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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Best of the chains. Fresh seafood well prepared but not necessarily for those looking for culinary adventure and the lastest trends"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "From hostess to staff to server, the service was welcoming, very accommodating and attentive. Our dishes were delicious and perfectly prepared. Even though our server was training a new member tagging along, he was very thorough, knowledgable, courteous, and took the time to answer our questions, along with seeing to the needs of the booths around us and the trainee. Great job!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Delicious lunch of fresh crabmeat sandwiches. Service was prompt and friendly. Definitely is one of my "go-to" lunch spots!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Have been eating at Legal Sea Foods for years. I have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I am frequent guest at Legal Sea Foods in many cities. I love it!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Best bet in general for reasonable pricing. The various dishes are not always consistent"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Does not disappoint. Our server Suze was very good."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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