Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

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$31 to $50
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Seafood

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Our two-story fish emporium elevates the 40-year legacy of our original location in Chestnut Hill (a few doors down from where we are now). Here we feature a large raw bar, open kitchen and glass-enclosed lounge. In warmer months, we retract the lounge’s glass walls and ceiling for drinking under the sun or stars. And we open our patio, overlooking Hammond Pond, for al fresco dining. Join us upstairs at our restaurant or shop our fish market on the first floor.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We're open on Christmas eve and offering our regular menu along with festive holiday features! Take a break from the holiday rush and leave the cooking to us.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

We've decked the halls and are open for Christmas! So eat, drink, be merry, and join us for a ho-ho-ho holiday feast. We're offering our regular menu along with festive holiday features. Sea-son's Greetings from our table to yours.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Good-bye, 2019. Hello, 2020. Join us on New Year’s Eve and make a new year's resolution to eat more fish. We're offering our regular menu along with special holiday features. The countdown begins!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 3325 People Are Saying
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New England
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was good, not rushed and the server was very knowledge, helpful and pleasant.
The food was excellent and served accordingly, hot dishes hot, chilled food chilled.
Overall we were very happy with the evening as we suggested it to our friends and everyone was happy.

JL
New England
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This is not the romantic of the Legal Sea Foods, but the food is just as good as all the other ones, and we had excellent service.

RL
New England
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was good. Our server was the BEST. He was very friendly, very attentive and on point. So happy we got him and would request him in the future.

HL
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always - one of my go-to restaurants. Food is always perfect, service and decor excellent.

n
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal and drinks and Kathleen took good care of us.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I think there has been always an issue with our reservation every time we booked, we never seem to have the requested seating and frankly no responsibility for the seating hiccups which again happened this time but again the oysters are phenomenal so we return and typically our weight staff are superb

M
New England
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We havebeen to Legal Seafoods for many meals and almost always the food and the service are excellent.
What I noticed this time was that there was piped in music and one of the speakers must have been placed above and nearby our table. The restaurant was bi=usy so changing tables would have been impractical/.

A restaurant o the size, popularity and stature of Legal Seafoods does not need piped in rock/popular music. It was a distraction and necessitated that we speak louder to be heard.

We did ask for the music to be turned down and, techi=nically, it was, not not by much. .
If the restaurant either eliminated the music or toned to down, that would be an improvement.

J
New England
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the atrium.

EB
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

SS
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food--fantastic waiter (Cameron)--fantastic service! Noise level not so great. Ambience okay. I would prefer the option of a more intimate nature. Sitting out in the middle of the floor is not my cup of tea. Still, it was Thanksgiving. I'm not sure what else to expect. Nevertheless, sitting next to the moving highway of people wasn't so great. Still, food was great. Cameron one in a million! Will surely eat their again.

D
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy the feel and pace of this restaurant. My husband and I come here often and have tried many dishes. I enjoy the grill calamari with a refreshing house salad and it fills me up. My husband had the Scottish salmon which was medium grilled and quite flavorful . Service was organized and our waiter came by often to fill water glasses and ask if everything was OK.

s
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early reservation....oysters were super fresh, service was respectfully leisurely, food was great!

S
New England
66 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The roof top garden room is an amazing spot night or day for dining!

GC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to Legal Sea Foods maybe 6-12 times a year. Always consistent. I am compelled to write this today because on our last visit everything was simply wonderful. My tuna was perfect, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms, perfect. My daughter loved her wontons and steamers! I mean it was all really delicious. But what made the evening special was our server. I wish I knew her name, but I have already discarded my receipt. So often, because I dine with my daughter, servers simply assume I wouldn't want to know the specials. On this night I didn't need to ask if there were any specials (and truthfully, I have just stopped asking), but she shared with us both of them. I was so appreciative! So just remember, even though I'm dining with my child I may be looking for a night out myself, and this is the only way I can get it! LOL! I was so so grateful to this server. It made our night!

RS
New England
26 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner with our granddaughters. Generous, delicious portions and excellent service.
Bravo!

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was great. We were some of the last people and there was a lot of cleaning out around us which was sort of annoying.

S
New England
66 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Waiter was fine, but appeared a bit too rarely. Missed our dinner rolls, but Legal Sea Foods was “having issues” with their dinner rolls that evening.

We arrived at a “not very busy” time, and we were allowed to remain and chat as long as we wanted.

DC
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The manager should see that the staff is well groomed.
Our wait person really needed to have his shirt tucked in and appropriately buttoned.

D
New England
156 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at the bar on Sunday night was a lot of fun. The food service and ambiance were great and the Patriots won !

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent. Dining room was cold our last two visits (both within the last week). You’d think the manager would notice people wearing their winter jackets while dining on a Saturday night.

l
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our servor, Emily, was phenomenal. Timely, informative and kind. Thank you!

OT
New England
29 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pleasant lunch with friends

KM
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our waiter. He gave good recommendations for wine and was really helpful. The sashimi tuna appetizer was excellent! We love the new Chestnut Hill location for the food, wine and ambiance; the food is so much better than Legal C-Bar in Dedham (used to be very good).

JB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was lacking in initial attention, but prompt with food delivery. The quality of food was a disappointment from LS standards; particularly the fried items, which were covered in limp and un flavorful batter--likely a sign of insufficient heat in the frying oil. The fresh oysters (local,from Duxbury), not requiring preparation or cooking, were delicious.

p
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Go to this location regularly with very good results. This time however we were dissapointed. Perhaps because we were seated in the less than full rear section? A request for extra dressing for a salad took 20 minutes! Another salad (caesar) was taken to go; upon delivery, it was lettuce only - no dressing, no croutons, no cheese. Will try again and hope for better.

m
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner out!

FS
New England
43 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the fish was outstandingly fresh and cooked well

KK
London
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We enjoyed it, but it was more casual than expected. I would describe it as one up from fast food.

IR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Too expensive and food is not good enough.
Nice cocktails. Nice servers.

RD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

r
New England
52 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

My husband and I dine at Legal seafood 2-4 times a month. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner 2 nights prior to this at Legal in Charles Square. We were meeting friends in Chestnut Hill Saturday evening.
Seating in the back room, which initially we were pleased because we hoped the noise level would be low.
The room was freezing. We asked the waitress to inform staff and her response was, " it's fine for me.". One of our party sat with his winter coat on throughout the meal. We were all cold. I noticed others in the room with their coats on.
I wish we had been more assertive regarding this. I wished we didn't generously tip, as we always do. When I thought about the evening I was sorry we weren't more vocal.
The 4 of us were just happy to be together.
We will choose another of the excellent options in Chestnut Hill next time we get together.

W
New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always superb. Service was spot on...very consistently great...go there!

d
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food excellent. We were freezing next to the window!

c
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

As long time customers of Legal Seafood, we were extremely disappointed in the quality of food we got- from appetizers to the main courses.

The food was tasteless. The fried calamari we ordered tasted anything but calamari. More like eating bread crumbles.

The fried haddock & grilled assortment platter were supper disappointing as well. We both did not finish our plates. The fries on both dishes were so stale and you could just sense how unfresh they were.

We dine out at least 4 nights a week. Today's experience by far was the worst in years.

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very limited menu because of failure of stoves in kitchen. We were not warned until we got there. Most everything available was fried. Not pleasant.

J
New England
27 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Very disappointing! Indifferent bartenders. Terrible side Caesar. 16.50 for 6 little shrimp unattractively presented with little bit of cocktail sauce. And so noisy!
Perhaps a tad off because grill down - but really no excuses.

JN
New England
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

When we arrived at Chestnut Hill, Legal Seafoods on time for our reservation, we were told that the restaurant’s grill and part of it’s steamers were out of order. We were celebrating my daughter and some people in our party were considering leaving and choosing another restaurant. We decided to stay and tried to find alternative dishes that were still available. Our waiter assisted as and explained that the grill and steamer had malfunctioned three days before we were there. The restaurant was waiting for the parts from the manufacturer to arrive. I had made a reservation in advance and wondered why we had not been contacted, about the broken cooking appliances in advance. Although the dishes we ordered were “Legal Quality”,and our waiter was also outstanding, I am disapppointed that we had not been contacted in advance. I have always enjoyed the variety of choices and excellent menu at Legal but we would have switched our location to one of their other locations. My daughter was visiting from Wyoming and we were all looking forward to specific choices that were not available. I hope that Legal never experience a malfunction again, but I do think contacting customer’s with Open Table should have been alerted to the situation.

R
Naples
57 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The Glidden Oysters where great. The stuffing in my baked stuffed lobster was exceptionally GREASY, way overpriced and small for the $75.00 cost. Side dishes were good, our server was very good! The haddock was good not great and also a very small portion. It’s not the legals of the 70’ and 80’s

AD
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Grill was broken. Music way too loud. Food that was available was very fair.

m
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We usually have a wonderful dinner but on sat eve your kitchen had problems and my dinner was not too good Your manager Janeek took care of the problem and was exceptionally helpful..and replaced the dinner with a salad that i ordered..

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