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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
I had a friend in town and we needed a lunch/brunch situation. i checked on open table and from there we found legal osteria. it's a half mile from my house . over we went and had a delicious breakfast: eggs/ hash browns / toast. and a glass of wine and bloody mary. the waitress, Sabrina, was awesome. very informative. we had a lovely brunch and continued out day. Have been here for dinner and their dinner menu is awesome.
We have been eating here for several months (mostly on Saturdays). We have found the atmosphere, the service, the food, and the fellow customers to be outstanding. We can't say enough about the service staff and especially the manager. They are always welcoming, accommodating, efficient and above all really friendly not just business friendly. This restaurant is very family friendly. While we have no children it is very nice to see families with young children (all very well behaved) eating together and interacting with staff and fellow customers. The menu is excellent and the chief is very receptive to cooking the entries "your way". The Oysteria is a tremendous addition to Charlestown and Boston. It is only a few minutes walk to "The Garden", the U.S. Navy Yard, and the many other historic sites of Boston and Charlestown. Prices are reasonable, food is terrific, staff are wonderful, patrons are friendly-go and find out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
Good place. Seems like more of a typical lunch spot given the neighborhood. The menu was a little limited but the options they had were all good. Where the name of the restaurant is Oysteria I expected more oyster options? But, they did have great Oysters!
I did expect a few more seafood options, for example the really wasn't any lobster to be had, and you're literally a block away from the ocean so for Boston, that's surprising. But the service was excellent the ambience was great, the restaurant appears to be brand-new. This is a nice little place if you want to duck and grab dinner with a date. Which is what we did before we went to a concert at the TD Garden which is a very short walk down the road. The other area options appear to be mostly tavern in Legal Oysteria is a bit more upscale.
The atmosphere was great but the food was lackluster. I had the linguine and clams and the linguini was over cooked as were the clams...almost as if they came out of a can but stayed too long on the grill. There wasn't even much sauce/wine in the dish to accompany the pasta. The swordfish my date had was overcooked and extremely salty (caesar salad with swordfish). The ambience, place and service was great but the food left something to be desired. The meatball was good as were the fresh oysters but the other dishes were not. I'm hoping we just had an off night /unlucky night with the food prep as we will continue to try other dishes there.
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!
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