About Legal Oysteria
Legal Oysteria is a casual neighborhood restaurant serving coastal Italian-style seafood. Executive Chef Rich Vellante developed a menu based on the food he cooks at home for family and friends.
Legal Oysteria’s menu showcases the freshness and purity of its seafood offerings and other ingredients. Preparations are simple and authentic. A brick oven (with pizza oven and rotisserie) informs the menu. There are options for those who choose to table share or prefer more traditional coursed dining. Our bar program was designed to complement the cuisine. By tradition, an osteria is casual, comfortable and accessible and Legal Oysteria aspires to afford that same experience.
We are located along the Freedom Trail, overlooking City Square Park, and close to landmarks in Charlestown, including the USS Constitution Museum and Bunker Hill Monument. We are also in walking distance to the TD Garden.
Seafood, American, Oyster Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 1:00am
Sunday: 10:00am - 1:00am
$31 to $50
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Our validation will net you savings. After 5pm daily, park for just $5 at the nearby Constitution Center lot. Before 5pm daily, take $8 off the daytime parking rates. Street parking is also available.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Legal Oysteria Ratings and Reviews
Not realizing it was Restaurant Week, I ...
Not realizing it was Restaurant Week, I made a reservation to eat here before a show at TD Garden. It was very convenient. Our waitperson couldn't have been more professional or helpful; the portions were plentiful, and you can never go wrong with the chowder!
The food was great. The service great. W ...
The food was great. The service great. Wonderful staff. However all we can focus on is how poorly the parking was handled. Legal says parking is $5.00 at the Constitution parking area. When we left we had our ticket validated. The parking lot would not honor and charged us $15.00 rather than the advertised $5.00. Legal needs to firm up their relationship with the parking provider before we could consider returning. Without the parking issue our rating would be outstanding.
Just after turning 40, my brother visite ...
Just after turning 40, my brother visited me in Boston for the first time. He insisted on going somewhere nice to celebrate, and we ended up at the Legal Oysteria in Charlestown at a corner table with a clear view to the kitchen. Chef Curtis Taylor greeted us, suggested a number of appetizers before dinner, and explained that we happened to have his best server, Natasha. I had never been there before, so while we expected to eat at a nice restaurant with an unpretentious atmosphere, we did not expect to dine as nicely as we did.
We ordered those appetizers, including the bacon-wrapped scallops, ricotta fritters, some miraculous tasting meatballs, raw oysters, calamari. We played a game to see if we could find something that didn't amaze us, and we lost. One example, I ate a second scallop just to see if I was imagining that the first one was so wonderful. I ordered a sausage pizza, my brother the bolognese, and my girlfriend ordered the swordfish. As we shared our entrees with one another, I realized that they were so good it was distracting us from talking about much else over dinner.
Natasha was equally wonderful, welcoming, prompt, and ready with dependable suggestions. Busy as it was on a Friday night, she and the other servers were not rushed to turn over tables. The dishes are worth every penny. I will definitely go again. The Legal Oysteria made the difference between eating and dining.
Food was fantastic and a great vibe in t ...
Food was fantastic and a great vibe in the place! Service could have been a little quicker (although the delivery of food was well timed) as we probably would have drank some more cocktails if it didn't take as long.
We made a reservation for 5:00 because w ...
We made a reservation for 5:00 because we were going to a concert at Fenway Park (James Taylor).We wanted to be sure we arrived on time.
When we entered, our table wa waiting. We shared a dozen oysters and each of us had something different. Everything was delicious, served quickly, and elegantly presented.
We would come back again.
Salmon was completely overcooked. Fried ...
Salmon was completely overcooked. Fried oysters were also way overdone. Staff offered free dessert but we were not interested. Also - the white clam pizza was good but every time we have it here it is different, never consistent like it is at Legal Harborside, and never quite the same as that one. They need a chef overseeing the kitchen, not just cooks. I've been here many times for brunch and dinner and its usually ok, a few issues now and then. I will try again, this was just not a good night. I wouldn't really recommend it, jury is still out.
Service was excellent. The food left a ...
Service was excellent. The food left a lot to be desired. Great ideas and a good looking menu but poor execution. Everything we ordered was obviously cooked earlier in the day and reheated. The charred octopus appetizer was charred and partially warm with some cold areas. The shrimp entree had the shrimp over cooked and the bean puree barely luke warm. The fish stew had the shrimp so overcooked they were similar to eating rubber. The only think decent on the menu was the calamari. I'd say go for the calamari and don't order anything else. Very disappointing for a Legal Seafoods owned restaurant.
Went for my wife's birthday. service was ...
Went for my wife's birthday. service was hit and miss. good in parts bad in parts. waited too long for server when we sat. water and drinks should be pretty quick. we were done with food picks about 5 mins by the time our server arrived. when she did she was very pleasant and personable. wife's dish was not hot when it arrived. had it returned and when we got our food sorted it was good. expected some gesture from the restaurant as an apology but bill was for full amount. nice place, good vibe, reasonable prices and food tastes good but needs to up its game.
Our entire dining experience was except ...
Our entire dining experience was exceptional! Thank you to everyone who made our special birthday celebration so memorable! From our hostess to Michael our server to management to the chef who came out to greet us, this was outstanding! The food was delicious and everyone was so pleased. Everything was prepared perfectly. Thank you!!!
Great place in Charlestown. Met some of ...
Great place in Charlestown. Met some of the locals who love going there. Although smaller that we thought, there was a great feel to the place. The management works seamlessly to be accommodating to needs of customers. Our appetizers - clam chowder; chickpea spread with focaccia were yummy and the mussels were excellent. The meals were delicious and requests honored. Found parking outside on street across from Legal Oysteria.
We will definitely return again.
An enjoyable meal with the signature Leg ...
An enjoyable meal with the signature Legal Seafoods touch. It wasn't an outrageous meal full of unexpected surprises, but that's not Legal's brand. They've taken their brand and shifted it a bit with the Oysteria, and it was pleasant. You know what you're getting when you eat there. Some great oysters, an excellent shrimp cocktail, some good quality, nicely prepared seafood as main entrees. We were satisfied, it was the right meal at the right price at the right time.
Mussels very good in slightly spicy brot ...
Mussels very good in slightly spicy broth. Scallop pasta was poorly presented with steam table looking vegetables and barely enough scallops to justify the price. Service was attentive until they got busy, and they didn't validate my parking ticket even though I gave it to them. Probably better choices nearby...
Don't go to the back room
I admit it was our mistake not to take the first table we were offered, but my husband doesn't like to sit at a high-top. When we asked for a non-high table, we were ushered into a back room with essentially no decor (white walls with chipped paint at the corners, cheap furniture) which appeared to be the place they put families with young children. The servers were pleasant but overworked and thus a little slow. Food was excellent. Another time I would insist on sitting in the very pleasant-looking main room.
The steak was a bit overdone, management ...
The steak was a bit overdone, management and server were quick to respond and graciously comped that portion of the meal. Were I staying local, this would be a regular dining spot for us. Highly recommended, from food to service and ambiance.
Appetizers were great, but waitstaff was ...
Appetizers were great, but waitstaff was unknowledgeable about menu items. They offer many of their menu items gluten-free, however, they do not mention that some of the gluten-free option changes the entire dish completely (e.g. shrimp-squid ink linguini in which the substitute was gluten-free noodles with no squid ink). The main courses were over-salted. The pistachio ice-cream dessert was delicious!
Good Food, terrible service.
I came here with a group of 5 for a small celebration. Unfortunately, the service was terrible. We were sitting for 45 minutes before our drinks arrived. We had to chase our waiter down every time we needed something. We ordered oysters to start and they took another 45 minutes which I didn't understand since they are raw! Luckily our meals were delicious but I can't say I'd go back due to the terrible service.
Dine Around Week
My second visit to this place. Both times food was great. This time service was not so great.
I sat at the bar with no one else on my side. I had to wave to my server several times for service. She was no where to be found when I was looking for my check. The restaurant was not busy, but she was--chatting with other servers.
Family dinner in Charlestown, Ma.
We had a three generation family dinner here. The wait staff was great with the kids. We loved our dinners and found the wine flights excellent for tasting and conversational value. It's a perfect stop when you are in Charlestown.
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