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“Good food and Service” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square

Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square
5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square)
+1 617-864-3400
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Ranked #44 of 500 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: American, Chowder, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Ames Street
Transit: Kendall/MIT (Red Line) “T” stop.
Description: The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. It’s a scientific fact that seafood is the healthiest protein, so it’s no wonder that Legal Sea Foods located nearby MIT and a whole catch of biotech office buildings in Kendall Square would be such a popular lure. Our restaurant, steps from the Marriott Hotel and convenient to Cambridgeside Galleria shopping and the Museum of Science, reels in residents and tourists alike. 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 food and Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Dinner with co-workers and this restaurant was recommend by the Marriott Hotel. The atmosphere is busy, not a romantic restaurant for sure. The staff was fun and made our meal fun. I had a caesar salad with a grilled atlantic salmon. It was delicious. The entire meal was great and everyone enjoyed the food. I also liked how the booth tables were a little longer than most, which gave the four of us elbow room to eat and do a little meeting prep for the next day. I would eat here again.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food, poor service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The food at Legal Sea Foods is usually good and this restaurant was no exception. However, the service was pretty lousy here. I think I fell in between two waiters' areas and thus was forgotten about.

Visited December 2013
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Victoria, BC
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90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
“Average food above average price.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

This chain restaurant FEELS like a chain, even though the prices would indicate a more special experience and better prepared cuisine should be expected. The lobster was rubbery and the scallops and shrimp ordinary - the food came lukewarm. The service was rather sketchy too. The server didn't really know the menu or wine list. We paid a lot of money for a very average and forgettable meal. The next night we went to Deuxave and paid the same price but had an amazing meal and dining experience. The difference was night and day.

Visited October 2013
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“We Keep Coming Back When We Visit the Area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We are fans of the restaurant...but this last time was particularly good. After having traveled all day...with delays at the airport...it was great getting here. But we were a little afraid we would be hurried...the food wouldn't be as stellar as it had been in the past as we were much later than usual...but absolutely no worries! Everything was perfect. I even bought the cookbook...and I don't cook.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great food - but unpredictable service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Frequent diner at legal seafood restaurants and enjoy the atmosphere and the staff at the Cambridge site. Easiest way to navigate the bar and menu. Stay to wine and beer for the most value for your money. Ask to be seated in the main dinning areas to get the most experienced waitstaff. This is key!
Kitchen delivery was off the night be dined, which was a first in the site. Very accommodating for GF, so always keep legal as an option for your road travels.

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