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Legal Sea Foods

704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716
+1 202-347-0007
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“clam chowder” (66 reviews)
“seafood” (199 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Second time I've been to this restaurant. Have the legal seafood crab cake a combination which included scallops shrimp and crab cake and a summer salad very well done and tasty. Also have the white sangria which was very refreshing to have on this hot...More

Thank Star C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Must have the clam chowder, served at every inauguration ball for years. Tables with white linen table cloths, knowledgeable servers and you were made to feel very welcome. Try the Lobster Roll, hot with melted butter! Fabulous, they are many other items I would have...More

Thank Christy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The fish and chips (cod used) were excellent, hot from the kitchen, a nice coating without being overpowering on the fish, more fries than two people could eat! The trout was cooked just right also and equally tasty. Combined with good service, this is a...More

Thank palekh
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a wonderful meal! We enjoyed the fresh seafood and had excellent service. I highly recommend the grilled shrimp, marinated mushrooms, Legal’s Signature Crab Cake Combo and the Halibut. They only disappointment in this trip was I ordered the crab stuffed baked potato and...More

Thank GibsonMe
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had tried this in other cities, so went with confidence. We and taxi driver almost missed it, because the outside is so dumpy looking. Couldn't believe this was LS--but it was. Then not clear which of 2 doors to use to enter. For an upmarket...More

Thank knowledge1404
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great restaurant, the food was lovely.. We had the trio of calamari to start, it was probably the best calamari I have ever had! It was so tasty! I had the salmon for main, it was a lovely salmon steak with a cajun rub on...More

Thank Thomase77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall, we had a good meal experience at Legal Sea Food. The location was excellent, well within walking distance from the Metro Station, a few hotels, and many activities. We were here as a group of four, and were able to be seated promptly on...More

Thank Matt S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have eaten here before a few years ago.. and found it not as good as before... Lobster is our favorite ... But not the same.. Ok Butter sauce not the same taste... The Lobster was already shelled .. Just the meat of the Tail...More

Thank BobZ9
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here by myself on a business trip based on TripAdvisor. Great service to seat me, good service at table. Crab cakes were really good. Oysters were good. Didn't know it was a chain...probably would not have come because I like trying local places. Bar...More

Thank C W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Love the clam chowder. Great food. Service was okay, not great for the time of day. They weren't that busy at the early dinner time. Love the variety, not our first time to this location.

Thank Cranberries_RHG
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Cody S
What's the attire for this place? Is it casual?
9 July 2016|
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Response from LJucha | Reviewed this property |
Yes casual. We were just in the clothes we were in all day and it was fine
Doc L
Is there a dress code?
24 June 2016|
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Response from sweanne | Reviewed this property |
It is casual
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17 May 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716
    (G Street, N.W.)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-347-0007
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. 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. A bipartisan favorite, we have occupied the nation’s capital since 1995, anchored across from the Verizon Center and around the corner from the International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Chinatown. Make waves at our racetrack-shaped bar or sup on seafood underneath the hull-like ceiling in our restaurant’s main dining room. Either way, be presidential and order a cup of our New England Clam Chowder; it’s been served at every Inauguration since 1981. Other accolades include “Best Place for Great Seafood” (Washingtonian Magazine, 2008) and “Best Crab Cakes” (Washingtonian Magazine, 2008)
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