Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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 “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” (USA Today, 2013), “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We're open on Christmas eve and offering our regular menu along with festive holiday features! Take a break from the holiday rush and leave the cooking to us.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We've decked the halls and are open for Christmas! So eat, drink, be merry, and join us for a ho-ho-ho holiday feast. We're offering our regular menu along with festive holiday features. Sea-son's Greetings from our table to yours.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Good-bye, 2019. Hello, 2020. Join us on New Year’s Eve and make a new year's resolution to eat more fish. We're offering our regular menu along with special holiday features. The countdown begins!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1720 People Are Saying
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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cherry stone clams with horseradish cocktail sauce were delicious. The 2 lb BAKED STUFF LOBSTER WAS AS GOOD AS I REMEMBERED 10 yrs ago!! The stuffing is to die for.!

F
Naples
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful Scottish salmon!

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Two mother in laws to be, taking the table for hours, Fernando & partner were wonderful - we can’t thank you enough, it was the first time we were alone for an evening since our children got engaged!

VL
New England
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place to have lunch in the Square. Great food and very good service.

WC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was a Thanksgiving dinner and the staff was great. We were pleased that they declined a ridiculous/stupid to-go order of over 60 turkey dinners made that evening...something that should have been made over a week in advance.

OT
Pinehurst
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service.

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1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience4

I took a friend from England to this Legal Seafood's for lunch and we were both very disappointed. They would not make any substitutions, and charged $9.00 to add 5 scallops to the fried clam dinner. The clam dinner was served in a cardboard box, with no plate. Both the clams and scallops were too salty. The salad was swimming in dressing which made the greens soggy and unappetizing. At least, the clam chowder was very good. They were apologetic and offered free dessert, which was very nice and made us feel much better about the restaurant. The desserts were very good. I am ambivalent about whether I would go back. If I did, I would ask more questions about whatever I might want to order before ordering.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food at Legal is consistently excellent. They were able to accommodate our party of 11 with no issues with just a couple of days notice. This remains our go-to restaurant in Cambridge.

f
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

While the service was good, the food was very overpriced and overcooked. What wasn't overcooked was lack luster. We had a nice time in spite of the food, as the place was not very busy, but I would not return again.

OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Perfectly average

GM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Legal Seafood has gone up in price and down in quality over the past several years. Portion sizes of appetizers (specifically, the Rhode Island calamari) have shrunk. They continue to have good service and help staff and the fish, in general is good but no longer are they the only place to get good fresh seafood. As a top tier, expensive restaurant, I think it has a hard time competing with other restaurants that deliver more for the money. Their wine list continues to be excellent and well thought-out. It is reasonably priced.

M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The seafood at Legal is always excellent. This particular Legal See Foods in Kendall Square also has a very nice atmosphere and innovative decor (lighting shaped like boats, dining on several levels). It's always a pleasure to eat there.

D
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good--a well-run location! love Love LOVE the tuna ...

KM
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

endive salad particularly nice

fine service, as usual

MA
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is consistently good. Service was a little slower than usual, (kitchen was attending to an allergy-related order) but our server was friendly and attentive

OM
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The service was great, the food was excellent!

The Cajun Halibut was a great choice.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Cambridge from out of town about three times a year and always look forward to at least a few meals every visit at Legal in Kendall Square. The seafood and service is always outstanding!

p
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Too loud to be able to relqx

m
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable as always!
Food is wonderful as always too!

DL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful service- the waiter found us fish chowder! Food excellent as always. Too noisy.

SB
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful time here. The restaurant was very busy but it all went very smoothly.

NR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food portions were very small and relative low quality to what we've encountered at other Legal Seafoods and local seafood restaurants. The stuffed shrimp dish was not large shrimp stuffed with crab stuffing, but tiny shrimp surrounded by stuffing. My neighbor who had shrimp as a side to their main course had much bigger shrimp than my main course shrimp. The burgers were not very good for our non-shellfish eaters. And they were sold out of 2 of 3 sizes of lobster. Overall, it was a terrible culinary experience. But our service was great. Do not recommend. If you have to go to Legal, go in Newton or Harborside.

LB
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was as delicious as I remembered from the early 80’s which was the last time i was there

K
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I believe the woman who joined me for lunch thought there may be a bit too much salt in the chowder. Other than that it was great! Thanks.
Brenda

s
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to meet family or friends. The menu has something for anyone that truly enjoys fresh fish

SG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered the cioppino and it was ok. I thought the seafood (1/2 lobster, musssels, scallops, and shrimp were skimpy and overdone. The taste was ok. I expected better.

D
New England
35 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal at the bar. We frequently eat there and always feel welcomed like family. Joe, our bartender and server, is always friendly and inviting and makes great recommendations for both food and libations. The Legal quality is always superb and it is our go to place for fresh local seafood. The Kendall Square location is one of our favorites.

p
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great for business lunches. Also a good place to bring out-of-Bostoners. They have been a Boston staple for a reason. Their food is very consistent, the fish very fresh, and there is always a classic or an exciting new option on the menu.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was amazing! Special attention for my son with food allergies. Thank you Legal Seafood.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, I have a Gluten allergy and the staff and management was superb. Food was delicious!! Thank you!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

An excellent informal dinner with family. It is hard to top a restaurant like Legal Sea Foods offers such fresh seafood, professional service, plus a fairly priced wine list that “ounce for ounce”, wine for wine, is almost without peer anywhere outside of a select group of gastronomic/wine temples where the cost could be 2-4X higher!

SB
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and immaculate service. I miss the simpler digs of 40 years ago (and the more modest prices!), but the setting is beautiful and the experience is not to be missed. Legal began in Cambridge, so a location there is where you should be! Right next to MIT.

BC
Denver
78 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Above average for seafood

GK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Fairly good. Crab stuffed shrimp was dry and the “crab” was mostly bread crumbs. Fried clams awesome!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service great
- waiter - great
- lobster - had better with more flavor , very bland tasting
Steamers - great

NM
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the bowls are perfect for lunch!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Food is average could be better

LC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Clam chowder was excellent! Scallops over cooked and spinach sadly had no flavor. Very expensive meals for mediocre dinner.

OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

My “grilled” scallops were undercooked , my husbands fried clams were soggy. I had an upset stomach all the next day. Not going back.

j
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. My husband had the Garland c Shrimp(always good) and I had the special, wild salmon. Our server Amanda was wonderful and she recommended a really good wine.

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