Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square

4.4
1757 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1757 people are saying
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BostonFoodie
New England
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.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation dinner with fresh lobster. Amazing!

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Mary
New England
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.

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vipWhyccoft
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business meeting back booth perfect

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georgew
New England
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.

FB
FrequentBostonDiner
New England
7 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.

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Furrbz
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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CharlesS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

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SeanR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

SA
ShaharA
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.

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DLeb
New England
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.

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ReubenW
Chicago
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 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 ❤️

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EdCa
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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xyxyxy
Hertfordshire
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Hank
New England
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSuCar
New England
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.

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vipKerryB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Intern lunch

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vipRTay
Omaha
26 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service!

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vipWhyccoft
New England
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

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vipDent
New England
37 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.

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Kweku
New England
4 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.

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vipchef
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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.

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vipMich
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Pucci
New York Area
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.

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Elio
New England
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!

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vipSiggy
Los Angeles
47 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.

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vipMeeraA
London
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipSuCar
New England
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.

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Ross
New England
29 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.

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vipDavey
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 24, 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
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.

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velosmeister
New England
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.

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vipDR99High
New England
12 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..

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vipSorellinathebomb
New England
38 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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BarbBalkwill
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Ginny
New England
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, waiter delightful, love the cappuccino

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docroc
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.!

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vippagFlorida
Naples
16 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Scottish salmon!

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Barbara
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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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.

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