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“Go for the fish, stay for the wine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Legal Seafoods

Legal Seafoods
Route 9, 50-60 Worcester Road, Natick, MA 01702
508-766-0600
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Ranked #9 of 96 Restaurants in Natick
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Go for the fish, stay for the wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Legal Seafoods is the go-to place for fish in the Boston area, both for locals and for tourists looking for an authentic Boston dining experience. This is no clam shack, but an upscale outfit that's serious about its seafood. Don't come here if you're mostly interested in chicken or steak - although they have both. I'm always mystified by people who come to a place with "Seafood" in its name and complain that the menu is "limited" because it's all fish. D'oh!

But if you're looking for a great assortment of the local catch, you can generally find it here: cod, tuna, swordfish, oysters, lobster, etc., offered grilled or steamed with an array of sauces to pick from. The chefs also experiment with more exotic preparations for daily specials -- often nut crusts or Asian-influenced dishes. I had a terrific macadamia nut-crusted mahi mahi recently, while one friend had the tuna (granted, cooked just a little too long) with broccoli rabe. Another big eater in the group had the scallops -- a portion so substantial that even she couldn't finish them -- while another happily downed the bluefish. All happy.

Salads were fresh, rolls were warm, service was attentive, the decor pleasant in a restaurant-in-a-shopping mall way.

But the thing that elevates this restaurant above its fishy peers is its wine list. Curated by Master of Wine Sandy Block, it offers an unusual selection of interesting wines at very reasonable prices. Last time we were there with friends (all local residents and long-time Legal lovers), we had a very nice valpolicella, but the real find was a terrific flanghina -- a crisp white Italian wine that thrives in volcanic soil --- in this case, the terroir of Pompeii. It was evidently one of our server's favorites, since she was eager to tell us its history and charms in great detail. Needless to say, we relished every drop. A happy change from our usual sauvignon blanc.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Vadnais Heights
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Below average food for cost and reputation.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012 via mobile

The resturant atmosphere and customer service where on the higher end. I ordered what I would consider to be a staple at a seafood resturant on the east coast - lobster bisque, surf and turf with lobster and a filet mignon. The bisque was forgettable, the lobster was served coolish, the filet was tough and required A1 sauce and the corn on the cob was clearly microwaved.

For over $50 (not including my desert or wi e) I expected ALOT better.

My dinner last night at the national chain Cheescake Factory was far superior for much less.

Not returning.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“So-so food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I am not a fan of franchises, but I had heard that this was a good one. On the whole, I wasn't impressed; the decor was nice, but the food was greasy and lacked finesse. I found the menu rather limited, especially if you really weren't into all fish.

Visited March 2012
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Reno, Nevada, United States
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent seafood and service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

I have eaten several times at Legal Seafoods at a couple of locations. Every time the seafood and service has been excellent. Moderately priced, nice bar, friendly staff. Last night I had fresh oysters as an appetitzer and they were fresh, clean and tasty. That was followed by that night's special of macadamia nut encrusted mahi mahi, which was excellent also.

I recommend it!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Seafood at Its Finest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

"Legal" prides itself in FRESH seafood, and for good reason. Their food always taste fresh and wonderful. I had the 1 3/4# lobster. It was perfectly prepared and delightful to eat. Others had ciopinno, fresh fish, lobster stuffed with crab and other dishes. Every one was perfectly prepared and excellent. The quality of service was in keeping with the quality of food. The only downside to the meal was the noise level. This is a large dining area, and it was almost totally full. The noise level was bearable, but distracting. But for that many people, it was manageable. This place is always busy, and often times requires a wait, even with reservations. But the fresh food is worth waiting for. After all -- "If it isn't fresh, it isn't legal!"

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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