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About Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.

One of our first restaurants and still a popular lure, we are located on Route 9 in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center. We are still keeping things fresh at our bar, our open dining room and in our take-out counter and Fish Market.

Legal Sea Foods has long proven that a consistent, high quality dining experience never goes out of style. With over 40 varieties of fresh fish and shellfish available throughout the year as well as an award-winning wine list, there’s no doubt why legions of fans have fallen hook, line and sinker.

We’ve received a boatload of accolades including “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” (USA Today, 2013), “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.

43 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 12pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
Route 9 and Hammond Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 277-7300

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Chestnut-Hill-Chestnut-Hill-Shopping-Center

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here at Chestnut Hill, our private dining room can accommodate up to 65 guests.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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We're open and serving up yuletide cheer.

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Monday, December 25, 2017

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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (46)
Great for Lunch (35)
Special Occasion (33)
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Healthy (32)
Business Meals (28)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Good for Groups (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Bar Seating (22)
Good for a Date (19)
Authentic (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Kid-friendly (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Disabled Access (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Romantic (5)
Seasonal (5)
Cozy (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant was hot as hell. The food was not cooked all the way through. The service was fine

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 (New England)·Dined 4 days ago

Legal Sea Foods in Chestnut Hill is the premier sea food restaurant in the area. We always enjoy having dinner there, and have also had fine lunches. Two dishes I especially recommend are the Crab Cake Combo and Oysters Legal. There is always a fine choice of fish and other seafood as well. They have an exceptional wine list with tasting flights as well as fine selections by the glass, half-bottle, and full bottle.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Food quality, wait staff starting from host To all wait staff , including seafood department put most all other Legal’s to shame. I have been a very loyal customer of Legal since original open in Inman Square.
Best,
Kathleen Kenney
Ps.. How does one get a loyal customer no wait card?

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and service. Fong is the best.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Enjoyable evening- good service and good food

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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Lunch was truly a great dining experience with great service and terrific food.
Everyone was very pleased with their choices. Looking forward togging back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I went with 1 friend on a Sunday night for early dinner. The p;ace was jammed but we had a reservation so got seated on time. Waiter was very good, brave in the face of so many customers!. Noisy because there was such a crowd.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We are always very impressed with the attention to detail and options available for gluten free diners who have celiac disease, such as myself. GF bread, breadcrumbs, fried fish, fries...so many choices that are GF -love this place!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

legals is always excellent and professional and consistent among all of their restaurant sites. staff is professional and accomodating. We (2 couples) were originally placed at a larger table which was not as convenient for cross-talk and were treated very respectfully and immediately our request for a different style ( more easily conversant) was changed.
the food was hot ( as were the plates) coming out and the veggies were steaming .

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

More great food and service with an excellent Icelandic plaice special.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Victoria, our server was excellent. She noticed that were were sitting for awhile, my guess is approximately 10-15 minutes, and no one came over to help us. She was serving a nearby table. She came over and said that she wasn't our server, but noticed that we were sitting for awhile and asked if she could bring us something to drink. She was so nice and pleasant, that we asked her if she could be our server. She said yes. We were thrilled. She was very attentive to our requests. We had a very enjoyable evening. Thank you Victoria.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a lovely birthday lunch and the restaurant gave us a comfortable table in a quiet corner. The oysters were amazing! It is the season!

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

I've been to Legal Seafood many times. This visit wasn't the best. Our meals took an unusually long time to come. Three Greek salads and one brown rice bowl - seems like delivering them could've been quicker for these entrees.

I didn't love the dressing it came with. I'm not sure if it's the standard greek salad dressing - I think it was balsamic. I found it very tart.

The Greek salad was rather pedestrian. Lots of very finely chopped iceberg, a couple of olives, a few veggies, nothing special, though the presentation was lovely. I had a greek salad at another restaurant earlier in the week and it was spectacular. Lots of big cucumber and tomato chunks. Nice lemony dressing. I think Legal's can step up their greek salad game.

The grilled shrimp was delicious.

The gluten free rolls were the star of the meal for me. I'd love the recipe!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Hosted a small reunion for my college classmates (8) and the food was reliable. The service was very good and they even confirmed my reservation the day of the dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

much better food and quantities than the last time I was there. Ambiance still feels close to a cafeteria though

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Food was all good. Service was at the high end of very good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 28, 2017

This is our main go-to restaurant. It's crowded after 6:30 but before that it's usually no problem. Same with parking but usually something available all the time. Fish always fresh and excellent and I suppose the other dishes are the same. Fresh fish retail market is a definite plus. Prices there tend to me a little higher than supermarkets but quality is well worth the small difference.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

We are never disappointed with Legal Sea Foods. The service is always superior and we hope things never change. Blessings is 2018 to all the Staff.

Tags: Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Best seafood in the area! In addition to other foods for non fish eaters. Food served hot! Rolls are fresh and soft better than they used to be. Normally the service is outstanding but this time it was lacking. Food arrives in a timely manner. Great selection.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I have been coming to Legal Seafood for the last 10 years this was my Worse experience ever. I had reservation Horrible Table, Horrible waitstaff, Horrible Food. Somethings need to be changed at that location.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Had thanksgiving here for the third year in a row. Excellent as always. Food waitstaff superb!!! Very accommodating with requests as in my window table. It’s now become a thanksgiving tradition

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was outstanding. My husband and I went there with one other for a Thanksgiving lunch. They both had the turkey dinner offering which they both raved about while I had scallops and sides. Delicious! I couldn't finish my meal as they gave an ample amount of food.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Healthy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Nice experience, great wait staff.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great dinner to warm us up on a cold rainy Saturday night.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Solid and good as always. Food was delicious. Server was attentive without overbearing. We had several diet limitations which were beautifully accommodated. Legal is a winner as always!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

This location's food has been slowly going downhill for a year. The main courses are bland, thrown together in an unappetizing way, dry, and just... meh. For $105 before tip that doesn't include booze, I expect a little better taste and presentation than an Applebee's. The service is friendly, but the cleanliness (especially bathrooms, dear God) and the food are a major question mark. We keep giving it chance after chance to get better. Maybe when they move to the new location next door.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

A now traditional seafood restaurant, very popular for families and friends. Good food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Service was absolutely outstanding!! Love coming here!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good seafood. Some of the hostess staff are rude and no updating when the reservation is delayed.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very bad table given to our group. 2 items were different that the ones we had ordered. Once we got the food the waitress came 20 min after to check on our order. By that time we had half eaten our and did not want to wait for the correct order as that would have made other guests food cold. When you come to a place like this and spend this kind of money one expects the order to be perfect. She offered nothing in return of the mistake. Bad customer service.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

It’s always a great experience at this legal. The food was great like always and so was the service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Legal Seafood's service and food are always consistently excellent. Legal's is our go-to place for the best seafood.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

A friend and I had a 2pm late lunch.
The food and the service was outstanding.
What was particularly nice is it was a slow time and the noise level
was much better than others times (primarily in the evenings).

p.s. I would come to this Legal Seafood restaurant much more frequently if the acoustics
worked better in general. It is much less enjoyable if you are at all hearing
challenged (and even if not).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The food was fine. However, the experience was marred by a malfunctioning "background" radio, which kept stopping and starting for most of the meal and was greatly annoying. We had to ask repeatedly to have the radio turned off; we even requested the manager after the server seemed unable to take care of this. Manager was no help either; he acted as though this was out of the restaurant's control.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We come here maybe once a month for the fresh fish dinners. We have never been dissapponted.

Tags: Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Legal Seafood is a good place to eat. The choice I made for my entree was good though not terrific. We were seated at a large booth with an open side and it was a little hard to talk to the people across the table not because of high noise but because they were at a distance. Also our main dishes were delivered before we'd finished our salads. Maybe it was just a little not as good that night.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We've been here several times. The food is good and the service is good (although this time our dining companions never got the Caesar Salad they ordered to split as an appetizer).........nothing outstanding.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had a sudden change of plans and decided to head to Legals because we know that the food is consistently excellent. We were under a time crunch and the waitstaff was great about accommodating our needs. The clam chowder never disappoints. The crabcake and salad was perfect. The fresh oysters were cold and briny and plump and absolutely delicious. The Nantucket scallop special was a treat. Their season is brief and we were lucky to come in at the right time. The waitstaff were attentive and knowledgeable, as always. We'll be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I am gluten free and they have a special food runner who handles all dishes made for allergies when being brought from kitchen to table. The batter they use is gf which means a lot of usually unavailable food are gf safe (and delicious) and their fryers are not cross contaminated. Everything was served in a timely fashion, not right on top of each other but also not making us wait super long for anything. When the kitchen sent out the wrong sides our waiter even had it fixed and new ones brought out in just a few minutes. Also, Our reservation was for our anniversary. The lighting was romantic and the waiter was amazing. He even brought us a special dessert for the occasion- on them.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

None near me so always s treat to visit family in Boston area and dine with you. Delicious dinner and good way to celebrate my birthday. Would have been nice if the waiter had picked up on that and offered a dessert treat for me. We did order coffees and delicious bon bons.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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