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

Specials

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Monday, December 25, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street Ratings and Reviews

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Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (47)
Casual (46)
Special Occasion (43)
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Good for Birthdays (32)
Business Meals (31)
Pre/post Theatre (29)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Great for Lunch (20)
Good for Groups (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Authentic (17)
Fun (16)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Romantic (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Healthy (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Cozy (11)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
People Watching (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Great for Brunch (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Scenic View (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vegan (1)
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vip
·Dined 3 days ago

Food was good but not a good value. One of our fish dishes was overcooked and under seasoned. The crab cake sampler was fine, but should have came with another side dish. Glasses of wine were $2 more than you'd pay elsewhere for same quality. We probably won't be going back anytime soon because there are many other options nearby.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Great seafood and great service.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and drinks!

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·Dined 7 days ago

We stopped here before a concert. Perfect place to eat before any event at Capital One Arena.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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·Dined 7 days ago

Everything was really good... the menu had a variety of food choices.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Legal Seafood never disappoints. Great place for hearty meal and some drinks before a Caps game.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food is good at Legal (not just this location but locations in Boston too), but it is so, so painfully overpriced. However, the tuna steak was incredible.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Excellent seafood! The crab cakes are fabulous. And great cocktails!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I got the crab cake dinner, which includes some shrimp, scallops, and salad as well as the crab cake. I’ve had this at other Legal Seafoods, and this one was equally good but the crab cake was sloppily constructed. I also got the evening special cocktail, the name of which I cannot recall. It was okay, but nothing to write home about.
The noise level was awful. My friend and I could barely hear each other.
I had made reservations and arrived on time but still had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated.
I won’t be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
·Dined on November 10, 2017

Legal Seafood has it down. Having been there many times, I always thought it is exactly what it claims to be. Good seafood.

I never associated Legal Seafood with good value, but I think I'm wrong on that. My oyster plate was very generous & as I looked at each plate, I think there is good value here particularly for a seafood restaurant.

Server did a relatively great job explaining the special red wine promotion and flights to a guest at our table. I wish I had gotten. Nice to see red wines promoted with fish, although the Pinot was not my favorite.

I will say the server was great until we got to dessert and then the timing seemed to be all wrong. He missed a great opportunity as we all wanted dessert, but by the time we found our server to order, we ended up with just coffee already late for another engagement.

I left Legal Seafood glad I went and looking forward to returning.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Overall good experience but the fried seafood was overdone with calamari. Could have had more of the other seafood items and less calamari. My wife had a crab cake with shrimp and scallops that was very good.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Once a year I travel to DC and make a point of dining at Legal Seafood while I'm there. It's that good. I had the clam chowder, crab cakes with local salad, and crab stuffed baked potato. Chowder, crab cakes, salad were excellent, as always. It was my first time trying the crab stuffed baked potato and have to say it was the best baked potato I've ever had. It could be a meal on its own. Left there with plenty to enjoy for lunch the next day.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Comfort Food, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

This is a great a place for crab cakes! I come to town and can't leave without stopping by here. A must stop by place for a variety of food items. The happy hour set is nice and cozy for a social gathering. A quiet and cozy atmosphere for dining alone.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Our waitress was excellent! She was very attentive but not intrusive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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vip
·Dined on November 5, 2017

I have eaten at this legal seafood many times. This evening was the worst experience I have had. Our waitress spilled someone else’s red sangria all over me. And it took us 40 minutes to get food.

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vip
·Dined on November 5, 2017

Just great food and service. Always a favorite when visiting the District

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The Salmon, ravioli, spinach was fantastic!!

The crab cake platter - phenonimal!

Dirty martini - perfect!

Great date night, thank you Legal Sea Foods!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I love Legals but I was extremely disappointed that management took the fried clams off the menu.

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vip
·Dined on November 4, 2017

Nathan our waiter helped to make our dinner most enjoyable. He was very attentive to our needs. God was delicious including the desserts.

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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vip
·Dined on November 3, 2017

My daughter and I were treated exceptionally well by our waiter, Andrew and the general manager. We had a great meal, great conversation and we will definitely come back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very disappointed that they took off the whole belly clam roll.
Main reason why I went there.
Been eating the clam roll at Legal for 40 years🙈

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

The food was good with large portions such that even with two appetisers my wife could not finish. I had the 'Bang bang cauliflower kung po' that was excellent followed by the shrimp stuffed with crabmeat casserole that was also very good. The waitress was slightly over-powering pushing the Chilean wine that we didn't want but otherwise helpful and efficient.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and service.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner. Dry much
We had calamari and. Crab cake appetizers both very good
I had shrimp and garlic pasta and the shrimp was delicious
My husband had pecan crusted snapper, delicious as well

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

We went twice when we’re in town. The staff was excellent esp Mike (with the broken hand) who looked he was managing the wait staff. The food was delicious and the portions were more than expected. We would definitely go back!!!!! Try the apple crisp torte.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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vip
·Dined on October 27, 2017

Coworker birthdays

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

The New England Clam chowder is the best. For the first time ever we had an entree that was cooked poorly; the trout was overcooked, dry and not very flavorful.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great wait staff, delicious food, they made us a beautiful split entree for my wife and I.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great Gluten Free Options!!! Delicious!!! Wonderful wait staff!

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Appetizer Bang Bang Cauliflower was awesome as well as the seasonal salad. The main entre was scallops but they were rather small and overcooked. Overall it was a good dinner.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were celebrating a friend completing her PhD - Excellent food, libations, and conversation. Our waitress Fan was Fan-tastic!! Will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great lobster and crab in a crowded restaurant which does well besides that. Nice food.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and service but noisy

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The service was a little rushed, but food was very good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

We luck out a table with Open Table to try this seafood restaurant, and we were not disappointed. Food was freaky, tasty and cooked just right!

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Celebrated my birthday prior to concert with husband and friends. I enjoyed the trout while others had various dishes that were loved by all. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. This was our first visit and we will definitely return!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

I visited this restaurant while in DC for a birthday trip. The food was good, but it was not seasoned well. Paying almost $30 a plate, I shouldn’t have to season the food for taste. The place was nice and very close to the arena.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Romantic
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vip
·Dined on October 18, 2017

My friend had a gift card so we decided to have lunch. Food was freshly prepared and plentiful in portion. The Bang Bang Cauliflower was really good! Service was excellent. And we were fortunate enough to get street parking right in front of the restaurant! We plan to return....

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

It is very nice but parking is hard but the food is great not alot of options but what they have is great.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Waiter was very knowledgeable, the food was excellent, seasoned well and served at the perfect temperature. The crab dip is amazing!

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