Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

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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.
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KK
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

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

RD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

r
New England
52 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

d
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food excellent. We were freezing next to the window!

c
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
54 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..

JH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grille and sautee stations were down, but we were given a courtesy call hours before our reservation asking if we wanted to reschedule. We ended up keeping it and had a wonderful dinner of oysters and sushi! It was great.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Smoked salmon appetizer terrible. Crispy piece of toast with a thin swipe of avacado,very thinly sliced salmon, topped with a few crispy capers.
Flavorless. No accoutrements ie: soured cream, chopped onion,chopped egg. Not worth the money! Waiter nicely took off the bill.
Popcorn shrimp. Shrimp fair, dip terrible, VERY salty, VERY spicy hot. Had not had lunch that day so I did eat some of the shrimp and kept trying the dip. Left a bad taste. Not worth the money!
We had come to
Legal quite a few months ago and ordered Anna’s scrod. It came out mushy and not desirable to eat. We decided we would not return to LSF. So we thought we’d try again after seeing a movie .
Very disappointing! Legal has always been a fine restaurant, a place we looked forward to going. Not anymore.

We mentioned the popcorn shrimp to manager on the way out. She said she would relate the message

PW
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall good although the new avocado toast option was not so good. Was too light on avocado and need to be more mashed up and salmon was minimal. Toast needed to be softer bread. Standards are high so they need to make some adjustments to this dish

B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

When food can be neither grilled nor sautéd you are not really serving father menu. Needs to say every meal other than the fried clams was disappointing.

LZ
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We love tuna burgers and order it for dinner even though it is not on the menu.

SD
New England
68 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat

F
New England
20 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The quality of the fish is very high, the preparations are pretty traditional, the cocktails and wine choices are excellent!

TE
New England
21 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our waiter Jackson was exceptional.

RC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality, service and cleanliness. The sushi boat was delicious.

R
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food but frequently rushed service.

JM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's a bit loud, but the food is never less than excellent.

NV
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Meeting friends

RP
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!Our only complaint is that the booths in the dining room are too far from the table. We tried moving them but they don't move. So one person is close to the table and the other person must sit forward at the edge in order to eat. Thanks!

BK
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service as always. Go-to fish place.

K
New England
556 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always great fish. Love the lounge area and don’t care for the main room.

MK
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Seated promptly. Never disappointed at Legal!

R
Naples
54 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good portions were small. The shellfish was excellent fresh . If you don’t like your fish well done request rare!

WC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, service and a fair price

EF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose to meet my cousin from Florida here because I thought Legal’s would be best to showcase the best New England food. She was pleased with my choice and had difficulty making her selection . There was so much to choose from! We had a wonderful waiter, who made suggestions and always checked on making sure we had everything we needed.

WG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

First time at this location. Receptionist was very friendly. My baked potato was hard, fist was very good.
waitress never came back to the table to see if we needed anything else. Overall I liked the lay out of the
facility

H
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Best fish around. Mediocre atmosphere and service.
Have occasionally had them 'overcook'.

F
New England
57 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The muscles were anything but plump. Small, shriveled and overcooked. The arctic char was dry and tasteless. The sour cream was watery. What's happened to the quality? I'll still go for a delicious lunch salad with grilled shrimp but the ambience at dinner is tired and uninspiring and the food is trending down.

OT
New England
195 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We love the renovated Chestnut Hill Legals. Contemporary decor, a fresh new look! The food is delicious and the seafood is always fresh! Portions are substantial and the menu is varied. Great place to meet friends or celebrate special occasions.

AE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

have eaten many times at Legal and Legal C Bar. Got seated right away. Appetizer came quickly - have had at other legals and was not as good but ok. Took a while for main to come and then I had ordered the sashimi tuna meal and it looked like an appetizer portion and it didn't have the rice so i asked and she brought it but it looked sad and the seaweed salad tasted disgusting. For $17+ it was not worth it. I talked to manager to explain how I thought was overpriced for what is served and how I think it's poorly presented and thought they might comp us something - even the coffee we ordered at end of meal, but nothing. Other people have said how overrated it's become and I won't be back.

FM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always consistent- fresh and delicious!! My favorites are Grilled Salmon, Grilled shrimp, Garlic and shrimp and King Crab 👍
Honor reservations always and do not have to wait long to be seated.

j
New England
66 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderfully fresh seafood just as we always know it will be. The lemon sole is one of my favorites and my husband’s craving for fried clams were totally satisfied.

IG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything is very good but noisy and crouded space.

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