Legal C Bar - Lynnfield
Legal C Bar - Lynnfield

Legal C Bar - Lynnfield

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From Legal Sea Foods, Legal C Bar emerges - a focused yet full-flavored social urban venue, casual in style.

Legal C Bar’s menu complements the bar forward concept and features many items suitable for sharing while also offering options for more traditional coursed dining. Tried-and-true Legal favorites along with exclusive offerings, including sushi and pizza, comprise the menu mix. Oyster lovers will find at least 8 different varieties daily.

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Legal C Bar - Lynnfield reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (79)great for lunch (75)vibrant bar scene (74)good for groups (69)fit for foodies (52)hot spot (52)neighborhood gem (46)special occasion (43)kid-friendly (32)notable wine list (31)late-night find (16)great for brunch (12)romantic (11)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    venaea113
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My boyfriend and I decided to try the new Legal C in Lynnfield since we had a Legal Seafood gift card. Sangria was excellent, although pricey. Main dining room was extremely loud (we were there at 8:30 pm) and difficult to hear each other over the noise. For the high end prices, service and the food quality should have been much better. Server delivering our food didn't know what dish was what and almost dumped my boyfriend's dinner in his lap as she lost her balance. Main server didn't pay attention to details, leaving soaked napkins under our sangria glasses, not replacing a used knife before the entree came. Lots of servers hanging around by hostess station. Server glared back after seeing we didn't tip 20%. Good for drinks at bar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simple pictures are best
    ferretgrrl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Basic seafood treated well is what all the Legal branches do best, so that's what you're best ordering. Sides can fall a little flat in their attempts to be overly complex, but there's no quibbling with a perfect wood-grilled piece of fish, or fresh succulent oysters. There was a small hitch with our Open Table reservation; I had received a confirmation email from Open Table, but when we arrived at the restaurant, the reservation had not been confirmed on their end. Fortunately they were able to seat us quickly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Swordfish tonight!
    DocjrsVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I enjoyed one of the best pieces of swordfish that I have ever had tonight! Kudo to the chef and the buyer. Keep the great meals coming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster bake
    Donna
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Although mgmt attempted to quell our disappointment with our meals by giving us 2 free desserts, which was thoughtful of them, both meals were subpar. The steak tip meal had a mound of jasmine rice that was like glue. The lobster bake had dry tasteless mussels which I stopped eating after 4 of them, the steamers were excellent and the lobster claws were dry and rubbery, the tail was just ok. When asked how the meals were, I usually don't complain, but had to tell the waitress the mussels were awful. She offered to bring fresh ones but I didn't want them, when asked once again how the meals were, we both just said fine because we didn't want to keep complaining. For 2 meals, 2 Sangrias, very good, for $100+ it left much to be desired.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Updated Menu
    MegK
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner at Legals on a Sunday. Was able to eat outside. I especially enjoyed the kale and farro salad as my two sides. Very modern items for Legals and they were executd flawlessly. Will definitely be heading back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Robyn1065
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    AC needs to be kept on, not intermittently on and off Too hot inside
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always excellent
    Kevinm
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We've been here a half dozen times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legal C Bar
    diningiut
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Not the same menu as other Legal Seafood - very disappointed. Too heavy on all seasoning, especially salt.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice suburban outdoor dining
    5starVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The staff was warm and friendly. However some of the apps were lacking flavor and presentation. Such as the Buffalo shrimp, it was tempura battered and just sitting in a pool if hot sauce with blue cheese. It was awful. The crab cake was amazing although it was rather small in size for the price point.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for casual dining!
    TheCash
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The restaurant is nice and modern. Dinner choices are a bit small but is varied. It was very busy on a Wednesday night but our waitress was friendly and attentive. I had the yellow fin tuna which was very good!! Overall we had a nice dinner and enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    My husband and I very much enjoyed our evening at Legal C Bar. The service was awesome. The food was very good but nothing stood out that blew me away. The noise level inside the restaurant was a bit too loud for us, so we opted for the outdoor seating which was very pleasant. Overall, we had a great time and would go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • etet
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Outside dining is preferred over eating indoors, especially during peak hours. Noise level indoors is very unpleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pricey
    Weekendiners
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Service was great, food was good but not over the top and not very big portions for the price they charge! But more food on the plate would make it a lot nicer. We had the Calamari for an appetizer which was a medium portion I would say compared to other places. My wife had the lobster Mac and cheese which she said was ok, and I had the Chippino which had 3 small shrimp, 3 littlenecks, 8 small sized mussels, 2 small scallops and 1 small lobster claw. There really was not enough to eat for me! My wife had 2 Expresso Martini's she said were good and I had 2 Stoly Razz and tonic which were very weak! The bill came to 120+ dollars inc tip. I probably will not eat there again just the two of us, unless it's a group thing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • never a bad meal- EVER!
    Pl8umpire
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    My wife and I are very pleased that the Legal Sea Bar has opened just minutes from our Peabody home. We have become regular patrons of this locale and enjoy everything that LEGAL has to offer. My only regret is that Mr. Berkowitz does not offer the classic seafood chowder at this location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night!!
    luvgoodservice
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was excellent!!! We were sat right away! Although a mistake was made on our order and our friend had to wait for his meal,,the owner came right over and apologised, and told him no charge for his meal and coffees were on him too! Very nice to see. All in all, excellent, already know what i'll order next visit!! Great desserts too!!! YUM
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Legal C Bar
    Joyb1234
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had a great diner @ Legal C Bar, when we arrived for our 7 pm reservation we were quickly seated by the hostess, and very attentive staff the food was great! We had some Sushi and Oysters for an appetizer, and then split the Grilled Tuna, (cause we were full by then), we also had the Blood Orange Sorbet for dessert and some Boston Creme Pie, and coffee!! We were seated near the kitchen and had a great view of the food preperation. Also enjoyed the White Sangria! Highly recommened the Sushi!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud, but Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Legal C Bar is what you would expect from Legal Sea Food-- great cocktail list, great seafood menu, awesome sushi. Non-fish lovers beware-- I think there are maybe 3 options on the menu for you. But why else would you go to Legal's if you weren't looking for fish??? Only critical complaint-- is the noise. This place is incredibly noisy. And half of the tables are in the inner perimeter of the restaurant, so you are literally sitting in the middle of the aisle type thing. If you don't get a table along the windows or on the patio, get ready to feel like you are sitting in a fishbowl....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cold air; luke-warm service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food is truly delicious, but the service was only adequate and the bar service was less than desirable. If a restaurant wants to serve a broad menu, then have food items on your menu (all oysters) and various options of alcohol. Otherwise there are plenty of restaurants with limited/micro-menu options that excel and are 5-stars. I enjoy Legal Seafoods, but there was nothing special about the Lynnfield location prompting me to return. I'll head down to Boston's seaport location. p.s. the air conditioning was so cold that I felt like I was sitting in the freezer, eating my bon-bons (which are a must!)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • MHad
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This was our 3rd visit here. The other times food and service was great! however this time it was lacking. We had to ask the hostess if we had a waitress because we had been waiting 15 minutes to be approached. By the end of our meal we had 3 different waitresses. Food wasn't as great as it had been the previous times. We may give C Bar another try but we were disappointed this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our table was right next to the bar, and people were literally bumping our chairs to get by, poor table placement. Made for a good experience, not great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great meal at Legal
    OptijockVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    On the spur of the moment (7pm) , we decided to eat at Legal. While we couldn't get a reservation until 8:45pm, we decided to have a drink at home and then head over for dinner. We arrived early, and were seated within 3 minutes of our reservation time. Food was good - fried clams slightly over done, but still great. The only improvement beyond the clams would be to find a way to absorb some of the noise. When the restaurant and bar are packed it is very hard to hold a conversation across a table. The cement floor and hard ceiling contribute to the problem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very energetic
    SherryVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Not just the bar, but the entire restaurant had a lot of energy. The presentation of the Popcorn Shrimp was adorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too much noise
    Prissl
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was great but expensive. Unfortunately we took out of town visitors here and had to scream to be heard over the noise. Next time we have guests we will go back to the tired, but quiet Legals in Burlington.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • paulina
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food and service was great! Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but Noisy
    Bostonhearts
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Had clients there for lunch 12:30 arrival. Table was to left of entrance towards the bar area. Waiter was great, food was great, but the noise. It was almost impossible to have a conversation with my clients. Almost yelling to be heard and leaning in to hear. Wouldn't care as much if I was with a group of fiends for a get together. Not sure if other side was less noisy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with the Girls
    MNMom
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I met two girlfriends for dinner - our table was ready and waiting. Our waitress, Ryaniare was pleasant, attentive and knowledgable. The place has a bar in the middle of the restaurant which adds to the vibe - a quiet romantic dinner - not here but a nice night out - feeling trendy - then it works. No problem bringing children - they had a kids menu. Our drinks - Legal Red Wine Sangria were wonderful and we will be back for for another glass or two. We were happy with the meals - two of us split two apps - Buffalo Shrimp and Calamari - for our dinner - both done very well - served hot and flavorful and filling. The baked haddock was very good and a nice portion - traded for onion strings and they were great! We will go back...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • legal C bar
    bdaydinner
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The staff was great, food unbelievable.. The only issue I see is the noise level.. It's just too loud. Open ceiling, no walls, no carpet, nothing to deaden the sound. I couldn't hear the waitress asking what I wanted. We sat at a table for 4 and we had to yell at each other to hear.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Baked Potato?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The sushi was great but the restaurant & service was not up to the standards of Legal Seafood. We made a 9pm reservation, arrived at 9 & told that we would have to wait because they were still seating people from 5:30! Overall the restaurant concept seemed confused; is it a bar or restaurant? It was extremely loud at all tables & really hard to hear. The food was great, especially the sushi. Was extremely surprised that they didn't offer baked potatoes but offered mashed & fries? Makes me think that certain food items may be frozen & not fresh. I would definitely go back for lunch but not recommended for a dinner date.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Noisy restaurant
    AnahavanaVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Extremely noisy restaurant~ difficult for conversation w friends! The service was very slow! I am not returning~~
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Expierence
    CBAR
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This was my second visit here. the staff were amazing esp when we were greeted upon entering. host staff was extreamly kind and helpful. highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good seafood lunch
    zgalVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We enjoyed our Greek salad w/Grilled Shrimp and Grilled Salmon Reuben for lunch. The Reuben was special, topped with cole slaw and Russian Dressing (I got mine on the side). Our server, Brenna, was very pleasant and attentive, and arranged for a dessert to celebrate my friend's birthday, complete with lit candle.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great group business dinner
    OptijockVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I brought four business associates with me for a dinner after work. The food again was terrific and the service very good. The kitchen was a bit slow in bringing out a shrimp appetizer - the manager without any prodding from us informed us that the appetizer would be complimentary. This was above and beyond - and an example of how hard they try to make sure the dining experience is top notch. The group ordered two salmon, one fried clams, a seafood casserole and the seared tuna sliced ahi tuna style. The entrees were uniformly terrific. The Legal C bar has become our corporate restaurant of choice with out of town guests. Once they have the opportunity to done there, they frequently ask to have dinner there upon their return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing and Deafening
    Bellman
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    All restaurants are now in the same mode... Open Kitchen pseudo sports bar noise festival. The Noisier and more expensive a restaurant is does not make it chic nor interesting. I would have paid double for food that was not over seasoned undercooked in an atmosphere of subway crash!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Wonderful
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This neighborhood gem never fails to please. The fish is always fresh and beautifully prepared. No matter what you order it’s an adventure in culinary deliciousness. From the time you enter the restaurant and leave the restaurant, the staff is always eager to make sure everything is and was as it should be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Great seafood, consistently good Portions could be better, rather small for the price
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    There were 6 of us and it was a special occasion, a birthday party. Our server was very nice and took care of us without having to ask for anything. Our food was served hot and it was all cooked perfectly. We had bisque, salads and a couple of app's to start and after dinner we all had dessert. We all left happy and full. We had a lot fun. Management had stopped by to make sure we were enjoying ourselves. Nice time had at Lynnfield.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 120 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 152 reviews are from the Legal C Bar - Lynnfield reviews archive.
  • Good n' loud
    ShawnhellVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We ate here on a Saturday night- make reservations as it really is busy. The restaurant is very loud and energetic, so if you are looking for a quiet romantic dinner this is not the place. If you like a hopping bar and hearty conversations with fantastic Legal seafood this place is for you. The RI style calamari is yummy and so was the ciopinno. Not huge portions, but perfect size and very high quality. The mixed drinks were very tasty, albeit a little on the weak side. Overall, excellent spot for a fun Saturday night dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud
    MikeGV
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I love the food but this location is just too loud for me. I assume they designed in some noise absorbance but it isn't working. Probably won't return unless I sit at the bar. Sitting across the table from wife was difficult to have a conversation without elevating our voices.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    Innov
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Food and service was great but I had to scream for 2 hours which ruined my night. Acoustics are terrible. Very loud place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Came back for drinks and a snack!
    PennStater
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I've loved this place so much lately that I brought a coworker in last night for some drinks and a late-night snack after a meeting. This time, we sat outside. The weather was great for it, and it made everything even more enjoyable. Great music selections outside, too! Marc took great care of us. I had the "Raspberry Mule", and my friend had the "Blueberry Collins". Both were spectacular! Followed that up with a couple great desserts, too. I was excited that they offered a flight of 3 different Tawny Ports. My favorite was the 20-year. This place is so great, I guess I'm becoming a regular!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.