Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

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Seafood
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
We know shopping induces hunger. Our restaurant is located on the upper level of Copley Place, with direct indoor access to both the Westin and Marriott hotels as well as to the Prudential Center. Panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Boston’s historic South End.

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

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 2162 People Are Saying
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AW
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent food, as always. Was able to adjust my reservation easilyas traffic was tough & were late. Server forgot to bring warm rolls & butter. Got us in & out in time for opening note of Boston Pops

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Denver
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. Relaxed yet delicious

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VB
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was good - our first meal in Boston and we enjoyed it very much.

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CL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I feel like Legal has gone downhill. There were far too many items on the menu that were "market price". When we asked what the prices were, the waitress seemed unsure and said "around $...." My swordfish was mediocre. The Asian sauce was bland. My husband liked his fried clams. The waitress couldn't tell him how much was in the serving, though, before he ordered. It's located inside the Copley Mall. We had a terrible time locating it since there were no signs until we were actually on the second floor of the mall. Even people at the Marriot on the first floor were unsure. All in all, I found it just fair and would not go back. There are plenty of other seafood restaurants in the area that are far better.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the seafood, flounder, scallops and stuffed shrimp. The sides were delicious and portions generous but not excessive. The place was empty on a Monday night st 5:30 but picked up later

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New England
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very helpful with our appetizer and dinner selections.

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RM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always !! I have known Legal since the seventies and it has been always a great experience to dine there !! The lobsters perfect, the cherrystones superb !!! Just great !!

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LF
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was excellent, but the service was almost nonexistent.

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Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops and fresh oysters were some of the best I have had dining out. Very fresh and wonderful taste.

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DG
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Want to emphasize that our server was great. However, the lobster and ciopinno where anything but great. Would not recommend, I expected better as I've eaten at other Legal restaurants before

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Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location is great for all the hotels in the area. It is a mall location but you wouldn't know it as the windows look out over a green space. Food was terrific, service great and nice ambience. Something different is that they offer wine flights to try 3 different wines (red or white) from Italy or US.

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New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We have been eating at Legal Seafood for many years. Honestly, we think the food has gone downhill from what it used to be. Very average.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Convenient, especially if anywhere near Copley. I grew up dining often at Legal's in Cambridge near Inman Square. Every single dish was scrumptious and the servings were appropriately generous, particulalrly its fried clams, salmon, and baked scrod. In recent years, however, the food I have ordered or tasted seems to have lost some of its appeal -- at least according to my taste buds.

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday for a family member

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JO
New England
23 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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KH
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The lobster is just so so, I highly recommend the New England clam chowder and the signature crab cake cambo. We've order too much as we're first to the restaurant, but I think the waitrees should remind us.

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Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Was good but not espetacular

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Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service!! The restaurant was dirty looking as was some of the utensils. Would definitely go again!

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C
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was great but food was just mediocre.

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JH
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is consistently good, although Legal Sea Food restaurants I generally find too loud, the interriors seem to have little in the way of sound absorbing materials. Talking with friends and familiy who have hearing problems is consistently problematic. They will turn down music upon request (at least when I’ve asked).

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TS
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was excited to go here because of the reviews. I was very disappointed in the food it wasn't the worst but it was just mediocre.I have definitely had much better seafood at cheaper places in North Carolina and also now in Boston. I think it is definitely not worth the price to go here it's very loud and food was just so-so to have walked out paying over $100 for two people.

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H
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu selection. Service was wonderful. Our server was very friendly. She knew the menu. Was able to answer every question. Food was outstanding. Noise level was just right. We were able to hear each other talk. The layout and decor was very nice.

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SM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey but the food and service was stellar.

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MO
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Melanie the bartender was awesome! The hosts were great as well! My salad was fantastic! Will be back for sure!!

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JF
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious. I first ordered the "Lite" Clam Chowder - and very much appreciate that the server let me know that it is not as creamy as the usual - so I went ahead and took the calorie hit

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were in Boston 4 nights and ate at Legal every night! We love fresh seafood and can't get it in New Mexico!

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LS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Cindy, did a great job! She was very attentive and always checked to see how we
were doing.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good.

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b
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Service and location was good. Food was some of the most bland I’ve had. Some of the dishes didn’t even have salt. I got the salmon, which came with rice and steamed broccoli. I could’ve made the same dish at home for half the price and probably more flavor

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Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Made reservation for 2 for a special meal and we were seated at a table for 4 in far back of restaurant with difficult access due to desire to cram as many seats as possible in area. Very disappointed in ambiance. Server inattentive. My husband loved his oysters but main dish was a special and very disappointed in preparation which was overdone grilled king salmon. My char was cooked properly.
In whole an expensive meal that was mediocre at best

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c
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a very nice evening out with people we met for the first time. The hostess accommodated our request for a quieter spot. We had plenty of room and it was less noisy. The food was very good. The service was good but the waitress could have come around more often. The Copley location is great because you can walk around inside and over to the Prudential shops as well.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food not as fresh as they used to be. Service was ok but forgot my beer and spoon.

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AC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were taken to our table immediately after arriving. Staff was courteous and friendly (no hovering or to many interruptions). The food/drinks came in a timely fashion. My guests and I were pleased with the food. Will be returning.

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BW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Great service. Too much butter sauce but delicious.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Since Legal closed one of two locations in the Prudential-Copley Mall, the remaining (smaller) location has been swamped. I only eat there once per week with a dear friend. The bill only amounted to $80-$100 but now its gone up to an average of $125. We do not drink alcohol We never order more than 6 oysters between us (at $3.50 each for Wellfleets, the cost of a dozen is more than the roundtrip bus fare to Wellfleet!). Last week I found a new entree: steamed salmon and shrimp with rice noodles for < $20! Its fantastic. The lemon grass and ginger broth proves that the chef at this legal really can put out a world-class entree (who knew that Legal’s fish would ever escape the Fry-o-later). So for our $6,500 annual cost we could not get a window seat when so requested 12 hr in advance. “Too busy to deal with that.”

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RM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food, very accommodating to our group with a toddler, will always come back when in town.

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New England
28 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Classic new England clam chowder on point.

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SF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband's seared tuna steak was cooked well done, but it tasted good, so he didn't ask to have it remade.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friend's home. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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