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Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square

4.4
1169 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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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What 1169 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

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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isobel (New England)
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

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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Cathy (New England)
5.0
Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice experience at the bar with Dan.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0
Dined 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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ClaireWW (New England)
5.0
Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0
Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0
Dined 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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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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SusanM (New England)
5.0
Dined 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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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
Elliot
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(617) 491-9400
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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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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.
Additional
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
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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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