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Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square

4.5
1195 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Good for Groups
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
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Phone number
(617) 491-9400
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Elliot
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Parking details
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.
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Public transit
Harvard Square (Red Line) "T" stop.
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Entertainment
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.
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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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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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate the holiday with us. We'll be serving up our regular menu along with feature items.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1195 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

While this Legal Sea Foods location has the same great food and service as the others, it's basically the experience eating in a small bar at a table next to the bar. I didn't like the ambiance as well. The good food and service saved it from being a disaster, but I wouldn't go back to this location. I know a better bar with similar tables a block away with food at 1/5 this price where the food is almost as good.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We had a nice dinner with my out-of-town niece. No problem accommodating a Celiac-friendly meal .. they even offered her gluten-free rolls, which was an unexpected surprise. The only vegetarian option on the menu was too spicy, but our vegetarian was able to put together a nice meal of kale, rice, and tofu. It is a bit surprising that they no longer have a true veggie option, just a substitution of tofu in a spicy kung pao dish.
Our server was great and we were well cared for.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The supposedly sashimi grade tuna was tough and not very flavorful. The Calamari appetizer was ordinary and boring. The signature clam chowder was meh. A disappointing outing. Would not recommend until fixed .

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

There was a problem with my husband's main course but the waitress and the manager both dealt with it very professionally and deducted the cost from the bill. We appreciated their attention. The rest of the meal was excellent so no complaints, things happen sometimes. We would visit again. Decent priced parking, validated, very close by.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

As usual - great food, great service, good drinks! If anything portions too large! Always a good choice - always consistent.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

My daughter was home visiting from London and wanted good fresh seafood. You did not disappoint. We had a wonderful lunch and visit. Thanks so much for the great service and hospitality.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We love this place. It is close to the Regatta Bar, the American Rep theater, and the Louis Aggaziz theater where we watch Gilbert & Sullivan (Harvard & Radcliffe) twice a year. I always have the cod, with a bottle of Muscadet. Great meal, friendly and prompt service.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Upon our arrival in Boston, we went straight to Legal Sea Foods for dinner, given the various strong recommendations online and in guide books. We even made sure to arrive early, at 4 pm, to avoid any lineups. This was our first time eating at Legal Sea Foods.

It was a cold windy day in Boston so we eagerly anticipated the meal. We ordered the lobster bisque, clam chowder, fisherman's platter and the crabcake dinner.

The eating of the meal was okay, but the aftermath was not enjoyable. It was a meal that left us severely parched for hours. I believe this was due to the vast quantity of sodium we ingested (we suspect the crabcake was the prime culprit). In the 3-4 hours following our dinner, we must have downed more than 3L of water. We just kept chugging water bottles at a time. I have never been that thirsty following a meal, ever!

I would rate this experience much higher otherwise.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We drove here for the crawfish dinner. The food was delicious and the service was great. We really enjoyed it!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Always reliably good food. We like the raw bar appetizer, the crab cakes, and the ice cream bon bons for dessert. One of our favorite spots!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Perfect as usual but the wine is getting too pricey.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Lump crab cake with seasonal salad was terrific (as appetizer)!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Reliably wonderful food here - in an environment conducive to good conversation. Helpful and knowledgeable waiters. It's why I'm a regular!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

A bit noisy until the restaurant cleared out.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We have been visiting Legals at many of its locations for decades and we have never had a bad experience. This visit was no exception.
We were cordially greeted and sat at a booth near the front of the restaurant. The ambiance and noise level were what we expected for a Saturday night. That said, Legals is not cozy, nor is it necessarily conducive to quiet conversation.
Our server was great - professional, friendly and attentive. She took our orders promptly and met all of our demands cheerfully. Staff bussing food to the tables could have been better - we received our calamari appetizer without plates or a serving utensil. We also had wanted warmed marinara, which was nowhere to be found. Our server rectified the issue.
The food was great - my son and I had filets, which were perfectly prepared and some of the best meat we have ever had. My wife's haddock was spicy and delicious. Sides were copious and tasty.
The wine list has some very nice selections available and the cocktails were fantastic. Prices were average, not excessive.
We had to forgo dessert because the main courses were so filling.
Overall, our experience was very good. I think had it been a little quieter and had the food been bussed better, our experience would have been excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Went to celebrate a birthday and had a great meal! Our waiter (Roger) had perfect timing!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Very reliable. Hard to imagine better crab cakes anywhere. The tuna sashimi app was delicious as always.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Marissa gave us friendly, thorough service without hovering. Dinner was well cooked and we weren't rushed out when we wanted to linger over our drinks. A nice upscale/casual dining spot.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Why did they take away the baked potato as a side?? Please bring it back ASAP.

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3.0Dined on February 11, 2018

I have appreciated LSF for over 50 years but I was VERY disappointed this last time for it has AGAIN removed the baked potato from the menu of sides. PLEASE put it back on.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I've been a patron of Legal Sea Foods for years, and it rarely disappoints! I was celebrating a 15 year work anniversary and wanted to celebrate (and spend my bonus) on your amazing oysters and lobster roll. It was exactly what I wanted. Also, the tuna entree that my husband ordered was phenomenal and the cocktail we ordered was perfect. We also had an exceptional server. All around a perfect dining experience.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The grilled Haddock was extraordinary. As always the seafood was topnotch

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Everything was great. Food excellent.
Our server Hannah was excellent-upbeat, helpful, efficient and she knew the menu very well.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Wait staff, Simon, was as fun as ever. He waited on the same group of women last July and charmed everyone. We were looking forward to being served by him again. Kudos.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

My halibut steak was cooked to perfection. Salad was quite good.

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

Legal Sea Foods consistently features the highest-quality fresh sea food, deliciously prepared, with generous portion sizes and excellent side dishes. A long-time New Yorker, since all New York State restaurants were closed, I will go out of my way to get to a Legal Sea Foods whenever I can! Hands-down, superior to NYC fish specialty restaurants ...

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2018

The food is fine. Too salty for me, and too much butter for my medical diet (you can ask them to leave it out but they use it in odd ways, like for cooking fish, which I didn't think to ask the chef to avoid), but the fish is never overcooked and there are several vegetable and salad side dishes. Also the noise level is good--a rare blessing. I go out to eat with people in large part so we can talk, and few places are left where that's easily possible.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

We had a pre-theater meal at Legal, the night before the cyclone bomb hit Boston. Our fish dinners were delicious. We told our server that our 50th wedding anniversary was coming soon. We were surprised by a delicious dessert, photo below.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Nice experience at the bar with Dan.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

I think this is my favorite Legals. Food is always great, and the atmosphere is more pleasing than many other Legals.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Legal is a consistent, superb restaurant group, high marks in all categories, all locations. The food is consistently superb. Legal Seafood in Charles Square is an excellent value also because of the discounted parking.

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3.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Food here very disappointing, same dishes last year were better. would not reutrn

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Legal is our go-to restaurant when we go to Revels. We can count on good menu choices, quick service and well-prepared food.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Day dinner was outstanding. Food and service were fantastic. We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

Legal Seafood at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge is our favorite Legal location. It is intimate and a good spot for people watching. We enjoyed going here on Christmas Day. Busy enough, but not too busy. Always good quality, pleasant atmosphere and service. Pricey enough for us to be a special occasion restaurant.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Xmas Eve dinner for my wife and me, at this very familiar favorite restaurant. All very nice -- very good wines by the glass; very good entrees; good service, if slightly slow; decent value. The only slight problem was that our food wasn't as hot as it should have been. My fish filet and most of my wife's combo plate were decently warm, while the shrimp on her plate was hot. Apparently the plates waited for the last component to cook. The place was very busy when we arrived, maybe that had something to do with it.

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Very nice people. We had to change our reservation twice. No problem.

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3.0Dined on December 17, 2017

We've dined at Legals for many years but I have to report the quality has dropped, we were disappointed with both the food and the service. Servers were very polite but some of our orders were missed and took a long time to come. More problematically, the food wasn't at the level that we've been accustomed to. One of our party simply had to send their food back and no one reported anything better than OK for their entrees. Given the creeping prices, we probably won't be back, at least to this particular restaurant.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

We have been to a couple of other legal Seafood Restaurants, and are usually not disappointed. We happened to be in the Cambridge area and found out that there was a Legal nearby. What a find. This place is wonderful. The General Manager (John) said that most of the staff have been there for a while, and I can see why. I have a gluten allergy, and this is the first time I was able to have the seafood casserole anywhere. Our server was Dexter. He was both courteous and professional. We will definitely be back to this gem of an eating establishment!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent seafood with a very nice atmosphere! We had the perfect waiter.....Roger!

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