Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

4.3
4062 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4062 people are saying
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DCgirl
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This is not the "old" Legal Sea Foods. The fish was so-so, the rice so-so, and the whole tomato they threw on top a bit stewed. We had the BEST waitress, the vibe was upbeat, we enjoyed our martinis, and the dessert (Boston Cream Pie) was fabulous. It's a fun place to go (the bar side) but, as I said, not the "old" Legals.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I would love to give a higher rating but our service was really bad. The server didn’t know much about the menu, and we felt as though we were constantly struggling to get his attention.

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JSPandRGP
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the crab cake combo platter. It was excellent.

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GeorgeM
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great server!

My date had the Lobster with Mac and Cheese, which she loved.

I had the lobster roll, which was big and good.

Will do again!

TN
vipTediN
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server was fabulous!! We have been going to Legal for many years and will continue in the future!!!

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vipSusie
New England
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding salad with salmon on top. Great service. Gorgeous dat on your porch!!!

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Bobby
New England
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really great. And the restaurant was respectful of Covid rules.

TD
vipTomD
New England
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was slow and food was not great. Calamari was soggy and overcooked. The haddock was served kind of cold maybe due to slow service. Then of course -5 stars for the location in Newton with paper straws and you have to wear a mask into a restaurant with sit in dining

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Sfood
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

service and food is not up to par with the legal seafood of the past. Mistakes in the order, slow service, limited menu choices. Legal Seafood used to be a destination that you could count on for high quality food on a consistent basis with their very limited menu and the just average food prep it has fallen to the level of just acceptable. In the future I will look for alternatives for my seafood "fix"

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vipTediN
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food service quality and outdoor dining all in 1 place!!

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CathyF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience2

It was unfortunate that we couldn't reserve our seats on the patio as requested. A reservation is a reservation, so why limit us. We had out of town guests that we wanted to share Legal Seafood with while also ensuring the safety of being outside AND the view of the pond. Hopefully those rules are changed in the future, but for now we will seek out other restaurants that can accommodate outside seating under a reservation.

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BibiN
New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is always good here. The list of grilled fish has shrunk; but our server told us they are putting the trout back on the menu in a couple of weeks which made me happy. Our server was friendly and competent.

EM
vipEileenM
New England
206 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is fresh and very good. The price points are a bit high. The space in the room with the bar is very pretty and bright and has really good ventilation. Service was very good.

BE
vipBarbaraE
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Hi, I wanted to personally thank you. This was my 11 y.o. son first birthday after his Mom passed away earlier this year.
For the last 5 years or so it has been a bday tradition to have lunch at Chestnut hill legal. We have always been lucky enough to sit in patio at the booths at your new location. When we arrived we were told that no tables at all were available out on patio. My son got very sad, but didn’t say anything. I asked high top was fine, but was told no. Then one of the team said that table 503 had opened and could get cleaned in couple of minutes.

This all may seem trivial, but that small gesture and little detail for my son was enough to shift the energy of the day. We still talked about missing her, but the tone was of happy memories and silly moments we have had at those tables.

Our server was also extremely professional and warm.

They oysters were amazing.

Thank you

SL
vipStephenL
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Halibut was very dry and tasteless

LM
LeticiaM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and the ambiance!

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paddyc
New England
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience4

legal used to be perfect but I was so disappointed with my appetizer I didn’t order an entree. The waitress was nice enough to take it off my bill.The very large window which was wide open and so cool wind enough to blow the menus off the table. I asked the hostess if they could please close it and she never returned. I tried myself and knocked my water off the table. Oh well not impressed.

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vipWrywriter
New England
50 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was my first visit to the to the "new" Legal's in Chestnut Hill as well as my first visit under their new ownership. Much seemed the same as always (and that's good). The fish tacos were delicious and my companion enjoyed his crab cakes. The food was fresh and prepared promptly. And the rolls are still hot (yay!).

The two not-so-great things were that a mouse ran across the dining room while we were eating. When I mentioned this to the waiter, he simply shrugged it off. The server was also difficult to find at the end of the meal when we wanted our check. Once flagged, he was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food3service5ambience1

We did not have the best experience. The pictures are deceiving in terms of the looks and ambiance of the restaurant. We went for our 5 year anniversary and we’re hopeful when the hostess told us a week before that bc we reserved so early they could prob get us seating outside. We were told it would be a 2 hour wait when we got there. Inside of restaurant looks very congested with lack of any romantic feel. You get a vibe that your grabbing food after a day of shopping at the mall.

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Veronique
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I along with our daughter and son-in-law, enjoyed a lovely lunch on the patio, overlooking the pond at Chestnut Hill. The pace was relaxed, the service attentive, and the food and wine, excellent. Though we return often, it continues to feel like we are away on vacation. Highly recommend.

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MSinLA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The PEI mussels were delicious as was all the food and drinks. Our server, Katharine , was terrific. Great attitude, attentive, professional, accommodating, friendly.

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Didi
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. It is always delicious. The service is always good. The ambience is comfortable. Thank you.

JG
vipJudiG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Menu still needs a little tweaking after Covid cutbacks, but definitely getting better. We've been back here about 4 times in the past few months, and each time it gets a little better and back to Legal's standards.

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vipAndreaB
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality of food, always cooked perfectly!
Service is excellent as well! Very professional all around.

MC
MaureenC
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the large open windows-feels like dining out, even though you’re inside.

JB
vipJBtable
New England
119 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice staff and professional service.
Clean and spacious, with availability to outdoor seating.
Tuna steak on light coconut broth with Thai veggies was great. Part of the LS Test kitchen. I hope it stays on the menu.
Great value

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vipfoodie
New England
39 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Legal used to be one of my favorite places to eat. Not anymore. The calamari was dry, tough, breading heavy tasteless. Same was true for my husband's fried clams. The Sushi appetizer was tasteless. I'm sad.

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Sheila
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

I am sorry to say that to me, this experience was disappointing. I had just been to Legal's a month ago; now, upon returning, I saw that the menu was clipped and the offerings were few. The food was not a problem, but due to the limitations, I do not plan an immediate return trip.

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Deane
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience2

There have been menu changes- and I find there is little to like.

JL
JoLon
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Legal Seafoods is consistent and offers really great seafood
Service was good and a bottle of wine was reasonable

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Nancy
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

This is not my favorite restaurant, but our birthday guest chose it. The service, though friendly, was really sub par--dishes didn't get cleaned off the table, requests for water, etc., were slow to arrive. Market price for lobster was $46. It was a boiled lobster, though of a good size. Sides were mediocre. I had a "lobster salad" which was $37. Lobster portion was also generous, but the salad was terrible--wilted greens of no interest whatsoever. I don't plan on going back. Rather have my seafood at a clam shack, like Woodman's, where they don't pretend (and fail) to give you a fine dining experience.

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vipSFT12
New England
23 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Our only problem was the server. She was very slow to take care of us, didn’t offer us bread until we’ll after she took our lunch orders, and didn’t bring us our meals until she finally realized (perhaps) that three other tables had already received their meals. These tables had all come in after we did, and someone else actually delivered our food, not the server. The food was fine, the service terrible.

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EvanS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dynamite lobster! Miss my baked potato, but truly delish!

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Jerry
New England
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Very disappointing for Legal Seafood. Not up to their usual standards on food presentation and taste/quality.

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vipColleenS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The service was not good and food was just ok . Not the usual legal seafood experience disappointing

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

New location and decor is inferior to old in Chestnut Hill. No oysters of any kind available at a seafood restaurant! The lobster roll was just okay for over $40.00. The women's lavatories were not clean and the sink and area looked dirty. Not planning on returning to this location.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

1. I ordered 6 cherry stone clams and was brought 4.
2. Asked for tuna entree grilled with no seasoning on top and it came with peppercorn coriander seasoning smothered on top.
3. Bathrooms were not clean.
4 waitress was nice but had too many tables and we didn’t see her much
5. Dinner bill was dropped on our table like we were eating at a diner. Wasn’t placed in a receipt holder.
6. Gluten-free rolls were not available.

Legals has really changed.
Disappointing for a 60th birthday celebration.

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Nancy
New England
34 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Terrific waiter and hostessing. Generally very good food but 1 of us felt her dish was bad/ didn’t taste right. She didn’t eat it. Not sure if they comped a replacement dish of shrimp?

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Duane
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cuisine was prepared precisely, cooked perfectly, and offered interesting flavor combinations. Service was prompt.

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Didi
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Always great service. I have never been disappointed in this restaurant--especially at this location.

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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill is rated 4.3 stars by 4062 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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