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Legal Sea Foods

2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202-3820
+1 703-415-1200
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good39%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“clam chowder” (69 reviews)
“seafood” (257 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202-3820
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1 - 10 of 838 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We stayed within walking distance of the restaurant. We enjoyed the food and service. Nice, small bar area. Casual dining atmosphere. We went back two nights in a row. Good choice of local craft beer and wine.

Thank Edd L
Reviewed 2 days ago

My hubby and I dropped by Legal Seafood during a trip to the DC area. We changed dinner plans last minute and Legal Seafood hostesses were nice enough to work us in. We ordered drinks, a Salmon Rice bowl & a Louisiana catfish and sausage...More

Thank Daydreamer025
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I went here with an open mind. The food was alright to say the least. He got a bowl of clam chowder which our waitress told us it was the best because it's been served at every inauguration since Ronald Reagan. It...More

Thank Holly B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Made reservations via open table. Our table was ready for us when we got there. I had the "chefs assortment" shrimp, scallops, tuna, salmon & swordfish. It came with two sides, I chose the broccoli and cheese and mashed sweet potatoes. It all was excellent....More

Thank Lou F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We once lived in the Boston area and really enjoyed Legal Seafood. This location was a disappointment. Service was very poor. I had to go to the bar to get water when my server disappeared. I saw two other customers get up to try to...More

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My 8yo son and I are in Washington DC for the weekend from Indiana and staying in Arlington. We were tired and sore after walking all day and stopped at the closest restaurant to our hotel. Thank goodness it was as fabulous as Legal Sea...More

Thank Courtney F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had reservations (Highly recommend you make reservations) for a large group over Memorial Day weekend. They were extremely busy but we were very well taken care of by Shawn. All the food was fantastic. Our table had a variety of dishes. The soups were off...More

Thank Linda S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a really packed place when we got there, fortunately, I was able to make reservations earlier that day (thru Opentable.com). I recommend to make reservations since this place gets really busy, and for good reason; people seemed to really know that this place...More

Thank Clara M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really good food and service. Small restaurant but great experience. Son had the catfish dish, I had grilled shrimp, both were outstanding.

Thank gdg2173
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have always touted soft shell crab at legal seafood as the best in the country. This trip not so much. It was bland. My friends enjoyed their catfish and crab cakes though. The service here is excellent!

Thank Ena H
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Adika H
is it food for a one year wedding anniversary?
7 November 2016|
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Response from Devin P | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely! Some areas of the restaurant are a little dimmer making it a nice, potentially romantic surrounding.
Adika H
what is the dress code
7 November 2016|
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Response from SOCGAC | Reviewed this property |
How busy are they during the week? Would I need to make reservations for a Tuesday evening visit (party of 5) for around 5 or 6:00pm?
11 September 2016|
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Response from GrahamB1990 | Reviewed this property |
Just opened your question. As you have probably dined by now I hope you enjoyed Legal Sea Foods. Regards Graham
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 50
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202-3820 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City)
    (South 23rd Street)
  • Public Transportation: Crystal City (Yellow Line) Metro station.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-415-1200
  • E-mail
For all those who love seafood in Crystal City, the world really can be your oyster. Choose from among the 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish we serve simply prepared, 365 days a year. In season, our patio seating is a lure for those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.
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