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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

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (41)
Great for Lunch (32)
Healthy (31)
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Special Occasion (29)
Good for Groups (27)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Business Meals (27)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Authentic (18)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Kid-friendly (10)
Gluten Free Options (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fun (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Seasonal (6)
Cozy (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Romantic (4)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice experience, great wait staff.

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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (New England)·Dined on October 25, 2017

always yummy food and caring service.. the wine selection is always creative and so worth drinking.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Fine except for 2 cockroaches that came by.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We were a large party of eleven and had great service, great food, and appreciated that we were able to be given the time to eat, socialize and not pushed out.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was good as usual. The server accommodated our friend with an item that was only on the lunch menu and he was excellent overall.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The waiter was very attentive to our needs. The food was delicious as always

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 (New England)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Legal Sea Foods is always a crowd pleaser! The service was great; the only complaint I would mention is that my husband’s halibut was reasonably over-cooked. Don’ think this should happen at Legal, since seafood is their specialty and the prices aren’t cheap
(and my husband is an excellent cook who knows how halibut should be cooked). Finished with Key Lime pie and Boston Creme pie, both of which were excellent!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We go there often. The food is always good. It is perfect for a special occasion. They gave us a nice corner table.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2017

The food never disappoints - always outstanding fish & sides. It can be noisy, but wasn't very busy tonight, which was nice.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great for my mom's birthday, it's her fav restaurant in Chestnut Hill. My pommagranite lemon drop (cocktail) was to die for, the shrimp dumplings were amazing as was the tuna tartar appetizer. The chowda was a little bland which was surprising since I usually love it. All in all a great night tho.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent food with great service, even on a busy Saturday night.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our server Katherine L. was excellent - very attentive and efficient

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The last time I ate at this restaurant was 25 years ago when I lived in the area. The seafood offerings now seem more limited than I remember. The fish chowder and rolls are still very good. I had the grilled tuna catch of the day. I thought it was odd that it came with mushroom gravy. It gave me the impression I was eating beef instead of seafood. The restaurant is in a shopping plaza and you can only enter from the rear even though there are windows in the front. I walked around for a while before I figured out there was no front entrance and had to go to the rear of the mall to get in. A sign in the front stating you should go to the rear to enter would be most useful.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, People Watching, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I was very disappointed in this renowned restaurant. The food was mediocre at best, cold and we waited twenty minutes to order and thirty to be served. Service throughout the evening was not only slow but inattentive. I will never return.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

I've known of Legal Seafoods for many years, but a recent dinner there reminded me of what excellent New England food is served there. We were hosting a friend from Europe and he was also was very impressed by the food quality and the attentive and personable service by Phong, our Vietnamese waiter. We'll return again soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We went on a rainy Wednesday and the atmosphere was very lively and uplifting. We had baked stuffed lobster and grilled swordfish. Both dinners were excellent!!
Definitely coming back on our next trip to Boston. The waiter was friendly and provided great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food is always consistently good.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Service was great. My order was burned and the server refused to serve it. Another order was made but it was very dry.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Our waiter Sean was exceptionally polite and helpful.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We were seated at a small table in the corner by the bar; I realized later that there were lots of empty tables in the dining room; we were well dressed, so I not sure why the hostess gave us a second class table. Also, salads should have come out before the entrees but everything came together.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Disappointed,
Fries dripping with grease on one meal and no mustard sauce on the crab cakes plus salad had soggy aging lettuce and no dressing.
Items were just dumped on the plates no thought to serving which resulted in cranberries mixed into crab cakes and fish soaking into fries.
Not up to par tonight

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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Delish and they brought out a dessert for my daughter and son-in-law to be (Saturday). Quite nice!

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

great meal and super legal service.

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