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
220 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (92)good for groups (84)fit for foodies (79)great for lunch (59)kid-friendly (48)neighborhood gem (47)vibrant bar scene (38)notable wine list (35)hot spot (19)romantic (18)late-night find (12)great for brunch (11)Show More
  • 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
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • 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
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    • 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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    • 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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  • 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
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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!
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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
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    fit for foodies
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    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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    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
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    • 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
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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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  • 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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Should have more choice of WATER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Legal seafood is very good with seafood. just need to add more choices of mineral waters from the world. they only provide local water, VOSS?, which is not that good. otherwise all food are delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Dinner
    Grateful
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My experience at Legal Seafood was fantastic. I had a large party that included 3 kids under 10 and negotiating a surprise birthday cake at the end. The waiter was AMAZING and the food delicious. This is also a great place for people with food allergies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Allergies
    AbebabeVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Accommodated my allergies very well, but did not accomodate my guest's request for no seasoning. Appreciated that the manager provided a new correct meal for my guest and comped her meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legal's
    FashiongirlVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Consistently good. You know exactly what you are going to order.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localguyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I had the haddock and my wife enjoyed the salmon. Both dishes were delicious. One of my side dishes was creamed corn that was out of this world. They have a large selection of seafood on their menu. My guess is that anything you ordered would be very good. If we are in the area again we will return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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  • 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
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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
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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?
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  • 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...
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    notable wine list
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  • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • 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
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    hot spot
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    • 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!
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    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!
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • 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
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  • 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
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