I heart Legal Sea Foods.
Legal Sea Foods has a number of locations through Boston and area suburbs. Legal also has a test kitchen down by the Harbor, which I have never been to, but hear is a lot of fun.
Even if you do not like fish, this is a nice place to eat. They do have a number of non-seafood options.
The restaurant has a nice ambiance: it’s pretty much the same at all locations: dim lighting, well-spaced tables, large banquettes and little waterfall features. I like that despite its extensive seafood offerings, none of the locations I have visited smell fishy.
Dining here is always very easy. Every Legal staff member I have spoken to is well-trained on food allergies. They don’t even have to call over a manager. Legal caters to a lot of different allergies. On a recent trip to the Burlington location, the waitress mentioned that she had worked with a large party for almost a half-hour to accommodate all the allergies around the table.
I am a huge fan of their pan-fried chickpea flour calamari. They also have gluten-free, pan-fried French fries.
In addition to the fry-o-later fix, Legal offers a variety of appetizers, soups, salads with gluten-free croutons and a number of other fish dishes and sides. I have tried a lot of them and they are all really great.
Legal has a separate prep area for gluten-free foods. Even if you are ordering something that does not have gluten, like edamame, let the staff know about your allergy. They still prep it in the g/f area to avoid cross-contamination.
This is a rather pricey, but excellent option for gluten-free diners. It is worth an occasional splurge. I would highly recommend going here, especially if you are just starting out on your gluten-free dietary adventures.
Legal makes dining out with allergies painless. I especially appreciate their dedication to promoting allergy awareness.
g/f friendly: 5 out of 5
taste and quality of food: 5 out of 5