Permanently Closed - Legal Sea Foods - 7th Street
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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).
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Great spot. Great food. Great service. Convenient location.
The food at this location was mediocre. I have eaten at legal seafood locations in other places and the food has always been good. I was so disappointed because I had recommended this restaurant to a first time visitor to DC. We both had the seafood casserole. The seafood was sparse and had too much alcohol flavor. I would not advise anyone eating at this location.
Excellent service with high quality food at a reasonable price
Once again, Legal Seafoods came thru with a fabulous and affordable meal.
I brought my son to DC for Spring Break while working and he was excited to finally eat at a restaurant my wife and I speak about often.
We had Clam Chowder, Crab Cakes, Seafood Casserole, Salad, and dessert.
Awesome experience and looking ahead to my next visit.
Service was good, but at times the server seemed a little confused by questions we asked. I got the fried clams which I thought were very good. We also got a bowl of the lite clam chowder which we really like at Legal Sea Food. But this bowl seemed a little off. The broth had little flavor and seemed watered down. It had a lot of clams and other items, but just didn't taste up to the restaurant's usual standards. My wife got the crab cake combo. The shrimp and scallops were fine. My wife also liked the crab cake. I'm from Baltimore and was disappointed by the flavor of the crab cake. I got the mixed grill. The salmon, shrimp and scallops were good but the tuna and swordfish were only okay. The sides, my wife's salad and my Brussel Sprouts were both very good. My wife got a glass of Asti Moscato and said it was a generous portion with good flavor.
The cream of crab soup was good. I was disappointed in my entree--the stuffed shrimp. It was too bready for my taste. There was no complimentary bread to offset the high prices. The service, however, was prompt and friendly.
Great waiter. Wanted great seafood. Got it. Awesome raw oysters
We had crab cake and grilled fish medley. Taste was nothing to rave about and not worth the price. Very good service.
Would return but head to the bar area fir the happy hour menu. It was not available at our table.
The service was great and the food was good. The air conditioner was on and blowing, so it was very cold in the front of the restaurant. The manager did try to adjust it, but it didn’t really turn off. It was only 50 degrees outside, so not warm enough for the AC.
A well-run restaurant with delicious food. And it is not impossible to hear your tablemate.
Everything was excellent as always! Whenever we visit DC we always have dinner not once but twice at Legal!!
Love the service and the ambiance. All the staff was friendly and kind. Great place and people.
We went for the Leap Year Day lobster special. The lobsters were delicious. Nice wine selections. Very nice service, even though it was a busy Saturday night.
We went for the lobster promotion - 2 lobsters for the price of one on the leap day. The lobsters were fresh and delicious. The services and lighting were great. We sat comfortably and could talk to each other easily even though we sat on a long table for 10. The evening was very enjoyable and cosy.
I had an absolute wonderful time the lobster was delicious the staff was awesome and much more than accomadating. When I arrived my cousin was there with her husband soon after two friends came in three separate reservations. On a whim I asked if they could possibly seat us all six of us at one table without a moment of hesitation they did. We had a great evening and will be going back very soon!!!
Wonderful as always they were out of some things cause we went late but it was still phenomenal food
The service and food were great! They even had a few vegetarian/vegan options. They had something for each party member. The food arrived nicely prepared and delicious. A little pricey for some options, and the way inside the restaurant was a little odd but overall, nice place to go for seafood lovers or happy hour goers.
Loved this restaurant and plan to return.
The cioppino was one of the best I've ever had. All the seafood was cooked perfectly. The only issue was it took 20 minutes for us to get our bill after we're finished eating.
I had dinner on several occasions at this location years ago and enjoyed the food. However, this is the second time I have eaten there in the past few months and the food quality was poor compared to the price paid.
Great food, awesome seevuce
Everything was very good....this was what we expected and more. Our dinner included clam chowder, crab cakes, baked cod, etc..... and the gin n tonics were top notch ...
We will recommend to anyone visiting DC and looking for good seafood
Excellent service and food!!
Disappointing overall. Lobster was not great and the fried fare my son had was fairly bland. For the price I was expecting better but had better at a much lower cost.
Service was fantastic, Bathrooms were filthy food was over priced for the quality
Our service was wonderful!
New England fried clams! Yum!
Service was fine, but the food was bland and overpriced.
Great food and service, pretty expensive though but it’s DC and every meal was expensive.
The server we had was awesome very attentive an we will certainly be back. Great place great good an atmosphere. The nutty salmon was awesome. O an the bartender Todd he is the man too.
The LS crab cake combo and grill assorted were amazing meals. The three grilled fish portions were sizable and tasty. It's my new LS favorite 😁
Took my wife here for Valentine’s Day, and it was also our first time dining here. It was only two of us but we were seated in a table of four, which in a way worked out as we had space for our plate. Our table was in the back, in a corner so it was vert cozy and we could see all the goings on with the restaurant. Food was a bit pricey but was very good, fresh and didn’t take long at all to come out. Highlight of the night was our server who was very attentive, timely and got everything right. We will definitely come back.
Birthday. It would have been nice if the birthday girl was offered a free dessert.
Unfortunately there was a capitals game the same day. I let the restaurant know it was an anniversary dinner but the waitstaff rushed us anyway - saying are you guys ready to order you can see is very busy here. The food was clearly rushed as well and not the quality nor well seasoned experience I expect from Legal.
If you like seafood, this is a great place to go for lunch with a friend, date night, etc, They are very good at honoring any special requests that you may have.