Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

4.2
2492 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 2492 people are saying
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SRKM
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
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
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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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DR99High
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Background music was louder than my preference and augmented by the nearby toddler’s video device.

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Cracker
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Swordfish was a little dry. Baked haddock was good. Rolls severed were so dry even with butter you could not eat. Service and hostess were outstanding.

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vippolarbear8888
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding manager on duty that look after mishap

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cindyl
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly

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Joycie
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

4.5 stars for the food. Outstanding Lobster. The drinks came out late because they were missing an ingredient. The tables are very close and the chairs when occupied a person can not walk between them. Crab cakes just warm, not hot.
But the waiter was delightful, food timely and the food delicious. My first time there and I would go back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Seafood combo items - scallops and shrimp were too salty

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Preacher
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My table was very close to another table so I could almost partake in their conversation. I didn't receive any breadrolls.
Good service, good recommendations so no fault there.

KA
vipKimberlyA
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bartender!! Great food & service! We always enjoy Legal Seafood!

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vipHalz
New England
61 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This restaurant has changed dramatically since Berkowitz sold the chain. It was poor.
We had a steamed lobster, clam chowder and ciopppino. I have been going to Legal for the last 40 years. This has been the worst. I will not come back nor will I recommend to my friends. The ciopping has less fish, less garlic toast and a very watery soup. Almost tasteless. Not good. The chowder was marginal and again, not what I remember. No mre Legal Seafood.

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RanilW
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fresh, well presented and very tasty.

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DawnD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was fantastic, the staff was great in regards to my son’s allergy, and the food was terrific!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old friends coming to Beantown

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Steamers were smelly.; did not taste fresh. Could not eat the coleslaw; it was slimy. Clam chowder was good. Lobster roll and fried clams were ok.

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ChloeT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The staff and manager are super nice. Wonderful anniversary lunch.

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shakira88
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wish they had the Oysters 🦪 Rockefeller, but my Sangria, Lobster 🦞 Roll & Clam Chowder was great! Service is was excellent! Great, friendly and attentive staff

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IvoH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food was not warm and expensive for such a causal atmosphere
Was thinking it will be a little more elegant

JK
vipJoniK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Went there for dinner after hearing about it several times as a place I had to try while in Boston (Were from Seattle). Being a seafood lover, how could I not take this suggestion?!

We ordered:

clam chowder: It was…a little thinner than I like, but had a decent amount of clams and not too many potatoes. Decent flavor but not the best chowder I’ve ever had.

Surf and turf with scallops: scallops were much smaller than I’m used to but they were tender and well seasoned. The filet, on the other hand, was cooked to the medium rare we ordered it at but had no seasoning, whatsoever. We took the butter packets served with the rolls and added it to the steak and had to ask for salt. The steak was definitely better after that but I left it for my dude to finish. This is saying a lot for me because I couldn’t tell you the last time I had to salt my food at a restaurant, and I go out to eat about 10 times a week (I travel A LOT).

The green bean and fried potato accompaniment were also poorly executed and under seasoned. They also felt very cheap for the high price of the entree (something like $65)

Crab cake - This was actually very good. I order a crab cake at almost every opportunity, so I consider myself a bit of an expert. As we all know, not all crab cakes are created equal, and while I prefer an all lump cake, this one was decently crab forward for one with breading. I could always take more crab though. The little salad accompaniment was delicious and refreshing, as well.

My guy had an old fashioned to drink and wasn’t impressed as they use cheap, chipped ice. This gives more surface space on the ice and will always water the spirits down. He couldn’t taste any of the flavors that make it an old fashioned. He went with a whisky, straight up, after that.

Our server was great. He was knowledgeable about the wine and spirits, had a very pleasant demeanor, was attentive, and was probably the saving grace of the evening, but for the price, there has to be better.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Prices too high for the quality and portions of food. Menu not as good as recall from a couple years ago.

JH
JenniferH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

They need more salt in their dishes.

JA
vipJAD648
Caribbean
76 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good but not exceptional. Portions are very generous. Service was friendly and efficient. Restaurant was mostly empty, but staff chose to sit the few patrons very close together in adjacent tables about 2 feet apart. Good place to eat and good value.

PJ
PatriciaJ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

A disappointing meal at Legal Seafood. We picked this restaurant based on Tripadvisor reviews, but were disappointed in the ambiance and the food. Below average chowder, hard to eat rolls, and lack luster entrees. It may be the "mall" location that didn't meet Legal Seafood's standards, so go to another location if you want to try this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was average but staff nice

OT
OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

The restaurant is very difficult to find inside the mall. Signage and directions to the restaurant are very poor. Then the hostess acted as if I dod not have a reservation. She finally found it. I was stuck back in a corner of a sparsely seated section of the restaurant. It s
Took my sever a very long time to acknowledge me. Then, when my meal was finally delivered, it was delivered before my soup. It then took another 3 requests and 15 minutes to get some salt and pepper. I felt as though I was rushed at the end of my meal. I will never go to a Legel Seafood establishment again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

JC
vipJennC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Out of all legal seafoods I’ve tried in Boston this by far was the worst. Service very slow, food wasn’t as listed on the menu and definitely not as good as other LSF locations.

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HowardL
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The oysters were delicious the clams were plump and juicy and the service was adequate

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Food was bland and tasteless.

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Beth
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our Wedding Anniversary and the food was outstanding. We had a wonderful food server as well.

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AimeeC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent service and very allergy friendly which is critical for our family. Friendly and welcoming and the team works well together to deliver a great meal. Our server took the extra time to make us feel welcome and that we received personalized attention.

JS
JScarangella
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent which I would expect out of a Legal Sea Food. It should be worth mentioning that we were about to be served with the wrong food not once but twice. I don't know if there was a recent layout change but luckily we were full with the food we had already.

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vipjack
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Whatever happened to legal seafood, it's now an over priced food chain.

GM
GeorgeM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Joanna, was absolutely amazing!

The food was great.

I'll be back!

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george61
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It is not what is used to be. It has become just another seafood restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

If I had to use one word to describe my meal it would be Underwhelming.

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Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place is rated 4.2 stars by 2492 OpenTable diners.

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