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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill
Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Chestnut-Hill-Chestnut-Hill-Shopping-Center
  • Phone: (617) 277-7300
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm


    Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm


    Sunday: 12n - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here at Chestnut Hill, our private dining room can accommodate up to 65 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 9 and Hammond Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Land a parking spot in the rear lot right in front of our door.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.

One of our first restaurants and still a popular lure, we are located on Route 9 in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center. We are still keeping things fresh at our bar, our open dining room and in our take-out counter and Fish Market.

Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker.

We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” (USA Today, 2013), “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Have been going to Legal for years and it has never disappointed us. Always good food."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The food here is always just average. It's not very inspired. I go here each time because I know there will be a large offering of many kinds of seafood, and my out of town friends always want seafood. However, I'm always underwhelmed and find myself wishing I had taken them to a more inventive place. It's just not that exciting in any way."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "It's not my favorite Legal's - it's local which is nice, but the menu on the waterfront - even downstairs is much more exciting."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "We had a large crowd of various ages. Service was excellent. Food OK."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Disappointing. Music was too loud, hard to hear. Waiter was pleasant but service was very slow. The good: the fish was excellent. The bad: had Boston Creme Pie for dessert, it tasted old and the chocolate sauce was stone cold. I've had better experiences other times, but in all this one was disappointing."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I'm a big fan of Legal's, but I would not go back to this location. Not only was the food bland, the service was lacking, and noise level was very high. The staff and management seemed to be going through the motions and couldn't care less if customers really enjoyed their experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "If this was the first time dining at this restaurant, it would have been my last ... Waitress was totally inattentive to our needs and on several occasions, we had to flag down anyone to fill water glasses, get extra silverware, etc. Food was up to Legal's standards which was the good news"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Had a delicious dinner and great service. Betsy is a fantastic server. We will return. Betsy and Bruce, Needham, MAp"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I eat at Legal often. They serve the best and freshest seafood in Bosto"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I dined with my wife, mother in law and my 2 yr old daughter , it was great food good service and polite staff that made it a great night."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We arrived early for our reservation and had a drink at the bar before our friends arrived. Lots of traffic here. This is a busy mall. I was very surprised to see the range of customers at this restaurant; families with small kids, all sizes of groups, singles, couples of all ages. That said, every table was filled and the customers moved in and out of the place very smoothly. Given the kinds of customers they had, they kept things moving so there wasn't a lot of noise due to long waits. Hosts and waitstaff did a great job. The service was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Legal's is my go to restaurant and it rarely if ever disappoints. My daughter recently became "gluten free" and we have been struggling to find places she can really enjoy. At Legal's in Chestnut hill she had a whole menu of nothing but Gluten free choices. Big plus, they have Gluten Free rolls that give their regular rolls a real run for the money. In all, another home run for Legals"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The great thing about Legal Sea Foods is that it is always a sure thing. The clam chowder was great and the service was very good. We enjoyed our meals."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We have enjoyed eating at this location on other occasions, but this visit was a disappointment: the codfish, while good, was served with dry, not quite hot, white rice. Our guest's salad included wilted lettuce. We expect better of this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "From the moment we arrived we received a friendly greeting and was immediately escorted to our table. The entire meal was fresh and very good and we were never rushed between servings. Always a great meal at Legal Seafood."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We requested a quiet "table" because we were meeting friends from out of town who we see once a year and wanted to spend some time with them. We got a call from the restaurant in the afternoon telling us that it would be easier to get a quiet booth than a table. That exceeded our expectations. We couldn't have had a better booth and our server was superb!! Great food, as usual. The staff went the extra mile to reserve the perfect location and our server was superb."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food is always great. I am a fine cook myself so I am picky. I never choose wrong with Legal."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I have been a fan since the 90's and generally find the experience pleasant, dependable and consistent. We had dinner there the previous weekend and had a wonderful time. This time, the service was slow and the fish, while fresh, was not well-prepared. In fairness, it was incredibly busy and I suspect the kitchen was overwhelmed. The waitstaff was very apologetic, but it really wasn't their fault. I would still go there again, but it was definitely not a great night."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Kudos to the staff on Friday night. They made a mistake on my reservation of 12 and they owned up to it, made accommodations and made our dining experience a good one. Thanks!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This was the perfect spot for 4 old friends to gather to share memories and good food. It's easy to get to and parking is plentiful. We were seated at the window, out of the hustle bustle of the rest of the restaurant, able to enjoy good conversation and choose from a wide variety of dishes pleasing to our divergent tastes and dietary needs. The fried clams were crispy and plentiful just like they should be; the lobster roll was packed full; the crab cake sandwich was tasty; and, my salmon burger was a treat, an item you just don't find anywhere else. Our wait person was very attentive and patient with us, making sure we were well taken care of including taking pictures of us at our "reunion". We'll definitely consider going there again."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Fish is always fresh and delicious, not fancy but flavorful."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This was not Legal at its finest. We were seated at a noisy table in the middle of a traffic path. We served a dirty water glass (does anyone look at what they're serving?) and then a dirty plate. Ick! We usually love Legal Sea Foods with its consistently terrific food, beverages and service. I hope they are not resting on their laurels."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "This was my 2nd visit to Legal Seafoods. First was several years ago-wasn't impressed then, but we were visiting Boston area & my girls wanted clam chowder, so I thought I'd give it another try. Was MUCH better than I remember my first visit (at another location, I am certain, though I don't recall which one). Calamari was very good-clearly fresh: soft, not rubbery like some I've had. We weren't that hungry so only had clam chowder (very good), a wedge salad (quarter of a head of iceberg lettuce) with bacon, tomatoes & blue cheese vinagrette (also very good, & very good portion), & another salad from the lunch menu-don't recall the name but it had goat cheese, avocado, tortilla strips-very good. Would definitely go again. Reasonable prices."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Restaurant is noisy. Despite having a reservation each time we are always shown to a completely unsatisfactory table. We will no longer subject ourselves to having to ask for a table not in a windowless party room, a table next to the kitchen or adjacent to the computer where the waitstaff congregates."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "It was my wife's birthday. She lived the food. My kids enjoyed their meals especially one of them who felt special because it had a gluten free menu. Great ambience. Very nice service."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "If you like seafood, you really can't go wrong at Legals. They have an outstanding menu, good variety, the service as always excellent. And the food is delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Very poor service the waiter never showed up for long times. Had to go find him to get the check. Food was average at best. This chain is living on prior reputation. You can do much better elsewhere"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "The excellent service and high quality food never fluctuate. It always delights."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our waiter was great, very attentive and entertaining. He kept coming back to our table to make sure we loved our food, which we did."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Fish always fresh and good. Very consistent, but nothing exciting/creative on menu. Great for large groups, kids and last minute reservation. Service good"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I give the restaurant 5 stars. Had a AMAZING time. Andrew gave us great service and went the extra mile to make sure everything was right. The General Manager Enzo came by and made us felt like we where at home. Thank you Andrew and Enzo you guys are the BEST."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a great meal at Legal's. The food is always consistently good. The rainbow trout was a large portion and it was delicious. The service was outstanding. Our waiter, Christian was attentive and extremely nice. We really enjoyed him. The manager came to our table and was interested in how we were enjoying our meal. We would definitely recommend Legal's. It is the only restaurant that my husband will order fish."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Our group of four all agreed that our dinners were superb. Two members opted to split both appetizers and entree. The server arranged for the split entree to be plated separately without being asked, a nice touch. All food was fresh and prepared to perfection. The scallops were notable for their freshness, tenderness and flavor. We will certainly return before long!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I've been to Legal Seafoods all over Boston; I have been to at least five separate locations. The food is always excellent, the service is consistently great, their raw bar offerings are always flavorful and fresh, and even the fried stuff on the menu is something to write home about. A lot of people will balk at the idea of going to a chain. Yeah, ok. Except it's a local chain, and their attention to detail has not changed. The location in Chestnut Hill is just like the others -- outstanding."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We went out for dinner at 7:30pm on Sunday. We got seated right away and there were plenty of empty tables. Our meals were okay, my fish was on par with that of the 99 Restaurant, but twice as expensive. I got Anne's Boston Baked Scrod - very average except the room temperature onion strings that I ordered with it. The grilled seasonal vegetables were tasty. Service was also just okay. We did find the restaurant well appointed and the ambiance pleasing."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I have been eating at Legal's for years and I am never disappointed."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Our unimpressive evening began with the two hostesses did not even look up to make eye contact when they greeted us. They then began to just say table numbers to each other after I said I had a reservation ending with one of them finally saying a table number both hostesses could agree on to the woman who seated us. Our waitress was the best part of the experience as she was courteous and professional. Our meals and the quality of them were so-so but not up to what Legals used to be and not worth the price. Half cooked spinach and over cooked rice that had already clearly been sitting in the cooker for a few hours, no thank you."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "A very pleasant lunch experience. Nice service and well prepared food."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Took my wife out for her birthday, just the two of us minus the kids...We were enjoying our wine and appetizer, about 1/2 way through the app when the runner pushes our app plates aside and slams our dinner plates on our table. No apologies, just slammed and left...I called our server over and told her what happened.. she had no response, but said she would let the Manager know. When the manager came to our table I asked him if he knew what happened, he said NO. So I explained again what had happened.. He offered to pick up the cost of our appetizer. He did the right thing and I will return because of him."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We eat at Legal because we count on fresh fish that is prepared well with decent service. Not so Saturday. Party of 4 with 7:00 reservation. After ordering appetizers and entrees we waited 1/2 hour for rolls. 1/2 hour after that, 2 of the 4 entrees appeared - no appetizers; no explanation; no excuses. We then waited for the next 2 entrees. Cioppino was cold and tasteless - somebody forgot to put in any spices. My husband's grilled fish looked like it had been taken from a frozen tv dinner and microwaved and put on a plate and tasted about the same. Daughter's grilled tuna special with wasabi potatoes mediocre. Waitress removed non-existent appetizers from bill. bad food and bad service. Something was definitely off at Legal."
    Dined on 6/27/2014