Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square

4.3
1379 reviews
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Seafood
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Located in the courtyard of the Charles Hotel, our restaurant evokes the simple style of the original Legal Sea Foods that was in nearby Inman Square, Cambridge. In warmer months our outside patio reels in those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.

We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” (USA Today, 2013), “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Enjoy a family gathering and leave the cooking to us! We'll be serving our regular menus along with festive features. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Enjoy a family gathering and leave the cooking to us! We'll be serving our regular menus along with festive features. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What 1379 People Are Saying
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LS
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very high quality seafood, great ambience, good service. Love Legal Seafoods in Charles Square.

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MM
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious fresh fish. Legals standards never fail. Consistently excellent.

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AH
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, plenty of non fish, and vegetarian options. Great ambience. Service could have been swifter. Overall great.

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SF
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Portions tiny,not flavorful and expensive service fine but at price point needs to be far more professional
Caesar salad served in soup bowl. Told tuna sashimi was 5 oz at most 2 oz

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SG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We booked for the crawfish boil and the restaurant ran out of it at noon!

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L
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is good. We enjoy visiting. However, I wish they would buy espresso cups large enough to serve the espresso without the poor servers being unable to serve it without spillage (every time - nothing new). Also this time we did not get saucers with coffee and espressos and the milk was served in an espresso cup. No placements were provided for the dessert. Again - not an issue with the server!

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Our only complaint was that it was so cold from the air conditioning. It was finally turned down.

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AM
New England
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I ate at Legal in Charles square because it was crawfish boil!! My husband comes for New Orleans and he totally enjoyed his crawfish boil!!

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n
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service. Awesome Crawfish. We enjoyed our evening. Looking forward to the Pig roast.

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JB
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Clam Chowder and Oysters Legal. Ambiance is very comfortable

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SB
London
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was OK food. Good if you have a large party that enjoys seafood. Service was very good

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Legal Seafoods has outgrown its excellent beginnings. The food was ordinary at best. We had fried clams at over $30 per serving with a crab dip and buffalo cauliflower appetizers. In truth they were better than the entrees. Perhaps the best thing we had were the sourdough rolls which were very good indeed.

Feel like Legal is working mostly off reputation these days. Which is unfortunate as the restaurant was excellent in its early days.

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TB
New England
51 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The crawfish bisque was excellent but the crawfish boil special was way way too salty - not too spicy, just too salty. The cucumber margarita was excellent.

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OT
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

The annual crab crawfish Excellent

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j
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took the waiter's advice and ordered the special, striped bass with roasted red pepper and arugula on a bed of small potatoes and something else that was tasty, and it was SUPER. My sister and I really enjoyed the dinner en route to the Harvard & Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan performance of The Gondoliers, an equally fantastic event.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We went Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square at 3 PM in the afternoon, and we really enjoyed the tasty dishes and atomosphere without any BGM. Thank you.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Living on their reputation at this point - overpriced and mediocre

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SF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service, fair prices. Meets all my requirements. Had a lovely Sunday dinner with my family. Highly recommend this restaurant. I will return next time I am visiting Cambridge.

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OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic a truly unique experience with these crayfish or crawfish perfectly cooked excellent value

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

$12 for parking

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IA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a great feeling to go to a restaurant to eat where you know that you are getting first quality food. Thank you.

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AL
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experiencie!
Must trie the new England clam chowder soup, the Thai calamari & the legal's signature crab cake combo.

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N
New England
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I am an older woman and I don't appreciate Legal's habit of hiding older patrons. It's quite obvious and it's insulting. If we hadn't had tickets to a performance, we would have left. I noticed we were shunted into a corner with other older women. Mix us in - we like the action.

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JR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is always great, but service not so much. Very busy for a Friday night and staff seemed to be unable to handle it.

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JM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Had to reach out to manager twice because of poor service. Failure to bring proper drinks (alcoholic beverage mis-mixed from instructions and sparkling water not served), ordered appetizer was not served, and couldn’t get assistance when looking for sugar. My salmon was good.

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K
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very unfriendly service. The food was bad - very sour. The shrimps looked like frozen food. The parking was very pricey, even with validation. Will never visit here again.

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CA
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the Restaurant Week. Lunch menu options were great and the tiramisu was my favorite part!

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N
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always consistent quality and service at a reasonable price. Great selection of beer and wine sure to please.

With several locations around town, they are accessible and in great locations.

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ML
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was painstakingly slow. We waited 15 minutes for water and were not given bread. Our server was impolite and checked in infrequently. The food came out quickly and tasted fine. It took far too long to have our order placed. Noisy and bustling atmosphere.

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KD
London
13 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The wait was long before our order was requested. The waiter forgot to bring my friend her tea. She reminded him when he brought the check and he apologized and said he’d get it right away but we were already late so didn’t accept. We had to speak loudly to be heard. The food was great but next time I think we’ll try another place.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, service a bit slow despite the slow afternoon, but cordial

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We usually have excellent service at this location but you were quite busy Saturday night. We were left alone, which is fine, but we had to ask for ketchup twice which we didn't receive until three of us were all done eating and only my son was left with a pile of french fires he could now eat. We also had to ask for rolls twice.

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a
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this Harvard Square location of Legal Seafoods. The atmosphere, service and food - always SPOT ON.

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p
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

My order of swordfish was completely undercooked and had to be sent back. It took a very long time to get the "corrected" piece of fish, which was delicious and properly cooked, by the way. The restaurant was very nice to not charge me for my order of fish which was appreciated. Generally, food at the Legal Seafood in Charles Square (Harvard Square) is usually very good. The staff did make a reasonable effort to correct the problem.

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BL
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the food is very good. The seafood casserole was delicious and full of scallops and lobster. Try the wonton appetizer. 4 large wontons. Very tasty

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DL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a quiet booth. The place was not crowded. The food was absolutely delicious. Very patient waitress.

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TB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good, as expected, but I was very surprised by the very slopping plating. I was entertaining some Japanese guests, and the plates were a mess! My own dish was the lemon sole. which was very tasty, but pieces of fish were dumped on top of a clump of rice, next to a blob of spinach, and capers were strewn across the plate with no attention to where they landed. I have rarely seen a visually more unappealing plate in a quality restaurant. I certainly will not bring Japanese guests again.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great!

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FI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish Legal Sea Foods was in NYC, the food was extremely fresh and delicious. I highly recommend to anyone visiting the Boston area.

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