Legal Sea Foods

American, Crabs, Seafood
$$$$ ($25-$34)
Seafood is tightly monitored at Legal Seafoods, and the results are dependable.
Mon-Thu 11 am-10 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am-11 pm
Sun noon-10 pm
(Chinatown)
Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red, Green and Yellow lines), Metro Center (Red, Blue and Orange lines)
202-347-0007
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Editorial Review

The Food section rated this restaurant's crab cake for a July 2009 story about the area's best.

This national chain prides itself on consistency, so we had hoped for better. The cake, made from Southeast Asian crab, was so utterly overbaked that it had a crisp crust, a la burnt toast, and was dry and almost chewy through the center and pretty flavorless to boot. The creamy mustard sauce and generously portioned sides tempered the bad experience but couldn't save the day.

Two 4-ounce jumbo-lump crab cakes, $27.95

(July 29, 2009)