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Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place
Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Boston-Copley-Place
  • Phone: (617) 266-7775
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm

    Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm

    Sunday: 12n - 10pm
  • 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, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Legal at Copley Place features multiple spaces that can accommodate guests lists from 20 to more than 50. Whether you choose seated meals or stand-up cocktail stations, our Events staff can fulfill your needs.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. Here at Copley Place, our three private dining rooms can accommodate from 20 to 75 people for a sit down dinner and up to 100 guests for a cocktail reception.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dartmouth Street
  • Public Transit: Copley (Green Line) or Back Bay (Orange Line) “T” stop.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Our validation will net you savings. Park for $9 for up to 5 hours in the Copley Place Garage.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
We know shopping induces hunger. Our restaurant is located on the upper level of Copley Place, with direct indoor access to both the Westin and Marriott hotels as well as to the Prudential Center. Panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Boston’s historic South End.

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
  • "Like Legal at this location better than others. Had chowder, salad, grilled Arctic char, bonbons and coffee. Wife had same except haddock. Good service. Request a table by the window and enjoy yourself."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I ate at Legal Sea Foods when I was in grad school 30 years ago and it was great then and it is great now. Food was prepared and presented "just so". The server was helpful and attentive."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The lobster bake and the steam lobster taste was good and it was definitely worth the money. Highly recommended for the rest of the diners."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Good Food ! Great Service ! Lobster was good, bread hot and fantastic but clam chowder was luke warm."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I expected more from Legal Seafoods. Granted, this was in a mall, but the amibience could have been better. The menu was uninspiring and the food was just average. Our waitress was good, but the hostess had an unpleasant habit of rolling her eyes at us when she walked by."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Seek other choices for fine sea food in the Boston area. The experience started with a drink mistake to one of my guests and continued when the requested bread was brought out after dinner. Overall the food was fair ,but not as good as we expected. Stick with Lobster rather than shrimp dishes."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Never a disappointing meal. Kids enjoy it too! Wine pairing suggestions with dinner are always appreciated!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great seafood, as always! Flexible menu allows you to order what you want. Nice wine list. Attentive service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My sister and I took my mom out for her birthday because she loves lobster. Our server Tyler was attentive and personable. The Chef personally delivered our food and it was amazing! My mom said it was the best seafood she has ever had and we all enjoyed every bite. Compliments to the Chef and his staff! We will definitely be celebrating many more birthdays to come at LSF!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I love this Legal - wonderful views of the South End - I never think of it other than as a stand alone restaurant - something Legal does very well."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our meals were very good. Soft Belly clams and fish casserole were high quality and excellent taste. We sat by glass windows with an excellent view to the east which I would recommend for dinner dining."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Service was awful. Waitress could not get it right. Main courses arrived while we were still having appetizers. Food was cold"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "overall fish great, shrimps outstanding......broc&cheese side ordinary, everything else ordinary"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Dined at the Legals in Copley Place...I'm a regular at Legals and Gluten Free so I appreciate the separate menu and care they take in providing safe GF food. In the past I have tried the Baked Stuff Lobster and it was dry and no where near as good as the regular version - however, Legals has improved it significantly. They've changed from using GF crackers to something more akin to bread stuffing and it is moist and delicious. I was delighted that I tried it again. Beyond that, they've introduced new GF rolls (one of the few restaurants to offer this) that are extremely good. All in all it is a pleasure to dine there as a GF patron. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Terrible. Shrimp. Raw then sent new one had not been deveined"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Was visiting boston and legal seafood got good reviews. We made reservation online. We were seated in corner, had view of wall near front of restaurant. Food was good but I think we had worst table in house. Others were seated by window with great views. "Nobody puts baby in corner". Well maybe legal seafood does. Make sure to ask for window seat."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great dinner with wonderful old friends reconnecting with Boston and its famous seafood!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Always consistent . Food is always really good. Served hot, attentive waiters. Best place for fish in the back bay."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had a fabulous meal, window seating, the service was perfect and the food was delicious. My friend who was visiting from TN wanted good seafood and Legal delivered."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Love legal, since the food and service are reliably good. I tried an experiment this night, ordering the striped bass special, and it was a mistake, a curious admixture of flavors (nuts and yogurt?) that simply didn't work. Served with a recommended syrah, nothing of this dish was anything but curious = but it is fun to try something new there. The chef needs to drop this preparation from his/her list."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "On June 21, 2014 I had reservations at Out of The Blue in Somerville, MA and did go and was told my reservation was cancelled. Call the restaurant I was there."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "It was my first time in Boston. I wanted to have some superb clam chowder, that's it. I believe the clam chowder was not quite up to my expectations. I wanted it to taste better. Ambience, service, views, were amazing. The Boston creme pie will definitely make me return!!! That saved the entire experience. I left on a very positive note!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The fisherman platter was amazing as was the clam chowder. The lobster was 4/5 which was Dixie to price. Service was perfect for the type of restaurant would definitely return, love it."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I was wary of chain seafood restaurants (alba red lobster) but was pleasantly surprised with our meal. The haddock and crab cakes were fresh and done to perfection. Definitely will return. Service was efficient and pleasant. Price was not unreasonable."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a great time, as usual. The food was terrific and the waitress friendly, attentive and very competent."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "There were 4 of us. We had steamers, fried calamari and chowder as starters. Then two orders of large lobsters, two fish orders, sides, three deserts, multiple drinks, coffee and tea. We were hungry :) The server Jim P. got all the orders correct and was very attentive. The food is good at the Legal at this location. Jim made the meal even more enjoyable."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Legal Seafood is always a worthwhile option for anyone seeking good food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Tired and dated interior; cooking was uninspired. Our tuna sashimi was overwhelmed by the sauce and spices - there was clearly no delicate hand at work. There were 2 exceptions - wonderful selection of delicious raw oysters and our waiter."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My husband wanted to go to the Italian area but I chose Legal Seafood because of their reputation for great seafood and being a local Boston favorite. The atmosphere was casual but a bit sterile (no warmth, fun, etc) and the prices were pricey for the atmosphere so I expected the food to be great. We ordered crab cake appetizers and lobster for dinner. The crab cakes were meaty and the mustard sauce was very good so I was cited for dinner. The lobster, however, was rubbery and a real disappointment. I told the waitress it was not great and she smiled and did nothing......I'm sure there are a million better places to get good lobster in Boston and I clearly chose wrong."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great place for newbies to try Boston's signature dishes in 1 place. Convenient locations for tourists. A bit pricey but the seafood was fresh and high quality. Service was outstanding. Waitstaff and hostess went out of their way to make us feel special. We had our moody 20 year old daughter with us and this place made her very happy. That was a tall order. Copley Place location quieter than Boylston location. Copley more for families and older people who are not into the bar scene. Would definitely recommend to my friends and family members who visit Boston."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Friend of mine came from Cleveland, Ohio and invite them to Legal Seafood at Copley Place for dinner. I had "Fishman's Platter" and it came out overly cooked and oily. Especially, shrimp, scallop (2 pieces each) and fish (very small tale part of the fish) were very small size and portion filled for fried potatoes. However, the wine was excellent choice. The service needs more attention also."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Food was alright - portions were enormous for everything. We had the Sriracha Popcorn Shrimp which was delicious and Rhode Island Style Calamari with hot peppers which was a really interesting flavour combination that I loved. I had the Sampler with tuna, salmon, swordfish, shrimp, scallops, brown rice and mashed potatoes - everything was okay if not a little bit bland. The scallops were a bit rubbery. My SO had the Crab Stuffed Shrimp Casserole and it was only okay - there were tons of crunchy (aka undercooked) onions and an overwhelming flavour of breadcrumbs. Overall service was pretty good. I would definitely return as I've had much better meals there and it is very reasonably priced for good quality seafood."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • ""Legal Sea Food" has restaurants in multiple locations. We found the Copley Place restaurant to be quiet and comfortable with a great view of Boston's South End. The food was excellent and served in a timely manner. It was a special birthday celebration and they handled it all with style and ease."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Nice place for great seafood selections. Convent to Copley hotels and all attractions in the area."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Every time I visit Boston, I always go here. This time had the Lobster, delish!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Sometimes you just need a spot away from the tourist, offering a quiet spot to dine. This Legal's offers such a deal, as it is slightly off the crowded paths of Back Bay. The food is fresh, service is good, and the wine list broad and interesting. And, this time of year, yummy soft shell crabs, what a treat!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We came in to celebrate my father's 50th birthday . Everyone from the host stand to our server were very welcoming . Jessica (our server) was very accommodating to our needs. She didn't rush us or come around too much to bother us. She was very friendly and overall one of the best servers I've had. Legals also impressed me when the manager Courtney took time to come to our table to wish my dad a happy birthday. She also brought of my little sisters food, who is allergic to all nuts. It was very nice to see that they cared enough to make sure we knew that precautions were taken when handling my sisters allergy. We will definitely be back for more! It was an awesome experience !"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Good food and service. Very noisy due to screaming kids and large loud party nearby."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have been to Legal Seafood many times...but this location needed better organization. It took almost 1 hour from the time our order was placed to the time we were served. During the delay, they did give us a complimentary tray of Shrimp. The Boston Scrod was good but the Sashimi Tuna was mushy and inedible. We were disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Good but not super sea food. Services excellent. Good range food choices, great desserts."
    Dined on 6/4/2014