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Legal Sea Foods

20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756
+1 617-491-9400
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average16%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood” (50 reviews)
“clam chowder” (19 reviews)
“cioppino” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is the best for having an excellent fish meal with great wine selection. Service and ambience is very good.

Thank ragpines
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We have been traveling throughout the area from Ohio, so lobster is a treat. We have been tasting lobster rolls from many fine restaurants. Legal Sea Foods is a place we have been to before and we knew the food would be good. We both...More

Thank yoohoo614
Reviewed 7 October 2017

Legal Seafoods has many locations in the Boston area, and we're fortunate to have tried out their place near Harvard Square. The service was quick. We dined outside in a large brick square. All four of us marveled at the quality and quantity of our...More

Thank Thomas K
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

We had 5 hours to wait so decided to kill some time here. I had the Lobster Bisque and my husband had the Clam Chowder. Both were excellent! They even sale live lobsters that will be packaged for your flight home. This place has an...More

Thank Sonya F
Reviewed 20 August 2017

There were some issues - they ran out of lobsters unexpectedly - on a Tuesday night. Our waitress Marissa - and the manager, a very nice woman whose name I can't remember - went out of their way to be creative and find lobster meat...More

Thank j'aimevacances
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

I remember when Legal Sea Food was a fishmarket in Somerville and Harvard Square was quaint. It's now a shopping mecca filled with chain stores. Charles Square has been developed as a trendy hotel and office building with restaurants surrounding an internal plaza. This Legal...More

Thank Forest-Hills-Cynic
Reviewed 2 August 2017

whenever in Boston, I have a meal at Legal - start with a chowder and then go with the freshest catch - always good quality food

Thank gymcorridor
Reviewed 17 July 2017

I have eaten at many Legal Seafoods all over, from Boston to King of Prussia. Usually I take clients. It is usually perfect. This place on Charles Square is a DISASTER on many levels. The service is beyond bad. On a Saturday night when for...More

1  Thank Jon U
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We had reservations at Legal Sea Foods at Charles Square, one of our favorite spots in Cambridge, but decided at the last minute to eat outside, under the umbrellas at the terrace bar. It was a nice night, and we were meeting family who were...More

Thank LanSluderBelize
Reviewed 10 July 2017

You have to eat here! Excellent food, super large portions and perfectly cooked. The service was fantastic. Great amount of variety to choose from, and an excellent drink menu.

Thank Megan D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods)
  • Public Transportation: Harvard Square (Red Line) "T" stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-491-9400
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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