Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square

(617) 491-9400 | View Website

20 University Rd, Cambridge, MA | Directions   02138

42.372521 -71.123680

Open Hours

Sunday-Thursday 11am - 10pm

Friday-Saturday 11am - 11pm

 
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More Tags: Celeb Hangout, Business Dining, Group Dining, Notable Wine List, Outdoor Dining, Brunch, Family-Friendly Dining

Price: $$$

Payment Methods: Travelers Check, MasterCard, Cash, Discover, Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Gift Certificate

Cuisine: Traditional American, Seafood

Neighborhoods: West Cambridge

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Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square
Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square
Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square
Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square

From The Owners of Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square

"If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!"

Reviews for Legal Sea Foods - Charles Square

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Consistently Fantastic – My wife and I eat at this location at least once a week. The fish is extremely fresh and well prepared and we have never had poor service. We also come to their brunch on Sundays. The lobster omlette is unbelievable. We recommend it to all of our family and friends for great seafood.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Avoid at all costs – How the hell does this restaurant rate four and a half stars? the food there was terrible, Me and my daughter ate there for lunch, the muscles were the worst I have ever had in my life, and the fish could not have been worse, lousy service, horrible food and the smell of old seafood was almost overwhelming

With just the two of us and one glass of wine with tip was over a hundred dollars, what a waste of money I will never go there again

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Awful... – My husband and I paid for two pricey meals expecting to get quality....not only was our food served cold and tasteless, but both of us fell ill the next day. Not to mention we had a very smug waiter...I will never return to this establishment again!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

THEY ARE SO RUDE!!!!!!!!!!! – Legal Seafood employees here are SO RUDE! I have had good experiences at other locations, but this place was so ridiculously rude that I actually am taking the time to write about it!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Very mediocre food – I agree with most of the reviewers. Food is very mediocre. I have given them 4-5 chances but have been disappointed every time. Not recommended.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Disappointed! – My husband and I were staying at the Kendall Hotel in Cambridge and we got take out from the location across the street there. I was definitely expecting more. The claim chowder lacked seasoning. The one at the Boston and Maine Co. at Quincy Market in Fanueil Marketplace was much tastier than this one! S sad. The popcorn shrimp appetizer was actually good, with traditional cocktail sauce and a creamy sauce that would normally accompany crab cakes. My husbands potato and veggies were average (he was sick and doesnt usually go for seafood anyways). The rolls were nice and crusty. Basically, I would sugguest another place for seafood; sadly the restaurant doesn't hold up to all the hype. Sorry!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Hmmm....Not as great as I expected. – I'm relatively new to Boston. I came here hearing rave recommendations for Legal Sea Foods and how great it was. However, I'm a little disappointed. It was kind of, well...average.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

victim of its own success – This place is packed all the time. There's a minimum 10 minute wait - and that's with a reservation. The outdoor bar at this location is nice in the summertime, but again, only if you can get a seat.

For years, we couldn't visit Boston without stopping in for a cup of chowda, a lobster roll and Legal's Bloody Mary. Legal just isn't what it was two decades ago. The staff is still uniformly friendly and the portions are huge, but the food is merely okay. A baked lobster/scallop casserole ordered during a recent visit was dry and tough. In Cambridge, we've switched to Dolphin - reminds us of Legal as it used to be (and much cheaper).

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Overrated seafood – Everyone told me this place was wonderful, but the seafood is not that flavorful. I had the grilled salmon and it didn't have a lot of flavor. The clam chowder was good. I went back a second time for breakfast and the salmon benedict was excellent - perhaps it's a better breakfast place.

Recommends
3.5
over a year ago

The lone Harvard Square outpost of this popular institution delivers the chain's famous seafood minus the touristy crowds. – The Scene
It took more than five decades for Legal Sea Foods to drop anchor in Harvard Square, finally landing in a high-profile space in the courtyard of the upscale Charles Hotel. Most nights find the handsome, nautically themed dining room filled to the gills with local workers and academics. While the crowded interior forces friendly, efficient waiters to shout to be heard above the din, the quiet patio offers a calmer environment.

The Food
As at all other Legal locations, super-fresh seafood is the main draw. Locally caught clams and haddock share menu space with tender Alaskan wild salmon and meaty Maryland crab cakes. Top appetizer options include creamy bluefish pate and nationally renowned clam chowder, while homemade lobster ravioli and wood-grilled tuna steaks are best bets among the entrees. Given the restaurant's healthy portions, few diners have room for pedestrian desserts like an oversweet chocolate pudding cake.

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