Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City

4.6
1936 reviews
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Seafood
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.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Enjoy a family gathering and leave the cooking to us! We'll be serving our regular menus along with festive features. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Enjoy a family gathering and leave the cooking to us! We'll be serving our regular menus along with festive features. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What 1936 People Are Saying
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CY
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant! We loved our visit and stayed until they closed!! The food was dynamic. I will definitely get the Snapper Salsa Verde and th3 Banana Foster again!! Perfect oprions for kids. We had a child that is allergic to shellfish and they delivered on flavor and consideration!!

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OG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legal has always been a superb experience, and this outing was no different. Staff and food were top notch. Oysters we’re especially delicious!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five star service by our waitress. Food was great

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a
Denver
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great dinner with friends in Crystal City. Very friendly staff and delicious food. I would easily come back for a second visit.

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SX
New England
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Legal Sea Foods in Crystal City is a perfect place to take a friend, date, or colleague who wants a great piece of fish or shellfish dish expertly prepared. The service is very good and the noise level tolerable. The prices are substantial, so save this for a time when you are willing to pay for what you get.

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w
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Without a doubt our favorite Legal Seafoods location. Filet and lobster is always perfect. Service was great.

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MA
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would recommend that they go to another Legal Sea Food. I really didn't like the food and i felt that it was a little pricey.

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LF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server, Halima, made the meal! The food was pretty darn good, too!

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EB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Way too hot inside, and the service has declined. Butbthe food was great as always, and overall it was a pretty posiitive experience.

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CG
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! I ordered the almond crusted salmon which was served on a bed of steamed spinach with mushroom stuffed ravioli. The salmon was prepared perfectly.

The server was friendly and professional.

When visiting DC, I make it a point to have a dinner at Legal Seafood!

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f
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Sea food was not what I expected. Crab dip was not lump as advertised on menu. Fried wontons were too greasy.

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o
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to the one in Boston many years ago. That place was good.
This one in Crystal City is as good as the previous experience.
Food was very good.
Grilled salmon was very juicy and yet not raw.
Cioppino was excellent with lot of tasty ingredients.

The place was not too big. So suggest to make reservations.

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EI
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Richard is awesome!

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KW
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. Place is a little cramped and loud. Just a little surprised at the price of the Oysters. $40 a dozen was a little excessive. Market price was high.

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Being a former Bostonian, I enjoy eating there and feeling like I’m at home each time I visit.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Meredith was great as our waitress! We greatly appreciated her patience and attention to detail!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I won’t go there again.

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v
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant and I am from Boston where Legal Seafood is awesome. Great fresh food, you can choose sides that are healthy. I had grilled scallops, spinach and grilled aspargus. The table ordered rose because its rose season. Fantastic wait staff.

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CD
Savannah
18 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and excellent service. They have a very diverse menu with many offerings.

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JT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! The best meal I have ever had!

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CD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice but the waiter advertised $32.95 fresh seafood portions of 10 ounces (tuna and swordfish) which looked like 6 ounces. The manager came out to tell us that they were in fact 8 ounces and that the waiter was not trained with up to date info... Despite the smallish fish portion sizes for the price, the food was tasty, and the service was responsive. Despite all this, my client questioned the portions which was somewhat embarrassing to me.

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MB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great as always. Meredith gave us fantastic service as she always does.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful customer service. Food was very good. Look forward to my next visit to DC so I can have dinner at Legal Sea Foods again.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Experience was very nice however, tables were to close and noise level was very loud. Great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood and service, will definitely be going back next time in DC.

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AV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Great service!

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BB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and atmosphere were outstanding! I had the special rock fish (striped bass) and it was prepared expertly! The service, provided by Halima was just superb! Peter the GM, Scott and Joe is he managers have really created a wonderful dinning experience! Keep up the great work and team!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They had two large groups that showed up earlier so our table wasn’t ready at the time of our reservation. Other than that, the food (crab cake) and service were great.

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AK
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints. Appetizers and entrees are always top notch!

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SC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My boyfriend and I decided to try Legal seafood for the first time and made a reservation. We were immediately seated upon arrival. The service (food and drinks) arrived quickly. The only complaint would be the fried fish from the seafood platter tasted like it came from a bag. It was nice that the manager came to check on us. Would go back, but probably order something else.

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OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My son and I had a great dinner. The food was excellent and our server was very helpful and attentive.

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E
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch Date

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MB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service as always.

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RW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fried oysters and fried shrimp are always delicious and tastes fresh. Excellent service, too.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and awesome food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Loud atmosphere where it was hard to talk across our table and hear our waiter.

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W
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent hostess (Vanessa) and exceptional server (Stacy) with delicious/well prepared food!

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TS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

I go to Legal Seafoods on a regular basis. A few friends were in town and I took them there for dinner. Long story short, the waitress said to us that “this specific table has a reservtion in about 10 minutes”. In other words we needed to end our conversation and leave. Of course she tells us this after she’s collected bills and TIPS. This restaurant is my spot. I was insulted and embarrassed....in front of my guests. I’m very disappointed that this happened. I know for a fact that there is an amazing staff at Legal Seafoods. This one person needs a refresher course in customer service. The staff has to be consistent across the board.

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RT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was okay, but far too expensive. Our server was also the only bartender. He couldn’t do both well, so our table was neglected.

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