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Legal Sea Foods

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2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202-3820 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City) (South 23rd Street)
+1 703-415-1200
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Although this resturant is very popular with consistantly full tables when we arrived our table for six was ready. The server was informed, experienced, very capable and very friendly. We all enjoyed our diners and when time to leave we were not rushed. The reception staff was very helpful in calling our hotel, the Doubletree, to send a van and... More 

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Laurence Harbor, New Jersey
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Always wanted to try Legal Sea Foods and certainly was not disappointed. Our party of four ordered oysters, clams, calamari, mussels, and fried clam bellies. Everything was delicious and very fresh. Good wine selection to go with our meal.

Thank Ronda P
Waldorf, Maryland
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97 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been a big fan of Legal Seafood since there use to be one across the street from where I work on K St NW. We sure miss that one. Now to get my fix, I make sure to drive home using Route 1 or go to Chinatown. I love legal for many reasons one of which is their crab... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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562 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 314 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Business meeting for four of us -- good service, fast and quality was nice on four different plates served us. This is not a cheap place & recommend the Clam Chowder.

Thank FoxTravelers
Lafayette, Louisiana
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69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you don't mind be packed next to other tables (literally we were less than 12 inches from the tables next to us) and don't mind loud and fast eating then you will like it. The food was but good but they really rush you through. Not a very relaxing dinner.

Thank Britcajuntraveller
Deer Isle, Maine
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71 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has been dishing it up for half a century. Once a Boston area gem, one of the first and still one of the few great quality seafood operations in New England. This airport restaurant does pretty well with what they get, but it is small and cramped and the service can be slow. But the food is very... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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226 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am rating this restaurant average because I have been here several times over the years and that is over many visits where it falls out. In general, the seafood here is always fresh. The restaurant is small, tables are packed in and when busy, it is noisy. At this most recent visit, it was busy and noisy and service... More 

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Chocowinity, North Carolina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

Outstanding seafood dishes. Pricey, but you get what you pay for. Very well cooked, not over salted, nice light touch with the seasonings, sauces etc. Our favorite seafood restaurant in the DC area.

Thank annedQ2434XX
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

This was my first visit to a Legal Sea Foods restaurant. The food was quite good and our waiter Brandon made the visit special. He made excellent recommendations and was personable and funny. We enjoyed our visit all the more because of his service.

Thank VickieR7777
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475 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

Have been to Legal a few times. First visit is exciting. But after that you realize how boring the menu is. And expeeeensive ! The clam chowder is always good and the fish is fresh. But multiple visits will leave you saying yawn. Bring a credit card with lots of room.

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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
Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202-3820 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City)
    (South 23rd Street)
  • Public Transportation: Crystal City (Yellow Line) Metro station.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-415-1200
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. In season, our patio seating is a lure for those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?