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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

3.8

value

3.7

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Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (60)
Casual (48)
Special Occasion (39)
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Scenic View (39)
Local Ingredients (34)
Good for a Date (33)
Great for Lunch (31)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Fun (27)
Business Meals (25)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Good for Groups (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Hot Spot (20)
Authentic (19)
Bar Seating (18)
People Watching (18)
Gluten Free Options (17)
Kid-friendly (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Comfort Food (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Romantic (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Healthy (11)
Cozy (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Great Beer (3)
Seasonal (3)
Organic (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined 11 hours ago

Thanksgiving Day Dinner!

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 (Birmingham)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (Manitoba)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The reservation was for 8 people. They tried to seat us at a table set for 6 -a booth that would have been very uncomfortable. And we’re very rude and said that was all there was. We asked for a proper table for 8. We were left for quite some time and told that was all they had. Finally a manager came and said he’d see if there was room in the back. They seated us there putting a few tables together. The service was not professional and we were cutoff and several of our party had to ask to order drinks and appetizers as she walked away without ensuring our orders were complete. Appetizer salads arrived with the main courses. The food was good. Not spectacular but good. Overall very disappointing service. We were visiting from Canada and taking friends back to legal seafood after 23 years. Sadly we will not be back nor recommend this restaurant.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Overall wasn't impressed with the ambiance and the way the tables were crammed together. Having been sat in the middle of the room we were in the constant walk through of what seemed to be every server coming out of the kitchen. The noise level was extremely high. The food was decent though my date got extremely ill after, he has scallops but I didn't, they were very gritty. This nay be a good place for a business function or group but for a date night that included a birthday I would not go again.

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Always enjoy Legal Seafood when we are in Boston. We were in town 3 nights and ate there twice for lunch and once for dinner. Always great food. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Spicy, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I am a huge fan of Legal Seafoods. This was my worst ever experience at a Legal Seafoods Restaurant - service was rushed, too crowded, noisy. I shall continue to be a Legal Seafoods patron but not at Long Wharf.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Ate there 10 years ago on a port day from cruise ship. Loved our stuffed lobster. This was another cruise & we wanted all the people with us to eat together. Making reservations for 14 was very easy. Everyone was accomodating. Waitress was great for such a large number. Food was just as good as we remembered. It was one of the high lights of our cruise.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Waterfront
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Went in to satisfy a seafood craving. Forget how touristy it can be. Locals, beware.

Tags: Waterfront, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Best seafood I’ve ever had ( and I’m from San Francisco)! Wonderfully fresh!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Maybe it was an off night for them as I have been there in the past and had a much better experience than my latest visit. We had reservations and were meeting friends who arrived early and were already seated. The hostess stand fumbled around and couldn’t find our table while we stood there as they helped other diners. The food was ok but not up to the usual standards in my opinion. The fried entrees were over cooked, the service overly attentive to the point that we felt rushed and finally coffee was served with plastic creamer containers. That just says cheap to me. This is no longer my go to Legal if I’m not going to Harborside

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Food was great. I had the grilled combo, Tuna, Swordfish, and Salmon and each was really good! The scallops were EXCELLENT and the shrimp was great! I don't think anyone at the table disliked their meal! Would definitely come back if I was in the area!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was excellent but too loud and boisterous early has kids that scream much better after 830

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Authentic
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Visiting Boston for a conference. We were at Legal Seafood 4 yrs ago when we where here for a volleyball tournament. It was as good this time as it was 4 yrs ago. Can't wait to go back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Tried and true; been around a long time, but still has a buzz and energy to the place; there at 6pm, early for us, but the place was already vibrant.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Dinner with 2 friends. Chose Legals as 1 lives out of state and loves seafood . Very busy on a Mon night, but, seated in a booth and experience was quite comfortable. Very attentive server, great selection, we were all very happy with our choices. Lobster roll, fish and a seafood grill medley. I never thought I would try Seaweed salad and it was delicious. Parking is so easy, as the parking garage is right next door and they validated our tkt.

Tags: Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Fun
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love love love! Great restaurant with amazing food at great prices! Silly not to get seafood here obviously! I had the Shrimp pasta which was amazing and other people in my group got different assorted seafood platters that we all shared. Started with mussels that had amazing sauce! Highly highly recommend!!!!

Tags: Good for a Date
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