Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

4.4
2705 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
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).
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 12am
Sunday: 12n - 10pm
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Phone number
(202) 347-0007
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
G Street, N.W.
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Parking details
Land a parking spot at a meter street-side or at one of the garages within walking distance.
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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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3.0Dined 3 days ago

It was ok. Nothing special sadly. The food was ok and our waiter was a bit slow.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Probably the best seafood place in town in the moderate price range. Seafood is fresh and perfectly grilled, and sides are tasty. Really recommended for seafflood lovers.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Seafood was great and perfectly cooked. Got a grilled salmon with crab meat baked potato and spinach. Salmon was tender and tasty, as the sides. The restaurant is very stilish and just next door to the National Portrait Gallery.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Great Food. Helpful staff. Fantastic lobster. Good wine list

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We’ve eaten at several Legal Seafood restaurants in Boston,first time here in DC,and happy to say this restaurant is as good as its Boston peers!Superb fresh seafood,great service,great value and pleasant ambience-the rare combination of excellent food and reasonable prices.You can’t go wrong with Legal Seafood!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great food nice environment and very good service. Great spot for a nice dinner in DC

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Food tasted great. Unfortunately my son, who is diagnosed celiac, ordered his food gluten free, got sick after eating his meal. The waiter said he made sure everything was gluten free, but it was not. Would definitely not recommend for those who are gluten free.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Johnnie is the best waiter! He consulted with the chef on my dietary restrictions and relayed them to me as well. The chef was clear that I should not eat a specific dish that I would have ordered! Johnnie was really great! Thanks for a great dining experience! I was by myself and appreciated his extra attention to detail. He is one of the best waiters ever and I eat out a lot! I love legal sea foods!

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Delicious foods, kind staff

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Our waiter was very prompt and saw to our immediate needs of time, menu food choices, and immediate service. This Leagl Seafood is my favorite location for my weekday dining needs.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

We have a number of food allergies/food sensitivities and we’re delighted at how great the Restaurant accommodated us! We had a great waiter and our food was delicious! We will be back! Thank you to the Open Table app for providing room for us to note our allergies in advance of our visit! The waiter addressed our needs by reviewing what I had shared on the app to make sure he understood and had accurate information. Thanks again!

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Server was awesome! Ambiance is a cross between upscale restaurant and fish grill. I don't think they've decided which they are.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Excellent seafood - wonderful clam chowder - server Nadim very attentive. The oyster crackers are fresh here which is a big step up on many restaurants.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great lobster and service. Be nice to offer more than 2 rolls.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great service and food loved everything about this location

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1.0Dined on July 19, 2018

The service at Legal Seafood is almost always good and this time was no exception. However the food was third rate as the mashed sweet potatoes were uneatable and the spinach was awful. The grilled salmon was good, but the portion for my full-priced meal was tiny. Another member of our party complained that the Seafood Casserole was rather poor. The decline of Legal Seafood is illustrated by the fact that we could not get a reservation for Founding Farmers, but walked in to a mostly empty Legal Seafood the same evening.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

The food at Legal’s is excellent. However, we were seated at a table with a badly broken bench. Very uncomfortable. Steven, our waiter was excellent. Menu is more limited than in Boston and the suburbs. No fish chowder. No onion strings and more. Happy to go home to our Legal’s in Boston. Corporate should give this location some attention.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Large portion sizes. Their gluten free options are varied and they also offer gluten free rolls.

Food was fine, but we were underwhelmed. Our waiter wasn't all that attentive. It was an odd experience, and we likely won't be back.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Excellent on every service point, food and drinks. We were so happy to find a Legal Seafood while visiting Washington D.C.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

This is a nice place and despite being a chain restaurant, it serves very good seafood every time we've been. It's not the best place value-wise, or ambience-wise, and doesn't have the most attentive wait staff, but it does give you a great piece of fish for lunch or dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Love this place

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

The food was good, and the entree portions were appropriate. Not too small, but not large enough to have leftovers. I had the fisherman's platter, which was tasty, but it was mostly french fries. It came with calamari. The crab dip was delicious and large enough for our party of three to share.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The food is quite good but what makes this place special is the waitstaff. We needed a quiet table (hearing disability) and the staff had us try two tables until the staff was satisfied that we had the best one for us. And the staff continued to be attentive throughout.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Arrived early for reservations and was seated shortly of arrival. Food was excellent.

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3.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Seafood platter was over cooked. Manager did great service recoed

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We had a great meal with the small seafood tower and the hot crab dip. The seafood tower was great and for 2 people was a good appetizer, but I wouldn't think it would feed up to 4 as the menu suggests. And it is a bit pricey at just over 30 dollars. The hot crab dip with seafood chips was very nice. Service was exceptional.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Service was slow.
Waiter was not engaging.
Food was just not good.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great food and service

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Clam chowder is my family’s favorite. Otherwise no real favorites on the menu.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Very good as always, but I was disappointed there were no Ipswich Clams. I’m from Boston and have been to legal’s several times. I was looking forward to Clams instead of Calamari.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent service. Tasty gluten-free roll. Plump sizeable grilled shrimp were delicious.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2018

because this place is known for it's awesome seafood, I would suggest that you check first, if there is something specific you are going for. We were all about the bucket of clams and not until AFTER we ordered, were we told there were no clams. All the same, the food we did eat was excellent and I would def recommend a stop!

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

I brought a business group that enjoyed their meals and the ambiance. Unfortunately, no real vegan options (I am a vegan), not even the Bang Bang Cauliflower wings, so I was subjected to an over dressed salad.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Food was great

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Have the crab cakes...by far the best I've had in DC. Oysters and lobster always good.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

It was a wonderful day, legal Seafood called about six (6) hours before the reservation time to confirm the time; and the meal was outstanding, the waiter was super and I was having dinner with a ex that I haven’t seen in seven (7) years. It was a marvelous day!!

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Legal Seafood has been a regular visit for us in D.C. for the past 6 years. Our group
is always 7-12 people and we are always seated and served quickly. The food is
consistently excellent. Thank you Legal Seafood for maintaining exemplary service
and quality.....always!
Jim F

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Great spot and excellent seafood. Pre-concert meal and will absolutely be on the list before the next one. Thanks!!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Lobster was perfect but the drawn butter really made it that much better. So good. Husband had fish & chips with Tabasco and they were excellent as well. 14 yr old grandaughter got linguine with shrimp which she said was wonderful. The 8 yr old ordered fish sticks. Her response when I asked how they were: "Heavenly and they are literally the best fish sticks i've ever had, Grandma!" I think she liked them. LOL

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Nice dinner before the U2 concert at CapitalOne Arena. I did not like my Bloody Mary, It tasted like Tomato Juice, with giant clumps of horseradish, no after flavor. We did enjoy the Strawberry Shortcake dessert.

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