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Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

4.2
1707 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 12pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(617) 266-7775
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dartmouth Street
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Parking details
Our validation will net you savings. Park for $10 for up to 5 hours in the Copley Place Garage.
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Public transit
Copley (Green Line) or Back Bay (Orange Line) “T” stop.
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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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1707 People Are Saying
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4.2  based on recent ratings
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4.3
service
3.9
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3.8
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

If you have food allergies, this is a great place to go

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Delicious meals - crab cake/ grilled fish/ Cajun shrimp- all excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Ordered littlenecks.. took forever to get them and service was okay .. had to ask for bread. Every other legals brings bread right away and never have to wait so long for an appetizer. Not impressed at all.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Everyone at the table enjoyed their meals. I especially liked the crab cake and salad entree, which was delicious and full of flavor. Blackened salmon taco and salmon burger were also big hits. The service was excellent; our server was friendly and attentive to our needs.

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vipRoxieD (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was excellent — as always. The menu changes periodically, but the quality level stays high.

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JeanneL (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Uninspired seafood with unoriginal side dishes. Not a fine dining experience although paid as much. Boiled lobster well, that's about it.

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IbrahimO (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

crispy calamar was not crispy, in fact swimming in oil! grilled salmon was not better than ok. i ll not come again. other legal restaurants i ve tried , are better than this i think

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We had been to the Copley Legal several years ago and decided not to go back because it was mediocre. Over the holidays we met relatives there who had particular dietary needs. It was wonderful - the food was terrific (well cooked, hot, adapted to the needs of our family member), service was good, we were seated at our reservation time, etc. So last weekend we decided to go back with friends. It was back to its old mediocre food again (overcooked, oily vegetables, etc)! It was eatable, but not good - certainly not the quality we would expect from Legal Seafood. We were very disappointed, will not go back again and will not recommend it to others.

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Rushedout (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We were out in Boston for my birthday, and I've always loved legal, but tonight was bad all around. No one came to our table for almost 20 minutes when we first sat down, I don't think any one knew who was supposed to take care of us. So no one brought water, greeted us, etc. we had 3 small, hungry children and normally we go to legal for good food quickly, it didn't feel like that tonight. Also, because of the abnormally warm weather the table/restaurant was uncomfortably warm. My baby was so hot his cheeks were bright red and he was sitting in his tank top onesie. I spent the entire dinner walking him to the front of the restaurant where it was cooler. When we asked someone about the heat, they offered to move us, but we had two kids, three adults and already had our food- that was way too much work. We just wanted to get out at that point. Just a tip for next time- if it's hot in the restaurant turn on the AC even if it is February.

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Melissa (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food. Service was a little slow though . The food is amazing and the portions are large.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service! We had a large group and they were very accommodating.

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NathanV (New England)
1.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

If you've been to any of Legals newer locations and enjoyed them then I wouldn't suggest going to Copley. Stuck in time -not only the decor but also with their food. Mostly fried and not what I have come to expect at all for Legals. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I was skeptical of the location of this restaurant as it was i a mall. However, I found the interior to be intimate and relaxed. Our server was extremely helpful and attentive. The food was great! Lobsters were perfectly steamed and the chowder was fantastic.

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KaliGreece (London)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food. Tasteful seafood and a comfortable place to enjoy it. A must visit in Boston for real seafood!!

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GEMLAM (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Visiting Boston from AZ, we wanted fresh seafood. The lobster we ordered & received was very rubbery. Advised our server but she was uninterested. Thank clams had a “tail” on them that I had never seen before. Very unappetizing to see.

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Nanj (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

My husband had broiled Haddock which was dry and tasteless. I had grilled Mah Mahi which was dry and tasteless. We were very disappointed in the whole meal.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Cousin in Boston for work and wanted to experience true Boston seafood. Waitstaff was very accommodating. Great food, service made for great visit.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
2.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Very mediocre. Not as good as I Remember it from years ago. I wouldn’t go again. Too many other good places to go.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent food and service, as always. We are never disappointed.

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vipmanger123 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

They have moved into a slightly hard-to-find corner of Copley Square Mall from the Prudential Center where they were more central. I have been eating in one of their branches since the original opened in Inman Square. Legal offers reliable, good seafood. Not quite totally cheap and cheerful, but certainly cheerful.

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vipRobinEffie (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We had a nice meal at Legal Seafoods, service was good and the food was excellent. Only complaint was the decor, very dated and it was very bright in the room. We would go back.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

I always enjoy my dining experience at Legal’s Seafood. I appreciate the consistency.

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OpenTable Diner (Naples)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

We've been to a number of Legal restaurants and they were all excellent. Great variety of fish and preparations. Surprisingly good wine list. Food is always excellent, never had a bad preparation of anything.

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vipmelissa (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

Outstanding food and wonderful food, Always a pleasure.

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lockdown (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

Waitress was excellent. Food excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Fish (salmon and cod) had a very bad smell and taste... bread was hard like a rock!! When asked waitress , she said it’s a bad batch but when the manager came we got a better batch. Will not go back.

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vipTony (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

I haven't been to Legal Seafoods since 2013 and it's always been one on my favorite restaurants in Boston. I use to go quite regularly back in the day and never had a bad meal. I was a little nervous, you know how great restaurants can change in the snap of your fingers. Luckily, I was not disappointed this visit. As soon as I entered the establishment, I was greeted by the hostess who was super kind and another sweet woman took me to my table. Everything on the menu looked incredible so it took me a minute to decide. I started off with a cup of their famous Boston Clam Chowder and it tasted even better than I remembered. Full of clams, thick and delicious. Since Legal Seafoods has a shrimp special going, I ordered the Baked Stuffed Shrimp Casserole which is stuffed with crabmeat(!). It took a minute to come, the chef didn't like how the first batch looked so he made a new one. The waiter apologized but I didn't mind at all and it didn't feel that long of a wait. And WOW, I'm glad I waited. So fresh, delicious, flavorful and fresh (wait, did I say fresh?). I enjoyed every bite. Even the side of spinach was simply amazing, whatever they sautéed it with. What a great, satisfying meal and worth every penny. Thank you Legal Seafoods, thank you. Please, don't ever change!

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Brownotter (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

We were a group of six, and I especially appreciated being seated in a curved booth that had a slightly enclosed feel. It was easy to hear conversations across the table, unusual these days of mostly noisy restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

My friend and I had a lovely meal at this restaurant. Our server, Karen, was very attentive and friendly! She showed a great knowledge of the menu and helped us pick cocktails and main courses. We were also impressed at the amount of staff that helped us beyond our main server! The manager and at least two servers stopped by to ask how we were doing and ask if we needed anything else. The view from our window seat was gorgeous and the host stand had no problem seating us, even though we showed up an hour before our reservation. We got an appetizer, two entrees, and two desserts, and each tasted and looked spectacular. My favorite dish was the coffee and chocolate Bon bons!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Sucked has gone terribly downhill only price have gone up

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