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“Excellent food; outstanding service; great evening” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods
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Ranked #2 of 843 Restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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. In season, our patio seating is a lure for those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.
Montgomery, Alabama
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123 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Excellent food; outstanding service; great evening”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Reservations are recommended at peak times, and we didn't have them. However, in spite of being told we would need to wait 30-35 minutes upon check in, we needed to wait only 10 before being seated. The wait staff, with the manager working the floor as back-up, never missed a beat. They successfully kept every glass full, every table clean, and did it without seeming obtrusive. The food was to Legal Seafood's high standards, and we left both satisfied and stuffed. The only downside to the evening was we had the table by the door (one reason why reservations are suggested), and the tight confines at that point in the restaurant was a little uncomfortable for those seated with their back to the inbound and outbound customers. Nonetheless, a great dinner was had by all.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Mason, Ohio
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food, great service and fun atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

The food was good and not too pricey. It was a lot nicer than what I expected by the fiew from the outside. The portions were big and they had cloth napkins too. We really enjoyed it.

Visited March 2013
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New York/CT Area
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Gets the basics right”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Fresh seafood well prepared. Good value wine list. Friendly service. I object to a minimum length for reviews.

Visited March 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Dining occasionally”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

A group of us men often view a nearby movie and then dine at Legal Sea Food in Crystal City. Our favorites are a bowl cream of crab soup followed by a crab cake sandwich. What makes this a fine experience is the large hunks of crab meet in the soup and in the sandwich. Both are excellent. We usually start with a frozen margarita. A really nice and flavorful meal.
The restaurant is on the small side, but the service is quite good and friendly. There is plenty of street parking despite the busy Route 1 nearby and a large underground parking garage a half block away - and validated parking. We have rarely had to wait for a table even though the restaurant seems crowded. There is limited space to wait. Legal Sea Food is well run with good food.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Ontario, Canada
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43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Excellent seafood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

Showed up on a Tuesday night at 6:30. The place was packed but the host told us that luckily, he’d just had a cancellation or he’d be telling us a very long wait time. Wow, not used to needing a reservation on a Tuesday night. Washington is a whole other world. In spite of power suits meeting at other tables, they had a kids’ menu with lot of variety. Although I have to say I’ve never seen a kids’ menu that offered $18 steamed lobster. Did I mention Washington is a whole other world? Other kids’ options were in line with other restaurants and the cheese pizza they both chose was good. (Really, kids? You chose pizza in a seafood restaurant?) Husband and I both ordered the chef’s choice, which gave 3 small portions of grilled fish, in addition to shrimp and scallops. I asked the waiter what the choices were that night and he replied with a guess based on what he’d seen go out on other plates that evening. That’s when we realized we were going to get the end pieces of fish that were otherwise too small to go out on other plates. Lol! Admittedly, it allowed for a nice sampling of different seafood for a reasonable price. Got mahi mahi, salmon or arctic char and tuna in addition to the shrimp and scallops. My tuna was medium rare while my husband got his medium. Thought it was odd that the waiter didn’t ask how we wanted the tuna done. All the seafood was moist and flavourful, although my husband’s tuna could have been rarer. Even the bar was packed when we left, so I strongly suggest a reservation for any night of the week.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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