Massachusetts, United States Food Guide: 10 American food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Framingham

December 9, 2019 Misti Hsu

Find out what American restaurants to try in Framingham. Framingham /ˈfreɪmɪŋˌhæm/ ( listen) is a city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. Incorporated in 1700, it is located within Middlesex County and the MetroWest subregion of the Greater Boston metropolitan area. The city proper covers 25 square miles (65 km) with an estimated population of 68,318 in 2010, making it the 14th most populous municipality in Massachusetts. Residents voted in favor of adopting a charter to transition from a representative town meeting system to a mayor–council government in April 2017, and the municipality transitioned to city status on January 1, 2018.
Things to do in Framingham

10. Kugel's Deli

855 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701-5258 American, Deli Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 508-620-1300 http://www.kugelsdeli.com
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4 based on 72 reviews

Kugel's Deli

Reviewed By cootmom

If you grew up eating great corned beef, pastrami and matzo ball soup, you'll feel like you're on a wonderful backwards time machine at Kugel's. Walk in and you'll see all the usual schnorrers, chatting and devouring their lean corned beef. Nothing fancy, just a great menu, and the most difficult choice is:breakfast or lunch? The servers are funny, friendly, and fast, and I even got slipped an extra pickle when I asked the source (Regal Pickles of NJ). Go for the nostalgic experience and the wonderful food.

9. Bourbon's Kitchen & Cocktails

47 Beacon St, Framingham, MA 01701-4906 American, Bar, Pub Dinner Seating, Serves Alcohol, Table Service [email protected] +1 508-861-7997 http://www.bourbonsframingham.com/
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4 based on 51 reviews

Bourbon's Kitchen & Cocktails

Reviewed By fba5

Their website description is "a neighborhood restaurant & lounge." Although many of the menu choices were more innovative, it really was quite noisy inside, more like the atmosphere you'd expect in a tavern. Three out of four of us really enjoyed our dinners. One person thought the breading on the chicken in "not yo mama’s piccata" made the dish too heavy though. The only disappointment for the the table was the special appetizer of the day, zucchini; it had been sliced, like a cucumber, & breaded with not much flavor. The rest of our dinner orders though were above average.

8. The Oregon Club

117 Oregon Rd, Ashland, MA 01721-1012 American, French Dinner Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards [email protected] +1 508-875-9030 http://www.theoregonclub.com/
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4 based on 163 reviews

The Oregon Club

Reviewed By Brian S

Unique experience in old speakeasy. Multiple rooms with a handful of tables adds to the intimacy of the dining experience. You can actually enjoy dinner and conversation as not as loud a restaurants with large open dining areas. Menu sufficient with daily specials. Food was very good ... All prepared to order and presented beautifully. Very nice food. Staff are friendly and attentive. Lots of neat memorabilia around to add to the atmosphere.. Definitely recommend for a nice dinner if you are in the area. Reservations recommended as it is a small place and very popular.

7. John Harvard's Brew House

1 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701-5359 American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service +1 508-875-2337 http://www.johnharvards.com/locations/framingham-ma
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3 based on 230 reviews

John Harvard's Brew House

Reviewed By JeffreyR411911

We went in for a quick lunch and were seated immediately, served quickly and friendly, and received our meals hot and properly cooked. It is a very enjoyable experience even though it is a brew-house and we don't drink beer. We lunch here about twice each year when traveling through to visit family and it is never a disappointment. I can not imagine what went wrong for anyone who didn't like it because they are very eager to please.We recommend this restaurant highly. Comfortable and tasty. We had their Shepard's Pie this time.

6. Zaftig's

1298 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760-1501 American, Deli Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Reservations +1 508-653-4442 http://www.zaftigs.com/
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4 based on 246 reviews

Zaftig's

Reviewed By Dean O

Back in February 2012, I gave Zaftig's a glowing five-star review here on TripAdvisor. Fast forward seven years, and my perspective has changed significantly. A recent lunch visit with my wife was effectively ruined by someone having an especially bad day. And we're not going to take the chance on a repeat performance.

5. Ashland Ale House

23 Pond St, Ashland, MA 01721-2054 American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service [email protected] +1 508-861-7780 http://ashlandalehouse.com
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4 based on 138 reviews

Ashland Ale House

Reviewed By gatortunor

Lively neighborhood sports bar. Had the Pistol Pete Smoke Stack Burger. It was piled high with topped high with bacon cheddar and onion strings. Had some many onion strings, there is no reason to order a side...But their onion rings looked awesome.

4. The Cheesecake Factory

1245 Worcester St Ste 1098, Natick, MA 01760 American Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service +1 508-653-0011 http://locations.thecheesecakefactory.com/ma/natick-134.html
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4 based on 344 reviews

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory offers something for everyone featuring a wide variety of over 200 menu items prepared fresh to order each day, plus over 30 legendary varieties of the Finest Cheesecake.

Reviewed By BostonERdoc

You wait forever for a table, then you sit in a noisy dining room, then you eat.....eh....food, then you pay. Pretty much sums it up. We are so sorry for this disappointing experience with us, Bostonerdoc. Next time if there is anything about your experience that can be improved, please let our managers know so we can do our best to make it right. We appreciate your patience with the wait and thank you for taking the time to share this with us.

50-60 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01702-5361 American, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Takeout, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Ta +1 508-766-0600 http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/framingham-route-9-123
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4 based on 731 reviews

Legal Sea Foods

No one wants to get lost at sea, but those who have a taste for fun do enjoy long visits in our Natick/Framingham restaurant. Beach yourself in our dining room for seafood, rock the boat in our lounge or reel in some fresh catch in our drive-by takeout wi

Reviewed By WINEandTRAVEL

This place belongs in the Restaurant Hall of Fame... so good, always!Tonight house salad with creamy peppercorn, light clam chower, shrimp cocktail, baked stuffed shrimp... perfectly prepared. Awesome service from Serge. Parking is pretty easy too.

2. Jack’s Abby

100 Clinton St, Framingham, MA 01702-6748 American, Bar, Pizza, Pub Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service [email protected] +1 508-872-0900 http://jacksabby.com
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4 based on 250 reviews

Jack’s Abby

Reviewed By Matthew A

Our hotel shuttle brought us out for some dinner and adult beverages. This place really hit the spot. The beers and food were really good and really hit the spot. The atmosphere, even on a Tuesday night, was great. I left completely stuffed! I'd like to go back and try some more of their beers and different menu items.

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1. J&M Diner

50 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01702-5361 American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +1 508-875-7811 http://jmdiner.com/
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4 based on 377 reviews

J&M Diner

Breakfast & Brunch We’re a family run diner that lost our business for over 20 years due to a fire. We are thrilled to be back in Framingham serving the people who make the world go ‘round. Hours: 6:00am to 2:00pm daily *Only closed on Christmas Day*

Reviewed By NEtraveler707

We went on a weekday late morning, and there was about a 20-minute wait for a table. The service was prompt and friendly; they brought drinks right away and checked in about refills frequently, but not annoyingly so. The coffee is excellent, and refills come with both hot and iced.I had the half-size egg benedict. It comes with home fries and was plenty filling. I was asked whether I wanted the poached egg soft or medium, which was a nice touch. Most items on the menu look enormous, and I saw many people leaving with boxes of leftovers. I hope to return when I can share one of their pancake or waffle creations.

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