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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.
Charlestown, MA 02129
Seafood, American, Oyster Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Wednesday 11:30am – 11pm
Thursday – Saturday 11:30am – 1am
Sunday 10am – 11pm
$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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Legal Oysteria Ratings and Reviews
It was a typical Friday and the waiter was extremely unattentive to our table it took him and hour to get our drink orders and apps then another whole hour to take our entree. At the end with our checks he took his time giving the copies out to sign. My friends had to talk to the manager multiple times
Atmosphere is great, although a touch noisy for a Sunday afternoon. They really need to improve their kids menu and options. The adult cheese burger is actually on the kids menu for the same price @ $14. We went with a meatball for the 7 year old since provolone was the only cheese option and when the waiter asked if we wanted some pasta with that I said yes, not realizing it would be an additional $5+ ! My mother ordered a baked lobster and something I can't remember dish special at $39. The potatoes that came with it were a bit tired and tasteless. Could have benefited from being fresher and more seasoned, especially at that price. The asparagus was very good but there should not be any complaints with a $39 dish. The brunch menu could use a cod or halibut dish- or even swordfish. I'm not a salmon or shellfish eater so I got the burger. It was good but not spectacular. My nephew liked his shrimp and pasta dish and the oyster appetizer was also good. Overall, a good place but I feel a bit put off after spending $130 (including tip) on lunch (with no alcohol) for 4 people (including one 7 year old) for what amounts to pretty standard fare. I rarely leave a negative review but I'm still ruminating on this experience two days later...
Family of 5, including 3 young adult sons, met up for an early Sunday evening meal together. Legal Harborside has been our usual, but wanted to try Legal Oysteria with its promise of a warm, inviting neighborhood trattoria serving Italian seafood made in a scratch kitchen - with a brick oven even!
Parking was easy and free on the square. Our table was set up and ready for us. We started with a table full of shared appetizers including the Raw Oysters, Grilled Octopus and Potatoes, Tuna Crudo (sushi tuna with cucumber and fresh made chips), Roast Beef Meatballs, and Warm Burrata. Everything was delicious.
Next was the clam chowder, brick oven Marguerite Pizza, Roasted Pear and Blue Cheese salad. Even the non-seafood lover amongst us was happy!
Only one had room for an entrée (might have been me!) of Prosciutto Wrapped Salmon with Asparagus on a bed greens and cantaloupe. Really loved it. It should be noted that one of us (might have been me again!) had a seafood allergy which was handled with the greatest of care by the staff.
Desserts that we shared included Chocolate Caramel pudding, Tiramisu, and the Ricotta Pie - really yummy.
A visit to our table from Chef Ryan Landry - right before the place filled up with locals as well as tourists leaving the nearby Bunker Hill Monument and USS Constitution- REALLY MADE OUR NIGHT!
We'll be back as this is now our new family meet up!
We are huge fans of Legal Oysteria - this trip was a bit of a disappointment. The new 'Spring' menu was probably going through some early hickups. Two of us ordered the scallop dish - there were barely any scallops and very little flavor. Certainly not a deal breaker but it was definitely disappointing.
Enjoyed the location at City Square in Charlestown with a view of Lenny Zakim Bridge at sunset. Quiet the nite we attened. My daughter says it's usually packed and loud.
The waitress was very friendly and attentive even though it took some time to get our drinks and food.
Even though the menu and food had a slight Italian theme, it is behind the curtain a Legal Seafood restaurant.
It was good but nothing special. I
Had recommendation from a friend so I was expecting creative distinct food. But it felt like eating at a mainstream restaurant. White clam pizza w pancetta. Never tasted a clam on the pizza and about two small bites of pancetta on each slice. Good flavor but disappointed w skimpy ingredients. Mussels were good but nothing special. Enjoyed chopped Greek salad. Chocolate budino for our table didn't tempt me but the others said it was like supermarket chocolate pudding. It's a pretty place and lively environment but it felt like a let down.
The food was very good, and the service superb. It wasn't the best for a romantic date night dinner. It's a very small place, and it was very noisy. It's still a great spot, if you don't mind having to yell at the person across a table to be heard. It's ideal for after work get togethers, happy hours, etc., but not for a date.
I had the grilled octopus appetizer with a side of the roasted busses sprouts. It was excellent. My husband had the tuna and it was wonderful. We where visiting Boston for a couple of nights and staying nearby. The night before we are on Hanover St. In the north end it was not that great. So glad we ate here the following evening!
Food was great. It just took forever to get anything. Water 30 min, beer, wine another 20 min, apps 1 hours, dinner another 45 min. Food was good I just wpuld never go here again as you wait forever and you can't even get a few cocktails whike you are waiting.
We hadn't been to Legal Oysteria in almost two years, and we're really glad we went back! Everything was DELICIOUS, some of the best-prepared seafood we've had in years. Somehow we never knew they had a nice open back dining area, in addition to the area around the bar in front. We could easily hear each other when talking, which is something that is becoming rarer in restaurants today! Our server was really nice and informative about the food options. We also think the prices are very fair for what you get! Now we just can't let two years go by without coming back!
Went for the first time on a Saturday night. Party of six seated in a quiet room in the back. Service (Natasha) was excellent. Oysters (three kinds) fresh, clean and properly opened. Grilled octopus was excellent. Wines by the glass were varied. Our group for entrees had steak, linguine with clams, fish stew and a few others, and everyone enjoyed their meal.
The oysters were nothing to write home about and the dishes are anything but spectacular. Notably, with the poke. This dish qualified more as a tuna tartar app than poke. All foods at this restaurant are basic and lack flavor. The reason I find myself stopping in is that the restaurant is never busy. If it's crunch time and I've not yet made reservations anywhere, you are guaranteed a seat here. The staff also unfortunately lacked any knowledge of oysters.
The restaurant computer had the reservation from Open Table incorrectly but they were still able to seat our party as the pen table reservation. Staff was friendly but our waiter was new it seemed as he couldn't answer some questions and an appetizer was not brought to the table. However, overall the quality and value is great.
Really nice meal at surprisingly good prices. The oysters were spectacular (befitting the name) but all the food was really good. This is a neighborhood joint in rapidly gentrifying Charlestown but right on the Freedom Trail....if your visit takes you by it at lunch or dinner...it is a great stop.
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