Legal Sea Foods was born in 1950 when George Berkowitz opened a fish market in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He opened it next to his father Harry’s grocery store Legal Seafoods Near Me where customers received “Legal Stamps” (forerunners of S&H green stamps) with their purchases. It’s here that the “Legal” name became synonymous with quality and freshness.
In 1968, the Berkowitz family opened its first seafood restaurant, right next to the fish market. The fish was simply prepared, either broiled or fried, and served on paper plates at communal picnic tables. Inspite of the low-key trappings, the food was second to none and word quickly spread. This early success resulted in further expansion now, six decades later with restaurants across the Eastern Seaboard, the family unit philosophy endures: Legal Sea Foods is actually a fish company within the restaurant business.
George’s son, Roger, continues to be in the helm since 1992 and it has expanded the organization into new markets while maintaining the company’s concentrate on its proud tradition and core values. Then when we say, “If this isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal!,” we renew a commitment that has sustained us for more than a half-century.
It’s not really a fish tale, but a tale of fish 60 years inside the making…of a household-owned seafood market that spawned a cafe or restaurant company. View our restaurants’ placemat that details our history.
“Legal Sea Foods claws its method to the top! The votes will be in and seafood-loving readers have selected their most favorite place to savor the flavors in the sea. ‘If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal’ is the slogan at this popular chain – stretching from Florida to Massachusetts – which has its own waterfront purity lab that inspects every delivery. Famed for the thick and bipartisan New England clam chowder, which was served on the Presidential Inaugurations of all five presidents since Ronald Reagan in 1981, additionally, it bwnqql a massive menu of each sorts of seafood dish.” – USA Today
Named one of America’s “Best New Restaurants” for 2011 by Esquire magazine: “The rescue from the Boston waterfront from decrepitude has an anchor: the 3-story Legal Harborside at Liberty Wharf, the greatest restaurant within the city. The first level is simply a swankier version of the other thirty-one Legal Sea Foods houses – fish and chips, that kind of thing – however the elegant second floor is a thing way the food chain.
Order a dark and stormy at the bar and rich lobster soup under a buttery pastry dome. And rare abalone is sautéed in amontillado sherry and served with lemony risotto and sweet white asparagus. Decked in the sleek look of the classic ocean liner – or maybe a Kennedy yacht (Ted was a big Legal fan) – with curved rosewood ceilings and black, mastlike columns, the area is perched above the city lights, the quiet harbor, as well as the dark, faraway ocean. If you find yourself on those waters, sail right in and tie up. The restaurant has its own slip.” – Esquire, 2011