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Legal Sea Foods

704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716
+1 202-347-0007
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“clam chowder” (66 reviews)
“seafood” (199 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We are in DC for my birthday and ere looking for a place for dinner . we decided to go to Legal because we had been there in Boston and knew it to be reliable. Once agin they did not disappoint. Had a great meal...More

Thank JDH1954
Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband and I were in DC for my birthday, in June, and decided to try Legal Seafood for my birthday diner. It really has a wonderful ambiance. Our waiter, TJ, was seriously one of the best waiters we have ever had- and we get...More

Thank KateyOB
Reviewed 6 days ago

Looking for somewhere to eat after a long day of seminars we decided to find someplace close. We drove around a used google to find places near us. We choose Legal Sea foods glad that we did it was a good choice.

Thank Allie S
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Started at the bar for happy hour. Sangria was good, but a tad to sweet. Nice beer selection. Siraccha shrimp was fried, but excellent. Crab toast was nothing fabulous. Moved to dining room for dinner and the crab cake was amazing!! Shrimp casserole was tasty,...More

Thank PlanetR
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Due to their Boston location's popularity, we chose to celebrate our friends birthdays at the Legal Sea Foods. Our server's recommendations were towards the more pricy but less tasty meals. The best selection among us was the crab cakes. I had the mixed grilled sea...More

Thank TrWorldTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Second time I've been to this restaurant. Have the legal seafood crab cake a combination which included scallops shrimp and crab cake and a summer salad very well done and tasty. Also have the white sangria which was very refreshing to have on this hot...More

Thank Star C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Must have the clam chowder, served at every inauguration ball for years. Tables with white linen table cloths, knowledgeable servers and you were made to feel very welcome. Try the Lobster Roll, hot with melted butter! Fabulous, they are many other items I would have...More

Thank Christy M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The fish and chips (cod used) were excellent, hot from the kitchen, a nice coating without being overpowering on the fish, more fries than two people could eat! The trout was cooked just right also and equally tasty. Combined with good service, this is a...More

Thank palekh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a wonderful meal! We enjoyed the fresh seafood and had excellent service. I highly recommend the grilled shrimp, marinated mushrooms, Legal’s Signature Crab Cake Combo and the Halibut. They only disappointment in this trip was I ordered the crab stuffed baked potato and...More

Thank GibsonMe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had tried this in other cities, so went with confidence. We and taxi driver almost missed it, because the outside is so dumpy looking. Couldn't believe this was LS--but it was. Then not clear which of 2 doors to use to enter. For an upmarket...More

Thank knowledge1404
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Cody S
What's the attire for this place? Is it casual?
9 July 2016|
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Response from LJucha | Reviewed this property |
Yes casual. We were just in the clothes we were in all day and it was fine
Doc L
Is there a dress code?
23 June 2016|
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Response from sweanne | Reviewed this property |
It is casual
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Does this restaurant have a private dining area go a special family gathering! If yes, Please tell me the maximum number in the party.
17 May 2016|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716
    (G Street, N.W.)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-347-0007
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. 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. A bipartisan favorite, we have occupied the nation’s capital since 1995, anchored across from the Verizon Center and around the corner from the International Spy Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Chinatown. Make waves at our racetrack-shaped bar or sup on seafood underneath the hull-like ceiling in our restaurant’s main dining room. Either way, be presidential and order a cup of our New England Clam Chowder; it’s been served at every Inauguration since 1981. Other accolades include “Best Place for Great Seafood” (Washingtonian Magazine, 2008) and “Best Crab Cakes” (Washingtonian Magazine, 2008)
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