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20 University Rd, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-5756 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods) (Elliot)
+1 617-491-9400
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Markdman
Latham, New York, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Lori S
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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240 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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.

Thank Faxon B
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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.

Thank Fredthechippy
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We have been dining at Legal Seafood for decades. This branch, at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, is one of our favorites. We came for lunch during our Harvard reunion on a beautiful October Saturday. I had the roasted cod with spinach and, to accommodate my low-carb diet, broccoli as a substitute for rice. The code was perfectly cooked; Legal... More 

Thank S0CalF00die
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Good seafood and nice atmosphere. Although being part of a chain it still has a good selection of local seafood including oysters. Service was rather slow

Thank Niklas W
Sherman, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

I really like Legal Sea Foods, but this visit wasn't all that great. Service was fine - actually are servers were quite entertaining! I ordered the swordfish, not the standard menu fare, but a special they were running - can't remember what the name of it was - but whatever they coated it with (kind of a heavy pepper), it... More 

Thank Lee W
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62 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We came here as a team between classes. The signature crab cake was excellent and a good size. The seafood casserole was tasty but also quite oily. Enjoyed the Cloudy Bay vino. Ate outside in the sunshine.

Thank Familymanfromuk
Tinley Park, Illinois
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240 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We were staying at the Doubletree in Cambridge and wanted to introduce our friends to this restaurant chain while avoiding long lines at their other, more famous locations. Our meals were all delicious and it was a short Uber ride away. My husband and I shared 6 cherrystone clams and a salmon dinner, which, along with the fresh, warm rolls,... More 

Thank AdvTravlr54
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

We had stopped visiting the legal seafood where we live because the quality had definitely gone down hill. We were pleasantly surprised by this one. The food and service were what we used to expect from this chain.

Thank Jack E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
American, Seafood
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, 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?