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Tue, 4/24
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Legal Crossing

4.2
988 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Contemporary Asian, Lounge
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Hours of operation
Daily: 11:00am - 2:00am
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Phone number
(617) 692-8888
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Our validation will net you savings at the Lafayette Garage across the street at 1 Avenue de Lafayette. Weekdays before 4pm, get a $2/hour discount for up to two hours. Or park for $16 on weekdays after 4pm and all day on weekends.
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Public transit
Orange/Red Line: Downtown Crossing Station
Green Line: Boylston Station
Orange Line: Chinatown Station
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate the holiday with us. We'll be serving up our regular menu along with feature items.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 988 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Had a reservation for a large booth. When we arrived, we were told no large booths were available and we could have a half booth in the bar. When I said no-!i wanted to sit in the main dining room, she cleaned off a small booth for us. Not happy that our original request was not honored. Food was delicious and waitress was very good

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Perfect pre theatre dinner...very convenient, good service. Always a favorite go to.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

The preshow dinner was great. Good, attentive service and very tasteful food! Would go back again.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Very Smokey due to poor exhaust system

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food, attentive service, pre theater. Restaurant became smoky and doors were opened.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

delicious food,great servers-very interesting menu!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Delicious food. Attentive and knowledgeable server.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was average at best, felt incredibly underwhelmed and the prices were far too high for such a mediocre experience.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a great server. Love the farro with scrod. Busy marathon crowd but still attentive with service

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Another great format from Roger and his team. My wife and i checked out before s show at Shubert. Great small plates if want to go that route with larger group, but i did the halibut special and she did crabcakes, both awesome. Salads are big enough to share, we did and clam chowder still the best. Ask for Nicholas. Great server.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Always a good time. We've had a lot of halibut in the city & this is the best I've had; cooked perfectly medium as requested. The accompanying vegetables were crisp & delicious. The only downside was it was extremely busy so we sat in bar section.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Manager is outstanding....We love her....last minute change to the number in our party was accommodated and the food and service was as wonderful as it was in New Hampshire. We were given some deserts by management since she remembered us from NH. We were thrilled that Boston folks will experience what we used to in NH. Our hats are tipped to you and your great team that make you a fantastic restaurant......Gratefully signed by the group of eleven from Connecticut and western NY. (Paul and Melanie Drazba)

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Mixed review here. I happened to eat here two days in a row. The first night was excellent - particularly the octopus skewers. I was with a party of six and everyone enjoyed their meal. The second night the crab cakes weren't freshly made and the frisee salad was mostly romaine with a bland dressing. Very disappointing. Will give this Legal one more try as it has location, good service and good atmosphere.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The seafood was of good quality, but each of the dishes was overdone, with multiple ingredients and flavors that masked or completely overwhelmed the flavor of the seafood itself. We come from a place with great seafood (Seattle), and had expected to find an elegant preparation of top-quality seafood at Legal Seafood, which multiple Bostonians had recommended. Overall, the food was a disappointment.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This place is special. The food is very flavorful, carefully prepared and pleasingly presented. Service is efficient, and the ambience is quite nice. Legal Crossing is a must for anybody who is in the area for a show, movie, or ballet. I am definitely going back for repeat excellent dining experiences.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Friendly service - good food - nice meal - will go again

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

You can never go wrong at any Legal Seafood restaurant, and Legal Crossing is no exception. The food is terrific (and creative) and the service is always the best in the business. My one criticism of this location is the the kitchen is open and exhausts in to the dining area. You leave smelling like everything that has been cooked while you are there. I’d go back, but I’d know that I need to send everything to the dry cleaners after eating there.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Nice spot if you’re going to the Opera House. Great service and a variety of seafood choices!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This is my second visit to this restaurant and as before, I am not disappointed. The food was delicious and the waiter both times provided great recommendations. I would definitely come back to this place again next time I'm in town.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

They rush you here

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Good food. Good service. Lobster was perfect. Very recommended. Near opera

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Family (7 people) Easter brunch at 2:30pm. I thought we'd have to have lunch/dinner food at this hour of the day, but they still served brunch. In our party we had the french toast, eggs benedict and omelettes and all were excellent. We had a few cocktails that were also very good. Prices were moderate for Boston - brunch seemed a particularly good value ($14 for meal compared to ~$30 for fish dinner entree). Service was very pleasant and efficient. Overall, we really liked this restaurant and thought it was a very good value.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The server seemed to be new and still learning the menu. Otherwise I'd have rated him higher.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great food and service. This is a good deal different than the typical Legals with many small plates to share. Perfect place to dine prior to an event at the Opera House.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food was relatively good but given the fact that it’s essentially a casual dining restaurant, it was somewhat overpriced.

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

1st off it took 5’ for anyone to show up at the table. I ordered chowder, crab cake appetizer and fried oyster small plate. Chowder was great, but then the wheels came off. The rolls came out, quickly followed by the crab cakes and and oysters. I was only halfway through the chowder. When the crabcakes came out I told the server to slow down. Too bad, the oysters arrived minutes later. Both the crab and oysters were cold by the time the chowder was done. Fair to say, they comped the cold food, but....

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

The food was just INCREDIBLE. The service was also GREAT. Honesty, my husband and I knew it was a great restaurant but it exceeded our expectations. The atmosphere was also fantastic; very modern.

Highly recommended!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent place for fresh seafood. The lobster is to die for. The atmosphere is really cosy. Go go go!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Perfect spot for a date night. Food was phenomenal!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The clam chowder was very good. The crab cakes were just OK. There is a nice seafood menu and the prices are pretty much what you pay to eat out in Boston, but still seemed rather expensive for what you get.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Poor service. The price was way too high for the little portions they served. Butter was all liquid. Took drinks away without asking. Told lobster was 1.5 to 1.75 weight but only a few ounces. Overall dissatisfied with the service and the food. Definitely will never go back. They should actually at least give me half or more of my money back. Stay away from this place. The menu is limited as well.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Loved the risotto! Listed as a side dish but it was generous enough to be my main meal that day.... and only $8, too!
Perfect non-meat meal!
Will get this again!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food, wine list and service in a comfortable booth that seated 6, open at both ends.
I'd definitely go back.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I have checked the Comfort Food box, because of Legal Crossing's excellent Clam Chowder--always perfectly made and comforting on a cold, bone-chilling day. Also on the positive side, we were brought two hot crusty rolls to accompany our chowder. They, too, were good, but after that, the rest of the meal went downhill.

Although we had said that we would share the Lobster Roll (at Market price and with hot melted butter, rather than mayonnaise) and that it should be served AFTER we had finished the first course, it was brought out by our waitress, while we were still eating the clam chowder. Not only was it not pre-divided, it was brought out on only one plate. This meant we had to use one of the bread plates for our entree, but, worse still, by the time we got around to dividing it, the hot melted butter and the lobster was already cold and congealing. Further, while we had requested a few lettuce leaves, as a substitute for the huge amount of oily chips and coleslaw on the side, we were told that this was not possible without our ordering a large salad for an additional $11.00—surprising, when we were already paying a premium price for such a small amount of lobster on a cheap, hot-dog bun, that a few lettuce leaves could not be provided! Perhaps, because the lobster roll has shrunk in size, it would be lost on the enormous plate without all those chips and coleslaw?

We also ordered dessert with coffee and later wish we hadn't! The profiteroles, with bourbon ice-cream and a chocolate sauce, were served with some glutinous choux pastry having not been removed from inside the "puff," resulting in the ice-cream melting into that dough and making it inedible. The coffee was fine, however.

After this most recent experience, but since we have always liked the convenience and city ambience of Legal Crossing before a matinee at the nearby Opera House, we will return but only for the clam chowder, rolls, and coffee at lunch time!

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

As a frequent diner of Legal Seafood, I thought I would try Legal Crossing after the theater, as my date and I were celebrating a very special evening.
We ordered our meals from our server, who seeemed to be quite busy at 10:00 p.m. (we didn't notice many other servers working on the floor).
We told him that we wanted a cabernet, and he asked, "Light or full bodied?"
We ordered full bodied.
We ordered spicy cauliflower appetizer, 2 salads ( with blackened salmon and with 3 large shrimp) and 3 extra cocktail shrimp with extra cocktail sauce.
This is where the evening took a nose dive!
My caesar salad with blackened salmon came out raw and absolutely turned my stomach.
The fish was so raw in the middle, that I could not cut through it with my knife!
We didn't get our cocktail sauce and had to ask twice for it to be delivered.
The one little ramekin of sauce came 20 minutes into our meal and was not enough for both of us.
At this point, our server, was not to be found and we later saw him running around the restaurant.

Although he was friendly, our interactions were brisk and not warming, as we would expect at a Legal Seafoods.
Being on a date, I tried to minimize it when the manager came over to check in on me.
He was kind and brought a new salad with a new piece of fish.
At this point, it was late, and the evening was not enjoyable.

The bill arrived and we were SHOCKED at seeing 3 glasses of wine for $55.50!!!

Given the series of events last night, I do not feel that the experience was worth what we paid and we felt very taken advantage of in terms of the price of 3 glasses of wine!
An experienced and caring server would have tour guided us to a bottle of wine, rather than gauge us for almost $60 for 3 glasses!

A great night on the town ended on such a sour note in so many ways after we made the decision to dine at your location.
We will await your response and I am thinking of penning a letter to Roger Berkowitz in regards to such a poor experience.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Great service

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Five of us Went to the ballet. The restaurant is right across the street from Lafayette parking garage which they validate 16.00. Also right across street from the Opera house and paramount theaters. We always get a comfortable booth and the food is delicious. Not the same menu as regular Legals. Bang bang cauliflower is delish. I had salmon. Everyone loves their food and the service is very nice. This is our go to place before the ballet.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Do not be followed by the name, this is different from legal Sea Food. In my opinion much better and much more interesting. The food is mostly Asian influenced. The flavors are well-balanced and delicious. The shrimp lemongrass soup and the bang bang Cauliflower were highlights. A surprisingly good selection of beer as well. What a great option before a show. I will be back

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Had brunch before attending the ballet across the street at the Opera House. Restaurant is very convenient, the food is good and the service I was good. The eggs Benedict was especially good. My French toast was delicious.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Go on slower days when the service is better and stick with the seafood. The wine was expensive and it was served in something more like a shot glass then a wine glass. Generally not a good value.

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