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Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

100 Huntington Avenue, Copley Place Mall, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)
+1 617-266-7775
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Ranked #223 of 2,820 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder
Neighborhood: Back Bay
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Dartmouth Street
Transit: Copley (Green Line) or Back Bay (Orange Line) “T” stop.
Description: The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. We know shopping induces hunger. Our restaurant is located on the upper level of Copley Place, with direct indoor access to both the Westin and Marriott hotels as well as to the Prudential Center. Panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Boston’s historic South End. We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “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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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Legal's gluten free menu is outstanding, as is their attentiveness to needs of gluten intolerant diners. However, on a recent visit, their Wood-grilled seafood assortment was overcooked, with very dry swordfish, salmon and haddock. The scallops and shrimp were better, and the side of sauteed kale with honey-yogurt and peanuts was very good. The highlight of the meal for our... More

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226 reviews 226 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

While the food at LS is not cheap, I value the consistency of food quality and service at the two establishments that I visit most often - Copley and Braintree. My wife had the baked scrod, a favorite, while I had the bluefish. The side of kale that accompanied my meal was tasty and is another favorite of mine.

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Vista, CA
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Not from this area, we wanted to try the local foods, such as crab cakes, lobster rolls and seafood. We had several very disappointing crab cakes, more bread stuffing than crab. Once we came here on someone's recommendation, we finally found out what real seafood was! The crabcakes are chunks of crab meat, not a ball of stuffing. the lobster... More

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Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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247 reviews 247 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The chowder was good, and the crab sandwich great. I had the prawns with rice and broccoli, which was disappointing. Too much broccoli so that it overwhelms the more delicate prawns. Also, I'd go easier on the cheese. However, the service was great.

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Brattleboro, Vermont
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Had my favorite oysters and lobster bisque. Like knowing it will always be what I am expecting. Sometimes I want the she crab bisque.

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Concord, New Hampshire
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have always been a fan of Legal Seafood and had dined at this location before and it was very good. Whenever I fly out of Logan, I always look forward to a pre-flight treat of Legal clam chowder and a crab cake. Our experience last evening at the Legal Seafood in Copely Place left us unimpressed, mostly by the... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Our food was fair. I had Cherrystone clams on the half shell which were very fresh. The clam chowder was fair to good. I had chowder at the Atlantic Fish Company which was superb. Their chowder was filled with multiple chunks of clams and was wonderful. Unfortunately the chowder at Legal Seafood paled in comparison with much less clams and... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

So disappointed. I had such high expectations for such a well known famous restaurant. Everything we ate was just average food nothing special. The stuffed lobster was beyond chewy, similar to beef gristle. I needed razor blades for teeth to get through it. The seafood stuffing had nice pages pieces of shrimp and scallops but lacked flavor. It just tasted... More

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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The seafood here is quite good (though NOT cheap) and they are open late (good when you get into town after 9 pm). The cioppino is different than what I was expecting (more or a seafood collection in a bit of broth than a stew) but still tasty. The crab cakes were great. My only complaint is the ambiance -... More

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I always go to Legal Sea Foods when in Boston. We chose to go to Copley place which was in a really nice mall. The restaurant had a very nice atmosphere and nice view out the windows. Food is always good.

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Additional Information about Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

Address: 100 Huntington Avenue, Copley Place Mall, Boston, MA 02116
Phone Number: +1 617-266-7775
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 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: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder

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