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Legal Sea Foods

20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756
+1 617-491-9400
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good35%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood” (48 reviews)
“chowder” (17 reviews)
“crab cakes” (17 reviews)
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20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First went to a Legal Seafood in 1975, have not been in 20 years so my expectations were high - oh I also wanted lobster. Service was fair- didn't know wine list. Had to explain twice which wine I wanted w oysters and which wine...More

Thank roadwarrior50
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first time visiting a Legal Seafood Restaurant, but it won't be my last. If all of them are equivalent to this one OMG. I had crab cakes and clam chowder as an appetizer and both were delightful. They were followed by a...More

Thank Nate J
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

Went there with some coworkers and we enjoy the seafood . Of course you MUST try the authentic New England clam chowder, for me it really worth the visit ! This time I asked the seafood casserole , it was good but for me it...More

Thank MariMicheti
Reviewed 3 May 2017

I don't know exactly how they do it, but the clam chowder at Legal Seafoods really is something beyond every clam chowder on the Vineyard or anywhere else. In a class by itself. The rest is good, honest and always very fresh fish, but not...More

Thank Martin K
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

The Legal Sea Foods chain is well-known for good seafood. Our group ate well and received great service. The Fisherman's Platter was too much food for me, but an excellent selection of fried seafood. They easily accommodated our group of 16.

Thank Ralph P
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic fresh fish in this simple restaurant! Try the lobster and the crab cake! Medium price and fair service.

Thank Francesco P
Reviewed 29 April 2017

Have been to many Legal Seafoods and this one did not disappoint. Same consistent fresh quality seafood. A little smaller than other locations. Tucked away off the street up some stairs in a quad area which made it a little difficult to find but not...More

Thank GL726
Reviewed 22 April 2017

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...More

Thank Ivbp68
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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...More

Thank mommyeliz
Reviewed 9 April 2017 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 Jure T
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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, Private Dining, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, 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: 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
  • E-mail
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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