Legal Sea Foods - Framingham

4.4
3807 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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Disappointed
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Legal used to be great but now I think it’s time has gone. I ordered fried clams. They were overcooked and honestly based on the burnt flecks I think the oil they used was old. Coleslaw was bad. I’ve been to several other restaurants in the last month and ordered fried clams and each was better. I think legal is resting on it’s laurels.

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vipMicky
New England
62 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried some new items and were very pleased. The crab cake trio and the stuffies were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food are great, But the menu changes a little, my favorite dishes is no long served. Otherwise, it still my favorite restaurant.

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vipBallou
New England
66 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taylor was an outstanding server! One of best! In the same league as Judy! Food was great- two crab salad rolls with fries and cole slaw! Quiet table. Excellent Covid precautions! Bon-bons for desert-yum!

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Francescag
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our "home" restaurant is closed for renovations and this one was definitely worth the trip - great meal. Great service! Our server Jeff was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and made us feel like we were the only ones in the restaurant. The food was prepared exactly as we wished. Will definitely return.

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vipJudith
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our orders were overcooked but still tasty. The staff were very helpful to get the heaters working since we were eating outside.

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Teammarina
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience3

Legals needs to up their game to stay current. My friend's fish was buried in bread crumbs. He barely ate a thing and is a big eater. The menu is overpriced and underwhelming in quality. This was my last visit.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Kind and attentive service.

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vipTerry
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside on a nice fall evening. I still don’t like eating inside with Covid, so this was a great option. Our waitress was awesome and food arrived promptly. First time back since the restaurant changed hands. I was pleased that the clam chowder is still awesome. We were disappointed that trout is off the menu, but understand changes were needed to compete during Covid. Salmon and cod were both excellent and the broccoli au gratin was huge and delicious. 7 layer chocolate cake was yummy.

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HappyinColorado
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Our favorite Massachusetts dining.

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Carol
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

I have been a customer for over 40 years at Legal. Dining in on Monday for lunch, I found the food tasteless and cold. Additionally, the clam chowder is not like the days of old. It is highly unlikely I will be a return diner as I feel the standard has totally diminished. Sad, but true.

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LoisM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always count on Legals! Great seafood and many gluten free dishes on the menu. We had a member of our party who has celiac. He was able to order fried calamari. We all enjoyed them. Very light. Seafood is fresh. Service was quick.

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CarolO
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food was disappointing. Scallops were flavorless and sides were bland (roasted potatoes, broccoli gratin).

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vipDeRH
New England
20 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a special birthday and were able to sit outside on a beautiful evening! Everything was terrific!

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vipOpenStudio
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had lunch in the bar room with friends. The food was very good, as expected. The service was excellent.

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SteveS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was great but the service was terrible...our server forgot many things or got things wrong and never apologized ...every other time I have got to Legal's, the service is exceptional. This server needs to be trained!!

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vipDavidC
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Legals has gone done hill with the effects of COVID and the new ownership making changes. Smaller menu, new staff, less quality. Still good but used to be great.

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vipBallou
New England
67 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carissa was a wonderful server! We enjoyed an early dinner with delicious crab meat sandwiches and Boston cream pie! The restaurant is very clean and does an excellent job managing Covid requirements.

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vipCynthia
New England
69 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Legal has the best fish and outstanding chips!

A mid afternoon lunch found the restaurant at least half full!

Would love to see some additions to your more limited Covid menu, or weekend specials!
Stuffies still priced real high, LOVE them but I can say no at that rate

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Sandypo
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Last night's dinner at Legal was very good -- as always. Shrimp scampi was terrific, so were the mussels and chowder. My husband asked for pan seared scallops and was very pleased with the result. When our server found out it was my husband's birthday she comped our dessert!

On our way out we had a great chat with the managers, one of whom had come to our table to compliment my hsuband on his taste in clothes because they both owned the same shirt!

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vipWabanJane
New England
32 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time returning to Legal's since new management. Happy to report we found it mostly the same! My friend has a good sensitivity and they took great care in her food order. Good service and friendly. We ate outside at the tables set up along the side of the building. I would return and recommend!

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AdrianaP
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and service was above and beyond. Great place for good seafood.

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vipjoel67
New England
77 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was somewhat slow and there were errors on our orders. I think that it was more the kitchen rather than our water who appeared to have too many tables to wait on. Food was good.

I was disappointed that my long-term favorites were no longer on the menu - blue fish and shandong sauce.

I am not rushing back.

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vipGreggS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Very used to pre sale Legal Seafood. Service was horrendess while tables around us seemed to be serviced. Brought appetizers and main dishes at same time. Never checked on us during the meal or even after to see if we wanted desert or our check. Menu was very limited compared to old Legals. Price of average meal was through the roof. After Legals being a mainstay of our restaurant experiences prior to the sale of the Company, we are never going back. It is too bad.

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Manger
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The tuna with thai vegetables could have been spicier and had more flavor. Good but disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service great and food great.

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vipBostoncouple1
New England
39 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

So disappointed
Legal Sea food but no oysters available at all said our waiter?!

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ColeenC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The meal (char grilled salmon, baked potatoes and asparagus) was just right...it was hot and flavorful. I enjoyed every bite. Our server was welcoming and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Legal seafoods has been sold to a new corporation. The quality of the food the ambulance and service how decline to the point that we no longer plan to visit. Find it very sad because it used to be my go to for all things seafood.

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TexasAMFan
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience at Legal Seafood. Service was beyond excellent. Food was out of this world.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeff was great and it was a great birthday for my mom.

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RobinView
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time back in a few years, and it was so worth the wait! Sadly, I never seem to catch any of the Legal Seafoods when they are stocked with gluten-free rolls. Today was no exception. However, Legal is quite literally the only place I can get GF fried clams and french fries. They did not disappoint! The oysters were perfection.

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vipChowderHead
New England
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

For 30 years, Legal's has been my favorite go-to restaurant for lunch with business colleagues, and a great place to have dinner with family and friends. This was the first time I've been to Legal's since the chain was sold. I ordered my old standby for lunch -- a tuna burger, which I have had countless times. Well, it wasn't awful, but it wasn't special either. And, and $18, it wasn't a good value. All the items on the menu had higher prices, which shouldn't be a total surprise, given the difficulties that everyone is having with vendors. I was surprised at how empty the restaurant was for a Friday lunch crowd. The bar looked half full at best. We had a low-top in the bar area and cold see into main dining room, which looked almost empty. I won't end my long-term relationship with Legal's just yet. I want to see the new Legal's succeed, but my experience on this visit just wasn't up to par.

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MaureenB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Worth the trip…Food quality is great and the service is outstanding.

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ricks
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great, as always. The service was good. We ate indoors, at an early hour, and the dining room was not crowded. I appreciated that the service people wore masks.

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amym
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Prices continue to increase. Menu limited offerings.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We arrived early and we’re not allowed to sit our table til the designated reservation time. Our waitress was very attentive and took care of us the entire time.
We were a little disappointed with fish tacos appetizer as the corn tortillas fell apart after a few bites. We were also given the wrong side for one of our meals but overall the quality of the meals was very good.

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vipJohn
New England
128 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No problems. Great food and service.

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Mitch
New England
22 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time we have been since the Berkowitz family sold it. First time was so so. This time the food was superb. We had shrimp, scallops and crab cakes and all were excellent. Will definitely go back.

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vipout2dine
New England
95 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Legal Seafoods continues to offer top quality, delicious seafood. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and our server gave us great service. Their clam chowder is excellent. Crab cake combo and cioppino were delicious meals. With our Open Table reservation, we got right in.

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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 3807 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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