Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

4.3
2468 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Legal Sea Foods began in 1950 as a fish market in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s here that the “Legal” name became synonymous with quality and freshness. In 1968, our first seafood restaurant opened, right next to the fish market. The fish was simply prepared, either broiled or fried, and served on paper plates at communal picnic tables. Despite the low-key trappings, the food was second to none and word quickly spread. This early success led to further expansion and now, six decades later with restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard, the commitment to freshness and quality endures: "If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!”

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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2468 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNickB
New England
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

A bit dingy and dark, very tourist-oriented. Service was poor but expected given July 2021 labor market and it was sunday. Food was decent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reunion yay yay yay

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The dinner was terrible! I’ve been to multiple Legal Seafoods pre-pandemic and they were good. The crab cakes tasted like they got dropped out of a freezer and burned in a fryer. All of the seafood was frozen and dry. The waitress we had was super nice but service overall was slow and sloppy. It’s like an exorbitantly expensive Applebee’s. Don’t go.

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vipKathy
Naples
206 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at Legal Seafood 2 evenings in a row.....from the receptionist through to dessert everything was deliciously lovely. Great Tattinger Brut and IPA Harpoon on draft, yummy clam chowder....the best haddock anywhere, loved the yukon smashed and grilled asparagus as well.....topped it off with the ice cream bon bons.....only regret that we've left the area and can't go back tonight ! Can't forget the rolls....crusty round scrumptiousness. Professional staff, superlative service with a smile.....Can't wait to go back.

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RobinR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent gluten free options!!! Our waiter was fantastic.

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EricNYC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We wanted to sample the city's best seafood but most of the Legal Sea Food outlets were sold out all weekend. Then we found this one in the Copley Place shopping mall that had some openings. It's tucked upstairs between the Coach handbags and the J.Crew sweaters, which could be a little off-putting to serious foodies. But the food is great, and the view is wonderful. But instead of paying the hefty parking fees in the mall or circling the blocks searching for spaces open to non-residents, seriously think about walking here or taking the T to Back Bay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
55 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The Berkowitz’s would be ashamed. The menu is greatly reduced with favorite dishes removed, pollock substituted for cod, and when you try to order coffee after your meal, you’re told they only have espresso (what?). Been going to Legal for over 30 years, but won’t be back. Shockingly disappointing.

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JeffreyS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for my daughter's 15th birthday. The service was great, waitress was very attentive, helpful and friendly. The food was delicious, all 3 kiddos enjoyed their meals as did both my wife and I. Restaurant felt a little bit cold temperature wise, but it was still ok. Would've been nice to have sat closer to the window, but with the weather and temperature outside, was probably better to be sat in a booth. Overall a great experience.
The only negative was not against the restaurant itself, but the building. In parking in the garage downstairs, the elevators were down, which required walking up the parking garage ramp and through some of the mall to find the restaurant (not marked on any of the fixed signs until you got close). In calling the restaurant to get further guidance on how to get to the restaurant through this route, I was on hold for a while. It would be good if there was some instructions available to help guide guests up in the event of elevator failure. Other than this, it was a good experience where everyone was happy with their meal. And the prices felt very on point for the quality and portion size of the food.
Also, don't forget to bring your parking slip up and asking about validating parking. With the validation the parking was only $10 for parking right under the restaurant. Really good deal for Boston parking in a garage.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Menu was very disappointing. No fresh fish or even a fish selection. Would have expected a better seafood menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!!! Try the crabcake, the warm lobster roll with melted butter, and/or grilled haddock. If you like sweet, bubbly drinks, try their Moscato D'Asti.

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JosefinaM
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

It had no ambiance, the salad was overdressed and the crab cake was sort of cold.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and wait staff was very friendly

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DoctorV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Excessive air conditioning, loud contemporary background music, insufficient staff, lukewarm chowder and food. Poor value given the conditions. Tabletops in poor condition (finish), should have tablecloths. Hostesses show overworked attitude.

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vipfoodie
New England
13 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

As always, great seafood.
The stuffed baked lobster is the BEST in Boston
(Bring back the lobster picks please).

Only one comment: Sticky tables - apparently from the use of
disinfectant. Please put on a paper tablecloth,
the old placemats or redo the surface please.
This should not be part of the conversation - this restaurant is too wonderful.
Thanks,

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vipSst724
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Brought friends from out of town. Knew it would be great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect 👍🏽

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vipMomsith
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Was visiting my son in Boston. Went for dinner.

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vipVdayvenue
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Great gluten free options. Excellent service.

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JimH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience1

Sticky tables (varnish warn off due to COVID).

Perhaps this is more a shell fish place. Seemed to be a nothing more than a marginal step above Red Lobster.

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Siobanny
New England
15 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Had salmon, asparagus, and broccoli with cheese. Entire meal was greasy and less than mediocre. Server was lovely and attentive. Not worth the money.

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vipJaimel
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The place needs an update .. despite being in a very fancy mall it looks rundown. The food was just ok , service was very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Nothing like what Legal use to be. Felt like we were at a cafeteria. Everything was mediocre at best.

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ColinC
Denver
22 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time eating at Legal Seafoods in three days. I was delighted with this restaurant

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ColinC
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and food was excellent! We will return soon.

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MariaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Despedida de una hija al campamento

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Jasonp
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Great food, waitress was very nice. Manager was grumpy and not friendly, got an attitude with a waitress in front of us

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DeirdreH
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had the best server. I have some dietary restrictions and she was very helpful. My salmon was delicious. My mother enjoyed the crab cake plate. This was our first night in Boston and we started with the right restaurant. It was recommended by our hotel. Didn’t disappoint.

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Kate
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Boston Cream Pie was an incredible end to a wonderful meal. They did it a great job helping my youngest put a small seafood meal together, it made her night!

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JimW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Excellent seafood. The clam chowder is an award winner, for sure. But this Legal Seafood is located in Copley Mall, which has a lot of vacant stores, and is depressing to walk through in order to get to the restaurant.

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was fine, server was great, not much of an atmosphere.

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vip2ndbreakfast
New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well-prepared seafood, and very good at accommodating a shellfish allergy

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ArtS
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood was very tasty, hot and arrived guickly. The waitress was very helpful, responsive and we were able to substitute some meal sides to stay within our diet. Overall, a very good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, not too salty. I ordered crap cake and it was fresh and great. Looking forward visiting here again!

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SarahY
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great, and people were kind. Recommended.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent haddock and scallops. Loved the gluten free calamari and ribs.

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ChrisM
Seattle
26 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location within the Copley Place mall. Very convenient to the shops and hotels in the area. Always love bringing visitors here. Clam Chowder is my all time favorite.

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing we had soft shell crabs one of our favorite we would definitely go back!

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vipcocoarmy
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Cioppino was good although I would like if it had a little more spice to it. The Boston Cream Pie was fresh but had an unexpected wash of coffee which made it a bit like a tiramisu. But good nevertheless.

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vipCK1991
New England
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends from CA in for a couple of days and what better place to bring them to for New England clam chowder and lobster rolls!
The soft shell crabs were great too!

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vipMikeS
New England
186 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service always excellent. A Go-to place for us for a great meal.

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You can order delivery directly from Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place using the Order Online button. Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 266-7775.

Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place is rated 4.3 stars by 2468 OpenTable diners.

Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.legalseafoods.com/category/gift-cards.

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