Legal Oysteria

4.6
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518 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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New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were amazing. My daughter had the Linguine with clams and I had the tuna steak. Both were the best we ever had. The wine was delicious and totally not overcharged like some restaurants. I will go back many times.

C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great drinks and good once again!

F
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service

ML
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I highly recommend this Legals. We enjoyed the food, the ambience and had a great server. We will definitely go back there.

d
New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Early dinner at 5:30p resulted in great service, and not loud. Streamed mussels and eggplant parm appetizers were excellent. The special, crab covered baked cod, was drenched in butter. I’m a big fan of butter, but even too much for me. Overall a good experience, will try again.

D
New England
23 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great neighborhood gem that we frequent all the time. Seafood is very good and the pasta is made on the premises. In addition to an open dining concept, the bar is expansive and inviting. Super bartender who really knows her drinks and her customers.

SW
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is akwYs excellent as is the service! Our neighborhood favorite!!

e
New England
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Legal Seafood is usually very reliable. This was a big disappointment. The warm burrata appetizer barely had any burrata and the halibut entree was slightly overcooked and bland. Very disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Waiter was lovely but needs more table side training.
Drinks needed to come before 40 minutes. Ditto surrounding tables.
Wine flight was stingy, no lime in Cape Codder first serve. Second serve Delivered in slices not wedges.
Food not up to usual. No manager around.
Tuna was excellent

LD
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place.Consistently great dining.

D
New England
52 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this local restaurant. Always fantastic. Highly recommend

AW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely place to eat--would be even lovelier without the large televisions over the bar. Our server was charming and the place felt warm. Terrific food. A lot to love. Only drawbacks--large televisions and more noise than expected..

j
New England
35 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent from my cocktail, to the turkey dinner and the dessert. We were a little disappointed there was no pumpkin pie as it was Thanksgiving Day but the ricotta pie was excellent. Our server Sabrina was very attentive and answered our questions very knowledgeably.

D
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood gem!

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and cocktails are absolutely outstanding! Second time here and the bloody Mary's are the best I've ever had. My girlfriend and I went here for our anniversary and she had a Sangria and it was also the best Sangria I've ever had. I had the shrimp and scallop risotto and it was great (great portion, decent amount of shrimp and scallops). Value (prices are low I would say for the ambiance of the restaurant) is also very good -- I would highly recommend and will definitely be back.

i
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
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
8 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
2 reviews
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
8 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

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