Legal Crossing

4.3
1756 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Legal Sea Foods began in 1950 as a fish market in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s here that the “Legal” name became synonymous with quality and freshness. In 1968, our first seafood restaurant opened, right next to the fish market. The fish was simply prepared, either broiled or fried, and served on paper plates at communal picnic tables. Despite the low-key trappings, the food was second to none and word quickly spread. This early success led to further expansion and now, six decades later with restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard, the commitment to freshness and quality endures: "If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!”

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1756 people are saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.2
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was both decadent and delicious. The Lobster Mac and Cheese was incredible. Service was terrific. Highly recommend to others and I’ll definitely be back.

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vipChris35598989898898989
New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar great food and bartender was excellent!

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vipDavidA
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Legal Crossing used to be much before the chain was sold, the menu is now bang average, used to be a fun eclectic menu- the food isn’t as good either.

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BrendaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again this is my special place for all seafood. They are very attentive to all my needs as a patron. And they are in a very open location near many shopping business.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The sea food and cocktails were amazing but the service was okay. The steak looked great but tasted salty.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super waiter and greeter !
Terrific food but a few more included vegetables would be nice.
Excellent rolls!
Wine expensive but that happens downtown
Great dinner!

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BrendaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has always been my greatest place for anything seafood. I just love the way the food is prepared with just a hint of seasoning to not over power the taste. What ever the event the ambience there is so relaxing.

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Legals
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent like always, the service was great!

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KenT
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lobster was amazing. Everything we ordered was extremely good

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vipMinolla
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Due likely to the pandemic (?) the cuisine has changed and now all legal sea foods have the same boring and scarce menu. This was a special place, with an Asian touch. Our service was quite poor. Since we were invited to not stay more than 90’, we order our appetizers and mains at the same time. Too bad our waiter waited our appetizer to be consumed before placing the mains, so we had to wait 20’ and then gulp down our mains.

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StaceyL
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My husband and I recently went to Boston and ate at legal seafoods downtown Crossing. The food was phenomenal. I had the haddock with rice pilaf and the flavors really melded together very well. The fish was cooked perfectly. The salad was good And the clam chowder was awesome, The best clam chowder anywhere!

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vipSOSTricia
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good clam chowder, great oysters, okay mussels. Service was okay, but not great. We cancelled our 2nd drink order because it took so long...and we ordered martinis, not anything complicated. The manager was doing her best to fill in when waiters were slack and it was the first week of being allowed to open, so guessing there was some new staff and/or some rust to shake off existing employees. The food is worth giving it another try!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal’s never disappoints me! If you’re looking for fresh and sweet Seafood! Here you go.. always consistent in quality!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!

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HiddenGem
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Excellent service, good food will return

SB
StevenB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Booths were cramped and uncomfortable, our drinks and appetizers were subpar, main course was better prepared and seemed relatively of higher quality

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PamB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great visit to Legal Seafoods. I had the crab cakes and my friend had the Lobster Roll for lunch. Both dishes were well prepared and delicious! Due to Covid the restaurant was fairly empty. Our server was very pleasant and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great service, did not feel rushed!

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vipDrJN68
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was a very pleasant dinner. The lobster roll was absolutely delicious! I was able to substitute French fries with grilled asparagus and it made the meal much more worthwhile! The wait staff were also friendly. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

They were telling us we were almost at the hour and a half time limit before they even took our orders for dinner. Hopefully just a bad experience and not the norm.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great service from beginning to end. Food was great and the atmosphere was perfect, not completely quiet but quiet enough to hear each other talk without yelling

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent as

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vipLinlin
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

oysters wonderful! that's it! think new chef overwhelmed unfortunately!

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KervinF
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp... the fries... simply marvelous! I was not expecting it too be that good!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Happy New Year 2021!! 🥳💥🥂🍾

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Let me start with, I've been admiring this place since I got to Boston. I'm here for several months on business. So I decided to try it, Started out great, ordered the margarita super yummy. Then ordered New England clam chowder, that was average. I ordered my dinner at the Same time as my soup, Since the governor instituted a 90 minute sit down dinner. My soup was really good but before I could even finish my soup my dinner came out which was the , legal's signature crab cake combo
one jumbo lump crab cake, grilled shrimp, scallops, mustard sauce, seasonal salad.... the salad portion super yummy the rest was over cooked and rubbery. I couldn't even eat the shrimp, scallops or crab cake piece of the puzzle I could only eat the salad. And the bread they gave me at the beginning of the course. I was nearing the end of my dinner, When someone came up to me and said I just wanted to give you a heads up that you only have 10 minutes left in your dinner. Now mind you, There is only myself and to others in this restaurant. He was giving me a 10 minute warning that I had to be gone. I took a couple pictures of all the empty tables and then told the manager, and she said explain it to the governor, and I kindly left her with empty tables. Wished her a Happy new year!

Will never be back

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BrendanM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chowder and Lobster Roll were both spectacular. I would definitely visit again!

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vipDBrown
New England
16 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good meal overall. Clam chowder is excellent. Salmon was cooked perfectly. Service was efficient, could have kept water glass full. Nice ambience. Tables are nicely spread apart. Good place to go with a small group

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vipMargaretR
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

My fried clams were overcooked , dry and tasteless. Either the chef was new or didn’t know how to fix fried clams, or both. Have ordered this many times before at your other locations and it was always great! Such a disappointment. On my way out. the hostess asked how everything was and I told her: She was very apologetic and offered several times to remove the cost from the bill. I just wanted to leave and so I thanked her for her consideration and left. I will be back to your restaurant just not on a weekend. I have been coming to Legal Seafood since you opened in Kendall Square many years ago. It’s always been great!
Margaret

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vipKevin
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went to this restaurant together with my daughter because this is close to the hotel we stayed. The Foods were good.

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allanh
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Seafood stew was layered with oil that turned out to be a greasy mess. It was very hard to taste the seafood. pretty bad for a restaurant that made its fame with seafood. The bread was stale. Service was perfunctory.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very nice. Congratulated us on our engagement

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

I hate to say this but the food wasn’t the best. Scallops were way over cooked and the shrimp was chewy. Great location though.

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MsDee
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food and atmosphere was so inviting; I returned to dine the next night!

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ElinaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the fresh oysters and tuna sashimi! Great beer selection! Outstanding service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nick, our server, was fantastic. The food was good and the restaurant was quiet.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice place - safe and accommodating due to Covid. No oysters (bummer). Definitely worth the trip.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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Analise
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went here on a date night and it was very nice. Good food and Our waitress Tayrn was super nice!

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EricNH
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The service was adequate and the place was very quiet (3 tables with customers). I thought the food was very good until the desert disappointed us. The bread was fresh and warm. We shared a bottle of chardonnay. I had the crab cake combo (very good) and my wife had the pasta with shrimp (very good). The dessert we shared was Boston cream and it seemed like it was out of a box. The texture of the filling did not look or taste fresh. Under the current conditions, I feel like this is a place I would definitely come back to.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Legal Crossing using the Order Online button. Legal Crossing also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 692-8888.

Legal Crossing is rated 4.3 stars by 1756 OpenTable diners.

Legal Crossing does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.legalseafoods.com/category/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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