Legal Sea Foods - Peabody

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Seafood
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.

Seafood Nation loves our outpost in Peabody, at the junction of Routes 128 and 114. Those traveling to and from the beaches in Cape Ann are known to jump ship for some fresh catch. And those considering a fishing trip, visit us instead.

Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker.

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.
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OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The rolls seemed different.
Cappuccino should be served in an appropriate cup

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager is the best and makes the experience exceptional. I wish he worked at every restaurant.

R
New England
30 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

I thought everything was fine and was just staggered by the bill. One drink, a glass of wine and two ordinary dishes -$100. Just way over priced!

L
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was Excellent and the service was excellent. Parking is difficult while construction is going on.

S
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Why aren't there any baked potatoes? When they say Smashed Potatoes, why are they roasted?

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Overall the place seemed very busy and the staff was slightly confused with seating guests. The service was considerably slow, but the staff was preoccupied by the management having meetings during prime dining hours.

Overall the meal and value was adequate. While I would go again for a quick bite to eat, I would not attend the restaurant again for a special occasion

AF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time since the renovations and we were both very pleasantly surprised at how beautiful everything was. We have been going to the Legal Seafood in Burlington Mall which we rarely go to now because it has gone downhill. For example, three times I’ve had to return the lobster because it was either overcooked or undercooked. We decided to order lobster this time and it was delicious and perfectly cooked! We also enjoy fine wines and are very happy with your wine selection. We will be back! Thank you!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Birthday dinner.

MH
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. The food was delicious and the server was so nice.

DR
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Restaurant had only a few diners. Was seated at a very small table. When I asked for a larger table was told parties of two had to sit at this tiny table. Then no wait person acknowledged us for far too long. Left without ordering. Expected a lot more from Legal Seafood. When I explained why we were leaving, the receptionist didn't care.

L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Server Beau was amazing. Food was delicious although the crab legs were on the small side.

HO
New England
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Service provided by MARYBETH was the best service I have had from any restaurant in a long time. She was very knowledgeable about the menu, provided excellent suggestions and always had a smile!

B
New England
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Disappointing. I’ve eaten at Legal many times and loved it, but this time I was disappointed. Lobster bisque was too thick. Fish tacos had very little fish and a lot of vegetable “filler”. I wouldn’t order either again. My husband had clam chowder which was very good, but he felt the same way about the fish tacos.

TI
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Comfortable and clean. This Legal's has better ambiance than most of them. We arrived early so we sat at the bar for a while. It had good beer and wine options, and the bartenders were outstanding - all 3 of them. We were then seated at a quiet table out back, food was delicious (as usual) and cooked perfectly. The waiter was attentive but let us stay as long as we wanted. My only issue was a curt hostess at the front desk- she was an older woman who never smiled, and was clearly annoyed when we didn't want a tiny dinner table in the bar area. I had made a reservation, so it should not have been an issue, but she was simply short and I would say inappropriately abrasive. Otherwise it was an excellent evening, and will definitely return.

K
New England
32 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal Seafoods never disappoints

WR
Naples
63 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had yummy bibimbop and a salmon burger. Great healthy lunch!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a place you can count on for all around great time!

G
New England
115 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been to Legal in awhile. But was a great choice. Very enjoyable. Good take; excellent food.
Wonderful service and good value.

c
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the new look! Fun night with great food and service. They were a little short handed so a bit slower then usual, but our waiter, MaryBeth was terrific and entertained us at every turn. We look forward to returning.

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

My wife & I had a 6:00 reservation and were seated immediately. Our waitress came by a few minutes later & took our drink order, she was very nice but she was running around taking care of 3 outdoor tables as well as serving tables inside so through no fault of her own we waited quite awhile for our drinks and a couple of rolls which we understood she was trying her best. We ordered our app of fried clams which were pretty average, little flavor, very few had the bellies big enough to notice. We had ordered our entrees with our app order and they came out soon after we finished the clams. My wife got the kale salad and a bowl of fish chowder which was tasteless, it was very disappointing. No chunks of anything, potato or fish and again no flavor her kale salad was very good though. I ordered the tuna steak with Brussel sprouts. I asked for the tuna medium rare and it came out medium, very little pink and the Brussel sprouts were not even warm so not sure what the issue was Saturday night but we were very disappointed as we’ve never had this happen at any legal seafood anywhere. No fault of our server she was great but will have to think twice about returning to the Peabody location

DB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We were sitting outside and it took about 10 to 15 minutes to get a server . The server said are you ready to order. Nothing about appetizers, salads , specials . My partner got grilled shrimp, and Brown rice and butternut squash . He asked for a kung pao sauce . He did not get it . He asked to see the rest of it home . they were all mixed into the rice and squash ... and she put the shrimp tails as well . Not good .

Wednesday, 5:00pm

B
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful 23rd Anniversary! ! !

Our waitress, food and time was "EXCELLENT!!

DC
New England
47 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It's a great new bar and servers were very nice but between 6:00-8:00 is not a good time to go because they are so busy and can't keep up with the amount of customers. Very polite and food was great, but very slow, so if in a hurry maybe not the spot for you! Relax and enjoy!

GT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Jim our server was excellent and would definitely sit in his section again. Atmosphere was great but disappointed with the food. The haddock was not as fresh as I would have liked it to be and the clam chowder was gritty and mostly all potato. The desserts were out standing

JG
New England
105 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dependable fresh seafood. The complete redecoration of the North Shore Mall outpost, now some years ago, has worked out well. Service is always friendly and relatively efficient even when they are a little sort of servers. The wine list is good, but has diminished as has the range of seafood selections. It is not great, but it is always good.

B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wait staff was very accommodating and kept up with our needs. Food was also very good and was plentiful. Clam chowder should always be on your list as it was extremely delicious.

t
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I've always loved Legal Sea Foods, unfortunately, this trip wasn't as great as it normally has been in the past. The service, ambience and staff were amazing as usual however, I found the food to be mediocre. The oysters & clams had a very strong "fishy" taste and the lobster tail size was far too small for my comfort in terms of environmental sustainability. The lobster was smaller than the shrimp which I'm not very keen on. Otherwise, it was okay.

JP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

food outrageously salty, spoiled every dish ordered

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Awful service. Average food. Save your money and go to a local seafood place that will pay attention to you. Legal ruined a simple and small family birthday dinner with little compassion.

A
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding baked stuffed lobster. Service was a bit slow which is unusual. Will continue to return.

MJ
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Small problems add up. My husband ordered salmon as an add on to his salad. Had to bother the waitress. My sole was overcooked , dried and fried with a crust and little or no sauce. The kitchen needs to address these issues. The waitress was great, ambiance great, may need to oversee the kitchen more!

L
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was slow. Didn’t check on water. Had to look for waitress. Slow on dessert and coffee.

E
New England
97 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Legal I've been to in the Boston area. The dining room is well lit, spacious, and not loud. You can actually have conversations! The service--from the maitre d to the wait staff were excellent and accommodated our guests who arrived late but got us out on time for a show. Extremely large portions of tasty food---grilled haddock, swordfish and cod dinners. And served hot which is one of the things I look for in a good restaurant. Even the sides were generous. Parking right out front despite construction. Highly recommend.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

I have been to legal Sea Food before in other towns and I thought the food was overall a three rating but at this particular location there literally was no taste to the lobster the clams and mussels it tasted like they were washed out from just water. Even the corn Tasted watery and had no flavor whatsoever

WR
Naples
63 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great crab cake combo and shrimp with pappardelle pasta and tomatoes. Everything was greasy and delicious.

SM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience as always!

SB
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The lobster was tough and over cooked. The manager, when told did nothing. I called and I am awaiting a follow up call today.

NM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attractive and quiet with excellent food. Fresh seafood is a guarantee at Legal.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic as usual. We started with mussels and fried clams, both were wonderful! Very flavorful and clams were sweet and the breading did not overpower. Lobster roll and seafood casserole for dinner. They were great about making a few substitutions due my Mom’s dietary restrictions. I’ve been dining at Legals for over 30 years and have never had a bad meal. Quality and the freshest seafood around.

JM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and the waiter Joey was professional and attentive in a moderately busy time.
Will be back.

- JM

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