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Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills
Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills
  • Address:
    1200 Morris Turnpike
    Route 24 & JFK Parkway
    Short Hills, NJ 07078
    Short Hills
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $31 to $50

Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Short-Hills-The-Mall-at-Short-Hills
  • Phone: (973) 467-0089
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm

    Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm

    Sunday: 11am - 9pm
  • 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 Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here in Short Hills, our private dining room can accommodate 34 guests for a sit-down dinner. It can be all-business for corporate functions yet comfortable for social gatherings. Private dining at Legal Sea Foods offers great food and hospitality and easy planning.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here in Short Hills, our private dining room can accommodate 34 guests for a sit-down dinner.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: JFK Parkway
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Land a parking spot in the upper level lot right in front of our door.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
Our restaurant is located inside The Mall at Short Hills on the lower level. You may choose to beach yourself in our dining room or at our bar. Either way, we’ll think you walk on water - be sure to see our aquarium of koi fish built into the floor.

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 being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Six of us had dinner on Friday night and all enjoyed our meals. Even the non-fish eater in the group liked her meal. The rest of us had different seafood dishes and found them all very tasty. Service was quick and friendly. We had an enjoyable time."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Legal Seafoods has generally consistent, good-quality food. I find this Legal Seafood location comparable to any other I have been to up and down the East Coast. It can be a bit cramped, since they try to fit in as many diners as possible during rush hours around lunch or dinner. I think it is best to go between rushes. I recommend the fresh specials, stuffed shrimp, everything tuna, and clam chowder. The restaurant also seems to be trying to update with fresh, new options all the time. There are salads, steaks, chicken, and burgers for non-seafood lovers, too. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I got the stuff and turf and instead of a 40$ plate I for something that looked like I was at Fridays. Waste of money. If you're going to charge me $40 for surf and turf, give me something that makes me feel like you didn't spend $10 at shop rite and cooked it on the grill and threw it on a plate. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Treat others the way you want to be treated. Going to Legals is always special to me. Crab cake combo, 5 stars. I am almost never without a Legals gift card in my wallet, in the event I need to love myself with a special treat, or show love and kindness to someone else by taking them with me to Legals. Legals has never disappointed me in the last 20 years. King of Prussia and Atlanta are also favorites"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "My husband and I eat hear occasionally when we are in the mood for seafood. It's one of the best seafood restaurants in our area. Seafood is always fresh and the wait staff are very attentive. I highly recommend Legal Seafood."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had 6:30pm reservations and arrived 10 minutes early and were not seated until 6:55pm. A group of 3 that walked in after us we're seated before us because they complained. What's the point of having a reservation."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Legal Sea Foods has great food with friendly, efficient service. Extremely kid friendly, and I'm thankful that their kids menu has good choices such as wood fired grilled fish and not just chicken fingers and fries. Would definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Booth requested and they sat us at a very small booth w/a chair at the end and not enough room for the food ordered. There was another booth available which would have better accommodated 3 people and the food that was ordered. Restaurant was cold and most of the food was also cold. Was not the best experience."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We are never disappointed here, regardless of what we order. The food is really good, and the waitstaff is always friendly, informed, and attentive."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I return to legal seafood in the short hills mall over and over. The food and drinks are consistently good and I like the room. The grilled fish is the best and vegetable sides are well cooked. Just dont go for their desserts!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Love going here for the steamer clams and the greek salad with crab meat!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My husband and I looked forward to our reservation at Legal Sea Foods, Short Hills NJ for WEEKS and it didn't disappoint! Ross the GM took great care of us - the food was delicious, staff was attentive, and they have amazing bartenders. we can't wait to get back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We eat here all the time as one of our favorite quite night meals as a family. Specifically, we think Legal Sea Foods does a great job with oysters - keeping them fresh and briny regardless of whether the month ends in "r". Look, I'll be honest: most of the food at Legal is just fine - it tends to the overbearing (sauces and such can be too rich/heavy for example). Whenever we stray from oysters and lobster bisque, I'm always sorry I did. But the oysters at Legal Seafood are better than the oysters I've had at Le Bernadin, Aqua Grill, Grand Central Oyster Bar and plenty of other highly-rated places that should do well by comparison. Legal's oysters are just *consistently* delicious... and finishing with the bisque is the perfect capper."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Was accommodated for a booth as requested. Waiter was attentive and food was great and fresh. Sangria was top notch!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I have been here several times and this was another great experience...great food!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Love the lobster bisque! Should have creamy dressing on the wedge salad."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Consistently excellent seafood and well trained staff. Menu changes to reflect available quality seafood offerings. Excellent full service bar and a sophisticated wine list without the pretension."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Staff very knowledgable and accommodating of multiple food allergies represented in our group. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Normally you get more fish than chips. This time it was more chips than the fish. Honey! Who shrunk the fish?"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food wine and service could not be better, we left very happy. There are a lot of healthy choices on the menu. We love it there."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Legal Sea Foods is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the Fish and Chips and have enjoyed the Portuguese Seafood Stew but my absolute favorite is Arctic Char. This is one of the few places to get Arctic Char. I recommended my sons try the calamari because they needed to know what a great version tasted like and it did not disappoint. We got the sampler and the Thai version with chili and pineapple was awesome. The service is very professional. We changed our appetizer order after and the staff did not hesitate to make the change and keep the main course on track to be delivered properly cooked."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Legal Sea Foods is a solid upscale seafood chain. You know what to expect, and it does not disappoint."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The Portuguese Stew as you may have guessed was phenomenal... Wanted to try something new, yet homestyle... Tried the Portuguese Stew "winner""
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I can't remember her name but she was a tall African American woman. Another waitress with glasses was extremely helpful and genuinely nice and concerned about our meal."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Never had a bad meal at Legal Seafood at Short Hills. Using Opentable is great. seated right away. Great service! Thanks again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Our recent visit to Legal was very enjoyable, as our waitress was attentive and very accomodating. Raw oysters appetizer was extremely fresh and deliciously briny. We both enjoyed the grilled rainbow trout which was light and very flavorful. All vegetable sides we had were plentiful and lightly steamed to perfection. Bananas Foster and two cups of coffee concluded our meal. We asked for the ice cream separate from the bananas in warm bourbon sauce. We find that it elimates the ice cream from becoming soup, on its way from the kitchen to the table. Always a decent meal with no surprises."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed a delicious lunch with family on my birthday."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "I enjoyed Legal Seafood, and have been to another location in the past; however this was the first time my father had been. I was so pleased that he enjoyed dinner and the vast menu that the Short Hills location had. I would recommend Legal Seafood to anyone looking for a romantic dinner, or just a great meal with friends!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food as always , was not the first time that I ate at this establishment. The service was great and accommodating."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I have eaten at illegal seafood plenty of times and I enjoy it so much the service is great food is great and really love the red sangria"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food is good. Especially classic New England-style dishes."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Went there for Valentine's Day and didn't have to wait long since we had a reservation. A plus! Server was amazing and friendly. Food was great."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Being from the Boston area originally, I'd never actually eaten at Legal, but I will definitely be eating there again. Great service, great food, and perfect for a special occasion."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Although the restaurant was packed on a Saturday night, our reservation was honored with only a small delay. The noise level was quite high, but the service was very good and the trout was cooked to perfection. The bar makes "professional" cocktails and the wine list was good."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Good Food, well trained staff, good service - recommend for lunch although it can get loud if crowded"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Food was and always is awesome. My salmon was out of this world. Also our server was great, we were able to sit for more than 2 hours with no problems, gave her a generous tip."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We went to celebrate my aunt's 85th birthday. we had a lovely waitress, Bree who helped make the luncheon extra special. she was most attentive. The wood fired shrimp is always good. Peter the manager took the time to come over to make sure everything g went well with our lunch. you can see they have learned the art of providing good customer service."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Legal Sea food is a pleasant dining experience. Several cooking style and specials all come together under the standard flavorful menu. The food is never overly spiced or cooked. This is a true seafood place that I enjoy and would suggest that you give it a try."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Business as usual. Solid food, great service, good price. Waiter was excellent for our group of 7. Solid restaurant."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The food is always good - fresh and served hot and well prepared. The service is always prompt and reliable. Often hard to find, fresh and well prepared seafood that lets the food shine and Legal does that well. I like the grilled or broiled fish or seafood which comes with good sides and is not overpowered by sauces."
    Dined on 12/14/2013