Legal on the Mystic

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$30 and under
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Seafood
With a nod to the industrial past of the location, Legal on the Mystic was built to have a broad appeal and meld traditional with contemporary. The menu was assembled to provide a casual, social dining experience. The emphasis is on plates to share, salads, pizzas, sandwiches and tacos, but there are also options for those who prefer more classic Legal entrees. Food service is available up until one hour before close each day, at which time our bar remains open.

Legal on the Mystic takes its design direction from the early industrial development that occurred at Assembly Square. By using materials such as steel pipes, metal mesh, steel, concrete and brick, the space takes on an industrial feel reminiscent of the history. The expo kitchen serves as a backdrop to the restaurant, while the bar is the focus. Large garage doors allow for open air dining and entry to a riverside patio that’s topped by a 20’ tulip umbrella.
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N
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely setting, nice atmosphere and we had a great waiter. We were celebrating my mother's 101st birthday with her, and the place was easy to get to and to navigate with a walker. The seafood is the best! Salads and desserts were also great.

A
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My least favorite part of the restaurant experience is that it feels hectic standing in entryway waiting for table. Restaurant is too loud, especially as the entry point. And the parking lot is too full. As always, the food is reliably good and the restaurant provides solid options for gluten-free, which we appreciate. I was surprised to encounter a bone in the halibut special that I ordered; wasn't sure if the bone being there was a mistake. Very good service.

p
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly staff

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love dining at this Legal location. The food and service is always excellent. We ordered lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, the hoisin glazed salmon and grilled scallops. Everything was delicious! Our waitress was very nice and attentive and the manager even brought over a special dessert for our anniversary. If you’re thinking of ordering dessert definitely get the chocolate cake - it was fantastic!

DH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took my son and two friends out to dinner during Tufts University Parents Weekend. Legal on the Mystic was the perfect place for foodie freshmen, hungering great seafood. We'll be back!!!

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal Seafood’s Mystic location continues to uphold the Legal standard we’ve all come to know and love. The food is always fresh and delish! The staff is knowledgeable about what the ingredients are and how to substitute if you have any dietary restrictions. The manager, Courtney, was super friendly and came by to check on our table which is always a nice touch! The restaurant itself has great ambiance and is very neat. It’s nice to know some things don’t change :) well not too too much!

KS
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal!

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b
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great choice! Food and service exceptional! Jeanette our server is always pleasant and very accomodating. Not many restaurants give such great service. Room was packed as always on a Sunday night and yet manager takes the time to personally hold the door and say goodnight to customers.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server. Delicious food. Also, we split several things (cocktail, entree, and side dish). Not only did I did our server not blink an eye when we said we were going to share, but he actually had each item separated into two separate servings before even bringing them to the table.

T
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service. Good was great!!

SG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating a birthday and have heard for some time what quality seafood Legal Seafood delivered. We were beyond pleased that Legal on the Mystic was so conveniently located to our accommodations. Come to find out, they have several locations in all locales we would want to frequent. Our party ordered oysters, lobster bisque, Caesar and house salad, fish & chips and steamed lobster. Amazing! Everything was prepared and served at the perfect temperature. Ingredients were fresh and my lobster could not have been more succulent.

To top it off, our server was attentive, knowledgeable and although she was managing the busiest station, she took extra time explaining menu ingredients to my special needs teen. Given all his sensory issues, I’d say she did an excellent job and knew her product. The ambiance was set with modern touches, bustling central bar area and plenty of indoor and outdoor spaces the accommodated couples out on a date night and large parties alike. I highly recommend Legal on the Mystic.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Legal Seafood!! Food is always fresh. Service is great. Good atmosphere. Always have a great time there. Highly recommend this location.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love Legal on the Mystic! A friend was visiting Boston for the first time, and I knew he would enjoy it (and I was right). It wasn't crowded so we stayed a bit after we finished, and no one bothered us. But all throughout the meal, there was someone available if we needed anything.

SC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The food is always great quality and super fresh.

RD
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After visiting Salem, we worked up an appetite and wanted to get something close to our hotel. Given everyone raves about MA having the best seafood, we decided to come here - an excellent choice. The drinks and food were delicious and our waiter was amazing. The music and ambiance was perfect too.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Edison was a terrific waiter! He assisted us with our oyster selection. The seasonal cocktail was delicious and I really liked the round table seating, it made conversation much easier. Overall, it was a very enjoyable dinner. The experience you always hope for at a restaurant!

MW
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A fun dinner with our college student. Food was very good; not outstanding, but good variety and decent quality. Easy to customize to be healthier (e.g., simply grilled). The gluten-free dinner rolls were fabulous! Service was excellent; friendly and available but not overpowering. Be forewarned that it can get very noisy! Lots of hard surfaces. We requested a quiet table (no such thing) but were seated off to one side of the DR so we were able to carry on a conversation (albeit in loud voices).

JJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal. Good service. Relaxing. Would return

AD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent lunch with the day’s special. It included a very nicely seared tuna steak, asparagus and a delicious sauce. Generous lunch portion. Very good service

N
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Server was very nice and had sense of humor. We enjoyed the meal. We has a great time!

I
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My husband was happy to have served gluten free rolls. However, the shrimp tacos he really wanted was not done with corn tortillas, which was a shame. Otherwise, food was excellent and the service, very pleasant and helpful.

BS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We eat at lots of restaurants ... Seaport Grille, Marina on the Wharf, Mile Marker

And so many others

Legal is too high price

Seaport Grille much better prices and great portions

Service was excellent

Ambiance was fine

For the prices I would want it to be a little "higher" level

Maybe candles on the tables ??

Who knows

AM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall experience was great! Server was very good and attentive - gave us some space to sit and take our time but was there whenever we needed anything. Food was delicious - only downside was portions were very small on two of the entrees- so value for price paid was lacking. Restaurant was slightly noisy due to big open room - but able to hold conversation with table mates.

GS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

The waiter was excellent and the service was quick. The raw oysters were good. The lobster Rockefeller oysters should have just been oysters Rockefeller because the lobster was over done The onion rings and fries coleslaw as well were all fine however the main dishes were not. We ordered the fisherman’s platter and the fish and chips and both were soaked in oil. Very unpalatable. This is the second time we have been there in the past couple of months and I am beginning to wonder if it is worth it - the last time the 2 lb lobster was over done and had to be sent back only to come back the same way.

S
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Very disappointing evening. Two in our party had salmon special. Very underdone and completely tasteless. Not worth a repeat visit.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and choose Legal on The Mystic as we love the food .

I made a reservation through Open Table and when making the reservation it asks what the occasion for the reservation was,I indicated Our anniversary.

When we checked in to the hostess desk we were warmly greeted and the hostess wished us a happy anniversary and thanked us for celebrating with them. We chatted with a gentleman at the desk about his crazy it was outside in the shopping center as there was a River Fest celebration occurring, this gentleman turned out to be Colin O’Brien The General Manager.

When we were seated our server Janette also welcomed us warmly and also wished us a happy anniversary, she was very attentive and took excellent care of us throughout
our meal, checking in on us frequently.

When we were finished with our meal which was as always excellent, the plates were cleared and Colin O’Brien and our server brought us a beautiful desert tray with a candle compliments of the restaurant and again wished us a happy anniversary and again thanked us for dining with them . All in all this was a 5 star experience great food, great service and great customer service so thank you to The staff at Legal on the Mystic for making this s great anniversary dinner .

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was wonderful, very attentive and helpful!! We ordered the That calamari but was a little disappointed in that they calamari were not crispy having been in the sauce; would have preferred less sauce on them and additional on the side. Other than that, the drinks, our entrees and dessert were very good

F
New England
38 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cotuit oysters were exceptional - many of us had salad with shrimp or salmon - all grilled perfectly - we were 9 and our server was great

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

2 days of gastroenteritis from undercooked fish.
Staff spend more time horse playing than serving customers.
Terrible place, don’t go.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Music was club like and loud and not fitting for the vibe of the restaurant but food was great.

BH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was very good. What made our experience good was our waitress.

J
London
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Somewhat surprised about the quality of food. Ordered from the grill menu and got a pile to flavorless white rice, wet spinach, and “meh” shrimp. We did have two good cocktails and had very nice interactions with the host and waitress but was still surprised to be paying $75 each for a very mediocre meal.

RD
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had family visiting from overseas and took them out for lobster. Unfortunately the restaurant ran out of lobster... the food was good but pricey. On the positive note, the service was excellent.

AP
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David made our night so memorable! I thank him so much for making our night even more special than it was originally

MD
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was very good and our server was outstanding!

AG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Legal overall seems to have gone downhill both in quality of food and in overall value.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For the first time we turned our entire meal selection over to our server, and it was amazing!! Dave Waters took exceptional care of us! So delicious!!

H
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I dine at this location I always ask to sit with Jannette. Her level of hospitality and attention to detail is unparalleled. On my last dinner my husband and I had a very light meal because I was having surgery in the morning. Janette accommodated all of my restrictions with a smile even though the total of my check was pretty low. After we paid Janette offered me more hot water for my tea then said “Please take your time I am still at your service if you need anything”. This girl is a rockstar!

T
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

This will be the last time I go to a legal restaurant. Although we had a reservation, we were placed in the back of the restaurant next to the kitchen and server station. Our appetizer was so over seasoned it was impossible to taste the fish. My husbands dish was returned due to chili powder being poured over everything. The manager was walking around with a terrible scowl on his face. I can only imagine what he’s like behind closed doors. Also, I’ve noticed that over the years all the hostesses at legals are young, pretty women. Terrible experience. So many better restaurants in the area.

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