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: 6172777300x
  • 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
267 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (94)great for lunch (90)neighborhood gem (70)fit for foodies (67)special occasion (67)kid-friendly (63)notable wine list (28)great for brunch (24)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (12)romantic (11)great for outdoor dining (11)late-night find (8)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Been coming since before memory
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food for sharing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My girlfriend and I had a good time there. The food is awesome
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go during restaurant week
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We are great fans of Legal Seafood but made the mistake of going during Restaurant Week and choosing from the special menu. The service was uncharacteristically quick, too much so, and the fish was not up to the standards we have come to expect. Dessert was great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch Seafood Restaurant
    Juan
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We find the food at this restaurant to be consistently very good to outstanding. We frequent several of the Boston area Legal Seafoods restaurants, all of which are very good, but the food at Chestnut Hill is the best. Probably among the top food quality among all the seafood restaurants we have ever eaten at, in Boston or in our travels. Consistently very good service also.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Have been going to Legal for years and it has never disappointed us. Always good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so-so but good selection of seafood
    kanielsen
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legal Seafood is reliably good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    As usual, the food was great, and it was cooked appropriately. Our waiter was properly attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my fave
    tsktskVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GreatGrandma1
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had a large crowd of various ages. Service was excellent. Food OK.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing meal
    rstrntrvwr
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wouldn't go back. Ever.
    Foodie1121
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Spotty Service
    LoveGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Betsy is the best!
    BandBNeedhamVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best seafood
    SonnyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I eat at Legal often. They serve the best and freshest seafood in Bosto
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    eatin4two
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy & Crowded but still Efficient
    northshore4
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing
    localfolks
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fast, friendly service
    mjmc4
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entire restaurant staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suzanski
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food is always great. I am a fine cook myself so I am picky. I never choose wrong with Legal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off night for Legal
    Foodie
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They owned it
    LJMom
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    5Cousins
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Fish is always fresh and delicious, not fancy but flavorful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly Poor Rating
    sejda
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than I expected
    liv4food
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent dining affair
    Seafoodlover
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice for seafood
    ricks
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deplorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The excellent service and high quality food never fluctuate. It always delights.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lulu
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy reservation & consistent
    JBtableVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Fish always fresh and good. Very consistent, but nothing exciting/creative on menu. Great for large groups, kids and last minute reservation. Service good
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    marcus
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner and evening
    Sally
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's not just chowder they do right
    Jones
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate