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About Legal Sea Foods - Tysons Corner
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
Virginia is for lovers (of seafood)! Our two-story restaurant is double the fun with entrances on both levels for easy entrée. Choose to make a splash in the downstairs dining room or in the bar upstairs. Our landscaped interior patio is also a popular lure.
Our convenient restaurant location within Tysons Galleria will get you hooked. Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. 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 being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013) and and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
Tyson's Galleria II
McLean, VA 22102
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 10:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 9pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Land a parking spot in the lower level lot.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, 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 Tysons, we can accommodate from 20-75 people for a sit down dinner and up to 100 guests for a cocktail reception.
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Legal Sea Foods - Tysons Corner Ratings and Reviews
We went to Legal for a "Birthday Dinner." It was okay but not remarkable, especially given the prices. I think the menu and quality of the food has gone down during the past few years. The restaurant is living off its reputation, not the variety and quality of it's seafood. The service was good, but the dining room was only so so, and we had to ask to be seated out of a main (and loud) corridor area. Given that the Tysons area has many food choices, I'm surprised Legal isn't making more of an effort to stay competitive. I probably would opt for McCormick and Schmick's next time.
Our server was great. She accommodated all our requests. Food was served quickly. Only downside is I got an email from Open Table that we never showed up for our reservation. Not sure what was the disconnect with us checking in at hostess desk and communication with Open Table that we honored our reservation.
Decent. First visit. Food was ok. Appetizer was amazing, scallops tempura with a spicy sauce and green beans. The salad was very good but was a very vinegar based dressing (they did not list the dressing type), I enjoyed it but some would not like it AT ALL. I order the chefs assortment, 3 fish pieces, scallops and shrimp. It was tuna, swordfish and salmon for the fishes. The fish was EXTREMELY over cooked. The scallops were very good and perfectly cooked. The shrimp were large but also very over cooked. Meal size was good for the price but overall, a disappointing meal. The waiter was very friendly and made a lot of suggestions, however, never once asked about how the meal was, quality, if it was cooked well or anything with only one other table in his entire section sat. Almost an empty restaurant (less about 10 tables occupied).
In days of yore, this restaurant could have been my "cafeteria", having worked a short five minute walk from the Legal entrance. I easily ate there three-to-four times a week. Now, a special trip down memory lane -- as well as courage to brave Tysons Corner traffic -- is needed to get to this location. Aside from trying to sate a bad case of nostalgia, I'm not sure I would return.
From the moment I walked in, the curiously acting gentleman at the host stand, who looked like he was eating, held up an index finger, barely made eye contact with me, then grabbed a menu and started walking. I actually thought he was asking me to, "Wait one moment. You caught me mid-bite from my surreptitious snack." Instead, he was apparently asking me if only "one" would be dining.
When I looked confused and didn't follow, only then did he actually decide to ask me if I needed anything. By the way, I had an Open Table reservation.
Has Legal Sea Food changed so much in the past few years? If nothing else, the food would be great, right? Sadly, it wasn't even close. Before: the lunch time jambalaya was a welcome cause for a food coma; this time, I barely could eat a quarter of the lukewarm, flavorless gruel that was dished up. The rolls, which were normally piping hot and soft to the touch, had the consistency of day-old bread that was briefly microwaved and then hastily thrown into the oven. I can't speak for my dining colleague, but she didn't bother to finish her food either.
In spite of all this, our waitress was fantastic. She was attentive, experienced, and competent. But, I chose Legal as a comfortable setting to talk about important matters, not channel my inner Anthony Bourdain. Had it been a casual affair, I would have summoned the manager, expressed my discontent, and ordered a burger. To go.
Many things change, but I was hoping Legal wouldn't be one of them. I was, unfortunately, wrong.
There is no one to seat/guide guests on the upper floor entrance; the hostess on the lowere floor was very indifferent and unwelcoming. Despite the restaurant being virtually empty, the service was bad and indifferent. Many wines and items in the menu were unavailable. I cannot understand not accept a restaurant that says they’ve run out of milk to serve with the coffee!! The “fish & chips” smelled and tasted “fishy”.
The Bang Bang cauliflower is terrific and the crabcake with side salad appetizer is a perfect light meal. Others in our party enjoyed the grilled swordfish, the garlic shrimp pasta, and the catfish matrimony. The server was upselling hard and that was an annoyance, but otherwise it was a good early dinner.
I felt like this restaurant has gone down hill since my last visit. Food was delicious, warm not hot and cooled quickly. Service was friendly but slow and one waitress seemed confused wheather she was to help us or not. Several of the male servers were checking my wife out (very obvious) that’s creepy and disrespectful. They were just kind of hanging out while they wait to serve food. Once the check came and paid I felt invisible to my server.
My drink was not prepared right and had to be sent back. My appetizer was doused in an inedible spicy sauce, and had to be sent back. My chowder, although tasty, was a tiny portion and overpriced. My shrimp cocktail was not fresh, and even smelled foul, like a wet dog. Service was good, however, and they did refund my meal.
We have been to Legal close to 25-30 times, primarily in Massachusetts, this was only the 2nd time at this location. First there was an issue with the table which they went back and forth. They finally moved us to another table, the appetizer and entree arrived at the same time, when mentioned to the manager he said he would provide some benefits for the table and the arrival of appetizer and entree. Nothing was done when we inquired from the server, the manager was temporarily unavailable. We would think twice about returning to this location but will definitely be back at Legal.
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