Legal Sea Foods - Cranston

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Seafood
In the “Ocean State,” Legal Sea Foods makes waves serving over 40 varieties of fish and shellfish throughout the year. Our central bar and contemporary nautically-themed design provide a fresh experience for seafood lovers in Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. In warmer months, we retract the glass walls of our dining room to convert the space into a large covered patio.

We are conveniently located at Garden City Center for those who want to shop and then drop in for a bite.

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New England
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious service was great. Will be back. After the corona virus.

M
New England
35 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

TROUT WAS VERY GOOD... MY DAUGHTER LOVED HER VEGAN MEAL AND MY WIFE VERY MUCH ENJOYED THE SHIMP COCKTAIL AND SALAD. ANOTHER HAPPY NIGHT AL LEGAL SEAFOODS!

e
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

YUM YUM YUM - LEAP DAY LOBSTER SPECIAL. LOBSTER COMA

C
New England
35 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went for the lobster and it didn’t disappoint. Excellent meal at a great price. Everyone from the hostess to our wait staff were friendly and efficient even though it was very busy. Will definitely be back.

MW
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Leap year special was worth the crowd at the restaurant. The lobsters were small and we should have each ordered the special instead of sharing one. The chopped salad was excellent. The calamari was a small portion and overwhelmed by the peppers and sauce- the calamari was not as crisp as I like my squid to be cooked.

The service was very slow and our waiter never brought our rolls and we had to ask another waiter. We watched every table around us be served their lobster meal before us even those seated after us. If we return we will ask to be seated in another section.

RR
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a very nice location!! Garden City is a great spot and Legals fits in great there!

T
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been in a while and now sorry we hadn’t. Food was excellent. Excellent fish and chips with enough to have a second time as leftovers. Scrod was great. Shrimp cocktail fresh and tasty. With the busy Avvio and Tavern in the same Garden City, don’t forget about this place. 😀. We certainly won’t again!!

F
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Rose was attentive and friendly.

C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very modern and up beat place to eat. They really know how to cook seafood, and it was delicious. This is the safest place to eat if food allergies or celiac disease is your concern.

CB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reliable, fresh fish, in pleasant surroundings. Stuffies and chowder are simply the best, by a mile.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding as usual,and so was the food. We've never had a bad meal at eirher location. Thanks for the wonderful experience.

M
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

consistently good. We sat at the bar this time. The bar tender was excellent!

SR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brian was professional and was attentive to our table. We enjoyed our evening.

SH
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My overall experience at legal Sea bar was an amazing one. There was so much creativity in the way that the food was prepared the quality of the food was unbelievable and I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for delicious seafood.

M
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love The trout. They make it so well!!

C
New England
56 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

For many years and for various reasons I have been a strong proponent of Legals. But over my last 3-4 visits I think I'm "all set". NOT saying that it is terrible, but I have found that EVERY time I walk out of the restaurant I say that it was either "good" or "ok". And for a restaurant that was at one time "the place" (I witnessed it), combined now with the INCREDIBLE prices they charge... "good" is not even close to being good enough. $81.00 (pre-tip) for 2 entrees, 1 appetizer, 2 drinks, NO dessert and NO coffee? Sorry, if it was 30-40% less costly, I might return, but "good" is just not good enough anymore for those prices. Moving on.

SJ
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience - will visit again! Thanks for an enjoyable evening.

DH
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Huge improvement in location and ambience from former location. I always love the food there, but we had a large group and it's rare to have everyone happy with their meals -- everyone thought the food was exceptional. Reliably excellent!

p
New England
43 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent waitperson, checked with chef on anything of which she was not certain. It was appreciated.
Dinner was excellent for three of the four of us, very good for the fourth.
Restaurant was not crowded, so noise was never an issue.
It appears to be a place where noise might well be an issue when the restaurant is full. No textiles, high ceiling, one large room.
All in all, a good restaurant experience. We will certainly return.

g
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had tickets to the Gamm, about 10 minutes from Legal, so we planned Restaurant Week lunch late for lunch and ate through hours of relaxing dining.

d
New England
33 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

food was overcooked and had to go back for it to be done correctly

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent the portion was very good, upon return I would gladly order the same meal and that is indicative of how much that I enjoyed my visit to Legal Sea Foods.

w
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want fresh fish that is absolutely delicious check out Legal Sea Foods in Cranston. They have gone back to pretty much the old menu and it is the best! Lemon Caper Sole my favorite.

J
New England
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was cooked perfect. The only comment I would add is the menu lists RI Chowder. RI Chowder is clear broth not red. Red chowder is Manhattan.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall1food3service2ambience4

Service not so good. Red chowder was terrible. 2nd time there ( Cranston RI)
I don't see myself going back.

LB
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent! The food is always great!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food quality has slightly decreased since moving locations. Restaurant has a beautiful ambience now. But I’d rather sacrifice ambience to maintain the food quality from the previous location. Mashed potatoes aren’t offered as a side anymore which is also odd.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was perfectly prepared. Also one member of our group has severe allergies and felt his needs were properly addressed.

DV
New England
18 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

our meal is always great. Love the place. Would highly recommend

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice place for a New Years Eve dinner.

BM
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on new year's eve. Service was very good. Food was delicious. Dedicated gluten free fryolator so was able to get gluten free calamari and fish and chips, delicious! What a treat!

DD
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Seafood was fresh, service was great, especially considering that it was New Year's Eve. Restaurant was VERY hot, with heat blowing on the guests. When we asked, they did mention that many were hot and they adjusted accordingly. Although the food was great, prices are high, considering the generous availability of fresh seafood in the area. Overall a good experience.

R
New England
67 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was delicious.

VP
New England
33 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and Brooke provided excellent service.

d
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dec. 25th (2019) 6:30pm Christmas dinner reservation. 3 adults Caterpillar sushi: very good; crispy pan seared chicken breast over mashed potatoes with roasted chopped (browned w/crispy corners) carrots. Potatoes key lime pie wth raspberry sauce--good, but not nearly enough raspberry sauce was added to the pie's white "cream" sauce; Boston cream pie--delicious!

AL
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was overall really good! The black beans and rice were obviously microwaved though and we’re not that great. Service was bad. Waiter did not give his name, spent 2 seconds introducing the menu. Barely saw him. When he did come to our table, he just said corny stuff. He told my mother that he prefers her meal over mine (we both got tacos). Which I get sounds like he enjoys the food, but made me feel like my meal was not good. He referred my mother as “the one in the back”, just say miss because she was the only lady at my table. I also overheard the bar say, “would you want to use the same glass?” Which sounds ridiculous because if you could get a new clean glass, who would want to reuse their old glass. Just give them a new one.

LJ
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Portion of steak tips on surf and turf were small and a little overcooked. Shrimp was also a bit overcooked. The tuna sashimi appetizer was very good though! Not sure I would return to this Legal Seafood when the Boson area Legals are excellent.

CC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Day at Legal Seafood was fun. The restaurant is nicely decorated, colorful and bright. The service is friendly and professional and nothing is forgotten. The menu has nice choices with something for everyone. We had reservations and were seated promptly. I would go there again and highly recommend.

C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

A 15 minute wait with a reservation . A foreign object in my meal ruined Christmas dinner. The item was simply removed from the bill. No attempt was made to soften the inconvenience. Unfortunately the staff seemed overwhelmed. Perhaps holiday reservations should be on the half hour instead of every 15 minutes. Thanksgiving dinner was better than Christmas lunch. Unsure if I’ll return.

GF
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve. We arrived for a 5:15 reservation. Was seated promptly in a booth. I ordered boiled lobster which was very sweet and tender. My guests also liked their entrees. Our waitress paced our meal and allowed us enough time to savor the evening. My elderly mother was with us and many of the veteran waitresses came over to greet her as they have waited on us over the past 20 years. That made our evening very special.

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