Legal C Bar – Dedham, MA – Gay & Lesbian Hot Spot!
Legal C Bar / Legacy Place – 736 Legacy Place / Dedham, MA 02026 / (781)-234-6500
A Focused, Full-Flavored, Social, Urban Venue, Casual in Style!
As a New Englander, I am ashamed to say that my first time visiting a Legal Sea Foods was last week when my (ex) April and I dined at Legal C Bar in Dedham, MA.
It certainly won’t be my last!
The thing is – I am not a seafood eater, but you know what? At Legal Sea Foods, it doesn’t matter! They have something for vegetarians and meat eaters such as myself.
I had wanted to review Legal C Bar in Dedham (located at the fabulous Legacy Place) since noticing it awhile back. I was struck by the industrial exterior with al fresco seating. It looked so inviting that I even contemplated the thought of becoming a seafood eater if necessary!
You can’t help but be struck by the decor the second you walk inside. The feel is a sleek, urban, funky seafood shack. I love the mix of wood and steel.
The lighting is dim and cozy and both the bar and seafood bar are eye strikingly beautiful and unique.
This is one good looking dining establishment!
We were greeted by the manager, Katie, and shown to our booth. Our waiter for the evening, Matt, was movie-star-quality-good-looking. Matt proved to be an absolutely perfect waiter, both accommodating and informative. April was taken aback by his “cuteness” that she turned 50 shades of red and used the adjective, “awesome”, throughout the night.
After taking in the decor, it was time to decide what to eat! I was actually quite impressed with their diverse, fine dining informed menu.
While overlooking the menu Katie surprised us with a dish of Fried Montauk Calamari (Rhode Island style – $10.95). April described it as some of the best she ever had. She said it was crispy, tender and just the right amount of buttery. The pickled peppers gave it that “extra touch”. Two thumbs up for sure!
We were also served hot-out-of-the-oven rolls with a white bean arugula sauce with olive oil, which was served cold and defies any sort of worthy explanation. You have to try it for yourself. It bursts with flavor and became instantly addictive.
For an appetizer I ordered their Slow Roasted Ribs ($9.95) which were encrusted with black pepper, garlic and several other what I am sure to be, “secret spices”.
Best of all, the ribs had absolutely no fat! They were amazing. With each bite you were hit with the black pepper’s punch. It was so delicious, I needed a moment to compose myself.
April ordered the Blackened Tuna Sashimi ($10.95) with picked ginger as her appetizer.
She said the tuna was sweet with a sesame oil sauce and that it had a pleasant tangy, Cajun taste.
For our entrees I ordered from their Simply Grilled menu. I chose the steak tips in Cajun spice and for my two sides I chose romano roasted fingerling potatoes and sweet mashed potatoes ($16.95).
The word that comes to mind to describe my food was – rich. Everything was cooked to perfection. The steak melted in my mouth. The Cajun seasoning was perfectly blended into the meat. The fingerling potatoes were flavored with garlic butter and Romano cheese. My favorite, however, was the sweet mashed potatoes which were creamy, buttery and almost like eating a dessert! The serving size is extremely generous and allowed for plenty of leftovers.
April ordered their Fried Bay Scallops with shoestring, haystack fries ($16.95).
She said the scallops were the best she ever had. She described them as super tender, really sweet, thinly battered and buttery. She raved about the dipping sauce which was mango with spicy tomatoes & red peppers. She said it was almost like a tarter sauce and absolutely amazing.
She said the haystack fries were average and a nice compliment to the scallops.
During dinner our waiter, Matt, would check in to make sure everything was to our liking. We would respond with unidentifiable sounds and facial expressions which I am sure gave away our pleasure.
At one point Matt told us how much he enjoyed working for the Legal Sea Food company and how he has been with them for over 5 years and at Legal C Bar since they opened, roughly a year ago. He explained how it is an extremely LGBT friendly company and that many of the staff members are LGBT.
I was able to digest a bit while talking with Matt, so I, of course, had to try dessert! April threw in the towel, so it was up to me. I settled on the Apple Craisin Bread Pudding with rum caramel sauce and toasted almonds ($6).
I am a fan of New Orleans style bread pudding, and this was as close to that as any slice of bread pudding I’ve had in New England. The consistency was cake like and sweet with the rum sauce giving it that New Orleans edge. My stomach found space to enjoy every last bite.
I was told that the bathroom was a must see, so I ventured off, camera in hand, to check it out.
It was definitely a VERY cool bathroom. I am sure I freaked the poor woman in the stall next to me out, snapping pictures, but hey, I knew my readers would want to see the loo!
I loved the dim lighting, glass sinks, frosted window doors and wood. Very nice touch, but then again, what else would I expect from such a beautiful restaurant?
I want to mention that April had a couple of fantastic drinks while we were here as well. Her first drink was the Pomegranate Lemondrop Martini. She said there was a good amount of pomegranate with a lemon bite. It wasn’t too sweet. April knows “lemondrops” and she said this is one of the better ones — anywhere.
She also had a Whisky Smash which had Bourban, mint & lemon with crushed ice and sugar. She said it was sweet and extremely delicious.
GOOD TO KNOW:
- Legal C Bar is open Sunday-Wednesday 11am-11pm and Thursday-Sunday 11am-12am.
- There is plenty of ample parking right in from of the restaurant, however, if you have a hard time finding a spot, there is a large parking garage.
- There are 42 specialty cocktails and 25 wines by-the-glass to satisfy anyone’s thirst for fun.
- The restaurant offers Al Fresco dining.
- Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event with Legal C Bar. They can customize every menu and finishing detail according to your preference.
- Don’t eat Seafood? No worries! Legal C Bar has many options for vegetarians & meat eaters!
- Legal C Bar is located at the popular Legacy Plaza.
Gay & Lesbian Factor: Hands down a 10-out-of-10. Legal C Bar shows its pride through its workers and actively reaching out to the LGBT community. This is the type place you could enjoy after work drinks, a friendly casual dinner, a business meeting or romantic night out. Be sure to ask for Matt and tell him Out & About Travel sent you!
Legal C Bar has opened the door for me to want to experience other Legal Sea Food restaurants. The service was unsurpassed, the food was heavenly and the vibe was casual-cool.
This will be one restaurant I will be enjoying quite frequently!