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Jul 1, 2011 06:01 AM

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

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

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  1. 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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    1. re: meeps2002

      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.

    2. 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,

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

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        1. re: mkfisher

          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.

        2. 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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          1. re: Madrid

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

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

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

              1. re: Wannabfoode

                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?

                1. re: hotoynoodle

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

                  1. re: MarkG

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

                    1. re: MarkG

                      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.

            2. 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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              1. re: lergnom

                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.

                1. re: kobuta

                  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!

                  1. re: CookieLee

                    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.

                    1. re: CookieLee

                      Cross the river and try them at Eastern Standard!

                      Eastern Standard
                      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

                      1. re: Bellachefa

                        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!

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