Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City

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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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BrianB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was very nice service was great even the managers came out to greet us.

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JakeA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambient. Very friendly and professional staff.

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vipRosslynfoodies
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The tale of two courses. The appetizer of calamari was poor - it was obviously frozen from a package. Not what you expect from a seafood restaurant. On the other hand, the main course - crab cake combo including grilled shrimp and scallops - was excellent as was the accompanying salad. A small but excellent and well-priced wine list. Our fault for not asking beforehand if the calamari was fresh of frozen.

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TucsonDoc
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place does what it does well. The wife had crab cakes, lots of fresh crab, and I had lobster, tender and a good price. Our waiter was attentive, the drinks were good. And so on. Happy to come back.

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Diana
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food, great service from Caesar! If only it wasn't so loud....

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vipGregS
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food. Always an awesome experience.

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ShirleyW
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for the 2 for $29 lobster special on Feb 29th but they ran out of lobster!! Very disappointing. Won't go back.

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vipMMGibbons
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were invited to dine on the 29th for two at $29 total for a lobster and sides offering because of the leap year. I have two comments about Legal Seafood, which is one our "go to" restaurants for seafood. (1) they should reinstitute the use of pagers so that customers know that they are in line for a table based on their number in line. It's very annoying to see people being sat and you never know if and when you'll be called. I have had this happen before at LS where they sat people who came in after me and they didn't even have a reservation. I know because I was standing by the host and I heard the conversations. (2) the floor manager was very good about taking care of us after we were notified that they only had one lobster remaining. He offered us the one lobster and other top end items to choose for the second entree. In this case, I chose king crab legs and they were quite good. He also said we could return for the $29 special at a later date which was icing on the cake. We never expected that nor would we have asked for it. When they brough me the bill, the waiter charged us for two specials, or $58. When I asked him about it, he couldn't even understand that it was an error and resisted. I didn't budge at the idiocy of it and he finally asked if I'd like to speak with the manager, which I did. The manager not only brought over a corrected bill but apologized. Frankly, I'd rather just go to a restaurant and enjoy the evening rather than have to deal will all of the dramatics that this evening entailed but it's life. I hold no hard feelings but it's hard to understand how they couldn't use simple math to buy enough lobsters for this special. 100 reservations times x amount of people times number of lobsters. Is this so difficult?

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CraigJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They ran out of lobster but made up for it by offering the deal on another day! Great service and the GM rocks!

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JonM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience4

The restaurant was overwhelmed with LEAP DAY SPECIALS. We were seated at about 820 for our 730 reservation only to find out a few minutes before we were seated all the lobsters were gone.

The manager was quick to think what to do so gave us his card and told us to email him when we would want to come back and he would still honor the "special deal".

I was happy to go back and take my wife and friends this time and we will return again once we are back in the Crystal City area.

All the servers and employees did the best they could with the crowds so hats off to management for training them well and finding great people to work with them.

MM
MelissaM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went for a promo for $29 lobsters. Waited 40 minutes past our reservation time only to be seated and then told they ran out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait was too long and the greeter didn’t project her voice loud enough to be heard. Like the reservation names.

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AngelinaB
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Made a reservation for 6pm on Leap Day 2020 for my partner and I. There was a long line at the entrance, but the hostess checked us in when we finally made it to the front. We were seated within 8 minutes. Everyone was ordering the special, so food came out prompt and hot!

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Terp
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food and service was good. We got there 15 min early for a 6PM reservation, and couldn't get to the hostess stand until after 6PM because it was so crowded. We didn't get seated until 6:50, they kept breaking up tables to accommodate smaller parties. So two top tables with reservations at 6:30 and 6:45 were getting seated before us because they broke up tables of 4 to tables of 2. We had 4 in our party.

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ForrestK
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Service was terrific especially for the crowded conditions at this location. Lobsters were unforgivably overcooked as were the brussel sprouts. Price was reasonable as a special was in place on lobster dinners. Normal prices are steep and cooking skills have been spotty, often lacking with previous visits. Wanted to give LS another chance to see if they had improved. Sadly, even the special offer didn't make up for the tough and chewy meat. This will likely be our last visit there.

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EDITS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Legal Seafood never disappointed me. This time I went with a friend after seeing a play at the Synetic theater. We had reservation for 5:15 and were seated immediately. Menus and water came in minutes but drink orders were not taken until we were half-way through dinner. No complaints because the place was crowded. The Management had a brilliant idea of offering 2, yes two, lobsters for $29.00! Seemed like the entire population of Northern Virginia showed up which created a friendly, festive atmosphere. The two-lobster plates were flying out of the kitchen.
However, we didn't feel like "working" for our dinner and ordered off the regular menu. My friend had the almond crusted salmon with spinach and I had the mixed grill of crab cake, shrimp, scallops and a wonderful vinegary salad. Everything was delicious and filling in a healthy way. We shared a little key-lime pie and drank the wine that finally reached our table. The check fairly represented the value and quality of a wonderful dinner. Hats off to Management for handling a huge crowd courteously and efficiently.
E. M. Sayko

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MarylouM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went on Saturday for the lobster special with 2 sides. The food was terrific. Lobsters were cracked and the side of roasted butternut squash and sautéed spinach plentiful. We enjoyed the overall atmosphere even though it was crowded.

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BrianL
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice experience! We went for the Leap Year lobster special (by the way - if you go and assuming they do this again in four years, go early - our friends, who had evening reservations, waited over 30 minutes past their reservation time only to be told "no more lobstahs!!). Everything was cooked well - table was cramped but we managed. Service was outstanding. Since the Tysons location closed a while back we hadn’t been to another location but will be back. Also plenty of free parking in attached garage.

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5107641
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The two for the price of one lobster special was fantastic. Of course the restaurant was filled to capacity. Our seats were poor (right by the kitchen) which was very noisy and busy (distracting).

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LAndrade
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The February 29th deal was great. The place was packed while I was there. I miss living in Massachusetts and the food so this is the best if you’re not in New England. If it’s Legal it’s for me!!!

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vipwatsonmp
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice meal with attentive service. Seafood prepared well and not overcooked.

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HarrietS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must to visit if you’re in DC. We ordered fresh oysters, chowder, and desert.

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SteveW
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Fish tasted like ammonia , lobster was over cooked, shrimp overcooked.

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PatrickC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Server wasn’t that great!

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vipJaywest
Washington DC
225 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was impeccable. The food was passable, the room was a bit warm. It is a run-of-the-mill chain restaurant in the business area. I believe we got what we paid for, but I do have to commend them on the service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration

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ShareseB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks. The service was outstanding. I will definitely go back if I am in the area again.

SB
vipSuzanneB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went in for a cioppino; our favorite! Delicious!
Was a little disappointed with Bloody Mary though? Not up to muster!

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Tricia
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Enjoyed the experience!

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vipAdamJ
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My wife is a vegetarian but I am not. So we only go to place that offer some amount adaptation for non meat options. This legal sea food did not. I asked what options could be adapted and the waitress just pointed to the one option on the menu and say the sides (not listed on menu) were also available. Not the level of service or options I expect at this price point. Places like this make it had for a couple with mixed dinning preferences to enjoy dinner. Very dissatisfied.

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vipRaisedEyebrow
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Happy Hour is excellent and starts at 3pm. The food is great, and the service.

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MelC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service and food.
Parking a possible problem

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mowerman
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seafood is excellent. Price is not inexpensive but probably consistent with quality seafood. Service was prompt but not at all rushing; i.e., we were not rushed during our meal, but different courses were brought within a reasonable time.

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SeanK
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had some of the outstanding crab cakes and dessert options available at Legal Seafoods!

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FrankM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Better in Boston on the Wharf. Food was very bland and even the famous Clam chowder was below par.

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DamitaG
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Awesome experience! I would certainly visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an all around great experience the food was great. I had the Crab cake combo

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ELIASH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. The customer service was outstanding!

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vipJonathanG
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

This is the smallest Legal Seafoods I've been in and it was crowded and loud. Despite having an Open Table reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. The seating was cramped due to the small size of the property. Lemon Martini was made inconsistently and had to be sent back. The replacement drink was a little better but not as good as the first. Dining experience was not worth the cost of the meal.

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AllanD
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

St. Valentines: very good service, excellent food, a bit pricey but, hey, it’s only once a year

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