Legal Oysteria

4.6
450 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.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Enjoy a family gathering and leave the cooking to us! We'll be serving our regular menus along with festive features. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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M
New England
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Except for giving us the wrong price per oyster which was more than stated(they did adjust it) it was a pleasant experience.

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GG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome time & enjoyed the food, service & atmosphere. Justin was tops! We shall return. RI Sisters

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VR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of four, from Brazil. We had oysters, salmon, tuna, sea food pasta and a trout stuffed with crab meat. All delicious! Our waitress was very happy and friendly!

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JB
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is one of our favorite places to eat when we are in Boston. Food was very good and we tried a new (for us) wine that we enjoyed.

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PR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was a great place for a big family group (10). We go often with family, including small children.

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j
New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I feel like NOT giving a good review....since it will end up being crowded in the future! Great seafood quickly before a Bruins game.

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WR
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My mistake - I saw the name Legal, and just assumed. This place is a hodge-podge of Italian and seafood, but fails on both counts. I would recommend instead picking one of the many fine Italian places in North End, or an actual seafood restaurant. I can't even remember the last time we were served cold pizza at a restaurant - we should have sent it back.

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b
New England
140 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another great dinner at Legal Oysteria. the food was great and Polly was the icing on the cake. We have dined with Polly many times both here and at Legal Harborside. She is wonderful and a consummate pro!

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LH
New England
15 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved this experience at a "different feeling" Legal. Really like seeing Legal with different feel and different food.

I have to say I have been getting Salmon at Legal for years and this by far was the best Salmon I've ever had with delicious broccoli. Looking forward to returning again.

If I had to share any negative would be that I missed having a yummy Legal roll; otherwise GREAT! Thank you

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c
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Ryan never disappoints! He made my birthday extra special and worth celebrating at Legal’s Oysteria. The food was amazing! Our server was friendly, tentative and helped make the night even better. Thank you again!!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

First bad meal ( I eat there once a week so this was disappointing!) had the tuna and two of us had it based on my recommendation But you changed it and cold tuna and a huge plate of farrow was unappealing I couldn’t eat a lot of it

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DL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose LO because we could get a table on short notice, and because its OT reviews shaded a little better than other LS we have been to. LO lived up to its rep. The food was terrific - the special had a brilliant stuffed green pepper (with seared tuna), and the ricotta pie tied things off nicely. The 'feel' here was relaxed - not the hectic ambiance in some other LS (which nevertheless works well at those locations). We parked a short walk away in a lot that gives a big discount with a validated card from LO. Quite a nice stop if you're touring the Bunker Hill Monument and USS Constitution..

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great time and waitress was very good.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant with great food and drinks. The service was quick and knowledgeable and gave great recommendations when we needed help. Will be going back.

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JA
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our third year in a row with a big group after the Boston Marathon. The staff are great and having the back room is wonderful for us. Thank you so much. We will be back again next year!

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DM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

We eat here all the time seeing as we live in town. I have never had a bad meal. We have sat at the bar and find the bartenders to be very interactive and great drinks. For the first time we were seated in the back room which I thought was nice a big tv too but service was horrible we kind of felt like we were forgotten. She dropped our food off and never came back. I have to say it doesn’t seem like the norm for this place so we certainly will be back.

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JG
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience because of the quality of the food and service. Only one gripe: for our party of two they split a table of four into 2 separate tables, but did not move apart far enough. We then were uncomfortably close to our neighbors as we were in the middle of their conversation the whole time.

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K
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our visit to Legal Osteria. The tone was set by the hostess who greeted us and sat us. Our server was fabulous. She was friendly, attentive, made some good recommendations. We started off with a dozen oysters and they were amazing, fresh., crisp, clean, delicious. Our drinks were well made too. Our server brought us extra olives which was appreciated. The main course was good. I had baked shrimp and scallops oreganata. The dish was very hot and I think was kept in the warmer too long. The bread crumbs were partially burnt and blackened, but the seafood was okay. The brussel sprouts were very good and my companion's meal was very good. It was a relaxed comfortable atmosphere. I would go back.

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GM
New England
148 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Server had an attitude and food was barely fair.

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have not been a big fan of Legal Seafood before but this restaurant was excellent! Our server (Charley) was wonderful- attentive but not intrusive and knowledgeable about the food and wine without being pompous about it. We all ordered fish and appetizers (calamari and mussels). Food was delicious and perfectly prepared. Our only suggestion was to change the tiramisu dessert to have the cherries on the side so as not to compete with the traditional taste.

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K
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!! Will be returning many times!!

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MM
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch with friends from out of town. Mussels, Tuna burger, crab cakes, and Mediterranean salad were all fantastic. Our waiter made sure everything was perfect and was friendly and engaging. This was our second time here and we will be back.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All three courses were standouts. The white clam pizza was one of the (if not THE) best I've ever had...

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F
New England
32 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a rather large group (6 people) at prime time during Restaurant Week, and had ask for changes in the time more than once because of the travel issues of some of the guests. The hostess was very understanding and provided us a nice large table in a corner with a view. Once there the service was outstanding and the food equally so. We all had enjoyed the food and the whole experience greatly and thank them for making it so.

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B
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best Linguini ai Frutti di Mare ever! The seafood was fresh and sweet, and the sauce was creamy and savory, having a hint of parsley and chili. I am a fan of shellfish and this recipe was really my taste. Will be back trying other dishes.

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CT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

As a Charlestown resident, it makes me sad to say this, but it was not a good experience. We came out to dinner to say farewell to our nanny who is moving out of town and although the food was fine, the service was terrible. There were 5 in our party (including my 3 and 5 year old) and we were there for over 2 hours. I am not sure what was going on but, the food took so long, that we had to cancel part of our order and leave. Additionally, it seemed like the waiter was the only one working as he was super busy and incredibly unavailable. The managers did come over a couple of times to ask if we needed anything, but it seemed incredibly chaotic.

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d
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food really good and service is OK. I recommend salad and pizza.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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G
London
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome food and service. The Osso Buco was delicious, and the wines are very good and reasonably priced. Oysters are 1/2-priced Monday thru Friday before 6:30 PM!

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D
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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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D
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
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 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 24, 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
36 reviews
Dined on January 24, 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
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant- our waitress was amazing!

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I
New England
72 reviews
Dined on January 18, 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
36 reviews
Dined on January 14, 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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