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20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods) (Elliot)
+1 617-491-9400
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Irvine
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Legal is an old standby. Whenever I come to town, I have to order a lobster roll. This year's lobster roll did not disappoint. Indeed, I tried the hot butter basted lobster roll and it was outstanding. I will be back.

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Thank Andiell
Heidelberg, Germany
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100 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Legal Sea Food is always a very good choice for fish. The choices are many, the quality is good, and the service is friendly and professional.

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Thank Martin P
Lexington, South Carolina
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162 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in to Legal Sea Foods as we always do while visiting Cambridge. The service was prompt and the food was served fresh and warn. We were offered a place to put our coats and hats as it was snowing on the day that we visited. There is a very comfortable feel to this restaurant. We will definitely be... More 

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Thank LBSnell
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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501 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a good general restaurant in the Charles Hotel. The food and service are fast and good. The fish are very good.

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Thank James W
Cohasset
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great meal as expected from any Legal Sea Food. Attractive restaurant in an area that has become harder and harder to find traditional upscale offerings. Enough with the Indian or Mexican thing already, how about some high quality seafood with excellent service!

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Thank Jim P
Duluth, Georgia
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

I love lobster, especially and well prepared Lobster Roll. Legal Seafood offers an amazing roll with consistent quality. Every time I visit Cambridge, Legal's Lobster Roll is a must do. The location is convenient, staff excellent and environment terrific.

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1 Thank Scottclark100
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76 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

I visit Boston/Cambridge a couple of times a year and always make sure I get at least one lobster while I'm there. I first went to the Legal's near Kendall Square but they were out of lobster! So I hopped in a taxi and went to this branch. I had chowder, then lobster and onion strings. And it was OK,... More 

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Latham, New York, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

It was my sons birthday celebration and I called the manager, Drew, to help me make my sons meal with his girlfriend special. My son called me and said it was beyond perfect. From the cider champagne (both kids under 21), that was on the table when they arrived to the amazing service they received, the awesome food, the surprise... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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243 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

My wife an I stopped here for lunch before a play at ART and enjoyed everything we ordered. I had a couple of oysters and the crab cake for lunch and my wife had the salmon burger with fries. She had a Sam Adams Lager and I had the Harpoon IPA. The bill was $54 and we'd return.

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Thank Faxon B
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Staff were attentive and helpful. We ordered the Trump Tower (not a reflection of our leanings) which was awesome. Crab cooked to perfection, oysters, little-necks (clams), mussels and scallops. Delicious and not too pricey. Also had the tuna rice bowl which was exquisite - tuna seared perfectly. Very good.

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Thank Fredthechippy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 50
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Private Dining, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods)
    (Elliot)
  • Public Transportation: Harvard Square (Red Line) "T" stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-491-9400
Description
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. Located in the courtyard of the Charles Hotel, our restaurant evokes the simple style of the original Legal Sea Foods that was in nearby Inman Square, Cambridge. In warmer months our outside patio reels in those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo. We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?