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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Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (55)great for lunch (51)special occasion (49)fit for foodies (39)neighborhood gem (38)kid-friendly (30)great for outdoor dining (14)notable wine list (12)great for brunch (11)hot spot (9)romantic (8)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Quality slipping
    HeidiVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    For 30 years Legals has been our family's favorite place to dine. It was a standby that we could count on for a quality meal. After a few bad experiences (at various locations) it is sadly coming off our list of "go tos". Service was slow, the seafood casserole was dry, potatoes were undercooked, the steamers were scant and all three meals were barely warm. We talked to the manager and she sent out a new bucket of steamers and took some $$ off our bill. But bottom line, we will be looking for a new regular place for our family to enjoy a meal out.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent Service! Qualitive of food outstanding! Level of customer sevice exceed expectations.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great cuisine & service bit noisy
    KendallCee
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were party of 5 w/ 7pm dinner reservations on a Friday night. We found street parking right outside the restaurant. We were seated right away, however noise level was high for the first hour and very hard to hear each other at the table. Service was excellent. Our server was very timely, very professional and knowledgeable. Drinks and food arrived on time. Someone in our party ordered a fruit juice with soda water, but the soda was flat so he returned the drink. But I don't think that was removed from the bill. The food was excellent. We ordered Spinach Dip & Lobster Bisque. For main course Stuffed Shrimp, Fish&Chips, Sole Everything was cooked to perfection and presented well. Overall I Love Legals Seafood Kendall Sq!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I went to Legal Sea Foods in one of the suburbs around Boston and such a good experience that I was expecting the same from Kendall. But they served a lot less in quantity and quality compared to that branch of Legal that I went to.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality seafood
    Saffron
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Legal is a regional gem that may not be as trendy as it was in the 90s, but it continues to deliver quality food & service consistently. The clam chowder (New England clam chowder of course!) is hands down still the best anywhere. Anywhere. The wine & beer list is extensive and filled with a range of international wines & good local, craft brews. Now that we've moved into the Kendall Square area, Legal is our go-to restaurant for good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Fun evening with friends.
    Janey
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Great food and excellent service. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a great meal, sadly
    Klavabadava
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I've been a customer of Legal's since the 1980's. Our meal this week was the first not-so-great meal in all that time. Lobsters and broccoli were overcooked. I have ordered the vegetarian box before and it has always been excellent. This time it was a sloppy, gloppy mess. Of particular concern were the raw onions in my stirfry. That was an unexpected surprise. I did not finish it and did not take it home. Our table ordered two appetizers that were delicious and beautifully presented. The service was decent yet I was unable to find someone for a beverage refill. We paid, we tipped well (20%) and yet I think there was something amiss in the kitchen. I'll be back. I've had too many great meals at Legal. Thank you.
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  • Trustworthy for tourists ...
    vtvisitor
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My friend and I were from out of town and definitely wanted good seafood while in Boston, but without reading a lot of reviews of restaurants unknown to us. Legal Sea Foods was a good choice for us ... we loved the fresh seafood aroma when walking in, were greeted by two friendly young women and seated immediately ... a great start! ... Choice of seafood, appetizers and sides was great, at varying price points, and went well beyond just fried fish. They also had great draft beer choices, and our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and made suggestions if asked. He was attentive during our long chatty meal but never intrusive. I recommend Legal Sea Food for any tourist who would like great, fresh seafood when traveling in Boston.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
  • Kdub
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Food was good and service staff were also nice. My party enjoyed their meals and had a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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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
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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
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    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.
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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
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    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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  • 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
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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
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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
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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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    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
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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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  • 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
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    • 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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TPatrick
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Spectacular food, excellent and friendly service,wonderful atmosphere!
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    neighborhood gem
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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.
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    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.
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    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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  • 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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  • Great!
    Filygal
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Had great dinner! Would recommend…. everyone know Legal as the place to go for fresh food!
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    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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    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
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    kid-friendly
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    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