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
268 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (95)great for lunch (89)neighborhood gem (72)fit for foodies (66)kid-friendly (65)special occasion (64)notable wine list (29)great for brunch (23)vibrant bar scene (23)hot spot (15)great for outdoor dining (11)romantic (9)late-night find (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • We arrived on time for our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    We arrived on time for our 7 pm reservation and ended up waiting for just over 30 minutes to be seated. After that, service was slow, as we ended up having to wait for dishes to be washed! I won't go back anytime soon.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even though we had a reservation,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    Even though we had a reservation, we had to wait 20-25 minutes for a table. We were told that this is Legal Sea Food reservation policy when they are busy. It was an annoying surprise.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Despite having a reservation,
    UMparentVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    Despite having a reservation, we were given a pager and told our wait would be 15-20 minutes vs. 45 minutes for those without. This is not the concept of "reservation" as practised by any other establishment and should be made explicit when booking on OpenTable. We did wait at least 20 minutes for our table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Open Table made it possible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Open Table made it possible to get a same-day reservation on a SAturday night that we otherwise would not have been able to have just by calling the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Despite having reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Despite having reservation had to wait 15 minutes for a table.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Being able to use Open Tables
    Ilene
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Being able to use Open Tables for Legal was great. It made it so much easier than the other times I have been there and had to wait forever.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Consistent, effiecient and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Consistent, effiecient and reliable for Friday night dinner with my husband and child.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legal always has lovely fish,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    Legal always has lovely fish, but the service is usually below what I would expect from a restaurant with this reputation and location.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love the crab cakes at Legal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    I love the crab cakes at Legal Sea Foods but this time they were small and overcooked. Unfortuately, I took 2 guests to celebrate something, and neither had been to Legal's before. I'll go back because the food usually is so good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • As always, the meal and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    As always, the meal and the service was the best. I must tell you they did not honor our reservation. We were reserved for 7:30 and arrived a few minutes before. At that point they told us 15, 20 minutes tops. We were seated just after 8pm, 35 munutes after we arrived. Coincidentally, this was the same amount of time they were telling people who arrived at 7:30 without a reservation that the wait would be. I love there food but hate this game. It will be a long time before I make a reservation to eat here again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a message through open table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    a message through open table that one dinner was lactose intolerant made it to the hostess and one waiter but the waitress who ultimately took care of our table was unaware. The dinner had to ask about ingredients and the waitress wasn't sure of what was in the food. Legal's needs to work on their communication system.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were seated in a room with
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    We were seated in a room with a very large party (>20 people). The waiters were so overwhelmed serving that 1 table, we sat there for 30 minutes before anyone took our order. After our order was taken, we received the usual good service that we expect at Legal Sea Foods.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Staff did a good job in expediting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    Staff did a good job in expediting our food order, and the waitress was helpful and friendly. They did make some errors in taking our orders, bringing out the wrong items, or forgetting something. For example, one member of our party ordered a martini on the rocks - and it was not served on the rocks. Because of the reputation of the restaurant, I expected the food to be fantastic. The food we ordered was simply average.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good seafood
    savoryeaterVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    Consistently good seafood in a casual atmosphere. Fast, attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I generally enjoy Legal -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    I generally enjoy Legal - they do have THE best lobster roll, but I was disappointed. I ordered the tuna and it and the two sides, rice and brocolli were cold. My friend ordered the lobster roll and since that was served cold it should have been ready as soon as my hot meal was ready. I'll go to Leagal for Lobster roll but I'm not sure I would go for anything else.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding seafood!! Everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/21/2008
    Outstanding seafood!! Everything was great - they staff was very accommodating to our group of 15!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We really enjoyed the food...great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    We really enjoyed the food...great meals all around for a bunch of marathoners. The service was good. The table set-up was not optimal but it was a busy night. All around, I'd go to a Legal Seafoods again, just book earlier and get a table in Boston proper!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was great - everyone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    The service was great - everyone was polite and solicitous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wait staff was friendly/capable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Wait staff was friendly/capable in a way that went way past "programmed hospitality" - it was a pleasure to deal with them....
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We are big fans of Legal Seafoods;
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    We are big fans of Legal Seafoods; however, we have notcied changes to the menu in response to increased operating costs. We wish you would simply raise prices, instead of altering traditional favorites. My husband had the New England Lobster Bake that he has been enjoying for years. This time, it was missing the sausage and, instead of a baked potato and corn, he was given a seaweed salad. The majority of American patrons will not eat the seaweed. It doesn't look appetizing. I had a lobster roll. Please stop putting lettuce on the bottom. It doesn't add to the dish. It detracts from it. Also, use a roll that can hold the filling. If you can't pick it up and eat it like intended, you are using too small a roll.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We go back to Legal time and
    foodiesnobmom
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    We go back to Legal time and time again because of their attention to food allergies. Our son is allergic to milk and eggs, and the server either knows the ingredients of the dish to tell us if it is safe, or will check with the chef. This staff, more than the other Legal locations, is particularly attentive and smart, and we feel completely safe and relaxed knowing that they are looking out for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They accommodated my request
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/13/2008
    They accommodated my request for celebrating my mom's birthday by bringing a cake & candle to the table discretely. This was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very much enjoyed our meal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Very much enjoyed our meal. Everyone enjoyed their menu selection. We were seated promptly and served promptly. Excellent for our fairly large group of 11.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I am a very frequent diner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    I am a very frequent diner at Natick and get the boulibaise alot. This one didn't have alot of flavor, kind if boring and the toast that came with it was the top of a roll and when I came its wasn't the hardest piece of bread I've ever had. i know its supposed to be toast but i had to soak it not just dip it to eat. We had a Super good server, name was Jenny O she knew thw menu very well and was attentive without being pushy Thanks Mike
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All aspects of this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    All aspects of this restaurant were first rate. Very pleased with the experience. Will return again and reccommend it to friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great table, great food, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Great table, great food, great service. Five of us met there and were immediately seated at a round table that had glass dividers around one side which really seemed to block any extra noise. We were able to carry on a conversation without yelling! Everything was very good and we will all definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legal Seafoods continues to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    Legal Seafoods continues to be one of the top seafood restaurants in a geographical area that has plenty of them to choose from. I have eaten a Legal's on many occasions, and only once had a meal that was not 100% fresh and flavorful accompained by excellent service (that was the Kendall Square location - I'd avoid it.) Most of my visits to Legal have been the Chestnut Hill restaurant, and it has never failed to please everyone in my party. If you're looking for a "sure thing" restaurant for a special occasion, or just a Real Nice Place to add to your regular dining places, Legal Seafood in Chestnut Hill should be on your short list!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Legal Sea Food is a tried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    Legal Sea Food is a tried and tested resturant. If you want a nice piece of fish, then you have found the right place. It is ideal for the health conscious as well as for those who are looking for a little flavor and sauces. The wood grilled option is great, and their abundance of side dishes makes most any combination possible.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was good, but the
    Debbie
    Dined on 4/6/2008
    The food was good, but the service, though friendly, was slow. We waited after being seated for our drink order to be taken, then for the drinks, then for the order to be taken. The wait for the food to arrive was reasonable - so I'm guessing it was not a kitchen problem- but it took so long to get coffee that we decided not to even try to get dessert. We dine at Legal Sea Foods once or twice a month, and have noticed the service has gotten spotty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely fresh fish with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Extremely fresh fish with multiple choices for preparation. Excellent sides. Wonder service with helpful and knowledgeable servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blackened swordfish was best
    AbendVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    Blackened swordfish was best ever. New mixed wine and food night later in April sounds great. They should offer it more often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the dinner. The fish for all was cooked superbly; we have experienced overcooked, dry fish in the past and am glad we had decided to try this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would have preferred all chairs,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    Would have preferred all chairs, not 1/2 booth, as this was noted in advance to be a business meeting for 6 people.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Your wonderful soups and clams
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    Your wonderful soups and clams were not that. This is the 2nd time I have been to legals and things were bad. And I paid with a coupon from you guys as a way to say sorry. This is it. I am not returning and not want a thing from legals. Bad!!!!!!!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Legal Seafoods never disappoints.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    Legal Seafoods never disappoints. It's great that I can reserve on OpenTable.com now and not wait 45 minute + for a table. Life just got better!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wish all servers were as delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    Wish all servers were as delightful and on top of everything as our lovely waitress was on this evening. She helped with everything from wine and food suggestions (all top notch) to how best to satisfy a VERY active four year old!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visited with a party of 7
    BACKBAYBILL
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    Visited with a party of 7 on Easter Sunday. The party included 3 children. Had a great experience - food & service were top notch.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We dined at legal Sea Foods
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    We dined at legal Sea Foods in Chestnut Hill on Easter Sunday. Our waitress Jessica was prompt, courteous and very attentive. My entree and my two daughter's entrees were delicious. My husband's entree was the shrimp trio which was overcooked, dry and tasteless. My husband discussed his entree with Jessica and requested a comment card to record his feedback. The Manager came to our table to inform us they had no comment cards. She inquired as to the reason for the request. My husband explained his disappointment in his entree. She stated that that was unfortunate and she would relay his message to the chef. We were disappointed in her uncaring response. She did not focus on improving our dining experience and was not interested in us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we waited over 30 minutes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    we waited over 30 minutes for our table, so I am not sure why they take reservations. The manager was apologetic and brought us a comp shrimp appetizer, in lieu of compensation. The waitstaff is always professional and courteous there. We prefer the Prudential Legals, the food is better. I eat there more often because I am gluten free and they have a great menu for special eaters.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our reservations was honored
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    Our reservations was honored within about twenty minutes. I had asked for a quiet booth and that was honored as well. Food was very good as usual and we had excellent service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate