Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

4.4
3073 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
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 being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013).
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SL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Hostess’s were less than friendly and welcoming. Disappointing.

Ambience was mixed.....felt dirty.

Food was very good but overall very disappointing.

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A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful customer experience! We regularly dine here because of the menu selections are very good and the wait staff are courteous and efficient, especially Pham. This location will continue to be a regular stop for us!

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PP
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fried oysters and the Louisiana Matrimony were great! Accommodating and friendly staff.

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FL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious Maryland Cream of Crab soup!

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MH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lunch with a colleague. The food was very good.

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KY
Memphis
18 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed great service and a medley of flavorful food. This was my first time to dine here. I recommend it!

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Omaha
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing GLUTEN FREE options!!! They even brought out gluten free buns!

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CK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Meh. Just Meh.

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SC
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow, even though it wasn’t crowded or busy at all. Food was average at best

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H
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

The dish I ordered was not cooked correctly. By the time I got my plate my wife had already finished hers. Not what we were expecting for our anniversary dinner. Waitress was very good and apologetic. Manager was not so understanding. Hostess was also very nice.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Legal is usually reliable, but they had a bad night. Time between ordering drinks and first course arriving (there was plenty of time to decide on dinner before a server came) was long. Bread was bad —one roll was stale and the other was actually wet on the bottom. They didn’t have the glasses of rose we ordered, but it took a long time to be told that. Fish was undercooked and had to be sent back. Server was very nice, but restaurant was clearly understaffed. Tons of people standing around to be seated isn’t good for ambiance. While we didn’t ask for any consideration, manager or server didn’t offer anything. Overall, a really disappointing experience with Legal!

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KF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legal Sea Foods has an amazing gluten free menu. It's always delicious and safe for me to eat. This time, I brought a friend who also has to eat gluten free. It was her first time having fried calamari in years and she absolutely loved it!

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MN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Legal Seafoods! Our meals were wonderful! I look forward to dining there again next year!

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M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was very good. Thanks

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TH
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Omg this place was amazing. Our waiter MAYO did an outstanding job. The food was soooo good i truly enjoyed my birthday here. We had the snapper and crab legs omg sooooo good :)

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LR
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing seafood. Menu is well marked for gluten free items. Plenty of gluten free choices, including buffalo popcorn shrimp! They even had gluten free rolls. Great service. Very memorable meal.

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CJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, very fresh seafood very well prepared. Wonderful veggie sides. Would return in a heartbeat!

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ML
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner at Legal on a moderately busy Friday evening. Our reservation was honored promptly, and we were seated at a comfortable table. Service was excellent, well-timed and knowledgeable. Food was outstanding! As always, the chowder was amazing, rich and complex. My companion praised the crab cake and seafood combo, and my own seafood casserole was tasty and ample. Recommend highly!

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S
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Average seafood place. Used to have a better feel & ambiance, but now it is nothing special. The food was OK. HATE the unisex bathrooms. Would recommend for lunch, not nice dinner out place.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Food was fresh and cooked to perfection. One of my favorite places.

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LL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent as usual. Appetizers and Entrees were prepared in a timely manner with superb appearance and taste. My family and I truly enjoy dining at Legal Seafood.

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TN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I had mixed reviews during my most recent experience at Legal Seafood. I must commend the hostess. I was 30 min late for my reservation and she still found me a table in less than 10 min. It was down hill from there with the service. Our waiter Steve had no energy when it came to our table. He did not go over the specials of the day mor did he make any suggestions as my wife and I noticed from other waiters. He forgot to give us straws to drink our water. We had to remind him of that simple pleasure. My order was not right when delivered. He did not come over to check to see if I received the correct food.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

great food--restaurant needs updating for more privacy

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TJ
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The service was poor--informed the management team. The food was not tasty or filling. Will not recommend or return.

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D
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, the stuffed lobster was the best seafood I have ever had along with the crab cakes and drinks. The Waitress had an outstanding personality. Would definitely recommend.

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KT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was wonderful. College graduates enjoyed a dinner with family. So this is a place for family celebrations or just hang out and eat some fantabulous seafood.I dropped in for the first time and enjoyed food and excellent customer service. Thanks Legal Seafood! I’ll be back!!

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VK
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing meal. The crab legs were fresh and tasted amazing. It was a perfect date night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

I love ciopinno seafood stew. It’s full of flavor and so much seafood. The service was okay. The server seem to be overwhelmed with too many tables. It took awhile for her to get to us since we were a large party. She took the orders of all the other tables before us even though we would sat first. Overall it was a good lunch but probably won’t be back to this location due to the service taking so long.

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D
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Legal Seafood is a fine restaurant, but really nothing special. Perhaps my view was colored by my favorable experiences at Legal Seafood in Boston, but the DC location is very average and given the prices there are lots better options available. Service was slow even though the restaurant was not busy. I had the Louisiana style catfish; it is hard to make this bland, but they were able to do it. The crab cakes were fine but again nothing special to justify the price. The upside was a good and reasonably priced wine list by the bottle.

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C
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I ordered GF (it is preference not an allergy) The GF rolls were just ok. l ordered poached salmon and scrimp with rice noodles and bok Choi. I think the Chef either didn't know what or how to cook GF, but he left out the scrimp, and over cooked the Bok Choi. I had, two nights previous, eaten at Crystal City Legal Seafood, and the same dish was delicious! I presume the difference is Staff.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I took my father here for Father’s Day. The food, drinks, and service were great. Make sure you allow time for parking!

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and stellar service. Moderate prices. Varied menu selections. They worked around my food allergies and served up a wonderfully tasty meal. Our server was courteous, knowledge, and extremely proficient. Recommended highly.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved the service, food, and gluten free options! Thinking about going again tonight!

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EP
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EXCELLENT FOOD & SERVICE!! My husband and I went there 2 nights in a row.

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J
Miami
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good quality food.

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LH
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner could not have been better. We were warmly greeted upon arrival, given a very nice table by the window, the food was exceptional, as was the service and value. This was our favorite dining experience in quite a long time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The clams where wierd because I’m from Texas an I normally don’t eat raw clams but dear god the oysters where to die for.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious! Every dish we had was good. The lump crab dip alone will keep you coming back. I had the crab cake combo and hubby had the catfish. Both dishes were delicious. This was our first time eating at Legal Sea Food, but it definitely won't be our last!

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ED
Denver
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

The food was good, but service was incredibly slow and the restaurant was filthy dirty.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food!

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