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About Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square

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.

355 Main Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 12pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
Ames Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(617) 864-3400

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Cambridge-Kendall-Square

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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. Here at Kendall Square, our sunny private dining room can accommodate 50 people for a sit down dinner or up to 60 guests for a cocktail reception.

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Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Kendall Square Legal Sea Foods restaurant was awesome. The whole experience was so significantly above average that it was remarkable. The oysters were so fresh and delicious. The
entrees were prepared with care and with the freshest ingredient.Our party had Nantucket scallops, crab cakes, and haddock all deliciously prepared. Dessert excelled. Pumpkin cheesecake, Boston Cream pie and key lime pie were all shared.
What a meal! Cannot wait to go back. Service was excellent and the General Manager was terrific too.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

The Waitress from New Bedford is good people!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was really good. Our waiter wasn’t the best. He poured water into my beer glass and then pretended like he didn’t do it. The waitress behind us at the next table kept dropping and breaking their dishes, as well. I think they should hire people who know how to work at an upscale restaurant. Or if you’re looking to have a funny time at a place, come here!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We’ve been to many other Legal’s without any issues. Kendall Square over Thanksgiving weekend was horribly understaffed and the existing staff was very inexperienced. Took forever to get our order and to get it straight. No one refilling wine glasses or bus service to be seen. An unusual Legal’s experience

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Legal's is a favorite for my mother-in-law and that's why we were there. It didn't disappoint. My mother-in-law was happy so I was happy.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving. We arrived ten minutes early and were immediately seated. Service was a perfect blend of efficient but not intrusive. We ordered a bottle of inexpensive wine ($39). We had one appetizer, mussels with plenty for 3 to share. I had choppino, wife had a mani mani on special and daughter had swordfish. We shared a Boston crepe dessert, one had an espresso martini and I had espresso. Total cost $176, $210 With tip. All the dishes were wonderful. Great dinner!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

A bit laud. slow wait staff. This is more a college happy hour place.
Food was almost cold when finally severed.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This restaurant has gone downhill. It feels a bit tired and the attention to detail
Is lacking.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Food was good but overpriced. Service was very good. When I (erroneously as it turned out) our server spoke to the chef and unhesitatingly brought me a small plate of freshly broiled shrimp, even though I told her it wasn’t necessary.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

whenever I am in Boston, I go to Legal Sea Foods - I love fish, and the quality at this local chain is very good indeed.
the service is friendly and attentive, the cocktails are very nice, the place is modern and shiny and the menu is very wide and interesting.
I have only one bone to pick, so to speak: they have changed their tuna burger to be made with a tuna patty instead of a tuna steak - it's a pity, although it was nice I miss the old style.
however, I WILL come back again at my next visit.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Local Sea Foods was very good, not quite what I expected but very good all the same. The food tasted good and was well presented. Our server was professional, timely and courteous. The selection of beer was good as well included lots of domestic and imported selections including Chimay which can be challenging to find in most places.

All in all it was a very nice business evening dinner with my colleague.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We enjoyed a very good meal of the trio of grilled fish. The service was very good and the atmosphere was light and airy. The host staff was very helpful when we checked in for our table. They offered to store our bags while we ate dinner.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I added Birthday when booking this restaurant. It was great I totally forgot to mention it was my husbands birthday and they brought cake with a candle to celebrate! Thanks for remembering and making our night extra special.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Got the grilled assortment and it was amazing. Despite having a slightly charred exterior, the fish melted in my mouth and tasted absolutely delicious. I'd give 5 stars for the food, but the side dishes (I got broccoli and fries) were larger in portion to the actual entree and seemed to be a bit of a waste since the entree was filling enough and the tastes of the side dishes were nothing special (of course, I did get broccoli and fries, but my boyfriend felt the same about this onion rings and mashed potatoes).

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Legal's is very convenient for meetings with MIT friends and colleagues.

I miss the baked potatoes

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Onions were really oily and the seafood a bit tasteless. I remember it being better last time I visited two years ago.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent food and service. A bit noisy. Even though I had an Open Table reservation they did not note that we had arrived and had lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Legal is Legal. We have so many in the boston area that it is hard to distinguish among them. Food is always good- never brilliant- but reliably good. With wine and a main course can be a bit pricey. Service tends to be always good. Noise level in most quite fine. Sometimes when it's really convenient or easy to park or you just want a plain piece of fish, it is a good place to go.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I love legal seafood, but was disappointed in the sparseness of my fisherman's platter which had an abundance of fried calimari and lacked abundance of other seafood! It was so disappointing.

Also, wish to mention that the busboy cleaned the table next to us by putting the tub on the table...it was disconcerting, surely the dishes can be carried to the tub placed elsewhere.

If this is policy, it must change. I have waitressed, and we would NEVER allow the customer to have to deal with such things!

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

As always food was excellent, service however not so much. Server seemed to be not interested in his job.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Best wine value n Boston area, such a pleasure to dine at a restaurant that doesn't have ridiculous mark ups with wine list and wonderful choices

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The service was awful. Waited twice for a glass of wine more than 30 minutes. Side dishes were delivered with the appetizers, we thought this was a joke. Never again.

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Another great evening at LS! Food is great, wine list offers a good selection at moderate markup, and service was appropriately attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was great, atmosphere was very good. Service was excellent, the waiter was knowledgeable and courteous.

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Very pleasant evening reconnecting with friends. Server was attentive to several special dietary requests and provided timely service. As always, an excellent value with very enjoyable food.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Small chain with a hometown flair. Wonderful meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great location for business meetings. No need to leave Kendall Square.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Dined with 3 German colleagues who were not too sure about having seafood but they absolutely LOVED it!! They actually wanted to come back the very next night! They raved about the meal. Compliments!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We took my husband's parents there for lunch because it is close to his office. We all enjoyed great food but the service was truly outstanding.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 2, 2017

S erver took a while to great us. Appetizers were extremely late. Needed to ask for cocktail sauce. Clam chowder that was ordered never arrived. One item arrive not as advertised.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Legal Seafood is consistently superb in all its seafood offerings. The scallops were delicious and my guest thoroughly enjoyed the jasmine shrimp. They never disappoint.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

we take our business visitors to Legals.
we take our business visitors to Legals.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 26, 2017

All was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We got there early and had no problems getting a table. The food was very well prepared.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 26, 2017

My go-to place when I have business in the Cambridge area. And they are very accommodating - one of the guests has a shellfish allergy that I didn't know, but when the restaurant was informed, they were very careful to cook her salmon in a pan that did not touch shellfish previously.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Years ago when my office was located across the street from Legal, I ordered the "Seafood Casserole" often, used to base other restaurants on this particular dish. This past Friday the casserole was overcook, dried and burnt. The manager came by and saw my unhappiness with the casserole, and agreed that the dish was overcooked. Another was ordered and brought to me. The attempt to satisfied me with another re-do on the casserole, it was appreciated. But the re ordered dish wasn't great at all, good. The seafood was cooked perfectly, the breadcrumb was under cooked and it was heavily buttered and way to much oil.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The fish served here was done if the tastiest and freshest no have had. The staff were friendly and helpful and the whole evening was perfect.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Legal Sea Food used to be very good. I found it to be very average food for a very high price. Service was slow even though the restaurant was not crowded. Can’t recommend this restaurant.

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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We stopped by twice this weekend. We usually go at least once every time we are in Cambridge. It's great traditional New England seafood.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We've been dining at Legal Sea Food for nearly it's entire 49 year run. Although we no longer live nearby, we are frequent visitors to family and community gatherings in the area and often get to Legal's when in town. It never disappoints. The food is always excellent, the wine list is good, and our server was personable and knowledgeable.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Authentic
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