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: (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: 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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Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (58)great for lunch (46)special occasion (42)neighborhood gem (36)fit for foodies (36)kid-friendly (23)great for outdoor dining (11)notable wine list (10)romantic (8)great for brunch (7)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Mothers day lunch
    Legals
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great for all occasions
    firsttimers
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day
    NEVMSVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Large group satisfaction
    dchez
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • average food, high price
    mrshow
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food is average and underwhelming. The price tag is high.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It Should Be Illegal!!
    KAON
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Usual!
    Louie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice ambiance
    Sophie
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    the food was nice, kitchen willing to accommodate personal taste. Friendly server
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service & food
    Ziggy
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    had a lunch meeting here - went very well as the food was great and the server was very patient with us. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ioneliu
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I always enjoy the wood grilled salmon! The tuna melt was very good, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always satisfied
    satisfied1
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably excellent, fresh sea food
    rekording
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not great
    Skip
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointing!
    Ronnie
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Once again, a great meal - great service, food, nice environment. gluten free rolls!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I think of Legal Seafood as a chain since we have one near the Phillips Arena in Atlanta but with a recommendation from a native, I gave it a try. It felt a lot like dining in Piccadilly cafe with the hard tables. The waitress was nice and worked with us since we only wanted to eat light. Good thing, the Greek Salad (not on menu) was so tired, I felt we needed to just tuck it in for the evening. I had a dozen oysters and my daughter had the Cioppino which they were able to do as a half portion which was another good thing since she only ate a quarter of it. Although it was my daughter's 21st b'day, we chose to forego the desert and just end a fairly lackluster meal.
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  • Great food and service
    USN65
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The Cambridge restaurant is tbe best location in the Boston area.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rice is not good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I ordered a meal with jasmine rice. But it seems that the rice was very dry.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Unfortunately a waiter gave bad service. Everything was too slow and not considerate... Paid enough gratuity though
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently good
    garusanu
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    food was delicious, as usual. always can count on Legal to be good.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Meal
    BoSoxDiner
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The dinner was incredible. We were a party of 8, and all had different things. Plus appetizers, couple bottles of wine, etc. Service was perfect. I am a bar manager, so I know good service and this was it. Very pleasant experience, and when I'm back in Boston, I'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have been to this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Legal after all these years
    Foodaholic
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's been years
    JPW105
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great fresh
    brett
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Great service, great fresh food and like the ambiance. Kids like the food and the atmosphere is not too stuffy
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Predicatable yet great seafood
    JandRVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lunch time debut
    ftrsprt
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Wizz
    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.
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  • Another Great Dining Experience
    CTTom
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner
    Brian
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Seafood can't be beat. Very fresh and flavorful. Nice to be able to carry on a conversation through dinner, also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to other location standards
    RicardoVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
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  • Always love going to Legal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Always love going to Legal Seafoods Kendall and sending Faculty there for lunches. Great atmosphere, food, and the service is top notch!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good seafood
    JAmesVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Consistently good seafood, well prepared, generous portions, friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crab Cakes and Lobster roll
    Hollywood
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always on Target!!
    MITAlum
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent gluten free food,
    Doko
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Excellent gluten free food, the best food and the most reliable for the seriously gluten free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    nbobbs
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Saturday Lunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    My friend and I decided to go somewhere a little nicer for lunch, and Legal Seafoods never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great place!
    NewcomerVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • V-Day Experience
    Ardes
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate