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Legal Seafoods, Legacy Place - Dedham, Mixed Review, HIccups, and Pounding Music


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Legal Seafoods, Legacy Place - Dedham, Mixed Review, HIccups, and Pounding Music

Brio | | Dec 27, 2009 11:01 AM

My husband I tried the newly opened Legal Seafoods at Dedham last Saturday night. When you walk in, the new restaurant is open, nicely laid out and has a modern, good feel. What you notice most of all...and continue to the LOUD, hard pounding rock music, which makes conversation almost impossible. Clearly, my husband and I are not their target group. The tables are placed 'just' far enough apart so that diners are not sitting on top of each other, which is nice. And because it has just opened, managers are everywhere. When I asked our waitress about Legal Seafoods fishing sustainability practices, she went and got a manager who came and explained them to us. The gist is that he strongly emphasizes the quality of the seafood and their testing, rather than sustainability efforts of which they are making some. I do give them credit for that. The manager left off, until I asked him, which fish were farmed (the salmon and trout) and did not mention that all the shrimp come from Thailand (but don't worry - Legal Seafoods brought the farm). The menu is limited and promotes standard fish fare...typical fish oriented appetizers, the ordinary salads, grilled fish and some specialties. My husband had grilled swordfish with potatoes gratin and cold brussel spouts; I had the grilled tuna with spinach and brown rice. Presentation is not a strong point. I had my tuna, a pile of brown rice and the spinach. The tuna was excellently grilled, but seemed flavorless. Some wasabi would have been great. The brown rice could have used a bit of herbs or 'something' to make it appealing. By contrast my husband's sword fish was very good and the gratin a nice accompaniment. Our drinks that we ordered to go with the meal, came halfway through the meal. We grabbed a manager and asked if the music could be turned down. She told us that the music was set within a range, but she would try. The music volume did drop some but honestly, the rock club atmosphere was off putting if you expected a more relaxing ambiance. The meal itself would rank an 'ok' - nothing to brag about to anyone. The limited menu would quickly become tiring. The service tried hard and had hiccups, most likely due to its newness. Our meal was not inexpensive-$70 for entrees only + 1 glass of wine and 2 beers. We were really hoping for something better at Legacy Place. I think the main point to remember is that Legal Seafoods is a chain restaurant trying to convey it is not. Definitely would not take older family members with the music situation.