Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing

4.6
1999 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Legal Sea Foods began in 1950 as a fish market in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s here that the “Legal” name became synonymous with quality and freshness. In 1968, our first seafood restaurant opened, right next to the fish market. The fish was simply prepared, either broiled or fried, and served on paper plates at communal picnic tables. Despite the low-key trappings, the food was second to none and word quickly spread. This early success led to further expansion and now, six decades later with restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard, the commitment to freshness and quality endures: "If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!”
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1999 people are saying
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vipGaryB
New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

They were relatively busy. Our waiter was very friendly and clearly busy. Overall good experience

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The maître d’ and the waiter were outstanding and funny. They made our stay so enjoyable. The food was delicious. Best Mahi my husband has had in a long time.

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KatieG
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Got fried scallops for something different which were tough - not sure why other than possibly overcooked - never got them here before so won't try again, my friend got fried haddock and loved it , looks I'm going to stick with my baked haddock going forward

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AndreC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great service! There was some sand in the clam chowder, which I guess means that it’s authentic?

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CarolG
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t forget your vax card! Very professional & courteous employees. Great layout & location.

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RitaC
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is always excellent at Legal's!! The seafood is always fresh!! It is definitely a must go if you are in the theatre district...across the street from the Opera House...excellent location.

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ChristineG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service and Meal. We had dinner before attending a show at the Opera House. It was perfect.

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vipIrisG
New England
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great but our drinks took a long time to be delivered.

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FINEDININGNOTSOMUCH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Super sweet waitress. Very attentive!

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Tsam85
New England
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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MarshaS
New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Scallops were rubbery and fried fish was dry. Not up to the standards we expected from Legal

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vipMarkW
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service. only comment- no anchovies in the Ceaser salad was very disappointing

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CountryChicken
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Server was excellent. Friendly, attentive, and helpful. When I ordered a ginger ale, he suggested a ginger beer, which was outstanding. I ordered the scallop crudo, half Caesar salad, and Lemon Grey Sole, The sole wasn’t as good as it normally is. It was shriveled up along with the capers. Green beans and potatoes were perfectly cooked, as usual. Also. the salad and entree arrived at the same time, which is a kitchen issue.

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vipMeems
New England
25 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very few diners so wait staff and management were very attentive. Every dish was delicious.

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Dani
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best experience. Our food and cocktails were delicious and perfectly executed. The service was great as was the ambiance.

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ToyloriaH
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place was absolutely great! The ambience was terrific - very relaxing, mood lighting and the restaurant has a very nice, high-end feel to it. The service is absolutely excellent! I have no complaints about this restaurant and I would highly recommend it especially for a really nice evening out. The food is fairly priced - not outrageous, but not less than what you would expect for this type of atmosphere. I enjoyed it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food was not cooked well. Felt bad for servers who were running around - not enough staff. Not the same quality of food - not worth the price.

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SabrinaM
New England
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner with my daughter after the Nutcracker show. Super convenient, clean and delightful. Our waiter was super nice and attentive. Would recommend anyone to eat there. Great food and service.

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Kacey
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great; delicious lunch and we loved our server, she was fabulous!

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yummy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated early! The serving size was generous. I had sesame coated tuna: it was cooked to my liking, tender, not dry, and delicious. The server has a sense of humor, which made our visit fun.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Christmas Eve dinner, very nice server

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Aerofan81
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good seafood. Would go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!

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vipmajorettefoodie
New England
55 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never disappoints.

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AshleyP
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Everything was spectacular. I would highly recommend this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was perfect!! So nice and efficient. He gets a 10!

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CountryChicken
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taryn is the best server at Legal Crossing. Personable, filled my beverage glasses promptly, great sense of timing, and cleared away all plates. I tried the Cioppino for the first time at Legal’s and it was delicious. There was a delay in the hostess stand. There was no one there initially, then there were two people helping with a gift card for one customer, but one person was looking on. I miss Maura or the gentleman who is usually there.

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vipsunnysunflower
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for great food, service, and especially for the excellent drink service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was awful. No hostess when we first arrived. Took 15 minutes for server to come to table, did not offer water or bread. Server only came back to check on us once. Food was dry and cold. Not great at all.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was excellent our waiter Nicholas was excellent too. He provided attentive and friendly service. The manager and all the staff we dealt with were wonderful too.

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DonnaT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to go after the show! Convenient and accessible! Great drinks, food and desserts!

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vipRCShopper
New England
49 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Lovely staff. Fresh fish and veggies superbly prepared.

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Trythescotchegg
New England
30 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was slow, but it was a busy night. The house manager took good care of us while we waited and got us out in time for our show. Overall, great option for dinner before a show.

JB
JasonB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, and menu updated with more choices.. very impressed.

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BelindaB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food and drinks were great! Service was not the best. We were clearly ready to order, waiter walked by looking at us several times before taking order. Asked for a glass of water before apps were served and had to ask again, finally with check got my water.

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DanN
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Having a reservation makes a difference. We were in and out in a reasonable amount of time on a Sunday for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was looking for a restaurant to attend with my families and found the Legat C food in downtown had tables open and we made reservations, so far the service was great.

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RonaldB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were early and still seated right away. Service was great and food portion were plenty as we had to take what we couldn't eat home.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and fast service

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You can order delivery directly from Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing using the Order Online button. Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 692-8888.

Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing is rated 4.6 stars by 1999 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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