Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill
Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Chestnut-Hill-Chestnut-Hill-Shopping-Center
  • Phone: 6172777300x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm


    Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm


    Sunday: 12n - 10pm
  • 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 Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here at Chestnut Hill, our private dining room can accommodate up to 65 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 9 and Hammond Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Land a parking spot in the rear lot right in front of our door.
A word from Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.

One of our first restaurants and still a popular lure, we are located on Route 9 in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center. We are still keeping things fresh at our bar, our open dining room and in our take-out counter and Fish Market.

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 “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” (USA Today, 2013), “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill reviews from OpenTable diners
250 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (96)great for lunch (81)fit for foodies (70)neighborhood gem (64)special occasion (63)kid-friendly (58)notable wine list (30)great for brunch (17)hot spot (17)vibrant bar scene (16)romantic (12)great for outdoor dining (10)late-night find (9)scenic view (1)Show More
  • A little dissapointing
    limetrip
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Waited to be seated well after 7. Declined a table for 10 as there were only 5 of us. The manager never came to apologize or offer even the appetizers gratis after we were walked all the way to the back of the restaurant, to the front, and finally to a table for 5 that we waited again to have cleared. The food, however, was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Business dinner
    kate
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Great place for a business dinner. Noise level low enough to be able to explain points I needed to.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Fish Around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Legal's does great fish. No fuss no muss, just great fish and soups, chowders. We were discussing at dinner that you would have to drive to Maine to find better and fresher fish. It's our go to restaurant with our family of four children!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disappointed
    Rusty
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We have enjoye dining here for many years but is seems "very tired" and the food was mediocre and wine list not very comprehenisve.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    mary
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Legal Seafood Chesnut Hill. The food was excellent and service was great. I would highly recommend for fresh seafood dinner in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food vs service
    bettyVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Food at Legal is still delicious but service has been very slow last few times. The fish choices are excellent and there's a good wine selection..
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch for 6 on June 12th
    search
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    In every way, Legal Sea Foods at Chestnut Hill excels: nice location; attractive and spotless decor with lots of natural light; free and shaded parking nearby; skillful management; excellent food choices and amazing consistency in the quality of its offerings; competent waiters who graciously comply with special requests; and reasonable prices. It's become our favorite place to go out to lunch or dinner, and the mix of people who eat there suggests that the restaurant appeals to all ages.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually good, service not this time
    DfromNewtonVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We go to legal at least twice a month, the food is always good. However, Fathers day the service was terrible, which is unusual for them.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    TonyB
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went to Legal Seafoods in Chestnut Hill location for father's day with 12PM reservations. Seated quickly. Waiter was very good and very attentive to our requests and needs. Food, as usual was very good and fresh. We made special note on how one item was to be cooked and it was done perfectly. We would and have reccomended the restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bermudaonionVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Have been a reguolar here and at other Legal restaurants over the years. Food was very good. Kim, our waitress was absolutely wonderful. She was the perfect combination of warm with professional and very knowledgable. Made it look so easy! She really enhanced the experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lewsull
    lews
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Food great, waitress great. Problem made reservation and asked for window seat, low light level vision. Just about empty when arrived. Took buy the window seats and brought you to a dark end of restaurant. Explained to hostess light level problem. So asked to sit by a window. It was originally ok, after sitting came back and said those tables where reserved for a party of 16. Moved after complaining since restaurant was empty and usual large party room was empty. Did go to other table and mangers gave me all sorts of apology. They then set the table for 14 not 16. I had a great waitress and good food. Finished my meal told them I would pay full bill not looking for discount. Note when We left the restaurant the table set up was empty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good as ever
    WabanJane
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    This is my neighborhood Legal's and we have eaten here from time to time over many years. It's consistently good food, good service, and friendly. One especially good thing about Legal's is that they take food sensitivities seriously, with a gluten free menu that includes warm GF rolls. How wonderful that they can do that. I highly recommend this Legal's in every way!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    OutsideguyVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food and service per usual. I went on a Saturday night with a large party. We had a great time except the table across from us had a bunch of tween girls that would break out into song every few minutes.... it was cute after the first 3 times, however it proved to distract our group and became annoying quite quickly. Although I did not complain it was apparent that the boisterous tween girls were making a spectacle throughout our end of the restaurant. I really wish that the manager would have stepped in to tone them down a bit. Otherwise it was a solid experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent fish
    oukid
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We were able to make reservations online on a Friday evening and got a quick response by e mail. We were seated and waited on quickly. The grilled fish were fresh with appropriate seasoning. We loved the choice of sides.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best fish and chips!
    savoryeaterVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This was where my husband wanted to go for his birthday. We could have gone somewhere fancier and more expensive, but he wanted his favorite meal -- spicy fish and chips, with Boston cream pie for dessert. He got his wish, along with a nice quiet corner table and excellent service. I had an excellent martini to go along -- the bar never disappoints. Legal's take on Boston cream pie is the best!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good standby
    Emmesscee
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We done here fairly often and we're usually very happy with the food. My husband's filet and stuffed shrimp are cooked just right, my cioppino was flavorful and brimming with seafood. Our waitress took a while to warm up to us, but usually the service is great.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legal is legal
    Iltry1VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Consistently delicious food and well-trained staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legal is legal
    Iltry1VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Consistently delicious food and well-trained staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    LaurieGVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    When ever I'm in Boston, I try to have a great cup of chowder. There's no other restaurant that can top this one.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Legal Seafood the best!
    Bostongranny
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Took out of town guests to Legal for traditional New England seafood. This is always the best. Enjoyed everything. Loved Anna's schrod. Loved the veggies - grilled asparagus with shaved Parmesan. Fresh mashed potatoes - a meal unto itself. Desert - chocolate pudding cake with chocolate ice cream on the side.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent but pricey
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Excellent fish but pricey. Wouldn't go frequently for that reason.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kentuckylady1
    kentuckylady1
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Very surprised, as I dine here fairly frequently, that we waited 30 minutes for drinks to arrive from the bar.(meanwhile we were assured "they're working on it>" When the drinks arrived, they were more like tall lemonades than the whiskey sours we had ordered, specifying a brand of bourbon. There was no bourbon, lots of ice, and a few other unidentifiable ingredients. The waitress offered to take the order to "another bartender." By that time the food was arriving. How come a bartender in this restaurant does not know what a whiskey sour is ? Hope it's a one-time fluke.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great!
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Legal always delivers consistently fresh seafood cooked perfectly. Crab cakes were jumbo lump. Grilled shrimp and scallops were giant. Don't miss the sorbet dessert-a perfect ending
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food but poor service.
    EastHNLFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We were celebrating a graduation with a party of 8. The restaurant was busy on a Friday evening. It started out fine but we felt abandoned as dinner progressed. We forgave the waitstaff as our entrees took forever but we basically never saw anyone after that. Our water glasses were never filled once other than on arrival and we had to ask for our check and skipped coffee and dessert. The food was fine. It was the service that bothered us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent food.
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    For the best quality and delicious food, Legal is still my favorite restaurant. I know I am not a typical customer, but still on my wish list is that RHODE ISLAND CLAM CHOWDER would return to the menu. I buy it in the take out store when I can do so. It is one of the most satisfying, tasty soups one could ever hope to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Betsy is the best!
    BandBNeedhamVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We ask for Betsy every time we go to CH Legal Seafood. She greats us with a warm smile, remembers how I like my martini, and makes sure our needs are taken care of. She is a real pro. Some of the other staff at other Legals need to take a lesson on her customer service skills! Thanks Betsy for making our evening so enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always a pleasant experience
    Rick
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Went for a night away from the stove. Being old and from Cambridge, we've known Legal from Inman Sq. We have never been disappointed in our experiences at Legal and recommend it frequently!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal
    Readandrelax
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food is always excellent at legal seafood. The waitstaff is attentive w/o being intrusive. The ambiance at this particular restaurant is not the greatest - but we came for the food on fairly short notice. We wanted seafood close to home, and we were very happy with our choice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    One of my go-to restaurants, and still my favorite for seafood.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so scrod. much wine. fine dinings.
    kinslayer
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We came for a nice night out and Josh certainly delivered. What the man may lack in hair, he more than makes up for in hospitality. Service was prompt and polite, and the food was excellent. Everyone seemed excited to see us, the managers visited our table several times to check in and make sure we were taken care of.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Our waitress, Lori, was great! Whoops should I be saying server instead of waitress? Lori was fabulous and laughed at our jokes! Food was delicious and it was a fun evening! Thanks!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great food and good service. I always love coming here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    mabiobabe
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were worried about the restaurant being insane due to graduation weekend. However, when we arrived a few minutes early, minus two in our party, they sat us right away. And they were very gracious when the two latecomers were delayed 30 minutes due to travel issues. I did feel that our server could have been a little be more on the ball but she was friendly and we got what we needed. Food was good. I will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for a larger group
    kdvm
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a large group of 9 and they were very accommodating. The wait staff was very attentive, and everyone in the party was happy with the service and the food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still going strong
    transcribbler
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I've been going to Legals since 1982. I've eaten at the chain certainly more than 100 times. It's been consistent & reliable all these years. The food is excellent, although these days the menu is much less expansive. The ambiance is what you'd expect at a large chain restaurant—often crowded & loud, with servers & customers hurrying past in every direction. The prices aren't cheap. But the fish is always fresh & expertly prepared. Pro tip: If you see in the retail case up front that they're selling a species of fish that's not on the restaurant menu, they'll happily cook it for you specially. My fave dish, bluefish with mustard sauce, was no longer on the menu, but bluefish was selling at the counter & they prepared it for me perfectly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    NancyK
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This is our go-to restaurant for guests from out of town - consistently high quality, outstanding seafood and enough variety for the pickiest and most non-fish eaters as well. This time we were seated in a room we've never been in before, at the point furthest from reception, which lacked the ambience of most of the restaurant, and was downright noisy by the time we left. But the service and food were still excellent, from appetizers through desserts, all of which we had. Fresh, fresh, fresh, fish, vegetables, fruit, baked goods, yumm
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I have been coming to Legal Sea Foods for many years and the food is always great. On this particular day, while the food was great once again, the service was not up to the usual good level and we were told that our server had 15 tables to take care of. He was polite and pleasant, but he was not as attentive as we would have liked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Roberta
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I have never had a bad meal at any Legal Seafoods. Always top quality food and drink! Best lobster roll anywhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legals Chestnut Hill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I ordered the marinated chicken. I noticed the broccoli had huge brown chunks on the stems....I figured it was just some kind of seasoning or grill marks and proceeded to eat it. Imagine my surprise when I took one gritty, earthy tasting bite. I looked through the rest of the broccoli and there were HUGE CHUNKS of brown muddy dirt on the stems. The manager came over, apologized and offered me a dessert "on the house" and another meal. I had already finished most of my chicken and potatoes, so I declined the "extra meal" but gladly took a piece of Boston Cream Pie. Dessert came, it was good. Then, the bill came. THEY STILL CHARGED US FOR MY MEAL. Yes, the $21.99 meal that was covered in dirt was on our check.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foor
    BEARCUBBY
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food was great, no problems at all. Service top shelf.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate