About Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

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).

704 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 12am
Sunday: 12n - 10pm

Cross Street:
G Street, N.W.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 347-0007

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/washington-dc-7th-street

Parking Details:
Land a parking spot at a meter street-side or at one of the garages within walking distance.

Private Party Facilities:
Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here in Penn Quarter, we offer as many different event options as fish in the sea. A dining space for 25 people (or 30 for a cocktail reception) is enclosed by privacy curtains. This space can be combined with the adjoining room to accommodate 80 people for a seated event or 100 people for a cocktail reception. Our semi-private Chef’s Room is located across from our open kitchen and hosts 30 guests. A buy-out of our restaurant is popular for parties of 200. Group dining at Legal Sea Foods offers great food and hospitality and easy planning.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street Ratings and Reviews

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
Good for a Date (31)
Casual (29)
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Pre/post Theatre (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Anniversaries (21)
Business Meals (21)
Good for Groups (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Healthy (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Authentic (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Comfort Food (13)
Cozy (12)
Fun (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Happy Hour (9)
Romantic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great Beer (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Live Sports (3)
Spicy (3)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 2 days ago

Nice place, great service, delicious food! I loved it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined 2 days ago

Only disappointment was that we had to wait fifteen minutes even though we had a reservation

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·Dined 4 days ago

Very Nice!, Food and Service was excellent...we definitely put this as one of our Top Restaurants..

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was great. My food taste fine. My spouse however didnt seem to be in a good mood for enjoying the food and cinstantly complianed. The server went above and beyond and was professional. One of the managers who came over multiple times did his best tobplease, and the chef rocked. Thank you for your patience and professionalism. You were marvelous and I am grateful. Thank you for removing her food cost, which wasnt necessary. I tried to leave a larger tip to compensate.

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The service was excellent. The restaurant GM was so aware of what was going on and was aware of the needs of every table, as well as our waiter. We went there on our first night of a three night stay and went back the third night because we enjoyed the food and service so much.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Service and atmosphere were great, appetizers were very good. Fish was bad.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was great as always. Waiter was not to be found we got waited on by several other staff members but saw our waiter twice. Poor on his part.

Tags: Bar Seating, Live Sports
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Wizards game

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The waitress was excellent.
They did not have what I had ordered from the menu, and I always get the same thing when I go there. It's lobster, crab and shrimp on a hot dog roll. The waitress came back and said they could not make it that day, So I ordered a Shrimp casserole and it was not very good at all. I also ordered Mussels for an appetizer and they were the smallest mussels I have ever seen.
My granddaughter got a Caesar salad with salmon and that was very good.

I was extremely disappointed with the food. Every other time I have been there, everything was great.
The waitress went to the manager and he offered a free dessert. I assumed it was for two desserts since I was with my 9-year old granddaughter. They said it was only for one.
I think the manager should have come to my table to speak with me but he did not make that effort. There are a lot of choices in D.C. for good food. I will go elsewhere in the future.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Last minute decision to celebrate a friends promotion & attend the Wizards basketball ball game. Initial restaurant 30-40 minute delay and 4 blocks.
Very accommodating staff and chef.
Only negative item-bland, diluted cream of crab soup.
Otherwise great food & the Wizards won two consecutive games!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Enjoyed every moment being at the restaurant with my friend! The service, food, and everything else were outstanding.

Tags: Quick Bite, People Watching, Casual, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Always good experience. Had a reservation for 6:45pm and they didn't seat until 7pm. I asked for trout on the menu and they had run out. The substitute was good but not atop notch experience from what I typically expect from this chain.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Our Service and our table were fantastic. The food wasn’t as good as I had expected. The cream of crab soup had a very good taste, but hardly any crab meat. The snapper fish was just ok. My daughter had the cod fish, and said it tasted like ammonia. Very nice atmosphere though, and located just across the street from the hockey game we were attending, I’m going to just chalk it up to them maybe having a bad night. I did enjoy the restaurant , and would try it again, albeit with lower expectations.
Ray Jones

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Love Legal Seafood! I usually order the crabcake which never disappoints. Friends have ordered other seafood items and have always been happy with their food. Last 2 times I've gone, our server has been Finn. She is wonderful! Very helpful and friendly.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I love Legal Seafoods. Originally from Cape Cod, I was pleased I didn't have to travel all the way to Massachusetts for a seafood experience. The server was extremely knowledgeable of both the menu and specials and very charming. There was a reasonable amount of time between appetizers which is expected but doesn't always occur at restaurants. There was no rush in the service for table turnover. Two guests really enjoyed the barbecue shrimp. I ordered the seafood casserole. Now remember, I'm born and raised on Cape Cod. There were two scallops, one or two shrimp, a bit of fish and a "rubbery lobster claw." Disappointing in the pallet. All of these succulent morsels of seafood then the hard, plastic sensation of dull lobster. For $29, I suggest avoiding the lobster claw thumb to compliment this casserole. From the lovely crust, buttery sauce and flavorful dish, the lobster left a bad taste in my mouth.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food,service overall a wonderful evening!Will definitely go back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Very good service of the waiter, never disappointing, and good value for the quality, ingredients and quantity of the food.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Great food and wonderful service!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Service was decent but beware of tables that have traffic access because your chair will be endlessly bumped by servers and patrons. The quality of food at legal has declined as well over time with many of their seafood items originating from lesser desirable locales. Any seafood restaurant that does not provide detail about the source of their fish and shellfish should be given careful consideration. While we have been pretty regular diners, I am not sure we will be returning. Even our regular servers and familiar faces no longer seem to be among those present at Legal.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Overall most disappointing experience, I've had with this chain.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 14, 2018

My boyfriend and I chose to celebrate our anniversary here on Sunday, Siedde was our server and was excellent! I truly enjoy it when people take passion in what they do, he was knowledgeable, kind, and attentive. I ordered a glass of white wine at his suggestion $9, I typically prefer reds but was having the crab cakes. The wine came out too warm, Siedde informed the manager Mike and he came right over. Mike explained why the wine could be warm and opened and chilled a new bottle for me, now that is excellent customer service! Mike and Sidde make a great team. The food came out quickly and was tasty, my crab cakes were Maryland style! Nice restaurant excellent service we will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our waiter was awesome and very attentive. The service was exceptional and the food was great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Late-night Find, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great place to celebrate a special birthday for a special person...wonderful and attentive service... didn’t have ask for anything...it’s almost like our server could read our minds. I’ll be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Service , Food was great. Easy to find. Right off the metro. Great for before or after events at the Verizon Center

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Went after a Sunday afternoon Caps game. Even though they seemed to be slammed with a lot of people coming at once, they handled the crowd very well.

Enjoyed the Mahi Special. Rolls were delicious

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent service at our special event family dinner. Our waiter went the extra mile to provide high quality and mindful service to accommodate one in our party who required a gluten-free and dairy-free meal. Legal Seafood is excellent for gluten-free needs, and offers tasty gluten-free and dairy-free bread rolls.
Due to the unusual arctic weather which provided a cold draft each time the door opened, it was chilly at our table, so come in warm clothes if the weather is crazy cold.

Tags: Bar Seating, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Pecan Crusted Snapper was awesome! Also had Calamari and Bananas Foster which were excellent! Right across street from Capital One Arena and stop there with my son before a Wizards game. Everything was perfect!

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Mediocre. We’ve been to the location in Boston which much much higher scale and better food. Our meals were nothing creative. There are better restaurants than this in DC. What a waste.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great location for casual meal after attending event at Cap One Arena. Menu was appealing with many great sounding items in all categories. Traditional dishes as opposed to trendy. Small but good draft beer selection. Mahi mahi special was flavorful & generous. Others in my group had crab cakes & cream of crab soup which were also excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Celebrating our 5th anniversary where we had our first date.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The service and attentiveness was excellent. My wife ordered the steak and lobster and the food was not hot upon presentation. The drawn butter for the lobster was not hot. The snapper with shangdong sauce was wonderful and would highly recommend it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Legal Seafood is great. We went before a Capital's game and truly enjoyed ourselves. We particularly like the Pow Pow Cauliflower and the Mojito was wonderful. I had the crab cakes and my husband had the catfish. It made for a great evening.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My husband and I visited Legal Seafood prior to a Capitals game. We ordered a bottle of wine, which our server came back to tell us was not in stock. Another employee came to the table to show us a similar wine that he recommended. Because I didn't want him to all of the sudden recommend something that would be $100/bottle, I asked for the price. He said he would have to check. He should've known this info prior to coming to our table. Apparently, the wine wasn't even in their system. He spent so much time trying to look it up, we said "nevermind". Our server recommended a very good wine similar in price to the original one we ordered. I ordered the chef recommended dish that included three different types of fish- swordfish, tuna, and salmon. The fish was "ok" at best. It was well done, and was over seasoned. It tasted like something I would expect from Red Lobster. Portions were plentiful, but for the quality of what we received, this was extremely overpriced. Also, the kitchen workers were shouting various things, making for a noisy dinner at times.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Ran out of lobsters and milk.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was great and the service was great but the front of the restaurant was cold.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

AMAZING service and food was yummy! Great location and friendly staff!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Many years a must in DC and Baltimore. Never ceases to exceed and surprises as being consistantly excellent in every aspect. We look forward to every visit. Wish we had one here in Pittsburgh

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

My food was delivered warm rather than hot..and when my server found out that the meal was not outstanding or acceptable offered to provide a new Hot dinner all with a smile. Legal seafood's manager subsequently visited my table and inquired about the meal and if I was enjoying the food. .He later offered to "comp" the food. Very professional and personal attention provided by the management. .I would highly recommend this restaurant for service and attention to its customers. .

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We always have excellent food at Legal Sea Foods. And they take extraordinary care so that our daughter, who has a severe food allergy, can eat safely and enjoy herself. Amazing restaurant!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Hit and miss. Some dishes good others all right. Table next to us had awful service. They told us about it and the waiter freaked. He told us that the customer should have never said anything to us. Quite surprised that it was his responsibility to tell us what to think and who we should listen to. Did offer is a free desert at the end. Nice gesture.

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