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20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods) (Elliot)
+1 617-491-9400
11:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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93 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited Legal for a late luncheon. We had the best waitress ever! Marissa went above and beyond and his manager as well. The food, delicious, the service-perfect, the desserts-to die for! I highly recommend Legal and of course, Marissa. Thank you for a great luncheon. :)

Thank Ivbp68
Wallingford, Connecticut
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The atmosphere was laid back and casual, the service was great....very helpful. We both got appetizers and soup instead of a meal....the steamed clams were good and the fried clams were some of the best I have ever had....really great tartar sauce too. I got lobster bisque which was just ok, but his clam chowder was really good.

Thank mommyeliz
Vienna, Austria
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the best meals and services I have had in my life. Servers perfectly attentive and professional, food came fast and it was brilliant. Price was not high at all. Several Harvard professors ate here when we were there.

Thank jodljodliii
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Legal is an old standby. Whenever I come to town, I have to order a lobster roll. This year's lobster roll did not disappoint. Indeed, I tried the hot butter basted lobster roll and it was outstanding. I will be back.

1 Thank Andiell
Heidelberg, Germany
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109 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Legal Sea Food is always a very good choice for fish. The choices are many, the quality is good, and the service is friendly and professional.

Thank Martin P
Lexington, South Carolina
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162 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

We stopped in to Legal Sea Foods as we always do while visiting Cambridge. The service was prompt and the food was served fresh and warn. We were offered a place to put our coats and hats as it was snowing on the day that we visited. There is a very comfortable feel to this restaurant. We will definitely be... More 

Thank LBSnell
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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512 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This is a good general restaurant in the Charles Hotel. The food and service are fast and good. The fish are very good.

Thank James W
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Great meal as expected from any Legal Sea Food. Attractive restaurant in an area that has become harder and harder to find traditional upscale offerings. Enough with the Indian or Mexican thing already, how about some high quality seafood with excellent service!

Thank Jim P
Duluth, Georgia
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

I love lobster, especially and well prepared Lobster Roll. Legal Seafood offers an amazing roll with consistent quality. Every time I visit Cambridge, Legal's Lobster Roll is a must do. The location is convenient, staff excellent and environment terrific.

1 Thank Scottclark100
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76 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

I visit Boston/Cambridge a couple of times a year and always make sure I get at least one lobster while I'm there. I first went to the Legal's near Kendall Square but they were out of lobster! So I hopped in a taxi and went to this branch. I had chowder, then lobster and onion strings. And it was OK,... More 

Thank Markdman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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, Private Dining, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, 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: 20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods)
  • Public Transportation: Harvard Square (Red Line) "T" stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-491-9400
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Located in the courtyard of the Charles Hotel, our restaurant evokes the simple style of the original Legal Sea Foods that was in nearby Inman Square, Cambridge. In warmer months our outside patio reels in those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo. 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?