Legal Oysteria

4.7
359 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, American, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Monday – Wednesday 11:30am – 11pm
Thursday – Saturday 11:30am – 1am
Sunday 10am – 11pm
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Phone number
(617) 712-1988
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Our validation will net you savings. After 5pm daily, park for just $5 at the nearby Constitution Center lot. Before 5pm daily, take $8 off the daytime parking rates. Street parking is also available.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Great service and salmon perfectly cooked!

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1.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Very very very bad dining experience. We were a large party (12) with 3 children (ages 1 to 6). In brief, we sat down at the table at 1:00PM; we were served our food at 2:57PM. By that point, the kids were in pain and screaming!!
To top all of that, the servers were unprofessional and clumsy, the manager non-existent, and after several complains, the manager shows up to ask "How is everything?" with no apology or attempt to explain what was going on.
This experience was so bad, i would not visit this restaurant again, and I would not even go to any of the restaurants under the Legal Seafood group (and we used to go to a Legal at least once a week!)
What a shame!!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The salmon and shrimp and pasta dishes were excellent. Great place. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

fresh shrimp, grilled octopus, steamed muscles and crabcakes...all perfectly prepared and served. We visited twice during our 3 dat stay in Boston...its that good

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Oysters...octupus....crabcakes et al all on point....highly recommended

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Our waiter (Nelson) was very good and helpful with allergies. Seafood was great. Definitely a re-visit next time we're in Boston. The charred octopus appetizer was AWESOME!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Upscale but casual restaurant. Food and service were terrific. I recommend the Osso Bucco. It was a tender, huge portion of pork shank that was served with polenta and spinach. It is walking distance to TD Garden.

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Service was not good. It took our waitress 15 min to ask us for our drink order and the entire dinner was an hour and 45 min ordeal. Between her inattentiveness and time it took to take the order, our meal was very delayed. We will not be going back to Legal Oysteria.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Our party of 6 had a great time recently. Delicious drinks (including the wine flights) and even better food. Really good service. Look forward to our next meal there.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We've been here a few times and are never dissapointed. The seafood is fresh and cooked perfectly. Our waitress Natasha was knowledgeable and charming. My only mild criticism is the unimaginative interior although it does have great ceiling height and wonderful huge windows.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Not to be confused with the Legal “chain” although I liked the originals in Somerville and Forrest Hills ( the airports, not so much) Same ownership but a true neighborhood restaurant. Great seafood & attentive service. Always fun.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The food is always so tasty and the staff really makes you feel like family. We keep coming back!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Awesome server, awesome tuna burger and onion strings. Great location.

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1.0Dined on June 25, 2018

I was a great fun and regular customer of Legal Seafood ... but I will never go again in this location. Super cold inside due to AC too low and the linguini pasta was horrible: no taste, lot of water in the plate, bad seafood inside... not even close to the pictures they show on open table. Moreover, the host (not very friendly) asked us to wait 20 min and as soon as we got a drink at the bar she came to us and told us that the table was ready (BTW, the restaurant was half empty).... snicky way to pay for a drink. Well..... good luck with this place!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We ate at Legal Oysteria twice during our 4 night stay in Charlestown, it was close to our hotel and offered excellent food. The servers were friendly and genuine. Would definitely come again.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We are staying close to the restaurant and knew we would be able to walk from our hotel. We had an amazing experience here and can’t wait to come back!

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

First time to Oysteria for dinner. Have had lunch many times. Always enjoyable and great food. Server was welcoming and engaging throughout.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We live down the street and had dinner with kids
Food and atmosphere were excellent . We will be back

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Colin the GM came by and was so nice. Always a great experience when we come here!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food and service are always top notch. On this occasion we sampled the wines from Argentina and found one to be truly exquisite and very reasanbly prices.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Everything, down to the smallest details, was absolutely perfect for a post graduation lunch! The highlight of his experience were the employees who made this experience fun, easy, and enjoyable.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Family gathering

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

At first I didn’t think it was going to go well. The bartenders were surely in no hurry and we had to wait too long for our first drinks. But the kitchen made up for it. Oysters - excellent. Shrimp cocktail - excellent. Pepperoni pizza - superb. Shrimp Gremolata - excellent. Trout - excellent. Shrimp linguine Alfredo - excellent. Rosemary potatoes to die for. Definitely recommend this place!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

It's a wonderful place..great ambiance, great food, and wonderful staff.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Sat at the bar and had fantastic service!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Started out the a great watermelon cocktail. I had the tuna crudo as my meal, which is always delicious with the truffle chips. I've had the pizzas, fish dished, bolognese, and it's all good. Service is also excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Awesome staff-table was available and ready for us - we were not rushed - lovely time

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Loved this restaurant! Very creative dishes! We were on a week-long vacation in Boston, Cape Cod and Newport and we all thought this was the best dinner of the week! Nice and convenient to our hotel. A relaxed environment!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We had a great time celebrating Mother’s Day and both of our sons’ graduations from Med School and from Emerson College. We are oyster lovers and very much enjoyed their great selection of oysters. We keep coming back to this great restaurant.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were a little disappointed that the menu was limited to brunch with few seafood options

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food was great, and the service up to par and the restaurant concept really good

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Terrific clam chowder and their crab cake is my very favorite!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

The services is always good and the food is great with great prices.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The fish was well cooked but the sauces and accompaniments were overdone. The fish was often drowned in too many flavors and too many sauces.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

The service was excellent and all of the food (oysters, chowder, papadelle) was outstanding. Relaxed atmosphere. I will be back!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

excellent bite before the game. Easy walking distance to the garden.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Great food and service. Attentive but not hovering. Our server Natasha provided exquisite attention. The food spoke for itself. The seared scallops special was divine. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was good as usual. The service was also good and prompt. A happy interior.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

had a great meal pre-Bruins game. Each entree ordered/served were different and complements all around.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

My scallops were cooked perfectly and the risotto was delicious. My company had a salmon and veggie combo that was wonderful and a shrimp with gremalata that he raced about. A lovely night

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