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Legal Sea Foods, Chestnut Hill Bar - Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill, MA
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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

4.4
4.4
4370 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 277-7300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Taylor DeLeo and Liz Finlay: (888) 905-3570

  • Neighborhood

    Chestnut Hill

  • Cross street

    Route 9 and Hammond Street

  • Parking details

    Land a parking spot in the rear lot right in front of our door.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston Suburbs

    Most Booked

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  1. L

    Linda

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good. Clam chowder was excellent. Broiled scrod was good.
  2. LJ

    LeonardJ

    New England

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Having eaten at legal seafood for years, we were disappointed. The fish and chips had the fish on top of the chips which made them quite soggy. The Caesar salad was inadequately seasoned and dressed. The haddock and the fish with the chips were both also hardly seasoned And quite tasteless. The tab for four of us was expensive.
  3. PN

    PaulN

    New York Area

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was terrible
  4. PA

    PAPA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone is so good there they treated us so well it’s the best legal that we go to
  5. SS

    ShannonS

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very loud person next to us at the bar screaming over the bar to talk to the bartender. Bartender should lean in and not stand away so shouting isn’t necessary.
  6. 2

    2bears

    New England

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our favorite place to take friends who are visiting the Boston area and want an excellent seafood dinner. The quality is always excellent. It's also a great place to meet for a business or social lunch. The menu provides many options although I seem to always have the clam chowder which is a favorite.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foods are delicious, crews are really helpful and polite. Ambience was perfect and really joyful place to eat.
  8. RW

    RobertW

    Hawaii

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our favorite seafood restaurant for an early dinner.
  9. p

    paulb

    New England

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Double jeopardy! Increased prices are expected. Smaller portions are not. Entrees are about 25% reduced. This was our go to place, not so much anymore. Too bad. Roger would be appalled.
  10. A

    Andrew024

    New England

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We were here for lunch---I odered two nigiri unagi as a starter. Something was clearly wrong as Japanese rice, uruchimai, should be sticky, firm, and slightly sweet. When I used chopsticks to pick up the first piece preparatory to dipping a small end in soy sauce, all the rice fell out of the piece from both ends leaving the seaweed wrapping attached to the unagi !! The second piece I picked up by the middle where the seaweed is wrapped. and the same thing happened. This rice was not sticky nor firm at all !!! There were just a lot of lightly packed grains of cooked rice, held together by nothing. I ended up with little pieces of rice everywhere on the plate and in the soy sauce. That said the unagi was quite good. I had the Test Kitchen Salmon over orzo...absolutely delicious although I think you could add that it is served with the orzo chilled...I had expected a fully hot entree. Two entrees, two iced teas and two pieces of unagi (with a few pieces of rice salvaged) was $92 with tax and tip. Nice place but we liked the intimate feel of the old location more, and as good as the food was for what we had we didn't think it was worth $92 for lunch.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal with our server Jay. We came with our daughters for the kids promotion, and everyone had an excellent meal.
  12. d

    downhillskier

    New England

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Always good at legal at CH. love the outdoor patio. Newer preparations are very good. Love the newer tuna dish with Asian green beans and cashews. Prices have increased. But always consistent and delicious!! Great waitstaff!
  13. r

    robinb

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    They had mice running around. Not very appetizing. Will not go back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    enjoyed the outdoor seating
  15. E

    Embryo49

    Chicago

    537 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    537 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 56 years ago, and came back to one of our favorites from the past. It was fantastic! My wife had Caesar salad and then broiled swordfish. She loved them both! I likewise loved my clam chowder which is the same wonderful flavor as years ago, and sole imperial, filet with crab, another old favorite. We were surprised by an anniversary Boston cream pie which capped off a memorable evening. Our server, Livia was efficient, personable and a delight. Legal is as good as ever!
  16. DC

    DC279

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great day outdoors on the deck. Went for lunch and food and service were both very good.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Legal is a standby for our family especially when relatives visit from out of state. Tonight’s dinners were sub standard. The stars were the kids meals and the chowder, of course. But everything else was a bland rubbery mess. We expressed our disappointment and they comp’d our appetizer and offered us dessert on the house but we decided to go to Odd Fellows for ice cream instead.
  18. A

    Andy

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great dinner. Our waiter and hostess was also great! Love going there
  19. b

    birthdayboy

    New England

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our 'date night.' The food was first-rate and the wait staff was excellent. Just wish we could afford to go there more often.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Was ok. Food was average. Very odd combination of a bowl of rice with one crabcake and tiny very wilted salad. Everything else was average. Nothing that said, oh I have to go back. Whole place has a very fishy smell. Not appealing.. Our waitstaff person was great, however.
  21. DB

    DebB

    New England

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great reunion dinner with family!
  22. DM

    DonnaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The fried clams are not small and sweet as described in menu. They are tough and chewy. This is my third time not enjoying the quality of the fried clams. They did take the price of clams off the bill, but I would rather have had good clams.
  23. P

    Pbsmum

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an enjoyable meal; only suggestion is a bit more Aperol in the spritz as I really didn’t taste it. Our waiter was attentive and served our desserts split in half as we told him we were planning to split. Nice touch!
  24. I

    Ishymae

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Everything great- waitstaff, food, ambience - except it was a special occasion- I said so (retirement) when I reserved - & my friends informed the front staff when I was being seated - but there was neither mention of it by the waitstaff (hadn’t been informed? Didn’t ask) nor any gratuitous dessert or other amenity offered.
  25. JP

    JimPf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food with wonderful flavor, good portions! Will return!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Food was amazing!! Went for my Boyfriends birthday dinner with his family and it was the perfect spot. I am gluten free and they were very knowledgeable and had so many options. Had sushi and fish and chips, definitely going back asap
  27. PP

    PhilipP

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We were about 20 minutes late for our sitting but were greeted nicely and only waited 10 minutes for seating. A change in seating was requested and we were accommodated without a problem. Our waitperson was good and helpful and gave us extra time to look over the menu. The food was good. I unfortunately I only remembered to order two meals to go until just before we were to leave, but the orders were placed and came to us before I expected them to. All in all, a very good experience.
  28. LM

    LeticiaM

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, as always, was delicious!
  29. LT

    LisaT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We sat outside on the upper roof deck which is lovely. It was a hot day so some misters or alternate shade would be great as the sun moves and it did get quite warm. Not great for raw seafood especially. Our server was excellent, efficient, kind and laid back without causing delays. It was midday so not busy. Legal has gotten astronomically expensive. It is an enormous operation and surely they could absorb some of added expenses of supply chain issues etc to make it affordable. $3.50 an oyster is ridiculous. The quality is good however. Crab meat on the seafood tower could have been a little sweeter and fresher but we appreciated that it was not dressed. Overall, we gave learned to be careful what we order because the more complicated dishes are often overdone with too many ingredients or poorly executed. The roof deck is a lovely addition and the happy hour and late night deal additions. We will be back for those.
  30. C

    Carol

    New England

    75 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    My husband enjoyed his meal of Grilled Swordfish Steak. I did not enjoy my meal of Grilled Rainbow Trout. It had a very different taste than what I am used to having at Legal, and not in a good way. After eating it, which I probably shouldn't have, I was wondering if it even was fresh. It always was my favorite fish to get, so I am familiar with the way it normally tasted. I did not mention it to the server, which I should have. I know he would have returned it, no question in my mind about that. I would recommend Legal, but I would want to make sure that the trout was fresh, next time.
  31. K

    Karen

    New England

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way-as usual! Seating perfect, service impeccable and food absolutely delicious. My favorite spot in this area by far! Thank you!
  32. c

    ceccec

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Everything inside was fine... However, a LARGE refrigerated delivery truck (maybe for the fish?) was parked just outside the large open windows... with engine... and refrigerator cooling system running.... AND IT WAS VERY LOUD. In fact, we couldn't hear each other talk and had to shout. THERE'S GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY.
  33. MH

    MauraH

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience2
    The fish and chips was very disappointing- not a nice piece of fish- I let the server know and was surprised to hear her fish was great earlier in the evening..
  34. F

    Fooddude

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We had two items from the test kitchen menu (swordfish and tuna) that were both very good. The lobster mac-and-cheese was okay, but overpriced. We appreciated the hostess helping us get our table - even with reservations, it is sometimes difficult as people linger at their tables. Our server was fine - but as with many restaurants, they were a bit under-staffed and water glasses remained unfilled and little things like that. The surprise of the night was how good their desserts were (who knew?) - we had Boston Cream Pie and key lime pie - both excellent!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was great!! Kitchen very accommodating to special requests. Service was very poor. The waitress was very nice when she was taking the order. But it took a long time for her to come to us once we were seated. And after taking the order for our drinks - she left and didn’t get back to us until the drinks were ready approx 15 minutes later. We were hungry and wanted to place our order for the food within 2-3 minutes after she took the drink order, but could not find her. Eventually she came - with the drinks - so we placed the order and as usual at Legal’s the food was GREAT!!
  36. J

    Jrm1

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    The outdoor dining is delightful! But the rest was SO disappointing. We never got rolls (which they are known for and they come with the meal), my drink did not come until after the meal was delivered and I had to remind them. When it arrived it tasted like it had been sitting out and diluting for the entire time we waited for the meal. My friend ordered a tonic and lime. It was seltzer. The waitress apologized and brought another....the same thing! Our meal was mediocre (the shrimp were dry and over cooked.) The salad was nothing special. To make up for the soda mishap (we never even mentioned the other things) she brought us two ice cream bon bons. They are about one inch in diameter and were covered in a ton of whipped cream. Probably to make it look more substantial.
  37. N

    Neen

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, view from patio and attentive waiter .
  38. CE

    CarolE

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A family dinner at a round table with delicious food!
  39. ZG

    ZaneG

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and I particularly recommend the New England clam chowder and raw oysters paired with an Allagash White ale.
  40. k

    keithm

    New England

    279 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    279 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We started with Salt Codfish Fritters which were very good. Sharon Had the Clam Chowder which she really enjoyed. For our mains, Sharon had the Caterpillar Roll, which was delivered as the California Roll. We think the noise (it was quite busy early on) caused our server to hear it incorrectly. It was properly replaced & she enjoyed it. Richard had the Organic Salmon which he liked. We think there was supposed to be 2 "sides" & he only got one. I had the Sole Imperial, which had Lobster sauce on it (really a small ladle of Lobster Bisque) It actually worked well & it was very good. We've noticed they are changing the menu somewhat. Most was pretty good choices, but I miss the Oysters Legal (which is really the same as Oysters Rockerfeller). Overall a good meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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 4370 OpenTable diners.

Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Route 9 and Hammond Street

  • Neighborhood

    Chestnut Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Land a parking spot in the rear lot right in front of our door.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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