Sixty years ago, Legal Sea Foods opened as a fish market in Cambridge, MA and has since cast a wider net – now operating about 30 restaurants along the east coast as well as its own fish processing plant on Boston Harbor. Legal Sea Foods’ iconic tagline, “If it isn’t Fresh, it isn’t Legal!” speaks to its legendary fanaticism for seafood quality and safety. The restaurants serve over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish throughout the year; the menu highlights quintessential New England fare, including its famous New England Clam Chowder that has been served at every Presidential Inauguration since 1981. At the helm of the family owned restaurant group is Roger Berkowitz, a 2017 James Beard Award winner.
Fish is brain food, so it makes perfect sense that Legal Sea Foods is a popular destination for those in Harvard Square. Located in the courtyard of the Charles Hotel, our restaurant evokes the simple style of the original Legal Sea Foods that was in nearby Inman Square, Cambridge. In warmer months our outside patio reels in those who choose the fresh seafood and fresh air combo. Or rock the boat at our downstream terrace bar in the lower atrium of Charles Square, open daily mid-April to mid-October.