Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square
Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square

Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Cambridge-Kendall-Square
  • Phone: 6178643400x
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The sunny private dining room at Legal Sea Foods in Kendall Square graciously welcomes guests for a variety of special events. The long wall of large windows offers an ever-changing vista of the lively streetscape. But inside, all attention is focused on Legal's signature hospitality. The private room accommodates 55. But by incorporating some of the general restaurant space as well, we can host larger functions, welcoming up to 120 people.
  • Special Events: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. Here at Kendall Square, our sunny private dining room can accommodate 50 people for a sit down dinner or up to 60 guests for a cocktail reception.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ames Street
  • Public Transit: Kendall/MIT (Red Line) “T” stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Our validation will net you savings, after 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. Park for discounted rates at the Parking Garage at 4 Cambridge Center, with entrances on Ames Street and Broadway.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
It’s a scientific fact that seafood is the healthiest protein, so it’s no wonder that Legal Sea Foods located nearby MIT and a whole catch of biotech office buildings in Kendall Square would be such a popular lure. Our restaurant, steps from the Marriott Hotel and convenient to Cambridgeside Galleria shopping and the Museum of Science, reels in residents and tourists alike.

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square reviews from OpenTable diners
150 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (64)good for groups (60)special occasion (50)neighborhood gem (45)fit for foodies (45)kid-friendly (33)great for outdoor dining (15)notable wine list (13)great for brunch (13)romantic (11)hot spot (9)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (5)Show More
  • Consistently good
    Kanga
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I always get the crab cake and seaweed salad - as always, it didn't disappoint! Loved Bon Bons too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable and always good
    seafood4me
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    One thing is that Legal Seafood is dependable for consistently good food. The Kendall Square location is my favorite, because of the service and great bar staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • marionbrookline
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were a group of five adults and we wanted to be able to hear ourselves talk. What a joy to find a restaurant with very good food, excellent drinks, and a reasonable noise level. The waiters were knowledgeable about the menu and gave good advice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not up to their usual quality
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have eaten at Legal Seafoods many times before and have had excellent meals. However this time, I was a bit disappointed with the food. The mixed seafood grill both my wife an I had was over cooked, with several items being charred. Second the meals took and extra long time to arrive - they forgot our seafood bisque as well. However that said it might have been just an off night for this location. I will come back and hope the food is up to standard.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for conversation
    My4O
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    One of our major complaints about many restaurants is that they are too noisy. KSq Legal's isn't.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality seafood, bad service
    jjburns
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We were there for an 8:30 reservation on a Friday night. Restaurant was busy but not "slammed." We had what appeared to be two waiters but everything took twice as long. No one came to make sure our meals were correct or good. We had to flag down a THIRD waiter to get a second round of drinks. Disappointed but probably just an off night for our servers.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gluten free Godsend
    GFMomma
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I love Legal Seafood's gluten free menu. The GF calamari is fantastic. Even GF dinner rolls are served along with the meal. So hard to find good GF food that is both safe and appetizing. And GF breaded and fried items are rarely found at other restaurants. Thanks so much for your wonderful menu choices and attention to those of us with special dietary needs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was excellent and even though they had a tour bus full of people, our wait service never lapsed
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    LS2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The oysters are amazing!! I'm partial to the Wiannu's. everything at Legal is fresh & fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RHospitality:
    amust2visit
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Every one assumes it is only the food that is good, but we have the most assuring welcome from the time we made our reservation to the reception on arrival and the service during the meal which was just superb. The woman who served us was very attentive and made us feel fantastic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite in Kendall Square!
    LS2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food and service are both outstanding! Fresh, yummy food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing dinner with great food
    Margarita
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Great food and outstanding service. Relaxed atmosphere with just the right energy level. Also very good wine list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Saturday night at Legal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had guests from England who specifically requested seafood - my husband immediately said Legal was it. Could not get a booking on the waterfront but Kendall is a another good choice - easy parking for starters. Our friends were so happy with the choices and loved their meals. We all had a very good time. P.S. I am allergic to seafood but they did a nice job with the chicken.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    LS2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fresh food, prepared simply and well. Delicious! Management and staff are super service oriented. Such a treat to eat here!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Work group dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food at Legal Seafood in Kendall Square was awesome. The ambiance was just right for a group of colleagues who were not native to Boston.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hold the butter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Not as good as I remembered. I grew up on bluefish and can't get it in California, so I always seek it out in these parts. It was okay, but there's no excuse for drowning perfectly good fresh vegetables in butter, especially without warning. I also thought it was rather unprofessional that servers came by twice to deliver our entrees ("who had the bluefish?") while we were clearly not even halfway through our salads. Who's running the show, here, and don't they notice we're still eating? My friend and I ate in the bar, where I was served a perfect Dark & Stormy, i.e., no limes, no mint, no garnish, just a tall Gosling's and ginger beer on the rocks. Much appreciated!
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  • Consistently good
    MamboKing
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Almost always you can find something good, always fresh. My favorite is the wood-grilled assortment. Last night the Salmon Almondine was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Ordered off the gluten free menu and they made sure that everything was correct (had someone come out with my food separately and stated with every food that it was indeed gluten free, but without making a huge production about it.) Really, really awesome that they were so careful - and the seafood was awesome. :) yummy, yummy, yummy. Also, they brought out gluten free rolls before the meal and then asked if we wanted regular rolls as well, which was the. best. thing. ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TPatrick
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Spectacular food, excellent and friendly service,wonderful atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aaaa
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The steamers tasted like they had been steamed more than once. Way overcooked and dried out. The baked scrod was good, with excellent summer squash on the side.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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  • Great food, excellent service
    Doodledog
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The smaller and less central of Boston's Legal Seafood restaurants was a treat. A kind of 70s decor with a mix of tables an boots, outstanding service and a menu with a lot to choose from. The oysters were excellent, 4 varieties and the shrimp cocktail and platter for entree were fine - but could have certainly eaten a little more of each. The cheese and broccoli fish pie was also well done, but perhaps a little 'ordinary'. Certainly not street seafood, but a restaurant that I would happily return to.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Legal is #1
    LuvTheFood
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food, good friendly service, convenient location, love dining at your restaurant. My Ciopino was one of the best I've had. Awesome combination of seafood and for me the broth is to die for. My wife, who is not a fish eater per say, loved her Grey Sole and how it was prepared. We also loved the Rhode Island style calamari. We're not into desert now so we had an extra glass of wine. The whole menu is pricey, and that's the response we get from friends and family when we speak of Legal, but the food was phenomenal. Thanks for a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good, service excellent
    marciemVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    A very enjoyable leisurely lunch, service excellent, food quite good.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Going down hill
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Quality of the food at legal seafood has gone way down. I had the clam bellies which were more like anemic clam strips huge disappointment
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  • A date favorite, but a let down
    rae165
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My Parents Have been going to LSF for over 30 years. They dated there, fell in love there, and took all of the kids there at different times. They live outside NYC now, But I sent them to Boston for a special occasion (my Mother's graduation, also 30 years in the making). I messaged LSF to tell them, and make the reservation, stressing what a big deal this was. I am sad to say that while the food was excellent as always, no fuss was made, nothing special was done, and I will not be planning special occasions at LSF anymore.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great!
    Filygal
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Had great dinner! Would recommend…. everyone know Legal as the place to go for fresh food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch
    Gramma
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Our celebratory lunch was great. The mussels were the best I've ever had. We ordered calamari to share and our server recommended we get two orders with all four varieties ... Perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Business Lunch Meetings
    BizLuncher3135
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    A great spot for business lunches in the heart of Kendall Square. Wide selection of meal choices and ours were of the usual high quality we expect from Legal's. Service was helpful and attentive without being intrusive. And while very busy and a bit noisy, conversations at the table were easily held without raising one's voice. The only downsides were the cost ( you pay for the high quality fare) and the clear need for a reservation. Wait times for walk-ins were 20+ minutes! quite a spell for tight business schedules. Highly recommended for impressive food,service, and location, so just make a reservation and enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    greatfood
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I came here to eat at the request of my aunt who was celebrating a birthday. I had eaten here several times before and had high expectations of the restaurant. I was not disappointed. The food was excellent. we had the signature fried seafood platter and, as expected, it was piled high with lots of shrimp, scallops, calamari and fish. I opted out of the clams and they substituted more shrimp without a hassle. The salad was great. Overall, the service was pretty good, though, at times I had to get the waitress' attention for things - especially to come and get the check so we could leave.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gluten free delight
    etwee
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My friend needs to be gluten free and this place is very good about that. Legal has maintained the high standard established in its long-ago youth —and mine—in Inman Square
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive, but otherwise yummy.
    JennyP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    My only complaint is that the food is very overpriced. A place of 2 crab cakes with a small green salad should not be $30, no matter how good it is.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as Usual
    Jeff
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Hard to beat Legal Seafood and I usually have a dinner here when I'm in Boston. This time I brought my wife who had her first dinner here and she loved it, not surprisingly. We're from Louisiana and know excellent seafood and Legal Seafood does a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good place for business lunches
    Felicia9921VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Great food and service. Atmosphere is good for business lunches
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ScientistVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The seafood is always dependable at Legal. That's why we keep coming back and will continue to do so. :-) And our server was fantastic! However, I did have an unpleasant experience with the hostess. I had an 8:45 pm reservation and arrived 25 minutes early. I understood that my table may not have been ready right away. A couple walked in 5 minutes after us and were sat well before we were. I was upset about this because, reservation or not, we were there first and I believe we should have been sat first! The hostess said that I needed to wait until my reservation time. I will most likely make an effort to go to the Harvard Sq location over Kendall Sq next time.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • get the tuna burger
    garusanu
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    I usually sit at the bar here. The bartenders are friendly and know the menu. Good beer selection, friendly atmosphere and great food. A very comfortable place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    8well
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The clam chowder and lobster are the best in town. So are the oysters. What a Boston/Cambridge gem. We went twice during a 5 day college reunion visit!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RestaurantQueen
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We are regulars at the Cambridge location...whenever we come to town to visit our BU daughter! The food is always spectacular! This particular visit...not so much. They changed some of the food prep and it wasn't nearly as good as it's always been in the past. While we LOVE dining here--and we'll be back--this particular experience wasn't the best!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, nice place
    garusanu
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Always a good lunch at Legal. Reliable food and service. Sit at the bar if you can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JBReviewOfLegal06JUN2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I worked in Kendall Square, so it was very convenient to meet colleagues for lunch at Legal. The service is good. The location is good. When I was there for lunch last Friday, June 6, 2014, it was a beautiful day so we sat outside which was VERY NICE. I am currently trying not to eat any carbs so I got the shrimp cocktail for lunch. It was very good. Legal is fairly expensive but I do not mind when I am meeting a colleague for an occasional lunch or for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legal seafood is consistent
    HBREVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This was good but the flagship locations are better
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic