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.

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4.2
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PM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Very pleasant server.

OT
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good overall. Food was fresh. Service polite and attentive.

JL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good lunchtime meeting place. Usually not busy. Staff nice. Food good but not a great value.

J
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The reason I rated the overall restaurant low is due to the fact the receptionist at the entrance did not give us a round table as requested. There were many round tables empty that remained empty during the night, a Tuesday night. The personnel at the entrance was very unfriendly and did not want to accommodate a customer’s request.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great oysters to start and the buttery lobster roll was beyond delicious!

SH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was absolutely perfect! Best NY Eve dinner me & my finance could have asked for!!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New year eve

JS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I can always count on Legals for a great meal and service. Went for a quick bite early on New Year's eve. Everything was delicious!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I was a little disappointed with the lobster roll. It was not as good as other places in Boston. However, the NE clam chowder was delicious.

M
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Comimos el Haddock,fisherman"s plate y el.arctic char y todo muy bueno, platos de buen tamaño y de acuerdo al precio. De entrada pedimos unos wontons de camarón muy buenos. Muy buen restaurante

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was decent, service was extremely slow (restaurant wasn’t at all crowded/fully staffed) and sloppy. Overall disappointing.

RW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful atmosphere, excellent service, and top quality food. Validated parking much appreciated.

K
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

To be honest the food wasn’t that great. I had the halibut and it was bland. My wife had tuna and it was overcooked. The clam chowder was fantastic as always. My wife and I hadn’t been to Legal is years. We moved to the West Coast and came back to Boston for the holiday. We were excited to come back to legal and were kind of disappointed. Wasn’t horrible. But wasn’t great.

EH
New England
64 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Never had a bad meal at legal.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! Came back in 18 yrs and still awesome! Must have in Boston!

MM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food...always dependable!

IK
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a reservation; the restaurant was probably 60% full at the most. We were seated in probably the worst table in the place (looking into the servers area that leads to the kitchen). It was one of those “what are they thinking” moments. We declined the table and agreed to wait for one near the window - which was a 1 minute wait (but they insisted we walk all the way back to the entrance just turn around and walk back). Weird.

After that horrible start,our server was pretty good and the food was OK. We all ordered clam chowder and our entrees came about 30 seconds after the chowder. Again, weirdly poor timing.

It would take a lot for me to go back. You can only get so far on reputation.

LL
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Really fresh seafood, sides were ok. Service was great.

T
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

probably the best server we had in years, and along the window it was a bit quieter than the noisy legal atmosphere. Excellent food, prepared in a timely manner, didn't feel rushed. Looking forward to returning.

P
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Appetizers never arrived
Poached shrimp entre without shrimp!
More book Chou should be part of dish!
Mushrooms too hard, inedible
Tiny piece of salmon
Wait staff understaffed
Nice response from manager

BL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Dirty bathrooms. Mediocre food. Overpriced

GW
New England
109 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Legal Copley is line a little secret placed tucked away in the corner. It's not usually packed and as a bonus you get the standard Legal fare, which is pretty good!

PM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful server. Good food.

X
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

They didn’t seat us until 20 minutes after our reservation - saying they had other parties show up. What’s the point of a reservation? The bathroom was beyond disgusting , and there was no soap - makes me concerned for food safety. One person in our party of 6 waited 10 minutes for her meal after everyone else was served. Overall service was like going to a Denny’s - not what I would expect from legal . Understand it’s the holidays and maybe the servers are tired , but that’s when people want to go out with their family and have a relaxing time and not be stressed at a restaurant.

KW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In from LOS Angeles visiting family and wanting a good piece of fish!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience and the food was amazing!

m
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Overall good. However I ordered the seafood casserole. It had NO lobster and the 3 scallops were gray! No not seared not burnt gray. And waiter said that was normal. Sorry not normal. Sides were cold and gross - sticky mess and burnt veggies.

LB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We had to wait 30 minutes before anyone took a drink order.
There was a lack of communication between staff & us.
Dinner was delicious but did not make up for poor service.
At end we had to wait 20 minutes for our dessert to be served.
Overall service really was poor. And it was not busy in the restaurant.

RE
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service.... We had the CrabCake, Crab Legs and chowder. All was excellent...

DM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The fried scallops arrived very hot, and were plentiful. My sisters Salmon Rice Bowl was nice and fresh.
I had 1 drink Kahlua and soda which was very tasty( as I had to work later.) The only disappointment was they do not have plain black hot tea. Only flavors, the waiter thought earl grey was plain tea, which clearly it is not. They are very friendly there always

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch was great as I split a meal with my wife and waiter brought meal already spilt making it much easier than doing ourselves.

It was my daughter’s birthday and I had noted a birthday on reservation on APL but restaurant did not acknowledge so I was disappointed .

We eat several times a month at different Legals as it is one of the families favorite restaurant but again just a little disappointed birthday wasn’t acknowledged.

OT
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was great! There were vegan options for our one vegan in the party which is always important. We were seated right away and had pretty nice service- food was out fast.

OM
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I invited a friend to dinner. It was my first time at Legal Sea Foods. The food was really delicious. The staff were friendly and polite. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves seafood.

T
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just terrific! The service the ambiance the food just a wonderful experience

GM
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The male server was poor. Delivered food for two who had to wait about five minutes till other two got theirs. He asked did I want another beer then forgot to bring it. Food was poor and over expensive. Poorest meal I've had in years and in a dingy setting. $260 !!!

F
New England
67 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Legals always pleases. We had a nice table by a big window. Food is superb. Waiter was excellent.

LF
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing at Legal Sea Foods. We loved our waiter, he provided excellent service/attention!

MY
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our server could have had more personality and even a smile. But overall food was good.

PJ
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very tasty, fairly priced and served from an outstanding wait team. What more could you want...

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome huge lobster 😋

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