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Legal Sea Foods-Long Wharf

255 State Street, Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-2617 (North End)
+1 617-742-5300
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Ranked #86 of 2,820 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $50
Mon 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: North End
Cross street: Atlantic Ave.
Transit: Aquarium Station (Blueline)
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.
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was my first time at any Legal restaurant and I'm sorry to say that I'm really disappointed. Together with a couple of European colleagues we had looked forward to a nice seafood dinner when in Boston and opted for Logan's as we thought it was a safe choice. I know it was a busy saturday evening but even so... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We went to this restaurant which is part of a chain, but it wasn't reflected in the quality of the food or service. It was reasonably priced for the standard of the meals with the clam chowder being a must have. It was delicious. Excellent choices on the menu and a couple of specials. The only downside was that it... More

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Kent City, MI
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Food was wonderful, however our waitress was not. After she brought us our food she vanished. Had to flag down a waiter just to get a refill on our drinks- we made sure he got the tip and not the original waitress. Was a great day to sit outside and enjoy the boats out on the harbor while eating great... More

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Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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49 reviews 49 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

I heard of this place because I asked my hotel for a dinner recommendation. I felt like eating seafood and was told that although this is a chain restaurant, it is their signature location and fish is flown in daily. I arrived around 7pm and asked for a table. Restaurant looked pretty busy, it is close to the Pier and... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

The food was really lovely & it was really busy which is always a good sign. We had a booking for 8.30, were on time, seated, given our drink order & then our food we were half way through our starter & our main course was put up in front of us. I couldn't believe it. Not even Sorry we'll... More

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Tampa, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We came here because it is so popular and well known to the area and we were quite un-impressed. My husband had the lobster bisque and the oysters and said they weren't anything special. I had the clam chowder and lobster roll and could say the same. Honestly, the Union Oyster House blew this place out of the water! And... More

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Austin, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

We ate at Legal Seafood - our second time - and have to say the food is always good. However, as my husband was ordering a bowl of clam chowder, I asked the waiter how much was in a "cup" of chowder because I might want one. He said "about 6 ounces"; so I said I thought I would not... More

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Reno, Nevada
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Beau, our server, went out of his way to make our meal a memorable one, and even totally cleaned the lobster for us!

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Top Contributor
348 reviews 348 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

We’ve been to several Legal Seafood locations over the years. The clam chowder is always very good. After taking one of those motorized tours of Boston we stopped for lunch almost where the tour ended. It was quite busy but a bit past lunch time so we were seated quickly. Drink orders were taken and we did wait a bit... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 NEW

Lousy. I've always heard good things but never got around to trying legal. Got the fish and chips for almost 17 bucks, dry tasteless, just downright bad. I'm glad the portion was very small for the price cause I wouldn't have wanted to force myself to eat anymore of it. Chowder was good, but I'd rather eat a fillet o... More

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