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Legal Sea Foods

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704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716 (G Street, N.W.)
+1 202-347-0007
11:00 - 23:00
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All hours
Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Saipan, Mariana Islands
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91 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As always the Crab cakes were an excellent choice. Lump crab is as always consistent with LSF. However the price is high if your considering money but its worth it. Try the 2 large Crab cakes with salad. $30+. See photos.

Thank 670671
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been to the one in Boston, however here everything taste super good. The restaurant is live, a perfect place to get together with friends for a delicious seafood dinner, the fish was fresh and well done. Definitely will go back.

Thank Jc M
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went to Legal Sea Food one night after a conference. Had gone to the one in Boston several years ago. The Washington DC site was just as good. Great food! Had table in front of window so we were able to watch all of the tourists walking by. Food is pricey but worth it.

Thank ALMillerA
Delafield, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a spectacle of seafood dishes and attentive service on Thanksgiving. This is a must-do experience in seafood dining. We walked to the Chinatown setting from our hotel on 14th Street. With a reservation, we waited about 15 minutes to be seated in a jam packed dining room, wafting in the full aroma of cooked seafood. We started our... More 

1 Thank JamesMichael018
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First dined at legals in Boston and look for one of their restaurants whenever we are in the states. We have been to the one in Washington DC 3 times now and every time was a pleasure. They supply the clam chowder for the presidential inauguration dinner and its very,very good. This visit to washington i tore myself away from... More 

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hong kong
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273 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good place to have seafood in washington. Better make reservation in advance otherwise need to wait for a long time. Food is well cook. Sea food is fresh. Wine is quite expensive. Portion is too big. Waiters are friendly. Environment is nice but the tables are too close to each others.

Thank piaHongKong
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has seen better days. It's no wonder the chain is disolving. LOUSY food and mediocre service. Avoid at all costs. I had the flavorless Boston scrod and my husband had the greasy snapper. Even the signature new England clam chowder was weak. The bread was laughable. Save your money or just skip the meal vs eating here.

2 Thank Ron H
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had dinner there on a Friday night. The clam chowder and cream of crab were both good. The lobster bake was OK. The service was average, the waitress got everything for us in a reasonable and timely way, but nothing more than that, not as friendly as we expected.

Thank Zena S
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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110 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a nice dinner but were expecting bit more based on other reviews. Waiter was attentive and friendly. We were hoping on some great seafood but this was a bit disappointing. Small portions and quite expensive but above all not great quality. Overall certainly not bad nor to be avoided, but a bit overrated in other reviews.

1 Thank PR_S18
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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302 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I first visited Legal Seafood in Inman Square in Cambridge in 1968 and I have wanted to visit one of the restaurants for quite some time. The portion of salmon I received was small but the rice cake was very large. The fish and chips was a poor rendition of the dish. There was a very long wait between the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 50
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716
    (G Street, N.W.)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-347-0007
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker. A bipartisan favorite, we have occupied the nation’s capital since 1995, anchored across from the Verizon Center and around the corner from the International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Chinatown. Make waves at our racetrack-shaped bar or sup on seafood underneath the hull-like ceiling in our restaurant’s main dining room. Either way, be presidential and order a cup of our New England Clam Chowder; it’s been served at every Inauguration since 1981. Other accolades include “Best Place for Great Seafood” (Washingtonian Magazine, 2008) and “Best Crab Cakes” (Washingtonian Magazine, 2008)

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