Legal Sea Foods - Crystal City

4.4
2002 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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65 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hard to beat Legal Seafood. We all had delicious entrees. Fresh seafood, awesome bread and appetizer

L
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner! Awesome Food!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lunch Outing with friends

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

The seafood was fresh and high quality, but was prepared in a very boring and bland manner. For example, two of the party ordered the cojo salmon and it was as plain as can be. Again, cooked well and a nice piece, but just blah flavor. The accompanying scallop skewer was also very plain and blah as well. I ordered the tuna steak and that would have been bland as well, but I had requested they add the same seasonings as the appetizer (our server said that's how she eats it as well), and it was pretty tasty. Again, the accompanying shrimp had no seasoning and was just plain. Given the high price tag, a terrible value and outstanding disappointment. So much better seafood preparations out there - should have gone to McCormick and Schmicks if we were going to go to a chain...

GS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner.

U
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wine flight to start the evening, typical to have one that isn’t so grand in the mix. Fresh lobster was good, but not outstanding. Finished with bananas foster which needs some work on execution, poured hot bananas and sauce over ice cream and in 3-2-1 you had delicious soup, but soup nonetheless. Service was above average and the whole evening was nice to get away.

RR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Freshest shellfish you will find. Period.
SO GOOD!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Legal - it was worth the wait! Food was excellent. Wait staff very helpful in offering recommendations and checking periodically that dining needs were being met.

BA
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. It's worth every dime. Whenever I'm in the area I set aside an evening for Legal Seafoods.

OT
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service

VS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding and delicious, we were glad that we went there. Thank you.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Kudos to Stacy our waitress, she provided excellent service and was extremely knowledgeable about our menu choice. I would highly visit again and request her as my servers.

The food was delicious and in inviting. Truly enjoyed the company, atmosphere and meal.

t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding service and food. I look forward to coming here whenever I am in town.

GM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was surprised this location no longer has a parking lot, but there was ample and easy and free street parking directly up the street after 6:30pm. The food was good and I was accommodated well at the bar. I would go again.

m
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 2

Nice find near Arlington hotel. Very fresh fish. Wonderful service

BW
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food & service! This is one of our favorite places to eat at when we are in town.

LG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

While Legal Sea Foods was good overall, we were expecting more for the value we received. The hostess sat us next to a mom with her two small children that were running around making loud noises. We had an early reservation and there were plenty of other options, but they didn't think. We love kids so we didn't let it ruin our experience. The crab cakes were good, but the rest of the dish was fair. The stuffed shrimp was good, but the broccoli was not cooked enough - still very hard, which I prefer some tenderness. Not sure I would return as there are plenty of other options for the price that have better food.

ML
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lobster Roll was soggy and didn’t have much flavor. Reagan National does a better job.

TH
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always very good and consistent. The staff is gracious and attentive. We enjoyed delicious grilled fish in a lemon butter sauce and the fried clams(a regular favorite). The vegetables were cooked to perfection. The Boston cream pie was different and excellent as was the key lime pie with the right amount of tartness. We will return soon.

M
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I really enjoyed the food. The restaurant was too hot that day and a little too small for the amount of people dining.

CC
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner was outstanding - the waitress was so good, when I mentioned what I was considering but what I didn't like about it, she suggested changes to two items & we had the perfect dinner. Fresh grilled Red Snapper - it was delicious. Will visit again soon.

J
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
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!

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

Father’s Day meal was great!

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.

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

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

All was well

MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

K
Washington DC
59 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.

M
Washington DC
6 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.

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

Great gluten free options.

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

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.

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

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.

T
Washington DC
7 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.

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

Delicious and great service!

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!

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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