About Legal Sea Foods - Burlington Mall

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.

75 Middlesex Turnpike
Burlington, MA 01803
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 10pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 9pm

Cross Street:
Burlington Mall Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 270-9700

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Burlington-Burlington-Mall

Parking Details:
Land a parking spot in the lot right in front of our door.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here at Burlington, our private dining room can accommodate 28 guests.

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Legal Sea Foods - Burlington Mall Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (47)
Great for Lunch (41)
Healthy (40)
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Casual (35)
Business Meals (32)
Good for Groups (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Good for a Date (29)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Local Ingredients (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Bar Seating (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Authentic (17)
Worth the Drive (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Cozy (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fun (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Romantic (9)
Quick Bite (8)
Seasonal (8)
Great Beer (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Spicy (4)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Staff upon entry ignored reservations because they were preoccupied with talking amongst themselves about how slow it was with the snow storm! Was seated the furthest from the entrance passing empty table after empty table? Only to be seated near the restroom, host joked that seating was in case we got sick we would be near the restroom. Waitress kept bringing over bill when were clearly not finished our meal, each time she would apologize for bringing the bill early. Had cioppino that was overcooked. Overall not the Legal I have known in the past, will not return even for free meal!

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, even better service. Extremely accommodating to multiple food allergies (TN, PN, Sesame).

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food, good service (not great). The restaurant is pretty loud which can be challenging.

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Everything was great, except for our seating placement. we were seated by the window and the draft made it quite cold. other than that, this was a very pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Legal seafoods is dependable. The food will meet a minimum standard that is high enough. The only problem is I've noticed how in the last 4-5 years the prices keep going up and up and up and it becomes and ever more expensive option to go there for a regular dinner. It used to be that 5 years ago my family of 4 would go there every other month for a weekend dinner, but now I'm not sure it makes financial sense.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Great Beer
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Halibut steak was delicious. Noise level on this particular visit was so loud, only because a child was wailing for a long, long time.
The lobster roll and fries were good, too.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Perfect as usual! Great food great service! Oysters were probably the best my fiancé and I had in along time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our server George was outstanding and all the food arrived hot & delicious. A very nice night!

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Fun, Kid-friendly, Quick Bite
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The food,as always, was exceptional. All 6 guests were very pleased with the quantity, quality, and service. I felt that the total bill was acceptable for the amount of food that we consumed. I can't wait to return

Tags: Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent service. Great wine list. Great food

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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The waiter was very good.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

While the food was great, as usual, Legal’s in Burlington had an off night on New Year’s Day. It took about 15 minutes after our reservation time to be seated and our server changed. Service was slow and we witnessed one of the waitresses (our original server) having a tantrum.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food at Legal Sea Foods is usually very good. Our food in Burlington was just fair. The Peabody Legal is much better.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Both our meals were absolutely delicious!
The one MAJOR negative was my swordfish dinner. I really thought it was an appetizer when it was put in front of me. Both the swordfish and the mashed potatoes were 1/2 the portion of what I would expect given the price of the meal.
MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We've been several times over the years when visiting Boston. The seafood is reliably good if not memorable. It's a good environment for catching up with old friends. Not a bargain but the service is friendly and unrushed without being too slow. We left a cell phone and the restaurant was great about making sure we could retrieve it well after closing time.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Never ceases to provide exactly the dining experience expected!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, People Watching
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is our favorite Legal location! Consistently great food and great service! This was our first time making a reservation online & it was easy & worked out well. Our table was ready @ 7:30 on the dot! Would highly recommend this location.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Healthy, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was awful this time. The calamari app was soggy and rubbery. The seafood casserole was very dry and over cooked. We’ve dined there several times and the food was good.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food, especially the clam chowder and the house salad, and good service. The alternatives to the mashed potatoes are insufficient. I miss the availability of baked potatoes. I appreciate all the gluten-free choices, especially the rolls, for my wife.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Would not be a good value, but for the outstanding service. Fish and chips was $19.95. Though it was a very large portion, it was too large for one and is more a family size. It could be scaled down to a reasonable portion and the price reduced along with it. Halibut was $32.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I’ve been to Legal seafood many times but tonight was not good. The food came out at separate times and the seafood casserole was extremely dry. Very disappointed

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent attention to food allergies. Great food and good service.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Restaurant was busy so we were encouraged but food was expensive for the quality. Fish was bland, side dishes were uninspired, shrimp was over cooked. Location is convenient.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great Legal Seafood location! Service was spot on. Food quality was great. Will be back!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I took my granddaughter there for lunch before she returned to college. We both had a very enjoyable lunch. She is working part-time in the mall while on school break. She sad that she was going to get something for her dinner break, so she decided on sushi. I requested our waiter to get this for her, and in no time he was back with her sushi. As always, I am very pleased with Legal's food and service. I wish I could eat there everyday...

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our waitress was terrible. We sat without water or any kind of drinks for twenty minutes after arriving. When she finally came with the water, she poured each glass so sloppy that water ended up all over the floor each time (group of 4 people). She also rushed us while ordering, and made a face that I asked for both butter and mayo with my ($30) lobster roll. My mother did not receive a knife the entire time and had to eat without one since the waitress did not come by to check one time. My cousin also did not enjoy her meal/did not take more than a few bites, which was also unnoticed by the waitress who did not come by to check. For these expensive prices we expect way better service, regardless of how busy it may be. The only time she was present was when she was waiting for the check. During that time, she came back twice within a few minutes. Disappointing experience from a regular customer. I used to visit this location twice a month but it has gone downhill.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

This Legal Seafood Restaurant is one of the best! They waiters were excellent and very attentive. Food was delicious and was delivered as soon as done. Would definitely recommend!

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent Food and Service. The Classic Crab cake menu item is not to be missed. Best I have in five years! We will definitely be back to this gem!

Tags: Vegan, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went to Legal Seafood at Burlington Mall for Christmas dinner. Given it was Christmas Day and snowy conditions, I am impressed with all of the staff. The restaurant was crowded, but we were seated within 5 minutes of our reservation and they were doing a great job with managing the traffic. Food was excellent and our waiter was superb. Stellar customer service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went on Christmas Day when most other restaurants are closed and the food and service was great. We got a nice corner booth, no waiting and the waiter was experienced and cordial.

The butter sauce with the salmon was light and tasty and not too heavy on the butter. The mushroom raviolis were tender and not mushy.
the three ice cream bon bons were tasty and good quality.
no complaints at all!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

A wonderful place to go on Christmas eve. Food was outstanding, martini's wonderful and energy was vibrant. Not an intimate atmosphere on Christmas eve, but very inviting.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our food was deliciousl. The Mussels were excellent. Our server was fantastic. It was very busy due to Christmas Eve but she was very pleasant and attentive
Will go back again

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Legal is always a favorite go-to restaurant. I first went to Legal when they opened in Cambridge and you paid for your dinner when you ordered, not at the end of the meal. Since then they have expanded to several locations. The staff at Legal is well-trained. Alway attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. The food is usually constantly good but this time the chef's choice trio of fish was overlooked. The crab cake appetizer and the clam chowder were fabulous., as was my husband's Fiord Salmon. My cocktail of choice is a "Sidecar" so I am particular about the way it is made. Even though the bartender had not made one before it was more than acceptable. My biggest complaint, which is the same one I mentioned in my last review is the foil-wrapped butter patties!!!! It may be a little thing but is is so pedestrian and beneath Legal Seafoods standard. I had mentioned it to our waitress and hoped she might bring my some butter from the kitchen, but NO ... we got the usual two rolls with two little foil-wrapped butter patties. But if you are looking for an above average seafood restaurant with excellent service and consistency, I highly recommend Legal Seafoods.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My husband and I came here for our anniversary this spot was connected to the mall so busy not what I expected. Ok if just out for dinner. The staff was excellent the service was A + the food was just ok.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Fried Clam appetizer was warm not hot. Baked Stuffed Shrimp Casserole was so over baked the bread crumbs disintegrated in a black ash

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We come to Legal Seafoods a few times a year. I always love a fisherman's platter, but I haven't been too happy with the one at Legal's in Burlington. It says it comes with clams, scallops, calamari, shrimp, and white fish. Most of what was on my plate was French fries and calimari. I would just as soon leave the calimari off, and next time I'll ask for it without the calimari. The calimari far outnumbered the clams and scallops.

My husband also ordered the fisherman's platter and asked if he could have his WITHOUT clams, and substitute extra scallops instead. When our meals came, he had the same number of scallops (3) as I did, and lots of calimari.

The manager was really nice, though, and when we brought it to his attention, he ran back and had them bring out a plate with four nice large scallops for him.

Overall, I like it there, and we always go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I've been going to Legal for as may years as I can remember. This was perhaps my least favorite visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The food quality has dropped lately. The fish and chips are lackluster and burnt.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We have always had a good experience here. The food and the service are excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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