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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

4.4
2456 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Healthy
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

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

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

Sunday, June 17, 2018

What 2456 People Are Saying
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3.9
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3.9
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined 4 days ago

We were never seated. They took us to three different tables each with people in them. They passed by many open tables but told us we would have to wait 15-20 min for another table to open. We left.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

The waiter did not “hear” our order for mussels and did not apologize and was in fact defensive. We waited a long tine for the meal to arrive.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Delicious dinner with great service on a busy Saturday night. Bang Bang Cauliflower was a great meal starter.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Steamed lobsters were as good as always. That’s why we keep going back - it is consistently high quality seafood.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We were not surprised by either the quality of food or the great service we have come to expect from Legal Seafood.

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Overall good experience. Food is always fresh.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Always consistent and delicious. They are happy to make items from the lunch menu at dinner time!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mother’s Day

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I always get a great meal at all the Legals

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Even though we had a reservation, we still had to wait 15 mins

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was great as usual. However we had to wait over 20 minutes past our reservation time for a table. Moreover the host was rude about the delay, and not at all apologetic. The restaurant clearly over-booked itself for Mothers Day.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were seated next to the noisy bathroom next to the only other African-American family in the restaurant. It seems like we are seated next the bathroom by default unless we object. The food and waiter was top notch.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is always a great go to for a guaranteed good food and good time

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is a good restaurant for sea food: it appears to be fresh and tasty. However, I have learned from prior experiences there that one MUST order specifically what is wanted, in order to avoid what is NOT wanted. I can see where the expertise is not in desserts: I ordered key lime pie, thinking that there would be a wedge of pie on a plate, and not some sort of fluted crumb container of something tasting nowhere close to key lime pie.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food, great service, best seafood around and for non seafood eaters alternatives were very good, not just fillin.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We come here frequently for special occasions. Birthdays, Mother's Day etc.. This time was for Mother's Day and we were pleasantly surprised. We knew it would be busy but the restaurant was very well staffed. We were seated on time and received excellent service. The food, as usual, was very good. Everyone had some form of seafood and we all enjoyed our meal. Again, the staff should be complimented for their service. They were attentive without being intrusive.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was actually one of our better trips to legal! Went for Mother’s Day and the food was fantastic!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Disappointing menu for Mother’s Day Brunch (nothing!)

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went for Mother’s Day. In general it was a good experience, other than 2 things. We had a before-noon reservation and they can’t serve alcohol before noon. We had to ask for a kids menu several times before getting one. The service was very attentive otherwise. The food was very good. I had a crab cake entree that was terrific, with lump crab. My wife had a baked shrimp dish that she really enjoyed as well. Our little guy had popcorn shrimp that he actually ate, which is an accomplishment. Legal’s is great for safe, above average seafood for slightly inflated prices. This visit was no different.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful service and delicious food. Kids and grandparents were all very satisfied!

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great Place. My "shrimp"/broccoli dish was a bit stuffed with rice Vs expected shrimp portion. But overall it was great.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

the usual good food, not superb, i convenient setting.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Very good as always but a bit noisy.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Always delicious! Always consistent in all areas, food, service, and comfort.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I have been to several Legal Seafood restaurants and my experience at Chestnut Hill was similar to the others. Their seafood is overpriced and nothing special. The service was fine and the ambiance was okay but if you want good seafood at a reasonable price, look elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Legal Chestnut Hill - a tradition that is as great today as it was 40+ years ago (when grandparents took us).
Fish is freshest. Continue to cycle in new dishes to highlight the fish. Provide lots of flex on preparation of food including sides.
Legal has something for everyone (provided you want fish - cant speak to non-fish related main courses).
Happy got here one last time before they move to their new space across the parking lot.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great service, food and ambience! It's always a good time when I visit Legal Seafood. The food is fresh and tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We had a reservation but sat at the bar instead as we had the most impeccable bar tender. Jackson anticipated our needs, treated us extremely well, and was all around enjoyable. Legal Seafood has always been my favorite restaurant, but the Chestnut Hill location always gets it right.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Tasty dinner with great service, even considering it was a busy Saturday night.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The staff was most attentive and friendly. Great experience!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Our server was more than Accommodating and professional the mai tai was delicious and the fried clams were perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Wanted to have dinner before going to a concert downtown. We didn't have a lot of time, but we alerted our server to our schedule. Meal was delicious, served very speedily. Just what we needed.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere. Good for all types of occasions!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Consistently excellent

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1.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This place continues to disappoint. The locale makes no difference. The menu hasn’t changed in years and the offerings lack imagination. Went on a Saturday night with two friends. The scallops special was ok but sides were cold and rice undercooked. The seafood casserole was dry and too salty. The wood grilled haddock was the worst of the 3 entrees. It was not only overcooked but not fresh. What ever happened to “ if it’s not fresh it’s not Legal” ?? Save your money and your palate.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Fun Saturday night dinner with friends. Food and service were great, especially given a busy night in the dining room.

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3.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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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