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Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker. A bipartisan favorite, we have occupied the nation’s capital since 1995, anchored across from the Verizon Center and around the corner from the International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Chinatown.

Make waves at our racetrack-shaped bar or sup on seafood underneath the hull-like ceiling in our restaurant’s main dining room. Either way, be presidential and order a cup of our New England Clam Chowder; it’s been served at every Inauguration since 1981. Other accolades include being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013).

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3286 people are saying
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Sunshine
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot. Great food. Great service. Convenient location.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The food at this location was mediocre. I have eaten at legal seafood locations in other places and the food has always been good. I was so disappointed because I had recommended this restaurant to a first time visitor to DC. We both had the seafood casserole. The seafood was sparse and had too much alcohol flavor. I would not advise anyone eating at this location.

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MikeH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service with high quality food at a reasonable price

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BobbyJ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Legal Seafoods came thru with a fabulous and affordable meal.

I brought my son to DC for Spring Break while working and he was excited to finally eat at a restaurant my wife and I speak about often.

We had Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes, Seafood Casserole, Salad, and dessert.

Awesome experience and looking ahead to my next visit.

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vipLenny
Washington DC
165 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was good, but at times the server seemed a little confused by questions we asked. I got the fried clams which I thought were very good. We also got a bowl of the lite clam chowder which we really like at Legal Sea Food. But this bowl seemed a little off. The broth had little flavor and seemed watered down. It had a lot of clams and other items, but just didn't taste up to the restaurant's usual standards. My wife got the crab cake combo. The shrimp and scallops were fine. My wife also liked the crab cake. I'm from Baltimore and was disappointed by the flavor of the crab cake. I got the mixed grill. The salmon, shrimp and scallops were good but the tuna and swordfish were only okay. The sides, my wife's salad and my Brussel Sprouts were both very good. My wife got a glass of Asti Moscato and said it was a generous portion with good flavor.

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MaryK
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The cream of crab soup was good. I was disappointed in my entree--the stuffed shrimp. It was too bready for my taste. There was no complimentary bread to offset the high prices. The service, however, was prompt and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter. Wanted great seafood. Got it. Awesome raw oysters

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WilliamL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had crab cake and grilled fish medley. Taste was nothing to rave about and not worth the price. Very good service.

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Mark
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Would return but head to the bar area fir the happy hour menu. It was not available at our table.

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EmilyT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was great and the food was good. The air conditioner was on and blowing, so it was very cold in the front of the restaurant. The manager did try to adjust it, but it didn’t really turn off. It was only 50 degrees outside, so not warm enough for the AC.

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vipBanbury
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A well-run restaurant with delicious food. And it is not impossible to hear your tablemate.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent as always! Whenever we visit DC we always have dinner not once but twice at Legal!!

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AnaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the service and the ambiance. All the staff was friendly and kind. Great place and people.

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vipSusanG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went for the Leap Year Day lobster special. The lobsters were delicious. Nice wine selections. Very nice service, even though it was a busy Saturday night.

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Borna
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went for the lobster promotion - 2 lobsters for the price of one on the leap day. The lobsters were fresh and delicious. The services and lighting were great. We sat comfortably and could talk to each other easily even though we sat on a long table for 10. The evening was very enjoyable and cosy.

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Pepsilover202
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an absolute wonderful time the lobster was delicious the staff was awesome and much more than accomadating. When I arrived my cousin was there with her husband soon after two friends came in three separate reservations. On a whim I asked if they could possibly seat us all six of us at one table without a moment of hesitation they did. We had a great evening and will be going back very soon!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always they were out of some things cause we went late but it was still phenomenal food

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Love2dine
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service and food were great! They even had a few vegetarian/vegan options. They had something for each party member. The food arrived nicely prepared and delicious. A little pricey for some options, and the way inside the restaurant was a little odd but overall, nice place to go for seafood lovers or happy hour goers.

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Sandy
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this restaurant and plan to return.

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vipBeans
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The cioppino was one of the best I've ever had. All the seafood was cooked perfectly. The only issue was it took 20 minutes for us to get our bill after we're finished eating.

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TrinaH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I had dinner on several occasions at this location years ago and enjoyed the food. However, this is the second time I have eaten there in the past few months and the food quality was poor compared to the price paid.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, awesome seevuce

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good....this was what we expected and more. Our dinner included clam chowder, crab cakes, baked cod, etc..... and the gin n tonics were top notch ...
We will recommend to anyone visiting DC and looking for good seafood

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Dude
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!!

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JamsF
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointing overall. Lobster was not great and the fried fare my son had was fairly bland. For the price I was expecting better but had better at a much lower cost.

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Holtby
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was fantastic, Bathrooms were filthy food was over priced for the quality

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vip2disappointed2dine
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was wonderful!

DC
vipDCDiners
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

New England fried clams! Yum!

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ZacharyS
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Service was fine, but the food was bland and overpriced.

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TroyA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food and service, pretty expensive though but it’s DC and every meal was expensive.

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DouglasD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server we had was awesome very attentive an we will certainly be back. Great place great good an atmosphere. The nutty salmon was awesome. O an the bartender Todd he is the man too.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The LS crab cake combo and grill assorted were amazing meals. The three grilled fish portions were sizable and tasty. It's my new LS favorite 😁

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DouglasJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Took my wife here for Valentine’s Day, and it was also our first time dining here. It was only two of us but we were seated in a table of four, which in a way worked out as we had space for our plate. Our table was in the back, in a corner so it was vert cozy and we could see all the goings on with the restaurant. Food was a bit pricey but was very good, fresh and didn’t take long at all to come out. Highlight of the night was our server who was very attentive, timely and got everything right. We will definitely come back.

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YogiBear1
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday. It would have been nice if the birthday girl was offered a free dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Unfortunately there was a capitals game the same day. I let the restaurant know it was an anniversary dinner but the waitstaff rushed us anyway - saying are you guys ready to order you can see is very busy here. The food was clearly rushed as well and not the quality nor well seasoned experience I expect from Legal.

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HopeC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you like seafood, this is a great place to go for lunch with a friend, date night, etc, They are very good at honoring any special requests that you may have.

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ShamikaM
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was not seasoned and waiter was not very attentive... I would NOT recommend or visit again.

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Partyof5
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We had a reservation at 7:30 but arrived around 7:05. It was busy so the hostess checked us in and we told her we would wait in the bar area for our table. The bartender took our order but we never got drinks. Had to flag down a second bartender 15 minutes later to order again. At 7:45 we went back to the front to check on the status of our table and were asked “where have you been?”. Total incompetence. I had a reservation so they had my cell number and never even called me! No apology for their mistakes. Crab was way overcooked, wrong sides were served. Would never go back.

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vipmeasureformeasure
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were there pre-theatre. We waited 10 minutes before anyone came near the table. When one waiter seemed to notice this, he apologized, promised to take care of us, and did. We were served our food quickly, he didn't charge us for our appetizer or dessert. The food was good. The atmosphere was very noisy and hard for conversation. The design of the space was elongated and cramped.

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