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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Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.2

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (43)
Special Occasion (42)
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Business Meals (34)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Great for Lunch (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Fun (18)
Authentic (17)
Healthy (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Romantic (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Cozy (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
People Watching (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Seasonal (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Live Sports (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was fresh and tasted wonderful. Service was excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined 2 days ago

We had an office gathering. Lunch menu is sort of limited ... no mash potatoes or bake potato ... appetizer delivered cold. Had to send back. $17.99 for 7 med shrimps and fries with a small cold slaw ... wasn't worth it. Would not recommend or revisit again.

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·Dined 3 days ago

The food was excellent as always. The ambience was quiet, and nobody bothered us as we caught up with each other over the last several months. The rest rooms were spotless. The staff was unfailingly attentive.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was timely, professional, and food was excellent as always as Legal Seafood. It's a go-to lunch spot for my friends in town to meet for lunch or before Wizards or Caps games.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Not an intimate dinning experience, seafood was fresh tasty and well prepared.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Good experience, great and attentive service, delicious food. I recommend the mashed sweet potato - table favorite!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and great Sevice. The options and accommodation by the staff for gluten free needs are top of the line.

Tags: Casual, Healthy, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Fun, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We’ve always been pleased when dining at Legal Seafood. Starting with the calamari trio -which was very good, my boyfriend had the catfish matrimony substituting the sides. I had the special- pliace fish. It was fabulous. Legal Seafood’s wine list is interesting and decently priced. Good meal and quite convenient before a Wizard game!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable! Perfect for a pre-game meal and close to Capital One Arena!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

whenever in the area I stop by all the items on menu are great!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our experience was overall a fair one. Essentially, we were able to check in prior our reserved time. Our waiter was initially kind and responsive. However, once the place got packed he couldn’t manage his tables and his attitude completely changed. I waited over 30 mins for one drink to come out and he had no remorse.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great experience great food. Only problem was we were seated at a table for 2 right next to the area where the servers picked up the plates from the kitchen. Really kind of noisy. A lot of foot traffic past our table and I can’t remember how many times someone bumped into my chair as they went past. I should have stuck with my first instinct to ask to be seated elsewhere. If I’m ever back in DC and eat at this restaurant, I’ll certainly ask for a different table. Other than that, it was a great experience.

Tags: Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fun, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

My wife and I require gluten free and we are following the Paleo Diet. Not only not a problem here, but the staff was most accommodating and made good suggestions. That started when we refused the roles and were then offered gluten free roles. Staff was just a delight, service was not slow and was attentive. Food was delicious. It was just such a delight to have eaten at this Legal Seafood in Washington. We highly recommend it.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great seafood and great service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great food and drinks!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 17, 2017

It was what I expect of Legal Seafood ... all around great.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (New England)·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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 (New England)·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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 (New York Area)·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
 (Washington DC)·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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 (Washington DC)·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
 (Washington DC)·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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 (Tahoe)·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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 (Richmond)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Atlantic City)·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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 (Richmond)·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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (Nashville)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and service.

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 (New York Area)·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
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Coworker birthdays

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