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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
  • "A very enjoyable leisurely lunch, service excellent, food quite good."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Had great dinner! Would recommend…. everyone know Legal as the place to go for fresh food!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great food and service. Atmosphere is good for business lunches"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Always a good lunch at Legal. Reliable food and service. Sit at the bar if you can."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This was good but the flagship locations are better"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Right around the corner from work, Legals never fails to please. Always good service and good food and a great place to gather."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Able to obtain a table right away. Our server was personable and very attentive. The part that was lacking was the food. The chowder was full of sand and the stuffed shrimp turned into a casserole dish with full of bread stuffing with no crab that tasted awful! I had 2 bites and couldn't eat anymore. The kids chicken fingers had a strange curry taste to them that even I wouldn't eat let alone my child. Too bad they have such horrible food in a restaurant where the servers were so very nice! I am definitely not coming back."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The food was really terrible and looked so sad on the plates. Acceptable as frozen dinner fare but misses the mark by a mile as a decent restaurant (especially when considering the prices) and not worthy of this restaurant's decent reputation as a Boston staple. They need a big overhaul. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Service was very good. Manager was very responsive. Kitchen turned out mediocre preparations of standard Legal menu items. Go to another Legal instead. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Good food. Very good quality, consistently. Very good Service. Have been a steady customer of Legal restaurants since 1968."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Food was good - not overly inventive but well prepared. The service was very slow. At the end, the waitress brought our check, I gave her my credit card. She brought back a different table's bill that was $100+ more than ours. Then I could not find her to have her cancel the charge and run the correct bill. I assume it was an innocent mistake but it still reflects very poorly on the restaurant"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The food was great and the prices were reasonable. Friendly atmosphere with great service and pleasant staff. Excellent choice for dinner and lunch, variety of selections on the menu for everyone."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "had a lunch meeting here - went very well as the food was great and the server was very patient with us. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The service was great and it was busy. Specialty drinks were delicious had a guava martini and a frozen piña colada. The food was out of this world Tuna Sashimi was so good Camari and steamers. We had lobster and filet for main coarse cooked to perfection!!! Did I mention the dessert we had a warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and macaroon Wow. Great day loved our waitress very friendly!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The quality of food and service here is very good, my favorite Legal restaurant."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "I was visiting my son In Boston and we went to Mother's day lunch at the Kendall Square location. We were seated in the outdoor area which was shaded and very comfortable. The menu offers an extensive choice for fish with more limited meat selections We ordered crab cake and a wood grilled char special which were excellent. My son had filet mignon which was quite flavorful and tender. The wine and cocktail list were quite varied and the by the glass selection was very good. The service was very attentive and gracious and the staff were very welcoming. While I have been to several Legal Sea Foods this branch was by far the nicest. I would return on any future trip."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We go to Legal Sea Foods for absolutely dependable high quality food, service that is gracious and unobtrusive, and (maybe most important) surroundings that are airy and quiet so that we can have actual conversations. The prices are a little high, but it never disappoints. Crab cakes, coleslaw, onion strings, key lime pie."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We have gone to all the locations in Boston. We absolutely love this place. We go every mother's day. My mother loves the desert at the kendel sq location, she loves the warm chocolate pudding. The scallops are the absolutely the best, they just melt in your mouth. The lobster is to die for. The childrens menu is great. We never had a complaint. The service is great, the food is incredible. I so believe you get what you pay for. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Eaten here several times and never disapoints. Staff is very attentive and the food is always good. Wine pairing suggestions on the menu always appreciated."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We went to an early Saturday dinner with a large party. The table was ready when we arrived. The servers were very attentive. We all enjoyed our choices. The restaurant was quiet enough that we were able to calm our cranky baby and eat in peace. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Legal Seafood in Cambridge, MA (MIT campus) was, simply, superb. From our greeting by Courtney (manager) to the impeccable service by Shakia coupled with delicious, well prepared food - it was a wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The food is average and underwhelming. The price tag is high."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "I always enjoy the wood grilled salmon! The tuna melt was very good, too."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "the food was nice, kitchen willing to accommodate personal taste. Friendly server"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "I have always had a good meal; always felt it was worthwhile to be here ---and I have been dining here since the restaurant opened."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I suggested this dinner at Legal Sea Food to the Google Glass New England group as it is a favorite of mine. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely, and the food was excellent, as usual. The reservation desk and our servers were efficient, pleasant and unobtrusive. I recommend Legal to any and all. p.s. - They make a great sangria, too."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "2nd time I have dined here in the last 6 mos. and later had an upset stomach. Prior to that I would eat here often. This time it was the house salad with shrimp that seems to have set me off. ( thought that would be a safe choice after my last experience) I noticed that the greens were flat and seemed to have been a day older than one would expect especially at this price point. I love Legals but losing confidence. service and front desk folks continue to shine!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014