Legal Sea Foods - Framingham

4.4
3734 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 3734 people are saying
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vipbrighton
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I would not get the Haddock again... it had bones in it and did not like that. The restaurant was dark, but I feel many of their restaurants are. It was an ok experience.

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vipRegulars
New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The menu is now very limited. Sole no longer offered, which was my favorite for years. My husband loved the artic char but had to get they salmon. He said it tasted frozen. Definitely see a big difference in the food and subsequent prices. Not the same, very disappointed.

JS
JohnS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Happy people greeted us at the door.
Waiter was attentive. Not pushy.
Muscles were sweet, sauce was refreshing. Scallops were sweet and not dry. Shrimp stuffed with plenty of crabmeat. Key lime pie was prefect.
Nice to Get Out again.😀

TA
vipTripAdvisor
New England
847 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent meal tonight. Lump Crabmeat Cocktail w/mustard sauce... excellent. Tuna Sashimi always great. Baked Stuffed Shrimp returned to the menu... stuffed with crab... very good. I like the Brocolli, potatoes could be improved (bring back mashed or baked). A few bon bons for dessert.. have loved these things for 40 years! Margarita and Chardonnay, my favorite libations here. Great service from Serge.

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vipMichelleH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience3

Food takes forever.. Server was so busy only came once to check on us and she also brought us the wrong side dish. We ordered coleslaw but she brought us asparagus instead. My husband allergic to asparagus but we didn’t ask to change the whole thing instead of asked her to give us coleslaw on the side. However the whole dinner was ok just slow and wrong order.

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vipMicky
New England
57 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It's the first time during Covid-19 that we came inside Legal. We were impressed with the plexiglass partitions. The waitress took care with our food delivery. My lobster roll was beyond expectations. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Tuna cooked perfectly. Lemon shrimp was very good as was the whole lobster meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still the best chowda evah!

DS
vipDavidS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than ever

GF
vipGreatFoodNewDigs
New England
44 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome location and they are refreshing interiors soon - can't wait to see it.

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WorcesterGirl
New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, knowledgeable waitstaff. Good food. Wish they had a dairy free option for dessert, but that’s a minor complaint. Everything else was outstanding.

JA
JAMES
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The fried clams were not as good as they were in the past. The crab cake combo plate was cold. Not what we have experienced in the past.

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LindsayD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat at the bar to watch the Celtics play. Ordered the crab cake and two entrees. Lobster Mac and Cheese was good. Shrimp linguine was filling. The cucumber habanero Margarita was amazing!

DM
vipDMWG
New England
34 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious. The tables were very well spaced. Martinis were excellent as well.
Our server was pleasant and attentive.

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Metrowestdiner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The interior could use an update. Food is consistently good and our server was excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Have not dined here since covid began. Recently visited and was vastly disappointed in the quality of food. Quality is much less but prices have not dropped. Can get a better fish and chips meal at the 99 for 40% less cost, more food, and better quality. I will return and try them again, but if the food quality is similar to this time, they will be out of my dining rotation.

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HenryC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service...the waiter was just perfect! Food was awesome. Legal Seafood is always top notch!

MC
vipMaCI
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s just always a good experience when we come here!

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vipCynthia
New England
67 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Per usual, lunch was wonderful, courtesy of ‘our’ waitperson, Judy.. She never fails to remember our likes, and never assumes!
She’s an asset to Legal.
Thanks again to manager,Patrick Snow!
I promise to try everything new the next time, I believe I’m in. shrimp rut!

PP
ParticularlyPicky
New England
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. I have several food allergies and they were super accommodating. Our waitress was very friendly and nice. Recommend this place for great seafood and service. Very nice decor too.

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Daniel
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

VERY DISAPPOINTED! I have been going to Legal's for 30 years. They pioneered delicious gluten-free batter fried seafood when gluten-free was not even well known or popular. The new owners are killing Legal's reputation. There were few items on the menu that were gluten-free, most of which were fried seafood entrees. BUT, their fryers are no longer gluten-free because they now offer beer-battered fish. Therefore, all of their fried items are no longer gluten-free. Their menu is very limited now, and they have removed some of our favorites like the lite clam chowder. My wife has celiac so gluten-free is a must for us. When we asked the waitress (she was also gluten-free) what was safe to order she suggested a salad. We felt like we were back in the 1980s as far as allergy-friendly. In times where all restaurants are becoming allergy aware, Legal's has done an about-face and turned their backs on people with allergies which is very disappionting as Legal's was one of our favorite restaurant. Not anymore.
Roger Berkowitz should have NEVER sold to this restaurant group.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance, we sat at the bar. Bartenders were attentive and very friendly. It took a little bit longer than usual for our food to be served, but everything was delicious! All in all, a lovely evening.

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Cbeau69
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our waiter was very nice and very attentive. However, we felt that the food was ordinary. My husband planned to get your gumbo but it was off the menu so he got a grilled chicken Caesar. Not much chicken and the lettuce was all hearts - no flavor at all. I chose the fried scallops which were the winner from a taste perspective, but, grossly overpriced. Side of asparagus was completely plain and unseasoned. Our oysters were excellent but a couple of little shell pieces snuck in and they weren’t completely loosened from the shell. My father order the scampi which was very good. We just felt that, for the prices, we expected a little more than ordinary. We walked out of there spending $140 for some fried scallops, plain asparagus, a Caesar salad and four large shrimp with a lot of pasta. We were just kind of disappointed. Also, if you’re going to offer gluten-free rolls you guys need to step up your game because those were the worst rolls I’ve ever had in my entire life. They were completely inedible and crumbled in my hands. I really think you guys need to start thinking about the details a little bit more if you’re going to charge the prices that you’re charging. Sorry.

AC
AlanC
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Waitress was good. The food was not very well prepared
There was to much batter on the fish,shrimp &scallops.

Fries were not fresh!

CB
ChrisB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I asked twice for my haddock to be cooked well done it was not cooked well done it was actually undercooked waitress never came back to ask me how I liked my food

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vipWestiegirl
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the food, but getting kind of pricey. Hope to see some kind of salmon sandwich back on the menu. Loved the salmon reuben!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner with friends. Consistently great food and service.

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Brook
New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My entree was burnt and dry. I barely ate it and was very disappointed.

MJ
MaryJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent! The only down side is that they no longer have the delicious onion strings! Very sad... Otherwise, everything was wonderful.

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Matt
New England
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood! The social distancing was great and felt very safe indoors.

MS
MarinaS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Legal Seafood is always a good choice. The food is fresh and service is good!

PD
vipPeterD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

The menu and other aspects of the restaurant are in transition to new ownership. Menu items are limited in comparison to the past and, although the food was good and the service very good, it was disappointing because many of our favorite items are gone. We are long time Legal Seafood fans and actually have a “White Card”, signed by Mr Berkowitz, which instructed the reception staff to seat us immediately at the next available table regardless of the wait list - it is no longer respected. I suppose in today’s environment all this is “progress”!

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vipTina
New England
23 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Underwhelming and overpriced. We went on a Friday night after a long week so decided to treat ourselves with a meal at a more upscale restaurant.

Server was pleasant enough but kind of hyper which made it a bit difficult to understand what she was saying. She was pretty attentive early in the meal but got less so once our meals were served and forgot to bring us additional rolls that we had asked for before our meals were served.

The real reason for our disappointment was the 'value' of the meals. I got the crab cake combo - 1 crab cake, 2 grilled shrimp and 2 scallops with a small-ish salad containing some mixed greens a couple nuts and cranberries. It was $33. Taste-wise it was fine but half the plate was taken up by the salad and it did not feel like there was enough food to justify the price. (Legal's prices continue to increase and the portions have just gotten smaller.) Next time I would save myself $15 and just get the crab cake appetizer.

Worse yet - my 18-yer old son decided to try the Lobster Mac & Cheese off the 'test kitchen' menu. It was noted as market price....but we were shocked when we found it was $42 when the check was presented. It was awful and not worth half of that price. It was some cavatappi noodles with a small amount of white 'cheese' sauce that had absolutely no flavor at all. It was served in the shell of a lobster. There were chunks of the lobster but whole pieces - not distributed, cut up or mixed in - placed around the noodles. It was all covered in breadcrumbs which appeared to have been then broiled. The lobster meat was very overcooked and chewy. My son was very disappointed but absolutely hates sending food back, so he just more or less picked through it a bit and then just watched his father and I eat our meals. It was quite surprising for a place that is supposed to be experts in seafood.

Had we seen a manager around, we would have given them a heads up as to our concerns.

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Choirboyz
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The classic Legal favorites like chowder and salmon and my personal favorite the surf and turf (filet with seared scallops) was outstanding. The service was excellent (attentive but not overbearing) ... will definitely be back for the fried clam appetizer... it made for a great evening

MC
vipMaryC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wrong order came out but they corrected it quickly and the right order was delicious. TY

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

we were able to order from
the dine out Boston menu and everything was as expected

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johnd5510
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great night out!

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vipTina
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The new menu items are excellent! the service was wonderful!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was excellent and helpful! Overall a good experience!

KM
KMAH
New England
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent; pace was perfect; service was great.

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viptravelgirl
New England
16 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Unfortunately, since the Berkowitz family sold the restaurant chain, the menu has changed and the food just is not the same. After years as a loyal LSF customer, it looks like I'll be dining elsewhere from now on. So disappointed to see this New England institution decline in quality.

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You can order delivery directly from Legal Sea Foods - Framingham using the Order Online button. Legal Sea Foods - Framingham also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (508) 766-0600.

Legal Sea Foods - Framingham is rated 4.4 stars by 3734 OpenTable diners.

Legal Sea Foods - Framingham does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.legalseafoods.com/category/gift-cards.

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