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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.

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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (43)
Special Occasion (40)
Great for Lunch (38)
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Healthy (38)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Business Meals (25)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Good for Groups (24)
Good for a Date (23)
Bar Seating (21)
Authentic (20)
Local Ingredients (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Sunday Lunch (17)
Kid-friendly (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fun (11)
Disabled Access (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Seasonal (9)
Happy Hour (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Quick Bite (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Cozy (3)
Great Beer (3)
Romantic (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

The service at Legal's is always outstanding. Staff goes the extra mile to ensure a good dining experience. Can always rely on quality of the fish.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Healthy
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·Dined 5 days ago

Very good seafood restaurant!

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

We all enjoyed our meals very much. Our waitress was particularly good. We will return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful winter dinner with great food and excellent service.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our waiter was very accommodating and food was hot when brought to the table. We all had a pleasant lunch but the noise level was a bit high and the 2 men with hearing issues found it hard to understand normal conversation. We find the parking to be problematic - always.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Food was delicious! Fish was very fresh. Vegetables were good, too.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Both the grilled Halibut steak and the grilled salmon were excellent. Also very tasty roasted Brussel sprouts.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Having patronized Legal Seafood for many years, this was our most disappointing meal. There were hints of sand in a few of our dishes - steamers which we returned and got removed from our bill; the grilled scallops which was surprising. The famed clam chowder had fewer clams than usual. It’s upsetting that our go-to staple for seafood is declining.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Four of us had a wonderful birthday dinner, including a birthday dessert with serenading! Our waitress, Valentina, was a true gem and made our evening even more enjoyable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The seafood is the best! Great variety of items to select from with something for everyone. The service is always outstanding.

Tags: Disabled Access, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Very tasty with excellent roasted mushrooms. Good seafood selection.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Chowder was ice cold when it arrived. Was told I’d need to wait for “fresh chowder” which took another 15 minutes. Main course was over cooked and really not good Very disappointing new year meal.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good food and friendly service with a smile. Our favorite place!

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Bad experience across the board. From seating to service to food.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

This was a lovely dining experience with friends at our neighborhood seafood restaurant. It was a last minute decision to go out to dinner. We decided to choose the fun fare of a variety of fried fish entrees. Legal Seafoods was accommodating to all of us who chose combinations of fried foods that were not on the dinner menu to suit our preferences. I greatly appreciated this surprise allowance. I enjoyed the fried shrimp, calamari and white fish while two of my friends each ordered fried clams, shrimp and scallops with onion rings. I always love their bang bang cauliflower. My mother had the crab dip and chips. We each had delicious cocktails or wine. It was a delightful time for all of us with delicious food, excellent service and fun.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was not what I ordered. I ordered us halibut filet, instead, I got a halibut steak with large bones without informing me. The service and quality have deteriorated in this location. Waiters are poorly trained and the addition of assistants to bring the food without knowing who ordered what is frustrating. Dishes circulate around the table before arriving to destination.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Holiday weekend

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The jumbo shrimps were not even large, but still were tasty. The fish chowder, however, was mealy and uninteresting. The food is normally better than this.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We had a reservation at 8, arrived maybe 8:05 and were seated with menus, reasonably promptly - then nothing, no water, no drink order, not even "hi I will be your server but am busy and will be back soon". At about 8:25 I got up and found someone who was running food to a nearby table and asked who our server was. Shortly after a man arrived (described himself as "taking over") who was pretty attentive thereafter and provided good service. Food finally arrived at just after 9. My wife's fish pie was dry and stodgy - after a few mouthfuls she sent it back - the replacement was delivered just as the rest of us were finishing our meals - this time it was more moist and palatable. My seared tuna sashimi was more seared than sashimi. We have eaten at several Legal Seafoods in and around Boston - we generally enjoy the experience. Unfortunately I have to say that if this is what I based my expectation of Legal Seafood on then we would not return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

It’s a regular spot for us when we’re looking for a fresh fish dinner.

Tags: Healthy, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Love the seafood. Always fabulous. Prefer their cocktails to wine lust. Always an interesting drink for any mood.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Always great food and atmosphere

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Snowy Christmas. great flexibility. Delicious steak. good service

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We enjoyed a Christmas Day dinner. The experience was wonderful! Service was extraordinarily efficient and food quality was top notch. We had an outstanding meal and dining experience!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Good good, good portions

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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Legal in Chestnut Hill is our families favorite restaurant for more than 40 years. When our Georgia family comes to town we always have a lunch at Legal starting with their amazing onion strings, one daughter must have the tuna sashimi, my son in law and other daughter must have the lobster roll, the grandchildren feast on a whole lobster and fish and chips, I usually have the grilled shrimp and everyone leaves very happy on a full stomach.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great Beer, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

As usual Legal was excellent. The fish was fresh, cocktails unique.
Great Service from Manager Howard and from server Aden. We will
always return again as we haven't been disappointed since
the opening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful holiday weekend dinner on a snowy day. Great food and service warmed us right up.

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

Delicious, as always! Legal Sea Foods never disappoints.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Not sure how you can mess up french fries, but ours were clearly old and dry

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Waiter was so-so forgot the salad and one drink. Setting was minus the knife. Charged for a free dessert. Food was okay, nothing special.

Mostly we had a REALLY loud bunch of business guys in suits at the table next to us on a Saturday night for an intimate birthday for my girlfriend and they ruined the entire dinner. We could barely hear each other to talk to one another. It really sucked. Will be a long long time before I ever eat at a Legal's again.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

All four members of are our group ordered the fried seafood plate and the food was terrible. The seafood was fried to the point that it was so hard we could barely chew any of it. It was very dissapointing as we were celebrating a family member’s completion of his MBA graduate studies. The waitress was not friendly. I will never visit again.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

I am a regular will continue being one. The menu and service are excellent. It is my favorite place to gather friends.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Awesome food and service. Scallops incredible. Wine list extensive. Thank you Ed!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Did not live up to memories and expectations. Service was excellent and the location offers plenty of parking but the food was overpriced and underwhelming. They list their fried clams as "petite" and they certainly were: we've had much larger and tastier fried clams during trips to Maine and NH.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

The food is the best and the seafood is always excellent, fresh and perfectly cooked. I know I can count on a great seafood dinner at Legal. And they always handle my dietary requirements seamlessly and happily.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great as usual our wait staff was great. I asked for a quiet table and that is what
The weather got. Thank you

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent food - our group of three sampled fish (of course) and beef. All were excellent. The service, from the hostess to the servers, was top-notch. That is, they were professional, yet down-to-earth and friendly. Legals always provides a dependable, superlative meal ... especially if you focus on their seafood fare.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Enjoyed the food as always very consistent! Definitely a good place for dinner ! Lots of parking and good cocktails

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The restaurant was hot as hell. The food was not cooked all the way through. The service was fine

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