Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills
Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Short-Hills-The-Mall-at-Short-Hills
  • Phone: 9734670089x
  • 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (54)special occasion (38)fit for foodies (32)kid-friendly (29)good for groups (22)neighborhood gem (20)great for brunch (18)vibrant bar scene (10)hot spot (7)romantic (5)late-night find (5)notable wine list (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Had one of their oyster selections on the half shell plus wonderful crab cakes. Outstanding !
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Had a great dinner of oysters, lobster and steak. Very lively atmosphere. Very good service. Bring your piggy bank because you're going to have to break it open, but it was worth it anyway!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crab cake entree
    Finedining78
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been to Legal Seafood three times in the last six months and the food has always been great. However, my last visit on Saturday September 13th the crab cake entree was not good. The crab cakes were much smaller then usual and they didn't taste good at all. I've had better from the frozen section of the grocery store. I was very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DubYaGee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The fried oyster appetizer seemed to be small clumps of breading fried and no oyster, not good. Was expecting a nice filet of fish in the fish and chips, not little pieces of fish fried up. Will think twice about going back here.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alice
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Lobster is outstanding. We asked them to put it into a salad rather than the roll and it was delicious. They were very cooperative about our request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable and delicious seafood
    Best123VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love this restaurant. Clean and organized-- always good fresh seafood. I have noticed the rolls getting smaller, and the disappearance of their tea pots- both not good cost cutting signs. Prices moving up--and what happened to the Amex machines which I liked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JBM4VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    nice , simple seafood - very convenient while shopping at the mall
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always fresh
    drCC2VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The restaurant is always consistent with fresh fish and foods. However, it is somewhat expensive for what you get.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at the Short Hills Mall
    andykVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Lunch for three was enjoyable. With our reservation we had not wait. We got our drinks, I specially like the bottomless lemonade. I had a great "trio", lobster salad, shrimp salad, scallop salad on lettuce instead of bun. Unfortunately my wife's caesar with shrimp was a bust, the sale was was overdone with dressing and the shrimp was overcooked. BUT, to give the manager of the restaurant credit he did not charge us for her meal. Overall we had a pleasant lunch and will go back again without any concerns.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    JackVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This chain provides fresh seafood and pretty fair chowder every time I go there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great in the Area
    POUSA
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Best in class fish in North Jersey! Excelent dishes and good service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Ronamark
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Four of us went to Legals for dinner. I had mussels in garlic sauce which were plentiful and tasty. I ordered a seafood casserole with sherry, butter and garlic. It was tastless with some kind of cheese topping. It was not a large serving and it was difficult to discover exactly what kind of seafood was being consumed. The shrimp and scallops were overlooked and chewy. Very disappointing. I must say everyone else enjoyed their meal. I guess I chose the wrong entree.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My recent dinner experience
    MeryGoodEats
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is my second time here this week, once with my husband and then with my girlfriend. We always enjoy the ambiance, the bar drinks and the delicious fish. This time it was rainbow trout and the other night the vegetarian box with shrimp. Both yummy dishes that I recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    MooreKat
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our waitress was very attentive and aimed to please
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went here for an early dinner. Was first seated at an impossible table in the middle of the entry to a spare room made up for three parties. The parties arrived after us, had to make their way around our table, and were all standing and greeting each other right next to us. Felt like sitting in the middle of aunt Esther's B'Day party and we requested to be seated elsewhere. Table service was very good as was our foods. This restaurant is very good, our hostesses just need to work on managing seating.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    RegularFoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It's been several years since going to Legal Seafood; but always enjoyed the quality food. We invited four of our out-of-town guests for dinner (Short Hills). The food was bland, and the fish dinners inferior. My guests were not happy and disappointed. They didn't even want coffee, let alone desserts. I don't understand why restaurants continue to short change on quality for the sake of profits. We spent over $250 for six of us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Good as Always
    LSregular
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Been eating @ Legal since 1978, Inman Squ. in Cambridge ,MA. You won't find any picnic tables in their restaurants like the good old days, but the food is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always GREAT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A favorite spot of ours. The food is excellent and always very fresh. Never have had a bad meal there. The service is always good and this time was great. The waiter went out of his way to please us and he succeeded. We enjoyed it so much, we went back the next night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliably good
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have been to Legal Seafoods many times and are impressed with the consistency of the well prepared food. The service is quick and courteous and the fish is very good. Their broth-based clam chowder is excellent and not easy to find in other restaurants. We would, however, skip the desserts. One note: the restaurant is very loud.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but pricy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was good but very pricy for what you received. The attention to detail was not there and the service was just ok
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid. Period.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Never had a bad experience here. It is my wife's and my go to for a quick and quality meal. You will pay a little more but there are no wild cards here. Very consistent in terms of service and food quality. There is some great competition in the Short Hills Mall, but Legal's attention to service and kitchen output is noticed. Great job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My friends and I enjoyed a delicious meal in a great atmosphere>
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good
    Stradivarius
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We visit this restaurant a few times a year. Good food and always wonderful service. This time around, I especially liked their selection of Italian wines. If it weren't for two young kids who prefer pizza, games and prizes at an establishment with a cheesy mascot, I am sure we would visit more often.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Dinner with Friends
    vidaliaVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Nice dinner on a weekday night. All of us had a different preparations of salmon. Each one was more delicious than the next. The nutty salmon served over fresh spinach with mushroom ravioli was a tasty treat. The salmon special of the night was prepared with butter then served over cold cous cous and grilled asparagus. The drink of the night was fantastic - a mango daiquiri consisting of all fresh juices and rum.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A consistent place is inconsistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We eat at LS about 1-2x/mo and we normally have a nice meal with excellent service, but this was clearly not one of those times, which I consider to be very strange. The mussels appetizer came out over cooked with very little liquid at the bottom, the kids 1/2 lobster came out over cooked and cold, the kids grilled cheese tasted funny to the kids and to the adults too. The service was definitely off on this night too as the manager realized that we were sitting for a while without having our orders taken after we sat down.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood
    THEDOC
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was fresh and tasty. Service was friendly. In the summer seating is on time. During the year they seem to make too many reservations which can delay seating up to an hour.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chains
    eilpat
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Best of the chains. Fresh seafood well prepared but not necessarily for those looking for culinary adventure and the lastest trends
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belgian
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Delicious lunch of fresh crabmeat sandwiches. Service was prompt and friendly. Definitely is one of my "go-to" lunch spots!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT EXPERIENCE
    Seafoodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was not our first time at Legal Seafood. We went for my husbands's b'day. The food was excellent - the rolls are fantastic. Our daughter had salmon and couches which was amazing. My shrimp and jasmine rice was very good. The cheesecake was delicious. Our waitress was exceptional = friendly and attentive. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mouth watering menu
    Noellet
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The rolls are warm and delicious. The menu is diverse but expensive. I wish the servers were a little happier/friendlier. There were many seats open but we were seated by the kitchen where they are bringing things in and out so it was loud. The food was good but the lobster bisque was not as good as I remember from last year. It was not as fresh tasting. Shrimp wontons were delicious- wish there was more seaweed salad with them.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and noisy
    LaLa
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    On the positive side, Legal Seafood offers a wide variety of fish and seafood choices and the waitstaff were attentive and easy to work with. On the negative side, the food is fine-nothing out of the ordinary- but you wouldn't know that from the incredibly overpriced menu! I am aware this is Short Hills, but really? Also, if you are going for a quiet evening or need to have a real conversation, find another restaurant as Legal Seafood is very noisy especially on a Saturday night when we went.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • FishVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    As usual food was very good. Asked for booth and was given what they called a baguette. Too cramped and crowded. Went back and waited 5 minutes for booth.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    DisappointingVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Have been eating at Legal Sea Foods for years. I have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place to catch-up
    JohnGVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I am frequent guest at Legal Sea Foods in many cities. I love it!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legal Sea Food .
    ron09
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Legal Sea Food menu is very pricey. However, the food is very good. I enjoy the Sea Food at your place. Please make your seating more roomy and comfortable. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch
    NJJon
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We've been to Legal many times for dinner and decided to try it for lunch, hoping it would be less crowded (and less expensive) than it usually is for dinner. It was, and the food and service were both excellent. The tuna burger was especially outstanding. We've now decided that lunch is the time we'll be going from here on.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like Sardines in a Can
    WinendDineVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    While the food is very good, the diners are packed together like sardines in a can. Management clearly cares more about maximizing profits than about the comfort of the guests. You can do much better elsewhere
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • will come back
    ROSYVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had not been back here for quite a while. We were pleasantly surprised...6 friends who meet several times a year. I had requested a round table and the request was honored so we had a corner that was comfortable and not as noisy as the rest of the restaurant. All agreed that the food was well prepared and tasty. We will return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Special Treat
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I have eaten at Legal Seafood many times, and always enjoy it, but this was really outstanding.My friend and I both had a wild salmon special, which was super delicious. Drinks, as usual were excellent. Our waiter, Omar , was the best! He was attentive without being hovering and his recommendations were right on the money!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely lunch...
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Met a friend from high school for lunch and had a great experience. Legal Seafoods serves a delicious everything tuna which I usually get when there for lunch. Server was attentive and allowed us to catch up for a full three hours. Just a few of the many reasons I'm a repeat customer.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.