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Legal Sea Foods

#48 of 2,382 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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255 State St, Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-2617 (Atlantic Ave.)
+1 617-742-5300
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Maybe it's the proximity to the Aquarium, but this location is not my favorite of the Legal Sea Foods offerings. Food is predictable. Have to say the buffalo popcorn shrimp was very strange. The buffalo flavoring was presented as a sauce on the side, whipped together w/radishes (?) and blue cheese. Also, plastic forks for the oysters on the half... More 

Thank Gail G
Laguna Niguel, CA
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arrived in Boston and was promptly shown by our hosts to Legal Seafood. Clam chowder is famous - and the lobster was glowing. Personally I love filet, and they delivered the 8 oz perfectly cooked. Bustling restaurant and looks like a Boston staple for seafood!

Thank Lindamom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Good restaurant with nice variety of seafood dishes. Very expensive and nothing exceptional or exciting like other restaurants in North End area (The Daily Catch is the best).

Thank Ahmed Z
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59 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Although this is a chain of restaurants it has a very good reputation for good vale food. We only sample the chowder and it was very tasty. I wouldn't say cheap as a medium bowl was €10 but it tasted really good

Thank Graham F
Swindon, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First time here and jet lagged. Was shown straight to our table. Food and drinks menu is vast and has lots to choose from. I order a cocktail which was not in the lost but was no problem. We ordered the lobster bisque and clam chowder for starters. Both were absolutely delicious and filling on there own! Next came our... More 

Thank Prue143
Lilburn, Georgia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good, but not in Boston. Was very disappointed in food quality and server seemed to disappear which was reported when leaving

Thank debiew250
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Aesome food. One really great place to eat that has really changed at all have a good clambake period definitely go to see this if you're in Boston you won't be disappointed the desert too

Thank Kimberly G
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good food with reasonable prices for sea food. Exceptional service. Would recommend for couples or whole families. Kids meals are huge

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Coral Gables, Florida
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

this restaurant appeared in my search for GF dining options while we visited Boston with my daughter who is celiac. What I did not know is that the owner of the restaurant chain is celiac so this place was a dream for my family. They have dedicated friers so its completely safe for celiacs and those intolerant to gluten. They... More 

Thank Mariana B
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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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, 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
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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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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