About Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City

The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.

For all those who love seafood in Crystal City, the world really can be your oyster. Choose from among the 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish we serve simply prepared, 365 days a year.

In season, our patio seating is a lure for those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.

Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. We’ve received a boatload of accolades including being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.

2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday: 11am - 11pm
Saturday: 12pm - 11pm
Sunday: 12pm - 9pm

Cross Street:
South 23rd Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 415-1200

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Arlington-Crystal-City

Parking Details:
Complimentary 1 hour of parking and $5 per hour thereafter on weekdays from 10am – 6pm as well as complimentary parking on weekends at the adjacent Buchanan Garage via the Clark Street entrance. Present your parking ticket at our restaurant for validation.

Public Transit:
Crystal City (Yellow Line) Metro station.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Monday, December 25, 2017

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Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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4.0

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4.1

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (22)
Good for a Date (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Great for Lunch (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Fun (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Authentic (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Healthy (17)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Hot Spot (10)
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Quick Bite (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Cozy (7)
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Local Ingredients (6)
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Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
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Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Consistent with legal seafood being a good restaurant but food was not oustanding

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

The manager was omnipresent; attentive to the details. He jumped in to introduce a cognac & then exchanged a dessert for one of my guests. If he is not an owner, he acts like one already.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

Service was not particularly attentive, although they were able to give a quiet table for one which I really appreciated.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I always go to LegalSeafood whenever i am in town. That is the best review i can give.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Place was packed on a Wednesday night. They still held our reservation and service was just as spectacular as the food, amazing all around! Try the Boston Cream Pie!

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful friendly, accommodating, and attentive staff with amazing food!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 18, 2017

It was good. Not super but good. Works in a pinch but I’d probably venture somewhere else to try some place different.

Tags: Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was excellent!

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Our Open Table reservation was not in the restaurant system, Hostess was a miserable crank.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Not a bad place but not spectacular. Are there other better seafood restaurants in DC? Absolutely!! We went there out of convenience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I love Legal Seafood. The food is always great and you can predict a great meal. My dessert choice was meh, but otherwise everything was outstanding!

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Got a cocktail appetizers and right away here came the main entree. Couldn't fit in a table for two, so waiter had to shove plates together. Fish was rare inside. Water ? You had to get someone to get you water.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Timely seating for our reservation. Food was fresh and excellent. Especially impressed with our server, Stacey, ask for her! Would recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We haven't been at this location in probably 2 yrs due to a bad experience. But w tried it to see if the service and food has improved. It is better. Service was good and the food well prepared. Much better this time than last. Nothing fancy- Grilled swordfish and stuffed Shrimp and the stuffing was real crabmeat and very good. The wine selection is still basic but good wines. We'll go back again

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The bread was hard and dry
The calamari was horrible oily chewy and crust bad
Trout meh nothing special about the brown rice is tasteless

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Quality preparation and taste and extraordinary service

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Delicious Faroe Isles Salmon, interesting sides, nice rolls and yummy Boston Creme Pie for birthday dessert. Candle with dessert, no singing, very low key. Attentive staff. Perfect evening

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food and service

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Everything fine, but nothing outstanding except the service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Normally we have had good experiences at Legal Seafood...but this time I was highly disappointed. Felt rushed to eat. Wine/appetizer/entrée came one right after the other. We were in and out of the restaurant in 45 minutes

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We always love Legal Seafood—good variety, great quality. Service was excellent, and helped make this an enjoyable “date”.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

as always, great restaurant. The consistency of their food and service is outstanding and we love the gluten free options (the GF bread is to die for - better than anywhere else I've had any)

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Considering that it’s a chain, the food is good, served quickly but not too rushed but it is noisy so it’s not the place for a relaxed conversation.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals
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vip
 (Greensboro)·Dined on November 1, 2017

As usual the crowd was loud, the place was packed, the food was great but the menu is definitely limited.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The menu had many selections of high quality food. Our server was very attentive and offered excellent service. We celebrated my friend's birthday and it was a great day!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great quality food. You can't go wrong with their signature crab cakes that have lots of crab meat. The grilled trout was also a hit. Easy parking in the garage next to the building and the restaurant validates.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Legal is always solid. I've had better experiences @ the locations in Boston, but while this wasn't as great as our dinners @ those locations, it was still very very good. Service was very friendly without being overbearing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I visited the restaurant because my friend was staying at the Hilton right next to it. Making the reservation is highly recommended esp. on a weeknight such as Thursday - at least that was when I visited. The hostess seated us right away and although the tables were kind of close to each other i.e. privacy is something you don't expect from this restaurant, it was fine. The service was fantastic and so was the food. The price was not cheap but you should expect that kind of pricing for a seafood menu. Food was cooked perfectly. Al around, this restaurant is definitely one that I would re-visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Very good place for seafood.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Fine meal, but do not expect to be able to converse during dinner -- noise level is like being in a sports bar after a home team touchdown.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Legal has the best lobster and crabmeat stuffing! My only complaint is that the tables are very close together. The couple next to me were celebrating a birthday. I felt like I was in a ménage à trois because I heard every INTIMATE word. A little more personal space would be nice.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Have been here many times and the food is always excellent. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good meal!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Outstanding food and service; relatives from out of town wanted good seafood and Legal did not disappoint. The waiter was very responsive and attentive. The only downfall was the noise level was very high, making it difficult for our party of 7 to talk with one another. I will return, however; the food is THAT good!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food was good ... service ok too.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent food and service. I had the pecan grouper which was fantastic!

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great tasting food, good service

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Wonderful for gluten free. Lots of options and very knowledgeable staff. Very careful to avoid cross contamination.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great service wonderful food

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Overall I would say that the food and atmosphere were good. Nothing fancy or above expectation but nothing to complain about either.

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