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Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City

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American, Chowder, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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2301 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City) (South 23rd Street)
Crystal City (Yellow Line) Metro station.
703-415-1200
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11:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: For all those who love seafood in Crystal City, the world really can be...
For all those who love seafood in Crystal City, the world really can be your oyster. Choose from among the 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish we serve simply prepared, 365 days a year.
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Visitor rating
  • 206
    Excellent
  • 177
    Very good
  • 58
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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I truly love this restaurant. The bar scene is vibrant. The restaurant abuzz with conversation. Servers move swiftly through the dining room with purpose... and smiles. Deft with the menu, offering any dish ...any way....made to order ...however you would like. Dinner at the bar is always a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
YoungAttorneyCC
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Arlington, Virginia
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  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

I truly love this restaurant. The bar scene is vibrant. The restaurant abuzz with conversation. Servers move swiftly through the dining room with purpose... and smiles. Deft with the menu, offering any dish ...any way....made to order ...however you would like. Dinner at the bar is always a joy. The bartenders are just great and you can tell they love... More 

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New York, NY
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198 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

My wife and I are attending a conference in Arlington and we hosted a local friend at dinner. Some years ago, we had eaten at Legal Sea Foods in Boston (its home city). Each of us was totally pleased with the meal we ordered, accompanied by a delightful bottle of pinot. Our server was helpful with questions, prompt with service... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We stayed at the Marriott Crystal City so getting here was very easy. A bit of walking outside but very convenient. Similar to the ones in the Boston area, great food and wonderful service. It's Legal Sea Foods, what else needs to be said?

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Toronto, Canada
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206 reviews 206 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I have seen this chain all over the US, and a friend told me I needed to try it! A group of us went...here is what we ordered; Mexican mussels - ammaaaaaaazing! so fresh and tasty! Swordfish grilled with cajun spice Scallops shrimp pasta Everything was absolutely delicious. Food came out to all of us at the same time, was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The atmosphere, wait time to be seated was well worth it. I recommend the seafood pasta with clams, yummy

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Crane, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I am telling you that the name of the this place made me wonder what kind of place is this. "Legal sea food" Well the taste of the food was out of this world and the service was excellent, friendly, all at an afford price. It is must stop. I understand there are others around so I am sure they... More 

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Arlington VA
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98 reviews 98 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The greeter was sweet and swift, the waitress was subdued and hard to hear when she was giving her spiel. I ordered a seafood platter and calamari, my friend ordered salmon. The drinks appeared quickly. The calamari was slightly overdone and wasn't as tasty as I like, kind of bland. My friend liked it a bit more than I, but... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I eat at this Legal Seafood frequently when in the Crystal City area on business. Although Legal is a chain, in my opinion their seafood is better than the competition. On a recent weekday evening I had the fried seafood platter and it was delicious – generous portions of shrimp, scallops, clams and fish. They don’t take reservations and the... More 

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Pretoria
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Have the ciopinno here for dinner. It is delicious. The restaurant is simply design but has a classy feel to it.

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Biloxi
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We arrived at 6:45pm on a Friday night, were told it would be a 45 minute wait which actually turned into a 75 min wait, the front staff while not being rude was not very good at alleviating my concerns of other groups that had arrived after me getting a seat first. Within minutes of sitting down our waiter made... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2301 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City)
    (South 23rd Street)
  • Public Transportation: Crystal City (Yellow Line) Metro station.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 703-415-1200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients

Description

For all those who love seafood in Crystal City, the world really can be your oyster. Choose from among the 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish we serve simply prepared, 365 days a year.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?