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“Less Than Satisfactory”
Review of Legal Sea Foods

Legal Sea Foods
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Ranked #7 of 123 Restaurants in Burlington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Private Dining, Reservations
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Less Than Satisfactory”
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 on the meal and refilling drinks.

The greater concern is that the resturant is dirty and in need of a general deep cleaning. The table tops around our seating area show a buildup of greasy stickyness which occurs overtime after only surface wipes. Chair backs and legs are dirty with dust and food buildup. Under the tables and in the creveces of the foldout tables are filthy with dirt and greasy film. The windows were covered in dust and smear marks. There are cobwebs throughout the ceiling.

  • Visited June 2014
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Durham, North Carolina
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“What's all the fuss about..”
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 with a smaller group to see if there is a difference.

The servers were great. I've just had better seafood in other places and Im not sure what all the hype is about.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank TravelNurseDude1
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Sherbroke, Québec, Canada
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39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

Another nice institution awesome food, great prices and excellent staff. The Clam Chowder was the best I had in Boston

Visited June 2014
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Thank yvescharron
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Grand Rapids
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great selection of sea foods and wines”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

The cioppino was fantastic. The place was busy but the was a huge staff that was constantly working. It is a well run operations Ignore the fact that it's at a mall.

Visited June 2014
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Thank GribblyS
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Get the Lobster!!”
Reviewed June 13, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you go to Boston, you need to have Lobster, and you should go to Legal Sea Food. My wife and I went there three nights out of 5 and had the best meal and the best time. Our waitress was Ashley!

Visited April 2014
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Thank Matt J
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