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Legal Sea Foods - Framingham

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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 Natick/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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 3600 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portia was an excellent waitress. Kind, courteous, quick to respond to any requests and friendly.

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vipTripAdvisor
New England
809 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal never disappoints. I love this place and so thankful we have this location of the amazing small chain here in the Metro West. Tonight, my fried shrimp with jasmine rice and slaw... perfect. Wife's tuna.. she loved it. A few drinks and excellent service from Eugenio made for a relaxing and satisfying evening before the Pres Debate.

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vipTomO
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I both had the grilled Salmon. I had mine Cajun. Jasmine rice and broccoli. An amazing meal as always at Legal!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here many times due to traveling either to or from Boston. A wonderful and quiet environment for us to take respite as weary travelers. The food is always perfectly delicious, the wait staff perfectly attentive, and we LOVE the clam chowder as well as the AWESOME dinner rolls. We’ll be back!

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ScanClan11
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was the absolute best and sweetest young woman!

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vipTripAdvisor
New England
809 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, as usual... that’s why we come. Tonight tuna sandwich w fries and slaw. Fried shrimp w rice and slaw. Great margaritas too. Serge... great service

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suzythcatt1
New England
19 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated promptly. They do have properly distanced indoor seating as well as patio seating with heaters. Service was prompt, and pleasant. Our waiter did an A+ job of seeing that were had what we needed without being intrusive, kind without being folksy or over familiar, a true professional. The food was outstanding. Fried food had a delicious, light batter and was not at all greasy steamed food was flavorful and neither under nor over cooked. Perfect staled broccoli is a rare treat. The bread was warm, the butter was soft enough to spread. Even the coffee was really good.The soft lighting was romantic, but not so dark that you couldn't tell what you were eating. We will be back.

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vipCynthia
New England
63 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Another fine lunch, food is always terrific.

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vipTripAdvisor
New England
809 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are handling Covid rules very well here, as you would expect. Chow and service is fantastic, as usual. Cocktails, wine hit the spot.

Our Clam Chowder, Tuna Sashimi, Shrimp Cocktail and Blackened Grilled Shrimp was all perfect. Bon Bons for a sweet bite to finish.

I come here a lot and ALWAYS look forward to it.

A Classic.

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vipSugarBoard
New England
25 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent! Felt very save

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside and heaters were good. With limited menu
They had no Arctic char- my favorite, however grilled shrimp was excellent

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Notthatpicky
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Unequal portions of lobster

JA
vipJAMJAM
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Took my parents out to lunch & was so happy with everything. Autumn our server was Amazing! She was so attentive & so nice. The food was great as always. The restaurant needs a facelift but other than that all was Perfect :) We are legal fans & will be back for sure very soon.

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BigD
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Seated outside for late lunch on the patio on a wonderful, sunny, 70+ degree afternoon, we had a house salad with scallops, and the salmon entree with great green beans and broccoli. The service was excellent, prompt and friendly. The wine was delicious.

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ChrisH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing meal even with their Covid-19 reduced menu. Great service and the drinks were great. Looking forward to returning soon.

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Bulbs
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Excellent food and service.

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vipYSKim
New England
112 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Portia, the server for our table was extremely courteous, patient and efficient. Our food was prepared to our exact order and delivered to our table effectively and efficiently. Thank you very much for making our dining experience fun and memorable.
Y.S. Kim

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RichP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Clam chowder was fair. Sashimi wasn't great. Chicken sandwich with fries was good.

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vipCynthia
New England
63 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful per usual.... our favorite Judy, takes exc

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LarryO
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We came for a late lunch. Food was excellent, as was the service. There was a scaled down menu, so some of the choices we would normally see were missing. Most likely due to reduced volume. Felt very comfortable and safe with the precautions in place.

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vipFredB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Wow, finally back at Legal (Framingham) and it was awful. While it was not crowded food prep was forever Fish & Chips and a Shrimp Paster order, 25 minutes, really? Worse of all was a couple (50's) having a facetime Video chat while they stuffed their faces and talked so loud it was disturbing. Yes, we complained, no one did anything maybe because of their race and did not want to ignite something who knows but we will not be going back!

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David
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

limited menu, delicious food, good service, cold back room

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vipTOM14369
New England
41 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The menu is more limited now with Covid. If you lik seafood there is something for you but check the menu ahead of time. Good food still

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AaronJ
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Wasn’t a fan of sitting outdoors on the sidewalk with nearly no light other than the street lights. Otherwise it was a fine experience

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot.

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vipRickO
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Legal Seafoods as a whole is a miracle. I have eaten at various locations for 20+ years and the high quality and constancy of experience always impresses me. The establishments are clean, the staff always friendly and professional. A VERY well run restaurant group with fresh wonderful seafood.
The Framingham location is no exception with a vibrant bar, plenty of parking and now during "covid season", pleasant outdoor dining. Roger is a genius and a very nice man.

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vipJamesO
New England
55 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are frequent diners here. Since Covid, we hven't gone but decided to try it again. Food was excellent as usual. Service was above and beyond. Clearly hey are taking precautions seriously. Drinks were strong and well made. Selection of dishes was different but stll satisfying. We plan to restart our patronage

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

With about 5 tables in the restaurant, I’d expect a more attentive server with quicker service. We sat and waited close to 15 minutes before being acknowledged. Once our drink order was placed and an appetizer, our server disappeared for 18 more minutes. We finally placed our dinner order. Between the first 3 plates being delivered and the other 3 plates it was almost 10 minutes. We sat waiting for the whole tables meals so we could begin eating. They knew we were coming and there’d be 6 of us. Why not plan better on their end?? The server stumbled with the explanation of the specials and was missing the majority of the dinner. We realized he was in the darkened room with the door closed next to our table. Another server called him out to tend to us. Very dissatisfied and disappointed. Almost $300 bill and the service did not meet the grade.

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MichaelR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a lobster roll, which was delicious, but it did have a shell in it. Service was great.

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CatherineN
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was excellent! Our server was very attentive and met all our needs. The atmosphere was great. Will definitely go back!

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Marie
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

This used to be one of my family's favorite restaurants but the experience we just had was mediocre at best. Seeing how there were only 3 people there that evening maybe that was a sign. They stated they didn't have oysters due to Covid yet we've been to Many other restaurants in the area recently and there was no issue getting oysters any where else. It was very disappointing. Also 2 of us ordered scallops and were shocked by the tiny 5-6 pieces that were served. Our waitress was very nice and attentive but we most likely won't return.

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MaryC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A little too much seasoning/oil on the sea scallops.

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bobbieJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Reservation was made. Table was ready when we arrived. The food was good and the service was quick and friendly. Thought that the price and the portions were good. I would go there again.

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vipStephanieF
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was not as good as it used to be - fried clams were burnt to ashes- not busy there at all- food should have been perfect

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Elroy0415
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and the food was excellent highly recommended

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vipConnieA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Menu is limited and maybe a bit pricey. Outside seating was cold because there are no outdoor heaters yet

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Robert
New England
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal Seafoods is always fresh and varied. Their wine list is extensive.

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vipPattyP
New England
71 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We made a call ahead to ask if the restaurant was serving raw clams oysters and were assured that they were.

We also requested only outdoor seating. When we arrived we were told there would be a 30-40 minute wait for outdoor seating even though we had reservations.

We were disappointed but understood.

Then when we ordered we were told there was no raw bar and they hadn’t been serving any raw shellfish all summer.

Why would the hostess tell us that they were?

Our servers were fine, but we were very unhappy about the false information. Legal is usually one of our favorites.

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jaytmoods
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

With about 10 tables set up alongside the restaurant and a portion of the parking lot blocked off so that you are not directly next to cars, the outdoor dining experience was nice. Sure, cars are zooming along Route 9 nearby, but it was still nice.

The food was impeccable. I’m glad I added a skewer of scallops to my salmon. Both were fantastic.

The “top shelf” margarita was one of the worst I’ve be ever had, though. Someone needs to teach the bartender how to make one.

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vipCaroled
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

OMG! What happened to Legals? Food was way below par, very very limited and not at all up to the Legal standards. Is is Covid? I am sorry Roger Berkowitz but even though business is obviously down, the quality should still be up. Bad food. Sorry

FAQs

Legal Sea Foods - Framingham offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (508) 766-0600.

Legal Sea Foods - Framingham is rated 4.4 stars by 3600 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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