Legal Oysteria in Charlestown has closed

The seafood spot has shuttered after six years.

Legal Oysteria
Legal Oysteria in Charlestown in 2014. Katherine Taylor for The Boston Globe

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After six years in operation, Legal Oysteria has closed its Charlestown digs.

A call to the seafood restaurant on Monday confirmed the closure, with a recorded message stating, “We have ceased operations, and we thank you for your support throughout the years.”

Legal Oysteria opened in the summer of 2014 and served coastal Italian fare: fritto misto, linguine and clams, crispy calamari fra diavolo, and more. The space, located at 10 City Square, was previously home to Olives, and offered a lengthy bar below mounted TVs where diners could catch a game over seared scallops and tiramisu.

The branch’s recent closure follows the shutter of sister restaurant Legal Test Kitchen in the Seaport. There are currently 17 Legal locations in Massachusetts still operating, including three within Boston Logan International Airport, as well as Legal Sea Foods’s online fish market.


The company is in the midst of an even bigger shakeup: On Saturday, The Boston Globe reported that Legal Sea Foods President and CEO Roger Berkowitz is on the cusp of selling the restaurant business to PPX Hospitality Group, which also owns Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group and The Strega Group.

In October, Legal Sea Foods told, “We can confirm that PPX Hospitality Brands and Legal Sea Foods are in discussions to create an exciting new venture and will issue a full update at the appropriate time.” However, neither Legal Sea Foods nor PPX Hospitality Brands has responded to’s latest request for additional details about the imminent sale.

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