Legal Sea Foods
255 State St, Boston, MA 02109
- Mon - Thu
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Fri - Sat
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Phone: (617) 782-4479
Fax Number: (617) 523-0512
General InfoThe signature dish at Legal Sea Foods - really fresh fish. Enjoy ocean-side dining just steps from the New England Aquarium. Our restaurant couldn't be more convenient to the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and waterfront hotels. We think a visit to Boston must include a meal at Legal Sea Foods. 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. We've received a boatload of accolades including "Most Popular Boston Restaurant" (Zagat, 2011/2012), "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Improper Bostonian, 2010), "Best Chowder" (Boston Magazine, 2010), "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Boston Phoenix, 2009) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
Parking: Garage, Street, Validated
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Family: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Specialties: Fish, Private Functions, Catering, Aquatics
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No, sorry....where do you people normally eat? Mcdonalds?? It was good, I guess. And yes, I had the premier "lobster 3 course" dinner,
and had a dozen oysters for appetizers. Ok....I guess I didn't eat what you had. And it was decent, 3 stars, but 5 stars!?? It's a food factory, it's not fine dining by any means. Sorry to burst your bubble. If you're looking for good decent food at standard prices with ok service, than this is your place. If you're thinking fine dining 5 stars, keep driving.
I've eaten at several Legal Seafood locations and I find the seafood and other menu choices to be consistently good, the service to be friendly, and the ambiance pleasant. I recommend Legal over other Boston Seafood Restaurants and cant help but wonder if some of the the sniping is planted by the competition.
In a city that is literally right on the water, many visitors end up at Legal Sea Foods, looking for that ""authentic"" seafood experience. Which is a shame, considering there is better seafood to be had in Boston at lower prices. Legal Sea Foods is fine, if not generic, and most definitely over-priced. Their chowder is thick and slightly gloopy, but the French bread rolls are delicious. Fish is cooked well, but it's nothing to write home about, and the variety of sides will please just about any diner.
But frankly, seafood restaurants shouldn't smell like seafood. Legal Sea Foods always smells fishy, which is just not right.
I have been to this place several times. Their motto: ""if it isn't fresh, it isn't legal"" is a joke. Everything is always so overcooked, you would never be able to tell if it were fresh or not. My litmus test for a good seafood restaurant is whether or not they can properly cook a rare tuna steak. Legal failed this test not once, but twice at two different locations! Over the years, we have sampled lobster, and swordfish - and always overcooked, dry, and tough! Three strikes, you're out. If you have to go to this place, order something safe. The chefs either have minimal training or are so overloaded they can't pay proper attention to what they're doing. Naked Fish or Skipjacks are better bets.
When you travel to the coast you hope to eat a great seafood dinner. This place was a joke! We ordered wine and our apppetizer and were asked not once, but four times to please place our order, long before the appetizer ever arrived. To be honest, we were waiting to see and taste the appetizer because the place reaked of the smell of FRIED fish and I was worried about the quality. Our waitress finally got rude and told us to place our order just as the appetizer was placed on the table. My husband ordered surf and turf. Yes, I know it isn't wise to order steak in a seafood place, but get real! What they called filet mignon was a chopped steak at best! I had crab legs (mostly because I was so offended at being severely rushed and I knew they would take forever to eat.) Very Dry! Hey, Legal Sea Foods. Don't claim something you cannot deliver! It just makes you look stupid!
My friends and I each had a bowl of the New England Clam chowder and it was a major disappointment. One of my friends didn't even finish their bowl. The chowder had no flavor and it was watered down. I have had better clam chowder out of a can. The service was good, but I will try never try this restaurant again.
What a delight, the sevice was exceptional, food was cooked perfectly. Even with no reservation the 45 minute wait in the bar fun, and the visit was worth every penny.
Ive eaten at most of the locations. The quality of the food is always consistent and the clam chowder is amazing. For lunch, try the spicy fish and chips. Its not too bad so dont worry. I took my friend here when he came to visit me from San Diego. He loved it. Had the baked scrod.
If youre visiting here for the first time, you have to come here at least once. My favorite locations are the one on the waterfront near the Aquarium and the one near Park Plaza.
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