Legal Sea Foods - Braintree – Forbes Road
Legal Sea Foods - Braintree – Forbes Road

Legal Sea Foods - Braintree – Forbes Road

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/braintree-forbes-road
  • Phone: 7818171292
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am
    Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Braintree – Forbes Road
Our new location in Braintree is making a splash. Designed to evoke memories of vintage seafood restaurants, the space offers as many seating options as fish in the sea. Most notable are the three bars – including an oyster bar and food bar along the exposed kitchen – to satisfy any thirst (or hunger) for fun. In warm weather, a glass wall slides back to a large patio.

Our menu includes all the Legal Sea Foods classics, but also some specialties of the house that will reel you in. And our late night menu, available Monday through Saturday, begins two hours before close.

We’re located right off of Route 93 in South Shore Place, across the street from South Shore Plaza.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Legal Sea Foods - Braintree – Forbes Road reviews from OpenTable diners
218 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (87)great for lunch (79)fit for foodies (76)good for groups (75)great for outdoor dining (58)vibrant bar scene (54)neighborhood gem (50)kid-friendly (41)hot spot (38)notable wine list (37)romantic (28)late-night find (24)great for brunch (16)scenic view (14)Show More
  • Good after it all got worked out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Being a LSF customer for the past 2 decades, I must say the managers are very accommodating. First off, we have some food allergies that we have to contend with and we do our best to be agile and work with the kitchen whenever we go out to dinner. I kept an eye on the kitchen and the pass and watched my food be turfed around the pass for 5 minutes while all the entrees were complete ... which meant my hot fish was getting cold. Sent it all back for a ReFire. Don't serve me cold fish and don't reheat. The managers were more than accommodating and for that we are very appreciative. Since moving to the new location, LSF has had issues, but they are working it out. We like several of the veteran staff better. Will give it another go.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Saturday night my wife and I took 4 relatives from Florida to the Legal Seafoods in Braintree and it was outstanding. The ambiance at the new location in great, the food is great as always, but the service was outstanding. Our waiter was very attentive, each person we dealt with was professional and courteous, and it was nice that the manager came to our table at the end of our dinner to assure we were completely satisfied with our meal. Our Florida relatives were very impressed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Jaime
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The new location in Braintree is 10x better! It's roomie, seems higher end, open feel, service is amazing, and food is always great! Highly recommend checking out this location.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EmmaVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Food was disappointing (crab cake) and the price was high. No value for the quality and cost.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner with my daughter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I was seating promptly but I didn't like the idea of the open seating at the chef station. Yo have the same setup in dedham which worked great for date night, not for dinner with mydaugher who is a fan of legals also. Food and service was what I've come to expect. Special thanks to the manager who made my dinner a pleasant one. I will dine at legals soon hopefully with my next dinner date....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pintzie
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Bar lively - but not a very good waiting area - glad we made reservations in advance because there was a wait time even with reservations. Food is moderately to a little on the pricey end for the area but delicious and worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner for 3 old friends
    Eliza
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Service was great right from the start, food was excellent, nice updated version of the old legal at the Plaza, really nice design, all was good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New location for Legal
    Iltry1VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    It difficult to open a large new location for the kitchen, staff and patrons.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • invinoveritas
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Hopefully a fluke, slow service, confused order, dining room delays blamed on "computer", manager delivered meals...no comps...it was relatively early in the dinner hour too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine fishy food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I always love Legal Sea Foods and this location is great because it is not far from where he lives. The service is professional and the food is always a pleasure. We like Treasures of the Reef because it has a nice assortment. Everything from bread rolls and salad to desert is delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Living on past glory
    KathyM
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This new Legal is nice looking, but the "sashimi" appetizer was so doused in various dressings the tuna could have been weeks old. The oyster appetizer was worse. So full of breading we couldn't find any oysters. Our waitress failed three times to find us a buttery chardonnay. (Is that a really out-there request?) We enjoy Spanish wines, so I tired the "flight" of Spanish reds and I swear they were all poured from the same bottle. And it tasted like one of those gallon bottles they keep on the bottom row of a bad liquor store. The trout and a pasta dish were just ok. The chowder is still delicious, but at $7 a cup it should be. Legal used to be about the fish. Now it seems it's all about the money.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always....Legals
    SusanC
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Call me a traditionalist if you will - I still think Legals is the best restaurant for seafood fine dining. This was my first visit to Legals in Braintree, and it did not disappoint. The service was outstanding. They were very good with my gluten allergy. It was a great place for a family meal. With it's location over a parking lot/strip mall, the atmosphere is not the best (nothing wrong with the inside, it's just hard to get over first impressions), thus I would not recommend as a "romantic" date.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waited for service.
    love2dine
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    In order to get any recognition from servers we had to address them. As a member of the service industry - I'm not impressed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great meal !
    JWaxVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I loved it so much I ate there 3 times in 3 days. Thank you. The bang bang cauliflower was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food & service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Had a great experience at the new location in Braintree. I made reservations and did not have to wait a second for the table, it was ready as soon as we walked in. I tried swordfish for the first time in my life and I loved it! Will definitely be back, I highly recommend this location.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I frequent Legal Sea foods because it is never hit or miss - always hit. There is no better place in Boston for seafood. It is consistently cooked and always fresh. This visit I had a sole special that was cooked to perfection & a little eclectic for Legal but truly delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 122 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 153 reviews are from the Legal Sea Foods - Braintree – Forbes Road reviews archive.
  • Great Night
    Aclark
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Overall-It was a great time. The one thing I noticed was that the menu changed and my 2 favorits-fish chowder and the seafood platter are both off the new menu-a little disappointing!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always!
    PennyMurray
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Legal Seafoods is consistently excellent, and we were pleased with our experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We deserved a comfortable table!
    Hollis
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have been to this Legal Seafood and many others on multiple occasions and had a great meal. This time, our meal was ruined by staff allowing other patrons to lean over our table. They sat us in a small booth by the bar. There were about 15 people waiting for tables. Groups of people would literally hang on the back of our booth. I was so uncomfortable and could not enjoy my meal. I did not see the staff redirect the waiting patrons. They were simply allowed to breathe on the back of my neck all evening. I could not get out of there fast enough. $120 wasted!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh but
    JaniceVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    But sizes have greatly been reduced. Is expensive! Complaints: The curtains are useless in the back room! I could not see half my party because of the glare at 6:30. Some had to wear sunglasses! Oe person had crustacean allergies ordered salmon w/shandong sauce. When everyone got their food they announced that they didn’t want to serve the sauce because it had oysters it, which is not in same family. A fish restaurant should know the difference. This first should have been addressed before other people go their food, instead of the time everyone is eating. We order 10- 1/2 pint of the sauce in Chestnut Hill and freeze it. We have this sauce at home once a week. This is not the first time this is happened and I finally need to address this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • air conditioning
    75785548
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I asked for a table that would not have air blowing on us, it was worse than ever, claimed they turned it down and it got colder, we were all freezing. We will not go back to legal in Braintree, its my money I am spending
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aniversary dinner
    scumpious
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I enjoyed dinner but my company enjoyed her dinner but it was a little loud for her could be an age thing she is up in age an noise is a factor now thank you we will be back im surescu
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    My first visit to the new Legal's in Braintree was quite good. The food was consistent with other Legal's with the kickin cauliflower a standout. Our waitress, Christina, was outstanding, always helpful with wonderful suggestions. She didn't rush us but made sure we always had whatever we needed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Everything was beyond any other restaurant! Loved everything about it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    Quest297
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I have been to the Braintree Legal three times for lunch and enjoyed it all three. The food was cooked perfectly each time and presented well. The wait staff were patient and helpful. I would consider it a fine place to go for date night or other special occasions. Older children would be comfortable there and may be low key young ones as there is plenty of room between tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Bobby
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great food, nice service. Have to say loved it !!! Made Mom's day wonderful
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best seafood
    jaycee
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    always great food great service. Oysters always fresh and tasty. Would not go anywhere else for seafood!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, not very friendly:-(
    Yumster
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very cold and impersonal front desk staff. No smiles, blank stares. Felt fake and in genuine. Wait staff, however, was reasonably pleasant overall. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome as always
    MimHops
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been coming to Legal Seafood since college days ( late 70's ) and it still remains in my top 5 favorites. I love the new Braintree location, as it seems more open and certainly a lot lighter. We came on Mother's Day ans to our surprise and delight, we had our favorite server, Brian. Although the food is terrific and we tried some things we've not ordered before, it seems as if Brian somehow can make the dining experience that much more enjoyable. Keep up the great work Legal!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at Legal's for Mother's Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It's the place Mom and I have been going for 4 years now on Mother's Day - for lobster rolls & Chowdah, but this time we had lobster rolls and baked oysters which were very tasty. We sat outside this time since it was almost 80 degrees! We had a very sweet server and the food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen
    bas626
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    If you want a generic food experience and don't mind paying top dollar--this is your place! What once was a Boston institution included in the book "1,000 Things to See Before You Die" has morphed into a typical chain restaurant with mediocre food at best. My beloved crab cakes arrived cold, bland and dry. There was a time when Legal's was my "go to" place for out of town clients. No longer. The food is consistently "inconsistent" and overpriced. Favorite items have been taken off the menu. I'm not alone in my assessment. When I recounted my recent negative experience of the new Braintree location to friends, (a special birthday dinner), they all seemed to relay that Legal's is only adequate for a quick drink at the bar--period.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day
    LikedIt
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was a nice place to bring my elderly mother in that access was easy, service was very accommodating, and the food was good. We were never rushed to leave, which was most appreciated. My only concern was that the restaurant was noisy, at least where my party was seated. Otherwise, it was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Divinedining
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    As always I find legals in Braintree fabulous... Everyone was so welcoming from the host/hostess who seats you, to the waiter/waitress who serves.. Everyone check in from time to time to make sure everything was going well, or whether you need another drink, how the food is... Always courteous and gracious... Wonderful smiles... Great food... I love it!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for fish
    Humphrey
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The restaurant is located next to a hotel almost adjacent to a shopping mall. It is bigger than expected when viewed from the outside and does provide good food and good service
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our favorite...
    LeagallyCommitted
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Tried the new location in braintree, MA Same great food but the open kitchen was a little hectic at times. We'll still frequent Leagl for sure.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent Quality
    Mark
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Legal Seafoods continues to offer consistent quality, but prices continue to creep up for good, though not exceptional food. RI Calimari starter was hot and fresh. Arctic Char was cooked perfectly (Legals no longer offers "blackened" fish - just grilled w/ Cajun spice), although the "premium" side of kale w/ honey yogurt and peanuts was disappointing - under seasoned, somewhat bland, and hard to figure out what was "premium" about it. Jasmine Shrimp special was ordinary - heavy on the rice and broccoli w/ only 4 medium shrimp. Wine list is good - tasting "flights" are the best value. But - Legal is no longer a real "value" - $50/head is probably average and you can go higher.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleased
    UnsatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Delicious food! The Braintree restaurant is clean, easy to access, and has some menu items that aren't on the menu at other locations. Always a great place to dine!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Par for the Course
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The quality here was fairly standard for Legal: good, but not great food and good, but not great service. That said, there was one nice plus: the gluten-free menu for one of our guests offered a wide range of choices, all obviously prepared with care. One note of caution: while we were seated immediately (thanks to our reservation) on a busy Saturday night, we weren't quite prepared for the energetic noise level. By 8:30 PM or so, it started to calm down.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent
    bettyVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Have visited this location as well as other Legal locations several times. Food and service is always good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Magnificent
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Everything was outstanding,both my mom and fiance enjoyed their birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.