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About Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place
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.
Boston, MA 02116
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 12pm - 10pm
$31 to $50
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Our validation will net you savings. Park for $10 for up to 5 hours in the Copley Place Garage.
Copley (Green Line) or Back Bay (Orange Line) “T” stop.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. Here at Copley Place, our three private dining rooms can accommodate from 20 to 75 people for a sit down dinner and up to 100 guests for a cocktail reception.
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Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place Ratings and Reviews
We chose Legal because of their fantastic allergy awareness. We have a list of anaphylactic allergies that we need to be able to trust the restaurant to provide a safe meal. It is why we return again and again when we are in Boston. We have been to 3 different ones in the city and all have handled our needs exceptionally.
As an occasional visitor to Boston I've been trying to make it to Legal for about 15 years, and finally succeeded this trip. In a city known for its seafood, Legal is the archetype, with a fabulous range of chowders, white fish, lobsters and more. Portions are generous and the fish is beautifully cooked. We especially enjoyed the grey sold and the seafood casserole.
My wife's fish was raw. Waitress never brought items such as lemon for fish or rolls and butter when requested. We go to Legal quite frequently in Dedham with much better results. This trip in town to visit a college friend who was staying for a convention was quite disappointing. Asked for a booth. Received one in a walkway near the kitchen. I have been going to Legal for nearly forty years, and cannot believe how bad this experience was at Copley. Did the Berkowitz family sell the company or did Roger put his brother back in charge? There must be a logical explanation other than a tough night for my waitress because other people at the convention who went to the restaurant last night were also surprised at the food quality when we got together for drinks afterwards at the hotel.
Food was beautifully presented. I had the salmon over spinach with mushroom ravioli. Very, very good. My husband had the chipinio. He loved it! Said it was the best meal he's had while in Boston. The only bothersome thing was I felt like the waitress was trying to rush us. We were in no hurry, wanted to enjoy a cocktail before ordering. Otherwise, truly enjoyed our meals and would highly recommend eating here.
Because of a conference downtown, I ate at this restaurant three times in three days and I loved each meal. The service is excellent, the food is fresh and delicious, the atmosphere is very pleasant for either getting together with friends or, as in my case, a business meal. I would happily eat their daily!
We wished we lived in Boston to come here often. Stopped in two evenings in a row and ordered different items each time. None disappointed. Superb chowder. If you’re there for the first time, order the plate with three kinds of grilled fish, shrimp, scallops and two sides.
My friend ordered the Alaskan King Crabs legs for $46.00. It came with one leg and several claws. She asked if she could get just the legs, as it was a very expensive meal, and she greatly preferred the taste of leg meat. It was also advertised as being "King Crab legs". The waitress was unable to get it switched out, so we asked for a manager. The manager also refused to do anything. We were almost finished eating at this point, but we asked them for a different entree, which came after the other two at the table had already finished eating. As compared to other Legal Seafood locations, I felt this one was loud, crowded, and that for all the money they make, and for how much they charged for the meal, they could have accommodated this request.
Unfortunately almost everything that could go wrong, did.Sat night dinner reservation for 6:15. Main courses not served until 7:40, in part because starter-bisque came after runners tried to deliver dinners. Starter salad served with walnuts (never asked re nuts and waitperson did not ask about allergies.)Asked if salad could come back quickly w/out nuts. They assured that it would, but it did not. Long wait for nutfree salad.
Our table declined entrees prepared without receiving starters first (A companion wanted to enjoy hot bisque, then hot lobster, imagine that).
Shortly thereafter a manager came to inform they were keeping our meals warm and would we accept them now if they gave us a discount on meal. Quid Pro Quo? Really? How about getting the order right or speedily recovering rather than asking us to take a discount and shut up?
It became clear that our party would not receive our food in time to enjoy the meal and make 8 PM Theater.
When the four fresh entrees finally did arrive, 20 minutes before the curtain at Theater a) the person who wanted baked stuffed lobster after bisque never received the implements with which one eats lobster. Given time constraints, he dug in without the ‘cracker’ for lobster claws - a mess on his shirt, diminishing any remaining chance of enjoying this meal.
b) Surprise! A member of our party received the ‘rice bowl’ having ordered, as offered, w/salmon (rare), but instead was served tuna sashimi rather than salmon & no rice (a RICE BOWL)?
Mgr. not taking responsibility (write off the whole table as loss,
but what about our experience) & had no words when observed tuna, not salmon w/out rice. Mgr did take cost of rice entree off bill, then only $25 off for inconvenience. A gift certificate for the cost of the meal with a sincere invitation to come back another time and give them a chance to redeem themselves would have been more satisfying.
Most members of our party had to leave without finishing. A disaster.
We dined at Legal two nights in a row this weekend, as we were at the Westin for a conference. The restaurant was crowded both evenings -- Friday and Saturday nights -- but we were able to make an Open Table reservation within hours of our arrival. Not only was the fish typically perfect in its preparation, but the staff was charming and attentive without hovering, and the noise level was such that we could actually talk. Legal has always been a favorite, but rose on our list of reliable go-to's for any occasion. We had the grilled medley and salmon the first night, and lobster bisque / grilled shrimp the second. The chocolate molten cake was spectacular.
Wife and I met friends from out of town for dinner. Have dined frequently at various Legal Seafood locations including the original in Inman Square in Cambridge.
Table was ready on time, service was prompt and attentive. Food was great, the only issue was suddenly the place got very cold, to the point where both women had to put their coats on! Apparently someone had complained it was too warm and the staff turned on the air conditioning!
We arrived 20 minutes prior to our reservation and were seated immediately. Our waiter was attentive and very helpful with my wife's dietary restrictions. The manager brought my wife's food to her, stating that the Chef had validated that the restrictions were adhered to. The food was very tasty and cooked to order. The portions were quite sufficient, and in fact we had to take some home. The wine list had a decent selection, and the bottle prices were decent for a restaurant. Overall, it was a very good dining experience.
Legal Seafood is a restaurant chain that has consistently good food and isn't exorbitantly priced but it's also not cheap. At this particular location (Copley Place) the service was outstanding. It is unlikely that you could go to any location of of Legal Seafood and have a "quiet conversation" as the noise level is nearly always high.
Went with son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren aged 1 and 3. Had to ask twice for bread for kids. Took forever for appetizers to arrive, and main courses hit the table before we were 1/2 done with appetizers. We're not offered refills on beer - had to ask. Waitperson was in the weeds and never got out. Won't return to this location - have been a LS customer for 20 years. Too bad
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