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
266 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (95)great for lunch (88)neighborhood gem (73)kid-friendly (65)fit for foodies (65)special occasion (64)notable wine list (28)great for brunch (23)vibrant bar scene (23)hot spot (15)great for outdoor dining (11)romantic (9)late-night find (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nasty waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    longtime legal customer. food is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jam packed evening at Legal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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  • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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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
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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
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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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic