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Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods

Seafood Restaurant, Bar, and Gluten-free Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, Washington
  • Eryka J.
    "The Maryland Cream of crab soup is to die for..."(7 Tips)
    Julia B.
    "Mussels are nice, come here to try oysters!"(8 Tips)
    Frank Y.
    "Great place to people watch during happy hour!"(8 Tips)
    Ian s.
    "New england clam chowder is excellent!"(4 Tips)
82 Tips and reviews
  • crab
  • oysters
  • happy hour
  • sangria
  • mussels
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  • Rob C.
    Rob CampbellAugust 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    You WILL NOT get a deal at restaurant week any year (same price if you order off the menu), it's the same every year. The food is really good. The mussels selection is good and they are all great.
  • Abby
    AbbyMarch 17, 2014
    AWESOME restaurant for gluten sensitive people! Bread and a whole menu! Fried fish was great! It had been years since I had gotten to eat fried calamari--this was just as good as I remember!
  • 💫Coco
    💫CocoSeptember 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The Anna's Boston Baked Schrod was delicious. Pro tip: swap one of your sides for a salad (that will come out before) as there's only a slight up-charge for doing so.
  • Marisa R.
    The crab cakes and calamari were seriously amazing I was very impressed. The cocktails are pretty strong. Service was impeccable. My server anticipated needs and made great recommendations.
  • 💫Coco
    💫CocoAugust 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Definitely try the tuna sashimi. To add a little kick ask for a side of graded (green paste) wasabi!
  • Ronda
    RondaApril 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Make reservations on the weekends and weekdays for dinner. Located across from the verizon center so anytime something is going on they will be booked and a reservation will be gold! i.e.: NBA NHL
  • David P.
    David PackhamSeptember 10, 2012
    GO FOR THE CRAB CAKES! I'm really fussy, they normally taste like bad salmon patties. The waitress talked me into them and they are amazing, best I have ever tasted!
  • Nick S.
    Nick ShiersAugust 16, 2014
    Spicy fish and chips is an excellent choice but substitute Cole Slaw for seaweed salad
  • ShannonRenee M.
    ShannonRenee Mouton GrayDecember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Cream of Crab Soup - From last was delicious as usual and the presentation was lovely.
  • Sandro D.
    Incredibly good sea food at a very decent price. Get the lobster!
  • Tom M.
    The chicken has some sort of great buttery marinade on it. The leek brown rice was delicious as well.
  • David R.
    David RivesFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Unbelievable. LS just discontinued ALL sliders. The salmon and tuna were best, and they all were only available at happy hour.
  • 💫Coco
    💫CocoAugust 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the wood grilled scallops with the lemon butter sauce!
  • Terésa D.
    Terésa Dowell-VestJanuary 3, 2015
    My wife and I have become regulars for the Maryland Crab Soup! Love the crew in the bar!
  • Jen M.
    Jen MareckMarch 31
    The shrimp po' boy is delicious & big enough for 2 people!
  • Nick V.
    Rainbow trout was delicious, as well as the jasmine rice and mashed potatoes that came along with it!
  • David R.
    David RivesAugust 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The salmon and tuna happy hour sliders are unbelievably seasoned. The tuna burger from the full menu is excellent also.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren ShinnJuly 19, 2013
    The Sriracha popcorn shrimp is literally kettle corn (popcorn) and pieces of fried shrimp with 2 dipping sauces.
  • Justin P.
    Justin PischkeNovember 20, 2010
    Yellow curry mahi mahi was GREAT! Service was fast and friendly. Ask for a table, we were crammed in next to the most irritating young woman.
  • Deborah R.
    Deborah RussellAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely go to this Legal Seafoods where you will see Tenille, former contestant on Hell's Kitchen. Taste her sweet potato pie. It's out of this world!
  • Spencer F.
    Spencer FlaggJanuary 16, 2011
    The arctic char special with mozzarella and tomato, while a an odd combination, is very very good. I also recommend the old fashioned.
  • Amanda I.
    Amanda IrishJuly 6, 2010
    Great place for gluten-free dining, they even have GF bread rolls! Really smart place that cares about health and safety--I'm a huge fan.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CJanuary 27, 2013
    The Jasmine Special is delicious and love the option to get brown rice instead!
  • Charlotte H.
    Charlotte HJanuary 15, 2014
    Grab a seat at the bar and have a chowder. Delicious dinner on the cheap.
  • Lotuz B.
    Lotuz BombsJune 18, 2013
    Love the food hubby and I went had a great time
  • Eryka J.
    Eryka JenningsJanuary 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Maryland Cream of crab soup is to die for...
  • Juan Pablo R.
    A dish I don't remember the name with scallopies and shrimp and steak.
  • Brad E.
    Brad EinarsenJanuary 15, 2011
    The Cippinno (?) was my wife's favorite. Also, waiter was flexible and helpful. Great time.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoveJune 27, 2010
    Sit by the kitchen when Martin's on -- he runs a tight kitchen and the show is worth the price of admission itself.
  • Nick
    NickMarch 2, 2013
    The wait says was very friendly. The food was disappointing. The steak tasted metallic and and bitter, the shrimp was way overcooked and the scallops and mashed potatoes has no flavor. Yummy fries.
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff StefancicJuly 10, 2012
    Great red sangria and clam chowder. A favorite to hit when in DC.
  • Bradley P.
    Bradley PhillipsApril 21, 2016
    Go somewhere else. The food is mediocre and priced high. No "sampler" type items on the menu so you have to order an appetizer, soup, salad and entree if you'd like more than one type of seafood.
  • Irina Y.
    Irina YakushevaApril 9, 2015
    Avocado fish tacos are extremely delicious!
  • Julia B.
    Julia BiermeierOctober 10, 2015
    Mussels are nice, come here to try oysters!
  • KG
    KGSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Can't go wrong with Sam or Ike at the bar. Be generous!
  • Vid W.
    Vid WehrDecember 7, 2013
    Add a little lemon juice and green tabasco to your tuna slider... you won't regret it.
  • Stephan M.
    Stephan MatanovicDecember 28, 2016
    Whiskey sour with bourbon and maple syrup. Plus oysters.
  • Yolanda H.
    Yolanda HawkinsAugust 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Rethink the bar policy of not taking to-go orders. You missed out on 2 sure drinks + tip I would have had while I waited. #fail
  • LaDesayuneriadeJose
    LaDesayuneriadeJoseApril 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great crab-cakes and salad, beer always chill, nice staff
  • Jake B.
    Jake BeagleDecember 25, 2015
    Great steak and spectacular crab cakes.
  • Alicia D.
    Alicia DunnFebruary 18, 2013
    Surprisingly interesting and diverse raw bar selection
  • Mohan B.
    Mohan BergJune 17, 2016
    Overpriced food. Fish is not good despite being a seafood place. Bar is excellent. Happy hour drinks good.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RichardsonDecember 27, 2011
    The Shrimp and Scallop Tortellini is delicious.
  • Frank Y.
    Frank YuvancicFebruary 14, 2013
    Great place to people watch during happy hour!
  • Lindsay S.
    Lindsay SmithOctober 17, 2010
    This place has a nice atmosphere and some of the best cream of crab soup!
  • Walburga A M.
    Walburga A MarderFebruary 19, 2013
    Happy Hour Oysters and great wine menu
  • Lili R.
    Lili RuedaMarch 18, 2015
    Absolutely Love It 😘😘
  • Tori G.
    Tori GalSeptember 10, 2011
    Any seafood dish is wonderful here.
  • D.G. H.
    D.G. HollumsFebruary 28, 2010
    Try the Louisana Catfish Matrimony! By far the best prepared catfish I have ever eaten!
  • Kathleen F.
    Kathleen FordenJuly 26, 2009
    Go to the Bar side and have lunch at the bar. Ask for the crab soup, presentation is impressive and taste is to die for.
  • Seek Up G.
    Seek Up GrasshopperApril 2, 2013
    They have an entire gluten free menu! Hooray!
  • Laura H.
    Laura HoweNovember 19, 2010
    Ask for Phan as your server. She's really and fun too!
  • 💫Coco
    💫CocoAugust 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour 4-7!
  • David R.
    David RivesSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for us #pescetarians. Plenty of options.
  • ShannonRenee M.
    ShannonRenee Mouton GrayNovember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you enjoy raw oysters, you'll find none better in Chinatown.
  • Rayan
    Rayan4 days ago
    Ordinary sea food, nothing special .. the white soup tho is VERY yummy
  • Vince L.
    Vince LamartinaJune 24, 2013
    Try the oysters
  • Anton M.
    Anton MillerMarch 11, 2011
    I love this spot, I go every time I'm in D.C.
  • Steve L.
    Steve LeeAugust 13, 2014
    The oysters and the fried claims
  • Joya W.
    Joya WilliamsMay 11, 2013
    Fresh!! Taste just like the sea.
  • Sara D.
    Sara DeckerDecember 28, 2011
    6 oysters for $6 at happy hour!
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa ByrneMarch 1, 2012
    Try the Buffalo Shrimp - Fan-bloody-tastic
  • Renee M.
    Renee MooreSeptember 19, 2011
    Always order the clam chowder. It's the best I've ever had.
  • Micah M.
    Micah M.January 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Issac is the best Bartender!
  • Vera H.
    Vera HolmanJuly 1, 2012
    Blue Points all the way ... The best
  • Ian s.
    Ian silaMarch 10, 2010
    New england clam chowder is excellent!
  • Jennie K.
    Jennie KinsfatherSeptember 14, 2011
    Best cream of crab soup... Ever. Ever ever.
  • Arthur S.
    Arthur SeanzarelliJuly 31, 2013
    Head chef here is amazing!
  • Kenya f.
    Kenya from WakandaAugust 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The pomegranate lemon drop is delicious.
  • Jodie S.
    Jodie ShortJune 5, 2016
    Maryland crab soup is awesome!!
  • Steve L.
    Steve LeveringJuly 16, 2010
    Avoid! This place is a mismanaged trainwreck. 35 minutes to get a table, 45 minutes after that - still no food. As a topper, the people standing in the bar started sitting at our table uninvited.
  • Gigi
    GigiOctober 9, 2011
    Try the Apple Sangria
  • Christina Z.
    Christina ZhangDecember 16, 2014
    Great oysters.
  • Eddie A.
    Eddie AnglinSeptember 29, 2013
    Food was great !!!
  • Mark A.
    Mark A.September 27, 2010
    Happy Hour 4-7 pm. $1.95 PBR cans.
  • Karen K.
    Karen KuhnJuly 10, 2012
    Not very good! They need to clear table before bringing entree. Food mediocre. New England clams, not even close! Don't waste your $.
  • Alli M.
    Alli MartinJanuary 20, 2013
    Weirdest bathroom ever.
  • Sharron D.
    Sharron DarkJuly 10, 2010
    Love the crab cakes
  • Cia
    CiaApril 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Alejandra is the best bartender
  • Cia
    CiaApril 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sara j is the best server"
  • michael g.
    michael guildDecember 31, 2009
    eat crab and enjoy it
  • Lina Maria V.
    Felicitaciones a el chef Helbert Gallego excelente Salmón y única ceasar salad. Gracias a Ana Maria pasamos un rato muy agradable. La comida deliciosaaa!!!!
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