Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

4.2
2501 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2501 people are saying
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AshleyB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very very very good. ty for the service! kids loved it. allergies more than accommodated

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RobertT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was chowder day, a bowl of chowder only 2 bucks. That went well with fried clams.

JH
vipJohnH
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way!

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GeorgeD
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service. Amazing, fresh Oysters.
The baked Haddock was incredible.

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beths
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress
Food was bountiful
Took home leftovers

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vipCharlie
New England
58 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal: started with a dozen oysters, half Pemaquid and half Wellfleet. We really enjoyed the large, flavorful oysters. Then we each had Clam Chowder, which we have enjoyed many times before, and it was still as good. My wife had Cioppino, and I had a grilled Swordfish. The Cioppino was outstanding. I was a bit taken aback by the music playing, but it wasn't too loud, so that was OK.

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Diner1
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was great but food was mediocre. Scallops were over cooked, coleslaw was not edible. Overall food was a disappointment. Not sure we’d go back.

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BobR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great New Year’s Eve dinner with friends

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent

KW
KellyW
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Not understanding of or receptive to any dietary required accommodations.

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vipChicago11
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Short staffed but great place! The bartender and one waitress did the best they could.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Christmas Eve

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vipfoodnerd
New England
95 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Host nicely accommodated our request for a table far from any others. Service was excellent and as usual, meals were served in a timely manner and excellently prepared

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vipFredSmith
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We have been away from Boston for almost 4 years and we could see that Legal has changed in some ways in our absence, which is to be expected - particularly with new ownership. The biggest change is addition of beef to the menu as well as fewer fish dishes. The old standbys we had were just as tasty as we remembered them.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We usually have a great experience at Legal but this time quality of food was sub par. Lobster Mac and cheese was inedible and $46!! Lobster roll was not good quality either. Very disappointing. Will not head back there anymore. Too expensive for risking poor quality.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Good food, crab cake was very small, but the ciopino was excellent, the service was excellent. The restaurant seems a bit 'worn', perhaps a renovation is overdue.

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NancyR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated right away , good food and service

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catherinem
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Service was good but the food was just ok. Fish was dry and overcooked and didn't taste that fresh but the vegetables were barely cooked.

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vipWaylandmom
New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Always pleasant. Great food and great service.

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KateH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best clam chowder in Boston! We went for dinner on our first night in Boston, and everything was so good that we went back again for lunch (at a different location) the next day.

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vipPhillyFilly
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Copley is a wonderful location, with a beautiful interior and a wall of windows letting in lots of light. Always a great waitstaff. Enjoyed the clam chowder and a selection of fresh oysters.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a good choice for fresh seafood.
Lots of gluten-free options as well.
Everything came out quickly and hot.
Good sized calamari appetizer potions.

LM
vipLoveMaine21
New England
72 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite restaurant for reliable fish. Fresh always; prompt service. So good. Miss the sides of yesteryear, but oh well..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining here and our server Christian was fantastic. Our drinks and food came out quickly. We will definitely be back when we are in Boston!

JP
JedP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We usually find LSF consistent. However, we were not real pleased with tonight. The scallops were really small and overcooked. We also had the mahi mahi which I thought was overcooked as well. I know restaurants are struggling right now, so I give them a bit of a pass, but we were just not very satisfied.

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vipLovefood1
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Awful. Food covered in butter, appetizers over cooked, service was weak

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Be careful with the clients specifications.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent as usual!

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vipMikeS
New England
191 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

lobster bisque; mahi done the chef's way with curry and jasmine rice. All very good!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good

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Orlando
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good place for everyday dinner or special occasions. Very good and knowledgeable with food allergies; highly recommended for those with celiac.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

It was my boyfriends birthday and our waiter was somewhat cheerful. You could tell he did not want to be there. The food was not appealing .Same food. Should change the menu up.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious per usual!

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Carol
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The rolls were stale, which was disappointing because they're a signature item.
The green bean side dish was delish & interesting.

The Christmas Carols vocals were really bad. Background music is one thing, constant lyrics insisting you listen instead of leaving you to enjoy your companion's conversation is annoying & intrusive.

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SRKM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very friendly service with great food. Continues to have one of the best clam chowders in town!

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Brownize
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was no wait when we arrived, our reservations were good. Great table with a good view of the city.
Outstanding young waitress who took care of us like family.

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DavidA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well as you can expect less for more! Clearly the Berkowitz don’t own this New England treasure any more. 1/2 full bucket of steamers for $20. The used to be full. No mixed seafood grill either which was awesome! Still really good seafood, not running back there any time soon. Bummed!

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BarbaraB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Quality seafood with excellent service and a nice view of Back Bay Boston.
It is in a high end mall though and butter could be used more judiciously with Marthas Vineyard bay scallops.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our waiter was awesome

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice, fresh seafood as usual. I had cioppino, which had delicious calamari, shrimp, scallops, mussels, clams and a chunk of cod in a well seasoned tomato broth. Only disappointment was the lobster claw on top, which had been over cooked to the point where the flesh was mushy. First time I recall not eating all of the lobster I’m served. Despite that, the cioppino was great- I wouldn’t expect lobster in it anyhow. Paired well with a nice Sancerre; pricy by the glass, but that’s become the norm. Service was so-so. Our server was clearly overworked- often the case in restaurants these days. I’ll always go back to Legal.

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Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place is rated 4.2 stars by 2501 OpenTable diners.

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