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

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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

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (34)
Business Meals (33)
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Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Bar Seating (14)
Authentic (14)
Healthy (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Fun (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Cozy (9)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Quick Bite (9)
Seasonal (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

I always enjoy comin to this restaurant. I have a severe food allergy and I know I never have to worry- they take care of me and are very accommodating. I have eaten here many times and make an effort to come when I am in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Exceptionally excellent service by Meredith. the mani mani dish was excellent.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We really enjoyed. Staff was wonderful. Clam chowder is awesome.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals
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 (Indiana)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food was good. Crab soup was amazing. Bread was a bit hard and cold when provided, but may be the type of rolls and not served warm. Fish was all cooked well, so were the shrimp.

Lump crab dip was entirely on point.
Again, crab soup was amazing.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were first timers and very hopeful after reading the great reviews. We were seated quickly and the server took a bit before coming to our table....but it’s New Years Eve, so understandable. We ordered drinks and appetizers. They sure did not skimp on the booze in the mai tai or endless summer. The calamari was decent and the shrimp cocktail was a decent portion. No complaints. My husband and I ordered surf and turf (one lobster, one with crab cake). Crab cake and lobster were amazing. The steaks, though cooked medium, were very dry. Slightly disappointed, but the flavor was average. The sides (spinach and rice) were also average in flavor...but cooked well.
Our 6 year old had the kids cheese pizza and 97% of it was left on the plate. Our other daughter had Nutty Hidden Fjord Faroe Island salmon. She didn’t care for it because she said the nut flavor overpowered the taste of the salmon.
Our desserts were very good and Kevin was terrific. Will definitely try again

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very good meal. Service was excellent.
Seafood is always fresh.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Can always count on a fabulous, fresh, fantastic meal!

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I have celiac’s, and can’t eat gluten. This place is extremely friendly for those with GF diets. They even have gf rolls that were great! I recommend the side dish of baked potato stuffed with crab. It was like a twice baked potato, but better!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great service by Stacy. Excellent seafood casserole.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

We really enjoyed everything. Our pre-Christmas family dinner outing. The waiter was great along with the service and food... I will be back soon

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Spicy, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Casual, Fun, Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Afternoon Tea, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Holiday staff party

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The dishes were excellent and abundant, cioppino as well as pecan-crusted snapper. Service was acceptable, but not outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

The Jasmine Rice is not very good. Too dry and just tastes like cheap Uncle Ben's. I expect more flavor from a higher priced restaurant. There are ways to make a side of rice taste delicious. Your bread has no taste, either; there are a lot of good breads out there. Also, we were seated in the middle of the restaurant with barely anyone there and would have preferred a table in the back or the side.

Overall, we had a nice time and the majority of the food was good.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We have been to several Legal Seafoods in the DC area and Boston. This one was not as enjoyable as the others. Service was so-so and the noise level was fairly high.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The catfish matrimony extremely salty. Was taken off bill. Vegetables, dessert excellently

Sergio our waiter excellent

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

the service makes the experience. Hats off to Halima, the perceptive, receptive heart and soul of so much. Staff is usually good, but she stands out even under pressure of big tables of diners.
we are stalwarts of the place and typically the food is quite good, sometimes great. wines are great but selection of white French wines is being trimmed back to a huge extent and sadly the prices have risen on those remaining at an alarming rate. So, the experience has become even more focused on the great staff, in particular Team Halima. She is intelligent, engaging, and knows the value of long time faithful diners. The oysters are super, the shrimp great, wines still doable but she is a key reason we return so often. Keep up the good work.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always a regular here, I order the tuna burger. Great meal for me, on a restricted diet. Service is great, and food is always good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Thank you Halima, who was our server, for the world class service, advice and recommendations! Really complemented the perfectly prepared fresh seafood. Outstanding food and service, what a treat!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Food was quite good and well prepared. We both enjoyed what we ordered. The only down side is that it is quite noisy inside, really tough to have a normal conversation. Too many hard surfaces that just reflect the sound around. We’ll eat there again with hesitation.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Went to Legal Sea Food Saturday and all was good. Weather was awful in DC but the food was good, the drinks were fine and the guys behind the bar, I ate at the bar, were friendly and knew what was the best stuff to order off the menu. If you are stuck in DC waiting for a flight the next day this is not a bad option if you are staying in Crystal City, it's close to the hotels and the food is good and it's not crazy expensive or a real zany bar scene like Georgetown or Old Town.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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 on December 5, 2017

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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vip
 (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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 (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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