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About Legal Test Kitchen (LTK)

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 Bank of America 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.

225 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic, Lounge

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Saturday: 11am - 2am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 330-7430

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Boston-Legal-Test-Kitchen-br-Seaport

Parking Details:
Our validation will net you savings. Park at a $2/hr discount for up to 2 hours in the Park Lane Garage, right behind us.

Public Transit:
Silver Line Way (Silver Line)

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Here at LTK, we can accommodate from 15 to 30 people for a sit down dinner in one of our two enclosed all-season patios or up to 100 guests for a cocktail reception in a semi-private area of our dining room.

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Legal Test Kitchen (LTK) Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

3.8

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (18)
Bar Seating (12)
Good for Groups (12)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Fun (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Business Meals (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Great for Lunch (7)
People Watching (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Waterfront (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Healthy (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Live Sports (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Scenic View (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Romantic (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Authentic (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Live Music (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Food was good. Disappointing that LTK still doesn’t offer ice cream bonbons for dessert.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined 4 days ago

Very good! I got the mixed grill, the swordfish was amazing! The steak was a little chewy but flavor good. Bread was tasty as well!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Overall, very good. But we had one service issue. One of us ordered soup and one an appetizer. The soup never came.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I don’t usually leave reviews, but the food and experience was just bad. One person in our party had a shellfish allergy and the staff tried to be as accommodating as they could, but there weren’t many options that would work for her. Do not order the paella.

Tags: Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was very good as was the service. The problem was the loud thumping music and screaming children ruined the meal for us.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was ok, but I didn’t feel like it was anything new or exciting.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We (three of us) went to LTK for Christmas Eve supper after attending Christmas Eve Mass. It ws perfect -- loved the atmosphere and the food. It reminded us that we don't come to LTK often enough. Perhaps that will changed in 2018.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very disappointing. The scallops were over cooked and rubbery, nothing like the fresh scallops that we expected. Even though swordfish kabobs are a regular menu item, they could not be added to a salad since they were not one of the “allowed” add-ins. The waiter had to be asked several times to bring the bread and was unfriendly until he brought the check and then was Mr. Congeniality hoping for a good tip. We have been there several times before and it was much better both food and service wise so that made this trip even more disappointing. Do not plan to return.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

It was loud and dirty. Could not understand waitress, noise level was loud. Food was okay but would not recommend to anyone. Very disappointed.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We arrived and the host was sitting at the bar. I asked aloud if we just seat ourselves and then he came over to seat us, which seemed to annoy him. The restaurant was relatively empty for a Saturday night. Only 2 other tables were full.

There were 4 of us in our party. We asked the waiter a few questions about the drink menu and he was visibly annoyed and told us they couldn't make anything that wasn't exactly as it was on the menu.  Continued to ask the waiter more questions about the menu and he walked away from the table.

Once he finally returned, we ordered cocktails and appetizers. The pretzel and lettuce wraps were good- one person at our table has a shellfish allergy and we were told she couldn't eat any of those.

I ordered the Wok Seared XO Lobster & Shrimp. The waiter said it was spicy. It was not. Generally it lacked flavor and was more like greasy Chinese food. The waiter came around to ask if we wanted another round of drinks. I said yes and grabbed the menu to make sure I used the appropriate name, but by the time I looked up, he had already walked away. He came back 5 minutes later and I ordered my second drink, 'Tito in a Speedo'. The ice was overflowing out of the glass and there was barely any drink. When I mentioned this to the waiter, he said, 'I'll go get my manager' and walked away. The manager arrived and informed me that's how the drinks are made and there was nothing he could do about it. Then he walked away. No apology, no discussion, complete dismissal of my opinion. I would think the manager of an empty restaurant would want to ensure that his customers were happy and enjoying their food and beverages in his restaurant. Instead, this manager didn't care that his customers weren't happy. He didn't care that we were customers period. I dine out a lot and have never had an experience quite like this. Will not be returning.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Very good food for a reasonable price. As good and comparable as it's older sister, Legal Seafoods.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Only the best food for high school classmates I haven't seen in 25 years. Unfortunately, I don't know why restaurants prefer to have the music loud enough we need to raise our voices in order to hear each other.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was good over all. My paella was more of a seefood dish than a paella. The service was very good and the experience was good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

We were received and seated right away. All staff were friendly. And best of all... the food was fantastic!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had to use our phone flashlights to read the menus! It was so dark! The waitress was hitting on my friend which was Awkward!

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food, very good service, yet we were surprised that the lunch prices were as high as they were. A few of the items could drop their price by only a dollar to be a more attractive lunch alternative.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Busy, lively and great ambience! Neighbouring tables are a little close but the food more than makes up for it - swordfish kabob was delicious.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Loved visiting LTK! The mac and cheese was amazing and the clam chowder was spot on. I would definitely be back for happy hour and to try other things on the menu. It was slightly loud but to me, that's a sign of folks having a great time, which we definitely did.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Good food, creative menu. Has a decent vibe, but service was a bit slow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 24, 2017

My wife and I had a great meal here.It was in the middle of the busy Seaport area. It is very close to the Seaport Hotel near the convention center. Our favorite part of the meal was the desert. You cannot bypass the Keylime pie.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Casual, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful surprise! Didn't realize the Test kitchen Legal Seafood had a different menu from a regular Legal Seafood but after arriving we decided to stay and try it out. Very happy we did! So much more creative and different than eating from the regular menu we are used to at Legal Seafood. We ate on the outside enclosed patio - so much quieter than the main room which we liked. Started with the calamari with hot peppers which was lightly breaded and very tender. My Tuna Tempura was delicious and my husband's seafood platter was just a as good. Had a pear sangria cocktail that was also refreshingly different. And best of all our server Althea was a delight and spot on with service. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area and we look forward to going back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Family from out of town enjoyed wide range of menu selections and it was a relaxed and unhurried evening.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great service. Excellent food. Friendly and pleasant environment.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our server didn't know we were seated untl we were there for 20 minutes so that was inconvenient. Other than that the food and drinks were fantastic. It's very dark and you sit in close proximity to others

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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Excellent chowder, delicious crab cakes and lobster roll, very tender and tasty scallops. They have a great cocktail menu and we had friendly service.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Had a great time at LTK!! Food was fresh, well prepared and very flavorful. Fun vibrant atmosphere. Outside seating available as well that was a bonus on a beautiful evening.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Chowder was great as always. My wife's Fish & Chips was more like fried cardboard. My Paella was too dry to eat and the sea food too rubbery to eat. Server tried her best to make it right, but you can't fix poorly prepared food and disinterested management.
Legal Test Kitchen failed twice.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Stopped by here with friends for dinner and a relaxed conversation and we were well taken care of. The food, seafood, was (and always is) fresh and delicious. I had the grilled rainbow trout which is always dependable and not too much food after the cup of chowder and a shared salad. The view isn't as grand as the full sized Legal Seafood across the street overlooking the harbour, but aside from that they don't miss a beat.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

my husband raved it was the best shrimp he ever had. Delicious clam chowder. I had the etoufee and it was wonderful. Just the right amount of spicy. We brought our 2 kids (2 and 6 months) and the music was just loud enough to drown out any fussing they did. Over all a wonderful dinner!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food on the regular menu was good, but the grilled seafood (choice of scallops, tuna...etc., a sauce and 2 sides) was disappointing. The quality of the seafood was good, but the sauce was on the side and it had no flavor (didn't even taste salted).

Tags: Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The famous Clam Chowder, as always, was to die for! It didn't disappoint. The cuisine was of a very high quality including the non- traditional menu items. The bananas foster dessert was excellent. The lunch time service was efficient and a nice touch was the server asking if we were in a hurry. Unfortunately, the server did serve the water glasses by holding each of them placing his fingers on the lips of the glasses that touch a customer's lips. Not sanitary. Overall, the four of us were quite satisfied with our experience at LTK.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Three sisters in Boston for work and fun...super easy dinner very value-priced. Seafood was great: the cod with herbed goat cheese remarkable, the swordfish kebobs perfection. The only disappointment was the lettuce wrap: ok, just not up to the other standard. Great service plus Sonoma Cutrer chard by the glass. Fun and delicious evening!

Tags: Fun, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2017

My meal was overpowered with garlic which was not expected for lobster mac and cheese.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Awesome. Our waitress Crystal was incredibly great!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Chrystal was a most outstanding waitress. Be sure and ask for her?

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed our first visit to LTK. The staff from the hostesses to waiter to bus staff and mgr. were so friendly and pleasant. Our waiter Mike took excellent care of us. The baja fish tacos were great but we especially enjoyed the crab cake combo plate with shrimp and scallops. So delicious. Will definitely return again soon.

Tags: Waterfront, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I always enjoy going to LTK . The staff are very friendly and the service is always excellent. The drinks are very good...even the standard drinks are well done. The food ranges from excellent to average. It is a test kitchen, after all. For me this is part of the fun. That being said, I had a Paella that was substandard. When I gave them my honest feedback they were kind enough to remove it from the bill. I will be returning again. Thanks LTK.

Tags: Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Food is good as always. The chowder is bomb, fish n chips are great not too greasy just perfect and always has interesting dinner combos...salmon pad Thai (yum). Our waitress was exceptional and made out night she knew we were in a rush to get to a concert so kept things moving but so attentive and pleasant (thx christina), always makes the dining experience better when you had a great server!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

My go-to restaurant in the Seaport area! Not as pricey as it's flagship waterfront namesake across the street, the vibe is also hipper and the menu less conservative. You can still get the clam chowder, though. Have it with the shrimp scampi flat bread and the Harpon IPA, available in draft. Service so friendly, I had to remind myself it was Boston!

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Menu is really interesting and creative. Martini was disappointing as it tasted like mixer and swordfish was a little undercooked. However, I would still go back and it's a good spot at the Seaport.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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