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“Perfect food, service not so fast” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Legal Sea Foods - Copley Place

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 #194 of 2,816 restaurants in Boston
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.
Naples, Italy
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Perfect food, service not so fast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

I went here for dinner on wednesday. It is the perfect place to go if you want to eat good fish. In particular there's a faboulous grill mix. However, if the restaurant is full you have to wait more than 15 min to be served.

Visited August 2013
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Fukuoka
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“fresh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I love crab cake, so I tried it at 3 restaurants nearby. But the one here was the best. Also raw cram and oyster was also fresh.

Visited August 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Lose the attitude, keep the quality”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

This is a nicely located restaurant in the business and retail end of Boston Back Bay, settled above the retail street level. Cosy booths and tables with a busy atmosphere, it serve quality seafood and fine wines. It is a pleasant place to dine, without being very exciting. The menu is reliable and food cooked and served to a required standard, in line with a "restaurant chain" style.
Don't expect too much more than this. If you're looking for fun dining and imaginatively cooked seafood, head to North End.
What made it disappointing for us was the chain culture of conformity, which refused to recognise anything other than a USA driver's licence as proof of age. As a result, our daughter was unable to join us in celebrating a special event with a nice glass of Champagne. Her international licence and passport just wouldn't cut it!
A restaurant should have the ability to make an occasion special, not to kill the occasion like that. Sadly, this house of rules couldn't do that!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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4 restaurant reviews
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“Great Food great service!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We visited this restaurant on a familia trip to Boston.The restaurant is located insiide Prudential shopping center, a beautiful set of shops connecting with Copley Place,
Our waiter was a wonderful girl who suggested proper dishes according what we wanted to eat. There is a great selection of fantastic and delicious dishes.
We really enjoy our dinner and the service. The swordfish was wonderful and the clam chowder was beautiful and arrived fast. I would definitely recommend it!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Loved everything about it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I arrived around 9.30pm which might have played a role as it meant the place was getting empty and it therefore very quiet. I love when it is actually possible to hear yourself think in a restaurant.

The service was quite and courteous, efficient but not rushing me, keen to advise but not in selling mode.

I went with the features starter which frankly would have passed as a main. Calamari were cooked to perfection with just the right balance of meaty and chewy. The mussels and little necks were delicious and the half lobster obviously a nice surprise (I was expecting some sort of lobster lumps or salad, not a half !)

Main was an equally delighting treat but what I want to single out is their wine list. I was unaware that this was something they prided themselves with, having just randomly walked in. I was really impressed by the range and in particular by the choice of half bottles, something that's too rare but much appreciated by solo travellers.
A+

  • Visited August 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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