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Legal Sea Foods

#109 of 2,703 Restaurants in Boston
#119 of 2,916 Places to Eat in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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255 State Street, Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-2617 (Atlantic Ave.)
Aquarium Station (Blueline)
+1 617-742-5300
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods - really fresh fish. Enjoy...
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods - really fresh fish. Enjoy ocean-side dining just steps from the New England Aquarium. Our restaurant couldn't be more convenient to the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and waterfront hotels. We think a visit to Boston must include a meal at Legal Sea Foods. 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 "Most Popular Boston Restaurant" (Zagat, 2011/2012), "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Improper Bostonian, 2010), "Best Chowder" (Boston Magazine, 2010), "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Boston Phoenix, 2009) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Lobster !!!

Outstanding dinner ! Lobster and Steak ! Our server Joshua, was 1st class. Gave us a lesson on how to properly take apart a lobster !! West Coaster - don t laugh ... Great Food, Great Time... Not a Boston Fan ... but I sure do like it a whole lot more ... Thanks Joshua, and Thanks Boston.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Large groups
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Outstanding dinner ! Lobster and Steak ! Our server Joshua, was 1st class. Gave us a lesson on how to properly take apart a lobster !! West Coaster - don t laugh ... Great Food, Great Time... Not a Boston Fan ... but I sure do like it a whole lot more ... Thanks Joshua, and Thanks Boston.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We ate here at the end of July 2015 and it was great. It was recommend to us by the hotel concierge and it was a great choice. The waiter Rick was truly outstanding. Basically read us the menu and gave is recommendations.I saw a waitress breaking and picking the lobster for someone. I was recommended the stuffed lobster and... More 

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Randolph, Vermont
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I experienced the original Legal Sea Foods in Cambridge. It was on the scruffy side, with attention paid to nothing other than serving the best possible, least pretentious offerings of the sea. Now, half a century has passed and LSF is a restaurant juggernaut, with outlets in all the best locations on the East Coast (and probably beyond). For the... More 

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Gt. Barrington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Live Legal. Great fish and seafood and. Always consistent. You can count on a good meal here every time I particularly like the shrimp scampi and their lobsters. Very creative appetizers and side dishes. Great bar menu and very good desserts

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Make reservations! If you didn't, order food to go. They are very accommodating and you may even get to sit at the bar while you wait. We took our food back to the hotel. Delicious!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is the best and the Grilled Seafood Platter is GREAT. The seafood just melts in your mouth. The mashed red potatoes are So CREAMY the best I have ever eaten in my life. Seaweed salad GREAT. I had never eaten Seaweed Salad but it was wonderful also. Go early, they open at 11 AM and we had the... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We ate near the Long Wharf and sat outside. We had halibut fish and chips with malt vinegar. I wish we had a Legal Seafood in San Antonio!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We wanted to eat some clam chowder and we decided to try Legal Sea Foods, and glad we did. The clam chowder was phenomenal! Note that there is a hostess outside, but that is only to seat the outside part of the restaurant, so if you want to eat inside, be sure to go inside.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We love coming to Legal. It is a once in a great while trip to the city excursion and has always been worth it for us. This time, not so much. The food is always outstanding. But with traffic, the $12.00 for parking for 2 hours. Then to not be provided a receipt. I have had to fight with not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Legal seafood We celebrated our 22nd anniversary here for dinner. All the staff was friendly. They gave us a nice corner table and they went out of their way to make sure we were satified. Our waitress Ruby was nice and accommodating she was very attentive and made sure everything was perfect for us. I ordered the stuff lobster which... More 

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Additional Information about Legal Sea Foods

Address: 255 State Street, Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-2617
Phone Number: +1 617-742-5300
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
Cuisine: French, American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 255 State Street, Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-2617
    (Atlantic Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Aquarium Station (Blueline)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: +1 617-742-5300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
  • Cuisine: French, American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Large groups

Description

The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods - really fresh fish. Enjoy ocean-side dining just steps from the New England Aquarium. Our restaurant couldn't be more convenient to the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and waterfront hotels. We think a visit to Boston must include a meal at Legal Sea Foods. 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 "Most Popular Boston Restaurant" (Zagat, 2011/2012), "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Improper Bostonian, 2010), "Best Chowder" (Boston Magazine, 2010), "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Boston Phoenix, 2009) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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