Legal Sea Foods - Framingham
Legal Sea Foods - Framingham

Legal Sea Foods - Framingham

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Framingham-Route-9
  • Phone: 5087660600x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm


    Friday & Saturday: 11am - 12am


    Sunday: 11:30am - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here in Framingham, our private dining rooms can accommodate 24-65 guests for a sit down dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 9
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Land a parking spot in the lot right in front of our door
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Framingham
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.

No one wants to get lost at sea, but those who have a taste for fun do enjoy long visits in our Framingham restaurant. Beach yourself in our dining room for seafood or make waves in our lounge.

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 “#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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Legal Sea Foods - Framingham reviews from OpenTable diners
217 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (86)special occasion (83)fit for foodies (78)great for lunch (55)neighborhood gem (41)vibrant bar scene (41)kid-friendly (39)notable wine list (36)hot spot (19)romantic (16)late-night find (9)great for brunch (8)Show More
  • kids
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The best kids menu ! heath food . Fresh fish, vegetable and a fruit in the kids menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GNO
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Legals did a great job of accommodating a party of 8 in their lounge during a Pat's game. They did a great job of making sure we were comfortable and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our group of 4 had to wait a very long time for our food. Ther e were problems in the kitchen. Our server kept us updated and informed and apologized many times for the delay. When our food came, it was very good and hot. The manager came over to apologize to us and we were not charged for dessert or coffee. Even though there were problems, the restaurant handled them well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Framingham Location going downhill?
    CharlieJVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Food ordered for dinner very early in the evening on a slow Monday was very, very slow in arriving and was delivered cold. Replacements were provided but they too took a long while to arrive and was only slightly warmer. Server apologized several times but appeared helpless to correct the situation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was excellent--six different dishes, each one divine. We were so pleased! And our server was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    wdnmb
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    All the seafood and the side dishes were delicious and fresh. Especially the lobster roll was a big hit. We also had great service, as the server went out of her way to accommodate special requests. We had been here before, and we will come here again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful awful awful
    Dissapointed2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Hostess sat us in the family section and then sat a party of 8 w/ 4 obnoxious children next to us, one child was immediately under my chair. On the other side was a geriatric couple who yelled there entire conversation. We asked to move and were placed next to the kitchen hearing every argument from the kitchen staff. So much for our date night away from the kids. Food was ok, and waitress did fine. Not a fan, and very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Truly delightful
    Mike
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our table was available per my open table reservation right on time w/o waiting. The appetizer was excellent assortment of oysters , the dinner, beverages were simply awesome. We had an extremely knowledgeable waiter who schooled us very well. We somlly had a very nice meal👍
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Seafood
    ToyW
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Good seafood but average menu! Busy bar, good for large groups. Service good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FoodiefromMA
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    As always, excellent food and excellent service. I have been to this location so many times and it never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    dinnerwithdad
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We always have a great meal at Legal Seafood inn Framingham. My only complaint is the noise level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints
    WeeklyDiner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were thrilled to get a booth for two at dinner hour. We were placed in a low traffic spot, plenty of space to spread out and got constant attention from the waitstaff. The food was awesome and we left full and happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service.
    Susanne
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We made a reservation on a Friday night, and we were seated immediately. The food was excellent. My friend had haddock, and I tried the flounder Provencal - quite a treat. Restaurant is a bit pricey, but we enjoyed treating ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Lobsters
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Was in the mood for some lobster... steamed lobsters were served hot and perfectly cooked. Rounded off the meal with Shrimp Cocktail and some good sides. Everyone liked their meal. Was thinking that the physical plant could use some upgrading. Excellent choice for the area.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Seafood
    SonnyVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The seafood is the best in the Boston area and is always outstanding
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • surprisingly slow service
    herbVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    took 1/2 hour to get our lunch. think the waiter forgot to put the order in or check on it. once we asked him about it after 30 minutes. it came out almost right away with a few things missing. was finally fixed. not typical
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer Service is #1 at Legals
    ScottyInBoston
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    After the simplicity of booking a table through opentable, the evening was made as good as it can get through the fantastic service provided by the staff, from our welcome to the final good nights. All the Staff worked together to make sure we got everything we need, often before we even knew ! I recommend this spot, especially later in the evening as the office workers leavefor home.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LeeD
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We love Legal Sea Foods. Have eaten here many times; and it never disappoints. We'll be back in the not-too-distant future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lulu
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We've been going to Legal Seafood for many years - the food is always OUTSTANDING.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed on last visit
    Kodiak123
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We were very disappointed when we went to Legals the other night. Our server looked like she just wanted her shift to end and was not that friendly. Our meals were just ok. Nothing to write home about. Expected more for the money. Very, very over-priced for what you get.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carlos
    DateMan1234567890
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Carlos was amazing. Great person and great at his job. Best server that I had in a long time. He deserves a huge raise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality issues
    gitanoVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Second visit in two weeks in which we ordered steamed mussels. On the earlier visit, the mussels were so small that our complaint led to having our check adjusted for the price of them. On the latter visit, we asked the waiter if the mussels were better this time. He said yes and he would ask the cook to select the larger one for us. They were somewhat bigger but very sup-par and not what you would expect from Legal. They should take them off the menu until they can get quality mussels. I would not order them again that is if we return soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • seaweed salad smallerJasminrice dry
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great service but for 29.99 tuna sides should be larger, they have decreased amount
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening
    JoshC
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our server Sonya was amazing. The food was great. We had a very nice time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Long Wait for a Weeknight!
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our party of eight came from all over the state for a special birthday celebration on Thursday night...reservation was at 7:45. We were not seated until just after 8:30. The hostess tried her best with a couple of apps on the house, but it was uncomfortable and annoying, as their waiting area is not very big and we were a large party. The night's seating seemed poorly planned...there were multiple 5-6 person tables available when we arrived at 7:45, and a number of smaller groups sitting at tables that could accommodate 8+. Oysters and scallops were excellent, sides were meh...polenta has a strange kick to it, and the seaweed salad came out completely frozen. Will be back, but not for a large group special occasion.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easydiner
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Always reliable and very good seafood. We have brought house guests there often and everyone is pleased with the food. It is one of our favorite restaurants
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Family Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I made a reservation with several caveats to bring together 3 of my kids, a coupla of their kids, my wife and I. I am a HP and asked for a convenient table...it was provided, service and food was excellent and as a bonus they were very kind and helpful in serving a 7 layer NYC cake my daughter brought. We plan to do this again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good weekend lunch experience
    theatereaterVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    With each member of the group coming from different location we needed an easily accessible and convenient place to meet by car and the Legal's in Framingham was perfect. We had people who have special dietary needs and all of those were accommodated with care by the staff. Everyone reported their food to be very tasty and well-prepared. The waiter was untiringly patient with our many questions and special orders and the length of time that we lingered.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Picky
    pickyVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    In general the food was good. However the dessert a chocolate pudding was ice in the middle. We sent it Bach & received another. It was quite cool also but we just kept it. Back room is very loud
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always solid food
    MillersVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great seafood.. A TAD pricey, but very consistent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blah blah blah
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Why are Americans so noisy in restaurants? Or, is it the structure of the facility that makes every sound reverberate? If only Legal Sea Foods were quieter I would enjoy it so much more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, consistent food....long wait
    FoodGeneralVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is always consistent, and great flavorings....but the hostess staff was a bit rude when I arrived 10 min early for a 7:30 reservation and we didn't finally get seated until 8pm... clearly they were over-booked..... once we were seated however, the manager did come to our table and he made things right - this was very consistent with the quality I would expect from Legal. Thanks for making it right!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We started with a shrimp cocktail and the Thai Mussels which were great - I had wood grilled swordfish my wife had the wood grilled scallops - both were outstanding / finished with there interpretation of Boston Creme Pie which was excellent - wait staff was excellent - one of the better meals we have had recently
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service didn't keep up with food
    Glorygirl
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    You can still count on Legal Seafood for excellent, flavorful, well prepared food (especially seafood), however it would be nice if the service matched. I realize that Friday nights are busy, and the kitchen may get backed up, but it shouldn't take the server ten minutes to return with waters after asking what we wanted to drink. It another long interval before he visited our table again to take orders. While he did check with the chef to see if we could get a particular fish grilled vs fried, we almost felt that it was an inconvenience for him to serve us. He didn't warmly greet us or smile once during our evening. He was ver robotic. I am glad I was with family (party of 3) and not hosting clients. For the price, service should be better
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fresh seafood in Boston!
    BostonBuff
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Over the past few years we've noticed that the service at Legal Seafood has improved greatly. Today, we consider it right at the top of the Boston restaurant scene for attentive service. Really well managed. And the food is great too! Best place to bring business visitors for a great New England seafood experience. And one last thing, the gluten-free options are truly outstanding. We had a visitor with celiac disease and she was ecstatic about the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Merci Beaucoup!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Thank you Legal Seafood for over-the-top service, for the courtesy from the well appointed staff members and for an overall memorable evening for our guests. The team at Legal Seafood created an environment for our executives and local staff to dine in comfort and ease as the team surrounded our every need. Thanks again for all of the hard work and for making the night a great way to close out a high profile visit to Framingham. Very Best, Aaron LeGars, Factory Manager Nestle Waters North America Poland Spring Direct
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dissapointed...again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This was our first time back since Christmas day, which was riddled with problems. Thought that mid week we would have a better experience. Chowder, just wasn't the same as everyone knows Legal used to be the standard that others were measured by. It was thin and lacked the robust taste. Tasted like a bag of Blount that had been "doctored up" with water sans the base. We ordered the fried whole belly clams and the wood grilled shrimp. The clams were not even mediocre. There was more breading than clam and the clams had the consistency of being previously frozen. The shrimp was delicious. I think I had this last year in their test kitchen in the airport.
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  • Disappointing and over priced
    mfd38
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I have had dinner at Legal Seafood numerous times over many years and the last few times have been progressively more disappointing. The quality of the food has diminished and the pricing is now out of line with the quality. My dinner and my wife's dinner was over cooked and lacked flavor. The best part of our meal was the delicious hot rolls. On a separate note, the service was excellent from the reception desk to the waitress. Our waitress was Nicole and she was very knowledgeable and able to answer any question we had about the menu. She also was very pleasant and responsive to our requests. One other thing, the wine by glass prices are now also overly inflated. I will not return to Legal Seafood anytime soon, if ever.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dad's Birthday
    Mike
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Brough Dad thier for his 78th. Shrimp cocktail does not get better then Legals. Also had the Duxbury Oysters which were delish although a bit gritty. The baked stuffed lobster was incredible and is my new goto dish. Well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Couldn't be better
    bogartdad
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to Legal because for me, it's Legal or nothin'. My friend had never been to the east Coast let alone Legal Seafood so I knew this was going to be a treat. Our server Cookie ( what a GEM!) greeted up promptly, guided us through the menu and to what we were in the mood for with expert knowledge and an insiders guide..we were in perfect hands! My steamers were phenomenal...and his clam chowder was LEGAL GOOD! I had the swordfish and it was incredible while he had the calamari trio with the THAI calamari being the outstanding selection. Cookie told us so. Oh, and don't forget to try the LEGAL MAI TAI. As good as my Uncle made me when he lived in Hawaii. That's the highest praise I can give it. A perfect night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic