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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.

50-60 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm

Cross Street:
Route 9

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(508) 766-0600

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Framingham-Route-9

Parking Details:
Land a parking spot in the lot right in front of our door

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (50)
Good for Birthdays (44)
Good for a Date (36)
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Business Meals (34)
Casual (34)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Great for Lunch (31)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Good for Groups (30)
Healthy (29)
Worth the Drive (26)
Local Ingredients (24)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Kid-friendly (20)
Comfort Food (19)
Fun (18)
Authentic (17)
Gluten Free Options (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
Notable Wine List (14)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Cozy (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
People Watching (9)
Seasonal (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Romantic (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great Beer (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Legal is always very good. Best chowder ever. Very tasty and fresh seafood. Bar is great for eating and watching sports.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

We took advantage of Chowda day with chowder $1 a cup with an entree. Of course, this was too much food, so I took half of it home. Food and service were excellent.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Legals is a great place to go for outstanding seafood. The clam chowder is the best around.

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

My favorite dish is a Caesar salad with fresh Maine crabmeat, but when supplies are low and I cannot get the crabmeat, I'll choose something else similarly healthy and tasty. This time it was the grilled shrimp and sweet potato with kale. I was outstanding. So delicious. I have never had a bad mean at Legal, and we've been going there--Framingham, Cambridge, Boston--for at least 25 years.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Got put in the back room on the right. Pretty close quarters. The table next to us complained about it being too cold so they cranked up the heat to the point that it was unbearable. Oysters, Shrimp, Scallops always great. Server was ok. A little slow to come around. I go there often and will continue to go back but the experience was just a little bit off tonight.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was outstanding. The waitress was very efficient and friendly. I would definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

As always superior service and the very best very freshest seafood. Always worth the trip!

Tags: Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fun, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

The place was busy and everything was working like a well oiled clock. From the service, food, wine, oysters, the presentation, perfect!

Tags: Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

I usually enjoy Legal but the other night was off. The service was fair at best and my tuna steak was over cooked .

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·Dined 6 days ago

it was good

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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great spot for a business lunch in Framingham. Highly recommended.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food was average at best. They ran out of two of the three meals we ordered. My broiled fish platter had little flavor and looked baked not broiled. Bar had a funky smell. Will not be in any rush to go back. Our waiter was sweet.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Friendly experienced servers. Good food.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Legal seafood has great food....ive been going for 20 years...but the value has declined consistently over the last 3 to 5 years

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The service was wonderful. Seth was a great waiter. The oysters were delicious and good and cold.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great service fast efficient and friendly. We were disappointed that at 7.30 on New Year’s Eve they had already sold out of large and medium lobsters!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and exceptional wait staff. A great dining experience attribute to the owner

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, not hurried, waiter was excellent. A great start to our New Years Eve festivities!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Outstanding seafood options and service. We are consistently impressed with the restaurant!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our waiter Carlos was fantastic as was the food.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We go to Legal's often, the food is always great. I make reservations and plan ahead. I am not a fan of being put in the bar area with the kids, but as bars go it's not the loudest or rowdiest, so we dealt with it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The seafood was top notch as always, and our server was excellent.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was great per usual. Everything was delicious.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Ordered haddock, delivered scrod. When I brought it to waiters attention, manager came over offered the correct dish in 15 minuets or free scrod. The scrod was perfectly prepared. Could have been haddock.
I love Legal Sea Food, for lunch as well as dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our server Bryan was attentive, courteous, effective and efficient. He made our dining experience memorable. Kevin, thank you very much for the complimentary dessert of delicious bread pudding. Y.S. Kim

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Love the Everything Tuna. Ordered med. rare and received rare, and ate it anyway-- still good. Other than that everything was perfect! Legal is very reliable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 28, 2017

2 friends mtg up after a few yrs. We were able to talk more than eat, and we weren’t rushed out.
Always get the Steamers and Chowder

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Unfortunately even though we had a reservation we had to wait 20 to be seated. The first table was too small for 8 people so we had to move. We had to wait a long time for our food

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I am always so pleased with Framingham's Legal. As someone with food allregies, I appreciate the care and concern they take with my food and everything is delicious!

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I've been here a number of times. The last two visits, I had the same server. Chiasson is one of the best servers that I've had the pleasure of meeting. He is focused and thoughtful, with a great memory. Looking forward to next time. See you soon!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great option for Christmas dinner. Service and food were excellent.
So lucky they were open after being stuck in an airport half the day.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Our favorite meal, the assortment. Chef's selection of 3 types of fish plus scallops and shrimp. Was an

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Everyone ordered something very different, all were pleased.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

All was good. Lounge area is noisy and sitting near the window was chilly.
Food was good.

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