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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
  • Email: charlessq@legalseafoods.com
  • 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
  • "My wife and I remember the very first Legal Seafood, with long wooden tables and zero pretense, but wonderfully fresh seafood. It opened just after we were first married. Yesterday we went out for our 40th anniversary to Legal's in Harvard Square. Certainly a more upscale environment, but the seafood is still impeccable. To that, add good wines, non-intrusive service, plenty of room between tables, and the ability to chat without raising our voices. We will be back soon."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "I use Legal in Charles Square rather often. I can count on cordial service and well cooked seafood. I like going there with out of towners and as a place I can count on before the A.R.T."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This Legal Seafood is usually quite good, but not on our most recent visit. The service was terrible. Granted we were there at 8 PM on Sunday night, but that is no reason for our waitress to ignore us after she took the order. There is a huge turnover in personnel at this Legal Seafoods and it really showed. Also, the food was not as well prepared (overcooked), although the fish was outstanding as usual. The managers need to get their act together - that is if any of them is around longer than a few months or so. We are disappointed and you would have been too."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Outstanding crab cakes--as good as any in Maryland. The side of mushrooms was varied and delicious"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Legal Sea Foods is known to be one of the finest fish restaurants in the country. It is. Or, I should say, they are, since there are several. I ate at the one in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. Great food, service. Quite. Relaxing. A fine meal! I will eat there again, soon, I hope."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great service, delicious lunch, and out in time to get back to work!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I've gone to Legal Seafoods for decades. In the past few years, the few times I have gone, I said I would never go back. This time I went because I received a gift certificate. I will never go again, even if I get a gift certificate. I will give it to someone else."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Excellent service and food! One member of our party had a peanut allergy, to which the wait staff and chefs were extremely attentive. Food was delicious as always!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Love Legal Seafoods and this location doesn't get too crowded and always serves up delicious meals just like other locations!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "In Boston one hardly needs to review Legal, since everybody knows it and just about everybody loves it. It is what it is, which is darned good for basic seafood."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Legal Seafoods has a well-deserved reputation for the freshest seafood. Always well-prepared food and always friendly, competent staff. Oysters Legal and a cup of clam chowder...Yum! We love on Cape Cod, but will drive to Cambridge for those treats."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The food was great, the waiters were all very nice, helpful, and cheerful. We had a party of 10 and yet the table was very comfortable and we were able to have great conversations."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We have been to many Legal restaurants over the years, and this one at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge is one of our favorites. However every now and then we are unpleasantly suprised with its inconsistent service, mostly at the waiting staff level but also at the food quality. So if you are coming with family or "regular" friends, it's a good place, but if you have a special guest, chose another Legal or different restaurant altogether."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Legal Seafood is a trustworthy place to get good, well-prepared seafood, tasty accompaniments, enjoyable experience. The Legal Seafood in Harvard Square has a nicer, somewhat quieter and more pleasant atmosphere than some of their other locations. I was there with friends who don't eat gluten and Legal Seafood has a nice gluten-free menu."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Good meal and good presentation with good service."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Went with 2 friends, one of whom was celebrating a birthday. Had a terrific lunch. Cosmopolitans and legal sangria were perfect. Crabcakes are the best anywhere, no breadcrumbs, all meat. Roasted root vegetables and seaweed salad were great. Ordered a key lime pie to share which was delicious and accompanied by the best happy birthday serenade I've heard in a long time! Waitress was wonderful; I wish I could remember her name. Always fresh delicious seafood!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Another excellent seafood dinner at Legal's. Everything we ordered was delicious - fried calamari, grilled shrimp, grilled scallops and caesar salad."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Great food and friendly service, punctuated by a serious commitment to providing a safe and delicious dining environment for individuals with food allergies. This is a family favorite, in part because our daughter - who has multiple food allergies - has been so easily accommodated by attentive staff. Thank you, Legal Sea Foods!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I don't remember if I've ever had Brunch at Legal Sea Foods, but I've eaten other meals too many times to mention and it is generally reliable but I find it somewhat boring. it is what it is. But Brunch was quite good at Charles Square. I had poached eggs on crab toast with a marvelous hash of sweet potatoes and chorizo sausage. One of the others in our party had the American eggs, a well cooked eggs, toast, hashbrowns and toast. The third decided to eat appetizers off the regular menu and was very happy. Popovers however seemed reheated, flat, and tough to chew. However it was a much better experience than weekday lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Good and timely service for a business lunch for a large group."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Legal Seafood is always a very safe choice for dining, with lots of excellent options, where you can be assured food will always be fresh. The Duxbury oysters, which I was told the restaurant had bought the entire harvest, were especially delicious. The boiled lobster, however was a bit chewy for my taste, though very flavorful and fresh. probably just the tie of year & molting cycle. The brussel sprouts were cooked just right, in a very light olive oil based sauce. Dessert was excellent, sorbets, topped with pomegranate and chopped pear, that was scrumptious. And the lovely little almond cookies were paper thin and buttery. The waiter was very knowledgeable about wines and made great recommendations for well-priced sparkling French white."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My friend and I are not always easy to please, as she is an accomplished cook/cooking teacher who is quite particular, and I am on a super low-cholesterol diet of veggies and fish. The grilled rainbow trout was perfectly prepared; I loved the fresh cholesterol-free vegetable sides while my friend loved that her Brussels sprouts were sautéed in butter (plenty of it). Like many other reviewers, we thoroughly enjoyed the rolls hot from the oven. A (to my eyes) huge appetizer of baked clams was pronounced delicious by my friend, as well as a dessert of ice cream bonbons. We ate there partly because we would be nearby; we definitely will return to Legal."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Food at Legal is always good, but the service was particularly slow here. We waited an hour for appetizers, and then our meals came out before we'd had a chance to touch our salads. They claimed this was because some of our party had food allergies, but I have never had an issue at any other legal seafoods. I'll stick with the one at Kendall."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We were a large party (15), mixed adult and children. It was a 75th birthday celebration, we had a reservation. Nonetheless we were split up into two tables--awkward and VERY sad for a family gathering. Service was spotty although wait-staff was pleasant. Food was good, NOT great. Children's menu was a bit limited. For the quality it seemed overpriced. Overall, not a terrible experience but something of a disappointment."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Overall good. Out of 3 or 4 entrees when ate at 9pm"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It's not often that one has a server who can mind-read-- but that's the luck we had last night at Legal's. Just the perfect amount of attention without being overbearing... water refilled just when needed, the perfect amount of time to peruse the menu but not too much. It was a team effort all the way around...from the front desk to the bus boys. We all know how excellent Legal's is when it comes to their food... the service just made the evening that much better! Congratulations"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "asked for rare salmon and it was overcooked and dry greens were soggy"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Even our picky eater was happy with the food and asked when we could go back. Sunday brunch offers the regular Legal Seafood lunch menu plus a limited, but excellent, brunch menu."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Excellent service, excellent food that would appeal to any age. Great atmosphere and even though it was very busy, it is not loud which makes the dining experience extremely enjoyable! Our waitress was so friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable about each dish. We are looking forward to our next visit to Boston and this will be our first stop."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I've eaten several times here and the meals are variable. Often the fish does not taste fresh and the preparation is not as good. I find inconsistency amongst the Legals elsewhere."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Whenever we return to Boston, the hunt for clams and lobster is on. We never tire of Legal Seafoods fried Ipswich clams and lobster rolls. A solid standard by which we measure our trip!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "$17.00 to park is ridiculous for lunch and will prohibit us from coming back but the food is always good at Legal."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was great but the food was not as good as I remembered it. Nutty salmon was overpowered with lemon and the pudding cake was served to us cold"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We know what to expect at Legal Seafood, and were not disappointed. Well, except that the jasmine rice with shrimp meal that I ordered was not as good as I remembered it from times before-a bit too dry. The three others in our party were happy with their: tuna burger (from the lunch menu but made available for dinner); shrimp cocktail and oyster appetizers; Caesar salad and sole.Our server was excellent in every way."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Spent an evening at Legal Seafoods with a couple friends. Pat made excellent wine recommendations."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Legal Seafood has a promotion at the holidays - purchase $200 worth of gift certificates and you are rewarded with a coupon for a lobster entree free between January and March. My husband and I now make it a tradition to buy $400 in Legal Seafood gift certificates and have our special 'free" lunch after the holidays are over, as our reward for holiday survival."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner and especially loved the salt & pepper smelts special on 1/23. The crab cakes are so full of crab at Legal that you can hardly eat the 2 on the dinner plate. We have been going to Legal since their days in Inman Square and the seafood continues to be the best in Boston!!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I went here with 5 friends to have wine flights and delicious appetizers. Nothing is better than a white wine flight and some fried calamari. Our waiter put up with us ordering all kinds of silly combinations of things - including someone ending with a port flight, and others ordering multiple appetizers for dinner because they are so good. He also split the bill for each of us which is so very appreciated. I would go here anytime for a fun start to the evening."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • ""Boston! Oysters and Bloody Marys-- it doesn't get better than that!""
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Three of us had the surf and turf. The filet was poor quality, the lobster was served without shell and it was watery. This was an expensive item...44$ and not worth 10$! The service was pretty poor, they had no martini glasses left so after 10 minutes of waiting for our drinks they asked if it was okay to put the drinks in another type of glass, then my cosmo was served in a warm glass. This was New Year's Eve so it was especially disappointing."
    Dined on 12/31/2013