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About Legal Oysteria

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.

10 City Square
Charlestown, MA 02129
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, American, Oyster Bar

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Wednesday 11:30am – 11pm
Thursday – Saturday 11:30am – 1am
Sunday 10am – 11pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 712-1988

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/charlestown-legal-oysteria

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.

Additional:
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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Legal Oysteria Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

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Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (18)
Bar Seating (16)
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Cozy (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Fun (5)
Authentic (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Live Sports (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Waterfront (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined a day ago

Legal Oysteria is in the neighborhood and we have been before and been happy with it. It is not a “fine dining” establishment but is upscale-casual with a large bar, televisions, as well as banquet seating. Our meal last night was disappointing in so many ways. Our group of four was greeted and seated promptly by the welcoming host and hostess. The problems then fell into two categories: Service and food. The service was not good. Our server was very slow to get back to us after bringing a cocktail to one member of the group. We were deciding on wine and it took 10-15 minutes for her to return to take the wine order. By that time we were also quite hungry and ready to place our food order. The restaurant was NOT busy at all. She did not seem familiar with the wine menu and had to come over and look at the wine we were ordering and then copy it down. It was not an issue of pronunciation on our part. When the (white) wine was brought to the table she then proceeded to pour the wine into LARGE red wine glasses - some of the largest we had ever seen - at probably close to 8 oz a pour. We were a bit shocked! She proceeded to tell us that small wine glasses are used for those who order wine-by-the-glass and large wine glasses for those who order a bottle. One can connect the sales and profit dots from there. Refills of water were either slow or not forthcoming. Main courses appeared when we were still eating first courses; one diner was asked to move his empty first course plate himself so the server could set down the main. Seriously? Of the food, the spaghetti squash appetizer had way too much going on, including too much nutmeg. The pizza crust was not crisp; swordfish was okay; tuna was great. With all of the dining options in Boston, given the issues we encountered and the overall quality of the food, a return trip is really not warranted as we do not see the value. Not bitter; just wouldn’t bother to return.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The charred octopus was truly amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great food, everyone loved their meal!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We always enjoy legal oysteria. Lyle at the bar always is welcoming and makes the experience that much better. Thank you Lyle for making the bar so much fun!

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were visiting Boston and decided to try this Legals. We have eaten at many other locations. This restaurant was very small but very busy. The bar was completely filled and all the tables were filled by the time we left. The waitress was extremely busy but managed to make sure we had great service and were not ignored. I had the clam linguini which was excellent with lots of fresh clams. Not overly flavored and not bland.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Morgan was great! Air conditioning was very cold although Morgan asked to adjust it a little which worked for most of the meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Look the atmosphere and crab cakes I know the chickpea has been on the menu for awhile but it is way to lumpy won't order it again

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Great ambiance, food and service. My only complaint is that the portions were too big. We're more the "small plate" type diners, and would have been happy with less on the plates. Would definitely go back, just order a little wiser.

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Cozy, Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We enjoyed our meal a lot. A real neighbourhood gem.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Always great food and menu for a Legal! The Oysters are great and of course the fish entree. This Legal also has a number of non seafood menu items. Great Bar and TVs to watch a game.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

legal oysteria is a little different then other legal seafoods. The menu is smaller but very good. Great Italian based wine list. Neighborhood type place. Nice bar with good sports coverage

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Live Sports, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I no longer enjoy the bar scene-the front room is incredibly noisy. Request the back room if you want to be able to talk.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 6, 2017

We enjoyed a lovely meal with excellent wine and service. I did notice that this particular Legal does not offer as many gluten free choices as others do; in particular the gluten free chowder and rolls that are a favorite.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I had a friend in town and we needed a lunch/brunch situation. i checked on open table and from there we found legal osteria. it's a half mile from my house . over we went and had a delicious breakfast: eggs/ hash browns / toast. and a glass of wine and bloody mary. the waitress, Sabrina, was awesome. very informative. we had a lovely brunch and continued out day. Have been here for dinner and their dinner menu is awesome.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Love the restaurant, food is great, servers are great and helpful.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 27, 2017

A fun night.. not crowded and the food was amazing

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

We have been eating here for several months (mostly on Saturdays). We have found the atmosphere, the service, the food, and the fellow customers to be outstanding. We can't say enough about the service staff and especially the manager. They are always welcoming, accommodating, efficient and above all really friendly not just business friendly. This restaurant is very family friendly. While we have no children it is very nice to see families with young children (all very well behaved) eating together and interacting with staff and fellow customers. The menu is excellent and the chief is very receptive to cooking the entries "your way". The Oysteria is a tremendous addition to Charlestown and Boston. It is only a few minutes walk to "The Garden", the U.S. Navy Yard, and the many other historic sites of Boston and Charlestown. Prices are reasonable, food is terrific, staff are wonderful, patrons are friendly-go and find out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Restaurant week just happen to land on my anniversary. My wife and I enjoyed a cocktail before dinner. We were able to substitute the wine parings with the meal we chose with no problem. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Dave

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Our waiter, Lyle, was excellent. He was very attentive, courteous, helpful and funny. It was my wife's birthday, and our dessert had a birthday candle in it, and Lyle and I sang Happy Birthday to her.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Great food and excellent service from our waitstaff, Corey

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Natasha was fabulous! Excellent service with a smile! Love her!! The food was amazing! Lobster Fra and charred octopus were to die for!! Don't forget to end with a budino and a spumoni sundae! Perfect date night location. Thank you guys!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Lively atmosphere. I'm a regular and enjoy consistently good food and friendly service.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Waitress refused to serve my 26 year old girlfriend who gave her proper ID. Took 10 minutes of arguing to get a manager to come over and sort things out. Received a free appetizer in the end from management.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

We can always count on the fresh seafood and pastas at Oysteria. Service is great and I appreciate a varied and moderately priced wine list (for Boston, that is!).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on July 2, 2017

As always......great! The restaurant has livened up Charlestown.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The food was great as it always is. They accommodated our last minute request for a seating change (for our group of 6) cheerfully and with a minimal delay. Morgan could not have been more helpful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Good place. Seems like more of a typical lunch spot given the neighborhood. The menu was a little limited but the options they had were all good. Where the name of the restaurant is Oysteria I expected more oyster options? But, they did have great Oysters!
I did expect a few more seafood options, for example the really wasn't any lobster to be had, and you're literally a block away from the ocean so for Boston, that's surprising. But the service was excellent the ambience was great, the restaurant appears to be brand-new. This is a nice little place if you want to duck and grab dinner with a date. Which is what we did before we went to a concert at the TD Garden which is a very short walk down the road. The other area options appear to be mostly tavern in Legal Oysteria is a bit more upscale.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Cozy, Casual, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2017

This was a wonderful place! Our waitress was perfect- knowledgeable and attentive- even the manager stopped by with our oysters appetizers. Beautiful decor with huge windows- will be back!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Always an excellent meal. Bring back the Branzino!

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on June 19, 2017

The atmosphere was great but the food was lackluster. I had the linguine and clams and the linguini was over cooked as were the clams...almost as if they came out of a can but stayed too long on the grill. There wasn't even much sauce/wine in the dish to accompany the pasta. The swordfish my date had was overcooked and extremely salty (caesar salad with swordfish). The ambience, place and service was great but the food left something to be desired. The meatball was good as were the fresh oysters but the other dishes were not. I'm hoping we just had an off night /unlucky night with the food prep as we will continue to try other dishes there.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Have enjoyed this spot several times, good location, bar, selections... only criticism is clams and linguine - non local clans used, didn't really taste fresh - some of the best hard shell clams in the world are from New England waters- use them!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 14, 2017

I was through impressed with Legal's gluten free options, as always. Highly recommend the grilled oysters + the oyster pizza. Everything was to die for.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Service and food were wonderful. From the oysters to Legal's famous clam chowder, we enjoyed all of it. Pizza has great crust, just perfect texture. Loved the feel of the place as well. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Un hermoso lugar en ina hermosa cuidad. Muy buena atencion

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The swordfish I ordered, which usually has a tendency to be dry, was moist and delicious. The presentation of the food was beautiful, vegetables were fresh and delicious. I would eat here again any time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Always great. We love it and go there often. We highly recommend.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Really good twist on the Legal Seafood concept. Good rawbar options, cocktails, and wine list. Quieter, more elegant ambiance than most Legals, but still casual

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Go to place. Near my home

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 21, 2017

great food, service and ambiance. Every dish was superb, and we could talk comfortably.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2017

It was a typical Friday and the waiter was extremely unattentive to our table it took him and hour to get our drink orders and apps then another whole hour to take our entree. At the end with our checks he took his time giving the copies out to sign. My friends had to talk to the manager multiple times

Tags: Local Ingredients
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