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Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square

4.2
4.2
1681 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods - really fresh fish.
Legal Sea Foods in Kendall Square is located near MIT and a whole catch of office buildings, including the new Google tower. Our restaurant, steps from the Marriott Hotel and convenient to Cambridgeside Galleria shopping and the Museum of Science, reels in residents and tourists alike. Our private dining room seats groups of up to 35, with room for 50 at standing receptions.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-3400

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Taylor Deleo and Liz Finlay: (617) 540-9352

  • Neighborhood

    Kendall Square

  • Cross street

    Ames Street

  • Parking details

    Our validation will net you savings. Park for discounted rates at the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway.

  • Public transit

    Kendall/MIT (Red Line) “T” stop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,681 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. SP

    SearchPartyIII

    New England

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Sons 13th bday, he wanted Legals
  2. B

    Bruno

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    I almost spent the entire last weekend at Legal Sea Foods Kendall Square (2 dinners -on Saturday and on Sunday- +1 lunch -on Sunday). The quality of the food was outstanding, as always with Legal (even if the lobster ravioli were a bit too heavy for my taste). I confess that I preferred the cozier atmosphere of the late Legal at Charles Square, but this one is fine as well from this point of view. What made the difference, though, was the outstanding quality of service. Admittedly, the server on Saturday kept on interrupting the conversation ("everything OK with you guys?"), but I am sure it is not his fault: after 15 years, I finally started to get used to this US "norm" (which Europeans deem unbearable). More importantly, waiters were always attentive without being inrusive, warmly welcoming and obviously dedicated to their work and to the customers. Great! A big plus for both Katie and Milla on Sunday afternoon/night: absolutely delightful!
  3. GB

    GwendolynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, service was impeccable, ambiance was perfect! Thank you!
  4. N

    None

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Blake our waiter goes beyond great service. The food was excellent and we’re happy Kendall Square finally reopened. We’ve been customers since Inman Square!
  5. t

    tomasop

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Reliably very good …fish and chips without chips and with broccoli instead is just great! Bonbons to finish….
  6. C

    Cookie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I was able to make reservations easily. Our waiter was very attentive. Our meal was delicious.
  7. JW

    JohnW

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience3
    The fish was good quality but lacked taste. Could have been prepared better. Side dishes are very commercial. Not a great deal of creativity in prep or presentation!
  8. CW

    CynW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It's Legal's, it's good, it's expensive. It's also very noisy.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the libérer roll!! Nice ambiance, very clean and great service.
  10. K

    Kiwi

    New England

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    This was our first visit to this Legal. We prefer the one at Copley Place. The sesame tuna had a tomato-y sauce, which didn't complement the tuna very well. The clams were fine.
  11. LR

    LouisR

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Service I would strongly recommend Legal Seafoods Kendall Square Cambridge Massachusetts.
  12. MD

    MichaelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My waiter was attentive, polite, and had a good sense of humor! My family and I plan to dine there for Christmas dinner.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In town visiting our son. We always enjoy dinner at Legal Sea Food. Great service and fresh fish. We make it a point to have at least one meal here each visit.
  14. M

    Matthew

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always excellent at Legal Seafood in Kendall Square
  15. DC

    DCP10

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Sever was indifferent and awkward. Food was mediocre, was supposed to have Cajun seasoning but not sure it did. Drinks were weak. Beer selection pathetic. I've dined at Legal for over 30 years, and this was a disappointment, after this location was closed for so long. Need to make some improvements to get up to standards.
  16. JH

    JamesH

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Great Haddock…. My favorite, and the sourdough rolls are just fantastic!!!!
  17. BC

    BenjaminC

    Cleveland

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    We asked for house Chardonnay and got charged $80 for it.Food was good and reasonably priced but we were robbed on the house wine
  18. L

    Lainey

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The server was delightful, but the actual wait time between courses was slow. Too long a wait between appetizer and entre, even though we'd made a rez and allowed ourselves 90 mins. The two other diners were very happy with their meals; I was less so. I detected an underlying subtle but "off" taste in the oysters and swordfish, something that seemed not 100% fresh.
  19. MT

    MatthewT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    My wife and I love Legal Seafood and consider it a Boston icon. We had a friend from out of town visiting so we took him to Legal to enjoy great New England seafood. The food was delicious as usual. Clam chowder was great; and I had the Mexican Corn Cod which was delicious.
  20. IA

    IgAn

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    not worth the money. Bad taste, bad service and expensive.
  21. D

    Dent

    New England

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience2
    I was disappointed with the food for the first time in 40 years. First, the menu has changed. There is no grey sole, no smoked salmon, no stuffies among other items. The lobster bisque was briny, less creamy and absolutely no lobster at all in it. The crab spinach and cheese dip had no crab and was mostly spinach. I tried the new stuffed lobster tail for an entree and the stuffing was mostly ritz crackers than were not well crumbled. It was hard to get to the lobster meat because it was tightly attached to the shell. I tried a fellow diner's shrim scampi and the sauce was bland and had no garlic. Legal Seafood has been my go to seafood restaurant in Boston since to 1970s and the food at this recent visit was sub par. I can only hope this was an anomaly and not a new trend with the new owners.
  22. S

    Stow

    New England

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The clam chowder is the best anywhere. The Fish and Chips were also good and the Calamari was very good with a choice of sauces. But the Fish Tacos were boring and had a weird red sauce dripping from the tacos. Would not recommend. But our waiter was FABULOUS. We had to take my friend to the airport and were in a hurry. The waiter got our order and delivered our food quickly. And he anticipated our needs and brought the check at exactly the right time. he was the best part of the meal. (lunch 11/6/11)
  23. TB

    TimB

    New England

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great location. Our server was very nice and food was delicious. It was somewhat noisy, but again it was a night out in Cambridge.
  24. LD

    LegalDiner

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, wonderful service. And the great dinner rolls are back!!
  25. NA

    NeverAgain

    New England

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The negative impact of the new ownership is everywhere. The menu has changed much for the worse. Can't even get a baked potato. Even the long-time dishes are not the same. Unbelievably, the crust of the fried fish did not stay adhered. Wrong sides were brought with meal. Had no romaine lettuce for ceasar salid, although it turned out ok with other lettuce. And they have raised the prices dramatically. I have been going to Legals since the 1970s. The last time, just at the end of Covid restrictions, the food was so bad we sent it back and left. We were told it was a shortage of help so we gave it one last try. That was last night. Never again. Better off getting mediocre Thai takeout.
  26. FA

    FatimahA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, we were a party of 9 and they took care of all the details
  27. T

    Tampainvestigator

    Tampa

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food!
  28. LS

    LuckyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, excellent wait staff, clean restroom - delightful for lunch.
  29. M

    Marisole

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Deeba is the best server. Excellent customer service. Highly recommend the Mexican Street Baked Cod.
  30. HL

    HwajunL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love food, amazing server! Wanna visit again!! ( and kids freindly!)
  31. c

    carlos

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server was top notch! He was attentive, knew the menu well, and made great suggestions. Very nice table, as requested.
  32. V

    Vikr

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place. First time back since it’s been renovated / expanded and loved the ambiance. Got the salmon bacon - eh…will not get again. New England chowder was as delicious as ever
  33. IC

    IngridC

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    The Mecca of seafood. Food is always excellent, service is luck of the draw.
  34. JW

    JessicaW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    What a wonderful place for a family reunion brunch - Legal always delivers! We had so much fun with the oysters and lobster rolls and lobster mac n' cheese! Our server, Jake, made sure we were well taken care of throughout our meal, especially when my daughter spilled a full glass of iced tea.
  35. LD

    LegalDiner

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful service; excellent green salad, chowder, sole, Prosecco and cappucino at Legal Seafoods in Cambridge last night. Wonderful room; noisy, but not as bad as some places. A dinner at Legal is more expensive than it used to be, but that's happening everywhere, and we'd rather see higher prices than a compromise in quality. Which brings us to a delicate subject -- something terrible has happened to Legal Seafood's signature dinner rolls. For decades Legal's dinner rolls were absolute perfection. They're still served warm with cool tabs of butter on the side, one roll per customer, shortly after the guests sit down. But they're not the legendary Legal Seafoods Dinner Roll anymore. For newcomers to Legal Seafoods: Legal's dinner rolls used to have a very thin, exquisitely crispy crust, and they were so good! Breaking the light crust of a Legals roll to butter the soft interior was a deeply satisfying start to every meal, a harbinger of more good things to come. The rolls now could be rolls from anywhere: smaller, thick-crusted, hard to break open, tougher on the inside. Not something to look forward to at all. This seems like a terrible choice for economizing, if that's what caused this change. To reiterate - the rest of dinner was great. But Legal Seafoods, please go back to serving the signature Legal Seafoods dinner rolls you used to do better than anybody!
  36. GM

    GregM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The recently-reopened Legal Seafoods in Kendall Square is a great return to the local dining scene. I recently had a work team lunch there. The menu is pretty varied and dependable, the space is open and bright, and the service has been terrific each time I have dined there.
  37. DB

    DemB

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Poor experience. Menu options for a seafood restaurant- most everything is breaded. Living in Florida, I’m used to fresh fish prepared with minimal sauces/never breaded. Prices high. Waitress knew very little about seafood (asking how we wanted the salmon cooked - not grilled/blackened, but well done versus medium? Never heard that). Asked on lobster size and was told they were 1/4lb. ? It was a 1 1/2 pound. No butter, no crackers, no lemon. Had to ask. Just underwhelming. “Naked” shrimp was breaded… 6 shrimp - $31. We went here due to location outside our hotel, but should’ve gone Back Bay and gotten real seafood.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food service (good) was not equal to wait service (could use some polishing).
  39. KK

    KeriK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were seated for 10 mins before Anyone came to get our drink order. The beer tap was out. Our meals were ok. We were trying to be understanding but it was difficult to be understanding when it took so long to receive beverages and not get refills and the food was expensive. For the price of the food, service could have been better.
  40. RH

    RobertH

    New England

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Solid 4 stars but good restaurant. Nice atmosphere; good service, food was all properly prepared and served hot. No complaints.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square is rated 4.2 stars by 1681 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today
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355 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Ames Street

  • Neighborhood

    Kendall Square

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Our validation will net you savings. Park for discounted rates at the Kendall Center Green Garage at 90 Broadway.

  • Public transit

    Kendall/MIT (Red Line) “T” stop.

  • Payment options

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

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (617) 864-3400

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Taylor Deleo and Liz Finlay: (617) 540-9352

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