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20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods) (Elliot)
+1 617-491-9400
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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150 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was my first time visiting a Legal Seafood Restaurant, but it won't be my last. If all of them are equivalent to this one OMG. I had crab cakes and clam chowder as an appetizer and both were delightful. They were followed by a boiled platter with 3 kinds of fish, shrimp and scallops. It was truly awesome. I... More 

Thank Nate J
Indaiatuba, SP
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63 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there with some coworkers and we enjoy the seafood . Of course you MUST try the authentic New England clam chowder, for me it really worth the visit ! This time I asked the seafood casserole , it was good but for me it was a HUGE amount of cheese. I preferred the other place I proved that was... More 

Thank MariMicheti
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I don't know exactly how they do it, but the clam chowder at Legal Seafoods really is something beyond every clam chowder on the Vineyard or anywhere else. In a class by itself. The rest is good, honest and always very fresh fish, but not a revelation. I ate at the first Legal in Inman Square, family style on picnic... More 

Thank Martin K
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Legal Sea Foods chain is well-known for good seafood. Our group ate well and received great service. The Fisherman's Platter was too much food for me, but an excellent selection of fried seafood. They easily accommodated our group of 16.

Thank Ralph P
Shanghai, China
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701 reviews
371 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic fresh fish in this simple restaurant! Try the lobster and the crab cake! Medium price and fair service.

Thank Francesco P
Potomac, Maryland
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386 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have been to many Legal Seafoods and this one did not disappoint. Same consistent fresh quality seafood. A little smaller than other locations. Tucked away off the street up some stairs in a quad area which made it a little difficult to find but not a big deal. Service was outstanding as was the food.

Thank GL726
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102 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We visited Legal for a late luncheon. We had the best waitress ever! Marissa went above and beyond and his manager as well. The food, delicious, the service-perfect, the desserts-to die for! I highly recommend Legal and of course, Marissa. Thank you for a great luncheon. :)

Thank Ivbp68
Wallingford, Connecticut
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

The atmosphere was laid back and casual, the service was great....very helpful. We both got appetizers and soup instead of a meal....the steamed clams were good and the fried clams were some of the best I have ever had....really great tartar sauce too. I got lobster bisque which was just ok, but his clam chowder was really good.

Thank mommyeliz
Vienna, Austria
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

This was one of the best meals and services I have had in my life. Servers perfectly attentive and professional, food came fast and it was brilliant. Price was not high at all. Several Harvard professors ate here when we were there.

Thank jodljodliii
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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: 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?