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Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

#285 of 2,865 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Back Bay
American, Chowder, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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100 Huntington Avenue, Copley Place Mall, Boston, MA 02116 (Dartmouth Street)
Copley (Green Line) or Back Bay (Orange Line) “T” stop.
+1 617-266-7775
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. We know...
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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  • 180
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  • 196
    Very good
  • 102
    Average
  • 31
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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The restaurant inadvertently gave our reservation away on a Sat. night. It took about 25 minutes to then be seated. The manager was apologetic and sent appetizers to our table. The wait staff was attentive and the food delicious. This location is very busy as it is connected to Copley Place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
ndm685
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Simsbury, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

I have always loved Legal Sea Foods and I am not happy writing this poor review. Simply put, the service was poor and the food average at best. First, we had a reservation and they initially put us at a horrible table when the restaurant was mostly empty. We asked to move and they were very accommodating. However, it took... More 

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The restaurant inadvertently gave our reservation away on a Sat. night. It took about 25 minutes to then be seated. The manager was apologetic and sent appetizers to our table. The wait staff was attentive and the food delicious. This location is very busy as it is connected to Copley Place Mall.

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Calgary, Canada
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313 reviews 313 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Enjoyed a wonderful meal at the Copley Place location! I had the Signature Crab Cake Combo which contained a wonderful jumbo crab cake, grilled shrimp and scallops, and a salad. The crab cake was the best I've ever had. Scallops were wonderfully fresh and tender, as were the shrimp. Probably the best shellfish meal I've ever been served. All this... More 

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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

My colleagues and I had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant. I ordered blackened ahi tuna with sides of baked potato and mushrooms - superb. The dry Reisling was also great, and was actually dry! Service was also excellent.

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Meaford, Canada
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20 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We decided to come here because it was my first time in Boston and I heard the clam chowder here was very good. I obviously tried it and for somebody that doesn't like shellfish I was pleasantly surprised to find the taste and texture very agreeable and not overpowering. The chowder was a little bland but was lived up with... More 

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Budd Lake, New Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

6 of us went during the seafood expo and I would acutally rate the seafood as pretty run of the mill. I would rate the experience as poor as they were out of several of the dishes and 3-4 of the draft beers which is pretty ridiculous. Pricey for mediocrity.

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Bonita, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I visited Legal's three time while I was in Boston, twice at Copley Plaza a once at Long Wharf. All three times, I started with the lobster bisque which is creamy and rich. I also had the fish tacos which was great. They had oyster special at the bar where you can get 6 oysters for $6 during the week.... More 

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Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Loved it- great view, wonderful chowder - best I've had - and a delicious salad, great wine list, smooth professional service.

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Weybridge, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Arrived with friends, having had the place recommended, and first impressions did not really change, at least in my experience. Having been greeted haughtily by the lady on entrance, we were shown to a table for four, with a view, in the main dining area. We were subsequently contacted by a friend who wished to join us. We suggested to... More 

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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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161 reviews 161 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We ate dinner here after a long day of walking. We had a heavy lunch so we opted for salads, bisque, and wine. Sometimes the wait staff gets upset when it is clear that a customer does not intend on ordering a large amount of food, but this was not the case. We enjoyed the view and the phenomenal bisque.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 Huntington Avenue, Copley Place Mall, Boston, MA 02116
    (Dartmouth Street)
  • Public Transportation: Copley (Green Line) or Back Bay (Orange Line) “T” stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Back Bay
  • Neighborhood: Back Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 617-266-7775

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

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.
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?