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About Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

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.

43 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 12pm - 10pm

Cross Street:
Route 9 and Hammond Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 277-7300

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Chestnut-Hill-Chestnut-Hill-Shopping-Center

Parking Details:
Land a parking spot in the rear lot right in front of our door.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Specials

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Monday, December 25, 2017

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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Monday, December 25, 2017

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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (40)
Great for Lunch (33)
Healthy (32)
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Special Occasion (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Business Meals (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Bar Seating (22)
Authentic (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Local Ingredients (15)
Good for a Date (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fun (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Seasonal (6)
Cozy (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Romantic (4)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

I specifically asked for an outside table and they didn't reserve one for me which they should have especially because I go here all the time and the manager knows me

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 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Looking forward to the new buildout for LegalSeaFoods.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Outstanding as always both food and service

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 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2017

I'm sorry to leave a negative review, as I've loved Legals for years. But my grey sole was bland with almost no sauce. My husband ordered spicy fish and chips but received the regular, non-spicy type, which he found it not as good as usual. The waiter didn't know anything about the wine I asked about. The staff was friendly, but the meal for us and our friends was a disappointment.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Outstanding dinner. Not one part was bad. Can't wait to return...

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We had a wonderful meal. Our server was excellent. Celebrated my daughter's birthday. They do a nice job accommodating her multiple food allergies. This is our family's 'go-to' place for special occasions.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Anniversary

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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Wonderful food and excellent service made for another great meal

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on August 18, 2017

It was great!

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Everything was mediocre. From the food and drinks to the decor and atmosphere. Felt like a "bargain" family restaurant and not the high quality/integrity establishment it should've been. Unfortunate as we wanted to bring a larger group if it had been better.

Food: left a lot to the imagination. I chose the crab cakes and they just tasted bland, while my date chose surf and turf our imnediate reaction was "whoa this looks like a platter from Sizzler."

Service: our server was nice and well meaning but also seemed very busy and rushed.

Overall: 5.5/10

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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We went for an early Sunday dinner during the Dining Out event. Great fixed menu of hot crab dip, crab cakes, and strawberry shortcake. Everything was delicious. This was my first visit to this Legal location and I was very pleased with the ambiance. WIll be going back soon.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Usually great - this time, a serious lack of regard for diner needs! One of the reasons why I get fish at Legal is that they are very careful with separation regarding my shellfish allergy. I ate about half of my meal and asked to have the rest wrapped. Our server piled my plate right on top of a plate from a neighboring table with shellfish on it. When I mentioned it to him, he didn't seem to take it seriously. So, I spoke with the manager on the way out as a "training" issue. He agreed it shouldn't have happened, but the manager should have at least offered to compensate me in some way for the half of a very expensive meal that I wound up having to leave behind because of contamination issues. I love this restaurant and have always had great service before. This time, two people dropped the ball and it was a serious enough issue that it needed to be included in this review.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 12, 2017

another great dinner! Food (salmon and swordfish entrees) and service were terrific.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

It was a going away dinner for one of our family members and he picked Legals. The lobster was wonderful, as were the grilled shrimp, shrimp wontons & crabcakes. The clam chowder was an especially good batch and the best we've had anywhere. The rolls were piping hot and absolutely delicious. The service was excellent and equal to the excellent food. The portions of the appetizers were good and the entree portions were rather large. We were seated as soon as we arrived for our reservation. We didn't have room for dessert but I did have my eye on the strawberry shortcake.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Legal Sea Foods never ceases to amaze. From the food to the service, even the atmosphere, everything is consistently top notch. Attentive, impeccable service, superb fresh food and stunning decor makes this an experience you always want to remember.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Casual, Healthy, Vegan, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 9, 2017

I Joes Ned a friend foof lunch during restaurant week and found that the three courses available for lunch was great for both of us. I loved the Bang Bang Califlower, we loved the crab meat sandwich, and the desserts were delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on August 8, 2017

We usually come to Legal's for special occasions as the food is always good and the service outstanding. My only complaint would be that there is too much food served. It would be nice to be able to order half portions.

Tags: Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Food was very good. Service could have been a bit faster but it was busy and the server, I think, did her best.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We had oysters to start, and tuna and spinach salad for dinner. The portions, especially the spinach salad were generous. kids menus were great value, with a generous portion of fish, maybe too much french fries is only negative. Cheesecake & strawberry shortcakes were delicious. Loved the tuna entree with jasmine rice & spinach. Unlike other restaurants, Legals gives really nice sized portions..will be back

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Too noisy in our room, tables too close together. Waitress was unenthusiastic and made no recommendations. ...also seemed impatient with our selections of side dishes. For the prices of the entrees we would expect higher service and quality of food. Was disappointed overall with the experience at this location.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We typically enjoy this legal seafoods location, however, we made a reservation for 7 of us to celebrate an 80th birthday and were very disappointed. When I made the reservation, I noted that we were celebrating a birthday and requested a cake. The day before our reservation, I called to confirm that there would be a cake and some candles and was reassured that there would be. When we arrived for our reservation, we were left waiting while they checked on our table. Once we were seated, we saw our server only a few times, and had the typical troubles with forgetting items and getting orders wrong. Our bottle of white wine was left on the table with no ice bucket to keep it cool and we had to request an ice bucket three separate times before we received it. The food was disappointing and slow to come out, and at the end of the meal we discovered they had forgotten the cake! It didn't spoil our evening, but was definitely an underwhelming experience all around.

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Went to dinner with my daughter and husband as a little treat--a mid-summer night casual dinner. Food was delicious, pretty good cocktail and a nice waiter. Only problem was when I found a one-inch piece of a plastic glove inside the coffee ice cream bon bon I ordered for dessert. After it snapped back into the bon bon upon my first bite, I was in disbelief. Upon carving Into the bon bon, I unearthed a thin, inch long and wide piece of stretchy plastic. I told the waiter and he rushed it away, only to come back and ask if we wanted anything else to eat. As we were DONE, I asked for the check, which was brought to us promptly. They did not charge me for the bonbon but I felt a bit annoyed -- we pay and go?? I asked to speak with the Manager who hadn't come by to apologize. When he appeared I reiterated the story but he looked unimpressed. Bottom line is we paid close to $150 for a meal and left feeling disgusted and a bit disrespected. I've been going to Legal's in the Boston area for decades but think I'm done. A little something extra or a free drink next time or some such offer should have been given to win us back. They don't care, I guess...

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 (New England)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I appreciated that we were asked prior to being seated if we were celebrating something special. When we said we were old friends getting together, we were immediately placed in a cozy, quiet location and left to chat the afternoon away. Everyone said they liked the food they ordered. Our server, Leah, was awesome, very personable, efficient, and accommodating.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Portions getting smaller!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 1, 2017

We were disappointed. The food was average to below average. I doubt we will return.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Very disappointed that food was cold when delivered. The warm gluten free rolls were delicious.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Never a bad meal. Consistently tasty food and excellent service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Sunday night bad service cold food
Not a good night for Chestnut Hill

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 30, 2017

This was a horrible experience. We have been going to Legal Seafoods for years. Will Never go again. They seemed completely overwhelmed. Service was not good. My husband's salad was delivered after his meal. My fish was not cooked. Literally gummy raw jelly. Told waitress who said she would be right back. Never returned. A manager stopped at table so we told him. He came back with a little plate and took my fish. Brought it back 15 minutes on a new plate with cold mashed potatoes. Fish now just a pile of cooked flakes. He scraped my half eaten baked potato (only edible part of meal) on top of the fish.
So sorry we used our $100 points reward to get this dreadful meal. At least the others in the party had cooked fish. They STILL CHARGED me for this meal. Even asked if I wanted a box to take home the inedible mess on my plate. So sad. I liked this place for years.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The overall experience was great! The seating in the more distant part of the restaurant was very comfortable, spacious and quite. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. The food was very fresh and great as usual. Thanks!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Special thanks to Jasmine for taking good care of us.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Continues to be one of my favorite Legal seafood menus (I've been to 3 others this month). Still love a good baked potato as an option and the Arctic char was outstanding. Cooked to perfection and a generous serving. The waitress was extremely accommodating, since it was a mini reunion and we lingered for quite some time without feeling hurried.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Best in the city for fresh fish well prepared.
Good friendly, accommodating staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Disabled Access, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Always delicious! I especially like the freshness of the fish and the fact that the fish and vegtables and not overcooked.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

I have always been comfortable bringing out of town visitors here. Guaranteed to have a great meal for everyone. Service was great.

Tags: Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience at Legal Seafoods. The food is always good. Our party had calamari and fried clams as appetizers and then crab cakes, swordfish and scallops as main courses. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Their cocktails are very good as well. During our last two visits the Waitress & Waiter were exceptional. The Manager also checked in with us to make sure that we were enjoying our meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Love sitting at the bar. Their bartenders are the friendliest and most accommodating a,

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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great dinner on a hot summer early evening. Coho salmon special was especially tasty.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 21, 2017

My salmon was the best ever!! The goat cheese balls shouldn't have been fried, however. They were mealy and not tasty...just a little plain goat cheese would have been fine. The cherry/pistachio relish was fabulous! Just the right amount of kick.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Nice oysters and excellent fish and chips. A reliable place to eat.

Tags: Good for Groups
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