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“If you're a seafood lover...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Legal Sea Foods - Arlington - Crystal City

Legal Sea Foods - Arlington - Crystal City
2301 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City)
703-415-1200
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Ranked #8 of 700 Restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder
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Good for: Doing business, Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: South 23rd Street
Transit: Crystal City (Yellow Line) Metro station.
Description: For all those who love seafood in Crystal City, the world really can be your oyster. Choose from among the 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish we serve simply prepared, 365 days a year.
Chesterfield, Michigan
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“If you're a seafood lover...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

This was a very nice restaurant. The atmosphere was really nice. Smaller and more intimate. They have a pretty good assortment of seafood on their menu. I, not being a big seafood eater, didn't find much on the menu that I liked. So, if someone in your party is not a seafood fan, you may want to go somewhere different. I did have their fish and chips and there were pretty good. My boyfriend had their wood grilled swordfish and said it was fantastic!

Also, you may want to try desert while you are there. Their Boston cream pie was great.

They do close at 10p I believe, on week nights. If you are coming from the city, I suggest you get there before the !

Great wait staff.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Mijas Pueblo, Spain
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“Always a Favorite in Crystal City”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

If it isn't fresh, it isn't legal... that's Legal Sea Foods moto. Evreything you can eat is awesome. Food is prepared well and presented by an excellent wait staff. This is a must stop for someof the best seafood in the DC area.

Visited April 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Fantastic seafood and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Dined here for an evening meal. Restaurant is very convienent for those staying in Crystal City hotels, we walked there from Marriott, avoided parking issues and fees.
Reservation from Opentable was honored immediately and we were seated. Our server for the evening, Jim H. was exceptional. His knowledge of the menu and information on fresh fish specials certainly assisted in our decisions for dinner. Fried oyster appetizer with seaweed salad was very good, fresh/hot and the combination of hot oysters and cool sald was great. Doublestuffed shrimp entree was prepared well, not too much breading and lots of lump crab. Striped bass filet with crab crust was awesome. Fish was fresh, prepared perfectly and seasoned well. Sides of sauteed spinach, jasmine rice, and broccoli were also fresh and prepared perfectly. Manager came by to check on our dining experience. Overall, service was exceptional, food items were well paced from the kitchen, and all appetizers and entrees were prepared perfectly and seasonings complimented the fresh ingredients. Highly recommended. Use Opentable for easy reservations.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very accommodating..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Nine of us arrived without reservation. The staff put together tables within minutes. The seafood offering is good. Wine and drink list plentiful. Great meal.

Visited March 2013
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latrobe
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“Very Good - Very Expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

The selections were varied but to my wallet, more expensive for a place so close to the water. I was intrigued by the seaweed salad but concentrated on the whole lobster. Market price was up compared to home and we tried soft-shell clams fr the first time. Not a great experience for us. We'll stick with hard shelled ones - more taste and not "squishey" as the wife said.

Visited March 2013
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