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Legal Sea Foods

355 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1062
+1 617-864-3400
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good40%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“clam chowder” (72 reviews)
“local seafood” (79 reviews)
“fish” (66 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
355 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1062
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When traveling home to Boston, a stop at Legal Seafood is usually a must. However, during a recent visit, the fried scallop plate was served with both a abductor muscle (that small crescent-shaped piece on the side of the larger scallop meat) and adductor muscle...More

Thank Diveshack0674
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here with a friend in December 2017. Good cocktails, good oysters, great seafood. Have the tuna sashimi.

Thank DTayl0r_86
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Reliable, consistent, dependable. The best seafood anywhere. You can't go wrong with Legal Seafood. It is always filled with Harvard faculty and locals. That tells you something.

Thank JWC87
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good hangout with a wide selection of beers snd wine. Good seafood, but but...... don't think it is really fresh. They seem to have some preservatives in the seafood as i am very sensitive to preservatives. So, I sense it very fast. Bit, overall, it...More

Thank hkustrg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

whenever I am in Boston, I go to Legal Sea Foods - I love fish, and the quality at this local chain is very good indeed. the service is friendly and attentive, the cocktails are very nice, the place is modern and shiny and the...More

Thank Pucci D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Legal at Burlington Mall/Middlesex Trnpk. No wait to be seated at 6:30 Saturday pm, it got busier later. I have a food allergy and kitchen did great job customizing my order. The jumbo shrimp cocktail was SO fresh and delicious! I was told the...More

Thank catwmn2xVT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect, as it accommodated the tastes of my 10 year old daughter and my 80 year old parents! Not always easy to do. Love the local oysters.

Thank Hannah O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seafood always tastes fresh and is well-prepared. The salad sand sides are good too. the ambiance and layout was pleasant but bustling. Have to make sure to sit close to anyone who is a low talker.

Thank LEV2012
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent menu selection appetizers are best from the oysters to fried Calamari to the crabs and specially the steamers all were very good and they all were cooked to perfection One item should be off the menu is the lite fish chowder it was bad...More

Thank 757samj
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Two of us stopped in here for a bite to eat. At first we were turned off by the seafood smell, but then realized it's probably because of the fresh oysters. We sat in the bar area and had drinks and fish and chips. They...More

Thank historictourfan
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16 June 2016|
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Response from Boxter98 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Google Legal seafoods gift cards And you can order on line
Tynia T
14 February 2016|
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Response from LisaS1964 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are several however the closest is connected to The Charles Hotel at 1 Bennett St
17 August 2015|
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Response from cigalechanta | Reviewed this property |
Same here, sent to me.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 355 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1062 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square)
    (Ames Street)
  • Public Transportation: Kendall/MIT (Red Line) “T” stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-864-3400
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. It’s a scientific fact that seafood is the healthiest protein, so it’s no wonder that Legal Sea Foods located nearby MIT and a whole catch of biotech office buildings in Kendall Square would be such a popular lure. Our restaurant, steps from the Marriott Hotel and convenient to Cambridgeside Galleria shopping and the Museum of Science, reels in residents and tourists alike. We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “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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