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Legal Sea Foods

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704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716 (G Street, N.W.)
+1 202-347-0007
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Located across from the Verizon Center, Legal Sea Foods on 7th Street is always hopping and noisy, but it is reliable. Despite the crowds the servers are efficient and friendly. The menu changes regularly and features seasonal choices as well as standard fare. I am a sucker for their fish and chips. The fish is always hot and tenderly flaky... More 

Thank John O
San Diego
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to the restaurant near Chinatown. The food was delicious. Although it was packed we were seated very promptly. My husband had the fisherman's platter and I had the mussels and a crab stuffed baked potato. Everything was delicious, particularly the baked potato! It was sensational!

Thank Susy G
Little Rock, Arkansas
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good place to eat if you like seafood. Great menu selection. Staff was attentive and friendly. Nice dining atmosphere

Thank harrispalmer
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I made a reservation on Open Table and said it was our anniversary. We received congratulations as soon as we gave our name, and we were seated at the best table in the house, a small table for two in the window. The crab cakes were fabulous, the seafood fresh, the cocktails perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Thank C-SoBa
Ipswich, Australia
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner here on our last night of our visit to Washington DC and the place did not disappoint overall the food was lovely the price was okay and the service was excellent

Thank Ricksta59
Miami, Florida
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Legal Sea Foods is an outstanding Restaurant. As with 80% of the Restaurant in D.C., you must make a reservation, the earlier you book, the better time slots you will get, though we did reserve the same day for a party of 4 and got a good 7:30PM slot. The ambiance, the service and, of course, the food is outstanding.... More 

Helena, Alabama
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113 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Legal Sea Food has such a great menu. It was hard to decide what to try; I ended up the trying the day's special - and unfortunately I can't remember the name (but I have a picture and it had crab in it! And it was DA BOMB!!!) The restaurant has a great ambiance. The staff is very attentive; at... More 

Thank Jessica R
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I made a reservation under Open Table for this establishment for our semi annual visit to DC. We found the menu to be quite extensive. Everything seafood was available. Our waiter was attentive and informative without being in our faces all night long. If you are looking for a more intimate atmosphere, this is not the place.... More 

Thank Gerry17601
Saint Louis, Missouri
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Legal is known for its clam chowder, which I loved. I also had the scallops. The char-broil added a flavor that I don't think is as good as broiled with butter. The broccoli had a nondescript cheese sauce. I wouldn't order it again. The crab meat baked potato was excellent with a large amount of crab meat.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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98 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

great restaurant. so fun also. the atmosphere is great. its busy but you get service quickly. make reservations though. it gets busy. its right in china town so you can walk around and do fun stuff also.

Thank ChristyS6

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716
    (G Street, N.W.)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-347-0007
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker. A bipartisan favorite, we have occupied the nation’s capital since 1995, anchored across from the Verizon Center and around the corner from the International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Chinatown. Make waves at our racetrack-shaped bar or sup on seafood underneath the hull-like ceiling in our restaurant’s main dining room. Either way, be presidential and order a cup of our New England Clam Chowder; it’s been served at every Inauguration since 1981. Other accolades include “Best Place for Great Seafood” (Washingtonian Magazine, 2008) and “Best Crab Cakes” (Washingtonian Magazine, 2008)

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