We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Legal Sea Foods

255 State St, Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-2617
+1 617-742-5300
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“crab cakes” (307 reviews)
“seafood” (726 reviews)
“chowder” (252 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
255 State St, Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-2617
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (3,703)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

11 - 20 of 3,176 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

After the rain, they had a table open for my daughter and I by the water so we took it. The restaurant is crowded and we ordered apps oysters and salad. Very good food and a nice Bloody Mary

Thank mikeylikesit2016
Reviewed 6 days ago

Sat outside, view of Long Wharf was great. Very busy. The food was good and the staff was friendly. We had lunch, a little pricey.

Thank Sherry D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

So we always try to go by for some eats when in town. Straight out always good and tasty. We love the chowder and the crab cakes for get about it. I love the steam clams too. Oh and a shout out the best bartenders...More

Thank Joseph A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We ate an early dinner here. They had decent size portions and our server was excellent. The lobster was pretty good and calamari was tasty. Other seafood meals required us to add old bay to give them flavor. Was not an inexpensive venture.

Thank Michey43
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Positives: wonderful and attentive waitress - good pomegranate martinis - steak was tasty - offers casual, upscale, and bar dining Negatives: downstairs crowded and chaotic - very loud - people jockeying for a place to sit - not impressed with the seafood - shrimp cocktail...More

Thank Juli126
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very cool atmosphere, great outdoor and roof seating with an oyster bar. Many gluten-free options in the menu like fish and chips. Make sure to get a reservation for a larger party as it was very busy. Great service, and overall experience.

Thank Abby S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had a late dinner here after arriving in Boston. Shrimp and scallops were average. The tuna , swordfish and salmon were tasteless and cold. Service was very good and thus the 3 stars.

Thank David W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a occasion I will bite the bullet and go to this chain. It's fine. But you are in New England! Fresh fish is everywhere at a fraction of the coat of what you will pay here. It's good. Nothing memorable - I promise. Search...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was fine. The service was adequate. I am sorry but it was just nothing special for me. Apart from the price which was at the top end for what it was.

Thank Wyrtaj
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great location, fabulous cocktail and service fine (until I felt pressurised by my server to leave a generous tip!). The food (crab cake combo) tasted decent but looked a mess on the plate - looked like it had been thrown rather than placed - and...More

Thank KM579
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with
historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through
one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston
Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling
statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the
pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where,
during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting
children and eager tourists through the pond. Have
Nearby Restaurants
Black Rose
731 reviews
.22 km away
Chart House Restaurant
1,159 reviews
.12 km away
Granary Tavern
501 reviews
.15 km away
Nearby Attractions
Rose Kennedy Greenway
378 reviews
.16 km away
New England Aquarium
4,373 reviews
.14 km away
141 reviews
.03 km away
Marriott's Custom House
80 reviews
.22 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
26 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 10 answers
Response from Talonrock | Reviewed this property |
if memory serves they have a small patio out front but you would need to see the hostess first to make sure they have someone working the outside tables. weather permitting of course.
26 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 12 answers
Response from Joe S | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do.. outdoor is good if not a hot day
11 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Darbump | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know. Better off trying Schermerhorns in Holyoke Mass 413-561-2978.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 50
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 255 State St, Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02109-2617
    (Atlantic Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: Aquarium Station (Blueline)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-742-5300
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods - really fresh fish. Enjoy ocean-side dining just steps from the New England Aquarium. Our restaurant couldn't be more convenient to the Financial District, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall and waterfront hotels. We think a visit to Boston must include a meal at Legal Sea Foods. 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. We've received a boatload of accolades including "Most Popular Boston Restaurant" (Zagat, 2011/2012), "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Improper Bostonian, 2010), "Best Chowder" (Boston Magazine, 2010), "Best Seafood Restaurant" (Boston Phoenix, 2009) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing