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Legal Test Kitchen (LTK)
Legal Test Kitchen (LTK)

Legal Test Kitchen (LTK) Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Boston-Legal-Test-Kitchen-br-Seaport
  • Phone: (617) 330-7430
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
  • 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, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Here at LTK, we can accommodate from 15 to 30 people for a sit down dinner in one of our two enclosed all-season patios or up to 100 guests for a cocktail reception in a semi-private area of our dining room.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Here at LTK, we can accommodate from 15 to 30 people for a sit down dinner in one of our two enclosed all-season patios or up to 100 guests for a cocktail reception in a semi-private area of our dining room.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Silver Line Way (Silver Line)
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Our validation will net you savings. Park at a $2/hr discount for up to 2 hours in the Park Lane Garage, right behind us.
A word from Legal Test Kitchen (LTK)
Legal Test Kitchen (LTK), a Legal Sea Foods concept, ventures into uncharted waters and pushes the boundaries of innovation in premium food and drink. Multicultural dining options and inspired seasonal cocktails cast a wide net in attracting those who have an appetite for fun.

/>Located in the Seaport District, our restaurant is within easy walking distance to the Institute of Contemporary Art, the World Trade Center, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the Bank of America Pavilion and hotels including the Renaissance Boston, Westin Waterfront and Seaport. LTK is both a destination and neighborhood hangout and our extended hours of operation make us a late night lure.

In season, you can eat sea fare while smelling the salt air in our patio seating.
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Diner Reviews
  • "At first we were disappointed as we arrived with a reservation, and once seated waited at a table for 10 minutes for service- no one came so we went to the bar. Within 2 minutes we had drinks, lively conversation and recommendations for our meal. Pleasant atmosphere, lots of fun, and loved all the recommendations for food and wine! Would definitely go back for the bar!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was good and the wait staff were excellent. The noise was high and it made it hard to hear the others at my table."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Lunch was good - we started with the chowder. Delicious as always. For our entree, we had crab rolls. It was a miserable day out so the restaurant wasn't that crowded. I thought that our server was great -very attentive. No complaints. We have been for lunch and dinner - def would go again!!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I've been here twice recently and don't have anything bad to say so far!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I usually do not leave a review unless something really bothers me. 1) our waitress messed up our orders twice. 2) we ordered the shellfish towers (large), the shellfish were not fresh, very disappointing. The oysters and clams were so small and they aren't even fresh. The crab legs were FROZEN, I cannot believe we spent $50 on this awful dish. In summary, if you want good seafood, stay away from this place. I was very disappointed as our party of 9 were there to celebrate my birthday. We spent over $400 and the parking validation is a total joke, 2 hr but if you exceeded 2 hrs, the validation is useless and you need to pay regular fare at the Park Lane Garage. The kitchen were slow, and we couldn't get out of the restaurant in time."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our waiter was very knowledgeable, friendly and efficient. The food was excellent and extremely reasonable in price. We would definitely return on our next visit to the city."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Went to LTK due to the location - we went to a show nearby. The rolls and salad were delicious however that is where it stopped. It was nice to sit outside and the server was nice. The server did not write down what we ordered and came back twice to ask us questions - she should have just written it down the first time. I will most likely not be back and would not recommend this location."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Truly the most consistent seafood anywhere. My friend and I enjoyed the dinner special - a crab cake with grilled shrimp and grilled scallops. All of my favorites in one meal - it was absolutely delicious."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Smaller and different menu than regular Legals but food was excellent. Service could not have been better. Good drinks. Good location in the popular seaport area. Definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We showed up Saturday night with a party of 10 (which grew to 12 mid-meal) and were treated very well by the LTK staff. With a reservation we only waited about 5 minutes before our table was ready, then were treated well throughout the night by the wait staff. All food and drink items were brought out in a timely manner for a party of our size. Appetizers and drinks were all hot and delicious, the main meals received mixed reviews. My crab cake and shrimp mixed-grill plate was tasty but rather small for the price (half the plate was empty), and the side salad was simply lettuce and olive oil. Overall good experience, we will be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I called to inform that I was running 10 mi n late. When I arrived, my reservation was still valid, but while I was waiting, there was a party next to me and my table was given to them (right in front of me). This made my wife furious & this was our 6th wedding anniversary. We waited for 10 inutes and we were seated outside. Good chow!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Good food and service. Much to loud for group conversation. Why canned music to add to the din?"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I flew in early just to visit this restaurant. The white bean hummus is the best thing I have ever eaten and I was so happy that it was just as good as I remembered from college."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Muzak competing with TVs and hard surfaces and talking escalatinh louder and louder. Do people really need that to think they're having a good time? Food was interesting but not radical. Servers way too stressed but attentive. Will stick to regular Legals."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Went in June of 2014 after an event with family. It was wonderful. the food tasted great and they gave you a good portion. The hoisin salmon was perfect and the sole boat wonderful. The fish tacos were heavenly. The waitress was amazing and the décor was fine. We enjoyed our meal there and even had dessert of chocolate cake and it was divine."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "it was fine. nothing exciting, but more affordable than i expected."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We mentioned we had kid with us in the open table reservation but this is not a kid friendly venue. This is primarily a bar. Seating and host services were horrible. They seated us outside without asking. It was cold and windy. When we requested to be moved indoors, as our child was freezing, they sat us at a bar table for 2 next to the patio doors. The foot traffic around our crowded table was constant and when doors opened, we would be hit with chilly wind blasts that blew all lighter items off table. We would have left if we had not already ordered. Food was blah. Lobster (in Boston), was waterlogged so most likely frozen v fresh. Nothing to recommend although the server was nice and not to blame for seating and food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We were visiting Boston and went here for dinner. We always liked Legal Seafood. This restaurant was overly crowded, the noise level was deafening, and the air temperature was so cold we couldn't stand it. The menu was quite limited. The good was OK, but the overall experience was one I would just as soon forget."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for its proximity to a show we were attending and left plenty of time for dinner. But after ordering, we waited over 40 minutes for our food. When we told the waitress about our time constraint, she reassured us that our dinner would be right out, but we kept waiting. We ended up having to wolf our food down and run. We told the waitress we'd be glad to speak with her manager but that never happened. Also - the restaurant has extremely loud electronic music playing, which we found intolerable. Sitting outside solved the problem but that was only an option because of the season. We will never eat here again."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We had a reservation as we were going to Cirque de Soleil. They were so backed up that we missed part of our show and ate in 10 minutes. Very disappointing for that reason .... they kept telling us they were clearing our table. Food was excellent. Too bad we didn't have time to enjoy it."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We came for a group dinner before seeing a show down the street. About the 5th time I've been here and my meals are always delicious."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Not a great place to eat. I was very, very disappointed. My salad was swimming in dressing. It was obviously made with low grade iceburg lettuce. I had my two daughters with me. We were seated outside, but away from anyone else. In other words-the least desirable place to sit. I should point out that my daughters are 6 and 11. They are used to eating at restaurants regularly, they are not three year old kids throwing food. When we left we saw people sitting outside in the better area. The restaurant was not busy."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "LTK was Absultely delisiscious! I will definitely be coming back here again! :)"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Great place for seafood and it's unique in that the menu changes often (hence the "test kitchen"). You get to have awesome food served by a great group of people. Love this place!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I've been to other Legal locations several times, but this past Fri night was my 1st time to LTK and I will definitely be going back. My parents were in for the weekend from out of town, and were asking for good seafood & dining on/near the waterfront so, of course Legal came to mind. Our server (Crystal) was AWESOME - warm & friendly, attentive, gave great feedback when asked for recommendations. LTK is a bustling, energetic place but I never felt overwhelmed or rushed. The food came out quickly, and was hot & delicious. (I had the hoisin salmon over pad thai - it was fantastic!) Everyone in our party cleaned their plates and left full & happy. We all loved our 1st LTK experience, and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I love this area of Boston and I always know we can please many palettes at LTK. I like that there's a little inventiveness and others like that its well backed by Legal Seafood. I was able to eat there on current dietary restrictions without being one of "those" kind of orderers! An easy, quick lunch, a nice scene of Boston biz, too."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "We always come here before going to concerts on the waterfront. Never disappoints! Food and service are excellent. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Not our best legal experience. Food was not prepared to legal standards. But, a good location for attending a concert on the waterfront."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "recently on a business trip to Boston with some business people and decided we wanted to have a fish dinner. LTK was close by and we gave it a try and were really impressed. the calamari was absolutely up there with the best I have ever tried. The Faroe salmon was also excellent. service was nice and friendly and the whole evening was very pleasant"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I am a massive fan, actually, devotee of Legal. And LTK is a standout. Typically. However, this past Monday, they were sold out of just about every fish choice on menu. Further, the bar ran out of premium Chardonnay (Cakebread) after only serving us one glass. Kinda sloppy for the Berkowitz standards, eh?"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Took my family from out of town to celebrate my daughter's graduation. It was terrible. Music blasted, making conversation very difficult. Service was slow and erratic. Salads were not as good as the ones I make at home, bland, lifeless, and missing ingredients that were listed on the menu's description. The only thing worth going for was the fish. But sides (except for the seaweed salad which was delicious) were bland and also lacked interest. We decided that the "Test" in the name of the restaurant actually refers to a "test" of their patrons' patience. I don't recommend this experience.Go instead to the regular Legals, which are uniformly excellent."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Had 7:30 reservations after Cirque du Soleil. Arrived early and was seated at 7:20pm. Sat at table for about 10 minutes until menu was given to us. Waited a bit for beer after order taken. Other than that waitress was outstanding, very friendly and funny. Food was also outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had an early reservation before Cirque, but the restaurant was already busy. They seated us right away and we had great service, lots of people-watching from our outdoor table, and delicious food, especially the swordfish kabob and oysters. All in all, a beautiful and very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The menu presented this time looked very familiar from the at our last visit nearly a year ago. It had me wondering if this is the Test Kitchen, what changes and how often. I had the same salmon and vegetable pad thai dish I ordered last July. My husband wanted onion rings with his order, but they were not on the menu as an option or separately orderable. The waiter didn't even mention onion rings were available until we overheard him telling the people seated next to us about them. We found that after eating twice at LTK we much prefer the legacy Legal's and have decided we won't be returning to the LTK. Management also needs to do a better job keeping the path from dining area to restroom open. Had to yell and push to get through."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Noisy bar scene made conversation a challenge for older ears, but the food was terrific and enjoyable. Our waiter was helpful and friendly."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Although the crab leg was frozen, the staff attended to it immediately and otherwise the meal was delightful."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Our server was so great and so was our food. I'll definitely be going back again and again!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Have been several times in the past and always enjoyed ourselves. This time we dined after a local event at 10:00 and it was an unpleasantly different experience. The dance club-like music was so loud that I could hardly hear my friends across the table. We are only 30 but felt like geezers complaining about the youngster music. We asked the server about possibly turning it down and though he commiserated with us, he also said that they wouldn't turn it down. We loved the food but left with a bad taste in our mouths. Will not be back on a weekend evening if that's the scene and image they're striving for. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Have been to many Legal Seafood restaurants - used to frequent the original one in Inman Square when I worked in Cambridge. LTK is interesting - nice inside; nice outside dining in a harbor spot. Menu is good - we all (4 of us) - loved what we had. Only negatives - not enough attention paid to table as we had to ask for more water twice; did not give prices of special which they should do. The also should offer non alcoholic drinks. We had an recovering alcoholic in our party and we like places that offer interesting non alcoholic beverages. They had an extensive drink menu but none suited for people that don't drink."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We ordered the mussels- I was extremely impressed w/ the size of the mussels themselves, but thought it was a bit odd that they were served with a 'to-go' tray for the shells. C'mon LTK, be a bit more classy than that! A bowl maybe? Also, some bread w/ the mussels would have been great. The lobster mac-n-cheese was amazing. No complaints at all. My date was a bit thrown off that the 'lobster roll' was actually a 'lobster wrap.' It tasted great, but a heads up would have been great. Ambience was great, but overheard the service bartender swearing, waitresses on their cell phones, etc. This was a good evening. As a very critical person, I can be very judgmental, so don't take this to heart. Overall, good meal that could have been great!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014