Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing

4.4
1837 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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Karen
Denver
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Friendly, attentive service but we were disappointed when the waitress told us they were out of oysters, fried clams, swordfish and large lobsters.The table nextdoor remarked this had been going on for a bit. If that’s the case, I suggest they mention this when reservations are made. I understand things are tough and different with COVID but this is a seafood place. Have seafood!

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teb4s
New England
45 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food and service were good. However, the "New" menu is uninspiring. They no longer offer dishes that reflect their location in Boston. Their menu can be found in any generic restaurant in the country. Not much imagination. This new ownership has revealed why we will miss the old Legals.

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vipMurray
Atlanta
80 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lobster roll was excellent! And the clam chowder was delicious!

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Jimm
Western NC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Renee Dinocco went above and beyond. We were not at one of her tables, but she knew our server was not yet available, so she took our drink and appetizer orders to get us started until he arrived.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding. We are at the bar and had a great time before the big game between the Sox & Yankees.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Everything’s good there except we’ve always hated the black black black decor.

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TeresaS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We ordered Tuna Steaks from Test Kitchen (2 of the 4 meals). There were three medallion pieces, which was not enough for an entree.

Also there was no bread provided and no spoon provided for coconut liquid.

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Kathleen3206
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the lively, casual setting and the appetizers, especially the littlenecks on the half shell and the clam stuffies. The dinner portion of fried clams was a bit tasteless and greasy. Would probably try something else next time.

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BeverlyW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner...great martini's and fresh oysters.

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Bruce
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, attentive service, a little pricey but that's the cost of freshness!

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SandeM
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great service, great food and great place. My wife and I hand a wonderful time.

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HolliM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipGWM160
New England
37 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at this location. Taryn our server was wonderful. Slightly different menu than a typical Legal, includes some of their Legal Test Kitchen options.

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vipRevyRev
Nashville
54 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Wanted to try the Local Sea Food. The location of the restaurant is very convenient to the Lafayette Parking Garage. The host that seated us was not that engaging. Our waitress did a good job. I have had better waitresses, however, she was friendly and provided good service. The food was good. The appetizers were pretty good. Calamari was delicious. The Korean Cauliflower was OK--We have had better. The seafood platters were excellent. Great portions of food and great flavor profile. Overall good experience. I will definitely eat at a Local Sea Food again; however, I may try another location in Boston to see if the overall level of service and ambiance is improved. Glad to try something different. The leftovers were plenty and reheated very well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Chowder and calamari was excellent. Scallops a bit overdone. Still very good and would go back!

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GenesaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing from the bar to our table at dinner. Great service, delicious food, and love the ambiance. We will be back on our next visit to Boston.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and friendly service!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Overall, the food was average. Their lobster Mac and cheese was a fun presentation. Waiter wasn’t very attentive. Didn’t offer water after being sat, when he would come to the table barely acknowledged us. Didn’t even say thank you when dropping off the check. Could definitely work on waiter etiquette.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A bit dark and we were seated near a prep table. Thumbs down on ambiance, but all else was great

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vipMargaretR
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

All was very good until I ordered a meal to go. The baked haddock was fine except it did not come with the rice as advertised. Therefore I only received half the meal.

I had not been to this restaurant for a while as the previous two visits were disappointing.

I won’t be back unless I am with someone who specifically requests going here and then I will only order a drink-no food!

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KimberlyW
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff! Friendly and welcoming. I will definitely return.

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vipWilliamH
Cincinnati
32 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. Highly recommend the baked lobster.

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vipSushiandMuchMore
New England
63 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though they were out of the whole belly clams, the swordfish and calamari were excellent and the oysters Rockefeller were outstanding (definitely order two!). And, by all means, don't forget their marvelous Boston cream pie (ask for a little extra chocolate sauce) for a perfect ending. The wait staff is as good as the food--very service-oriented.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitress, Meagan ! So patient and astute and polite!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Service was great

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vipscrod
New England
233 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Definitely a big step down from many previous visits. Crab cake appetizer was over-cooked (burnt on bottom). After asking for salt 2 different times and being given empty salt shakers, I gave up. Restaurant was not busy on a Friday evening, now I’m not surprised.

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SarahT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great service! I will definitely be back when I visit Boston again.

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jleetahoe
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

I worked at one of the original Legal Seafoods in 1980. The job was so hard but that was because the standards were so high for food and service.
The food here was pretty good, and the service was good but the ambience and energy are nothing like they used to be. It felt dark and flat.
The sourdough rolls with butter are great, as is the house salad. My husband had the crabcake, shrimp and scallop platter and that was good. I had the crab cocktail which was OK, the crab wasn’t really flavorful. The steamed broccoli was very overdone.
I understand Roger Berkowitz had to sell during the pandemic. I probably will not go back, preferring to leave my memories of the outstanding place it once was.

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HernandoQ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not the same of some years ago. Food was normal, the place was very unorganized (tables with boxes on top and tidy), slow service, etc.

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DominiqueH
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service great food fresh food and very clean

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Essex
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I get that it was Father’s Day, but the portion size and food quality was unbelievable! Burnt lobster, half of a crab cake, and dry scallops. The chef clearly didn’t want to be at work and waiters ignored you the entire time. When it was finally time for the check, it took about 25 minutes for a waiter to notice that we were ready to go despite our attempts to wave them down.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was lacking. Food was okay. We wouldn’t go back.

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RaymondR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The front of house was fairly accommodating.
Food was fine--I wouldn't say it was anything special.
The more disappointing this was that they forgot two of our dishes but charged us anyway, and we didn't catch until we were back home in Connecticut.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

When you have to talk to the manager, that is not a good meal. I empathize with servers, staff, and cooks. It is tough to deliver good dining.

The grilled fish was blackened and overcooked. The replacement was the same way. Whenever food is sent back to the kitchen and it comes out the same way, something isn’t right. Perhaps the staff needs to communicate better with the patron how the dish is cooked and suggest alternatives.

Salads were fresh and large. The balsamic vinegar had little taste. Mussels were good. Fried fish platter was OK. 60 seconds less cooking would have been better.

Drinks were excellent.

Server seemed to be too busy. We didn’t get a second round of bread we asked for and no one checked our water glasses.

In the end the manager did the right thing although I wish she didn’t have to. Good food without any problem is my preference.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect everything !

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience4

This restaurant needs to work on their systems. Maybe they were just really understaffed. Disappointing especially for the price. Service was not good. Slow and poorly timed. Sat with empty glasses for 10-15 minutes before anyone noticed—wine glasses too. Shrimp and scallops over cooked. Appetizers (stuffies) we’re good. Chowder was pretty good. I feel, in general, it was overpriced and it under delivered.

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PeterC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service and a quiet place to relax and have a great meal. Proportions were generous. Glass of wine was large.
Will go back often. Price was as expected.

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CarolC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood cioppino was very good - broth and seafood!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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MargaretL
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, location, 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 4.4 stars by 1837 OpenTable diners.

Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.legalseafoods.com/category/gift-cards.

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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