Legal Oysteria

4.6
420 reviews
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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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Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service provided by the waiter and kitchen. Food was great and meals were served promptly considering the number of guests. Will definitely return in the future the next time I am in town.

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F
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This location of the Legal Seafood chain is a bit disappointing. The restaurant has very high ceilings and is always very noisy. The temperature in the restaurant is very cold with a cool breeze blowing on me during February. For Valentines day they seemed to be understaffed, we had to ask our waiter for bread 5 times before we actually received it. I will likely return since we always have good quality seafood at Legal restaurants and it is very convenient for us in Charlestown.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the relaxed, comfortable ambiance and Our wait staff was professional and knowledgeable about food and beverage menus. Food was a bit disappointing- unusual for Legals - Scallop main dish portion was pretty small w/boring cream saw and calamari appetizer good tasting but breading was over cooked. Crab cake was yummy. Trout was also tasty but not much stuffing. We will come again and hoe for better food experience nx time.

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l
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is consistently good, the service is always top notch. I always enjoy coming to Oysteria!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great! I wish the music was a little louder in the back and not so silent but otherwise great!

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente. Comida el ambiente en general muy bueno igual que el servicio.

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ED
New England
27 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A favorite local spot - always good service, never feel rushed or forgotten about. The oysters are always fresh and well shucked, even the fried oysters are delicious! A unique and current menu full of different options for people with different levels of seafood preference.

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AG
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant- our waitress was amazing!

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New England
67 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, a great meal and the staff is great too!! A good neighborhood spot with lots of options. Octopus is prepared well, the crab cake is a good portion and tasty.
Variety of oysters and a killer tuna . Even the pizza is good if you don't want seafood. A big bar so you can just grab a seat there too.

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KP
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First day in Boston, and I had heard about Legal Seafood from a patient in Indianapolis who is from the Boston area. I could hardly wait to try it, and I wasn’t disappointed! I’ll bring my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter when they arrive Saturday. Thank you for a lovely experience.

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ED
New England
28 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We consistently have good service and good food and drinks here - glad to have this place in our local stomping grounds! Especially the oysters! :)

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 13 set up in the back room. Our servers were excellent and the orders came out in a timely fashion, were hot, and tasted great. It’s never easy to handle a large group like we were and legal Oysteria did a fantastic job. I wouldn’t hesitate to return as a small or large group.

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LA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Oysteria. A friend who lives in Charlestown recommended it. The food was wonderful, and not pricey. Good wine selection. The service was great. We are so glad we discovered this restaurant and plan to go back soon. We even lucked out and found a place in the street which made the experience even more pleasant.

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TB
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Legal Oysteria is a very busy restaurant and bar.
The food is quite good but it is a limited menu, although there is something for everyone
I would recommend trying at least once. The food is excellent and arrives quickly.
It is expensive, but not outrageous and the location is good but parking will be hard to find.

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was fresh and well prepared as always. The staff was friendly and welcoming. One of my very favorite places.

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KM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful wait staff, convenient location in Charlestown.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was very good except for the fritters. I got the stuffed trout and my fiancé got the chicken parm. He was disappointed that it didn’t come w pasta. Waitress didn’t have much personality and didn’t appear to be as knowledgeable as typical legal wait staff can be. Never mentioned specials, brought bread, etc. We were checked on multiple times even by the manager which we appreciate.

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PD
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was good, chef burnt my chicken parm but hey, stuff happens. Server was polite and friendly. Atmosphere was laid back and relaxed.

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had our office Holiday lunch at Legal Oysteria for 9 people. We got a variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts and everything was very good. We enjoyed tasting many dishes and the servers were very attentive and offered suggestions of dishes to try. The restaurant was fairly quiet and we were seated in a corner by the window so we could actually hear our own conversations.

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JR
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great business lunch for two at the Legal Oysteria. I had their tuna burger which was perfectly cooked. Their is a moderate level of noise during lunch.

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AG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Appetizers came at same time as rest of meal. One in our party had small flies in her drink. No comp for that.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

service was slow and food was cold even though the place was only half full. would not recommend....

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ER
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my top favorite restaurants in the Boston area.

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PA
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My tuna and salad were excellent; spouse's scallops and brussels sprouts nice. Drinks fine. Service was great -- friendly, helpful and not intrusive. Convenient 5-minute walk to Residence Inn Charlestown. Convenient to TD Garden via Locks walkway.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

There for brunch. The meal was a letdown. We’ve been there before always very good. I wouldn’t go back for brunch.

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o
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

perfect dinner looking at park with Christmas lighted trees and bridge--it is very pricey but worth it for a special occasion or intimate dinner for two

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NB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good and drinks always a hit. Kid friendly and the servers are attentive and knowledgeable

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j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not very busy tonight but great service and meal before attending a Garden event

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and drinks were fantastic. We were there during a very busy holiday weekend. They went out of their way to accommodate our large party. Waitstaff was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. Also an excellent choice for anyone looking for an abundance of gluten free options!

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S
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as usual. We continue to return time and time again.

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JK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Legal's location. The Wait staff, Hostess and Bar staff and super friendly and welcoming!

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F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Although the restaurant was not overly crowded it took us over 2 hours for a simple meal. The service was indifferent. The food was a huge disappointment except for desert that I am sure they got in the Northend. Do yourself a favor, go someplace else.

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BK
Birmingham
24 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and friendly service, oysters were outstanding!

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JN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take young families. Food is fantastic and service is very good.

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S
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated my birthday. The waitress Natasha was wonderful. Very attentive and on the top of recommendations and recognized our needs. We really enjoyed our meal lobster ravioli and linguine Al Frutti. The deserts we ordered were over the top chocolate pot and added a glass of port and the apple crisp.

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food, fantastic service, great atmosphere!
We will be back, we loved everything about our visit here.

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TB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Eat here a lot and love the convenience, food, atmosphere, and staff. Almost once a week to be exact. Ordered the steak medium rare and my girfriend ordered the linguine with clams. The steak came out medium well so it was redone and the clam dish had clams that were closed which can be a red flag, so that was redone as well. They comped a free dessert to go but for a $100+ dinner, I expected more to be honest. Especially, for a regular.

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QM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great oysters!! Nice location in historic Charlestown!

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B
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Very convenient when grabbing dinner before aBruins game.

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EC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great ambiance and all at very reasonable prices.

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