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Legal Sea Foods, Kendall Square - Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square

4.6
4.6
1564 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood

The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods - really fresh fish.
Legal Sea Foods in Kendall Square is located near MIT and a whole catch of office buildings, including the new Google tower. Our restaurant, steps from the Marriott Hotel and convenient to Cambridgeside Galleria shopping and the Museum of Science, reels in residents and tourists alike. Our private dining room seats groups of up to 35, with room for 50 at standing receptions.

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Booked 25 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-3400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, 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 - Kendall Square can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Nancy Barrett: (617) 540-9352

  • Neighborhood

    Kendall Square

  • Cross street

    Ames Street

  • Parking details

    Our validation will net you savings. Park for discounted rates at the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway.

  • Public transit

    Kendall/MIT (Red Line) “T” stop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,564 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. TT

    TooTiredToCookAtHome

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yay, Legal's is back and brighter! I have eaten at this Legal's hundreds of times over the past 30 years and its closure during covid put a big hole in our weekly routines. It remains a gold standard for local seafood. You can always find something appealing on the menu, which has been updated with Poke and other current styles. Still has a decent wine list. The whiter scheme is nice . What happened to the fish tank? Soooo happy it is back with food we love and a new look.

  2. D

    Dent

    New England

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is great to have this location open again! The food as always was delicious and the staff is terrific

  3. t

    tomasop

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Good apart initial server who was probably being a waiter for the first time!

  4. JB

    JerBing

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    They just reopened after a couple of years. New kitchen staff so food prep will get better. Overall good food and great staff.

  5. t

    tomasop

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4

    Food as good as 3 years ago Just opened so service organization can and will improve

  6. R

    Recommend

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    First time at this Legal and they said they had only been open for 24 hours! There were small missteps and confusion on things but that comes with a brand new restaurant and new staff. Food was great and service was amazing!

  7. BF

    BostonFoodie

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter was phenomenal and best lobsters ever!!! Also totally recommend the chocolate bon bons for dessert.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Vacation dinner with fresh lobster. Amazing!

  9. M

    Mary

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  10. W

    Whyccoft

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Business meeting back booth perfect

  11. g

    georgew

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    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.

  12. FB

    FrequentBostonDiner

    New England

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    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.

  13. F

    Furrbz

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    So much potential. Fish is fresh, but dishes are unrefined

  14. CS

    CharlesS

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    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.

  15. SR

    SeanR

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Legal Seafoods is a classic Cambridge/Boston establishment. The food lives up to the reputation. Very good place for seafood.

  16. SA

    ShaharA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    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.

  17. DL

    DLeb

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall1food3service2ambience1

    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.

  18. RW

    ReubenW

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The eggs benedict we had was excellent but they did not listen to my request to have the sauce on the side.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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 ❤️

  20. EC

    EdCa

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal

  21. x

    xyxyxy

    Hertfordshire

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent seafood and good service. Recommended if in the area.

  22. H

    Hank

    New England

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Your service was so good. Thanks. Reception Desk and Server were nice for us. Hank

  23. SC

    SuCar

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience2

    Very quiet at dinnertime. It doesn't have much of an ambiance, but the food and service never disappoint.

  24. KB

    KerryB

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Intern lunch

  25. RT

    RTay

    Omaha

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service!

  26. W

    Whyccoft

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great time with $ oysters at bar while waiting for business associate will plan this purposefully in the future

  27. D

    Dent

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    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.

  28. K

    Kweku

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  29. c

    chef

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2020

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    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.

  30. M

    Mich

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently good food good service, fresh fish! Server was friendly and attentive.

  31. P

    Pucci

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall1food2service4ambience3

    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. Very disappointing.

  32. E

    Elio

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice place for dating. The waiter has introduced a lot of fun facts about oysters to us and treated us with clam chowder. Recommended!

  33. S

    Siggy

    Los Angeles

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience3

    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.

  34. MA

    MeeraA

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The clam chowder was delicious. The lobster rolls with butter were nice and light.

  35. SC

    SuCar

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  36. R

    Ross

    New England

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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.

  37. D

    Davey

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    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.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Deactivated - Central Queensland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    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.

  39. v

    velosmeister

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Crab cakes were moist and cooked to perfection.Accompanied by a flavorful salad that included farrow and currants.

  40. DR

    DR99High

    New England

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    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..

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square is rated 4.6 stars by 1564 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square

355 Main Street Cambridge, MA 02142

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ames Street

  • Neighborhood

    Kendall Square

  • Hours of operation

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

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Our validation will net you savings. Park for discounted rates at the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway.

  • Public transit

    Kendall/MIT (Red Line) “T” stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-3400

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Nancy Barrett: (617) 540-9352

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