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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.

20 University Road
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm

Cross Street:
Elliot

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 491-9400

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Cambridge-Charles-Square

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.

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.

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

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

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4.3

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4.4

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4.1

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4.0

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (22)
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Pre/post Theatre (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
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Kid-friendly (7)
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·Dined 6 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 ...

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Seasonal, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice experience at the bar with Dan.

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vip
 (New England)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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

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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Authentic, Healthy, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Spicy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Great Beer, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I had the Fish Chowder and Market Salad - both were delicious, but especially the chowder. It's a favorite! This was a last-minute rather impromptu dinner but we were seated quickly, service was nice, and we enjoyed our meal tremendously.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Very old decor, felt like it was 1975.
Food was bland.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Everything was fine excep music way too loud in a half full restaurant

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Special Thanksgiving dinner was everything we expected.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Bar Seating, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Legal's is reliable yet boring. This location is 5 years past a remodel.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Straightforward menu supported by world-class food. The food choices are classic but the execution is flawless.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Dinner with high school classmates -

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 14, 2017

The seafood was excellent service was very good seating was good we had a booth
The only problem is the lite Chowder would not recommend it to any one please take it off the menu it does not belong it should not be served to anyone it is dishwater

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our server, Roger, was extremely attentive and took great care of us. The food was excellent - typical of Legal Sea Foods but worth mentioning nonetheless - and our experience was great. 5/5.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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?

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 9, 2017

The worst fried clams ever. Very disappointing for being in business all these years.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 2, 2017

As always. Good food. Pleasant staff. Good go to

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 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Oysters were TOO salty and not as fresh as the ones at Henrietta’s Table and Benedetto. Scallops were too well done.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Waiter and ambiance were terrific! We had heard wonderful things about the food and decided to try during our visit to Boston. Food was not very flavorful so disappointing. The crab cakes were yummy but cod and scallop special were boring.

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The decor is a bit tired, but the fish was very good, and so was the service. For the prices, though, the atmosphere should be a little better. Good location, close to Harvard Square.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The shrimp scampi was terrible. The 4 shrimp were overcooked and rubbery and laid in a thick dry bed of broken up Ritz crackers - the crab meat in this "crab meat stuffing" was non existent. for 30 bucks it was a complete rip off.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square is a "must do" every October when we are in town for the Head of the Charles Regatta. The menu offers something for everyone and it is all good. Well-trained servers who provide great suggestions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion
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