Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

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$31 to $50
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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.
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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A Birthday lunch between old friends! The food was great and we had a good time.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Meh. Legal has lost its touch. It’s too bad. I was once a big fan. It’s gone corporate and nothing is special about it anymore. Just mediocre commercial food.

K
New England
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food, a bit overpriced, but a special place anyway. Super service! Very friendly and timely.

H
New England
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Over all, a satisfying experience. Plusses include excellent steamers and well-prepared Ana-Cod. Excellent rainbow trout (although a bit salty). Service was a bit choppy, with uneven spacing between courses. On the other hand, dinner for 2, with only one glass of Merlot for my companion came to $115 (excluding tip).
Highly recommended if you're part of the '1%' or on Expense Account.

BW
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can always count on Legal Sea Foods to provide quality meals. The blackened swordfish is usually my go to meal and I have never been disappointed. The clam chowder to me is the best chowder in the country, it is the benchmark for all other clam chowders where ever I travel. The Chestnut Hill location is a very spacious, comfortable location, the staff was friendly and upbeat.

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a nice time celebrating grandma 74th Bday..

m
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is perfection for fine seafood restaurant in the Boston area. The menu is creative, fluid and mindful of the needs of all diners. Love, love this place.

AS
New England
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great staff, management is visible on the floor and engaging with guests. Keep up the great work!

WT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was superb! food is always excellent...service attentive without hovering...I recommend this place for any occasion.

FA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Scheduled a reunion with friends at the restaurant. Reservation was on time. Also we never felt rushed and enjoyed a couple of hours of conversation. Service was excellent

v
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve made it a point to eat at Legal Sea Foods whenever we visit Boston. The restaurant at Chestnut Hill has become our favorite since first dining there last year.
The food and service at all Legal Sea Foods is always superb; professional...and we’ve dined at many of them.
We just happen to like Chestnut Hill eatery the best now because of its location and layout.
The dining experience is always superb. One can expect the same at any and all Legal Sea Foods.

P
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

People are very charming and comprehensive although my booking when for thursday 13 instead of my request was really for the 14 the wait was just a couple minutes

P
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Artic Char is the best I ever had at Legal

RY
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fried haddock was just delicious, as was the garden salad. And our server was excellent, too. Somehow he knew that it was my birthday and brought us two ice cream puffs with a candle. Lovely1. (Old Fashioned was good, too10

CG
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Very disappointing. Waited well past the time for our reservation. The staff at the hostess were more interested in talking with each other than working. Once seated waited a very long time for service. The place is very over rated

OT
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal represents the best and sea food in the Boston area

TS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitress was very friendly and listened to the particular way we wanted food done. Very happy!

JC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was packed, felt overcrowded but our waiter was very sweet and attentive.

F
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Hostess staff, waitress and ambience all very good. Food was very disappointing. Shrimp and crab quiche had no crab and was tasteless and over cooked. Gumbo had no flavor and tasted like it had been cooked a week earlier. Clam chowder very good as always. Thai spiced calamari were ok as Was the cauliflower appetizer.

A
New England
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food . Excellent server . Best Cippino ever . Had not been to Legal , Chestnut Hill for several years . Can’t wait to return .

H
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

I'll put the negative first, because overall it's a great place.

We sat in a booth in the Lounge/Bar section of the restaurant. Our booth was right near the entrance and, as the evening wore on, people waiting for seats at the bar began to congregate right next to our table. They were also talking loudly and seriously degraded the dining experience. By this time, we were finishing our meal so we decided to bring this to the attention of the Manager on our way out.

Her name was Ashley, and she in effect said she couldn't---or wouldn't---do a thing about it, such as having people wait outside the entrance to that section. A pretty helpless or hapless manager.

Otherwise, the food was great. And of course the wine list the best around, and the most value anywhere. The service was great. Don't not go because of this review; the situation described above is an anomaly at Legal. I have never encountered it in 30 years of going to at least 5 Legal restaurants throughout Greater Boston.

M
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Legals is always fresh and delicious. The new setting is relaxing and really nice.

p
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Broccoli badly undercooked - needed a steak knife to cut it.
On the other hand, baked stuff shrimp was overcooked, tough, and the topping was almost burned. Don't know if it sat under the heat lamp too long.

Swordfish was fine but for the price there was not much of it.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

You should expand your bar options. And allow Parton martinis

JL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Although this place has been our family restaurant go-to, the service this time was so much worse than usual. The server forgot both special requests and was very slow. In addition, the fish and chips, usually so fantastic, was made out of thin, tough fish. It was literally hard to cut and chew. What a disappointment.

CH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a party of six, and I forgot to request a table in the back. Instead, we got a table in the bar, which can be frenetic. But the noise level was not bad, and I got to reconnect with a waiter from the Natick Legal's. He was great, the food was great, and the drinks were great. What can I say, other than Legal's is one of the most dependable, consistently delicious, and well staffed restaurant chains in Boston. If you're a scallop fan, order the scallops grilled with Cajun spices. And we always get the Thai style calamari appetizer. One appetizer is enough for four people. Two of our party ordered the Caesar salad with shrimp, and raved about the dish. Legal's in Chestnut Hill also have a decent wine list, with very nice Chardonnays by the glass. Normally, I don't write restaurant reviews, but Legal's has been so good for so long that I felt an obligation to compliment them. They've been a dining mainstay for 30 years.

M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our son’s 24th Birthday. I didn’t realize the waitress must of overheard us wish him a Happy Birthday, because after we finished eating she brought over 6 Chocolate covered icecream balls with a candle. It was so unexpected that it made the evening perfect.

AT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met old friends as we do occasionally and had a wonderful time

MK
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Legal always satisfies!

M
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was surprised how good the sushi was. Definitely get it again! Thanks

LD
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and service were excellent, as usual. The music was a bit too loud and energetic and we found it harder to talk quietly. This is the only reason my review is not a 5 star!

AD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We found the food to be very disappointing especially for the price. Won't go back.

LB
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fire alarm went off so we could not finish our meal.

TH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Appetizers were the best part of the meal. We had cauliflower which was excellent. The mixec drinks all tasted the same. We sent back the Old Fashioned and opted for two others which tasted almost exactly the same. All had an artificial taste so we opted for a beer. All iif the meakks were good. I had the Fisherman's Platter. Thus also was fine. Service was very good .
The only real annoyance was from the black flies that continued to fly around

OT
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, good place to host clients

r
New England
15 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal Seafood never fails for perfect evening with family. It offers choices for the whole family. We do miss the "old" Legal Seafood but the new layout is slowly growing on us.

HC
New England
85 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I had the shrimp Pad thai which is a winter special - fabulous!!! In fact, we wound up recommending it the table next to us - great dinner!

GH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Why no open table points? It’s a factor in restaurant selection.

LD
New England
86 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal is just a never-disappoints restaurant. Top shelf! Thank you!!

SB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great table great food

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