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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the fried clams. They have gluten free ones for my husband and rolls."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We had dinner and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Noise level was very good, conversation was able to be heard without strain."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great for gluten-free diner. Excellent fried clams and gluten-free beer"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Excellent fresh food and service. Child-friendly waiters, good Children's Menu. Never disappointed at this Legal Seafood."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "When evah we desiah lobstah we head around the connah to Hahvad Squaah to Legals and sit outside. Always prepared and served very well."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Legals never fails to deliver. Great food. A little pricy but worth it"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. The service was very good. They found out it was my first time and added some special touches."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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
  • "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 food was excellent and we thought it better than other legal seafood restaurants in area"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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