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which BOS location is the BEST of Legal Seafoods Chain??

MarkG Jul 1, 2011 06:01 AM

and question 2: is any LF location worthy of a special occasion chowder to dessert lobster dinner??

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    meeps2002 RE: MarkG Jul 1, 2011 06:13 AM

    I can say with confidence you can rule out the one in the Pru and most certainly the one on Stuart Street/Park Square

    Both are awful

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      sallyt RE: meeps2002 Jul 1, 2011 07:42 AM

      CONFIRMED re: Park Sq - we ate there on Tuesday (big family dinner) and it was horrible - my salmon was way overcooked, my daughter's order was wrong,and our waiter couldn't have cared less. To their credit, when I complained to the manager, he comped two of our meals, so we appreciated the good customer service from management.

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      lc02139 RE: MarkG Jul 1, 2011 06:14 AM

      Read this link, even though it is a bit broader than your question and then you can narrow it down or ask more detailed questions,


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        mkfisher RE: MarkG Jul 1, 2011 06:16 AM

        I think Long Wharf is good, BUT ONLY IN THE WINTER. It's a total train wreck in the Summer

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          tdaaa RE: mkfisher Jul 12, 2011 02:48 PM

          I was there on Sunday night for a fast dinner - they did a nice job on grilled bluefish, had drinks and food out fast, and it made for great people watching (I think we were the only english- speaking table in earshot, lots of tourists trying to figure out lobster). Not fine dining by any stretch of the imagination, but good for what it is.

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          Madrid RE: MarkG Jul 1, 2011 06:33 AM

          I haven't been there, but if I were going to Legal, I'd try the new one at the waterfront.

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            Bob Dobalina RE: Madrid Jul 1, 2011 07:29 AM

            Some friends were really talking up the new Legal on the waterfront. It looks stunning....

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              Wannabfoode RE: Bob Dobalina Jul 1, 2011 08:27 AM

              I have been to the new Legals Harbourside and its definitely the best of the bunch

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                hotoynoodle RE: Wannabfoode Jul 2, 2011 07:15 AM

                i have been as well and it was just as mediocre as i thought it would be. i'll not be back except for oysters.

                the roof deck is now lopen and is stunning indeed, but it will be several weeks before any food is being served up there. at that, it will only be small plates ferried up from another kitchen.

                with so many other better restaurants, why waste a special occasion dinner at any legal's?

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                  MarkG RE: hotoynoodle Jul 2, 2011 12:20 PM

                  where should i go for a special occasion chowder and oysters to dessert lobster dinner??

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                    hotoynoodle RE: MarkG Jul 2, 2011 12:45 PM

                    neptune oyster (although no dessert there, but you are smack in the heart of the north end) or island creek oyster bar.

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                      opinionatedchef RE: MarkG Jul 10, 2011 10:20 PM

                      what hotoy said. just remember, no reservations at N.Oyst.; it is tiny and LOUD and it is ALWAYS packed from the get go. ICOB is a v. big room, very handsomely decorated; good distance between tables, very comfortable spot, and has full bar which N.O. does not.

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              lergnom RE: MarkG Jul 2, 2011 07:30 AM

              I'm not a fan, but the Chestnut Hill location on Rt. 9 has seemed fairly consistent, perhaps because they aren't a tourist spot.

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                kobuta RE: lergnom Jul 2, 2011 08:40 AM

                Hehe, aren't all Legal's tourist spots in a way? I haven't dined at any of the Legals for a good year or so, but I also recall the Chestnut Hill one being decent. One I would vote against for service reasons is the Kendall Sq one. I don't know what it is, but every time I ate there, the service is soooo slow. It's close to work, so unfortunately was a popular choice for work lunch and dinners.

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                  CookieLee RE: kobuta Jul 3, 2011 08:54 AM

                  We just had dinner at the Harvard Sq Legal last night. It's my fault, because I wanted mussels. The last time I had mussels at a Legal, it was at the Kendall Sq one, and they weren't good. Same problem last night, so that's it for Legal. The service was fine, the food not. A mixed green salad was mostly iceberg, and very sad looking. The dressing, creamy peppercorn on the side, tasted like it came out of a bottle. My dc had the baked stuffed shrimp. They were so dry, all the drawn butter in the world couldn't save them. A side of fries for $4 wasn't even a shareable size.
                  As my dc said, "How do they stay in business? Bad food at high prices."

                  While I'm posting, any recs for mussels in Harvard Sq? Thanks!

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                    Gabatta RE: CookieLee Jul 3, 2011 06:43 PM

                    Sandrine's does a decent version.

                    I actually had some mussels at Grafton street that were very good awhile back. It doesn't look like they are on the current menu though.

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                      Bellachefa RE: CookieLee Jul 10, 2011 10:41 PM

                      Cross the river and try them at Eastern Standard!

                      Eastern Standard
                      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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                        CookieLee RE: Bellachefa Jul 12, 2011 05:20 AM

                        As a matter of fact, ESK was my first choice, but we were meeting peeps in Harvard Sq. I did have them at ESK about 2 yrs ago, and they were 1/3 unopened. I showed the server - and he came back with another order which were great. So, yes, I'll go there next time!
                        Good to know about Grafton and Sandrine's, as I'm often looking for places to dine in Harvard Sq. Thanks!

                        8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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                  EllenMM RE: MarkG Jul 3, 2011 03:32 PM

                  Went to Kendall last night and had soft-shell crabs, which were deep fried, a bit too long. They were served over arugula/potato/ bacon salad which I thought was too rich. Everyone else had the fried fisherman platter, which was fine. Cups of chowder for apps were TINY. Not going back anytime soon.

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                    chowdahound RE: EllenMM Jul 11, 2011 11:19 AM

                    Seriously, what is with the chowder sizes?!? I ordered a "bowl" at the Harvard/Charles Hotel outdoor bar location. When they brought it out (all paper/plastic dinnerware btw - I don't recommend this location except for weekday dollar oysters), I looked at the diminutive paper cup in front of me and told the waitress I had ordered the bowl, not the cup. She informed me that it was in fact the bowl, to which I laughed out loud uncontrollably. For $7 dollars, it's outrageous.

                    That makes me wonder - have any of you ever ordered something at a restaurant, and when you saw the portion size (in relation to the price), complained/sent it back?

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                      Fly RE: chowdahound Jul 13, 2011 06:43 AM

                      I don't recommend this location for Legal Seafoods, but if you want a beer outdoors, it's hard to beat their huge seating area and people watching. Probably my favorite summer casual place to grab a beer.

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                    terrycatch RE: MarkG Jul 8, 2011 12:35 PM

                    Our pre-Fenway ritual begins with a bowl each of fish chowder at the Legal's on the second floor of Copley Place, adjacent to The Art of Shaving. Cannot speak to anything other than the chowder and the bar service - both excellent - but the room has a more cozy, casual, friendly feel than other Legal's we have attended. Views are great, too.

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                      joebloe RE: MarkG Jul 10, 2011 09:24 PM

                      Some location still have the '6 for $6' oyster happy hours special. Other than that, place is way overpriced.

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                        Jolyon Helterman RE: joebloe Jul 12, 2011 11:12 AM

                        I think the one in the Pru does a fine job on the stuff I order (fried softshell crab, crab legs, basic grilled fish). I always sit in the bar area.

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                          C. Hamster RE: Jolyon Helterman Jul 13, 2011 08:03 AM

                          The bar might be different ...

                          The restaurant smells bad for some reason, and it is (or was) a "training site" so we have had some unspeakably bad service there. And inevitably someone got served bad food, like a literally burned clam roll (they refired and comped).

                          Since we are in Copley we have also tried the Park Square location but it too suffers fromservice and quality inconsistencies.

                          In our nabe that leaves Copley Place which has a nice room (sit near the back window) and better service and food.

                          Park Square Cafe
                          31 Saint James Ave Ste L15, Boston, MA 02116

                      2. typhoonfish RE: MarkG Jul 14, 2011 11:41 AM

                        They are really trying to show off at the Harborside location. I would go there.

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