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.
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Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf reviews from OpenTable diners
383 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (136)great for outdoor dining (124)scenic view (120)special occasion (110)great for lunch (109)kid-friendly (100)fit for foodies (96)hot spot (67)neighborhood gem (49)notable wine list (45)vibrant bar scene (41)romantic (25)great for brunch (25)late-night find (13)Show More
  • Great Seafood, Great Service
    drmarkdroberts
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I love seafood. I've been to dozens of seafood restaurants and ordered seafood at many other places. Legal Sea Foods is the best. Period. Plus great service. Plus reasonable prices (not cheap, but good value for the money). Legal Sea Foods is probably my favorite restaurant, wherever it is.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Legal seafoods have successful reciepe and they stick to it however I do think they are over priced for what they offer
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner with out of towners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We met friends from France at their favorite Legal's location just after they arrived. First, we were asked to wait outside for 5 minutes while our table cleared. The 5 minutes was actually close to 30 minutes. Then, the restaurant was so loud, we couldn't hear from across the table. Our food took so long to come out, the manager gave us 2 free appetizers to hold us over. My friend who LOVES Legal's got room temperature fish, and had to send it back. All in all, my friends who LOVE Legals, are pretty sure they don't want to go back now.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food here was superb!. Went to Top of the Hub the next night and they could not compare! If you are in Boston this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant
    Sally
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    When we arrived there was a line out the door, but since we had a reservation we didn't have to wait at all. Service was very good, as was the food. Nice spot too, right on the water.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not to the Legal seafood standards
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The cciocipino was too salty and the lobster was overcooked. The service was slow. it is kid friendly but does not have nearly enough space for all of the strollers. As you would expect there are MANY families coming here after or before visiting the aquarium. I would have expected better planning by these restaurants.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • John
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It was exceedingly crowded and noisy, but service, quality of food, and overall feeling was superb!!! Our visitors from Australia were thrilled to have eaten there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit the refresh button
    DrDreEats
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We went with some out-of-town friends who heard really good things about Legal Sea Foods. It has been a number of years since I went in there. The waitress was incredibly friendly, almost too familiar which for me often seems disingenuous, but in this case the waitress made it work. The decor needs to be refreshed. We couldn't get in to the Harborside location and settled for this one. I probably won't go back because there are so many better places in the area at a similar price. The fresh food was good. The rest of the food was typical "chain restaurant garbage". It's the same slop they serve in chain restaurants around the country. If you don't mind average chain restaurants then this place is for you.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • QA review needed by Legal Seafoods
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We have dined at many Legal Seafood restaurants over the years.This facility is no where near the benchmark that LS Management sets …Unfortunately, it sets a bad tone for the rest of the chain.Staff is not knowledgeable or responsive, Facility was noisy and table plates and glasses unclean.Food was mediocre...At a prime location in the heart of Boston I'd keep walking.The team should go down the street to the Seaport and take a lesson.I will still go to Legal's but not this place
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food but Crazy Busy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We really enjoyed our lunch after a morning of touring, but if possible make a reservation. The whole wharf area is jammed & the restaurant was super busy, but the food was wonderful, especially the clam chowder & crab cakes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissappointing
    PastaMom
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I was expecting a great meal. Some of the fish was dry. Our server wasn't very personable - she pretty much took our orders and left...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious
    jennifer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was delicious and Ryan our server was excellent!!! This was our after graduation dinner in town and it was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great end to a Boston visit
    ctmom17
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I love Légal Seafoods,been there à,few times. I was hesitate to bring m'y 5 and 9 year old..but they Loved it. I tried something new...seaweed salad..I could eat it everyday :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    greatcatch
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We wanted seafood and they had plenty to offer. Good portions and reasonable price. Service was excellent and loved their jobs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legal is Always Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went to Legal Seafood-Long Warf for my graduation dinner. The reservation was for 9:15pm and they were ready for us at 9:15. I've lived in the Boston area for ten years and have not found a clam chowder that can compete with Legal's. My mother and I both got the lobster bake. It was awesome. The dish was beautifully prepared with a lobster, muscles, steamers, corn on the cob and smoked sausage. It was more than I could eat. The lobster was perfectly cooked; very nice and tender. The noise level was a bit high in the room where we were seated because there was a rather aloud party but it was bearable. Keep up the good work Legal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • try the crab cakes!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Best Crab Cakes I ever ate...anywhere! My party of 4 were all very happy with their food. Talked about it the next day as well. Very good.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    jeannie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    we enjoyed this restaurant very much,food & service was great,especially enjoyed the outdoor dining!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic seafood!
    Vacation
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was fantastic. The crab cakes are made with large pieces of crab. Our food was brought out soon after ordering it. They are known for their Boston Creme Pie, as they should be. It was the best I have ever eaten!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    excellent
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    loved the food and waitress provided excellwnt service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very noisy/very crowded
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Impossible to drink à glass of Wine without showing à passport !!!!! Amazing !
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food
    Coralgabler
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've always enjoyed the food at Legal Sea Foods. Their restaurant at Long Wharf in Boston is often very crowded with tourists, but this time we went for dinner early and the atmosphere was fine. We also had a great wait person.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family friendly
    Bradybunch
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We went there with our two teens while visiting Boston. It was a rare treat as we don't usually spend that much on a meal and everyone loved it. The waitress was very helpful and ready to answer any question. I heard a waitress at another table asking another patron "is this your first lobster?" and then went onto explain how to eat it. We would definitely eat there again. Between the four of us we got steamers, muscles, swordfish, salmon, tuna, lobster, filet mignon, and clam chowder so we got to try a number of items.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for lunch
    bostonisawesome
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    After the hustle and bustle of the aquarium, this was a nice place to relax and enjoy excellent seafood. They truly cater to kids as they each got fruit and a small piece of corn on the cob on their plates. Also, the choices for side dishes that accompany lunch are awesome, not just your usual fries and slaw. Crabmeat roll was great. Jalapeno polenta also.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great last min date night spot
    allie494
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We really enjoyed Legal Seafood. The bang bang cauliflower was amazing. I have the almond encrusted salmon with ravioli and it was pretty dry but my husband had the shrimp and filet and it was cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food But Hectic
    Allison
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed other locations of Legal Seafood since moving to Boston. Since we had family in town, we thought we would try the Long Wharf restaurant for its location. The food was good, as we have come to expect, but the Long Wharf location was very loud and hectic, which is a big change from the calm, mellow atmosphere we have come to appreciate. We had a hard time hearing each other at the table and our view was really just of crowds of people. I would say if you are in the area of the Boston Harbor, absolutely visit Legal Seafood at Long Wharf, but if another Legal Seafood restaurant is closer to you, go for it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect in a pinch
    Attilio
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Easy to make a reservation. Arrived 45 min early and were seated outdoors in about 10 minutes. Staff was very accommodating even though we only had reservations for indoor dining. Service was very good, especially considering how busy it was on Friday night in the summer. Good seafood. Good variety of choices. Easy location coming from Logan Airport. Don't forget to get your parking ticket discount for the Boston Harbor Garage.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience!
    fabfoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I went with a friend on Friday night. Dinner for two at 6 p.m., probably there busiest time. First, the service. Upon arriving, we were seated at a table that wasn't what I had asked for in our reservation. I advised our hostess who immediately responded with a smile and got us a better table. No less that 3 people came by our table to ensure we were enjoying our meal. Service was top notch. The cocktails were delicious. We both ordered clam chowder and fried clams. Clam chowder was great, just the way I like it - not too thick, not too thin. The fried clams were excellent. Nice and sweet. However, the portion sizes were a bit on the small side but nothing that was a big surprise or a major issue. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Staff and food
    Surfnturf
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Staff friendly; floor could be cleaner; person that delivers the food need to be careful when opening up the plate of lobster that is wrapped in aluminum. The steam and juice from the lobster spilled in to my lap. The calimares - the oil needed to be changed very dark brown and burned
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful fish
    PotterMoose
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We booked in advance for my partner's birthday, and were seated immediately at a very good seat by the window. Service was a little bit slow, but very friendly, and the food was gorgeous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food, terrific service
    TheBirds
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We very happy that we had made a reservation. Demand for tables was very high.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • could have been better
    mcygan
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Fisher mans platter overpriced and batter was dark brown and old..shrimp scampi was a smal portion..two drinks apiece and ameal w no apps around 100...not too pleased
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Boston legend
    Francophile
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Legal's clam chowder is delicious. The clam roll was ok. We chose this spot because we were coming from a whale watch. They reserved us a booth when I requested one so my parents could hear. We appreciated the accommodation and great service. A family favorite!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    APToronto
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went with a group of 5. Service was fantastic and the food was delicious with good sized portions. Location on the waterfront was great as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great
    Molly
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Legal Seafood is one of my favorite restaurants. This particular Legal Seafood is perfect when we are visiting the aquarium or taking a cruise.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed it.
    Heff
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Had dinner w/ a friend there and despite the outrageously priced parking in the area, had a great time. Had the Caesar salad w/ crabmeat. Delicioius, and a fair price. Waitress was very fun and friendly, despite being slammed w/ customers. Good time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced
    Pab852
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The lobster roll on the lunch menu didn't have much lobster in it and it was $27.95. Came with a little blob of cole slaw and some french fries. Totally overpriced. Service was very good though. We were seated right away and the waitress was very attentive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Properly cooked seafood
    Michael
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Legal doesn't try to do to much with their seafood dishes as some other unmentioned seafood chains do. They prepare their seafood dishes relatively simply but cooked and presented properly. And it is always fresh. It is a busy, high volume restaurant but we don't go for the ambiance, we go for fresh seafood done right.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely recommend it
    Lilian
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We hv four adults and two children for dinner last night. Luckily we booked in advance so we can sit inside. A waitress helped us to take all the meat out of the lobster and also cut the corn out. Asparagus is very nice and chips are so so. We went there after whale watch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Celticsfan
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We were looking for a place to eat quickly before taking a boat ride (sunset cruise, birthday celebration). This was perfect. The food was great; the service was excellent and we really liked sitting outdoors - both because it was a pretty summer night and it wasn't noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Redeemed Themselves
    Lulu
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    In February I took my team out for an appreciation lunch and that day the food was not up to par. I was asked to do this survey and reviewed honestly. Legal was very quick to contact me to find out more about our experience. The same people went back this week and everything was fantastic. The fried clams were amazing, my grilled salmon with asparagus and truffled mushrooms was very good too. One of the members of our party had the baked stuffed shrimp and said it was very good. The other ordered the crab cake sandwich and he also said it was excellent. Our waitress was very pleasant and attentive. We will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.