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About 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 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.
Framingham, MA 01702
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
$31 to $50
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Land a parking spot in the lot right in front of our door
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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.
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Legal Sea Foods - Framingham Ratings and Reviews
We typically go to this Legals for special occasions like Mother's Day or when all the kids are home and this week we went to celebrate a friend getting her doctorate. We had a wonderful server and the food was at its consistently very good level. The only glitch was that for some reason my food order wasn't placed. The server and manager handled it very well. I was offered something to eat such as a salad or bowl of chowder gratis so that I would not be watching the other 3 in my party eat. I chose the delicious fish chowder. My meal finally arrived when they were almost done: baked stuffed shrimp which was also delicious. Then to our surprise they comped my meal for the error. That's excellent service. We had an enjoyable evening out with good friends and delicious food.
Legal is never my first choice when thinking of going out for a great meal. I find them over-priced for what they do offer but I had gotten a really nice GC from a client as a thank you and decided to take the family. Unfortunately they lived right up to expectations. The best thing on the table were those great rolls, after that it went downhill pretty quickly. My nutty salmon was over cooked, as were the two fisherman’s platters at the table. Only the large pieces of fish were decently done, the smaller pieces like the clams were rubber bands. The scallop dinner at the table was likely the best of the bunch, though the fish chowder raised the comment “where is the fish”. My daughter is a vegetarian and never wants to eat here because of the limited options, and was disappointed with her salad. I ordered the special dessert of the day with was a warm maple bread pudding with ice cream. Just to “frost the cake” the bread pudding came out hard as a rock and completely frozen, though the ice cream was good. I sent that back and the next one was quite good when it was actually warm.
We used to come here often (as in 1-2 times weekly). Haven’t been recently as we have been going to the Burlington restaurant more often. This particular Framingham visit was not our best. Food was good as usual. We were seated in the lounge and I probably should have requested a table in the main restaurant. Sitting right next to a window in a cold snap in New England means keeping you winter jacket in throughout dinner. Our server seemed distracted and we could overhear hear his private conversations with other staff. I felt this was unprofessional. I ordered salmon and was brought swordfish. The server came to “apologize” and showed me that he had written down swordfish not salmon. He also told me that he would have asked how I wanted my salmon cooked if I had ordered it. He never said he was sorry for the mistake. He said he was sorry for the “miscommunication.” I didn’t miscommunicate. I don’t like swordfish. I would not have ordered it. He heard me wrong and wrote it down wrong. The mistake was his and he implied that I had ordered the wrong thing. The manager came by and apologized in a professional manner as would be standard in a restaurant such as this. When they brought our bill the did comp my son’s dessert and my coffee which is also pretty standard in such a case, particularly since I was not rude about the mistake, just asked for the correct order. Finally, I came home to find an email from open table saying that I had no showed on my reservation, and that I would get a black mark on my account for it. (Four strikes and your account will be suspended). This shouldn’t matter to me as I always cancel reservations rather than no show and I will not reach the four mark termination point, but when I checked in at the desk at legal and said I had a reservation and gave my name, the staff never checked me in. It was not busy so they just seated us. Open table was able to confirm with the restaurant that we dined there (given the above experience). Sloppy
I've loved Legal Seafoods for nearly 50 years. Their food only gets better. The menu offers so many options and the food is always reliably delicious and healthy. If you steer clear of the fried options. But those are delicious! This is a reliable Go To restaurant and great for almost any occasion.
The waiter Sergio was excellent. He made the dinner. We went Christmas day and from making dinner suggestions to service 5 star. I had twin lobster one baked stuffed and was very good with shrimp crab and scallops very good. My wife had steak and very pleased. We have been 6 or 7 times this year and always great food.
Repeating a Xmas Eve tradition that has not disappointed in 3 years.
The service was excellent and we both had cocktails - mine the old favorite Maple Old Fashioned and my wife loved the Cranberry Lemon Drop. She was not entirely satisfied with eth clams and immediately was offered a nice salad, to go with her twin lobsters. My Bang Bang Cauliflower - delicious preceded an excellent piece of swordfish with red onion jam. Ourserver Emily was delightful and we succumbed to bread and Butter Pudding topped with caramel, with maple syrup sauce. It is obvious we left the restaurant happy and replete.
Our Christmas Eve dinner out with elderly parents was a disappointment. Service was poor. Our order was "lost" by the waiter which meant our neighboring tables enjoyed a full course meal, paid their bill, left and were replaced by another party before our appetizer, fried clams, arrived. The clams were cold and sparse. My diet coke was flat and syrupy and the requested lemon did not arrive until the ice in the drink had melted. Two of the four entrées, baked stuffed shrimp with broccoli, were rubbery and cold. There was supposed to be a crab meat stuffing but I was hard-pressed to find any crab meat in the mass of mushy flavorless bread-like pudding. My mother had only 3 shrimp in her entrée...we counted the tails for each order. The broccoli, the accompaniment, was cold and tough, not al dente, mind you, but, "Sir, may I please have a serrated knife to chop off the tree trunks of the broccoli before I attempt losing my teeth when I take a bite?"
The coffee was excellent as were the ice cream bonbons and the warm rolls.
After having been to Legal for more than 30 years the quality of both the food and the service was sadly lacking. The manager, after speaking to her privately, had one of the four meals comped as well as the appetizer, which took over 40 minutes to arrive. Overall, it felt like just another overpriced, commercial restaurant chain. Even keeping in mind that it was a busy holiday weekend and our waiter seemed to be undergoing a personal crisis, I will not choose to dine at the Framingham Legal Seafood in the near future.
We go to Legal seafoods often and it never disappoints. We brought our cousin who came for the first time and she loved it. They split the lemon caper dover sole and it not only fed both of them they had leftovers as well. I had the chef's assortment of salmon, swordfish, tuna scallops and shrimp and it was superb. If you want to go out for seafood Legal Seafoods is excellent.
It starts with the delicious hot rolls and goes on from there. The chowder is the best we have ever had, and that's going back to the 1980s. The shrimp and pasta was just right for a cold winter night and we love the crabcakes. It's a rare visit when we don't order them. So - another winner a dinner at Legal's. It's not cheap, but it is consistently excellent.
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