Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square
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.
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
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.!
Wonderful Scottish salmon!
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!
Very nice place to have lunch in the Square. Great food and very good service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Always good--a well-run location! love Love LOVE the tuna ...
endive salad particularly nice
fine service, as usual
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
The service was great, the food was excellent!
The Cajun Halibut was a great choice.
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!
Too loud to be able to relqx
Service was impeccable as always!
Food is wonderful as always too!
Wonderful service- the waiter found us fish chowder! Food excellent as always. Too noisy.
Wonderful time here. The restaurant was very busy but it all went very smoothly.
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.
Food was as delicious as I remembered from the early 80’s which was the last time i was there
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.
Great spot to meet family or friends. The menu has something for anyone that truly enjoys fresh fish
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.
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.
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.
Service was amazing! Special attention for my son with food allergies. Thank you Legal Seafood.
Fantastic, I have a Gluten allergy and the staff and management was superb. Food was delicious!! Thank you!
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!
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.
Above average for seafood
Fairly good. Crab stuffed shrimp was dry and the “crab” was mostly bread crumbs. Fried clams awesome!
- waiter - great
- lobster - had better with more flavor , very bland tasting
Steamers - great
Great service and the bowls are perfect for lunch!
Food is average could be better
Clam chowder was excellent! Scallops over cooked and spinach sadly had no flavor. Very expensive meals for mediocre dinner.
My “grilled” scallops were undercooked , my husbands fried clams were soggy. I had an upset stomach all the next day. Not going back.
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.