Legal Oysteria

4.7
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503 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Legal Oysteria is a casual neighborhood restaurant serving coastal Italian-style seafood. Executive Chef Rich Vellante developed a menu based on the food he cooks at home for family and friends.

Legal Oysteria’s menu showcases the freshness and purity of its seafood offerings and other ingredients. Preparations are simple and authentic. A brick oven (with pizza oven and rotisserie) informs the menu. There are options for those who choose to table share or prefer more traditional coursed dining. Our bar program was designed to complement the cuisine. By tradition, an osteria is casual, comfortable and accessible and Legal Oysteria aspires to afford that same experience.

We are located along the Freedom Trail, overlooking City Square Park, and close to landmarks in Charlestown, including the USS Constitution Museum and Bunker Hill Monument. We are also in walking distance to the TD Garden.
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i
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Greasy food. Octopus was has overcooked. I do not recommend.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

They were out of the the type of tequila necessary to make one of their signature drinks so I ordered another tequila drink that was very weak. I’ve been there several times and it’s not the first time they’ve skimped on the alcohol. When I asked for more alcohol, they charged me an additional $12.25 for a shot of tequila. My drink cost a total of $25.25 for a drink that still didn’t have any effect on me. Makes me think that they may use water in their booze??? Food is typical Legal quality. Good but won’t be drinking more than beer and wine next time, if O go again.

F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. The relaxed vibe of this place and open concept is so welcoming. Definitely will return to try more dishes, especially the surf and turf ravioli. The raw and baked oysters were fresh and delicious. Ricotta pie was exceptional. Service was well-timed and friendly. Thanks, Charles!

AE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very hospitable staff, great food - we all precisted that they were so accommodating while we waited for late members to our party

JB
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite restaurant in Charlestown. Consistently good.

DS
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good oysters and shrimp!! Friendly staff. Fun and tasty drinks!

WR
Salt Lake City
18 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was fantastic. My wife had the stuffed trout and I had the Linginune ... Del Mar We also had some oysters from Maine

MR
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was delicious! We shared scallops with capers and mushrooms which were perfectly done and so good I could have licked the plate! We also shared a combo of oysters. I had grilled salmon on a bed of asparagus with fennel grapefruit salad and my husband had a baked combo of scallops and shrimp. Both meals were cooked exactly as they should. I asked for rare salmon and that is what I got. Perfecto! We shared a chocolate pudding with caramel and it was heaven! Not too sweet, the just right amount of caramel was thin, sweet and buttery .

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Night out with wife and kids. The service and atmosphere were great. The waiter was excellent. Drinks were very good. The food was subpar ; I expected better from Legal Oysteria.

KD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good as usual

KW
Mobile
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pretty tasty. The oysters were delicious and our food was pretty good. Our waiter was wonderful. The seasonal cocktails, especially the maple cranberry old fashioned were absolutely amazing!

LD
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love this place.

MG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I go here often and I took 5 other people for dinner ranging in ages 7-90. It was not crowded, but was agonizingly slow and the food was not up to usual standard. Everything was so slow. We finally had to ask the hostess to get our check. No one had cleared the table or asked if we wanted dessert. Extremely disappointing!

AI
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Something for everyone, would go back.

f
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was excellent and everything came out as ordered. She was informative and quick to offer suggestions so that we were not disappointed when the food came. She checked in on us and was very friendly - one of the best Legals waitresses I've had in a long time!

L
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service friendly people first time coming.... We will come again and visit... When we come back to Boston.

LH
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite restaurants. Food is great and they are wonderful with dietary restrictions.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing thank you Sabrina! We loved you! Everything was great especially chef Curtis’ hollandaise. #HollandaiseMakesMyEggsTasteNice

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Legal Oysteria! This is a go to place for myself and co-workers a few times a week.

AC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing seafood, pleasant atmoshpere and friendly service

KT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive but not hovering. Food suggestions were great. Server even brought an extra dessert for us to try and it was amazing! Legal Oysteria is one of our top 5 restaurants and was perfect for this occasion. We will be back! Often.

CO
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Found plastic in my food. Returned two other dishes because they weren’t really good. They offered a free dessert despite a big piece of plastic

d
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service. A little cool inside but great fried oysters

BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very good food and very good waiter named Boris!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My husband is very fond of Legal Oysteria where he lunches often with a friend. They always have oysters. This time our N C son was with us- the friend is in France for the summer - and we had a lovely dinner. Good service, great food, quiet at 7 PM on a summer Sunday, but enough customers to entertain us. Keep up the good work. This version of Legal Seafood is very much more gemutlik than the Waterfront one, in my opinion. Maybe size does matter. Also, easy to walk of indiscretions on our way home to Burroughs Wharf. Keep up the good work. Missed the Wellfleet oysters but liked the Goose(?) ICoos?) Bay ones we had. Elizabeth

M
Chicago
99 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local oyster and seafood joint. Great to sit at bar!

SI
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waitress was the best in Charlestown . ..........,,

j
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great grilled oysters.
mussels are fantastic
chowder is great also

MH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We've been going here on a regular basis as we go through our retirement process. The professional waiter has been wonderfully personable and attentive.

d
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our teenage childchildren out for the evening. The appetizers were wonderful, especially the octopus. We tried each of the oysters that we available and picked our favorites. Our seafood dinners were outstanding and the kids shared a very good pizza. We had three desserts. All were wonderful but the winner was the ricotta pie. The bar tender mixed a very refreshing cucumber cocktail and there were reasonably priced bottles on the wine list. Our server, Cassie, made the evening complete. She was warm, personable, knew the menu and was not afraid to make recommendations if asked. When we return to Boston we will definitely go back to Legal Oysteria.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait staff is always super nice and food is always great!

CR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The appetizers were very good; oysters and pizza. The Caesar salad with salmon was also good. The charred octopus was terrible (and we generally like octopus) and the flounder special was terrible due to overcooking and too much breading i.e. you couldn't taste the fish. It seemed awfully expensive compared to nearby restaurants where you could get similar fare. Our server, Natasha, was excellent as seemed to be the whole staff. I would like return for the oysters and the cocktails, but wouldn't stray beyond that.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent server with a great smile.

LA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Service fine, fab desert cheese pie! Food not great, compared to other Legals not as fresh. Sorry as
Usally rave & enjoy Legals !
AC NOT GOOD!!

SA
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food nice people. Wonderful location on the Freedom Trail

J
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

Service is always questionable. Drinks take forever, waiter seems to disappear.

HG
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited Legal Oysteria over the 4th of July with friends, and had an amazing experience. The restaurant is a quaint neighborhood gem with lots fresh food options. The menu has something for everyone, and has lots gluten free options that taste delicious! The atmosphere is conducive to visiting with friends, but also has TV's with local games for the sports fan that needs to keep track of game in between servings like my husband.
The staff is so accomadating from changing reservations at last minute to setting up another table in back room because they thought we would like the atmosphere better which we did.
Our waitress went above and beyond, and was deligtful! She remembered our food preferences from previous visit, and made recommendations that were perfect. She remembered what we liked to drink, and remembered that I avoided gluten, and gave us the best suggestions. She made our visit to Legal Oyseria very memorable, and she is one of the many reasons I would return to thei restaurant. 5 stars thru and thru - Thank you for a very enjoyable dinner with friends - your all amazing!

AL
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Host/waiter wasn't very friendly and was extremely pushy. He kept snapping at us and tried to get us to order dessert, even AFTER we paid the bill and were already walking out! Food was okay, didn't really stand out.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters!

D
New England
49 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this local place.

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