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Legal Seafood?

Opinions, please, about dinner at Legal Seafood. I know nothing about it. Thanks!

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  1. Twice we had office dinners there and I would say the quality has gone way downhill in recent years. I would characterize it as typical chain food, but with higher prices. Definitely not recommended.

    1. Good consistant quality, plenty of choices and preparations on the menu, nothing great or rememberable, I prefer Turner Seafood.

      1. Having eaten there twice, relatively recently, I would say that the food is fresh, the service is OK, but it is a horrible value...good chowder, though...

        1. We eat at the Framingham and Chestnut HiLl Legals fairly frequently. WE have NEVER had a bad meal. The fish is fresh, the preparations simple but nice and the service excellent. The oysters are very fresh and many varieties. The mixed greens with balsamic tomato vinaigrette is excellent. Crabcakes, sole with leomon caper butter and Rhode Island Style calamari all excellent. Also, the fisherman's platter is great. Very good wine list which is reasonably priced. At least you should try it and make your own judgment.

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          1. re: emilief

            the ones up near boston, kind of the originals, are much better than the chains throughout the country. they are not worth the money, imo.

            1. re: meb903

              Legal Seafoods is decent chain. I agree with meb903, the restaurants in Boston are better than the outposts.

              IMHO McCormick & Schmick's is a better (although more upscale and more expensive) seafood chain than Legal Seafood.

              1. re: mepm231

                I would third that, but the last experience at the one nearest the Theatre District was disappointing. Still it's the only chain seafood resto i'd consider going to, even if only in Boston. I'm not at all fond of McCormick & Schmick's schtick and I find their owners to be less than ethical when entering new markets.

                1. re: Panini Guy

                  i know this reply is a year after your post, panini guy, but if you are still reading, would you please explain your statement: "I find their owners to be less than ethical when entering new markets."

            2. re: emilief

              agree with all of this, but I'm from Boston as well so maybe I have only tried the "good" Legals

            3. I think it's definitely gone downhill in recent years, but I still frequent it because it's one of the few places I can rely on for bluefish during the season (not now). That being said, their kid's menu is one of the best in the industry. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies, great healthy options. Can't be beat.