We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Legal Sea Foods

355 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1062
+1 617-864-3400
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good37%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“clam chowder” (72 reviews)
“seafood” (172 reviews)
“scrod” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
355 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1062
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (728)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 646 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went to Legal Seafoods as we were told they had the best Boston Chowder. I have to say that it was definitely the best we had during our 3 day trip. Service was good and we had a great time.

Thank Sybrand73
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Every time I'm in Cambridge I go to Legal Sea Foods. The food is great- I haven't had a bad meal there yet! There is a nice bar area to meet with friends for drinks or have a quick meal at the bar. The restaurant...More

Thank NMK17
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food variety was good and every dish we ordered was delicious. Oysters were fresh and there was a large selection. The restaurant ambience was excellent with low noise levels so we could carry on conversations.

Thank TravelAfficionadios
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food and service. The people are very friendly. If you drive make sure to park in the green parking lot by the Marriott. I made the mistake of parking in the yellow across the street and they only validate for the green lot. Otherwise...More

Thank Tracy W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As with all Boston restaurants staff very efficient. Choice of menu superb quality of food superb . Fish restaurant would not be my first choice , but really enjoyed this one

Thank John R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They say if it isn't fresh it isn't legal...😀The food was amazing, the service was great being that they were packed. The best chowder one can have. Location was nice. You've got to try this place

Thank Ana C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review only applies to the outdoor section. If you do go, the calamari are great. So is the sangria, although it costs twice what it should. Our waitpeople were very nice, when they showed up; appearances were sporadic and widely spaced.

Thank MidoriKi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had the Tuna Fish Tacos and Clam Chowder. Both were fantastic! A bit pricey but it is Boston. Our server was great and helpful being as we were being tourist. We highly recommend!

Thank G4flyfish
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ordered the Baked Boston Cod that came with broccoli and a baked potato that was microwaved with poor results. Cod had a very faint flavor. We also ordered a side order of clam chowder and a side order of fried clams. Clam chowder was...More

Thank wesley1066
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I wish to preface this by saying that this location is only one of three Legal Sea Foods locations I've dined at over the years. I had a disappointing lunch here. I ordered the fried haddock sandwich and informed our waitress that I am allergic...More

Thank DFM_58
Nearby Restaurants
Area Four
202 reviews
.22 miles away
182 reviews
.08 miles away
203 reviews
.18 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
829 reviews
.37 miles away
Charles River
636 reviews
.25 miles away
MIT Museum
513 reviews
.49 miles away
Charles River Bike Path
178 reviews
.65 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
16 June 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Boxter98 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Google Legal seafoods gift cards And you can order on line
Tynia T
13 February 2016|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from LisaS1964 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are several however the closest is connected to The Charles Hotel at 1 Bennett St
16 August 2015|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from cigalechanta | Reviewed this property |
Same here, sent to me.
Improve this listing

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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 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: 355 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02142-1062 (Formerly Legal Sea Foods - Kendall Square)
    (Ames Street)
  • Public Transportation: Kendall/MIT (Red Line) “T” stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-864-3400
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. It’s a scientific fact that seafood is the healthiest protein, so it’s no wonder that Legal Sea Foods located nearby MIT and a whole catch of biotech office buildings in Kendall Square would be such a popular lure. Our restaurant, steps from the Marriott Hotel and convenient to Cambridgeside Galleria shopping and the Museum of Science, reels in residents and tourists alike. 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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing