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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
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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.

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Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (61)
Casual (38)
Scenic View (36)
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Special Occasion (34)
Good for a Date (32)
Local Ingredients (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Great for Lunch (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Good for Groups (26)
Business Meals (21)
Fun (20)
Authentic (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
Good for Birthdays (19)
People Watching (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Romantic (15)
Comfort Food (13)
Gluten Free Options (13)
Healthy (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Kid-friendly (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Cozy (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Such a wonderful lunch! Our server Joshua R, was fantastic - great suggestions and quick service. Everything was cooked perfectly. We will absolutely be coming back.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

every time our family has been to legal seafoods it has been exceptional!!!

Tags: Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Usually love it here, but my plaice fish (a special) was cold, thin and not very tasty and the potatoes were cold as well as the Brussels sprouts. Everyone else seemed to enjoy there meals though. Service was excellent. Also first batch of mussels came out smelling horribly and texture was like mush, but they replaced them with a great batch.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a great service. Our waiter was the best as she can be!!! Thank you for a great experience:)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, People Watching, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We had the house salad, clam chowder, seafood casserole and the Boston cod. The food was better than the grilled options we had the night before which we a bit over cooked.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great environment and service. Would recommend the lobster and the dessert. However, what was supposed to be one person's meal was undoubtedly too much for girls. Other than having left-overs, everything else was wonderful. Hint: you can request seats with great views. We were seated near the window and had a direct view of the harbor.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Waterfront, Hot Spot
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Friendly service. Cozy environment. Decent food.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

My daughter future mother -law and her best friend meet up with my wife for the initial first meet, my wife picked the place and I was very impressed with the staff and the amazing food. I the atmosphere was perfect, and the service was even better. Each of us ordered different dinners and shared, WOW, every bite was so delicious. We can’t wait to get together again and I would definitely keep Legal Seafoods on my short list as a really wonderful experience. Thank you Legal Seafood for making this first time for the moms to get to know each other such a special occasion. Kudos !!!!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The staff at this restaurant is very friendly and professional. The food was delicious and the drinks were very good. The atmosphere was very nice, not too noisy and we were able to enjoy our quiet conversation. The waitress was very attentive without being a nuisance.

Tags: People Watching, Waterfront, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our food and service was amazing! We loved that lobster was on the kids menu! We will be back next time we are in town!

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was delicious, just don't get the king crab, it was pretty flavorless.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Very touristy and not a great value. Everything was pretty average. Calamari appetizer was comically small. Scallops were cooked on a skewer rather than their side face and came out under-cooked. Mahi mahi was a bit tough. Clam chowder was average. The Old-Fashioned, mussels, and mashed potatoes were the redeeming parts of the meal but but not enough to call this experience an enjoyable one. The service was totally on top of everything and exceptional, but that didn't really help the food.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Just basic food not what we expected when we booked.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Excellent fresh sea food at great prices. Service is great as well

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Dinner!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I've been to many Legal Seafood locations and the Long Warf Legal is my favorite. The bar is great and the atmosphere is awesome. Just enough hustle and bustle to let you know you are somewhere special and desirable and not to loud so you can have a conversation. Its on the water so that's a plus and the service was top notch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

It’s all about the gluten free choices
So many from Calamari to warm rolls before dinner to well the menu has little symbols for gluten free and they are all over the menu
My non gf family enjoyed their meals and even shared calamari with me and commented on how good it was

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The service was good but the food was not. The cost was high and the value poor. I️ ordered shrimp on a salad (dressing on the side)and a cup of hot tea. My bill was over $25.00. The shrimp were few and very over cooked the dressing on the salad. When the brought back the salad it was with the wrong dressing. I️ will tell people not to go there

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

The parking validation "deal" was very misleading on the website. I was under the impression that Legal Seafoods would validate my parking if I parked at the Boston Harbour Garage after 4:30 pm...which I did at 8:00pm. When I checked in at the restaurant, I was given a 2nd parking stub which I was told to put in the machine after my initial parking ticket.

When I went to exit the parkade and inserted my initial ticket - the meter showed an initial fee of $33. When I inserted the "validation" ticket, it showed a "discount' of only $8...leaving me with a remaining charge of $25!!. I was there for barely an hour - my meal was $39 and parking was $25. WHAT A RIP-OFF! DON'T FALL FOR THE PARKING DISCOUNT SCAM LISTED ON THE WEBSITE!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Service was great, all the seafood was great! Will be back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

First time in Boston, and we decided to try Legal Sea food. Shrimp was over cooked. Clam chowder was ok at best. The fish was nothing to brag about, either. The experience as whole was a disappointment, especially the city is suppose to be known as a sea food town.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The best Gluten Free meal I have ever eaten. (Fried Seafood Platter)

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was MEH! The appetizers were bad. Greasy, limp calamari. Greasy flavorless popcorn shrimp. The oysters were ok. There was a pushy waiter always asking if we wanted to add more, which got annoying. As soon as the last mouthful was off my plate it was cleared, which felt rushed. Not a good experience and it was $600 for 9 of us or $66 each. That is with a glass of wine for 4 of us out of 9 and no cocktails, no dessert, no coffee or tea. Expensive. Disappointed.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This place has gone down the hill!! My wine tasting flight arrived in dirty glasses with food particles stuck on. Yuck! Had to ask for bread rolls as none were brought in. The food was tasty but barely warm. Zero presentation. Waitress carelessly ran into our table, jolting the dishes. Will not be returning!

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was impeccable. Great food for kids with healthy, tasty choices and a fun kids menu with lots of activities. The chowder and crab cake were really tasty. Overall a really nice place convenient to the New England Aquarium.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great chowder and stuffed lobster

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

A co-worked and I were in town for a conference. Legal Sea Food was recommended by a few people so we made a reservation. My co-worker has a gluten sensitivity so our waiter, Rick G, was amazing. He went above and beyond to get gluten free rolls, prepare her stuffed lobster without crackers, recommend a dessert. That was important to her so the service was amazing. The food was just as good...highly recommend.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Being shellfish allergic, I asked server what white fish to recommend and I got the swordfish and split with spouse. It was average. Good flavor but not worth the price - would never order again. Beautiful location and views

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food and a friendly and professional waitstaff. It has a good view of the harbor and is very peaceful.

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I've been to Legal Seafoods - Long Wharf several times in the past few years. We always make it a point to eat here at least once when in Boston. We have found that the Bar service is consistently incredible, but the table service and food is hit or miss. We have had great service, terrible service, and in this case, just average service. My reason for the poor review on this particular visit was the meal itself. We both ordered the Lobster Mac & Cheese and at $34.00 a plate, I expected it to be worth the price. In fact, it was almost inedible. The pasta was undercooked, the top crust was burnt, and the lobster was so tough that you couldn't chew it. I typically wont complain to a server (and didn't in this case) because honestly, I expect that I shouldn't have to.

I don't want to be unfair and say that this is a "typical" experience, but it has happened enough times now to be a concern. After we left to head home, we both decided that if we return, we will probably just eat at the bar.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always consistent with good food and service. Great seafood when visiting Boston.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very disappointing. The food was just not on par. Got the lobster bake for $44. Half the mussels were empty. The clams were not good at all. The lobster had no meat. The corn was mushy. We were shocked and so disappointed after traveling all the way from Columbus Ohio to experience this place. Do not recommend.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We arrived 15 minute early for our reservation, and 2 in our party had not arrived. They sat us at our table anyway and we really appreciated that. Food as always was spectacular. Occasion was my wife's birthday.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Great meal! I had the lobster Mac my husband the lobster both were amazing! Great service and nice view.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our server was very nice, food and drinks were good, but the noise level is very high. When two people with very good hearing struggle to hold a conversation, it is too loud! We requested a quiet table but were given a table in a high-traffic middle area, very busy. I would have requested a change, but my friend arrived first and was already seated. I would choose a different Legal Seafood in the future.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a great experience overall, amazing food and a very good service. A lot of local items in the menu fresh and very well prepared

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our first visit to Boston and to Legal. It was a great visit, our waitress Micaela was wonderful and steak & lobster delicious. Can hardly wait to return to Boston & Legal restaurant!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Service was decent, food was good. Asked for a vegetarian option and was told we would be charged extra. The vegetarian dinner was made to feel very embarrassed and its too bad because we were celebrating her.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Not the same Legal Seafood that I remember from my years in Boston. And the Entrees are Overpriced and not as good. The Crabcakes and Oysters were GOOD!

Tags: Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Thursday I dined at the Legal Seafoods at Long Wharf in Boston. I had received an e-card from a co-worker so I decided to go then. While I was there, I had the pleasure of being served by a young lady named Sara. She was friendly, affable and always treated me like an honored guest. If I had a question about the menu or prices, she answered them without hesitation. I don't eat there often but when I do next time, I hope Sara will be my waitress again. Kudos to her and I hope Mr. Berkowitz sees this review.

Tags: Waterfront
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