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Legal Sea Foods

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75 Middlesex Tpke, Burlington Mall, Burlington, MA 01803-5389 (Burlington Mall Road)
+1 781-270-9700
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Every time I go to Boston, I must eat at Legal. The Crab cakes always bring me back. Try the Calamari Rhode Island Style, too! YUM!

1 Thank Jon B
Annapolis, Maryland
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73 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by for dinner. Sat at the bar and Steven provided good service at the beginning but it tapered off. They didn't carry a Riesling wine which was strange so we were served a white wine that wasn't even close. That problem was solved. We ordered the fried clams and the fish and chips...both were ok but not for the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So it's very difficult for long running restaurants to stay fresh. Almost none do, and all eventually fad away. Legal's is a good example. It's been a long, slow steady decline. And while I've defended them for years, they've finally lost me too. The Burlington location was dirty, the service was slow, and the food mediocre at best (used to... More 

Thank Beantown_Connoisseur
Port Arthur, Texas
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108 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our dinner here! Had clam chowder which was off the chain! Hubby was raving over his scallops....so I would say we give this place a total thumbs up! We would eat here again!

1 Thank resajo
Nashua, New Hampshire
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

I love Legal Sea Foods. Always fresh, cooked perfectly...except for the raw bar of course! I personally love the bouillabaise (sea food stew) but have had grilled fish as well & always leave full & happy. I don't do fried fish so no help there. Being GF is no problem for them. They have a call ahead system that does... More 

1 Thank skimama160
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Partner and I went there late Thursday evening. Service was great. We ordered the fried mixed plate. I did not expect that every item would be battered and then fried. Chips were so so. I ended up picking most of the batter off. We only got 2 prawns and 3 little scallops. I was hoping there would be a bit... More 

Thank santina d
Andover, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

This restaurant is located inside the Burlington Mall. The food is very good, but it is overpriced. There are some non-seafood dishes available for those that don't like fish. It cost us $118.29 for dinner for three and we didn't have any alcohol. I would recommend going at least once to see what it's about. The service was excellent, but... More 

Thank Meghanizer
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Legal Sea Foods has excellent lump crab cakes! A lot of lump crab and just enough sauce to hold the pieces together. They have a sushi menu as well which looked appetizing although I did not try them. Their New England Clam Chowder was very good as well. The salad that came with the Lump Crab Cake appetizer was refreshingly... More 

1 Thank Iryn S
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

The whole crew had great fresh fish, and yummy crab cakes. Only down side was service was continuously slow.

Thank thmmrana
Boston, Massachusetts
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263 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Went to Legal's last night with friends from out of town celebrating an anniversary who needed "seafood" & "indoors" & "champagne" & "halfway between Nashua and Waltham" which left us with Legal's at the Burlington Mall. We had a reservation and got seated quickly, order taken quickly (haddock for her, fisherman's platter for him, baked stuffed shrimp casserole for me).... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 75 Middlesex Tpke, Burlington Mall, Burlington, MA 01803-5389
    (Burlington Mall Road)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 781-270-9700
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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