Legal Test Kitchen (LTK)

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Legal Test Kitchen (LTK), a Legal Sea Foods concept, ventures into uncharted waters and pushes the boundaries of innovation in premium food and drink. Multicultural dining options and inspired seasonal cocktails cast a wide net in attracting those who have an appetite for fun.



Located in the Seaport District, our restaurant is within easy walking distance to the Institute of Contemporary Art, the World Trade Center, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion and hotels including the Renaissance Boston, Westin Waterfront and Seaport. LTK is both a destination and neighborhood hangout and our extended hours of operation make us a late night lure.



In season, you can eat sea fare while smelling the salt air in our patio seating.
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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great place to eat.

MD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent, attentive server and most of the food was great, but my daughter thought the fish and chips were average. Scallops and salmon were delicious, and martinis tasty.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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SH
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Unfortunately Legal Test Kitchen is not what I remember. The menu was sparse . There was only one soup and the menu said Soups and Salads... Maybe it was a lunch menu... But even if it was it was not very good.

A
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My sandwich was cold!!

LY
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!
Enjoyed the Wedge Salad, Calamari and Clam Chowder! ALL fantastic.
Followed with the crab cake sandwich, crab Mac and Cheese, and the Fish and Chips! All fresh, and very tasty.

Crab cake was full of crab, not filler. the fries are seasoned with deliciousness.
Beautiful pieces of haddock
Full bowl of crab and macaroni!

Service was fantastic! Attentive, and friendly !

S
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was good. Food was mediocre. Appetizers were taste, but the main dishes were a bit salty.

CL
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Lunchtime service was super slow, even though they did not appear to be that busy. It took over 30 mins just to get chowder. Chowder was very good, but one of my colleagues felt very ill after the fish tacos.

MT
New England
108 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Mixed experience. Matthew, our server was top notch. outstanding service.
The sweet potato tacos we had as apps were OUTSTAND8NG (add a touch of hot sauce for perfection!!!). i had the Kona Tuna. was perfect. super taste combo and presentation. portion average.
My wife had hoisin salmon. salmon was superb, but the bed of noodles and vegetables under it were saturated with too many flavors and sauces it took away from the taste of the salmon. i tried it and agreed.
desert was most disappointing. i had bread pudding. i felt ripped off. $8 for a tiny 3 or 4 " square of what was very dry bread (pudding?!!!) only thing i liked about it was the taste of ginger snap crumble and eggnog drizzle.
i gave my opinion (good and bad) on the food and they always receive it as it is a test kitchen. i gave 3 stars rather than 4 because of these two negative issues.

J
New England
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was Adrian and he was so attentive and pleasant. We loved our food and enjoyed our visit.

E
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family tradition to celebrate on January 1.....it was wonderful. Third time in a month to frequent LTK. DELICIOUS

t
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The popcorn shrimp was spicy and not fried and so so good. My salmon was cooked perfectly and I had it on top of the butternut squash/beet salad - the (goat?) cheese was on the bottom of this salad - a soft sort of cream cheese texture, and while it was delicious, it was sort of clumped there, and I missed it until closer to the end so it was a bit intense. Others in the party enjoyed very much the lobster roll, the fish and chips and the clam chowder. Service was very quick which was good for us and our plans. We parked in the garage underneath and around the corner - not cheap but very convenient with good handicapped parking.

E
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We frequent LTK, but this visit was the best ever. Our server was helpful, kind and efficient. The bartender and host checked in frequently to see if there was anything we needed. The food was absolutely delicious! Going back for New Year’s Day.......cannot wait

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early and were seated immediately! The food selections were awesome and our server was so knowledgeable about the food, the drinks and the area!! Made for a perfect date night.

JP
New England
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We love Legals and had a friend in to Boston for a medical conference so we thought we'd try the Legal Test Kitchen. DON'T GO. I should have known when we were served stale rolls that it wasn't going to be a good meal. The food was not at all up to Legal standards. A very disappointing meal.

KO
New England
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every Legal Seafood restaurant has a slightly different character, but LTK at the Seaport had novel cuisine, and a hardworking staff whose first question at noon was, are you under time constraints? Wow! No better way to say you care, then backed it up with great service and no delays. You even made time to sell me gift cards, thank you Legal! Still my favorite restaurant in the Boston area for over 15 years.

SK
New England
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Work nearby, but had not been in years. Very pleasantly surprised. Great menu, unique for the Seaport. Service and food was excellent. It was pretty quiet, but things seem to ebb and flow around here depending on things happening at the hotels and convention center. We'll be back often, I am sure.

RK
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was just ok the service was good and quick. I think that it did not live up to past reviews or what i have come to expect from the legal name

E
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are frequent diners at LTK, but this lunch was beyond amazing. Drinks, appetizers and entrees were above expectations! Cannot wait to go back

EH
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was good. Atmosphere was "Ok". Waiter was excellent. Music was way too loud and they kindly turned it down. I was there with two friends and it was quite empty. The menu seems quite limited. Took us a while to each find something that would appeal. IN the end, everyone loved their food- salmon with Thai noodles, etc; salad with shrimp salad; crab cake with egg on top.

O
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional seafood in a very casual environment. Menu items offered unique twists on bar food, along with some fine dining-quality entrees. Our party of 3 enjoyed a few very affordable seafood appetizers, a lobster roll, a mixed seafood special and a classic bolognese. All of it was good quality and well-prepared. Cocktails also were good. Would grab a bite there any time.

t
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

I've always been happy with the food at Legal, but this trip to the test kitchen was an exception. The cevice was a wad of congealed chopped scallops. The oysters were just ok. The shrimp were excellent but overshadowed by the rest. Legal Harborside is much better and right across the street.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Nice Seaport location.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was fantastic! The only thing bad was that that honestly the lights were too low to read the menu. Otherwise it was a fun and delicious meal!

OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Will be back.

AL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Oysters were good (though shucker needs some practice to avoid leaving shell bits). Food was so-so...definitely not worth the price compared to other Boston restaurants. Service was slow.

w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

I took a friend from Arizona to what I figured would be Boston's premier seafood experience. The service was really really great but not much of a selection of seafood and didn't really seem to be any dishes that were "tests" or inventive.

A
Nashville
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Staff was great and attentive. Food was good and in all but one plate innovative and yummy. A nice experience

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Our service was very slow from the moment we arrived. It took at least 5 min. to be greeted at the door & our food delivery took an hour.

BS
New England
133 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and food with many great choices.

MN
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The meal was great, and the atmosphere was too. I love the dining room/bar vibe. It was a little loud, and they seem to cram a lot of table in. Plus, our waiter was inattentive, so that wasn't great.

M
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My dining companion had food allergies and the server and chef were very attentive. I had the fish tacos and potato wedge appetizer.

MO
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I was looking forward to going and having innovative seafood.
Nothing was innovative and not much variety of seafood.

MS
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Too noisy. Disorganised wait staff. My wifes cod and chips was "beautiful ". My crab sandwich was bland.

j
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The low price should have been an indication of the quality of the dishes. There was nothing very interesting or very good about the menu or the food that we ordered. Had to send back a few dishes that were undercooked. Not sure if the "test" in test kitchen was to test new dishes or to test new chefs but the menu was pretty standard and more like a 99 restaurant then a Legal brand restaurant. I'm unlikely to eat here again.

SB
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Was in for a business meeting. The server did not ask how much gone we had and it took forever to get food - likely because they were understaffed in the floor, but not the kitchen. The manager never checked in. Basic attitude is very lax and not on top of anything. My clients had to leave and take their lunches boxed. Not returning.

MV
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food was poor. Service was acceptable. Restaurant atmosphere was poor, it felt dirty and looks outdated.

TT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Perfect meal, attentive and prompt service.

TW
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend of mine (ok, my girlfriend) recommended this restaurant to me. I focus on customer experiences in my profession and was first impressed by this restaurant for delivering a great experience.

You are greeted at the door instantly by a staff member. A second person escorts you to your table and engages in some light conversation, which I found pleasant. The server visits the table very shortly after being sat.

The server was not overwhelming with the attention he gave but explained each dish I asked about with detail.

I went with a half dozen oysters to start. They were very fresh and had a great MA bay flavor.

For dinner I had the Cod, which was served on top of a medley of vegetables with corn dominating most of the space. I loved it. The sweetness of the corn complimented the fish.

Lastly, their selection of wine was large enough to pair with any dish. I went with a flight that was named something like "Oyster Whites" or something. Basically, it was three dry whites that paired very well with the oysters.

Overall, excellent restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

There was four of us. We had reservations for 830 and it took forever to get our app and entrees. We left at 10 pm. We never received bread even though every other table did. Our waiter disappeared and never dropped our check.

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