Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City

4.6
1907 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.
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AK
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Never disappoints. Appetizers and entrees are always top notch!

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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MW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch Date

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

Very nice evening out. Only draw back was the parking.

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

In town for a meeting. Group went to Legal Seafoods two nights in a row. It was that good!!!

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JB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Legal Sea Foods, and the Crystal City location is no exception. Best to have a reservation because this is a busy area. Our server took good care of us, and we both loved the platter with one crab cake, broiled scallops and broiled shrimp with a nice salad on the side. Just about a perfect meal (especially when you add a cup of their fantastic clam chowder--lots of clams). Great place for a couple or a work group.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration!

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w
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thought the food for both of us was very good,,,,,,,service quick and excellent.

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WH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time celebrating our son's birthday at Legal Sea Foods in Crystal City. The food was great and the service was excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The service was okay, the food never disappoints. The catfish was amazing as the Maple bread pudding.

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DW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good, standard business lunch atmosphere but the service a bit slow. we eventually had to get up and ask for our check after trying to get someone's attention. They seemed understaffed or distracted that day. Great food though, and I'd return.

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C
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to LS every year at this time. I always have the chowder and crab cakes. We're trying to find time to go again before we leave town.

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BB
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding!!! Peter the GM, Halima our server and Oscar the bartender made our dining experience a very pleasant and memorable one! The place was packed with a constant flow of people, but Peter made sure everyone was taken care of and happy. He not only greeted everyone but visited the guests multiple times making sure everything was perfect. An amazingly well oiled operation! Peter and his staff are truly corporate assets and I can’t wait to dine there again soon! Thank you!

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We went here for a special evening out before the Michael Buble concert, food was excellent as always, service was exceptional as well. The only complaint that the after-dinner coffee was old and bitter and we did not have time to wait to ask for a fresh pot. For 5 stars everything has to be right. As for the restaurant itself, it is small and a little cramped, but is well worth it for the quality of food and service. IMHO they have overall the best seafood in the area for the price.

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LH
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server and manager were very attentive and timely. We had one person who ordered gluten-free and the manager served here right away. All four of us were happy with our meals and would go again.

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SH
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always love Legal Seafood. Coming from Boston, this is a taste of home.

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RE
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been coming to LS years. Even when the location was my BANK!
I have never been disappointed. I've NEVER, EVER had a subpar dining experience here.

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Naples
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the food was delectable.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a nice restaurant in the Arlington, Virginia area with great food. This is by far one of the best restaurants that I have eaten at. If you are looking for a restaurant that has good food and is not a chain restaurant come here. It is a little bit noisy on a Friday and/or Saturday evening; however, the service and staff are phenomenal. I would recommend this place for a date night, anniversary dinner, birthday etc. Job well done.

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l
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous service and food!

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both excellent. I had the Seafood platter while my date had the seafood casserole. My date felt there was to much cheese in her food and not enough seafood. My platter was cooked great. I would go back again.

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Food was not good. Dry and overly salty. Tasted like it was premade and microwaved.

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f
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went to Legal Seafood Crystal City for Valentines Day. Understandably, the restaurant was really hopping. Our server, Ashley took very good care of us. She was cheerful, friendly, attentive, and gave us very good recommendation for menu options. The food was excellent. The tables are squeezed very close together, so it wasn’t as intimate an experience as we would have ideally liked, and the noise level was very high. On the other hand, it did have a nice buzz, and we really liked the jazz soundtrack that was playing as background music. It was high quality sound, making it seem like there was a live band playing. So all in all an enjoyable experience.

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for Valentines dinner. Everything was awesome!!! Would highly recommend!

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M
E. Tennessee
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was excellent. She was knowledgeable about every dish, the oysters we were interested in and the wines. As a result, we had the perfect meal! Very impressed with the food preparation and presentation. Some of the best I’ve had. We’ll be back either in DC, or one of their other locations when I’m traveling.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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VR
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the second time my fiancé and myself are going to Legal Sea Foods at CC and I got addicted to. The food is fantastic and I am planning going back as often as I can.
Vanessa

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SO
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and staff! This place is so consistent. I always have a wonderful experience
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Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All in all my first time at Legal Sea Foods-Crystal City was great. Amanda was stellar and pair a wine perfectly. She was attentive and even accommodated me that I needed a closed out receipt. The food was prepared and presented well.

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GK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite in Crystal City. Great Seafood and chowder!

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Business dinner but crab cakes just as I remembered

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BV
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Wish the restaurant was closer to where we live in Fairfax Station area. Parking is quite a hassle but all in all we enjoyed our night. The service is good and the food has aways been so good. Our favorite is the crispy fried shrimp. We always recommend your restart to our friends and neighbors.

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