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Legal Sea Foods - Burlington Mall

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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 bar, dining room and stand-alone take-out counter reel in those who want to splash down for a meal or grab-and-go.

We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” (USA Today, 2013), “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3421 people are saying
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vipkeithm
New England
253 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall the food last night was very good better than average definitely.the claim chowder was the way I've been wanting it made for years it was nice and thin it wasn't like porridge it was milky. Milky and creamy is the way a childish should be child is these days have been like porridge we can just about stand a spoon up in. We also have the Rhode island style calamari. The calamari was done to perfection there was just one thing I didn't like and I have the feeling others don't like it either. They've now started putting it on top of marinara sauce.personally I absolutely hate marinara sauce I never have any kind of a tomato product like that I just don't like and we make it ourselves and I don't even like the stuff we make!I feel you should do it the way it's been done in the past where you have a side of tartar sauce to come with it cuz that to me is the way I feel it should be served. If you can use marinara sauce put it on the side. Other than that the food this time around was just about excellent.

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Jeff
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish was cooked perfectly. Appetizers and desserts were very good. The cucumber habanero margarita was amazing!

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BethF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, good service & outdoor seating with heat lamps.

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Lost45bear
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is such a blessing to have this beloved, familiar and consistently excellent restaurant back with us.

I finally had a chance to go up and visit my almost 93 year old dad who lives outside of Boston this weekend. We noticed that the menu was smaller, but it is so much about quality more than quantity!

All the favorites are there - the schrod (?sp), lobster and clams. Perfectly grilled and fried seafood. Nice people you’ve known forever.

Get out there as soon as you can to remind you of when we still had hope and before this cluster-f@$& we are now living through happened!

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BillA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went to the legal is the Burlington mall
The menu was very limited wish we known before hand never would of went. Food was ok nothing great people in are party were very disappointed about the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was great I would recommend it !

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ZAKSZEWSKIV
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience2

Wanted to eat outdoor due to virus but the heater did not provide ample heating and with the wind was very uncomfortable

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vipsusanf
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Grilled swordfish entree and grilled swordfish special with butternut squash risotto were very good. Appetizer tuna sashimi was superb and worth a return trip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Our meal was very good but we ordered a dessert to share, Boston Cream Pie, and it was TERRIBLE. i would never expect Hershey’s syrup on top of a Boston specialty esp from a renowned Boston restaurant.

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vipJanbob
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good hot and tasty. Had not been to this location in a while

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CraigA
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The price was way too much for the amount of food we had we both ordered fried clams they were $27 and we only got maybe 8 to 10 clams and some french fries they were good but definitely definitely not worth the $27 a plate for me and my wife it cost$97 for two people no alcohol and an appetizer of shrimp which was $19 for six shrimp

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vipdrray123
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was excellent
I have a gluten allergy
She kept me safe
Great choices for gluten free dining
My wife and I had a nice dinner

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LynneH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was delicious! We enjoyed it immensely. No complaints.

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Vito
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent. The atmosphere was a little different due to COVID restrictions but the waitress was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional. Our server was top notch. We had a very enjoyable experience!

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vipBostonguy
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food4service3ambience1

We were regulars prior to COVID and this was our first time back. Table had card stating it was sanitized; it was not. It had water glass marks and liquid and sticky spots. We pointed this out to waitress who wasn’t sure how it got missed and she cleaned it. We ordered a Japanese roll/ sushi but nobody brought plates and chopsticks for 5 minutes after food arrived. Food was good but menu is reduced from pre-COVID. This is a reasonably high priced place. Absent COVID I’d expect such a place to clean the tables; in light of COVID this was highly unacceptable. We chose to not immediately walk out but later felt we should have. Plenty of good restaurants around so we’ll not be going back for a long time.

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JohnD
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have always had excellent dining experiences at Legal Seafoods. We learned that Legal now has gluten free options. This is excellent because our daughter needs to be gluten free. Thank you, Legal!

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HelenB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The dinner was very good, but the menu was limited due to Covid 19 precautions. My favorite choices were not offered. The service was excellent.

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JoanZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter Jeff was very pleasant. Restaurant is a nice place to relax, talk with a friend, and enjoy good food.

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Review
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

When we walked in we were reminded of why we never go. Waitress forgot us for about 45 minutes but that wasn’t the worst part.

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vipAhartpan
New England
60 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first date outside of our home in 6 months. George our server was attentive and great with sharing menu information. We were disappointed at first that there were no oysters but he explained that due to the water temps they had a muddy taste so they would not offer them. Glad to know that quality still is important to Legals.

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vipcantfoolme
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just went for drinks

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vipTGigante
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish was excellent as usual - like old times.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Was very very good holy wow

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FrankJ
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, and the waitstaff were very nice. We ate outdoors, and the weather was just right. Had a very nice experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food
Excellent service

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Swannie
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had lunch at Legal's two Saturdays in a row; mid-point for two of us to meet. Loved dining outside, it was comfortable, umbrellas first day which added to ambiance, but too windy seconid visit. Loved the garden salad with grilled chicken; that's my new favorite......till the chilly weather comes in! Very gracious wait staff, too!

Katie

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vipFoodieWhoCares
New England
54 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Outdoor tables would be far more appealing (and cozy) with two additions: umbrella at each table and outdoor heaters to make dining feasible this fall. My wife and I have averaged 50 visits per year to Legal over the past 40 years. We won’t be going indoors to dine anytime soon, so please make outdoor dining a more realistic option for as long as you can.

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PGHjhb
Pittsburgh
29 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal. Always great service. Thanks!

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vipMaryZ
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual, Legals delivered a fine meal. We ate outside so to keep safe. My wood grilled scallops lacked the Cajun spice o ordered but my waiter took them back and something was added. All good. The salad dressing was not on the side but I managed to consumer 80% before the ultra soaked salad fixings on the bottom appeared. My husband had fried scrimp and thoroughly enjoyed every bite. Legal’s is still our go to place for fish.

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Labgirl
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I really enjoyed eating at a restaurant for the first time in months. They have arranged several table outside and they are well spaced apart. All of the servers were careful and wore masks. The seafood, as usual, was excellent. But because of the cost we usually only go there for a celebration, e.g., our anniversary. I do wish we could afford to go there more often.

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vipSusanD
New England
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They are doing the best they can during these crazy times.

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Nashua
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was fine. Service was great. No complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very nice to eat out. It’s been a while.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Legal’s in Burlington. It’s always a wonderful experience so this was a no brained for us. Pleasant waitstaff and overall satisfied with how they’re handling social distancing guidelines.

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DonM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

They recently opened up. Our waitress was great and explained the limited menu. One small (very small) mix up on the appetizer where we were supposed to get a regular calamari and a Rhode Island calamari, but we got 2 RI. Not a huge deal as it was very good. Food was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the pleasure of being waited on by Jeffery who was very friendly and attentive. Our meal was delicious even with the menu restrictions.

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vipBignewb
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food is always good. This time the service was unusually slow

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

My kids and I went for dinner. Not a busy night . They were rushing us . Server asked us for our food in about 3 min. And when we got our dinner and we are still eating she comes and asked us if we are all set .
The whole dinner was about 20-25 min that’s how we were rushed by the server

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I went there with my family including 3 kids, and we had a really nice time. The food was wonderful and the service was excellent. We ordered a sushi roll, and when they saw how much the kids love the fish roes, they brought out more for them. Such a nice gesture. Would definitely love to go back again.

FAQs

Legal Sea Foods - Burlington Mall offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (781) 270-9700.

Legal Sea Foods - Burlington Mall is rated 4.4 stars by 3421 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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