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
219 reviews since May 19, 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 (83)fit for foodies (79)great for lunch (59)neighborhood gem (47)kid-friendly (47)vibrant bar scene (38)notable wine list (35)hot spot (19)romantic (18)late-night find (12)great for brunch (11)Show More
  • Framingham Legal Friday Night
    Potsy999
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My wife and shared a great meal last Friday night. We were very pleased with the usual flexibility of menu. I was allowed to order the Parmesan Encrusted Soft Shell Crab as a main entry and it was amazing! My wife ordered the generously sized kale side with the yogurt & peanuts separate. The Spanish wine recommended went quite well. The service was wonderful throughout and we also observed our neighboring table treated quite well when a small mistake was made.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow Food!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My wife and I and our 23 year old son came for dinner on a Friday night. The crab cakes were the best we ever had. The same can be said for each entree and I had the wood smoked swordfish. I have not stopped talking to anybody that will listen about the total FOOD experience. When you go think about an early reservation!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorial Day Weekend
    Henry
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    As usual--the best seafood in the area (and prices to match!!). Also as usual---Reservation times are only approximate---and a 7:00 PM reservation turned into our being seated at 7:15. Noise level equivalent to runway at Logan International Airport!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ladymay
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was excellent, but the noise level was high... I would come back again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Renee
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    With a reservation we still had to wait 25 minutes.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent gluten-free options!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I have been going to Legal Seafood for years and have always been impressed with the freshness and quality of the food and never had bad service ever. In fact, the service has always been outstanding! This visit however, was the first time going once being diagnosed with Celiac disease, and was bummed when I THOUGHT I would have to give up ordering some of my favorite dishes. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong! I was very impressed with the variety of options available to me. Fried clams w/ gluten free batter was delicious, as were the rolls that the waiter told me are freshly baked every time before serving...my seafood casserole was outstanding (topped with gluten-free breadcrumbs). Overall, still impressed after all these years!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    stanann
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Was there for special occasion. Felt rushed thru the whole meal. Had made reservation, arrived on time, tipped great waiter well. Food was average (2 baked stuffed lobsters - $46 each - each had one piece of shrimp and 1 small scallop in the stuffing - rest ritz crackers. Manager walked by us more than 20 times with his tablet checking on the progress of our meal and when we would be leaving. Very distracting and not appreciated. Sent e-mail to Legal about it, it is now day 6 without a response.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 132 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1209 reviews are from the Legal Sea Foods - Framingham reviews archive.
  • Never disappointsAlways predictable
    Mumsedso
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food is consistently fresh & tasty here.I have always found the prices to be a bit on the high side,& portions a bit on the small side, but generally you will always receive a nice plate of food & very cordial waitstaff.I know how much fish costs per pound (even on the wholesale level where this establishment is buying)& $27 for Wood Grilled Salmon with two sides seems over the top to me,unless they are giving you a 1/2 pound portion (which they are not)& two huge sides (which again,they are not).How much is a baked potato & a tiny (yes, tiny) serving of seaweed salad?Just saying. Maybe they should consider throwing in a small house salad and a kind gesture.How much more could lettuce and a bit of dressing set them back?
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good meal
    Jboysmom
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    That's why we come to Legal Seafood. The fish is always fresh and well prepared. It was very busy this weekend but that did not detract from our good time. Food and service were terrific. We'll be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding, Overall
    SheldonZ
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Service was outstanding. Our server was great - competent, friendly and attuned to our wishes -and he helped make this a great evening for us. Cherrystone clams were great. Cioppino was well stocked with fish and shellfish, and came with a very good garlicky crusty bread. Soft shell crabs and shrimp stuffed with crab meat were both excellent. Desserts were bit disappointing. The 'mixed berry tart' had no fresh berries. The Boston cream pie had a thick layer of chocolate fudge on top which was too rich and too sweet to eat. An distracting annoyance was the person who walked around constantly with a brightly lit tablet computer. She must have passed by our table, and every other table in the room, at least 15 times per hour. tttt
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer service iomes first!
    pjmartinrn
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We showed up on time, but we waited 20 minutes for our reserved and confirmed table. The manager came by to apologize with a free appetizer of calamari. Definitely made us feel appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent night out for seafood
    AnnFVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Although we had to wait for a table (and had a reservation), management was responsive and thoughtful. Waitress was excellent. Food was delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Excellent service! The hostess changed the time of the reservations with ease and accommodated us!!she also turned up lights in room for grandmother to see menu better. The waiter was patient and kind. The servers were very prompt and listened to our requests. Lemons napkins It was an awesome afternoon !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Dinner was excellent. The spicy calamari in particular was so light it practically melted in our mouths.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always
    KpriscellaVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Had a wonderful dinner with friends. I had the wood grilled assortment, one friend had the crabcake combo and the other had the trout. All of our meals were great. The service was great. Nice to know you can always count on Legal.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prices Seemed Much Higher
    BarbaraWVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We eat here frequently and are never disappointed with our food. However, I was surprised at how high the prices were this visit. I think we last ate at Legal's about 3 months earlier. I ordered the schrod, which I love, but 21.95 seemed rather steep for this dish. I'll still keep coming back because the food never disappoints.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service was outstanding
    margeVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    i wanted you to know that we thought the service was outstanding. sonja was extremely attentive and added to our dining experience. we shall return and will definitely request her. she is a great legal seafood representative. thank you, marge
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  • Consistent
    KevAndBex
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Legal isn't always the sexy pick, but it's consistently good fresh food. What's not to like with that? Always good for a night out with the in-laws or just a date night with or without our son.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    size4
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The food and service was disappointing to say the least. The food took a long time to be served and once the food came, I wished that I just ordered the salad and dessert. I ordered the combo plate and the crab cake was cold and not visually appealing. Although the meal was quite pricey, I wouldn't have been happy with this food at any price. My friend had to send her meal back twice as the muscles were just shells and she ended up ordering a shrimp cocktail which was very good. The bon bons for dessert are always a great little treat to end the meal. The restaurant was very loud and the whole experience was disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Legal Seafoods is a Classic
    Seafood4u
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Legal Seafoods is a classic New England-based seafood restaurant with classic dishes like fish-and-chips and newer items like the wood grilled fish and shrimp! Kid friendly and casual to dressy, it is simply a consistent favorite.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Delicious and good service. We had a bit of a delay in getting our meal out after the appetizer, but our server was very gracious and went the extra step to make it up to us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day
    algonquian
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Didn't have to wait to long. Food was excellent. Very noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    AuntieM
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My family and I dined at Legal Seafood, Framingham, on Mother's Day and had a wonderful experince. We were a party of 11, seated in a smaller intimate room at a large table; perfect spot for a large party. The food was fresh, well presented, and delicious! Our server was attentive (without being overbearing), professional and very pleasant. We were not rushed, able to relax and enjoy our meal. I would highly recommend Leagl Seafood!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service!
    Girl
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was fantastic! The service was wonderful! We were seated at a booth in the lounge, but it was still really comfortable and fun. I would recommend this Legal Sea Foods location to anyone looking for a great date night location or for any special occasion. We went for Morher's Day and it was very enjoyable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing this year.
    NotUpToPar
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We take my Mom here every year, for at least the last 10 years, probably longer, in the last 5 years, my son joined the four of us, and now his wife. In addition, we visit often, we celebrate our wedding anniversary there, etc, In the past it's been great, we've felt well taken care of. This year they put us in a 6 person booth, knowing we wanted lobsters, with very litte room, so only two of us got lobsters, the others opted for food that takes up less space. . Our waitress was ok, but unlike the past, when they clear the table after eating and lay down smaller placemats and offer desert menus, those of us at the back of the booth had to sit with our dirty, fishy-smelling placemats, it ruined the ice cream and I only ate half of it. Sad.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legals
    Ladiesniteout
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent meals. All very fresh fish cooked to perfection. Large portions. Great sides. Delicious desserts. Wonderful service! Very patient and kind. It was the dining experience you hope for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's day
    Salmonlover
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Delicious grilled salmon, along with a yummy Caesar salad and garlic green beans. Our major complaint for Legals is the noise level. No matter when we go to Legals, it is always noisy and hard to have a conversation. We were very disappointed to see that some very healthy and interesting side dishes would cost us $1.50 extra. Legal's has had the same side dish offers for years. If they want to add new ones, why charge more money?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just ok this time
    EattoomuchVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We seated quickly, but the service was under par. The meal came out incomplete and wood grilled lobster was not very good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Fair Service
    SuperAte
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I have been to Legal's many times and the food quality is predictably excellent. This experience was sub par only due to the server that was inattentive and unfriendly. She was very slow in follow up and forgot our left overs. She appeared to be unhappy about having to work. Maybe we caught her on a bad day but everyone in my party commented about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME
    SeaFoodGal
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The food is delicious and the service was awesome. The scene is romantic and calming. The manager was constantly checking up on us and on how we were doing. A steak was over done and they took care of it right away. I would definitely recommend this place for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KennVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    My favorite Legals. The service in particular is wonderful, especially at the bar area, where the same service people have happily helped you for years.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boston Strong
    ICemanVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    "No trip to Boston is complete without visiting Legal Seafoods," so says my friend so we gave it a try. Kind of remindeds of McCormick and Schmicks out on the west coast but with better food. Service was excellent and the food while not exceptional was interesting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    buckeye50
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I've been to Legal Seafoods many times and in many places, and it is usually consistently good. This busy Sat night in Framingham was not one of its best. The room we were seated in was quite hot, and noisy (not unexpected on a Sat night) The R.I. calamari was fine. A $30 piece of tuna was, in my opinion, not particularly fresh and was overcooked. The tuna sashimi did not seem that fresh, either. I also find the wine list to be a bit long in the tooth. Service was o.k. although my guest was given the wrong desert.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Legals lives up to its rep
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    As always, we had a great experience. My 6 year old was tired and cranky, and the wait staff took the extra time to make him laugh and even brought some extra oyster crackers to keep him occupied.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This was our first time to Legal Seafood. I didn't like all the food I ordered, but it wasn't a matter of preparation, I was trying new things, it was all prepare well. The lobster was great. Clam chowder was pretty good too. Service excellent, and they decided not to charge me for the things I ordered and didn't like. Our server and the manager tried to offer a substitute for the food I didn't like, but I was already full. I left happy either way. I would recommend this place for a nice dinner out. Price wasn't too bad considering we had lobster. If I am in the area again, I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • no title
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    service above par and food was excellent. loved the lobster
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Picky
    pickyVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We go there often. A request to limit the cheese was not done. A mention to our waiter was answered with an Apology ( good) & that he told the kitchen AND THAT HE WAS NOT The ONE WHO PUT IT ON(!!) on the good side he reported it & the maître dee came over & also apologized sincerely & offered a return of the meal & free dessert. Special of the day crab & avacado quesadea was terrific
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Oysters! But other meal so-so
    FoodieFLMom
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Ordered a dozen assorted oysters to share with my son. Very good and very fresh. They only brought one fork and no spoons for the sauces. By the time we got the spoons and second fork, we were done! Server took bread and butter away as soon as entrees were on the way - and we were still eating. Clam Chowder was bland - needed some Sherry or Brandy. Steamed Lobsters were OK - not great. I prefer grilled lobsters. Sides of Onion Sticks and Brocoli were again just so-so. Lobster Bake was huge portion of Lobster, Mussels and Clams with Corn. Son could not finish. Server was not that attentive after we got out entree. Had to flag him down for water.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    My husband's halibut was slightly over done so he asked to have it recooked. They were very nice and took his food back and quickly replaced it with a perfectly cooked piece. They were more than happy to accomodate our friend's food allergies also. We have eaten at Legal for years because they always take care of their customers.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, bad service
    mamaskillz
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    It took us 25 minutes to get our drinks, since they had run out of martini glasses. It took us 1 hour to get our appetizers or even any bread. So, all together, it took 2.5 hours to have dinner. Our server rarely checked in on us. But of course, the food was terrific and so was our conversation, so we had a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic