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Legal Sea Foods

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2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202-3820 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City) (South 23rd Street)
+1 703-415-1200
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had the salmon bowl which was real good. I have been to 2 Legal Seafoods. In Crystal City and in Boston. I recommend to others. We were able to walk in without reservations which was great!

Thank 886suzannet
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4 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Legal Seafood was ok but not great. The service was very good, but the food wasn't any better than many places and more expensive.

Thank Shirley H
Hillsborough, North Carolina
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Then you will be pleased with this place because they give you mounds of fries underneath a few pieces of seafood to make it look bigger. The food was OK, but was expecting better. For that you'll need to get closer to the Chesapeake Bay than in the middle of Arlington. Platter presentation is good as you'd expect in an... More 

Thank Charles T
Annandale, Virginia, United States
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308 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I can't ever remember getting anything but great food at Legal--Boston, DC or here--love the food and service was very good also. Excellent lobster and stuffed shrimp This location is little cramped feeling--but it is easy enough to overlook that and enjoy the seafood!

Thank Richard H
Winston-Salem, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is very small, the tables are extremely too close together. I don't want to hear everyone around me as if they are sitting at the table with me. The staff was friendly, the food was great and the prices are HIGH.

Thank Monica P
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I ate here with 5 other couples. It was a mild evening and we ate on the patio. The dishes were a bit expensive, but the seafood was very good. If you don't like fish or shellfish, there is very little else to choose from on the menu. I think I spotted one chicken dish and one... More 

Thank Robert H
Rehovot, Israel
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food Best service And big respect to gluten allergies Thank you for a very good experience We enjoyed it very much

Thank Arielzil
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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290 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to several Legal Seafood locations (including this one) and I really enjoyed my dinner. The fish (I had snapper) was cooked perfectly and was very delicious. I had the "lite" clam chowder, which is made with broth instead of milk. I wouldn't get it again--it didn't have a lot of flavor. The house white wine was Fonseca... More 

Thank DonH
Saint Louis, Missouri
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have been to a Legal Seafoods, this is no different. Nice atmosphere and busy place. Server was extremely attentive. Great tuna steak and salad. The white sangria was amazing and not to be missed.

Thank sjpotter77
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I equally enjoy their she crab soup or New England clamp chowder. My favorite appitizer is to get their fried hot calamari mix and have it tossed with Thai pineapple sauce. Asked to get it on a plate instead of the little dish they serve it in.

Thank johnllee

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202-3820 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City)
    (South 23rd Street)
  • Public Transportation: Crystal City (Yellow Line) Metro station.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-415-1200
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?