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Legal Sea Foods

20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756
+1 617-491-9400
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (48 reviews)
“chowder” (17 reviews)
“crab cakes” (17 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten at many Legal Seafoods all over, from Boston to King of Prussia. Usually I take clients. It is usually perfect. This place on Charles Square is a DISASTER on many levels. The service is beyond bad. On a Saturday night when for...More

1  Thank Jon U
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had reservations at Legal Sea Foods at Charles Square, one of our favorite spots in Cambridge, but decided at the last minute to eat outside, under the umbrellas at the terrace bar. It was a nice night, and we were meeting family who were...More

Thank LanSluderBelize
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to eat here! Excellent food, super large portions and perfectly cooked. The service was fantastic. Great amount of variety to choose from, and an excellent drink menu.

Thank Megan D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Legal came recommended to us and was close to the hotel. It was so good, I ate their twice. Their seafood bake was good (a little heavy and warm for summer) but tasteful. For dinner, they had a very tasteful watermelon martini, fresh oysters, and...More

Thank Rosa O
Reviewed 3 June 2017 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 22 May 2017

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
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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, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
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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