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

Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Cambridge-Kendall-Square
  • Phone: (617) 864-3400
  • 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 & Promotions: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "I have been to this restaurant many times in the past and always had excellent food and service so it pains me to be negative this time but we had a server who just got my food all wrong. She forgot that i ordered steamers so i had to wait longer while they were prepared, then she forgot that i order haddock deep fried and brought it wood-oven roasted. I did not complain because we were there with friends and i did not want to make a big scene but i was disappointed overall with the evening. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone as the service and food are excellent. Perhaps my server just had a bad night."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I've been going to Legal Seafood for decades. While their menu tends to be predictable and non-adventurous the seafood is always fresh and enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I 1968 I was one of the first customers when Legal opened its first paper plate seafood joint in Inman Square. I left Boston years ago but I always try to dine at Legal when I visit. Their clam chowder is still loaded with succulent clams, their simple grilled fish dishes are fresh and perfectly prepared. I love their moist and tender swordfish. The Kendall Square location is particularly well run. May they continue for another 50 years."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Legal's has been in business for a long time. The last time I had the opportunity to dine at a Legal's was in Worcester years ago. So often, as an individual restaurant or chain ages and expands, the quality and service decline. I'm very happy to say, THIS IS NOT THE CASE WITH LEGAL SEA FOOD. Kendall Square is well maintained, all of the staff with whom we had contact were friendly and efficient, the food and service are nothing short of wonderful, and the wine list is top notch. 'Well done' to all."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "we had a friend coming from the bay area and took them for their first lunch in boston. worth taking a friend to this well known restaurant in the area."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great service, great fresh food and like the ambiance. Kids like the food and the atmosphere is not too stuffy"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Seafood can't be beat. Very fresh and flavorful. Nice to be able to carry on a conversation through dinner, also."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We have eaten at Legal Seafood before and have always had a great experience. The food is excellent with many choices of entrees as well as appetizers and side dishes. The service was casual, attentive but not overbearing. I would definitely recommend this to my family and friends."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The fish was overcooked and dry. The beer was warm. Born in Boston but living away now, I always like to go to Legal when I come back to town. Not this time. What a disappointment."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Four of us for lunch on a busy Saturday afternoon. Food was fantastic. Great service. Can't beat Legal for great seafood! Will be back when in the area again."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Service was pretty slow. Took a while to get refills on drinks. The best part of the meal was probably the dinner roll. The clam chowder was good. The Spicy Fish and Chips were a dismal failure. Tasted like Tabasco sauce for the most part the the crust was very soggy and chewy. There are better ways to make food spicy besides adding tabasco sauce. My seafood cacerole was OK but nothing to write home about. The tiny scallops were pretty sad."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Always love going to Legal Seafoods Kendall and sending Faculty there for lunches. Great atmosphere, food, and the service is top notch!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Consistently good seafood, well prepared, generous portions, friendly staff."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "There were 4 of us... we started with the calamari thai style which is fabulous. 2 of us got lobster rolls and other 2 got crab cakes. You cannot beat it. Crab cakes would have loved a little more for lunch portion but the lobster rolls lobster was falling out of it."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Excellent gluten free food, the best food and the most reliable for the seriously gluten free."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Once again totally enjoyed my dining experience. Had my all time favorite stuffed lobster. Everything was delicious!!! I've been dining at this restaurant since it first opened. It never disappoints!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Very nice decor, complete with a small aquarium. Staff was very friendly, and recieved a small sampler "compliments of the chef." Fish was incredible, would recommend the spicy calamari for appetizer."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "My friend and I decided to go somewhere a little nicer for lunch, and Legal Seafoods never disappoints."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Legal's has always had the reputation of being a great seafood restaurant. The one at Kendall Square is also one with a great atmosphere. It's spacey, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. You don't feel like the group next to you is almost sitting with you. I recommend this particular Legal's very highly, this is where we come when we want great seafood."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Besides the hair we discovered in my date's seafood casserole, the overall experience was good. The manager came over to us and apologized. They were able to bring us a new order right away. They handled the situation well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our dinner was very good. Enjoyed the chowder and the calamari appetizer was delicious. Our seafood dinners were great as well."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Waitress seemed condescending and did not respond with more volume when I said I could not hear her. (I wear hearing aids and the restaurant was noisy). I work nearby and have lunch here occasionally, and the waitstaff is usually terrific, so this was a contrast. The pace of ordering was very good, however; we did not feel rushed. Fried smelt appetizer was very good and my husband had the famously great clam chowder. I had the Wood Grilled Assortment at the Park Sq Legal On New Year's eve and loved it so ordered it again in Cambridge this time. This presentation was slapdash, (in Boston it came arranged beautifully on a wood block) and the tuna was dry enough (overcooked!) so that I didn't finish it. Husband and son liked their entrees."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We eat in restaurants 3 or 4 times a week, but the service at Legal Seafood stood out as particularly bad. I used my bread plate to have some of my husband's salad, and our waiter took both bread plates away, leaving us with our paper placemats for our dinner rolls. Our waiter was impatient when taking our order. He didn't ask if I was finished, even though there was a large portion of food on my plate, and he took my plate away. He never asked if we wanted dessert. The food was OK, but my scallops were swimming in butter. For a meal that cost $97.00 plus tip and lasted roughly one hour, it wasn't worthwhile."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Food was great! Staff very friendly and drinks were phenomenal. I'd absolutely would recommend friends and family visit, especially ask for Shakia as a server. She was kind, friendly and attentive. Kudos it is very hard to find such a gem!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Blackened tuna w chili spice was very nice Salmon on spinach w mushroom ravioli was terrific. Shrimp pasta was OK."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "We had a great time and the service was great as well as the food. Cannot wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We were a group of 7, 4 adults and 2 children under 3 and a 12 week old. Food, service and atmosphere were great. The manager sent over an chef's appetizer, thanking us for booking with openable. We went on the early side(5:30) and couldn't have a better time."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This spot never fails. The food was awesome. I had grilled scallops with a butter chive sauce, spiach and jasmine rice. Perfecto and the scallops were so savory and sweet."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We have found over the last several years that Legal Kendall is a good place for a reliable Christmas day dinner followed up by a movie. This year was a moderate disappointment. The service was OK if a little slow but, afterall, it was a holiday and they have been a bit short-staffed. What was not up to par (and this is unusual for Legal) was the food and in particular the fish. I ordered the wood grilled fish assortment and it was bone dry, almost inedible. In addition, two glasses of white wine were so warm that I had to add some ice. I would have sent these back to the kitchen but we had a movie to catch. Legal, let's hope this was just an off-night!"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Legal Seafood is a well known institution in Boston and other parts of the US. Their signature dishes are reliable and always hit the spot. The wine list (varies somewhat from restaurant to restaurant) offers great variety from around the world. I would recommend Legal because it does follow the law of good dining: good food + attentive service = great dining experience."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Everything was delightful until I was served my lobster which I asked to be taken out of the shell. The portion size was clearly not the full amount of a over one pound lobster. Having grown up in NE I do know what to expect from a one pound or two pound lobster. Where did the rest of my lobster go?"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "The experience at Legal Seafood at Kendall Square was Awesome. We had a successful business lunch. Chowder was great especially on a cold day:) The baked Schrod was tasty and delicious and the Service was great. All and all a great lunch!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The meal was good. Food came out promptly. Management was attentive to our group."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Food and drink was excellent, ambience was wonderful."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I've taken my family to Legals many times. Food and service is good and consistent but the Legals name clearly carries a 30% premium. The food and service can be met at other spots for far less."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Great dinner. My 12 year old said it was the best meal he's ever had."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "A good restaurant to grab a favorite fish dish. If you have a shellfish allergy as I have, the wait staff are very careful to make note of this and, as an added assurance have your chosen dish served by the Manager. The wait staff are always very pleasant and provide good service."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Had dinner with 2 other friends this past Friday night - we all enjoyed the food, ambience and service tremendously."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "We go to this Cambridge location often for business lunches and we are never disappointed. Excellent fish and portion sizes are generous. Our Waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable about the food and the wine list. When we asked to be seated in a quieter section, they were happy to accommodate our party. It gets busy at lunch, so if you need to get in and out, be sure to make a reservation, although, the food does come to the table quickly. Great place, we keep going back happily."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "We four arrived after a long day traveling and attending the terrific performance by the Revels at Harvard. It was very cold, windy beyond compare, and snowing full-tilt when we walked from the Marriott nearby to be greeted by several employees as well as the Manager, a woman named Courtney, who was most gracious. She'd had a lot of cancellations, so was happy that we'd forged ahead. Wonderful meal, nice people. Great time."
    Dined on 12/14/2013