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
251 reviews since April 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (109)good for groups (94)fit for foodies (83)great for lunch (71)kid-friendly (52)neighborhood gem (45)vibrant bar scene (39)notable wine list (35)romantic (19)hot spot (17)great for brunch (15)late-night find (12)Show More
  • wonderful gluten free menu.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great gluten free menu safe place to eat knowledgeable and conscientious staff. Great experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was outstanding!
    VacationtimeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everyone was so attentive...and it really made the entire dining experience exceptional. Food was wonderful. We had the Alaskan salmon special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy busy place
    JsalladeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nice spot, very busy, lots of noise. We had a very chatty server who was very pleasant. Our special food (allergy issues) request was handled well. Service was prompt. My grilled shrimp was very good but not hot. Rest of the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Out of four group of 4 , 3 were satisfied, 1 was not. The fish chowder was quite bland and the quantity of scallops and shrimp with the salmon was very minimum for the price of $29.00. I don't think anything stood out above any other seafood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant experience
    BGBashers
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Dinner for six, including one under 12, two over 80 and another gluten-free. Our server took special care to make sure all our gluten-free diner's needs were accommodated. (The gluten-free rolls were the best we've ever tasted.) Food was hot and tasty, but the menu has been somewhat shortened since the last time I ate at Legal's. Very happy I was able to use OpenTable to make a reservation — be sure to do that and avoid the wait.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flowerlady
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Legal is one of our favorite spots to dine for both lunch and dinner. The food is always outstanding. It tends to be noisy, but not enough to keep us from going back. I recommend the cioppino -- a nice variety of seafood in a tasty broth with a crunchy, garlicky piece of bread for dipping. I ususally eat all the seafood and take home the rice mixed with the broth for a tasty lunch the next day.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food took too long &fishovercooked
    loyal14VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I been eating at legal for over 20 years, not sure what's happened, I will go back but maybe they are taking success for granted?
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre Food, High Prices
    MetrowestfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Hadn't been to Legal's in years. Had never been impressed with it, but thought it was time to try again. Opinion was confirmed -- mediocre food at high prices. Clam chowder was not thick, and the clams were sandy. Main meal came cold and dry -- hardly any sauce on it, and scallops were sandy, crab cakes were mushy, and shrimp were small. Had to request dressing for salad, as it came with nothing on it. Husband's salmon was overcooked and also lacked sauce. Daughter's meal arrived cold. Service, however, was attentive and staff was knowledgeable about the menu and wines. Legal's has an amazing marketing program, because there is no way this restaurant deserves the reputation it has. We will not be going back any time soon...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great steamed clams!
    BostonBabs
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I cook steamed clams at home on a regular basis. I soak the clams in sink fulls of water peppered with oatmeal to draw out the sand. The clams from Leags are extremely clean and steamed to absolute perfection. Simply excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • R2D2VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We waited 90 minutes for our food. The food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    Shilohannie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We celebrated our 44th anniversary at Legal Seafood and we had a wonderful time. The waiter couldn't have been nicer or more helpful, the food was great and we had a nice spot for our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST
    MARLENEVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I HAVE LIVED IN MA. FOR 40 YRS NOW AND THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A RESTAURANT MORE CONSISTENT IN FOOD, QUALITY AND DINING EXPERIENCE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Always reliable, raw oysters (Wianno) were incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 3 people, 3 different entrees
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had lunch with 2 friends and we all ordered different entries and tasted each other's choices. The fish tacos were excellent, polenta side dish delicious and the seaweed side salad was also delicious. I had never tasted those sides before and will order them in the future. As always the fish was cooked to perfection and very fresh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful night
    TLC2
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My wife and I took my daughter and two grand daughters (ages 5 and 7). Our server, Carlos, was wonderful from the moment he came to our table. His suggestions were on the mark for wine and food. He was able to get the manager to turn the a/c down because my granddaughters were freezing. All and all a great experience. Know for their seafood, they had a full kid's menu as well. My wife and daughter loved their steamed lobsters.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive
    Dan0
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Service was excellent and took no time getting seated even though they were busy. The food was good but for the price not good enough. $30 for 2 crab cakes. The sauce was good but very little of it.The crab cakes were basicly straight crab meat. Everybody else at our table felt same about their meal. Good not great. When you charge this much great is expected
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Very good! We enjoyed our dinner very much! Asked for lobster roll ans got it even if not on menu! Haddock was flaky and succulent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Evening
    Waterlily
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Six of us dined at Legal Sea Foods celebrating my daughter's 22nd birthday. They accommodated our dining requirements (one vegan, one with a shellfish allergy) without blinking an eye and all of us loved our meals. Wonderful filet mignon cooked exactly as requested, very meaty flavorful crab cakes and a huge seafood casserole were standouts. Pricey meal but worth it since everyone was pleased!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Wonderful
    TGorham
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This restaurant is consistently a great experience. The food is great and the manager in this venue treated us like royalty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Caesar salad had no taste, calamari very oily - :( plus my white sangria was served in a water glass. The drink was 11.00 and think a better glass is warranted
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Double birthday celebration
    Cdahl207
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our family loves to come here for birthday or special occasions. Perfect environment and amazing food! I love the oysters! Biggest around!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legal Seafood Framingham
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have dined at Legal many times and are always pleased with the quality of our meals and the service. It's delivers a consistent and reliable experience every time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FoxyladyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This is one of the best Legal Seafood restaurants around. consistently good food and service. We had the tuna and it was done just right. Very nice lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lucky Saturday
    Henry
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Legal was unusually empty on Sat.--altho not surprising, since the local clientele likely were on the Cape--planning their escapes for Sun. Food, as usual, was tasty--altho clam chowder could have used more---er---er---clams! French Fries a bit dry, altho, paradoxically, a few outliers were soggy. Trout NOT entirely bone-free. Midtown NYC prices--beware!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect 50th Birthday celebration
    Camster
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My daughter took me to the Legal Seafood in Framingham to celebrate my 50th birthday. I was really craving lobster and Legals did not disappoint! Our waitress was super friendly and helpful. (threw out my receipt so I can't remember her name. But really - she was wonderful!) Her suggestions for cocktails and dessert were spot on! I was set up steamers for apps and lobster for dinner; my daughter got the RI-style calamari & swordfish. EVerything was cooked perfectly! As luck would have it - strawberry shortcake was the feautured dessert (one of my faves). Staff even sung happy birthday to me! I've been bragging about this dinner to my friends. We've always loved Legal's but hadn't been in awhile. Will definitely been getting there more often
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Girl
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The chocolate cake is divine!!! The service was excellent. The salads are great. Fish, of course, is top notch! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not returning soon
    seenbetterdays
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We were a party of 4. One entree was returned poorly prepared and poor quality swordfish to begin with. 2 persons' side dishes (the starch and the vegetable) arrived 9 minutes AFTER the entree. Legal Seafood used to be a terrific place. Perhaps it's just the staffing (out front and in the kitchen) at this particular location, who knows? What we know is that we will NOT be returning any time soon.
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  • reliably good
    dinnerwithdad
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food is always good, it came out quickly, service is good, what more could you want. My only complaint is the noise level.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • birthday
    sissy
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Took our friend out for her birthday. Everyone shared b-day greetings to her in an elegant subdued way. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Oligarchs needed
    Henry
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We dined on a rainy July 4, with most of the local clientele apparently away on their boats, albeit covered in rain gear. Puzzling, 'we're out of clams,' by waitress at 7PM! Food, as usual was top rate, although there were comments about Legal's prices outperforming the S & P 500 by a large margin.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect dining experience
    BobT
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We met some friends for an early dinner at Legal. It was the first time at this location. The inside is spacious and artfully decorated. We had reservations through Open Table and were seated right away. Our waitress was very personable and always attentive to our needs. We ordered a variety of seafood dishes (Crab Cake combo, Salmon, etc.). The food was beautifully presented and delicious. We stayed chatting for a while after the meal and the waitress good about not trying to hurry us out the door. I would recommend this restaurant without reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very accommodating!
    Icecreamlover
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We were having a very nice birthday dinner and the restaurant was busy. While we were waiting for dessert the manager I think came up to the table very apologetic about how slow the service had been,which we had not really noticed and Took our desserts off the bill. Wow that was a nice B-Day treat:)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diner1VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Fresh, lively and a real treat. Attentive service. Great choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappointed
    GlutenFreeVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Drinks great ~ wild sock eye salmon fabulous and a nice treat - could eat here every night. Waitress as good as the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Donnalb48
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Lunch at Legal Seafoods was an enjoyable experience. To begin with, I was pleased to be able to make a reservation so that I knew I had a table. When we sat down to lunch, it was too cool due to a fan overhead. The waitress helpfully turned the fan off for us so that we weren't too cold during our meal. I ordered the crab cakes. These were some of the best I've had and included a nice salad. We sat and chatted for a while after our meals were completed and never felt rushed. I would recommend Legal Seafoods for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and good!
    MtgMistress
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Legal's is consistently good, no matter what time of the day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trisha
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Perfectly cooked fish; We had the haddock special, paired with the recommended wine and both were excellent.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Legal Seafood is a quality consistent place to go if you want good fresh seafood, great oyster selection and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Average Service
    Hotels
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The food was outstanding, the Host staff was outstanding, the server we had was not very good at all. I was there for a client luncheon, we were in several conversations at the table and the server would come over, reach over my clients while we were talking, never an excuse me or may I take your plate. Felt very rushed. Legal Seafoods is a great chain and very consistent. This was the choice of my client and she was very disappointed in the service as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood as Good as It Gets
    cleach8974
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    When seafood dies and goes to heaven, this is what is eventually becomes...perfection. I'm not a seafood kinda' guy, but I chose to take my wife there for her first stab at a whole lobster. What an amazing culinary experience! The lobster itself was nothing short of magical, and the seaweed salad and broccoli were every bit as good as the lobster (Her words!). I had the fish and chips, and I was very pleased with the quality of the fish and my side dishes. Omar, our waiter, actually helped my wife work all the angles on that lobster, and their hard work was rewarded when she had her first taste of the claw meat. Absolute perfection! Overall, I would say it was an incredible dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.