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“Busy seafood restaurant”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods
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Ranked #2 of 874 Restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, 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.
Northumberland, United Kingdom
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327 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Busy seafood restaurant”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

Visited recently with a colleague. Waited about 30 minutes for a table standing in the bar area but very aware that we we crowding diners at the nearby tables - even more aware of the crowd around waiting for tables when we got one of the tables opposite the bar rather than in the main restaurant ! Service as good and friendly. The seafood was just OK - certainly not the best seafood I had ever had but I was maybe expecting a lot more given Legal Seafoods reputation and prices. I was really looking forward to visiting Legal Seafoods, but now that I have, I am not sure it lived up to expectations. Perhaps it is just this one? I will give it another go in Boston and let you know.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank cdab
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Montgomery, Alabama
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Excellent food; outstanding service; great evening”
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
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1 Thank P0laris600
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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”
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
Thank reasonable1
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New York/CT Area
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Gets the basics right”
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
Thank m6882
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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”
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
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1 Thank James V
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