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Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

4.2
1767 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Special Occasion
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 $12 for up to 3 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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate the holiday with us. We'll be serving up our regular menu along with feature items.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1767 People Are Saying
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4.2
service
3.9
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3.8
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 3 days ago

All 3 of us ordered steamers and all 3 got sick??? Server and server in training were great.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Very busy and loud on Saturday evening.
Food tastedwell. Reccomend crab cakes.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

waitress was most friendly, professional and personable and attentive to our needs as we needed to rush to leave for a concert at the end of our meal and we were most appreciative!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

As usual, the food was outstanding, but pricey. Mussels appetizer was delicious, plentiful, and very garlicky. Halibut steak was wonderful. Carrot cake portion size was not too generous.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

A refreshing contrast to our meal in February. Our waitstaff was attentive, skilled, and focused on providing a complete experience for our party. The meal was delicious as expected.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

My waiter Tony was fantastic. He was perfectly attentive and saw that my friend and I were enjoying a leisurely meal and perfectly timed out food. The manager Courtney was lovely as well checking on our food and ensuring that I did not eat anything with gluten as I have an allergy.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Enjoyable, with friendly service, tasty food (though the lobster wasn't the quality 'sweet, tender' flavour have had with lobsters from Nova Scotia). Oysters were delicious! Should have had more!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

I had my post (very wet and chilly) Boston Marathon dinner here. We sat at the bar, the bartenders were excellent. They all work really well together! I’ll be going back for sure.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Everyone was great & worked hard to make our post-Marathon celebration a treat. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Ordered the crab cake combo and it was delicious. Very enjoyable meal.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We went there after the Boston Marathon to celebrate. Dinner was delicious, and everything was great. We were late for our reservation due to an Uber issue and the restaurant was packed, but they were incredibly accommodating and got us seated quickly. Our table also had a very nice view of the city, which was an unexpected plus. Great experience all-around.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Always prompt service, lively atmosphere & great seafood!

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Management must control loud and inappropriate customers! Our experience was interrupted numerous times with diners getting up, loud inappropriate language, frequent outbursts of yelling etc. A disgusting experience! Sometimes the customer is wrong!!!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

One of the best kept secret Legal Seafood locations, the Copley square iteration is usually not too crowded and they have some really nice views of the city. Of course the food lives up to the chain's reputation, which is to say: quite good.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Thanks for our lovely birthday celebration at 79! We loved the bonbons! We’ll return next year for Friday nite of the BAA weekend!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent food in a nice environment.
Would recommend to friends.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I had a business luncheon for 15 people. Although the food experiences varied, the service was unbelievable. Tom was efficient, helpful and had a real "can do" attitude, as did all of the employees we encountered. I wouldn't hesitate to hold another lunch meeting at this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Legal seafood is like Boston's oxygen tent. Where anyone can become a temporary New Englander. Even the fish are friendly! Its wicked awesome.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Grilled haddock fish was very meh. I can prepare fish better. I ended up eating so many rolls as I was hungry and food was not great. We set a reservation and a table was not ready for 15 min. later. Place smells like the 1990’s and toilet paper dispenser didn’t work in bathroom. Do not wish to return.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Every trip to Boston includes a dinner at Legal! Our favorite is the bake stuffed lobster! Amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very good experience

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Read about this place in a travel guide. Total chain. Busy but not good. Thin and weak clam chowder, crab cakes and oysters just ok.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This place deserves every bit of its icon-status reputation. Every bite, from the local oysters to the local lobster who did not give his life in vain, was superb and their recommended Albariño wine pairing was spot on. And the service was exceptional.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Very dissappointed.
Had friends visiting from Alabama.
Server was mediocre.
What has happened to the superb service?
Overpriced and underserved.
Food overpriced.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Service was great. Food was great. Had a hard time finding it because no where online mentions that it is in a mall

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I had to push back my reservation a few times, because the tour we were on was running late. The restaurant had no issues accommodating us and we were seated immediately, even though the restaurant was clearly busy. We had a beautiful view of the sun going down over the south end. Our server, Karen, was super sweet and attentive and was quick to recommend dishes to try and drinks to pair it with. One of our party was not from the area, so this was super helpful. We had two different managers stop by and talk to our table. They were all so lovely. I would definitely come back here again!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Good product (food) though dated interior... seems like the restaurant needs to reinvent itself

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Like any Legal Seafood, the good is amazing. This location is inside a mall so a bit hard to find.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We have not been to legal seafoods for many years and have always raved about how good it was. We promised to return when we next went to Boston. Fast forward to this weekend when I surprised my wife with a weekend in Boston. Top of the list was a visit to legal again. We always remembered the great service with really enthusiastic and charismatic servers who enthused over the food with all the details. Sadly that has all gone. Menu given but no suggestions, no specials no overwhelming passion for the food and great service.
The food when arrived was just mediocre, I guess that’s why they weren’t enthusiastic or passionate about it.
Oh well that is a bubble burst and we will have to find another restaurant we can call great.
Sorry Legal you have changed too much

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We had an outstanding dinner! The seafood is incredibly fresh and tasty. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgable about the menu, energetic and attentive. We had a 7:00 reservation and were seated promptly at 7:00. It is a lively and fun atmosphere and everyone around us seemed to enjoy their experience there as well. We will return for sure the next time we're in Boston!

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3.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Seafood was decent, but extremely overpriced for the quality and taste. Our server was almost rude. We constantly were waiting for her and it wasn’t that busy. My salad was hot - as if it had been under a heat lamp.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Excellent Lobster Bisque and foods are prepared fresh. Excellent service.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I only gave 3 stars because we were handed the daily special menu by waitress but then found out that the cocktail, entree, and dessert we wanted off that menu were all out! I’d rather they didn’t provide us that special menu in that case. Also annoying was fact that up front we were not told of all the unavailable items, so at each juncture of our meal we were again disappointed. Our waitress laughed it off saying it was Sunday!

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Legal Sea Foods is an excellent seafood choice in Boston. I always stop at this restaurant when in town.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Delicious, fresh seafood. Legal is always a safe bet. Prices are a bit high, but that's the nature of seafood. The staff was attentive, the food was excellent, in fact, I tried a fish I'd never had before, skrei. It's a seasonal varienty of cod. Very nice.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The meal met our expectations in most ways: the char was notable and the service quite good. It exceeded our expectations in a couple of ways: the trout presentation was impressive, and the staff managed a food allergy with grace. Vegetarian options are limited, though the Kung Pao tofu bowl filled the need.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Legal Seafoods provides the freshest and best tasting seafood in Boston and at all of their select locations across the country. Their raw bar features the best local shellfish, and you know that it came from the sea within the past 24 hours. It's location on the 2nd floor of Copley Place provides a central Boston location, and one that is easy to drive to and park. It is also easy to get to via public transportation as it sits close to two subway lines. I had the grilled shrimp which was perfectly cooked accompanied by mashed potatoes and the nightly vegetable. They also serve my favorite wine by the glass - Sancerre - which is not frequently available except by the bottle. All in all, an impressive menu and very good service. This is my go to restaurant when in Boston. Thank you to the staff and management at LS for the wonderful dinner!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great service, I love this restaurant! Would highly recommend this location and restaurant to others!

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2.0Dined on March 22, 2018

In a prior review I wrote about the disappointing experience I had on March 17, 2018, at the Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square location. We gave them the benefit of the doubt and decided to try another location, this time at Copley Place.

I tried to play it safer this time and ordered a trout dinner. The food came out looking okay. After consuming about 90% of my fish, my wife wanted to try the trout so I cut her a small piece. Upon tasting it, she said, "This is not trout!" So we looked closer at the fish and realized the flesh was white in color (we were seated in a very dim area near the kitchen so I didn't pay much attention when the food arrived) - all of the trout I've ever eaten had a pinkish hue to the flesh and had a firmer texture. We realized that the fish we were eating was actually closer to tilapia, a very different fish. At this point we only had a small piece of fish left so we didn't bother raising it up with the servers, as I didn't have any proof other than the photo I took at the beginning.

So within a few days, another disappointment and we were 0/2 at Legal Sea Foods. I won't go back next time I visit Boston.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Pretty sure a friend got good poisoning from the clams

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