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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
  • "My partner and I chose legal sea food for our anniversary dinner, because we wanted to repeat the same experience from our first year anniversary dinner there (5 years prior). I was in the mood for some encrusted salmon and by the menu description, that's what I thought I was getting. But instead it was as if the sliced the almonds and put them on the salmon and baked the two together. The spinach was too juicy and it was like soup in the bottom of my plate. The mushroom ravioli was ok, but that was the best part of the entree. Honestly, we enjoyed the wedge salad appetizer we has and the rolls better than the entree. Not good. Also, they knew it was our anniversary because I made it known in the notes of the reservation. They didn't offer"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "For what has become a chain restaurant, the food is consistently good."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food and service were good to very good. The entrees were very good, but some of the sides knocked down the overall rating. The dining room was very noisy, but OK for kids."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Legal's Short Hills is my favorite Legal's. I can always count on great service, friendly attitude and excellent food. That's what keeps me coming back!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant at dinnertime on a weekend, and it's a madhouse with people squeezed in together. At lunch, it's a quiet place with a good seafood menu. More limited than the dinner offerings, but sufficient to satisfy most."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food brought out by servers not waitress. No one came over to see if food was done properly. Took 10 minutes to get someone's attention to say my fish undercooked. They corrected it and food was very good. My grandson had steak and no one brought steak knife. He also had French fries and we had to find someone to get ketchup. At these prices the service could have been much better. By the way it was a week night, not a weekend."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I love the meals at Legal Seafood so much! The food is always fresh and tasty. I don't go as often as I'd like as I try to save this place for special occasions."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Best bet in general for reasonable pricing. The various dishes are not always consistent"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "This is my first time going here. I made a reservation for late lunch at 2:45PM in case they are busy and because we have a 6month old baby with us who will be staying on his car seat. When we got there, table is not ready and we were seated right in the middle of everybody which makes it harder because we have to be careful for me and the baby not to be bump with customers. Also, the woman who walked us to our table did not even help me with the high hair that needs to be upside down so I can put the car seat on it, instead she just watched me do the whole thing while I'm holding the car seat in one hand. She told me that she doesn't know how to do it. So maybe the company should train their employee in case someone needs help."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Felt like I was at s big chain. Ambiance is dated and boring. Service was good but nothing special. Food runners drop and run without a smile, hello, or any personal acknowledgement. Wine list is very limited and not exciting."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We were visiting from Chicago and saw there was a Legal Seafood near my cousins. Food as always was great and I really enjoyed it. My kids also really liked the food. I am going to Boston next month and I can not wait to go again!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food at Legal Sea Foods is always good. The clam chowder is a must have. The seafood casserole and the crab cakes are my favorites. The service is prompt, but not overbearing."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My family always enjoys the quality product served at Legal Sea Foods. Service was a little slow this time, but once we spoke up, the rest of the evening went well. The manager even came over to apologize. Highly recommend Legal Sea Foods."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Other than its location in a shopping mall we love everything about Legal Seafood. The food is fresh & delicious, the service is friendly & excellent. Special requests are never a problem. It can be loud during busy times & some of the tables are a bit too close together. But it's still a great place."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Does not disappoint. Our server Suze was very good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I took my husband here for his birthday dinner. He is not a lover of seafood. He had the seared tuna and raved about it. Then ordered a shrimp cocktail which was loaded with fresh shrimp. He said it was the best ever. Then he ordered a bowl of lobster bisque which was loaded with lobster. For desert he ordered the key lime tart. He said he was in heaven and declared that Legal Seafood was now his favorite restaurant. I am thrilled because I love all seafood. I ordered the seared tuna, luscious oysters and a cup of New England clam chowder. I had a decaf cappuccino which was almost room temperature (my half packet of sugar never dissolved), but the flavor was yummy so I never complained. My all time favorite is the steamed lobster."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Even if the food is delicious, and the surroundings are very comfortable, bad service can ruin your entire experience. When our server was around, she was very pleasant. But she was hard to find."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Had an awesome experince dining at Legal Seafood! Celebrated our 18th Wedding Anniversary and it was simply perfect! Food and Service were simply perfect! Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "In the past we ave been pleased wit the food, yet disappointed with service. On this visit we were disappointed with both. Specifically, I ordered the stuffed shrimp which came out with shrimp and stuffing burnt in a casserole dish. The shrimp were not stuffed at all. Instead they were baked/broiled in a casserole surrounded with bready stuffing that was overcooked so that the shrimp were shriveled and the stuffing dry, crusted and charred. The food had been delivered by a runner and I could not find our server to send it back. By the time she returned my family was mostly finished with their meal so I tough it best to get a replacement that I could finish quickly - soup. I was stunned that they actually charged me for the soup."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "I have recently eaten at Legal Sea Food and it was absolutely terrible. My sea food was rubbery and the frys were cold and stall tasting. I would absolutely not recommend this location to anyone"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I love coming to this place. The service is always good; attentive without being overbearing. The food is always great, and I love that they have specials that are great. It's obviously a bit expensive, but it's worthwhile here, and we are in Short Hilld."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The Legal Seafood in Short Hills is a always a consistent favorite for our family. From the appetizers to the oysters, to the entree and the deserts. A meal here is always a consistent pleasant surprise. Did I forget to mention their choices of wine that don't disappoint. Highly recommend Legal Sea Food for a great meal!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had lunch at Legal Seafoods - Short Hills. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I know I was there sitting next to other patrons who had just shopped at Neiman Marcus and Louis Vuitton but I was glad we had a gift card! It's always the drinks that drive up a lunch bill. I enjoyed the Portugese Fisherman's Stew which was full of wonderful seafood and fantastically delicious."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great fresh seafood and excellent service. very interesting wine list."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We had a belated Mother's Day celebration at my wife's favorite spot, and we enjoyed it as much we always have. We've been going to Legal for many years since we spent substantial time in the Boston area and are very happy there's one close now that we're in NJ. Consistently great food and service!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent food and well worth the price. Have been there many times and it does not dssappoint. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Legal Seafood does not disappoint after some hard core shopping at the Short Hills Mall. Food and service is always even."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "By far, the best sea-food (especially the crab-cakes and fish) and service of any restaurant in NJ. We eat sea-food regularly and in many states and countries so we know when it's good. Legal Sea-Foods is OUTSTANDING !!! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My fish was good but to be honest, nearly all of the entrees have some sort of sauce on them and when we asked for a healthy alternative to the pita chips with our spinach dip (which by the way was delicious but certainly not enough of it to even dip the chips into) we were told that all they had was cauliflower as the celery and carrots were not cut. Heck give me a stalk and I'll cut it myself! Not impressed! "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Initially the restaurant could not locate our open table reservation but after some digging in their system they found it. Great updated menu! Drinks and appetizers arrived quickly. A bit of a wait for our entrees. Generous portions. The back area where we sat was very dark. We requested candles and that helped tremendously. Overall everyone enjoyed their meals and we would go back again "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We love coming to Legal Seafood. I've been a fan for over 20 years since my first visit in the Boston location. Everything about the place made it a very special place for our Mothers day celebration. The food was delicious. The service was prompt and exacting. Don't miss the Bananas Foster for desert. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I arrived 10 minutes early for my reservation and was told I was the first of my party to arrive. Waited 15 mins past to find out my party was already seated, so we both waitedunnecessarily waited 25 mins."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Went for Mother's Day with my family. We were seated within minutes thanks to our reservation. Amazing sampler appetizer that we fought over to the last bite. and I cannot get that almond crusted Salmon out of my head. I could eat it every day. The only disappointment was that our seating was at 3 and the lunch menu was not offered. It was an expensive meal for 4 but it was a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Legal Sea Foods Short Hills maintains the excellence of the Legal Sea Foods chain. The New England Clam Chowder was perfect, the entrees superb and the desserts exquisite. Of special note is the excellent gluten free menu. The menu has everything a family could ask for."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My kids and I took my wife here for mother's day and she really enjoyed it! It wasn't our first time there but it was our first time with the kids. I usually get the 2lbs lobster but I decided to switch it up with the grilled shrimp with crab stuffing. I didn't hate it but it definitely was a let down. My kids eat EVERYTHING and even they didn't like the crab stuffing. Overall it was a great experience. the server was amazing. He was helpful with suggestions and was always visible and not overbearing. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My party of six celebrated Mother's Day on Saturday. We had a perfect table, to the side out of direct flow of traffic. Our server was incredible. I would go again, but would not order the Shrimp Casserole. It seemed to contain more bread than crab or shrimp. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We chose Legal to give our elderly parents a special evening and meal. They have physical challenges, but we thought this would be a place, from our experience, could accommodate them. The staff was exceptional in helping us get seated and making these folks feel welcome. But most importantly we enjoyed a terrific meal - lobster, bisque, grilled fish, special sides, and more. Good drinks can be counted on as well. Going to a mall for dinner is not what I yearn for, but I always enjoy the experience. The fish and appetizers are excellent -- and dining experience and staff never disappoint. I am a fan."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I understand they are very popular and they try hard. It's just not the place for me on a Saturday night. Too crowded, too slow, higher priced food that is only slightly finer than competing, lower end franchises. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The noise level was terrible.there is no place on your form to say that. The music was so loud I had to shout to be heard by my dinner partner. the tables are so close together the conversation level was very high too."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Although food was good the noise level became overwhelming as restaurant filled up and could not converse with table mates without shouting."
    Dined on 5/7/2014