Legal Sea Foods came to be 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 Prices where customers were given “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 in writing plates at communal picnic tables. Inspite of the low-key trappings, the food was second to none and word quickly spread. This early success triggered further expansion and now, six decades later with restaurants over the Eastern Seaboard, the household philosophy endures: Legal Sea Foods is a fish company in the restaurant business.
George’s son, Roger, continues to be at the helm since 1992 and it has expanded the organization into new markets and keep the company’s give attention to its proud tradition and core values. Then when we say, “When it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal!,” we renew a commitment which includes sustained us for over one half-century.
It’s not really a fish tale, but a tale of fish 60 years inside the making…of a family-owned seafood market that spawned a nearby restaurant company. View our restaurants’ placemat that details our history.
“Legal Sea Foods claws its approach to the top! The votes are in and seafood-loving readers have selected their favorite location to savor the flavors in the sea. ‘If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal’ is definitely the slogan at this particular popular chain – stretching from Florida to Massachusetts – which possesses its own waterfront purity lab that inspects every delivery. Famed for its thick and bipartisan New England clam chowder, which has been served on the Presidential Inaugurations of all five presidents since Ronald Reagan in 1981, in addition, it bwnqql a massive menu of every sorts of seafood dish.” – USA Today
Named certainly one of America’s “Best New Restaurants” for 2011 by Esquire magazine: “The rescue from the Boston waterfront from decrepitude now has an anchor: three of the-story Legal Harborside at Liberty Wharf, the biggest restaurant inside the city. The first level is simply a swankier version in the other thirty-one Legal Sea Foods houses – fish and chips, that kind of thing – nevertheless the elegant second floor is a thing way in the food chain.
Order a dark and stormy at the bar and rich lobster soup within 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 perhaps Kennedy yacht (Ted had been a big Legal fan) – with curved rosewood ceilings and black, mastlike columns, the space is perched over the city lights, the quiet harbor, and also the dark, faraway ocean. If you locate yourself on those waters, sail right in and tie up. The restaurant has its own slip.” – Esquire, 2011