Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City

4.5
1980 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Business Meals
  • Special Occasions
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.

For all those who love seafood in Crystal City, the world really can be your oyster. Choose from among the 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish we serve simply prepared, 365 days a year.

In season, our patio seating is a lure for those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo.

Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. We’ve received a boatload of accolades including being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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J
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peter, the GM, is very personable. Our server, Madisin was attentive and made sure to check on us often.

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JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was prompt and food was pretty good. I would go again.

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

Very pleasant! The staffs were courteous and friendly. Guests were late and they made us feel welcome and not rushed!

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OT
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I've dined at LS at this location many times and found it not to have a good bartender. I drink the same drink but was told that they didn't and have never carried Ketel one Citron or Grey Goose when I definitely know they have. Drinks were really bad. Got an upset stomach from the wings.

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Park in the garage 2 buildings down and let the rest stamp the ticket

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OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

All was well

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MC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good and service was very good. Good location and ambiance

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K
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent meal, as always! Our server was great- the perfect amount of friendly but not intrusive.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the second time we have been to this particular Legal Sea Food restaurant. We have been to several others, including the original one in Cambridge, Massachusetts many years ago when it was the only one. I ordered the mixed fish/seafood grill. It included several large shrimp, several large scallops, as well as significant portions of tuna, salmon, and snapper. The portions were easily enough for two dinners. At $30, it was a bargain. I also enjoyed a flight of small servings of three different wines. My wife ordered trout, and enjoyed it. The service was also outstanding--the best I can remember at any of the restaurants in the chain.

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P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gluten free options.

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The place is small. It is very hot inside the restaurant

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JI
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed both lunch and dinner. Fish and chips and crab soup soup were delicious. In addition, the staffs were friendly.

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JA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The manager was spot on. Greeted us on arrival and deftly handled a menu request

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

Gold standard for service. Excellent food. Great for family or a date.

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T
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

There must have been a problem with the ac. It was hot. I do want to thank the waitress who was excellent.

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KB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great service!

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RZ
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had reservations for 6:00pm. We were seated on time, had excellent service, and the meal was worth every penny. It was one of my top 5 dining experiences. Great selection and I would recommend Legal in a New York minute!

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M
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty but salty! Service was excellent! Garage parking was very convenient.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience. Chose a good night to be there. Was able to walk in and get seated immediately and the food was beyond expectation

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GW
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Higher prices for average seafood. Farm salmon about same as supermarket. Was hoping for caught salmon.

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c
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a large and noisy place, so we expect to find it a loud environment. Unless you sit outside, you will always have this issue, but it's manageable. Just don't expect intimate and cozy. That said, the food is always good. The fried squid appetizer was one of the best I've had and you didn't even need the sauce, they were so crispy on the outside and tender on the inside Everything else was very good as well, from the special lobster to the scallops, tuna and swordfish. The wine list is reasonable. We had a good time with family and would not hesitate to go back.

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JJ
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best New England Clam Chowder I have ever had.

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MI
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We asked for a quiet table and we put in the main corridor near the kitchen. Crab soup was great, but mussels were less than remarkable.

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food is great ! My husband and I do plan to attend again and will let our family and friends know about this awesome restaurant.

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JW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent but the food was average at best. The Thai calamari was good but the almond crusted salmon left much to be desired. The crab cake tasted good but there wasn’t much to it. The ambiance was like any other restaurant and at that price point, I expect more.

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K
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The clam chowder is amazing, and their fresh warm rolls. I love the grilled shrimp. Service was great, as usual.

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JJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food great and awesome service ,wife enjoyed for her birthday.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was dining to celebrate my birthday. Halima was an amazing waitress!

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AB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Kim makes this place even more of an amazing experience.

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K
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Convenient location in Crystal City. Peter the manager was extremely personable and our server Israel very attentive. Seafood, of course, their specialty and cioppino delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

The place was loud. It took awhile to be served but once we were it went fine. The food was just good not great. i got the Red snapper with mango salsa. It was fine but not special. My wife got something with shrimp, lemon grass and Asian noodles. Her was just fine too. Overall we enjoyed ourselves but I was hoping for better food.

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W
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Loved the sunset dining outside. Crab cakes combo was excellent.

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food looked perfect. Portions are small and prices a little high but typical for DC market.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was spectacular! We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and it was a great treat!

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n
Houston
66 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Look forward to this visit every year and we make sure Legal Seafood is on the schedule. Always the best seafood and service.

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S
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server, Meredith, was outstanding. Knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly.

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c
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Time to update the chairs and the ceiling shades. I felt like I walked into the 1970's.

Food was good though!

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RB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was great... cooked perfectly all the way down to the fries!!

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CJ
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service, very good food - sort of loud. Good menu

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great, service lacking. Server didnt greet for awhile and only came to the table a couple times.

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