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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

4.4
2419 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Healthy
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
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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Payment options
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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate the holiday with us. We'll be serving up our regular menu along with feature items.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 2419 People Are Saying
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4.4
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3.9
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 7 days ago

We can always count on Legal for delicious, fresh fish. Service was not particularly gracious.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Never disappointed with the food. The service is always good too.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The atmosphere was good. the food was very good as well. It was prepared well. The staff was very nice and welcoming. The restaurant was very accommodating, because I could confirm how many people were going to show up for the dinner. They still seated us with extra chairs just in case.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

More and more expensive each time, but food still excellent !

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The server was outstanding! The food was excellent! Legal is consistent in their excellent preparation you can always count on them. The menu has a wide variety of seafood and fish dishes which they specialize in.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We've been customers a long time. We note that in general the prices are going up and the quality is diminishing , sadly. The servicche (12.99) wasn't tasty although it was pretty. The salad was mostly lettuce, although the salmon topper was well prepared and good. (to worth 20.00 lunch price) The baked potato looked like last week's product.The waitstaff was dour and reminded us of the Durgin Park's ambience. For four, lunch was 176..the ambiance/quality was disappointing. Sorry not to be more enthusiastic, but you asked. The last Legal we went to forgot to brin on e of the four meals. It was good finally when the manager brought it to our guest, but he ate alone as we'd already long finished. On the positive side, the chowder was excellent . It pains me to write this as we've always counted on excellence at Legals and often give gift cards for occasions . Sorry..last two times were disappointing.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Food is generally reliable and high quality, although my broccoli was close to raw and served in a ridiculously large quantity
Service was especially poor- maitre d told me that my friend had not arrived and told her the same so we waited for each other 15 minutes, server slung the food at us, slopped the coffee etc. Not a fine dining experience but OK for a place to meet and have lunch

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We went for my adult daughter's birthday. It was later in the evening in the middle of the week. The restaurant seemed "tired" and service/atmosphere was lacking. The food was good, not great although serving sizes were larger than typical fish servings. All in all, nothing special and the atmosphere was rather depressing.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Delicious food

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Our server Valentina was excellent - friendly, personable and attentive

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We had a lovely luncheon at Legal Seafood in Chestnut Hill celebrating a Special Occasion. I had requested a particular table and my table request was honored and being set up as we arrived. The staff were all gracious and accommodating - the food was delicious and the atmosphere pleasant. Our waitress was perfect -efficient and attentive but not intrusive. This not the first time we have chosen Legal in Chestnut Hill to celebrate family occasions. We have never been disappointed. I was completely delighted with our luncheon experience and would highly recommend Legal Seafood in Chestnut Hill.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We waited for a long time to get our waitress’ attention to put our order in, and then a long time to get salad and soup for the grandparents. When inquired about the status of our order, the waitress was very impatient and condescending, while being very nice and patient with the table next to us. It’s truly a disappointing experience, as we have had both family and business gatherings at the restaurant very frequently.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Birthday fun.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Legal Seafood in Chestnut Hill has always been a solid choice for me for dining with special people. The food is always good and the service is generally quite good as well.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our waiter, Will, couldn't have been better. We had a special needs child with us as part of our party of 8, and he was most accommodating. The service was outstanding and everyone felt that way. He even made recommendations for my out of town guests that they followed and enjoyed. The food is standard Legal -- nothing too creative but always fresh and reliable, particularly for those who like fish. No complaints.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Bar service was awesome. We ended up staying at the bar because they where so attentive. Food was excellent . Great job...

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2.0Dined on April 4, 2018

No butter or sauce came with the grilled assortment, no dipping sauce came with the spicy calamari, the martini was just ok and we were brought the wrong (non alcoholic) drinks twice. I spent over $200 and 3 of us were disappointed with our food.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We were having dinner on a Tuesday nite. It wasn’t too busy. The Anna baked cod was dry. They didn’t have the bottle of wine we wanted to order. Only had half bottle. This legals seemed to have gone down in quality. I️ think they are focusing more on the other new locations that are opening and maybe not focusing on the existing locations. I️ was disappointed. The manager did come by to the table to ask how everything was, but I️ didn’t want to say anything as he may think we were complaining to get a free meal. Which was not the case.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Ah-MAZ-ing! Thank you Legals for offering delicious gluten free good! I don’t remember the last time I was able to eat every course at a yummy restaurant. The food was top notch and the service knowledgeable and sweet. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Consistently good quality.

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2018

It's Legal so it's nice. The place could stand to be 'freshened' up - furniture and fixtures (in particular the bathroom) needs to be updated

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food has become tired as well as staff. Food was returned many times due to it being burnt or completely mush. Husbands food I think was lobster but all you could taste was the sherri it was bathed in. Truly abysmal

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great overall

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful Saturday night dinner; great food (nice specials) and excellent service.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food is passable but not exciting. Seafood is fresh but routinely came out of kitchen lukewarm.

Kids menu can use a refresh - half-cooked hot dog for one kid and Kraft Mac and cheese for another.

Dining room also ripe for a redo.

Overpriced for what it is.

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Reservation not honored, host not polite. Decided to leave and eat dinner next door.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

I ordered Kung pao shrimp and veg. It's really good, even better than those in Chinese restaurant. The portion was huge. Highly recommended!!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

my favorite restaurant. food was great from beginning to end. and the drinks were legitimate. we always go there for special occasions

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Service was slow. Appetizers did not come at the same time. One person in our party got her appetizer when the others had already finished. Also, 2 if the meals were not up to standard. The seafood casserole was too much bread crumbs and not enough seafood. The rice bowl with shrimp/broccoli/cheese had a ton of rice and 4 shrimp.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Wonderful Saturday night get together with great food and excellent service.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food is always excellent. I ate at Chestnut and and Harborside this week. Can't wait for the new restaurant to open--tired of the old blue lights.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Consistent and quality always. Service was good. Nice restaurant lay out gives table enough room so you are not on top of another.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Amazing food amazing time with my precious girlfriend! I got to have my friend/college classmate Gina Hopkins as my server, one of the respected amazing humans on earth. She’s a gem wicked smart very talented and unique human, it goes with out saying, she’s one of the best assets.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Never disappoints, but never “wows” me either. Servers at times give the impression that they’re simply going through the motions. Our server was attentive, but not overly personable. Food came out quickly. Food was fine. To me, people frequent Legal Sea Foods because it’s a Boston legacy. I think there are better options out there (not necessarily around Chestnut Hill), but I’ve never left Legal’s unhappy with the meal / service.

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Legal Seafoods is one of our favorite lunch spots, starting with the fresh baked rolls. The fish is always fresh and delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great tasting and fresh seafood! Plus, great customer service!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food excellent as always, service slightly lacking

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

It was my birthday and my husband wanted to take me to Harborside but I didn't feel going all the way to the Seaport district. Then we decided to go Legal seafood in chestnut hill at the street. It was an excellent dinner including the atmosphere, the food. I have enjoyed every bit of it. The food was delicious. Our server which I don't remember his name was excellent and he was very friendly, courteous, kind and he did a marvelous job
Thank you!!!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Went for grandpa's 80th birthday because Legal Seafood has always been his favorite. Their seafood is reliably good, nicely prepared. They are a Boston tradition for a reason. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I put on the Open Table reservation that we were celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary and my husband's birthday. They seated us at a quiet table by the window. Our server was incredible making sure that we had everything we needed to enjoy the evening. The food was delicious as always and served piping hot. Everyone checked on us to see if we needed anything. When it came time for dessert, we ordered the chocolate layer cake which was brought out drizzled with chocolate syrup and two candles. Our server even offered to take our photo. Five stars and two thumbs up!

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