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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

2368 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 12pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(617) 277-7300
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Route 9 and Hammond Street
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Parking details
Land a parking spot in the rear lot right in front of our door.
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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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2368 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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lews (New England)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Food is great as usual fish excellent.
Make a reservation and they give you small table booth that it is difficult putting feet under if tall.
When you ask for other table and restaurant is just about empty you have to say you will leave before they give you a little bigger table. when restaurant is empty do not understand that attitude. when I left they still had plenty of empty tables on a weekday

vipLindsayC (New England)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Our server Katherine L. was excellent - personable, efficient and attentive

Maisie (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Worst calamari ever. Went on Saturday night. The calamari came out in "clusters" tentacles all stuck together. Only four "rings" (Usually, one gets mostly rings and only a couple of tentacles). They were over battered and over fried. Had to send them back. Steamed broccoli is barely steamed (had to ask for it to be cooked longer). Server was great but clearly overworked. This location is going through a transition but needs to get its act together. It's living off past glory and the rest of the world has caught up with better food, better service, and more creative menus.

vipKirtzy (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Always great food and service- exceptionally impressive on a busy Saturday night.

Babesghost (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Perfect dinner for a Saturday night before another snow storm. The Bang Bang Cauliflower and Cajun-grilled swordfish were just what we needed to warm us up.

Vanessa (Brighton)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We always have a great time at Legals. Great service and delicious food! I think next year we will think twice about coming to legals on Valentine’s Day night though. Of course they were extreme busy (so we made a reservation weeks before) but we were placed at a very small round table between two large tables which made it difficult for servers to get by. We had to constantly move our seats for people to squeeze by, which was pretty annoying. Although we were just a table of two, we usually splurge and enjoy the larger entrees and apps at legals. This time we ordered more then a dozen of oysters and a baked stuffed lobster so the table was not nearly as large as it usually is which made it difficult to enjoy everything. All and all, we did have a great time and the service was excellent. We will come back just not on Valentine’s day.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I️ have been eating at this legal seafood for over 30 years
Have always been satisfied but this time my tuna steak had a large sinew and the waiter never came to check if things were ok
A little disappointed

vipsneezeme (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Disappointed this visit have been to this restaurant at least 50 timesin my life.
Service was slow calamari greasy and not well prepRed
However steamers were quite good as were the Shumai

Very disappointed in the lobster thermidor dry not very tasty and small based on price and side dish of spinach soaked in butter

Only good for raw food

vipBully (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Consistent in quality and good service. The restaurant would be even better if it were to freshen its decor and ventilation system. They sate family friendly which is wonderful.

Murasaki (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

I've been eating at Legal Seafood since the original one in Inman Square. You can't beat Legal for great seafood and delicious rolls. Old favorites like clam chowder and crab cakes are the best around. Even unexpected dishes like shrimp pad thai are delicious if not authentic.

The servers are always friendly and efficient. The Chestnut Hill Legal Seafood is worth a drive.

Suser54 (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Exceptional food

lews (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Food is excellent good fresh fish. Tables are to small have problem placing feet under table

vipSchawby (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

As usual they never disappoint a ver enjoyable

Babesghost (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful food (especially the tempura shrimp special) and great service, even on a busy Saturday night.

vipLindsayC (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Our server Katherine L. was excellent - personable, efficient and attentive