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Legal Crossing - Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing, Boston, MA

Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing

4.4
4.4
2213 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 692-8888

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Taylor DeLeo and Liz Finlay: (617) 530-9470

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Crossing

  • Parking details

    Our validation will net you savings at the Lafayette Garage across the street at 1 Avenue de Lafayette. Weekdays before 4pm, get a $2/hour discount for up to two hours. Or park for $16 on weekdays after 4pm and all day on weekends.

  • Public transit

    Orange/Red Line: Downtown Crossing Station<br />Green Line: Boylston Station<br />Orange Line: Chinatown Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,213 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KW

    KimW

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We loved the service but were very disappointed that the menu had been changed so dramatically. We used to love the Asian influenced food choices and now it’s more of a regular legal seafoods menu.
  2. SP

    SueP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went there in June and ordered the chowder, and calamari and mussel appetizers. We loved it so much that we came back and ordered it again. The quality was excellent but the portion size was quite a bit smaller. I guess that is just the way it is these days.
  3. JL

    JaniceL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Fast service. All food items were fantastic. Terrific server. No complaints what so ever!
  4. L

    Luv2eatout

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    While it was overall a nice experience the shellfish (scallops and shrimp) were both over cooked. On the other hand the salmon was delicious.This inconsistency is disappointing given the nature of the restaurant. We’ve been to other locations and had better. Maybe it’s a fluke.
  5. TF

    ThomasF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    I thought we were going to the original Legal Seafood but this was a sad, mostly empty outpost. The ambiance was non-existent, and while the service was reasonable attentive, dirty plates and empty cocktail glasses sat on our table throughout the meal. And if I am spending over $200 for lunch for two I recommend offering fresh cutlery for the entree rather than fishing the dirty forks off of an appetizer plate and dumping them back onto our bread plates. Honestly, we could have had this dining experience at the airport.
  6. b

    bonappetit

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent… food, service, perfect.
  7. WH

    WadeH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good meal. Most impressive Gluten Free Menu we have ever seen in any Boston Restaurant.
  8. L

    Lhdnyc

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Expensive and tired. They've forgotten the importance of the customer experience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall very good. Food was fantastic. Service was decent, our server forgot our wine order.
  10. C

    Cherno

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter Casey was OUTSTANDING! You should pay that man as much as you can, he's an asset to the restaurant!
  11. C

    Carlsbaddiner2013

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Last call for drinks at 8:30? Food was....okay, expensive plus sign doesn't say legal seafood, which is confusing.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner here. The Stuffies were amazing (first timers and loved them). Our waiter was very friendly.
  13. MS

    MargaretS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Our entries were very good but the waiter was less than attentive. We waited forever for disappointing cheesecake and then again to pay our check.
  14. CP

    ChristineP

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal at a lovely location. We ate at a table in the bar area where it was quiet so allowed for easy conversation. Servers were spectacular. Will certainly return whenever possible. Love this place!
  15. IT

    IanT

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good choice of fish based dishes
  16. LS

    LauriS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter Ryan was awesome! The grilled scallops with broccoli au-gratin was delicious and so was the Boston Cream Pie!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful evening and meal. Excellent service. Tried the infamous chowder and it lived up the hype. Also tried the Mexican corn Cod off the new menu section, Blackened Swordfish and the crab cake platter. Everything was delicious.
  18. AR

    AlanR

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most often, any restaurant (no matter how good) that evolves into a “chain” eventually descends into culinary purgatory. Accordingly, we anticipated that our visit to Legal Sea Foods would be unremarkable and uninspired. This restaurant far exceeded our expectations on every level. The atmosphere was modern, warm, and inviting. Service was efficient, professional, and friendly. The food was excellent. Cod Fritters were an epiphany of flavor – don’t be put off by the “salt cod” in the description. Legal Sea Foods knows how to prepare this appetizer to emphasize its mild but savory flavor and apparently has perfected the soaking process to leave only a bare hint of salinity. Tuna Poke featured large chunks of raw tuna in an Asian/Mexican fusion, served with taro chips – delicious. The wedge salad was fresh and tasty enough to win over even the most anti-iceberg lettuce among us. Grilled Sea Scallops were moist and succulent, served with a nuanced lemon-butter sauce. Ignore any hesitancy and go to Legal Sea Foods. This is what dining is meant to be.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Second time in a row they didn’t get the order right. We stressed up front that it was messed up the last time. The request was that the lobster meat and dressing come on the side of the salad. Nope. They ignored it again and mixed it all up with too much dressing. Great food and location. But terrible with attention to detail.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was great, though I was expecting it to be a little more spectacular, being in the New England area. Service was pretty good. Waitress was great but hostess acted like she had 2 words in her entire vocabulary and couldn’t be bothered. Shouldn’t that the be the friendliest member of your staff? The noise level was extreme, we were seated next to a table of about 12 very vocal men but that’s not the restaurant’s fault. Overall it was good, and I did enjoy my shrimp scampi and lobster bisque.
  21. J

    Jannie

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I always come to theatre and dinner , food is always delicious but my fried fish wasnt beat choice. Will be back in two weeks hopefully
  22. RK

    RamakrishnanK

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were pleasantly surprised, food was tasty delicious, the server was awesome. friendly.
  23. BB

    BrendaB

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Everything was great, food, attention from the server, the atmosphere. I miss some of the great items from the menu but I would always recommend this restaurant for some of the greatest seafood in Boston. Can't wait till my next visit.
  24. CW

    ChristinaW

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good and service was great. Definitely get the clam chowder, some of the best we have ever had
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Slow service
  26. E

    Excellent

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Air conditioning system was not working properly and it was freezing. Did not offer to move us into a warmer area. Ordered dessert but had to take it back to hotel room.
  27. DR

    DavidR

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Room was much too cold!!
  28. GK

    GKbat

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lobster roll was a bit pricy but was a good size. Very flavourful.
  29. MR

    MaryR

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Scampi was very lemony and shrimp were over cooked . Fisherman’s platter was just ok. I’m hoping it was just a bad day there as I have been to many Legal Seafood and enjoy the chain very much
  30. PG

    PatriciaG

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious and service was quick and efficient.
  31. WW

    WendyW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great option for a convenient and quick dinner before going to the Opera House for a show. We were able to get in and out very quickly and server definitely understood the mission of making show in time! A more expensive menu for something like this, however. Wish they had some more mid range priced items between chowder or salad and $35 fish. Chowder is sooo good here.
  32. MH

    MorganH

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Tasty food and drinks. Attentive service. The ambiance/decor was underwhelming. Very convenient location in Downtown Crossing.
  33. KH

    KellyH

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We were impressed by our entire experience at Legal. Our waiter was good and attentive, the appetizers (cod fritters and clam chowder) were delicious, the entrees were cooked perfectly and was served hot and fresh. Really enjoyed our window seat so we could enjoy our meal and people watch. Definitely would visit again.
  34. KC

    KCsupperclub

    Dallas

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were able to change our reservation on the spot. Great waiter. Excellent clam chowder
  35. BC

    BrianC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pleasant experience. Waiter Tom was great.
  36. BI

    BreeI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We brought our 2 dogs and sat outside. Our server was very accommodating with no complaints. Food was VERY good! I had the lobster roll which was incredible and my boyfriend had the tacos that he really enjoyed. Upon arrival we thought it was going to be insanely expensive and a little too high end for what we were dressed for but it was a great value for money I definitely recommend it.
  37. PA

    PamelaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Tom, was very attentive even though the restaurant was especially busy. The food was delicious (fresh sea scallops and St. Louis ribs) and served HOT from the kitchen. Tom surprised us with Boston Cream pie for our Anniversary. The music was pleasant. A very nice dining experience.
  38. PF

    PammyF

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Slow service. Food is good for a chain restaurant but nothing to write home about.
  39. BD

    BobD

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a great time at Legal Sea Food -Downtown Crossing. My Moroccan Swordfish was out-of-this-world and our waiter, Nick, was the best.
  40. JP

    JackP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had dinner and drinks at Legal Crossing before a show at the opera house. We started with and cup of clam chowder. For our entrees, I had the crab cake combo that included shrimp, scallops, a crab cake, rice and a small salad and my wife had the lobster mac and cheese. All of our food was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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 2213 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing

558 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Crossing

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Our validation will net you savings at the Lafayette Garage across the street at 1 Avenue de Lafayette. Weekdays before 4pm, get a $2/hour discount for up to two hours. Or park for $16 on weekdays after 4pm and all day on weekends.

  • Public transit

    Orange/Red Line: Downtown Crossing StationGreen Line: Boylston StationOrange Line: Chinatown Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 692-8888

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Taylor DeLeo and Liz Finlay: (617) 530-9470

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