Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

4.4
4013 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4013 people are saying
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4.4
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RobertW
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Cuisine and service was very good and up to Legal Seafood standards.

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MaryL
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The mussels were tasty but the broth lacked flavor. Sushi was very good as was the Pinot Grigio by the glass. Sat at a nice high top near the bar!

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KARENB
New England
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was underwhelmed by this experience. It was not the Legal Seafoods of Chestnut Hill (or anywhere else) that I have always known and loved. Not sure what is going on here - there appeared to be way too few wait staff, and an uncharacteristically limited menu. Few varieties of actual fish fillet/steaks to have prepared "any way" -- and a consistent message that they were having trouble getting stock from their suppliers from things even like the napkins for a hot water/lemon experience at the end of a lobster meal. A little sad about that - and I found it odd, since there are so may other Legal's locations??? On the bright side, I loved the new space - it was the first time I had been there - and the open-air seating in the bar area near the windows was terrific. Overall - Meh.

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vipMICHAELB
New England
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

House salad arrived after a 35 minute wait with a very small piece of tuna.
This was reported and another portion was presented. The staff were most
helpful and also provided a free desert.

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LindaH
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It seems prices have gone up. We had a shrimp entree and the shrimp were overdone. Did not like the lemon sauce. Next time would order mussels which is a Legal favorite of mine.
Service was very slow.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dinner on outside patio with great server!!

MP
MariaP
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and service!! Would definitely recommend!

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vipAngelak
New England
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious dinner!

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vipJace1
New England
43 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Outstanding service and consistently good food continue to characterize this Legal.

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Augiedoggie
New England
26 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a beautiful summer evening... finally! Legal in Chestnut Hill has a wonderful outdoor seating area we were hoping to get into since they do not take reservations for outside. Unfortunately they were full, but we were able to be seated in the bar area tables right next to a huge open window. They were busy, so it did take a while to get our server over to take drink orders and then food. But he was a very good server. We went after an email notification of the limited time special that was wonderful. Friends joining us had their standard Anna's Haddock and Shrimp Scampi which they said were very very good.

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vipChiS
New England
42 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good. Great food and wonderful service. Good wine selection and great ambience.

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HeatherB
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We were disappointed to find that the menu has been drastically edited. Our server was friendly and professional but the other staff that leaned against the wall/window of our booth with their heads peering into our booths talking loudly ruined the ambiance. At times it was difficult to have a conversation over their conversation and it was really awkward having several heads looking into our booth.

DD
vipDiningDuringCovid
New England
102 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clifton is a gem at the Bar - Cocktails are outstanding. Legals delivers consistent high quality seafood every time. The lounge area is open and breezy and feels very safe during the COVID time that we live in.

MD
vipMikeD
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This has always been our go to spot (at least once per week), but the service and food has slowly gone down hill, last night was the worse, not sure we will be back to soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service, but even with reservations were placed at table that was kinda in the corner and not a great location. Other than that everything was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

New ownership- no tablecloths, paper menus, shortage of help, slow bartender, very expensive even though the food was great as was the service. The greeters need to learn how to curl their lips to smile and say”welcome to Legal Sea Food” rather than stare at a computer screen to see to find the reservation and make no eye contact.

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Derche
New England
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service very courteous The food was perfectly prepared and plenty for your money based on new prices due to pandemic

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JanetR
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When I arrived I was immediately seated when I was seated my waiter had a big band aid hanging from his chin his clothes was dirty shirt wasnt tucked in over all appearance was not pleasant at all so I went to the manager and told her my concerns then the waiter came around I noticed his shirt was tucked in so I knew they said something to him but now he has an attitude so they must of told him it was me who said something so now every time im trying to get his attention he keeps telling me to hold on so now im watching him wait on not one party but two more parties that came in after me so I just ended up leaving I went to Legals in Braintree spent 200 dollars and had excellent service tho but for the money yall charge appearance should mean everything and you need some black waiters not just black people as bus boys I also did not appreciate that at all definitely felt some racism going on

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mamacollins
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Thank you for accommodating us outdoors and then inside once it started raining.

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nancyf
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

It's not Legal Seafood anymore.
I have been Going to Legal"s forever- not anymore. I've tried but it's not going to happen.
Food was not hot, menu is completely different.
Good for a drink at the bar and maybe an appetizer, but that's it.

SB
StephenB
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Fast food quality. The fish quality and cooking was suboptimal at best. Legal Seafood used to be an extravagance well-worth it. It was just wasted calories, wasted money, and bad choice for dinner - noticeably underwhelming, as was the menu.

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LovesGoodFood
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great time. Waiter forgot sugar for one in our party’s coffee - but was overall great. Also Wheelchair friendly and he even served our brought in bakery bday cake-
Good for someone w mobility restrictions- getting around can be thought and we had dinner and our bday cake in one fell swoop.

TIP- for the money, next time will skip the Seafood Platter w raw clams ($75) and will get several dozen littlenecks instead.

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DrRick
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent (which is what you come for), as the was the service; just the right amount of anticipating needs, without being intrusive. The ambience in the dining room was solidly pleasant although not particularly luxurious or lavish. The cost of the meal has progressively inched upward, so this is not really a great deal, but one does pay for top-quality seafood.

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Penny
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Good service; fairly quiet so we could have a good business meeting.

JL
vipJeffreyL
New England
20 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

What is happening to my legal seafood?
The menu has changed…so many favorites are gone
So many New England staples are missing
Some items are renamed so I don’t know that they are what I usually get.

It’s supposed to be COD not haddock

I was told that corp is adjusting to meet trends

Poppycock!!!!!

The customers dictate trends this is not fashion

The new ownership is steering the ship “iceberg straight ahead!”

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vipDRTC
Orlando
41 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is always incredible. Clam chowder is still the beat ever. Gold standard.

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richardl
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we ate in bar and enjoyed the service and company. Food was great. Bartender exceptional.

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SeajayFS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Dependable, delicious seafood. Service was somewhat slow as it was very busy

MK
MelanieK
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

They were not willing to accommodate us with where we wanted to sit and it was empty and the food was horrible. We ordered stuffed shrimp that was overcooked and rubbery and chicken fingers and french fries that were burned to a crisp and dry and couldn't be eaten. How do you go wrong with chicken fingers and french fries? Won't be back!

JB
vipJBtable
New England
118 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly and good service. Clean and spacious.
Outdoor seating available.
Fresh and tasty seafood at a really good price.
Firecracker Sushi roll is great: topped w fresh tuna, salmon and avocado.
Several options for salad. Greek salad very good with feta, olives and chickpeas.
Fried calamari is a nice big portion even appetizer size.
Great spot for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious and speedy service. Our server was kinda bouncing around a lot so wasn’t necessarily present when needed but overall good service

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Shirl
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The menu was limited. The fish was well prepared but my Caesar salad had some wilted leaves. The time between the arrival of the meal after appetizers was too long. All in all it’s just not what Legal use to be.

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vipTediN
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal is always delicious and reliable. Clifton our server is always terrific!

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Jack
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fabulous place for business meetings or family gatherings.

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vipAnnR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The outdoor patio is lovely!

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Eamon
New England
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentina and the waitstaff provided the best service we could have asked for!

EM
vipEileenM
New England
205 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought an out of town guest who wanted to try the lobster roll. They did not disappoint and he enjoyed the lobster roll greatly. If it weren't raining the view of the pond would have been wonderful. You can't win 'em all.

DB
DavidB
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent. Will always visit Legal on all my Boston trips

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Rich
New England
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Legal at Chestnut Hill. Great sea food, comfortable, and well run.
Plus parking and not far from our home in JP.
This past lunch with my sister in law and her husband, now from Vegas, included steamers, clam chowder, fish & chips, fried clams, grilled salmon, and a lovely bottle of Rioja.
We will return soon.

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viplambkin
New England
28 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Organic Salmon with warm nicoise vegetables, garlic caper vinaigrette, cured egg yolk was fabulous and the outdoor dining was delightful.

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You can order delivery directly from Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill using the Order Online button. Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 277-7300.

Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill is rated 4.4 stars by 4013 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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