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Legal Sea Foods

#47 of 2,382 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
As featured in Ball, Beers, and Boston
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255 State St, Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-2617 (Atlantic Ave.)
+1 617-742-5300
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Historically good. But this visit was a big disappointment. Server Rick was great. Food quality was sad. Appetizers were overcooked and skimpy. Entrees were not up to par. Shrimp in baked stuffed dish were dry and over cooked. Fried shrimp was greasy. Boston Cream Pie was more of a flan. Bananas Foster were barely warm.

Thank Jane O
Arlington, Vermont
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Came with our grandson for his 11th birthday... absolutely fantastic! Shout out to Harmony as our waitress... couldn't have been better!!! Needing a gluten free option, Carter was so over the moon wth the rolls and then the lobster! The staff hand delivered a GF cake with the birthday song... just the best we could ever have asked for!!! Our... More 

Thank Obeewright
Charlotte, North Carolina
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115 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was at PVD airport and had several hours between flights. The airport didn't really have anything that impressed me dining wise. I asked one of the shop keepers where could I go close by and get some real New England seafood. A couple got together and told me to try Legal Seafoods. I left the airport in search of... More 

Thank Talonrock
New York City, New York
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The shrimp was very overdone and the crap cake was small with more filler than meat. The staff was very nice.

Thank Tom B
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were seven in our group that evening. As we were waiting for some of our party to arrive we sat at the bar first. The place was packed! The bartender attended to us right away. Then we sat at our table and we're attended to right away. Very good food and I must say that for such a huge... More 

Thank Isabel M
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant had a wide variety of seafood offerings! The lobster bisque was delicious, as we as the lobster mac and cheese! Would definitely go back.

Thank Jimmy T
Roanoke, Virginia
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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here twice, as it was close to our hotel. Excellent salads. Had lobster rolls on two occasions, one was succulent and sweet, the other just OK. Great clam chowder. Also, very good fish and chips. Reliable choice for dinner.

Thank RubyCavalier
Edina, Minnesota
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

not only was it very large and very loud but the food was very average, too. i guess that's what you should expect. we had the (live) lobster but it was nothing like a live, fresh caught maine lobster in spite of what it said on the menu. the place is expensive, too, with the average entree around $30. a... More 

Thank artsmith147
San Diego, California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great selection of New England seafood specialties. Food and menu selections are great, as well as service and ambiance.

Thank foodnut003
los angeles
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105 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Didnt measure up to my last experience. Clam chowder was good. Fish tasteless,undercooked, and expensive

Thank leidenaar

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 255 State St, Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-2617
    (Atlantic Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Aquarium Station (Blueline)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-742-5300
The 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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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