Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.05mi
  2. Distance: 0.13mi
  3. Distance: 0.13mi
  4. Distance: 0.14mi
  1. Distance: 0.05mi
  2. Distance: 0.13mi
  3. Distance: 0.13mi
  4. Distance: 0.14mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.05mi
  2. Distance: 0.13mi
  3. Distance: 0.13mi
  4. Distance: 0.14mi
  1. Distance: 0.05mi
  2. Distance: 0.13mi
  3. Distance: 0.13mi
  4. Distance: 0.14mi

About Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf

The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Enjoy ocean-side dining just steps from the New England Aquarium. Our restaurant couldn’t be more convenient to the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and waterfront hotels. We think a visit to Boston must include a meal at Legal Sea Foods.

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.

255 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm

Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm

Cross Street:
Atlantic Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(617) 742-5300

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Boston-Long-Wharf

Parking Details:
Our validation will net you savings, daily after 4:30pm. Park at discounted rates for up to 4 hours in the Boston Harbor Garage, located at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Milk Street.

Public Transit:
Aquarium Station (Blueline)

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. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here at Long Wharf, our private dining room accommodates up to 50 guests.

Send a Gift Card

Buy now and send it instantly by email, or print a card to give in person.

Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (46)
Special Occasion (29)
Good for a Date (23)
See All
Business Meals (22)
Scenic View (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Casual (21)
Local Ingredients (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Kid-friendly (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Healthy (13)
Authentic (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Fun (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Romantic (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
People Watching (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Cozy (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great Beer (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Sort by
S
3433 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
·Dined 2 days ago

Our waitress, Harmony was amazing and fun! She had great food recommendations and always checked on us

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Fantastic food and good service, reservations were super easy

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Comfortable and welcoming. Nice ambiance and excellent food. Friendly waitstaff.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (London)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, great service. Always a must go to place when we visit Boston.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food is good restaurant needs some updates.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

 
·Dined on February 3, 2018

Fantastic! The waitress and chef took all of our many and varied needs into account, with smiles and made the effort to accommodate us. Fast service, incredible food, fun ambiance and the wait staff was flawless.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Authentic, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had reservations for 3 at 5:30 after a 2:00 Show in Boston. From the Boston Opera House we walked down Washington street to State street and arrived at about 5:10. We were taken in right away. Every single item we ordered was incredible! As restaurants go Legal Seafood is on the high end for price but I have to say it was well worth it. The food was excellent, cooked to order and the atmosphere was fantastic. Even our waiter was the best and it is tough to beat looking at the ocean out your window. A perfect end to our Boston trip.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

More of a tourist spot than suitable for local people. Even so, the food remains very consistent and good.

Tags: Great Beer, Scenic View, Casual, Waterfront, People Watching, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on February 1, 2018

A given that the Clam Chowder was awesome. Best ever. I had the grilled scallops for the main meal. Good, but a bit bland. I asked for melted butter (because butter makes everything better) and all was good again. Great place, great location, great food and the service is wonderful.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was incredible! Fresh sea food at its finest. Two words......Lobster roll!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Predictable, good food.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Legal Seafood is known for their quality food and good service. I selected it because it was convenient for a friend but I only had about 45 minutes for lunch. The service was excellent. We got our lunches quickly and had no trouble staying on schedule. Another great experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It has been a few years between visits. This restaurant was just as good as I remembered it! The service was awesome the manager a scream. I was with 2 Jaguar fans, the manager came over and thanked them for spending the evening with Legal Sea Food the night before their season ended. Great night!

Tags: Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I can always count on Legal Seafood to be consistent with the quality of their seafood and it's preparation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 19, 2018

18th Birthday for my daughter, great spot, good service, terrific food!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Fantastic wait staff (Thanks Rick!) Really great food and wine pairings. Fantastic for kids as well with plenty of space between tables. Seafood was fresh and delicious. Definitely recommend.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 16, 2018

All the fish was overcooked - very disappointing. I should have said something but I didn't.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service5
value2

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great food, good service, nice atmosphere but way too expensive. Even for Boston, we found the prices to be much too high. We will go to the North End next time. The restaurants on Hanover St are just as good, if not better, for much less.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Hot Spot, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great restaurant to get lobster at. Their lobster rolls are excellent and so is the lobster bake.

Tags: Waterfront, Great Beer, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our waiter was fantastic, really made the whole
Dining experience

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Couldn’t get a baked potato !
Couldn’t get a baked potato !

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (New England)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Exactly what you expect - good food / great service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great dinner, great service!Our food was delicious and our waiter was friendly and efficient. Thank you!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went here as a group for New Years Eve with a plan to catch the fireworks outside after dinner. This was a double celebration as my sister is also moving across the country, so this was NYE dinner as well as a goodbye dinner. Our reservations were at 9:45 and we were told we can “take our time” once seated. 10 minutes later, our waitress arrived and said “I need you guys to order within the next 10 minutes or else the kitchen is closed.” On New Year’s Eve, at 10:00, really?? We ordered 2 bottles of Prosecco, and when we went to order a third, we were told we can not because the “bar closed.” The whole experienced was so rushed/unenjoyable. We spent $300 (not including tip) and were treated as if we were bothersome. They couldn’t get us out fast enough. For that kind of money I certainly expect better ! DO NOT plan on celebrating NYE here or your plans will get ruined. We were, however, able to get excellent drinks and service at the Marriott across the street afterwards.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We spent New Year's Eve w our grandson
Wonderful food and service

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We've been to LSF many times, but maybe as it was new years eve, the staff were having an off day. Lobsters were OK, but a lot of water was on plate as if they'd not been drained. The constant checking of what I assume were table optimisation people was incredible, and off putting, so we won't rush back.

Tags: Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service2
value2

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My husband and I took out three children to Boston to celebrate the holidays and winter vacation. We all agreed, the food was fantastic, we have been a few times, but what really stood out and made our evening was the amazing service! Our waiter, Rick, was outstanding! He had perfect recommendations that were spot on! A+ service!!! We will be back and will be sure it a day he is working ( he is off Sunday and Monday).

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was a little bit rushed. Nice waitress but we didn’t even finish our starters when the main course was served. Same with the dessert as the check came before we were done. But food was overall good. Typical American sea food with deep fried choices and big portions.

Tags: Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good food , really good service , very nice atmosphere. I would recommend to a friend.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Hot Spot, Waterfront
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The grilled tuna, at $30, was unseasoned and not rare as requested. It sat unadorned with two despondent sides on a thick, white plate better suited to a coffee shop. The waiter, Matt, was helpful and speedy, a welcome change from the reception desk. Our reservation was for 6 PM (we were heading for an evening event at the aquarium, whose proximity is the ONLY reason to dine at this branch of Legal Seafood). We arrived with two young children at 5:45, and were told that we had to wait, standing at the door, until 6. At 6:10, we were led to a table that had been empty since our arrival. (It was visible from the entry, although the only way it could have been further back would have been to seat us in the restrooms. Altogether a fairly bleak experience, which we will not repeat.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience3
service3
value1

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

They were amazing with allergy safety. The food was prepared in separate pans and hand delivered by the manager.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Crowded table. Cold draft every time front door opened. Slow service. Overpriced.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service3
value2

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

Great food and drinks. Prices seemed a little high. Lots of kids.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

The only problem was we were 5 and was seated at a 4 top

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Holiday dinner before dropping our daughter off at Logan Airport and Legal was a great spot, as always. It was Christmas Day and it was busy, even at 5:00 PM. Our waiter was excellent and the food delicious. They even had my favorite wine available by the glass. We have dined at Legal many times and in many places - they have never failed us.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Made reservation for Christmas Eve. Staff was friendly enough and we were seated immediately. We were seated at a window booth/table, and it was noticeably drafty and cold. The manager, at a nearby patron's complaint, adjusted the heat, stating it would take 15 minutes to get warmer. We ordered our food, grilled scallops w/ & rice, and surf & turf, which, when they came out, were both room temperature. Ether they had sat out or the extreme draft cooled them right away. The food was too cool to enjoy (butter would not melt on the broccoli) , so we asked the waiter to send it back. The manager (who was dealing with the aforementioned complaining patron) was there too, and apologized. They said they would reheat it (to our satisfaction) and give us new sides. When it came back, it the entrees were warmer, but the sides were still pretty cool. The manager also seemed very annoyed, whether at the situation or with us was uncertain, but it showed. The meal was therefore, wholly dissatisfying. In addition, the prices were rather high relative to the food and presentation - a higher priced Red Lobster. We had dined at the company's Legal Crossing (a boutique version of Legal Seafood) the night before and were very happy. Also could not help notice that when the bill arrived, the server left a 8.5x11 mission statement (what Legal Seafood promises to its customers). I didn't notice anyone else got one. Weird.
Yes, it was Christmas Eve, but that doesn't excuse cold food and high prices.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service3
value2

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Annual Christmas Eve dinner

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Have been to a few other Legal Seafood Restaurants (RI, Chestnut Hill, and the other Boston location), all have been excellent, however we were very disappointed at the Long Wharf Location. The service was very good, but two of our four dinners had to be sent back TWICE!! Once for being over done and the other for being ice cold....unbelievable!! Finally third time was a charm. This was a special occasion for us since our son was coming home for the holidays from Germany. He requested a nice seafood restaurant! Never again, thank you but no thanks!! Add to this the restaurant was not even busy! We did not even all enjoy a meal together!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service4
value2

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Anniversary

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service3
value4

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Trip to Boston

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.