Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street

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2939 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Special Occasions
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).

Special Offers

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Celebrate Easter with us! We'll offer our regular menu along with special holiday features. Reservations are recommended.

Sunday, 21 April, 2019

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Denver
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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SG
Detroit
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We were there for dinner after 8pm, so although the restaurant had people, we should not have had to wait
so long for our waiter to bring waters, and take orders. It seemed that we had to wait a long time. Prob at least
15 - 20 min which is a long time at that time of night.
But the food was good.

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Legal always has quality food, but it is not the place for a quiet meal.

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AH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. Seated on time for our reservation. Atmosphere a little noisy, but not unexpected. Service was good, but not excellent. Overall, a good experience. We would return.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server was very attentive and provided great suggestions of the menu items. The atmosphere was relax with New England type decor, clean and neat.

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LS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great server, fabulous food and an overall wonderful meal.

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MH
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, food and service!! Definitely would recommend this place to anyone interested in great seafood and atmosphere.

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KW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding as was our waiter. We only are able to come once a year and truly look forward to our visit.

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L
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing. It was all so good--great atmosphere, great staff, perfect vibe, amazing food.

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EG
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We went there on Sunday after church. We had a reservation for 6 on OpenTable and were seated right away. The restaurant was not full, but the service was slow. The waiter was not the most pleasant, nor was he very accommodating (maybe because he was the only one working the side of the restaurant where we were. Several of us ordered the fried catfish which was pretty bland, although the fries were nice and hot! The others got something like a mixed seafood plate that they were able to modify, but were not raving over. I was underwhelmed by this particular restaurant, although I heard good reviews previously.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fiancée Birthday

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S
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night. We really enjoyed and waiter went above and beyond. Even the bartender got in on the evening making a delicious drink for me...something not on menu of drinks ........ will cone again!!!

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S
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 3

The service was GREAT! The food wasn’t that good. I don’t think the seasoning was enough. I was expecting more from this place.

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F
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We return to DC on an annual basis, Legal is on the agenda every year to have dinner. The crabcakes are our favorite and fantastic. We'll be back next year.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed my time at Legal Seafood and would return. The wait staff was very patient and helpful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing seafood - very accommodating for those with gluten allergies. Yummy rolls, calamari and fish and chips!

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SH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

No fresh crabmeat
Disappointed at a sea food restaurant not having ot

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RS
Baton Rouge
6 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding. Fast service too

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly courteous service. The crab cakes were wonderful, grilled scallops were great. The grilled shrimp were previously frozen and honestly tasted like they came from Red Lobster. Desserts were great also. The Wine selection was ice and not crazy expensive. I would definitely return.

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Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-Caps game night so the place was hopping. Having a reservation in advance definitely is a plus. Service, F&B all very good.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good, but not great. I expected it to be better.

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TH
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around and in a happening location. We sat by a window in the bar so was entertaining as well as having the casual atmosphere we were looking for.

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BA
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit, I have Celiac disease and heard great things about you. What a wonderful menu and safety precautions were taken when preparing my meal. I was very impressed. Excellent fish and chips and rolls are so moist I couldn't believe they were gluten free! I will definitely be back ,it's hard to find places like this when you have gluten allergies that is severe and gluten free fish and chips and calamari are even harder to find.

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RJ
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was pleasant and love the food.

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DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food quality does not reflect price. The ambiance does not save this place. Service was good.

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DA
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and the bartender was very generous with the alcohol. Nadeem was our waiter and he is always fantastic! He is very personable and efficient.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I was very disappointed in our experience. We ordered steak and lobster and both were over cooked and rubbery. The waiter was very pushy and wouldn't stop interpreting us to ask if we were ready to order the next thing. It was annoying to say the least. The food had no flavor at all, was cold, and didn't come out right. A very loud environment, very very cold insude. It was an extremely expensive dinner and it sucked. We will never return to any legal seafoods restaurant.

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T
Atlanta
14 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legal Seafoods never disappoints. This was my first time in DC and the restaurant here is great! I’ve visited the Atlanta restaurant many times and DC met all of my expectations.

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

Table location and waitress were outstanding. Alcoholic drinks left a little to be desired as far as strength. It was a Birthday celebration for son, and the waitress went the extra mile. Taste of our main courses was good, two of the three were very good, the one I had, a shrimp casserole was just okay, I wouldn’t order it again, shrimp were big, but bland tasting, whatever else they were in resembled dressing or stuffing. The crispy, spicy calamari was very good. We’d dine here again, but choose different entrees, and probably stick to non-alcoholic drinks.

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AD
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always wonderful! Warm and helpful staff. Great food and beverage selections. Gluten free rolls and fried seafood! Oh, my!

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t
Atlanta
32 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was fine. Service was good and waitress was very attentive. Atmosphere was really cool. Drinks were good quality and value. Steak was appropriately cooked and quality ok. Scallops small.

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MC
Houston
26 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad meal consistent delicious crab cakes, clam chowder and a very good and reasonable drink selection The crowd was lively and service prompt

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Denver
10 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at Legal Sea Foods was fantastic. Service was top notch and the seafood was epic. Will go back when in DC again. Very pricey but was worth it with the experience.

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CT
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 3

While the ambiance is nice and the service was excellent, that combination and the price raised my expectations above what the food had to offer - the food seemed merely adequate in a place that suggested so much more...

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B
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food. Delightful server. We were impressed Definitely would return.

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F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food. Friendly fast service. We enjoy going there before basketball games.

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MH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tuna bowl was amazing. It was like a combination of a poke bowl and bibimbap—yum!!

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BR
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good but pricey for small portions, service was good. Good location

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RC
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great from our waiter. The draft deom lobby was uncomfortable. Food was just ok

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