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Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City
Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City

Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Arlington-Crystal-City
  • Phone: (703) 415-1200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm

    Friday: 11am - 11pm

    Saturday: 12n - 11pm

    Sunday: 12n - 9pm
  • 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 Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South 23rd Street
  • Public Transit: Crystal City (Yellow Line) Metro station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Our validation will net you savings. Complimentary 1 hour of parking and $5 per hour thereafter on weekdays and complimentary parking on weekends at the adjacent Buchanan Garage.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.

For all those who love seafood in Crystal City, the world really can be your oyster. Choose from among the 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish we serve simply prepared, 365 days a year.

In season, our patio seating is a lure for those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.

Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. We’ve received a boatload of accolades including being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "We had great food and service this week at Legal Sea Foods in CC. Loved the blackened trout and cajun trout. Service was prompt and professional. The only distraction was a person who was smoking right next to our table. This person was actually NOT eating at the restaurant, but sitting on a bench a few feet away. It was very unappetizing to be breathing second hand smoke as we were trying to dine"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Visited with a group of nine. We had a reservation but were given a pager like the walk ins and had a 20 min wait. Also did not have s waiting area, so our party was scrunched up in the aisle between the bar and diners at tables. I'm sure this was bothersome to all patrons. Food was good."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We have gone to this facility several times in the past and loved it. This time the service was left to be desired, and the food was not good. Extremely disappointed. Won't go back to this location. Hope the other Legal Sea Food places are still good!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I never am disappointed when I dine at the Crystal City LSF. Don't like the way a dish is discribed, don't fret they seem to have endless ways to offer their fresh sea food, just ask. Todd the GM has set a high standard while maintaining a very comfortable, relaxed atmosphere that makes for a most enjoyable expierance. The wait staff is amazing; professional, knowledgable, and friendly! It's like family without the drama!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I had friends from out of town come and request seafood for dinner and this was close to their hotel. The food was amazing and the service was spectacular. My friends were throughly satisfied with the choice to eat here. I canr wait for my husband and I to return for a night on our own."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Great for happy hour bites. Bar menu is $4-5 per item. Including 6 oysters for $6."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "There is never much to say about a meal at Legal. They are excellent, consistent and with great service. If you dont see a preparation you want on the menu, simply ask. That's what I did and recomend the dish highly... Crab and horseradish encrusted salmon on top of sauteed spinach and mashed sweet potato with a lemon butter sauce...."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We really like Legal Sea foods and visit them in many different locations. At this location, the food was very good and the service from our server was quite good. I was a little disappointed by the overall atmosphere of the restaurant, as it seemed less elegant than the other Legal Sea Foods locations I have visited. The dining area is small and narrow and just not as fancy as some other locations. No complaints about the food or service, just the atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I have eaten here often when I am in DC. Never disappointed, either in quality of food or service."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Everything was good except the waiter. He was not very smart, and he interrupted us."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I have been in eating at Legal Seafoods restaurants since my graduate student days a looooong time ago in the Boston area. The quality of the food, from the raw ingredients to the finished products, has always been very high. I love the shrimp cocktail and almost always have it. Large very fresh perfectly cleaned shrimp with a great sauce. Fish perfectly cooked and delicious with a simple buerre blanc. Very good salads, and more. The hot sourdough rolls are also a treat. I can recommend any and all of the LSF restaurants if my half century of eating at many of them is representative of all of them. BTW, their "tap" water is filtered. No eau d'chlorine here! A good wine list. There's lots more, but I have used up the space. Enjoy"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I found food a bit greasy...(with lots of butter). Other than that, service and ambience was good."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Excellent Dining Experience. Legal Seafoods stands for good quality environmentally sound sourced fish and seafood. As such the food is fresh, quality and above all tasty. The environment is great providing you like the hustle and bustle. Server was knowledgeable and friendly and added to the experience. Wine recommendation went well with the meal. I have been to the restaurant on several occasions over the years of visits to DC - I shall certainly go back again. I highly recommend it to those staying in the Crystal City area."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "After dining at the Legal Seafood in downtown DC, I was sure that this chain restaurant had finally succeeded at not feeling like a very average or less than average chain restaurant. The DC location is beautiful and bar was inviting and drinks tasty. Crystal City??? Not so much. It feels a little beat up and ignored. Definitely not a place that I would want to try again. I feel bad for my server. He was great but I'm not sure he will get repeat customers....especially with their competition around the corner. The bad thing...I think Legal Might have better food than their competition. The only reason I rated it low was because I had to send my scallops back for another flash on the grill. But was pretty tasty."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "service was wonderful. raw oysters were to die for!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "A little disappointed. The menu seems to gearing away from specialty preparations of the types of fish I remember them for. There was no Halibut, grouper or bluefish on the menu."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Bad service, food tasted bad, and two people in our party threw up that night from the food. Will never go back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My friend and I travel often and enjoy good seafood. We tried the grilled Lobster... Nothing to rave about. Ambiance was quite casual, not particularly neat .. not what one would expect, even for this chain. Disappointing."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We are regulars at Legal, not only the one in Arlington but many others. We have ordered almost everything on the menu and it is usually all very good. This trip nothing was right. The food was cold or even uncooked (shrimp, scollops and the corn casserole) The room temp meal was was well below what we have grown to expect. We will continue to go to Legal in hopes that this was a very abnormal experience for us. We are usually very happy at Legal."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The good and service was excellent. Will try to return in the future."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My in-laws had come into town and I was looking for a nice place to take them. Legal seafood was the place. Even though we were a large group the food came out quick and it was good. The casseroles were a little different but still good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had a terrific meal at Legal Sea Foods, chose the sockeye salmon which was a one of that evenings special offerings. It was terrific. Service was very good, friendly and responsive."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "No profound rating here. I keep coming back because I like fresh seafood. They do a great job of not trying to make it more than it is. Sat at the bar to watch the world cup. The bar food did not disappoint because I was expecting bar food. It was what you might expect for a seafood restaurant - tuna burger, fish tacos, oysters."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Great surf and turf and great service from Meredith!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Crowded floor plan, and noisy when full (which was this time). Friendly seating and server, attentive, but not overly so. Oysters were good and fresh, and shrimp also, although they were grilled and served, keeping the "spoon" shape from their being frozen. Should have been separated. I like LSF and will return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "My date and I had a bottle of their cheapest or near cheapest wine at $38, side salads at $7, and entrees at $22-25. Mine was the scrod of the day, prepared simply but very well and served with white rice and green beans, which I needed to season. My date had shrimp in garlic, which were obviously more highly seasoned and very good, served with noodles. No dessert or coffee. The bill came to $120 with tip."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "My wife is both a paraplegic and GLUTEN free due to medical issues. The staff at this restaurant went out of their way to make her comfortable without making an issue of it. They have a separate GLUTEN Free Menu! My wife, normally a small eater, cleaned her plate. When the waiter offered us dessert (on the house; it was our wedding anniversary)my wife quickly chose one from the Gluten Free Menu and just as quickly this "small eater" downed the heavenly warm centered chocolate cake with a small side of vanilla ice cream."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived we had great service.......Robert, our waiter, couldn't have been more attentive and caring......he even gave water to a person passing by with a dog who looked ver thirsty.......you do not often get restaurant personnel that are really into what they are doing......the food was excellent and the service even better!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We took our grown children and husbands to dinner while visiting DC. We started with 3 appetizers and enjoyed them all. We each had a different entrée and tasted around the table. Not a person was unhappy with their meals...in fact we all loved them all."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Restaurant too loud, my reservation request for a table location ignored, main courses arrived while we were still eating appetizers yet food not completely hot."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great food, outstanding service, fantastic kids menu too. Overall nice experience."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My sister invited my husband and me to Legal Sea Foods. We had never been there before. We dined outside and it was a very good experience. The seafood was delivered hot, tender and very good. The waiter gave us excellent service. He made recommendations and was very pleasant. We really enjoyed ourselves and will return. Thanks."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was really looking forward to the lobster but was disappointed in that while it was tasty, it was rather tough; however, the service was great from the greeter at the front door to my wait staff."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The tables are very close together throughout most of the dining room. I felt like we were sitting with the couple next to us. The noise level was very high - made conversation a bit challenging. Service was excellent - attentive and helpful. Ordered shrimp cocktail -excellent. Entrees: Wedge salad (best one I've ever had - seriously!), fish & chips (excellent!) & grilled tuna (cooked perfectly). I'm a big fan of Legal (being from New England originally) but I do not think I would go back to THIS location. The atmosphere did not compliment the excellent food."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Have always had fresh seafood here. Have not had a bad meal yet."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Legal Seafood in Crystal City is the only location that I like. There's a noticeable difference in the food quality at this location. Plus the service is ALWAYS great. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Legal Sea Foods has a great happy hour, and the Bang Bang Cauliflower is amazing! "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We really enjoyed eating here! The food was good, service was spot on and we had a great evening!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "As always, fresh seafood, cooked to perfection. Our favorite is their steamed lobster and steamed clams. Great with a select bottle of sauvignon blanc!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This is a great place to go for seafood. I love the gluten-free menu because there are a lot of choices and the food is consistently good."
    Dined on 5/30/2014