Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

4.2
2062 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Legal Sea Foods began in 1950 as a fish market in the Inman Square neighborhood of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s here that the “Legal” name became synonymous with quality and freshness. In 1968, our first seafood restaurant opened, right next to the fish market. The fish was simply prepared, either broiled or fried, and served on paper plates at communal picnic tables. Despite the low-key trappings, the food was second to none and word quickly spread. This early success led to further expansion and now, six decades later with restaurants along the Eastern Seaboard, the commitment to freshness and quality endures: "If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal!”

Our restaurant is located inside The Mall at Short Hills on the lower level. You may choose to beach yourself in our dining room or at our bar. Either way, we’ll think you walk on water - be sure to see our aquarium of koi fish built into the floor.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2062 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was not warm, it was just not how I remembered it. The menu is very limited too.

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Geynille
Houston
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good. I've tried several different items and I was never disappointed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Allagash cold lobster roll delicious

MM
MaureenM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Did Black Friday shopping and went there for lunch!

DT
DonnaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

You can skip this legal seafood........ whoever re-designed the space was an intern in design. It's tacky, uncomfortable and very boring.
Food is poor also. Just skip the whole thing.

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Kippygirl
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ordered the most Awesome lobster roll and super friendly service!

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vipXOXO
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was fine. Host stand is always disengaged and act as though guests are a bother. Service was terrible. Couldn’t get refills or assistance for almost 20 mins during our meal and the server never came over to ask how things were.

SW
vipScottW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and the food never disappoints.

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vipFrancis
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

This mall location is nothing like some of the locations I have been to previously. No table cloths, casual atmosphere. They should have called this location legal seafood sports bar. No complaints about the food but the dining experience was not the elegant Saturday evening experience I was expecting. If you’re shopping at the short Hills Mall and you’re leaving around dinner time, might not be a bad place to grab a bite. But certainly not a destination restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I wanted to give Legal a higher rating, but they really need to update, & KEEP CLEAN, their restrooms.

TB
vipTriciaB
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waited for an hour for our food while all the tables around us that came in after us were served. The order was nothing complicated just sandwiches and salads.

CA
CARLB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Turn down the music. You don’t dine when the music is loud and not pleasant. So we ate and didn’t dine. I really wasn’t amused with two year olds running thru the isles

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. The special appetizer mussels (spicy tomato sauce) was great. Grilled tuna rare with blistered long beans … perfect.

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HollyS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is standard for Legal Seafood chain. Service was good. A little expensive for what it is. $86 for lunch for 2.

SG
SharonG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this place.
It’s in the the perfect location.

JS
vipJacquelineS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Had lunch here for the first time on a Sunday afternoon. We were early for our reservation. The restaurant wasn't crowded and we were seated immediately. Our server was very friendly and chatty. Unfortunately, that was the only positive. We never received our oysters appetizer, they brought me the wrong salad, and it took forever to get the check. The food was definitely not tasty enough for the inconvenience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!!

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Regpro1
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Good service but food is Not as good as it used to be… pricy with smaller portions. Jumbo shrimp? Really More like large. Better places to go overall at this price point…

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TedV
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Did not enjoy the overpriced scallops and succotash. Service was ushering us out prior to seeing a dessert menu or offering coffee.

CB
ChrisB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have had lunch at this location on many occasions. The food is very good as is the service. I would recommend this restaurant.

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vipJohn
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was ok. Food was ok. We both had lobster roll which is to be served warm on a buttered toasted roll. Was good but somewhat cold, definitely not warm.

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ArleneL
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It had been many years since visiting a Legal Seafoods. Disappointing lunch...had lobster roll which was OK but so overpriced! Ordered Oysters Rockefeller which was also disappointing, very dry and salty, and only 4??
Its not that the food was bad, but it was mediocre at best. Good server!

JM
vipJoeM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food is on a decline from before the renovations. It used to be one of the best seafood places around but not anymore. Revamped menu is not as good as the old menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. We always enjoy our visits to Legal seafood.

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vipLindaF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food and service excellent.
happy to be back enjoying legal again.
like the new interior renovation!!!

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SamO
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was great! Def a popular spot so glad we made reservations as there wasn’t even room at the bar for walk in’s.
Our server Roger was above and beyond accommodating and made great suggestions from drinks right down to dessert.
Will def be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Both meals fish were overcooked and dry. I would expect better quality for the price.

DM
DeirdreM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eric was our waiter and he's super nice and efficient!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was very good. Drinks were fantastic as well. Our server was new and it took her a long time to check on us, didn’t wipe table and just not attentive. Overall a nice place for a date or every day dining.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This is a Short Hills go to. Glad they are open, since Garden State closed. Been making reservations for lunch since the re-opening. Food still very good, but has gotten pricey. Lunch runs us $50 pp plus tax & tip. Worth it for us, but may explain why not packed. Seating after renovation became strange, with one end all big party booths. Going to keep going so we don't loose this place. Staff still great1

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! LSF reminds us of dinner at the CIA in Hyde Park. Forget fast food. Skip it entirely and save up for a celebration…LSF a good bet. Lunch menu. They have certain regular items — we groove on grilled menu. This time salmon and tuna, we always request rare — but they change the accompaniments seasonally. The tuna came with blistered green beans. The Mrs had salmon with nut crust. I can’t critique everything on the menu. If LSF is ever less than perfect this was not such an occasion. It does not get better at any price.

EA
EdnaA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly environment, good food, good service and beautiful place 😀❤️👌

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vipcyberdoctor
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Walked in at 4pm no hostess for 10 min, a waitress goes by tried to get her attention, ignored.
The lobster bisque was 12 dollars and there was hardly 3 small pieces of lobster.
Asked for a cocktail with a salt rim, got one with no salt.
Next visit will be to Ruth steak house next door that serve both fish and steak☹️

RB
RBMM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food is always reliable but service was really sloppy despite the fact that the restaurant was mostly empty. The server forgot drinks, brought the plates out at different times. We were a little bewildered since this is not usual but have to give this experience a lower grade as a result.

DE
DrEdR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Remodeled. Service a bit slow. No water refills. Bar service slow.
Food average. Was there for birthday, noted on reservations. No acknowledgement.

AP
AlishaP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was really nice and very accommodating!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was awesome. Hostess very gracious. Food was perfect.

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EricW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Arrived in Newark from Philly one day prior to flying out to Aruba and decided to stop pass Legal Seafood in the Short Hills Mall. Our server Erik was awesome and the food was great as well along with our Hennessy Sidecars. I actually liked this location better than the one by our home in King of Prussia. If I’m ever in the area again I’ll be sure to revisit.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was great! Very flexible with a special request. The place has been through renovations. Unfortunately it has lost the cool vibe it once had. Seafood is still top notch

KL
KeithL
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good times and great service which is so hard to find these days. I asked if I could go off-menu on an item and was immediately told that would NOT be a problem.

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You can order delivery directly from Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills using the Order Online button. Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (973) 467-0089.

Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills is rated 4.2 stars by 2062 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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