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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

4.4
2367 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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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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Cuisines
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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AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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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 2367 People Are Saying
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vipLindsayC (New England)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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Maisie (New England)
2.0  Dined 5 days ago

Worst calamari ever. Went on Saturday night. The calamari came out in "clusters"...like 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.

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vipKirtzy (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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Babesghost (New England)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

Exceptional food

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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

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

As usual they never disappoint a ver enjoyable
Dinner

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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.

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

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

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vipBobbo55 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food and awesome service. The manager came around to check that everything was going well, which was appreciated. My 94 year old father could not have enjoyed himself any more than he did.

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DavidH (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I normally like Legals, but this was a huge disappointment. To be somewhat fair, it was a Saturday evening and it was busy. Had a 7:30 reservation and wasn't seated until almost 8pm. From there on we were rushed by the wait staff and manager. Had salads and entree. We were only half way done with the salads when the food came out - fried fisherman's platter for me, Salmon for my wife. The manager brought the fried food out way too early. I moved my salad to the side to make room and the waiter tried to take the salad, sticking his thumb in my dish in the process. Offered to "keep my food warm" while I finished my salad. Everyone knows fried food needs to be eaten right away. I took it right then, but , alas, it was already soggy. Clams were mush and inedible;calamari was soggy; white fish and scallops were good. When my wife's salmon came out the waiter took just took her salad without asking, even though she was not finished. Her salmon was good as was the rest of her dish. While noisy, that is to be expected on a Saturday evening, but the poor service( and planning) and treatment is not.

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Babesghost (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food and service for a Winter night. Bang Bang Cauliflower especially warmed things up.

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Dutchess2013 (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

It may just be the Legal Sea Food at Chestnut Hill but on the occasions when I have gone there I have not found the food up to par. I recently had fish and chips and it was definitely over cooked. I don't feel I am overly fussy but I do want a decent meal, especially for the prices that Legal Sea Food charges.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Never disappoints!! And that Legal Sangria !! Love it !

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

As usual, Legals did not disappoint, The food was excellent as was the service. This was Shrimp special time, one of the dishes we had was Shrimp Pad Thai - fantastic. We wish it were part of the regular menu. Service was very good. All in all, an outstanding dinner at a reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I was surprisingly disappointed in my experience at this Legal Seafood Restaurant. I had previous good experiences before at Legal C in Legacy Place and previous locations in terms of food, friendly and attentive service, but unfortunately this time was different. Of all the dishes served, the clam chowder and crab cake appetizers were tasty and satisfying. The regular calamari appetizer was overly breaded and had a stuffy feel after eating. My lemon caper sole main course was a sloppy piling of over breaded fillets over tasteless mound of poorly cooked white rice. The fish was very salty. The rice tasted like the leftover crusted rice from the bottom of the rice cooker.

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vipRobert (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Been here dozens of times. They don't always get the food right the first time, but by all means if what's served is not exactly the way you like it tell the server right away.

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vipFreshfoods (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Went there for my husband's birthday which I mentioned on open table reservation and I called day of. They tried to seat us in the back amidst large groups with young children, but moved us when I asked. The waiter brought the wrong wine selection, which my husband drank anyway. He also did nothing to acknowledge my husband's birthday. The food was fine, but what a letdown for a celebration birthday dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Our server (Jamela, I think?) was wonderful. Personable and efficient.

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vipSweetpea (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

This is THE place for lobster. It was delicious. Service was good - not great.

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Babesghost (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food with wonderful service, perfect for a mid-winter night.

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vipSouthieDiner (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food is always good here. Sat at the bar to eat this time, and we were very well taken care of by a terrific staff. The restaurant itself is beginning to look dated, so we're looking forward to the new location!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Always a perfect experience. The waite staff makes LS the restaurant it is.

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vipEllen (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Legal’s raw seafood and wine menu is always tops and this was no exception, but the other items we ordered were mediocre. The shrimp “pad Thai” was lacking in spice and flavor, and the grilled calamari was more like boiled. We’ll go back, of course, but probably not too soon.

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vipparisgirl (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Consistent, straightforward and good. It is always reliable. I’ve never had a bad meal there, but don’t expect anything gourmet.

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