Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

4.3
2770 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
We first debuted in Chestnut Hill in 1975 and now we’re at a fresh new location at The Street on Route 9. Our second floor restaurant location features expansive views overlooking Hammond Pond, a large bar and a rooftop deck.
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Delivery or takeout
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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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were all happy with our food except for the dessert, which happened to be the special: an apple tart. Or maybe it was an apple cobbler. Either way the whole thing was just mushy.

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c
New England
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Trout and Scrod were nicely done - Gluten Free is our only option. Love the butternut squash; the garlic leek brown rice is also pretty tasty. The room was very crowded - 1 large room, high ceiling = acoustics are LOUD. Also on a fall evening, the dining room was COLD even with probably 100 warm bodies......cold air blowing from above. Waiter said that it's always this way - even worse in the "lounge." Good dinner out but I'm not rushing back - too much noise, uncomfortable temperature, and not 'cozy.'

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HO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food - good service - easy parking . Consistent overall!!

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S
New England
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. fresh seafood, well done, without unnecessary faddish culinary acrobatics. New place is modern, airy, easy to get to, ample parking.

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LP
New England
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A very pleasant spot for casual lunch with friends.

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MS
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Awesome! The revamped restaurant was super nice. Food always great.

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SB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my aunt for an afternoon spontaneous treat. Our waiter Phoung was wonderful! He was polite and attentive to our needs. I had such a great time that I went again the next day with my sister. Hannah was our waitress and she was just as great!

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CA
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I AM A LONG TIME CUSTOMER OF LEGAL SEA FOOD RESTAURANTS. I USED TO GO THE OLD RESTAURANT BEFORE THEY MOVED TO THE NEW ONE. THE FOOD IS ALWAYS GOOD AND THE STAFF HAS BEEN GREAT. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT FOR ANY OCCASION .

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LZ
New England
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We tried the new Chestnut Hill restaurant and it was fabulous. We sat on the porch and enjoyed one of the last nights of the summer. The food was delicious and our server was extremely nice. All in all a great evening.

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JK
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I am gluten free and find Legal the best place in Town! Jackson is a great server!

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KV
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The ladies room was very dirty and cluttered with used paper towels. Other than that it was a terrific experience!

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DB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice layout
Good location
Great food
Always a pleasure

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Legal is a great place for quality dining. I haven't had better seafood. Most crab cakes are mostly breading, but here it was mostly lump crab. Lobster bisque was less salty than what you find elsewhere, so you can salt to taste.

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A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome
Great meal

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a
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The new Legal's in Chestnut Hill has an awkward layout and lacks authentic charm. While it's efficient, well managed, and has good energy -- it is at best average overall in terms of food quality and experience. Maybe because it's new, I feels like the restaurant still has to find its groove and personality. It felt a little too functional, relatively casual, and cookie-cutter for a Legal's and was lacking that sense of quality associated with a meaningful dining experience. Not a bad place for a conversational date, but maybe not a first date, because it fails to impress.

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p
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to spot for all our out of town family...the request whenever they come. Seaffod selection for a variety of finicky and not so finicky tastes. Thanks

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Been a customer for over thirty years but the new place in Chestnut Hill lacks the warmth and elegance we loved. We don’t like the black walls and ceilings and no window coverings. It feels cold and smaller. Miss the boats we Loved. The food is the same although the menu is missing the a la carte veggies etc. and the prices are up!

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F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I got the popcorn shrimp with buffalo sauce. It was like bar food you could get anyplace, nothing special, very coated and very fried.
Scallops were suppose to be grilled but no grill marks, barely cooked or seasoned so very little taste.
My daughter got the shrimp cocktail which was fine but once again nothing special about shrimp/sauce or presentation. She also got the salmon with brown rice. It was good but nothing great. Place is very nice but You can get way better in other Boston seafood restaurants.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was super, the food outstanding and we brought cousins who have never eaten at Legal's. They loved it even more and will try to find one closer to NYC where they live.

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J
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Let us book a reservation for a table but put us in the bar when we arrived. Told it would be a long wait for a table. Seems disingenuous to offer a reservation time if they were not going to honor it.

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

28th Wedding anniversary

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K
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always wonderful and fresh and tasty. The service is always good.

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RD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Challenged to get our order right. Ordered Jack abbey House Lager and got IPA and then they came back with a Stout. Appetizer came after meal. Rolls were an after thought. 2nd waitress much improved and worked hard to make it a pleasant evening.

Most disappointing no longer cook separately for shellfish allergies!

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

been going there for decades. They moved locations this year. This was my second visit to the new location and they are still not in the game yet. My first visit in their second month was a disaster, and this one was so-so. Slow responses, the runner with he food repeatedly did not know whose plate was to whom, and reached across a 4-top to serve everyone from one standing position. Huge error in dining service. The seafood mixed grille was overcooked and tasteless

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K
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The new facility is overly noisy; the wait staff is not on top of thing - one example, not paying attention to the need for plates or utensils when serving food or another example of grabbing food without asking if you are finished; the access to the one bathroom area. The former location was a favorite. I cannot recommend this new facility.

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WB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had reservations for 7:00PM and table was not ready (2 minutes late) manager comp us a shrimp cocktail. That was awesome!

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RT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chestnuthill renovated space great, food excellent as we have come to expect!

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J
New England
24 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The food itself was as good as it's ever been. Fresh fish properly prepared. Prices have gone up but not unreasonable for the still generous portions given raw fish prices. Except for the signature clam chowder that was (a) more watery than in the past, (b) came in a cup that would be embarrassingly small for a cup of coffee, and (c) cost $7.50. The "airport-modern" ambience of the new location didn't do it for us; it was very crowded and noisy. Someone said it felt "like economy coach". Even the restrooms. We liked the former Chestnut HIll location much better.

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SM
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite local restaurant now, never went to the other Legals, no atmosphere. This new facility has a fresh look to match a new fresh menu. Love sitting at the bar, bar room and the outdoor seating area is just simply beautiful.

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B
New England
88 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, including some tasty new offerings, with excellent service. The chicken wing appetizer is a wonderful and tasty new item.

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B
New England
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Our server was great and our experience overall was very good. We'd come more often exceot that the food is overly salty!!! Three out of four diners found their food excessively salty.

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C
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lunched at the new Legal Sea Foods Restaurant in Chestnut Hill. The new digs are open and airy and a refreshing change from the dark stodgy atmosphere of the old restaurant. Windows every where kept the dining room bright and lively. Food and service didn't suffer any with the move. Still the best trained wait staff around and of course the food is great, although, quite pricey.

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CF
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

New location is great much more pleasant than other locations.

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NR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love Legal’s ! Our food wasn’t warm so that was disappointing.. they used to bring a meal out when it was ready to avoid the issue we had.

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D
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We usually have good service but this time it was very slow. We came in at 5 pm - had a reservation for 4 and were eating early as we had our grandson with us - and a large table of 8 was seated nearby sometime after us, but were taken care of first: orders taken, appetizers and maincourae delivered well before were were taken care of. Annoying. And the restaurant wasn’t particularly crowded at that time. Our waitress acknowledged the delay, but couldn’t seem to do much about it.

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C
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group of 6 greatly enjoyed the new menu. The new location is a nice change of pace. Our server was very good, making good suggestions. We had reservations for 7 but had to wait about 25 minutes. As we all had brought our appetites, the delay was not appreciated. The staff did not seem to know how to handle the situation. With a small waiting area and no seats available, our group was an obstacle for coming and going dinners and the wait staff.

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C
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food at most legal Seafoods is always superb and consistently delicious and fresh. Our waiter, Bill, was wonderful in many ways - understanding, patient and smart.
The new legal in Chestnut hill feels more crowded and less comfortable than the old one - sorry to report this.
and ps - you need to have a 'great food' choice in you list above.

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RH
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and service. Adjusted our order to our likes. Open tables work well for our reservations.

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DM
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great! I love eating at Legal's. The food is consistent as well as the service. They never disappoint!

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c
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

We got there and requested a high top window seat. It wasn’t available which was fine. That said a table became available as a client declined the table given. The host staff, which also had a clear view of the table said we could then have it. Apparently another host staff gave it to another patron who I knew arrived after our party. Long story short the communication is not up to par for a restaurant of this type as of yet.

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