent and we thought it better than other legal seafood restaurants in area
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day
    CantabridgianVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprisingly bad service
    goodeatsVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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  • food with no service
    sandcat
    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...
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  • Mimicat
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate