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: (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: 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
125 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (46)fit for foodies (37)special occasion (33)good for groups (27)kid-friendly (24)neighborhood gem (22)great for brunch (12)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (9)romantic (9)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)Show More
  • jazlex
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Wish they would keep one section just for families with small children. The little boys at the table across from us were noisy and then the youngest was screaming and crying underneath the table!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    DiningInNJ
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our food was excellent, as always. We particularly enjoyed the Bang Bang Cauliflower.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing sangria!
    SabbyandJohnVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    LS has the best Sangria, don't know what they put in there, but it's amazing. Had the special halibut was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DeeBastia22
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Three out of three of the menu items we ordered they were out of!! We made a special trip there for our favorite appetizers. When we expressed our disappointment the waitress and the manager did absolutely nothing to comepensate us and played it off like oh it happens. That was extremely disappointing and poor customer service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Seafood
    audreyslate
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    I loved the crabcakes. Totally recommend it. I plan to go back soon. The light clam chowder is also a favorite of mine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK, Nothing Special
    JazzyGal
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This restaurant is nothing special. The food is pedestrian at best, and too overpriced for what you get...it's conveniently located in the mall, which was it's biggest draw factor. Highly doubt I'd go back in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    SushiLuvr
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    I've dined in previous years where the quality of food degraded. Giving it a another go because my oldest wanted crab legs and the gluten free menu looked promising, I was surprised at how great the whole dining experience was. The food was great and service impeccable. We will return to dine again in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alonzo
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Wife enjoyed her 2.5 lb lobster which received may ooohhhhs and aaaahhhhs!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    A great place for a Saturday evening dinner - but you must make a reservation! Because of mall location, it is very crowded and there is a long wait without a reservation. Food is always good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent all around
    lilstar21
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service, immediate seating, friendly service. We came here for a special birthday dinner and not only was the customer service superior but the food was superb. I highly recommend and will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jazlex
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I specifically requested a booth in section 300 away from families with small children. The hostess wanted to seat us at a table across from the booths so I had to state what I had requested. We were seated at a booth and later a family with a loud young boy was seated right behind us. There were other booths open. I also called ahead to inquire about gluten free food since a person who would be with us has celiac disease. I was told there was a separate menu and it would be ready for us when we arrived to be seated. I had to ask for the menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    ClaireVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Dinner was great! We especially loved the hoisin salmon and fish and chips. Salad was very good and the kitchen splits it so two can easily share. Desserts were also great. We had a Boston Cream and a seasonal apple cake. The restaurant is a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CAV2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    overall good service but, i think the wuality of the food in not nearly as good as it used to be.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, loud environment
    Drgfunk
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent food, especially the oysters. Not a quiet romantic place. Pretty loud with seats too close to each other. Very attentive staff with a friendly attitude! Knowledgable as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good seafood
    xxxxVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We enjoyed our meal. The oysters were fresh and excellent, the clam chowder was good. The cioppino was quite good except for the scallops and shrimp being overcooked - the broth was amazing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Every time we come here, we never leave disappointed. This latest time was no different. Great food, great service and a great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Improved food
    nsfmd
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We always like the fish but the sides were improved from the last time we were there. Our biggest criticism is that it is a little pricey for the food, but the quality has been consistent through multiple visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The service was nice, however, this food has been a disappointment again! This was the last time that I went to this restaurant - I ordered fish tacos and got plenty of rice but the tortilla was missing the fish (unless you can count a tinny breaded "thing") - used to love this place but few times now the culinary experience has been disappointing - I am done.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Slow and Noisy - Unusual
    Eddie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I've eaten here a number of times before, but this experience left a lot to be desired. We were there for a birthday lunch and had notified the restaurant ahead of time and when we got there, but nothing at all was done to make it special for the person or to stand out at all. The waiter was pleasant, but ineffective, and the food took a *very long time* to be served to us. At one point, I asked the waiter where our food was, and he said "it's being plated now," but it took at least another 10 minutes for it to arrive at our table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Like the Values
    WanderingFoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I like the values this place has such as not overpricing wine by the bottle. They are very reasonable. Like the commitment to sustainable fishing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Warm welcome
    Yanksfan
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Receptionist and server are all smiles and pleasant to chat with. Foods are excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We celebrated our 3rd anniversary there and they went out of their way to accommodate my special requests and it was absolutely fantastic. I recommend this restaurant to anyone that would like to spend a special occasion or anytime you'd like something out of the normal. The food was delectable!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    DaisySara
    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
  • Amazing seafood restaurant!!
    Seafoodlover
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    My wife and I have eaten here quite a few times and are never disappointed! The food is just delicious! The staff is very attentive and helpful without hovering over you. The last time we were there was for our 31st wedding anniversary. They bought our dessert for us which was an extremely nice and classy thing to do!! If you love great seafood in a lovely setting, this is the place for you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AliceVIP
    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
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    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    MooreKatVIP
    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.
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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.
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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