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Legal Sea Foods - Burlington

75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington Mall, Burlington, MA 01803
+1 781-270-9700
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Ranked #9 of 104 restaurants in Burlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder
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Good for: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Burlington Mall Road
Description: The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. All roads lead to Legal Sea Foods. In this case, we are located near four main highways (Routes 128, 95, 93 and 3) on the first level of the Burlington Mall. Make the most of our convenient restaurant location - come for the seafood and stay to shop. Our entrance-way is marked by a water wall. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker. We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Boston Phoenix, 2009) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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South Portland, Maine
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36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have been eating at Legal Seafood since 1988. This chain is the only place that I will eat raw seafood. Littlenecks are fantastic. The organization is dedicated to delivering only the highest quality product. The food is fresh and cooked to perfection. I go to Legals every time we come into Boston to visit.

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Sacramento, CA
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Went there on a Tuesday night after 8PM and it was still packed although there was no waiting. Got the crabcake combination and it was an excellent variety of grilled and fried seafood. The scallops were a little overdone, but still mostly tender. The signature piece was the big crabcake which was loaded with crabmeat instead of the typical "loaded... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is located at the Burlington Mall, next to Besitos and Bobby's Burger Palace. Easy access from the parking lot. The exterior entrance is low keyed. We were seated promptly and the service was fine. We asked for a sample of their seaweed salad and they accommodated us. The food was served quickly once ordered and after our questions had... More

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Acton, Massachusetts
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86 reviews 86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I've eaten at Legal Seafood In several of its locations in Boston over the past 10 years, most recently in June 2014. It's a good thing I had eaten there before, otherwise, I would be giving it a terrible review because they had an impossible time getting my order right. I'm allergic to shell fish and so when I ordered... More

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Staff were attentive. Fish was cooked to perfection. Service was on point. There wasn't anything I disliked.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The food was very good! we had the Lobster bisque which was quite good! the atmosphere was very cozy and the food delicious! I had the Fisherman's Platter and the fish, shrimps, calamari and scallops were amazing!!! My friends took the fish assortment grilled and which came with 3 different kinds of fish and some delicious scallops and shrimps! it... More

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I've been a fan of Legal Seafoods for several years, and dine at their restaurants often. But unfortunately, something's going wrong at the Burlington location. We have visited there twice in the past 2 months, and the food has not been up to the Legal standard. My grilled swordfish was obviously undercooked on our first visit, and surprisingly tasteless on... More

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Olathe, Kansas
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

From the Midwest, so when in Rome... I enjoyed Legal Seafood. Had wood-grilled Tuna one night and wood-grilled swordfish the other. Both excellent. Of course, had to try the chowder, it too was excellent. I highly recommend this place as a safe seafood place for a mid-westerner.

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Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Overall the food is excellent and the reason for the one stars. Unforutnately, I was seated and had ordered before noticing the surroundings. The service staff (hostess and seater) were aparantly bickering with each other via their headsets and were oblivious to their surroundings and customers that were observing their behaviors. The waiter was aloof and non attentive to checking... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I'm not sure if its my tastes or because this is a large seafood chain. The seafood was decent. I had the lobster roll and it was ok.. not anything spectacular. The clam chowder was very good, and they have a decent wine selection. We were there with a very large party, so It would be interesting to go back... More

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