Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf
Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf

Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Boston-Long-Wharf
  • Phone: 6177425300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm

    Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
  • 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: What a way to say “Welcome!” An invitation to Legal Sea Foods at Long Wharf is an invitation to be impressed. Guests will eagerly anticipate the thrill of waterfront dining in the heart of Boston’s Faneuil Hall and Quincy Marketplace area.



    But tucked inside the busy Long Wharf location is an oasis of calm. This private dining space can accommodate more than 50 and is perfect for entertaining your business or social guests. The carpeted room features glass walls, warm wood trim, and sophisticated décor with flexible seating arrangements to suit any occasion. The staff can coordinate table linens, audiovisual support, flowers and other party details to make your special event shine. And our culinary crew will be pleased to custom-design menus to suit your budget and creative style.
  • Special Events: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here at Long Wharf, our private dining room accommodates up to 50 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Atlantic Ave.
  • Public Transit: Aquarium Station (Blueline)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Our validation will net you savings, daily after 4:30pm. Park at discounted rates for up to 4 hours in the Boston Harbor Garage, located at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Milk Street.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Enjoy ocean-side dining just steps from the New England Aquarium. Our restaurant couldn’t be more convenient to the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and waterfront hotels. We think a visit to Boston must include a meal at Legal Sea Foods.

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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf reviews from OpenTable diners
408 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (144)great for outdoor dining (133)scenic view (126)special occasion (117)great for lunch (111)fit for foodies (104)kid-friendly (103)hot spot (77)neighborhood gem (59)vibrant bar scene (41)notable wine list (41)romantic (27)great for brunch (19)late-night find (13)Show More
  • Only use Corporate credit card
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Situated between the big waterfront hotels, this is not a location I would advise for a nice date-night dinner. The server used a hand-held computer to take the order and when my wife asked to change something as he hadn't even left the table yet, his response was "sorry, it has already been sent to the kitchen" with no thought to ask to make it right--just that it would be a major inconvenience to him. However, if you are on an expense account with a business group, go for it. Eat it up, but I will be spending my own $ elsewhere next time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    underwhelming for the price underwhelming for the price underwhelming for the price underwhelming for the price underwhelming for the price underwhelming for the price
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad experience!!! Just okay food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We just went to Boston and decided to try this restaurant on a recommendation. My brother-in-law drives a scooter because he lost a leg to diabetes, and the staff seemed taken aback that we had to leave it parked near the table, because the tables were close to each other and there was nowhere to leave it. Our server was very nice and friendly, but she forgot to tell me the restaurant ran out of baked potatoes after my dinner was served. When the server finally came back near our table, I mentioned I was waiting for the potato when she said they ran out and offered me something else instead. At this point, I was already done with my dinner, so I declined,. I loved the Thai calamari, but the rest of the food was average at best.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Caro
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We chose Legal seafood for its convenient location and after looking at many reviews online. The restaurant was BUSY, it took 2 hours from when we got seated to get our entrees. The wine list was unremarkable, the cocktails we ordered lacked in taste. The appetizers took so much time to arrive we had to asked for another basket of bread (best part of the meal). The main entrees were bland (The lobster and muscles had no taste and there was no butter or sauce on the plate to enhance ( I had to ask for some), the fish was too submersed in sauce to has a recognizable taste, the crab cakes were bland)). Our server was super friendly, but she was too busy talking to other tables, it took her a full hour to take our entire order.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nhxouple090909
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Really enjoyed my first visit to Legal Sea Food! The food was great...but the waiter we had made the evening even more special! No rushing... he knew the time we needed to be somewhere and made sure we could relax without worry of being late! Makes me want to stay at the Long Wharf Marriott soon and eat there again!! A definite must to go again! All round pleasant evening and experience!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Susan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A good option for the very busy and touristy Long wharf area of Boston. Legal's has consistently fresh and tasty food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOBSTER
    CDRTB
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    everything else was a little overlooked when then lobster arrived. Very very good. Mussels appetizer also wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our food was not hot. There is nothing worse than eating room temperature seafood. This was our first visit to Boston and our only night to go out for dinner. It was a 300 dollar disappointment.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • PAR at best!
    ImNOFoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were in from out of town and so excited to try Legal Seafood, as we had heard good things from friends. The clam chowder was good but the rest of our food was bland and over cooked. My husband who is a human garbage disposal did not even attempt to finish his meal. We skipped dessert due to the disappointing entrees. If/when we return to Boston we will not be heading here again. I also think the food was over priced for the quality they offered.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Skadia
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I always enjoy eating at Legal Seafoods. Their clam chowder is amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rude service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Our waitress was rude, got the order wrong and then didn't return with the correct food for 20 minutes. The manager, Robyn Gaura was summoned and she made everything right. Hopefully she had a talk with the waitress with a lesson in manners and hospitality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent choice
    wwgrammy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We were a group of 10 with some from out of town and one child. Location of this restaurant is great. Very convenient. Our table was ready right at 6 p.m. Server was very friendly and knowledgeable. Food was very good as usual with Legal restaurants. Only complaint - A/C was too strong, but they did adjust a bit when we asked. They have coloring items for kids as well as good kids menu and fun plastic cup with straw.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OutoftownMom
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Loved that I could make a quick reservation through Open Table! It was so easy! Restaurant has always been a favorite for this out of town Mom and her 2 adult Bostonian children! Legal Sea Foods was very attentive to my food allergies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything was great. Had dinner w friends from California and they loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We set at the bar, due to a long wait, but the staff was great and so was the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Val2007
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food , service and staff were excellent ! Great place for dinning !
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mickey
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The crab cake was good but not 5*. We sat outside and the noise was very high with buses and trucks going by.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    breakfastloverVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    On a trip to Boston, my husband and I decided (against our better judgment) to try this chain restaurant, based assurances that this one was "different." Our better judgment was accurate. The meal started well with nicely sized raw oysters. Downhill from there. I ordered wood-grilled tuna "sashimi" style, thinking it would come out like, well, sashimi. Unfortunately, it was covered in some sort of yucky sauce that interfered with the tuna. Kale was way too busy -- much yogurt sauce and whatever liquid was sitting at the bottom of the bowl. And it was not cut into bite-sized portions, so it was chewy. By husband ordered the Grey Sole, expecting the spinach and onions to be served on the side, not wrapped around the fish.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jdoyle
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Disappointed -- took our of town guests there. Seafood was superb, as usual. But the sides were atrocious -- grilled asparagus (at extra cost) were the size of tree trunks -- and tough,. Jasmine rice was not as good as minute rice! Called manager to complain, and told him when choosing asparagus, the rule is to get the thinnest stalks. He had no idea, and said this is company wide practice -- to get the biggest! Somebody doesn't know what they're doing....or doesn't care.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never again
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Over multiple visits to Boston, we have eaten at Legal Sea Foods many restaurants. Previous memories were of high quality food, competent service. Our most recent visit to Legal Sea Foods-Long Wharf was nothing short of a waste of time and money. Our Server was either too interested in something else or just incapable of performing his job. He spent just enough time to get our order and then like Casper became a ghost. That might have be OK, except the food was served in rapid succession dinner being served even before our appetizers were finished. Our orders Salmon and Shrimp were warm, dry and tasteless. In all we were in/out in less than 40 minutes and the place was not crowded. I guess the local TV ad's are right, its just a chain.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Open Table Advantage
    BizTravler
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Everything was great. Blew past line with open table reservations. Had noted on reservation that we were having a business meeting and the service adapted perfectly. Good food good drink good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a place for foreigners
    jmr55VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was by far the worst restaurant experience I have ever had (spanning over many decades including the very best and the not so best in the world). We had 4 visitors over from Europe (all ranging between 22 and 23 years old). When we ordered a nice bottle of wine to go with the dinner, the waitress told us they had to show the kids Belgian government issued ID cards were not enough, and that she needed to see the passport. Everyone who travels internationally knows that you NEVER take your passport with you while sightseeing. Anyhow, after talking to an arrogant manager (who claimed he could go to jail - not sure for what - serving alcohol to seniors and adults of legal age?), we decided to leave and never to return to this place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Phenomenal
    4food
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Raw bar is amazing, fish is super fresh. Had a great waitress. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than expected for the price...
    airman97
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    While the staff were friendly, the service was very poor. Seems as if they took more reservations than the staff could manage. We had a part of 7 people and it took over two hours to get our dinners. When the food arived, five of seven meals were mildly warm / cold from sitting under a heat lamp. The manager apologized and offered to provide desert at no charge, but at that point the group was tired of being held at the restaraunt and didnt want to wait. No adjustments were made to the bill or offers for comping beverages instead.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Dinner
    JimC
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Very tasty dinner. All four of us enjoyed our dinners. My wife and I had the shrimp casserole and it was quite good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious.
    Roxann
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the second Legal Seafoods restaurant we have visited and I had great expectations. The food was plentiful and delicious. I had crab cakes and my husband had the wood grilled fish trio. The crab cakes were full of crab with almost nothing else to ruin the flavor. My husband is picky about his fish and pouts when it's over cooked. It was rare the way he liked it and the chef's selection of fish (salmon, swordfish and tuna) was perfect for him. Pricey meal, but worth it if you want a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lobsta!!!
    Angel
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was excellent. We had the lobster/clam/mussel bake with corn on the cob & clam chowder. The seafood was fresh!! Service was excellent. There are 3 levels.....we had drinks on the roof top & dinner on the first floor.....definitely a favorite in Boston!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always memorable
    Stevesgirl
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our meal was creative and tasty. I especially enjoyed rosemary honey ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Seafood Ever
    Ilona87
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I come from Germany. Every time when I visit Boston (2-3 times a year) my special highlight is a crab cake and a steamed lobster at Legal Seafood. Excellent and I'm always looking forward a couple of weeks before I travel!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Too rushed
    BooBoo
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Never received water; received starter before drinks arrived; received main course within 2 mins of receiving starter! Obviously seeking quick turnaround of tables. Longest wait of night was for the check
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yuck
    DatenightVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The carpet smells like bad fish and the food was meh for the price. No thanks.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over rated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Food was dry and overcooked and the portions were small. For $30, there were 4 tough shrimp in a small oval bowl of dried-out crab casserole.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They did their best...
    Homegirl
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The manager came over to see how we were doing, but the food was very slow to come (an hour after we arrived) and our nice waitress was beleaguered. The table next to us had a birthday but the restaurant had run out of candles (for weeks!) so she couldn't present the cake and sing the normal way they do it. The food was good but not great, and this place is more about location--next to the Aquarium, with a very loud young bar scene on the wharf next door in the summer months. Not a quiet destination for a "special" meal. But they tried to make us happy, which I appreciated.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Fantastic food, and extremely friendly service. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food-Too Noisy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We were a party of six for a birthday occasion. Besides good service and great food, the staff was very tolerant/gracious despite the fact that 2 of our friends arrived over an hour late. They were able to get up their order super fast. The only issue was the noise. As the evening went on the noise level continued to rise so our table conversation included raising our voices also. I would definitely recommend this Legal and parking was very easy and validated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great seafood
    mrpeabodyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Legal has great seafood and good variety of side items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Legal always has the best service! And, their food is amazing! You would never know they are a chain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    the best! would return weekly!!! the food was outstanding, and the service impeccable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We sat outside and had an amazing meal. Our waitress was supurb! I think the trail at sides are better than the special sides. The polenta is pretty tasty and the crab cake is the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    FoodGuruVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food was ok, the seafood was fresh, what made it a not so great experience was the server. Not sure if we just got the one server who acted like he had somewhere else he rather be, but he did the bare minimum and at times he just came across as plain lazy. We are not from the US and had identification as well as we look over 21 and the sever refused to serve us wine because we did not have our passports on hand and our driver's license did not suffice. There are much better places for seafood in Boston with great service... Go there instead
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet