Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square
It’s a scientific fact that seafood is the healthiest protein, so it’s no wonder that Legal Sea Foods located nearby MIT and a whole catch of biotech office buildings in Kendall Square would be such a popular lure. Our restaurant, steps from the Marriott Hotel and convenient to Cambridgeside Galleria shopping and the Museum of Science, reels in residents and tourists alike.
We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” (USA Today, 2013), “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
shrimp, whitefish, calamari, fries, coleslaw
romaine hearts, garlic croutons, shaved romano, creamy dressing
pancetta and arugula
Our waiter was phenomenal and best lobsters ever!!! Also totally recommend the chocolate bon bons for dessert.
Vacation dinner with fresh lobster. Amazing!
Legal was extremely accommodating of our large party. The event was a networking lunch for a group of people who didn't know each other and therefore wanted separate checks. Food was great.
Business meeting back booth perfect
Food was good as always. Waitress was a bit overly intrusive. it seemed like every fifth sentence I said was interrupted by her doing something at our table. She also brought us an expensive Norwegian bottled water (already opened so we couldn't return it) when we expected tap water.
Legal Seafoods is usually excellent but the fish I was served had gone bad; you could clearly tell from the ammonia taste and smell. I was not offered any compensation other than a replacement dish. Given that I was on a business meal and had a tight schedule, I did not bring the issue up until later, when I reported it online in their customer service system. More than 24 hours passed and I did not receive a response.
Service was fast and friendly. The fried calamari appetizer was good and the grilled scallops were decent. Everything else was pretty disappointing. The sides were, to is, inedible: Brussels were cooked beyond recognition, for example. We will not go back and would not recommend.
So much potential. Fish is fresh, but dishes are unrefined
Legal Seafoods is a classic Cambridge/Boston establishment. The food lives up to the reputation. Very good place for seafood.
This was our 3rd visit in the restaurant in six months. We really enjoyed it the first two times, but in our last visit service was really slow making was wait almost 30 minute to our entree, which was cold and not special like we’re used to. Since it is a very expensive restaurant we expected more.
Kids everywhere, fully lit. A child shat their pants next to our table. Server got several things wrong and seemed checked out. Smells of old school dirty carpeted restaurant from the 70s.
The eggs benedict we had was excellent but they did not listen to my request to have the sauce on the side.
This is the second time I've been to Legal at Kendall and it's been amazing again. The staff was wonderful and so helpful. It was my dad's 60th birthday and he was very happy with everything. Thank you so much for making his day special ❤️
Excellent seafood and good service. Recommended if in the area.
Your service was so good. Thanks. Reception Desk and Server were nice for us. Hank
Very quiet at dinnertime. It doesn't have much of an ambiance, but the food and service never disappoint.
Great time with $ oysters at bar while waiting for business associate will plan this purposefully in the future
You can always count on excellent fresh seafood at Legals and they never disappoint!
One appetizer that did disappoint however was the redesign of the smoked salmon. The smoked salmon itself, as always, was delicious. However, it now was described in the menu as Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast. This sounded yummy and I pictured their delicious smoked salmon with slices of fresh avocado, leno, capers and slivers of red onion. However, it came out as dry crsisp toast with some sort of thin layer of what the server said was "avocado butter" and capers. No lemon. No onion and very dry. This appetizer can be improved with fresh ingredients or I would ask Legal to go back to their tried and true smoked salmon appetizer with toasted brioche, lots of lemon, capers and shaved red onion.
I loved the diversity on the floor. It's been awhile I've been to Kendal location. The last time I was there Summer 2018. A new chef was being trained to cook the shrimp casserole. My order was replaced , but still was the worst. Yesterdays, clam chowder was the best ($1.00 cup special), I took out a bowel. The next day it was just as great. I miss being able to purchase it at the 7/11 store two blocks away. The waitress was the best, I've had in a while. Doing an early lunch at Legal Sea Foods is a great idea.
We've been coming to this location for over a decade, roughly 40 times a year I would say. We go to other sites as well, among them Legal on the Mystic and Downtown Crossing.
The kitchen at Kendall uses an excessive amount of salt. I say this as a reasonably good cook but I also find that it uses more salt than other locations we have been to.
Consistently good food good service, fresh fish! Server was friendly and attentive.
Oh dear, Legal Seafoods, what's going on?
After an absence of a little over a year, I come for lunch and the menu is scarce and when I ask if it's possible to have just the "whitefish" from your "crispy fried" section, as a starter, get grilled haddock instead; when I question the waiter about it, he says that I should know that's what whitefish means in MA. what?
Then I ask for a tuna burger with no fries and a side of broccoli instead, and the burger comes with fries. And the broccoli that then comes after is in massive undercooked cuts and smothered in butter.
Nice place for dating. The waiter has introduced a lot of fun facts about oysters to us and treated us with clam chowder. Recommended!
Drinks were good, food was only OK. And the portions were way too large - not quite Cheesecake Factory levels, but far too much. Service was perfect.
The clam chowder was delicious. The lobster rolls with butter were nice and light.
Quiet evening perfect for a family dinner. Food took much longer to be served than expected, particularly given that the restaurant was so quiet, but the quality was high. Service was otherwise excellent.
We were there on Christmas Day mid-day and it was quiet then. Probably when busy it is not so quiet. They were very accommodating and help re: my wife’s disabilities.
We went for Christmas Eve dinner. They were clearly understaffed. Our meal was very good and so was our service and food but other tables were complaining so it made it an unpleasant setting. Waitstaff were clearly stressed and working hard to keep up with the tables. Either management should properly staff or just close for the holiday.
Very disappointed overall, though it did end on a positive note thanks to the manager who stepped in and took full ownership. We were in Boston vIsiting our son for Christmas and expected Legal to provide a solid, reliable seafood dinner on Christmas Eve. It was such a train wreck that we even felt bad for the manager because he was obviously dealing with some staffing issues-both on the floor and in the kitchen. The service was painfully slow and our server, although nice, was perhaps a recently promoted bus boy on this day. After an hour and 15 mins, the food arrived cool, was not what was promised and one person’s dinner was completely forgotten. Our server had since long disappeared by this point. We had to flag him down for water refills and to order wine. Fortunately, the manager realized what was going on and required no prompting to make amends. He was very apologetic and made no excuses for the poor experience. He offered to bring us each another order and also offered to comp our dinner(less the wine). Although we spent a bundle on wine while waiting, the evening ended with warm food that was pretty tasty. It was an unfortunate experience, but we appreciate that the manager rescued the situation in the end.
Crab cakes were moist and cooked to perfection.Accompanied by a flavorful salad that included farrow and currants.
We enjoy this Legal Seafoods prior to attending the Christmas Revels. The ambience is nice. We were happy to learn that unlike some other Legal locations, thay still serve onion strings..
As usual, our party enjoyed an outstanding meal at Legal in Kendall Square.
Our server, Tristan, was obviously new to his job. He did well except for when it came to pouring wine>
He needs to learn to NOT pick up each glass by the bowl and pour.
I am NOT a wine snob but am VERY serious when it comes to wine service. Hopefully, someone takes him aside and trains him accordingly. Another more up-tight client may not be so kind.
As always, our lunch at Legal was phenomenal. The menu was lovely, had a few new things, a few things I'd wished they had but didn't. In the end, I got the oysters rockfeller and lobster bisque, and a coffee bonbon for dessert.
Keep up the good work!
Food was good, waiter delightful, love the cappuccino
Cherry stone clams with horseradish cocktail sauce were delicious. The 2 lb BAKED STUFF LOBSTER WAS AS GOOD AS I REMEMBERED 10 yrs ago!! The stuffing is to die for.!
Wonderful Scottish salmon!
Two mother in laws to be, taking the table for hours, Fernando & partner were wonderful - we can’t thank you enough, it was the first time we were alone for an evening since our children got engaged!
Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square is rated 4.4 stars by 1757 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.