Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing

4.5
1955 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
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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CountryChicken
New England
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Patrick, the server, was outstanding. He refilled my water, gave great recommendations on entrees, cleared away the dishes, and even offered extra bread to soak up the mussel broth. I dined on the half Caesar Salad, mussels, and grey sole with finger potatoes, capers, and green beans. Every dish was prepared magnificently. If you like Dover sole, definitely try the grey sole. Excellent value at Legal Crossing. I would ask the restaurant to kindly bring back anchovies for diners who like them their salads. Thanks.

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VirginiaWoolf3
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our server and other staff were great - efficient, knowledgable, professional and accommodating. We had tickets to the ballet and they got us in an out in a very short time, which we were very appreciative of. The food was fine, some things better than others, but what you would expect from a Legal Seafood.

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vipCheaky
New England
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everyone went out of their way to make us comfortable. From Doug, Reewell, Stephanie and Horton. We brought family in from out of town and they were totally impressed. Thank you for a great night

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vipcraigw
New England
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner well served. Highly recommend. Order the Maine Scallops

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ballet with daughter

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KimberlyM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Took a while to be greeted but once we were everything was amazing

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BillM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very consistent great flavor

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vipNYCfoodies
New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raised our lunch from a meal to a special occasion!

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CRC1
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch!

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LisaG
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and the bartender was amazing (unfortunately, I cannot remember her name) Very personable and her service was excellent. The food came out hot, fresh and delicious. I highly recommend the Shrimp Scampi - The linguini was fresh, not out of the box and the shrimp were extra jumbo and cooked perfectly.

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TonyC
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Pre-Nutcracker dinner

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vipQueensdiner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious. Servers were pleasant, in fact holding up well. The restaurant was very busy.
I noticed that a bartender was wearing his mask on his lower face, and so many diners were not wearing their masks when they were being seated or waiting to use the restrooms. These are challenging times. Perhaps the restaurant could have more signage regarding Boston’s mask rules, and certainly all of their staff should abide by the rules.

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vipRecommend
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service and ambience were great! They even seated our reservation early so we would make our show. The food though was just ok. We got the sesame crusted tuna, baked haddock, Legal seafood combo, and grilled shrimp. Honestly, all of the meals were just ok…they really lacked good strong flavor.

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GlenN
New England
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at the Downtown Crossing location. Nice spot. We had a circular table near the bar area - well lit and away from the noise and bustle of a busy restaurant. The service was fantastic our waiter very professional. Food was great as always.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

キッズフレンドリーで、ウエイターの方もよく気がつく方で、とても素敵な時間を過ごすことができた。また行きたい?

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JeffreyM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Lobster roll was okay. Didn't sparkle. Bland. But good and friendly waiter!

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TrisaK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was outstanding, very attentive. Clam chowder was amazing with lots of clams. Seared scallops delicious.

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MirnaL
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Will come back soon.

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Kels
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a lovely anniversary dinner, everything from the food to the service and more was wonderful!! A great dressy date spot!

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Bookgroupmember
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. My only problem was that the sign on the outside of the restaurant did not say Legal Seafood Downton Crossing so we walked by it twice before realizing what it was.

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MattC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really good meal. I enjoyed eating here very much. It is definitely pricey but you get a lot of food for your money. Would recommend.

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TeresaR
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The location and ambiance were very good. Wait staff very kind but overworked perhaps, was hard to get crackers, water, etc. The Wellfleet oysters were very good as were the accompanying sauces. The clam chowder was fair while the mixed plate of crab cake, shrimp and scallops were OK, the crab cake was excellent and the sauce, however the shrimp and scallops were dry and flavorless.

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CountryChicken
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host was friendly and helpful. He went to clear a table for my reservation.
Dinner consisted of a perfectly-cooked Sole Lemon Caper with sliced, roasted potatoes and green beans. Meagan C, my server, checked on me regular and was overall stellar -- kind, friendly, professional, and knowing when my drink glasses needed refills. Legal Crossing is one of my favorite restaurants in the United States, not just Boston.

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Melly
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everyone enjoyed the meal. Service was good.

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vipBrian
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great to get back to the Theater district and see a play and have dinner. The menu was larger than before and the service and food was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious scallops and cioppino.

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DisappointedDiner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Surprisingly disappointing. We’ve eaten at Legal’s for years, although because of the pandemic, not recently. This wasn’t the restaurant we remembered.

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HelenM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’m never disappointed when I dine at this location.
Great service and a perfect place for dinner after a show.

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BridgidA
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

So excited to be back and going to the theater again. Great location and our server was excellent! Attentive to time constraints for theater goers and knowledgeable of the menu. Super friendly and made our visit so pleasant!!
I was a bit disappointed that the unique Asian style small plate options were mostly gone. Rhode Island calamari good but I was not expecting that the banana peppers would be breaded and fried as they hadn’t been in past Legals visits. Also a bit disappointed that the lobster roll, while large and filled with lobster, was all claws with no knuckle or tail meat. Bonbons were as good as I remembered!

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mike5269
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Legal Sea Foods has changed ownership during the Pandemic but the quality of their seafood has not changed one bit. Still the great dishes we return to when we can. This visit was pre theater and many of the diners were doing that, also. Perfect fit.

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vipLaurieL
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was the best ever. Very solicitous and took special pains to be sure my dining was wheat free. Food was delicious. And decaf cappuccino was best I ever had

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CindyLC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In town for a show at the Opera House. Restaurant was very busy but the service was impeccable and the apps and dinners were great as usual! Two different pie dessert choices were mediocre, but the rest of the experience was great!

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Paul
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great chowder!!!

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vipDeRH
New England
23 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was lovely to be back 'out in the world.' We were very well taken care of but it was clear that the pre-theater crowd was a bit challenging. We look forward to going back.

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foodlover
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Early dinner pre-theater, just right.

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vipPickyL
Denver
90 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We have been in hiding b/c of covid but ventured back to one of our neighborhood places after full immunizations to discover it has turned into another bridge and tunnel crowd restaurant for those going to see musicals at the opera house. Roger Berkowitz’ hand on the kitchen product is sorely missed. It had been designed with aspirations to serve higher end different seafood compared with the other Legals and missed that mark although the food wasn’t too bad in the orecovid past. This time, excellent service couldn’t make up for overcooked previously frozen fairly tasteless grey sole and fried clams that didn’t taste much like clams scattered on soggy French fries. A clam shack serving that order would close quickly. The clam chowder still holds up but the oysters Rockefeller ruined good oysters with a small dab of bad “Rockefeller”- wouldn’t make it in the Big Easy. No returns for us- we can walk another block or so for much better food. Sigh.

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vipMargo
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We are so sad that Roger Berkowitz sold the local Legal chain of restaurants. The new buyers destroyed what was a consistent and delicious food option for seafood. Our food was inedible. Fish was not fresh, kale was all stems, baked stuffed shrimp was hospital quality, and a salad with salmon bacon, instead provided pieces of old smoked salmon. At a price of $275 including tip, dinner for four was a complete waste of money. We will not go back to any Legal ever again. Again, what a loss for our Boston community.

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AnnmarieC
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a very nice time at legal seafood before the play

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KatieG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great as usual and food delicious - this was first time my niece ate here and enjoyed also

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viptinab
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place for lunch before a show at the Opera House.

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Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing is rated 4.5 stars by 1955 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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