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Legal Sea Foods

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704 7th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20001-3716 (G Street, N.W.)
+1 202-347-0007
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were out of time to catch our flight so realized we had to have dinner in the Ronald Reagan Airport. We were leary but ordered oysters. They were simply wonderful. Then the crab cakes came and they were better than those we'd had in Alexandria at nice restaurants. The staff was extra helpful in getting us fed and to... More 

Thank Nan82
Denpasar, Indonesia
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for breaded fish and chips in Washington and decided to give Legal a go. It's a nice dining room and quite busy, just over the street from Verizon Stadium where they play Hockey, it was packed with the hockey crowd the night we went. Service was attentive enough, didn't really like the wine list so went for... More 

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San Francisco, California
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153 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped in for lunch while I was visiting the National Portrait Gallery. The food was excellent and Ama, my waitress, was so friendly and warm. I loved the fresh rolls they bring out before the meal. I had fried shrimp with a side of mashed potatoes and broccoli with cheese. This whole area by Chinatown is full of restaurants... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our dinners here. The food is prepared well and hot food is served hot. The clam chowder is excellent, shrimp wonton appetizer, very good, amazing crab cakes, our seafood, whether blackened, grilled or fried was exceptional. The premium stuffed baked potato was worth the extra money, served hot in a separate pan. Our daughter was able to... More 

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Waco, Texas
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived to DC on Friday night with no dinner reservations. We ran over to Legal Sea Foods about 6 PM. They were busy but managed to seat us nearly immediately. We had Clam Chowder, split a salad, and the special for the night... an Alaskan fish that I had not heard of before. It tasted like salmon was wonderfully... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In town on business and having collected the steak and burger tick we wanted some seafood, so we sought out Legal Seafood downtown and were not disappointed. The restaurant was busy on a Wednesday evening but it was not too noisy or overwhelming and the service was efficient friendly and relaxed. The starters were large definitely to share, so pleased... More 

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Germantown, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended a concert last night at the Verizon center and didn't even think about making reservations for dinner before hand. We walked into LS and they told us they too were booked but there was seating available in the bar. We found the last two seats! Sara our server/mixer was a doll. She was very knowledgeable about the menu... More 

Thank Sue W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Nothing much has changed over the 20 years of eating at Legal in Boston and elsewhere. Extensive fresh seafood selection; crisp modern environment; well-informed staff. Food is always good to good plus. Some dishes could use a little more seasoning; bread is hot and very good. Wine list is OK and tends to expensive; $10 for a glass of inexpensive... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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123 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

I love Legal Seafood, having been to many in Boston lots and lots of times. I dined at this DC Chinatown location twice in the past week. It's a busy and bustling place, and the food is excellent -- and I thought the signature clam chowder was even better here than at the last Legal I went to in Boston.... More 

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Saipan, Mariana Islands
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69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

As always the Crab cakes were an excellent choice. Lump crab is as always consistent with LSF. However the price is high if your considering money but its worth it. Try the 2 large Crab cakes with salad. $30+. See photos.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
American, Seafood
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
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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