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

Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

  • 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: 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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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
235 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (89)great for lunch (69)fit for foodies (66)special occasion (59)neighborhood gem (56)kid-friendly (49)notable wine list (27)hot spot (20)great for brunch (15)romantic (9)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (8)great for outdoor dining (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • New menu
    puckontherun
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We stopped going to LS due to a few reasons, but menu issues topped the list. Too many options were overpriced for what you got, surf-n-turf was always a gamble on the turf part, noticeable 'rush' on plating, anything scampi was swimming in its sauce so breading was not bread, and sadly, staff that supported whatever the chef plated...there were a few annoying nights. The menu has been reduced in volume so easier to choose, the price went up slightly, but nothing that you wouldn't expect, and gratefully, the food was awesome!! The grey sole in lemon beurre blanc is my recommendation - super dish, good portion, great presentation. The shrimp scampi was beautifully presented, cooked in a moderate butter garlic sauce. We will be returning
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Size Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food was pretty tasty for a chain-like restaurant. The portions were certainly big enough.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I had the Chef's choice wood grill which was outstanding. My date had the seafood casserole which was perfect for a cold and rainy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • that best seafood
    SonnyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The service was great. The food was outstanding as usual.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Can't beat the seafood here. Both the swordfish special and the wood grilled salmon were excellent. Enjoyed the premium sides of sautéed kale and delicate squash also. Wine selection is great and represents a very good value.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • audreyVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Service on a Sun eve. was very slow. Fish was dry for one member of our party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Crazy4my4VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Wonderful Food! Terrific Staff! What more could you want on a Saturday night. We were seated within five minutes of arrival... Very pleased! Great Place
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ciopino was not as good as usual
    WROXVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We hear a lot, and often order the Ciopino. This time, it arrived in a smaller oval dish, and both our orders were not as requested. It was disappointing, but we will still give it another try as most of the dishes here are very high-quality.I think they may be trying out some new things, because the rolls also were not as good as usual. In fact, I couldn't even eat mine because it tasted strange, like a gluten-free roll.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DodiVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    4 of us had lunch at Legals, 2 were from out of town and not familiar with the restaurant. They started with the clam chowder and were very pleased. One had the crabmeat roll, the other had a shrimp cocktail and the plates were empty. A third person had a salad with shrimp and I had a shrimp cocktail with onion strings. No drinks and no desserts. We were all pleased. The waiter took our picture and he was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expected better
    JMP1VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were visiting our son at college and brought him and two friends to dine on a Sunday night . We had a reservation and were seated promptly on a busy night - literally on top of the next table. Service was slow; our waiter disinterested. The garlic shrimp , salmon with pasta, and lobsters were very good. Our steaks (ordered medium rare) were undercooked. My son's steak was plopped on top his mashed potatoes - not an appetizing presentation. For the wood-fire mixed grill, the scallops and shrimp were delicious but the chef's trio of fresh fish was pathetic - small, tasteless and poorly presented. Once our food was delivered we did not see our waiter for ages. Having been in food service I am understanding but expected better.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Done Right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Had a great Sunday Supper at this location. The dining room was buzzing, the staff were effortlessly caring for all diners (without being overly solicitous), the food was just delicious, and all was just done right. Try the fried oyster cup appetizer...yum!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • appetitea10
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    food was delicious and I was seated in a quiet corner (one member of our party was hard of hearing) as I requested. Looking forward to my next trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing
    Diva
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Had a few work people from out of town and wanted seafood. the options available were fantastic and the bang bang cauliflower was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish
    BEARCUBBY
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Ordered the fried Haddock dinner and it was delicious. I would recommend this to anyone who loves fish. Also the service was superb. Christina, our sever was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    jackVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I alwasy likes this Legal as one of the better ones as the preparation was also good, but there must have been an off night in the kitchen as the dishes were sloppy looking and fish did not taste as fresh as usual.
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  • 10 out of 10. Always excellent
    jmarple1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Always top-notch but this visit seemed to top them all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So consistently good!
    TClancy
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The freshness of the ingrediants and the flovor of the highest quality fish cooked perfectly never gets old! Try the Boston Creme Pie for desert as it is calorie worthy. Servce was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time visit.
    Julie1336
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was our first time visiting the Boston area and we had LSF on our list of restaurants to visit. We were not disappointed. Everything we ate was good, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tracyschoice
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Legal's food never disappoints - our group enjoyed the fish and chips, crab cakes combo with scallops and shrimp, wood grilled assortment, and a Caesar salad with grilled shrimp. A few of us arrived early and Legal's was kind enough to seat us and have a beverage while waiting for the others. A great spot for a group dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for group
    Glenviewfoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We met here for a BC parents weekend group and the staff was wonderful and accommodating (as our # of guests kept changing). Food was good and table was perfect
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always feels like home
    2goodVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Late evening find; Service was good though I was surprise to see host wearing jeans. Certainly a busy restaurant. Overall, the meals was good can't go wrong with calm chowder and Crab cakes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Seafood of any Legal!
    buzzVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is the ultimate dining experience if you like seafood!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent fresh sea food
    JBtableVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Promtly Seated and attentive service. Fresh and always consistent sea food. Menu not very creative but always tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Consistent Excellent Fish
    BKap
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Fish is always very good, and you have many options for preparation and sauce. Best clam chowder I have ever had. Service is very friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    DickVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We've been to Legal many times and went this time because of the oyster promotion. The oyster Po' Boy was a disgrace. The bread was not fresh (shocking considering how good Legal's rolls are) and there were hardly any oysters in the sandwich. Way below their usual standard.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch on Sunday
    fouroldfriends
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The Chardonnay, and the appetizers were excellent, the crab cake dinner was good, the Jasmin shrimp and the fish dinner needed spices (were rarther bland). We had a good time
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably excellent
    BrooklineregularVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Predictably excellent place...not fancy, a bit crowded, not extraordinary but fresh fish well prepared with attentive service . Scrod tasty. Cioppino a bit disappointing...mussels dried and clams chewy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tough night
    like2eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We've been here many times. We were a large group(8) and the service wasn't good, and my Tuna was extremely tough. So much so, that I ddin't eat it! I couldn't return it because the service was slow and we had to leave. It's usually a dependable, delicious meal whenever we've been there. I take it that this was an aberration. We will return.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nasty waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    longtime legal customer. food is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gonefishing
    Gonefishing
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Legals is always consistent in serving fine fish. Great neighborhood restaurant. Still miss the small house salad they used to include with the dinner order. Staff is always warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food fresh, quiet enough to talk!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We and another couple had dinner at Legals at 7pm on Saturday night. The restaurant was crowded, but I had requested a quieter table, and it was one of the quietest dinners out we have had in a very long time. No one had to strain to hear and we had a great time. The food was all delicious - salmon, tuna, steak tips. House salads were generous and special requests were honored correctly. We weren't rushed. We like Legals and will be back.
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  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great Fish, Great dinner for my Mom's Special day! Very good service, Can't wait to visit again. Our table (2) was in the rear (near street), next to a table of 10 (including 3 kids) who became a bit impatient and began running around after dinner (during desert and while waiting to pay)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was wonderful
    smithie65
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Reservation was on time in location requested. Waitress was exceptional, accommodating, pleasant and very professional. Food was beautifully prepared and delicious. Our out of tow n guests were pleased with everything
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible place
    May19
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We made a reservation for 7:30 pm. It was a group of 8 people, to celebrate my moms birthday. We had to wait for almost an hour, even having a reservation. That was completely disrespectful. It was my moms birthday, was a very special day for us and they didn't care for anything. We will never come back to this place.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jam packed evening at Legal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I booked through Open Table but when I arrived the reservation was not honored because more people showed up, surprising the staff. It was all the front desk people could do to be civil. We ate at the bar. Service was slow - again, jam-packed. The food was good, however. I will try again and hope that my reservation will be respected.
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  • delicious fresh seafood
    pickyeater
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    As always -- high quality fish made either simple or interesting -- best seafood restaurant
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably great
    bermudaonionVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Dinner was very good all around. One of our diners said it might have been the best swodfish he ever had. CRabcake always a treat. Server, Jasmine, terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • going down hill
    Foodcritic
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    In the past the food here was always acceptable, never outstanding, but good enough to want to go back; same for the service. For the past 1-2 years, however, the service has plummeted and the food, much of it anyway, has also slipped. On this last visit, the service was so dreadful that I think this could be the last time I return. perfectly pleasant but incredibly incompetent wait staff (a series of them), a staff member with a tablet computer who circled the room so often (I stopped counting at 8 in 25 min), and food that in a zagat rating would be comparable to a 20. To add insult to injury, the people at the desk, when checking in, seem to be lost as to how to figure out who should be seated.
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  • Been coming since before memory
    lovethefish
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I've been coming to Legal Seafoods restaurants for a long time. This specific one at Chestnut Hill has been the location I go to with family and friends more recently because of its location near my residency and it being just off of the T.'s Green D-Line. Never have we been displeased with the service and atmosphere, and have never come anywhere near a complaint in terms of the food. I particularly loved the wood-smoked scallops on this occasion.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food for sharing
    moonriver1884
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a good time there. The food is awesome
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.