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We’re now open in River North!

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Hello Chicago

Welcome to
Legal Sea Foods!

Legal Sea Foods started as a fish market in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1950, growing to over 27 restaurants today! Legal Sea Foods is an East Coast landmark, a favorite with locals and a must visit for tourists. With our own production facility and an innovative eCommerce platform, over the past 70 years we have established ourselves as a core pillar of the New England seafood scene.

Famous for raising the bar in seafood quality and safety, Legal Sea Foods combines New England's coastal fishing traditions with modern culinary flair. Our sign off , "If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!", reflects our ongoing dedication to great quality, fresh seafood. We are open. Come in and try for yourself!

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Find Us

Now Open along the iconic Chicago Riverwalk! At this time, please call for reservations!

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 11a-11pm, Sunday 11a-10pm

Parking Info

While Legal Sea Foods doesn’t offer on-site parking, you have several options nearby. Valet parking in front of S&W provides the most convenience. Alternatively, public parking garages are available within walking distance. SpotHero, a parking booking app, allows you to reserve a spot beforehand. Lastly, street parking is an option, but be prepared for limited availability, especially during peak hours.

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Subscribe to our mailing list for the latest Legal news and offers, plus you’ll be entered to win tickets to our VIP Grand Opening Party on the 30th. Think champagne, cocktails, lobster, crab and of course our famous New England Clam Chowder!

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Our Famous New England Clam Chowder

Our award-winning recipe. Famously served at Presidential inaugurations for decades, our New England Clam Chowder is rich, creamy, and full of tender New England clams!

Gulf of Maine Lobster

Legal’s Gulf of Maine lobsters are harvested year-round from the Penobscot Bay by a fleet of local, independent lobstermen & women. Enjoy baked stuffed or steamed!

Surf and Turf

Choice of our NY strip or twin petit filet mignons, served with grilled jumbo shrimp, seared sea scallops, grilled lobster tail, or Legal’s signature crab cake.

Lobster Roll

Our famous lobster rolls are loaded with a half-pound of Gulf of Maine lobster meat – either warm butter-poached or traditional with lemon mayo!


Enjoy our Modern Nigiri, Sashimi and a variety of hand-rolled Specialty Maki….enjoy with any of our well-crafted sakes.

Raw Bar

Our raw bar reflects our commitment to freshness…pure, natural, and prepared to order. From East Coast oysters to a shellfish tower for six…..of your closest friends!

Legal Signature Crab Cakes

Legal Sea Foods Signature Crab Cakes feature premium lump crab meat seasoned with mustard sauce….served with greens and house made Dijon vinaigrette. A must-try!

Baked Lobster Mac & Cheese

Our divine Lobster Mac and Cheese contains one whole Gulf of Maine lobster, made with Vermont cheddar and topped with buttered crumbs.

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Take a Sneak Peak…

Take a look at the new Legal Sea Foods in Chicago. The bi-level restaurant brings upscale casual New England vibes to Chicago and accentuates the location’s sweeping riverfront views and outdoor space. The updated space honors the architectural significance of Marina City, locally referred to as the “corncob buildings.” The interior was designed around the signature curves of the building and is outfitted with fixtures and colors to create a modern, bright eastern seaboard feel.

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About Us

At Legal Sea Foods we are more than just a seafood restaurant. We started as a family fish market just outside of Boston, and now have 27 restaurants on the East Coast. Built on a long and proud tradition of championing quality seafood and being "fanatics for freshness"®, we impose the highest standards, and source from the most responsible and reputable fisheries and partners.

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