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Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

100 Huntington Ave, Copley Place Mall, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)
+1 617-266-7775
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Ranked #195 of 2,815 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder
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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
Neighborhood: Back Bay
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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Belton, Texas
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This was some really great seafood. Its not cheap but not outrageous either. They cook traditional Boston Seafood and it is great. We were also happy they have Gluten Free alternatives for our Daughter. She was so happy to eat what we had. The Waterfront location did not seem to be as good, but it could have been an off... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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130 reviews 130 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I both had the lobster casserole and it was delicious! Mostly lobster and very little bread crumbs. Sides were fresh asparagus and mushrooms and both were tender and delicious. The meal also came with a nice salad. I had a Mai Tai and it was made correctly and my husband had a vodka gimlet which was also... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

When my friend and I walked in, my senses were immediately assaulted by a strong fish odor. Ok, it's a seafood restaurant, but in my experience living in Florida, if it smells like this, stay away! I was in a hurry so decided to stay and order despite what my intuition was telling me. Ordered the New England clam chowder,... More

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Williamsville, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Great seafood, super service. Convenient location. Nice variety and fairly priced entrees. Just one of many great restaurants but located in the Westin Copley so very convevient for us. Ate there twice in 5 days.

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Montevideo, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The seafood was mediocre. My crab cakes were dry and the remoulade tasted like a squirt of Dijon mustard right out of the bottle. Brown rice was tasteless. The huge portion of steamed broccoli I was served was pale and woody. I was very disappointed in the quality of the food overall. The service, however, was quite good.

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Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

The wood grilled blue fish was succulent and comes with 2 sides for $19. A good view, friendly staff and quick service.

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Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I just flew into Boston for a business meeting. It will fill up my time here, so I had to have some Boston Seafood. They were fantastic! Kimberly was my waitress and she an outstanding job!

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Ocean City, Md
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136 reviews 136 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We've seen this chain in so many places and never made it in until this past Friday. We had a great lunch and some of the best servers. Very friendly and conversational. I think I had some of the sweetest and coldest cherry stone clams I ever had. Ordered a second dozen. I highly recommend and look forward to getting... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Easy to get to (or find), though a bit touristy because of the location. Make certain you try the chowdah (chowder)

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Trussville, Alabama
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This restaurant was adjacent to the hotel where I was staying. The menu looked good and I was in somewhat of a time crunch to be somewhere. The salad was fresh and very appetizing. My entree of crab cakes was very disappointing. While they were loaded of crab they were only served luke-warm - not good for an entree. The... More

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