Legal Crossing

4.4
1439 reviews
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Seafood
Legal Crossing is an urban neighborhood restaurant inspired by the vibrancy of Downtown Crossing, then and now. It's a cross between all of the Legal Sea Foods concepts, evolved into a new, singular experience.

The menu showcases the freshness and purity of our seafood. Tried-and-true favorites from all the Legal Sea Foods concepts (Legal Sea Foods, Legal Test Kitchen, Legal C Bar and Legal Harborside, Floor 1 and 2) - evolved by preparation and/or presentation - along with exclusive offerings, comprise the menu mix. At the same time, we’re shaking things up with our cocktails. Many of them are a playful nod to Downtown Crossing’s colorful past, while the influence of Chinatown is seen in some of the exotic ingredients used.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Enjoy a family gathering and leave the cooking to us! We'll be serving our regular menus along with festive features. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for seafood lovers! We went to legal crossing to celebrate my cousin graduation from Suffolk. We enjoyed our time there and everything tasted great!

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TQ
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Yummy food but a bit pricey. Our service was friendly but we had to keep asking for things: menus, spoons for chowder, water, etc.

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K
New England
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great service. What is not to love?

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DO
New England
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great spot to grab a bite before or after a show. Cozy restaurant with nice bar space up front, good service and delicious food. One simple change would improve the visitor experience. On a positive note the restrooms are all single person units. This is great for two reasons. It can even out the wait time for all patrons (unlike the typical longer women’s room line) and it has the potential to be more welcoming for trans, non-binary, gender non-conforming patrons. The issue it that these restrooms have men and women labels instead of being designated for all genders. Thus, neither of these two benefits are realized. The manager on duty was quite resistant to my feedback. Hopefully some will see that this simple change (really, just change the signs!) would improve the visitor experience.

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a
New England
110 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Shrimp lemongrass soup is exceptional, bang bang cauliflower is spicy and delicious. Great overall

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m
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are fans of LS in part because I have Celiac Disease and I know it's safe to eat there. This was our first time at Legal Crossing and we were so pleased! Each of us had a wonderful meal (swordfish and Halibut) beautifully presented and delicious. Our waitress was a delight (Rowan), the manager was attentive and very pleasant. We will definitely return. Thank you!

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LO
New England
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Doug the manager made our dinner one to remember! Awesome. Thank you Doug.

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ID
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The food was not very good and the cost was high. I wouldn’t dine here again. The pad tai had full chunks of ginger in it. The strawberry shortcake reminded me of the kfc biscuits.

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NR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Sadly Legal Crossing was a very pricey restaurant and it’s meals did not reflect the cost. We were a family of seven and around half of us were dissatisfied with our main meals that included the hoisin salmon, the coconut curry lobster, and the caesar salad. The flavor was flat and the food itself was cold. It also seemed that the lighting was a bit too dim for our Mother’s Day lunch. On the bright side the service was solid, the appetizers of calamari and crab cakes were good, as well as the pound cake dessert. However, I do not see myself coming back in the future.

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OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day brunch

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N
New England
18 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for after a show in the theater district. Nice options for vegetarians and of course their legendary seafood

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice, trendy restaurant with good food but weak, overpriced cocktails. Would still return.

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DK
New England
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very convenient for after a show at the Boston Opera House. The wait staff was very accommodating.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

The service was slow, the waitress was inattentive. Where I’m glad we weren’t rushed, she was rude and not around when we needed something. The food was mediocre and overpriced for what it was.

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MM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

My broiled shrimp and rice was cooked nicely but lacked flavor. Maybe I should have asked for some kind of sauce or seasoning but I didn't see the option on the menu. It seemed expensive for what it was. Service was good except for one small plate that seemed to be forgotten until we asked the waiter for it. The positives: We were looking for a quiet spot for 7 of us to talk, and the restaurant hit the mark on that. I know I can always trust Legal for a variety of gluten free, celiac-friendly options, and there were plenty of items on the menu that looked good. I also appreciated the gluten free roll.

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U
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good but under seasoned.

Cherrystones on the half shell were briny and deliciously sea-flavored! In comparison the wellfleet oysters were bland and a little disappointing.

Favorite dishes were: charred octopus (fabulous!), sake miso mussels (amazing intense flavor party in your mouth except for occasional bad mussel!!), cherrystones on the half shell

Good but not great: crab cakes, tomato burrata salad

Not so favorite: saffron risotto and smashed cucumbers - dull, not recommended

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f
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have eaten at Legal many, many times. This time I had lunch reservations as I was attending a conference near Legal at Downtown Crossing. I must say that the food was outstanding, more inventive than I ever remember. My colleague and I so enjoyed the food and experience that we came back for a second delicious experience on the second day of the conference.

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D
New England
38 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Un fortunately this loud noisy restaurant did not redeem itself with the food. The shrimp and pork dumplings lacked identity in the filling and the sauce was over-salted. The crab-cake was stodgy with way to much filler and not enough crab. The taste returned through out the evening. Not an enjoyable response. The mustard hollandaise was so small you could not taste it.

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MR
New England
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We will be back
Excellent food
No complaint
Fifty is too long

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RN
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Recommend only for specific events at Opera House. Parking at near by garages are outrageously expensive.

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MM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My friend and I had an event across the street at the Opera House.

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CA
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Disappointed that my Cosmo was only 3/4 full. The service was excellent and the food was tasty.

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DB
New England
35 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in a nice setting. Nice options for people with food allergies. Good service.

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PD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had made reservations for four (my Wife and I and another couple) for Dinner on a Saturday night before an 8:00 PM show (Les Mis) at the Boston Opera House. We've had delicious meals and awesome service on several other occasions; and this evening was no exception.

My Wife and I arrived early and waited all of 5 minutes before being seated (actually earlier than our reservation.)

So this evening our friends were a tad late from our actual reservation time; but our waitress Taylor had us taken care of with delicious cocktails (mine was the Mai Tai) and bread.

Taylor brought our friends beverages and more bread; and took our appetizer order. I and my friend Ed had the clam chowder (it's a Legal's sister restaurant and always great) and we also tried the "Duck Buns". The Duck buns were shredded duck breast and a pickled veggie on buns made of rice flour. Quite different and incredibly flavorful.

We were never made to feel rushed and Taylor was incredibly attentive; BUT also, the Mangers, Doug Anderson and Dean Pacheco were also AWESOME!!! Doug especially was attentive and personable and made our evening even better than we expected (more on this in a second.)

My Wife ordered the salmon (always her staple), Marcie had the Chicken, Ed and I each had the bone-in sirloin (the potato wedges - pomme frite - were melt in your mouth and I am hungry thinking about them as I write this.)

Legal Crossing is across the street from the Opera House and although we were in no rush, Taylor and Doug and Dean were "unhappy" with themselves for the delay in our receiving our entrees.

Now, we were in no rush, we gave ourselves plenty of time; but Doug was indeed incredibly apologetic that my Wife's salmon was delayed another 5 whole minutes from the rest of us.

Now, we honestly barely, if at all, realized the delay, except for the salmon. We didn't anticipate what happened next.
Doug was so "unhappy" that HE COMPED OUR FOUR ENTREES. Thank you Doug! Thank you Taylor!

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EM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Les Miserables at Opera House across the street from the restaurant

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a table for six for lunch on a Saturday and all the meals were very good. The best was probably the fish tacos, but no complaints on any of the others. Two of us had the Arctic Chair Csrbonara, while another had SEared Tuna and a Caesar salad. The final two meals were a Shrimp Pasta and Crabmeat Roll. Portions were generous and the drinks were excellent. Service was great and the noise level was not bad. We had a reservation and were seated immediately.

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service. Called to say we were stuck in traffic. Held table during a very busy night. Great cuss service
Good perfect as always

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before the show

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CB
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server Nick made the evening. Experienced, friendly and respectful of our pre-theatre timing. The hostess was clueless though. It was early when we arrived and she was totally pre-occupied. Never said hello. Just sat us at the table and dropped the menus down. Luckily our server made up for the experience

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

Steak fries came out burnt, scallops we're over cooked and rubbery and tasted like grill was never cleaned before cooking the puree was alright, puff pastry with was awful. The wife got the lobster which was also over cooked and was like it was completely blackened and unedidable definitely was not impressed

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SP
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had special food considerations that night as well as a slightly late arrival time. Everything went smoothly and was delicious. We were there to see a show and making the reservation online in advance was key to a great time. Everything was perfect! Thank you for not snubbing us when we asked for no flour, no sugar options! It made the night so perfect!

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HP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legal Crossing is our "go to" dining experience whenever we are in town for a show. The wait staff is knowledgeable, the food is delicious and there is no pressure to eat and run.

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MW
New England
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the theater and they accommodated us with speedy service. Food is always good at Legal.

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JO
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Megan was very good waitress. Food was yummy and tasty

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great place. I highly recommend Legal Crossing.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

We made reservations - were seated on time . We expected to have plenty of time (1 hour, 45 minutes) to have a leisurely lunch prior to a show. We received our food an hour after our reservation. Our meals were simple (2 salads & an Everything tuna). People seated after us were served before us. We ended up rushing our meal. In addition, we ordered an add-on that was never delivered. Except for a few perfunctory “sorries”, no on seemed to care. I would probably think twice before going there if on a time schedule of any sort.

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FM
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

One of several good choices in the area for a pre-theater dinner. Somewhat limited menu as compared to a "standard" Legal Sea Foods, but the food was well executed and the service was excellent. Prices are the "legal standard" -- on the high side of moderate.

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MS
New England
117 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very very good meal for four, at peak pre-theatre time, so this place gets MUCHO kudos for being able to deliver well-prepared, delicious and high quality food to a mob about to see "Les Miz." The roast cod and the lemon grey sole were A plus dishes; scallops a little less than perfect, but good wines by the glass, a good salad and attentive, professional service made this a delightful meal. The place was jammed and busy, and the food was still wonderful. I would return and would recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The rolls were borderline stale, the dumplings were not fully cooked inside and my salmon dish was barely edible. There were several items in the dish that I had trouble even identifying. The kids menu leaves a lot of staple kids items out...Mac & cheese! My daughter ordered pasta with butter and it was sitting in a pool of clarified butter. She could not even eat it.

Our dessert...”espresso ice cream” tasted more like Breyer’s coffee ice cream. Nothing interesting about flavor or texture of ice cream.

Our waitress was lovely. Hostesses were more concerned with their conversations than actually greeting customers coming into the restaurant. Not very polished or professional.

Overall...it was a giant waste of money. I will not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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BD
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

nice pre marathon meal, again. We;ve gone 2 years in a row

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