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“Chowder & Crab Cakes”
Review of Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods
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Ranked #4 of 880 Restaurants in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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.
Ottawa, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
153 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Chowder & Crab Cakes”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

As far as chain sea food restaurants are concerned Legal is one of the better ones. The chowder was thick and something to be savored. The crab cakes were outstanding.
The service was hurried and the servers were trained in the art of 'up-selling'.
Be ready for 'sticker shock' when you look at the prices. There are any number of other good sea food places in 'old Alexandria' that are much better value

Visited August 2014
Thank Stuball1
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Hastings, Barbados
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Popular with the locals”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

Extremely good but again expect to spend $50.00 for a couple here. Not to classey looks more like a bar. Servers were great and we had the best Chicken breast ever

Visited August 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Seafood”
Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great food and service, very happy... This restaurant is a bit pricey though, but we had a great time...

Visited August 2014
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Williamsburg, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

What a great experience my husband and I had,after reading the reviews we weren't to sure what to expect, but Jim wanted a lobster roll and him being a Bostonian his expectations where high. After getting seated and drink orders in, we didn't see lobster rolls on the menu but our waiter Shawn assured us he would get his LR. We started with fried clams that were perfectly cooked lightly breaded and hot to the table. Next the Lobster Roll it had to have had whole lobster in it, meeting Jim's expectations to the last bite. I ordered the scrod was perfectly cooked and fresh as it should be. The manager came by and we had a great conversation about what our experience was and how we weren't to sure what to expect with the reviews, and how glad we didn't put to much faith in them. The next night I thought Jim might like a steak after all it was our last night in DC area. But after suggesting it I could tell he was still thinking about that LR. So we headed back, looking for Shawn again unfortunately he was off, but no worries we had Halima She was just as great as Shawn. We had another fabulous dinner and night out from the food to the service you couldn't ask for a better time

Visited July 2014
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Ballwin, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
436 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Count me as a big fan”
Reviewed August 1, 2014

I've been fortunate enough to dine at several Legal Seafood locations and this one did not disappoint. We were able to get a last minute reservation and were treated to one of the best meals on our trip.

Our waiter was excellent and provided recommendations as well as great service. One thing about this place is the variety of dishes, whether it be crab, shrimp, salmon or another fresh option. But, I find it hard to move beyond one of the first dishes listed on the menu, the Signature Crab Cake Combo. What a great combination of a crab cake, shrimp. and scallops.

I'm a big fan of this restaurant and look forward to an opportunity to return.

  • Visited July 2014
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