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

Legal Sea Foods – Downtown Crossing

4.4
4.4
2164 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 72 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 2,164 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. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Too dark and black
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seated immediately, waiter Tom was efficient and pleasant, attentive without being in our faces. Lobster roll was huge and cooked perfectly, Fries were crispy on outside and soft in middle, seared tuna steak was moist and cooked perfectly. Szechuan beans were delicious, with a bit of spice to them.
  3. DO

    DanO

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food as always - but a bit pricey. Also confusing that the restaurant is called “Legal Crossing” but the website calls it “Legal Seafood” - so we walked past it the first time.
  4. C

    Courtney

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible seafood - scallops cooked to perfection, clam chowder delicious. The service was above and beyond. I love seeing managers being hands on, rather than just dictating people around. The interactions between workers was kind and lighthearted. 10/10 experience. Will definitely be back!
  5. M

    Michelle

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lobster roll was outstanding
  6. WM

    WillowM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The service was nice, the food was not very good. Stuff are fresh but not properly cooked
  7. L

    Lulubell

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great. Our server Ashley was attentive and very nice. Manager and hostesses were also great!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Salmon and shrimp didn’t have much flavor. Needed to be seasoned better.
  9. MY

    MasaY

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    It took awfully long time the server came to us to take our order. They didn’t bring fork and knife until our foods came. Food quality was much less than it used be. Will not recommend to go. Really disappointed.
  10. L

    Liza

    New England

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Our server was slow and seemed distracted. Salomon dish from the test kitchen was delicious. The bed of grain it was served on lacked flaver.
  11. KA

    KristinA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent food &amp; service! A greater place to dine before or after a visit to the theater!
  12. TM

    TraceyM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    The lobster was over cooked (lobster roll). The salad had very little dressing on it, we asked for more salad dressing, but it never came. The waiter was very friendly but ignored us once our food came. Very disappointing, this is not the Legal Sea Foods I remember. The location is convenient for pre-matinee lunch provided you have low expectations.
  13. MW

    MarkW

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    great service
  14. CS

    CSURAMVET

    Las Vegas

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The Legal Seafood was a great place when I visited about 10 years ago. It seems to have gone down in quality since my last visit. The Lobster choices were minimal with either a stuffed whole lobster of a lobster roll.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The women who waited us was amazing… hands down one of the best. Clam chowder was lukewarm and fish and chips was a disappointment. But hey… it is a staple restaurant and beer and ambiance was good.
  16. L

    Lulu

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I were early for our reservation and the restaurant was full but the hostess did her best to find us a table We ended up sitting at the bar, had a delicious meal and were right on time for the theatre..
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Soups were fine but the fish was disappointing.
  18. b

    backbaybob

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Pre-theatre dinner, not quite what I’ve come to expect from Legals. Will try another time and hope for a different outcome
  19. MM

    MarionM

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quality food and service served at a nice pace.
  20. CR

    CarlieR

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Mediocre food and service at inflated prices. Definitely would not recommend.
  21. RH

    RobertH

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The weather was unseasonably cold the day we went. The AC vent was blowing right down on me. The food and service was very good though.
  22. M

    Meaghan

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food is always great; the bartenders could use a refresher on drink mixology. I’ve never been in this location where they deliver me a full martini glass or other cocktail. It’s usually half full unfortunately. Otherwise great service and food and atmosphere
  23. SS

    SallyS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Shocking service. Wrong drinks delivered, then the correct ones took 10 minutes to arrive and only after chasing. Starters arrived, then entrees halfway through eating the starters. The server seemed to think this was OK? The food was fine but the service let the whole thing down. We asked for the bill, it arrived and then the server disappeared. 10 minutes went by so we went to bar to pay them directly.
  24. KK

    KimK

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    As far as the food goes everything was OUTSTANDING!! Our only problem was that someone dropped off our food and our server never checked to see if we would like another round of drinks which we would have had at least one if not two more.
  25. AG

    AndrewG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4
    We've dined at several Legals over the years, and have always loved 4.5-5 star service along with 5 star food. Last night we went to Legal Downtown Crossing and while the food was right up to par with what we've come to expect with Legal, the service was a 3 star experience. We were there for a show across the way. It wasn't an overly busy Tuesday night. We had a reservation for 5;15, and the host who greeted us was great. We decided to take 2 seats at the bar instead. This is where the service was not up to "Legal Standards" in our opinion. My wife ordered a drink with some mango in it and the bar server let her know there was no mango because deliveries aren't great. That's okay, we've come to expect that these days. One of us has diabetes and was beginning to experience a fast drop in blood sugar, so we asked our bar server for a quick glass of orange juice. She disappeared for a little bit and let us know that there was no o.j. in the house either. Not a problem because our health issue is our problem, but it was a bit strange to not have orange juice at a bar and restaurant. Anyway, it was just slow and wonky service there. It seems she may have not had enough help. Two patrons sat next to us and waited probably close to 3-5 minutes before being greeted by the bar - again, she might have just acknowledged them and promised to be back, but that didn't happen. Then after we were finished with our plates, they sat at the bar for a good 5-6 minutes in front of the empty chair to our right. Another patron sat there with our dirty dishes in front of him. Even the presentation of meals when they came out could be done better. They'd just be delivered in a deadpan voice - "salmon, simply grilled..." deadpan, "halibut..." deadpan. No smile about it, no happiness in the presentation...just deadpan. It seems to me that this is simple Hospitality 101 - serve with a smile and some happy intonation. Hopefully, they look at this as a chance to retrain
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant was packed and a little noisy. There were 2 huge tables and we were a little concerned about service, but our server was prompt, food came in a take manner and tasted great. Will visit again.
  27. S

    Sadly

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I used to work as a server at Legal’s in NY when they were open . I was so excited to go to eat here since I was in Boston! It was one of the worst dining experiences I have had. The server got our drinks and order and never came back. Not to drop off the food or even check on us. After not seeing him for over 45 minutes, I had to ask someone else to get us the check. The only thing that was good was the lobster. The side dishes were horrible and the steak was dry. Glad we didn’t waste our money on apps as who knows how they would have been. That was the worst $120 I have spent. Such a shame as we were so very excited to go.
  28. DS

    DennisS

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The swordfish was very good. Presentation could have been a lot nicer but that’s being picky on my part. Waiter was new so I could cut him a break. Definitely not disappointed to eat there but with the big variety in the area, there’s other great options.
  29. f

    fatcat

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Very loud, service great. I ordered sea scallops, I think they were bay scallops my niece ordered shrimp scampi she received chicken scampi
  30. SA

    StewartA

    New England

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, great food, excellent swordfish!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful waiter and great food!
  32. L

    Legals

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my mom to lunch it was very busy cause of the theater. The food was amazing, the service was excellent the atmosphere was nice. Drinks were amazing the bartender is a nice guy. Shout out to our server Maria P thank you!
  33. A

    Anna

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Legal Sea Foods was fanastic! I have celiac disease (treated like a wheat allergy) and am highly sensitive to cross contamination. I did not get sick and the menu was easy to order from. I was very happy to learn that all fried foods are gluten free because the batter is gluten free! Our wait staff was very helpful. They explained the accommodations and made sure to confirm with the chefs. I even came back the next day to eat here again since it was so good. Thank you very much!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Overall a good dining experience Food was really good and tasty with big portions We felt rushed through the service probably because of the closing time Service was very minimal The place looks a little bit outdated as when you first enter it gives the impression to be a classy venue but then you notice the usage of the carpet and the old lamps on the ceiling
  35. CT

    CurtisT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    we were a few minutes early for our reservation but was seated right away, Waitress was very attentive at serving us, food was wonderful, and we had a very pleasant time enjoying our dinner.
  36. M

    Marta

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We sat outside and it was nice. Recommend if you want lobster or clam chowder.
  37. DE

    DianeE

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic fish dinners! Lemon Sole, Swordfish and Tuna steak. Great service too. Our waitress Hailey was very knowledgeable.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food great . On the expensive side. Service excellent.
  39. LP

    LindaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fish and Fried Clams cooked to perfection. Waitstaff wonderful. Boston Cream pie delicious. Just a great restaurant with no surprises. Guaranteed fresh and delicious fish.
  40. WD

    WendyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite preshow meal. Fresh seafood, great wine selection and great people watching of downtown crossing.

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 2164 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 72 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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