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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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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.4

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4.0

value

3.8

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (52)
Good for a Date (32)
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Casual (31)
Scenic View (29)
Business Meals (27)
Good for Anniversaries (26)
Local Ingredients (26)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Groups (21)
Great for Lunch (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Authentic (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Kid-friendly (15)
Fun (15)
Comfort Food (14)
People Watching (13)
Romantic (13)
Cozy (12)
Healthy (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
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Hot Spot (10)
Happy Hour (9)
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Worth the Drive (9)
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Notable Wine List (6)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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·Dined on January 13, 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
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our waiter was fantastic, really made the whole
Dining experience

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

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

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

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (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
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·Dined on December 31, 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
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·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
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·Dined on December 29, 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
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 (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.

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·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
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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

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

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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (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
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·Dined on December 25, 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.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Annual Christmas Eve dinner

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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!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Trip to Boston

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

I always love coming here. For birthdays, ladies night out, out of town guests—it’s pricey but worth it. The only downside this time was a woman who started ‘cleaning’ our table ten minutes before close, without saying a word to us. Removing our place mats, taking our glasses. We were finished and about to leave, and there were still others around us in the middle of their dinners. Our visit ended on a bit of a down note; her behavior was strange and offputting.

But other than that, our server Casey was outstanding, the food divine, the wine lovely and the bananas foster to die for. One of my favorite spots!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

The greeters were cordial, friendly and efficient. The waiter was prompt, well spoken, efficient, friendly, and fast, but without being pushy. The dinner was fantastic, with good portions, and served hot. I was pleased with the whole operation. It made the evening run smoothly. Very well done!

Tags: Great Beer, Healthy, Business Meals, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Casual
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

It is a great Seafood restaurant. The food was amazing. We really enjoyed the great service. I recommend to every one

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent food. Pricey but not really that bad for where its located.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Food was cold, service was average at best for what you pay for a meal.

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·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great seafood, we are repeat patrons and always enjoy the restaurant!

You will enjoy it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 14, 2017

i cannot imagine a trip to Boston without my obligatory stop at this gem. Lots of options around town but some establishments just keep calling me back starting with this waterfront institution. Yum!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Authentic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My 11-year old daughter has Celiac. Legal does such a great job making sure her meal is Gluten Free. She’s never had an issue which makes it our go to spot when traveling

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Friendly service. Cozy environment. Decent food.

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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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·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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