Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square
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.
I am an older woman and I don't appreciate Legal's habit of hiding older patrons. It's quite obvious and it's insulting. If we hadn't had tickets to a performance, we would have left. I noticed we were shunted into a corner with other older women. Mix us in - we like the action.
Food is always great, but service not so much. Very busy for a Friday night and staff seemed to be unable to handle it.
Had to reach out to manager twice because of poor service. Failure to bring proper drinks (alcoholic beverage mis-mixed from instructions and sparkling water not served), ordered appetizer was not served, and couldn’t get assistance when looking for sugar. My salmon was good.
Very unfriendly service. The food was bad - very sour. The shrimps looked like frozen food. The parking was very pricey, even with validation. Will never visit here again.
Went for the Restaurant Week. Lunch menu options were great and the tiramisu was my favorite part!
Always consistent quality and service at a reasonable price. Great selection of beer and wine sure to please.
With several locations around town, they are accessible and in great locations.
The service was painstakingly slow. We waited 15 minutes for water and were not given bread. Our server was impolite and checked in infrequently. The food came out quickly and tasted fine. It took far too long to have our order placed. Noisy and bustling atmosphere.
Great food as usual
The wait was long before our order was requested. The waiter forgot to bring my friend her tea. She reminded him when he brought the check and he apologized and said he’d get it right away but we were already late so didn’t accept. We had to speak loudly to be heard. The food was great but next time I think we’ll try another place.
Good food, service a bit slow despite the slow afternoon, but cordial
We usually have excellent service at this location but you were quite busy Saturday night. We were left alone, which is fine, but we had to ask for ketchup twice which we didn't receive until three of us were all done eating and only my son was left with a pile of french fires he could now eat. We also had to ask for rolls twice.
Love this Harvard Square location of Legal Seafoods. The atmosphere, service and food - always SPOT ON.
My order of swordfish was completely undercooked and had to be sent back. It took a very long time to get the "corrected" piece of fish, which was delicious and properly cooked, by the way. The restaurant was very nice to not charge me for my order of fish which was appreciated. Generally, food at the Legal Seafood in Charles Square (Harvard Square) is usually very good. The staff did make a reasonable effort to correct the problem.
As always the food is very good. The seafood casserole was delicious and full of scallops and lobster. Try the wonton appetizer. 4 large wontons. Very tasty
We had a quiet booth. The place was not crowded. The food was absolutely delicious. Very patient waitress.
The food was good, as expected, but I was very surprised by the very slopping plating. I was entertaining some Japanese guests, and the plates were a mess! My own dish was the lemon sole. which was very tasty, but pieces of fish were dumped on top of a clump of rice, next to a blob of spinach, and capers were strewn across the plate with no attention to where they landed. I have rarely seen a visually more unappealing plate in a quality restaurant. I certainly will not bring Japanese guests again.
It was great!
I wish Legal Sea Foods was in NYC, the food was extremely fresh and delicious. I highly recommend to anyone visiting the Boston area.
Good food, great service. Tended to be “out of things” which I found a bit surprising for such a well run franchise,
OH MAN, DO THEY NEED HELP AT THE BAR!! One Bartender for the entire restaurant on a very busy Saturday night? Ridiculous. The service was ok, food excellent, BAR WAS A TOTAL JOKE AS WE WAITED OVER 20 MINUTES FOR DRINKS EVERY TIME. F for fail
THANKS FOR MAKING THIS A BETTER EXPERIENCE THAN THE LAST TIME
Great service and food!
I ate at the bar and the service was great! Professional, attentive, and courteous. Seafood selection was ample and food quality was good. Would recommend to a friend!
Considering it was Valentine’s Day, there was no shock in it being packed— however, we were put at a blatantly makeshift table next to the emergency exit doors, and I could hardly squeeze into my seat (which was mere inches from the wall). That being said, the seafood was excellent, and the managerial staff quite nice— our waiter was a tad awkward and not that present, but again there were a lot of diners that evening.
Hard to say. It's a lovely location and appealing menu, service was ok but my particular item, kale salad, was basically just a huge quantity of kale, underdressed and with three or four small squares of sweet potatos and some apple slices. I would have done waay better at Sweetgreens et al.
Very poor service. We had to wait for evrything quite a while.
Very disappointed with the Shrimp special. Over cooked.
Tom is a great waiter! Service food ambiance enjoyed
Great, fast and friendly.
The best seafood and clam chowder ever! I highly recommend it!
Main arrived before apps were done and the restaurant was empty. No excuse.
Wait staff scripted interaction.
Preparation was boring.
Past it’s glory.
We enjoyed a fantastic fish meal
The waiter outstanding
Could stay as long as you wanted
The dessert was perfect to end the meal
Sherbert tasty good
We will soon be back for another great meal
My wife and I like to make a meal of Legal's excellent starters. This time we had tuna sashimi, smoked salmon with brioche bread & steamed mussels, preceded by a margarita, accompanied by a glass of Sancerre and followed by pumpkin cheesecake & espresso. Altogether a very festive New Year's Eve dining experience.
Another great server - Chloe.
We were in Boston for Christmas Day, away from home. The staff was attentive, kind and pleasant. Our meal from drinks to appetizers to entrees and desserts was delicious. We enjoyed our experience and we will definitely return.
Delicious food. Same classic Legal menu unlike some Legal restaurants that have limited menus and no substitutions. Tried the new chestnut hill restaurant... but had to return here!
Nice but cramped! Chairs knock tables;( but great food
Christmas Eve was very busy but service was ridiculous. Our appetizers and main dishes arrived all at the same time and there were missing drinks and food items
Great eatery. Gave us table we wanted and they did all the rest.
Excellent new server called Autumn.
Manager arranged for table change in a better area.