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

Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Boston-Copley-Place
  • Phone: 6172667775x
  • 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: 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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Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place reviews from OpenTable diners
175 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (59)great for lunch (49)fit for foodies (47)kid-friendly (37)scenic view (37)special occasion (34)notable wine list (21)neighborhood gem (18)great for brunch (13)hot spot (7)romantic (7)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Good appetizers, okay meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    It was pretty good. The appetizers were by far the best of the meal. The shrimp wontons were delicious. The calamari with peppers was a great combination of flavors, and I enjoyed it very much. Both dishes were visually appealing as well. The exterior of the crab cake was gorgeous, and the crab was lovely, but it was rather tasteless and once you got to the center, the breading was gluey. The sockeye salmon was fine. No complaints, but not what I expect from Legal Seafood.
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  • Lbday
    Lbday
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have eaten at Legal Seafood several times - not this location. The restaurant smelled very strongly of raw seafood. Our waiter served drinks and our appetizer in a timely manner, but then it went downhill. They were out of several menu items we ordered, so those had to be re selected and it took forever to get our food. Manager did comp our food which was good when we finally got it. Disappointing birthday celebration dinner. Not our usual LS experience.
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  • Good mains, disappointing sides
    Toronto
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Lobster and salmon good but unimaginative. Sides were a disappointment. Baked potato under cooked, broccoli overcooked.
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    special occasion
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  • Our waiter, Luke.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our waiter, Luke, was knowledgeable, kind, and wonderful to have as a server. My son was in for an overnight from Chicago. We had a very short time together. Having a pleasant dining experience was special as the visit was so short.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bit disappointed
    Brizbee
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Birthday dinner three different waiters. Had to ask for dinner menu ordered from dinner menu Got lunch serving. Given the wrong check.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    Amcl34
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The service was slow, the decor left a lot to be desired, and the food was decent. When I was 23, this was fine dining. I've apparently aged out of thinking this place is special.
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  • Awesome
    awalters
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Freshest seafood, perfectly cooked. Delicious raw oysters, the crabbiest crab cakes (hardly any filler whatsoever), lots of high quality menu items for kids, and a fantastic wine list that offers wines by the glass that you just don't get elsewhere. Wines you ordinarily would have to order by the bottle for high prices. This is our must-dine restaurant in Boston.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Une bonne table
    Gabzou
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Nous avons apprécié la situation du restaurant avec sa belle baie vitrée donnant sur la ville , la salle agréable et le service attentionné. Quant à la "casserole" que nous avons choisie, elle était parfaite! Je recommande ce restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed with food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This Legal Sea Foods looked more casual than the one in the Prudential Center. Food was not satisfactory.
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  • Alright
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My crabcakes were good, but a colleagues fish & chips were not. Another ordered baked potato - and they informed us they were out of BPs. Seemed strange for a chain. An alright experience, I probably would not go back though. I prefer local restaurants though, not chains.
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  • wickedrabbit
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food as usual. Great wine list. Very good service.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster tough and tasteless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Unfortunately, we chose this for our wedding meal with friends who had all traveled to Boston from Florida. The lobster was tough and tasteless...we believe it was probably frozen. What a disappointment....thought I was at Red Lobster. Had to send oysters back because they were cold and the second time they were just warm. Other meals were mediocre...presentation was poor. Chowder was good.
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  • Elizabeth
    Meateater
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I went here while on vacation thinking it would be a good spot for some good seafood after a long day of walking. Legal is known for clam chowder. Although it isn't bad we had better chowder at a local dive bar in Italian village. The food was expensive for what we had, which is fine had it been really good and unique. I will only be returning to Legal Seafood if it is on someone else's tab.
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  • Fantastic
    LS2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Terrific menu. Fresh, high quality food. Delicious! Accommodates food allergies.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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  • Had an outstanding meal last Sunday
    DRRQVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great over the years
    Localguy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great Food
    Travller
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Good Food
    lowe
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Good Food ! Great Service ! Lobster was good, bread hot and fantastic but clam chowder was luke warm.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    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.
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  • Tourist Lobster Trap
    24dinnerVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Disappointing
    Fatcattn
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had to wait to be seated, even with reservations. They had 1/2 of the restaurant seating closed. We had to wait a really long time for our appetizers which were a crab cake & shrimp cocktail. Our waitress seemed embarrassed. I ordered the whole lobster & filet. The lobster had zero flavor and was cooked to the point of rubber. I should have sent it back. My steak was a good cut & cooked correctly, but was cold. I ate it because by now I was really hungry. My husband ordered the fried seafood platter. It was thrown together and not very good. With so many great places to eat in Boston, they really should try harder. Our meal was an expensive, disappointing, waste of our evening & our money. Our server was the only good part of the night.
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  • Always a winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Never a disappointing meal. Kids enjoy it too! Wine pairing suggestions with dinner are always appreciated!
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Great seafood
    jwoc
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great seafood, as always! Flexible menu allows you to order what you want. Nice wine list. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susie
    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.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our meals were very good. windows
    Weekender
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
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    scenic view
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  • Very disappointed
    Steve
    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
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  • Overall ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    overall fish great, shrimps outstanding......broc&cheese side ordinary, everything else ordinary
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    great for brunch
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  • Great GF Baked Stuffed Lobster!
    GFMike
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible shrimp raw
    rickVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Terrible. Shrimp. Raw then sent new one had not been deveined
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  • Good food but had awful table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great dinner with wonderful old friends reconnecting with Boston and its famous seafood!
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    scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    BostonstrongVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Always consistent . Food is always really good. Served hot, attentive waiters. Best place for fish in the back bay.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friend from South wanted seafood
    Teresa
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • taking a gamble at reliable legal
    MikeSVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • very good
    John
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alright
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
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    hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant surprise
    William
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • done
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    We had a great time, as usual. The food was terrific and the waitress friendly, attentive and very competent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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