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About Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square
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.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
$31 to $50
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Rock the boat at our downstream Terrace Bar in the lower atrium of Charles Square. It’s a popular lure in season, open daily mid-April to mid-October from 11am to 1am, with light fare available from 11am to 11pm.
Our validation will net you savings at two area garages. Park before 5pm for discounted rates and after 5pm for a $11 maximum rate at the adjacent Charles Square Garage. Or park for $12 before 5pm on weekdays and $8 after 5pm on weekdays and weekends at the nearby University Place Garage, 124 Mount Auburn Street.
Harvard Square (Red Line) "T" stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here at Charles Square, our semi private dining rooms can accommodate up to 50 people for special functions.
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Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square Ratings and Reviews
I don't eat fish - allergies - so when I go out with out of towners or fish lovers I usually get the chicken breast. That's not available at lunch, so I got a caesar salad with grilled chicken breast. one of the worst caesar salads I've ever had. The salad seemed to have been dressed the day before. The lettuce was so limp, I couldn't get it on the fork. I should have complained, but I was with a group for a celebration. It should not have been served in that condition.
My husband and I celebrated our 52nd anniversary and we wanted to spend it in the area of our old stopping grounds. We both went to high school together in Cambridge and it brought back a lot of fond memories. Love the location and it was so festive with all the decorations for the
holiday. The food was delicious and they surprised us with a special dessert to celebrated our
anniversary. It will be fun to come back in the summer, when we can eat outside.
This restaurant was going downhill (I even had some bad oysters), however my last experience was very encouraging. Did they get wind of the fact that they risked losing their reputation? It's important to me, because it is one of my neighborhood restaurants, I am a frequent flier, and because my wife has celiac disease and they are very good about this.
As always, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The oysters were fabulous, as was the bay scallops appetizer. Meghan, our service, was attentive without crowding us. Main course fish dishes were very tasty, and the hot pudding chocolate cake dessert was delightful as always.
Very disappointing food. Appetizers were gummy deep fried shrimp and cauliflower. The main course (which unfortunately 3 of 6 at our table ordered) was Mahi-Mahi with "pumpkin puree" or some sort of pale bland squash sauce topped with a huge jolting glob of cranberry sauce. None of us could finish it. I grew up in Boston and always looked forward to meals at Legal Seafoods, but I won't go there again.
Great food, as usual, but a little loud because of a large party with two seating areas and people bouncing about table hopping! They needed a private dining area! For those of us who eat out often, it’s a little pricey! How about two affordable dinner specials every day?
Nice lunch here 2 days in a row. Ordered same dish each day. I guess I'm a creature of habit. Jasmine Special - a shrimp, rice & cheese dish was tasty both days.
The preparations varied slightly when it came to the melted cheese (first day, golden brown and nutty from being under the broiler, I presume; second day, runny and gooey).
Also, on the second day, something got lost in translation and my request for brown rice went unheeded.
Regardless of prep and type of rice, delightful dish.
We have never been disappointed with Legal Seafood. A colleague and I dined there this Friday, en route to the opening night of the Harvard & Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan play PIRATES OF PENZANCE. We had great and plentiful meal (fish) and then attended a spectacular show.
The reservation was easy to make through Open Table, and the restaurant host was expecting our party and seated us directly, even though some of the group hadn't arrived yet. The food was excellent, perfectly cooked vegetables and rice and everything seasoned exactly as one would want. We had 2 appetizers which were delicious, especially the BamBam Cauliflower (I think that was the name!). Spicy enough to have a pleasant zing but not mouth-burning hot. Every entree was raved about, and one guest with allergieswas particularly relieved that there's a nut/allergy manager on site who certified that meal to be nut-free. That brought enormous peace of mind. The only thing I will change when I return will be to request the flame-grilled salmon be cooked well. For my taste, the serving I had was slightly undercooked. Otherwise, I heartily recommend this restaurant and staff. Thank you.
Again I was very disappointed with my meal at legal seafood. I hadn’t been there for months after it I relatively bad experience with poor service and poor food I Decided
to give it aNotherchance. I think that’s the last time I will go to this legal seafood. I have had good experiences at the legal seafood in Chestnuthill
Legal is the premier place for seafood. Their clam chowder is exceptional and the combos give you a taste of the best the ocean has to offer. The quality is worth the price. The Charles Square venue has more of a neighborhood feel and is a great place for solo repasts at the long bar.
We were a group of 15 for a family celebration. They went out of their way to accommodate our size and modify arrangements. The dinner was excellent - best crab cakes I've had since leaving Baltimore. All enjoyed their dinners and the ambiance and casual pace.
Been going to this Legal for many years. Lately it has gotten more and more rundown. Tables and seats worn as to be uncomfortable let alone unsightly.
This last visit, however, was the worst. Took far too long to see a server. At least 10 minutes for a glass of water. My wife's swordfish was baked, not grilled as requested.
Be a real long time if ever that we will be back
Photos of seat and table 😱
Lovely Saturday lunch.
The one unfortunate hiccup: my husband's salmon, which he requested medium-rare, arrived well-done. When the waitress finally returned to the table, he noted this to her. The waitress looked at the salmon, agreed it was overdone and stated she would let the chef know, but never addressed it in any fashion again - e.g. saying the chef regretted overcooking the salmon, sending the manager over, offering complimentary anything (meal, coffee, dessert). On our way out, the host/manager, did inquire how everything was, my husband (who rarely provides feedback on meals), noted a second time that his salmon was overcooked to no particular fanfare. Odd customer service, especially given that we are regulars. We still like the place and the food, but certainly did not walk away feeling as though the guests were the establishment's number one priority.
Three of us enjoyed an early dinner at an outdoor table. The Chef's Choice, fried clams and swordfish were all excellently prepared. Our waitress was personable and attentive. We all found a wine to our liking. We look forward to dining again at Legal Seafood next time we are back in the area.
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