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Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ

Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

4.2
4.2
2463 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Splash down at Legal Sea Foods. 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 hope to sea you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (973) 467-0089
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here in Short Hills, our private dining room can accommodate 34 guests for a sit-down dinner. It can be all-business for corporate functions yet comfortable for social gatherings. Private dining at Legal Sea Foods offers great food and hospitality and easy planning.
  • Neighborhood
    Short Hills
  • Cross street
    JFK Parkway
  • Parking details
    Land a parking spot in the upper level lot right in front of our door.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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What 2,463 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

2,463 Reviews
  1. ScottA

    Miami

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very good but also very expensive compared to what you might pay for similar at other restaurants of the same type. It is a relatively small place for a Legal Seafood so the ambiance suffered a bit because of this and it was very crowded. We got seated near the front and across from chairs designed for people waiting, so there were children playing loudly and people constantly moving very close to us as they waited for a table. Not really ideal when you want to enjoy your meal. On a positive, the service was very good and attentive, the food very good, and the location perfect "if" you are looking to eat while at the mall. Unless at the mall already though, I personally wouldn't make a trip in for just this restaurant. Using Open Table was a big advantage as otherwise it would likely have been a very long wait for a table.

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  2. DinaR

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Organic Salmon and the haddock was all delicious!!!! We will return again!!! Also, I like the menu where they tell you where the fish is from.

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  3. Valerie

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Greeter was polite and handsome. We were seated very quickly. The food was great !

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Legal, nothing like fresh seafood! Wait staff is great! Marcus and Eric are on point, professional AND friendly!

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  5. AnnaT

    New York City

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We took advantage of the 2/$29 lobster promotion. It was excellent! Hope we won’t have to wait until the next leap year.

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  6. AmericanDream

    New York City

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went because of their 2 one pound lobsters tofor $29. Totally enjoyed it and great waitress service as well.

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  7. CarolB

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We eat at Legal Sea Foods often but last evening, we brought friends with us, who have never eaten at your restaurant. They really liked everything, from the food, restaurant, etc. We have never been disappointed when we eat at Legal Sea Foods.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The last two times I have been there has been an issue with the food being delayed but the manager doesn’t over to acknowledge this. Yesterday one person food didn’t arrive until myself and my friend were half way done. Very meh experience especially for the cost.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York State

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great .service with blah she wasn’t as attentive. Yes, she might’ve had a long day. 

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  10. DoubleD

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The layout is more straightforward than previously, likely adding to the restaurant's ability to turn tables but at the cost of ambiance. The menu felt less substantial, but it may have just been the actual menu layout - it felt like an upscale Long John Silver's in layout, design and font. While this location is routinely busy, we were dismayed that the restaurant allowed a dog to be under a table. It began to bark loudly towards the end of our meal. I understand the clientele at this location is upscale and accustomed to being catered to, but this was neither a service animal nor a particularly well-trained pet.

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  11. BernardL

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of our dishes from soup, appetizers, main courses, and deserts prepared beautifully. Better quality than the other restaurants at the Short Hills Mall and in the area. For me, service is an important part of any dining experience. All of our wait staff was polite, professional, pleasant and kind. Our server also directed me in choice of sake, which turned out special. I've never had a bad experience at this Legal Seafood.

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  12. Elizabeth

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good was good ! Our server was very nice just he didn’t show up so often. We had to ask other servers for more water and coffe !

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  13. QtrlyFamilyEvent

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Overall I was somewhat disappointed with the ambiance and quality..

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  14. CRSNJ

    New York City

    175 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    175 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    One of my favorite seafood restaurants. Unfortunately, the only one left in NJ is in the Short Hills Mall. I live near Atlantic City. But I was returning home from a trip to New England and stopped here on the way back. The clams on the 1/2 shell were plump and tasty. And the whole belly fried clams were superb. Clams had lots of tender meat and were delicious. I decided to take a lobster roll home for dinner . Also delicious.

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  15. BeatriceK

    New York City

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The experience was greatly enhanced by our personable, welcoming service, Nicole.

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  16. TamaraH

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food on the weekend never as good as on the weekdays :(

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have always been a fan of legals living in Boston for many years but this didn’t meet my expectations. Something changed with the baked scrod. It was dry and too thick. (Now haddock). The rice used to be more of a pilaf I recall but that changed as well. Not for the better. We asked for seared scallops and they looked poached. I mean if you want seared you want browned on outside. I don’t think one of us enjoyed our meal. I was sad as I guess things are changing at legals, and it used to be consistent when you wanted seafood.

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  18. Namaste

    New York City

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was fabulous! Wish the crab cake was a little bigger

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and food was excellent we accommodated for my 2 yr old granddaughter

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  20. HarrietG

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had to notify the staff that we would be late (client issue) and it was no problem. The service and food were excellent, the lobster was as fresh as the one I have had right off the boats in Maine! The lobster roll was huge and so well put together, the bread was brioche and excellent. I could not have had a better casual meal or better service, she was excellent.

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  21. Crispy

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Legal Sea Foods. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.

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  22. EyeGee

    New York City

    30 reviews

    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This is not the first time that I have checked in with the hostess and she seems rather disinterested or that I am bothering her to look for my reservation. When I arrived yesterday, I provided my name and she said, "Are you meeting someone?" I replied, "yes" and she then said "there is someone sitting down this row of booths, you can check and see if that is who you are looking for." I would expect she would have noted that my guest arrived before I did and the reservation was under my name. I also would have expected her to walk me to the table and if it was not the person I was meeting, she would assist me. The food was mediocre at best. I ordered my protein medium and received it well done. The salad had little to no dressing. I said before I would not return after a meal that was awful, we did and were just as disappointed. I would take the so so food, over the rude attitude any day.

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  23. NeelaP

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We eat often at Legal Seafood and yesterday was the worst food we have ever eaten at this place. The same dishes as always except this time it was awful.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are consistently outstanding!!!

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  25. drjec20002

    New York City

    35 reviews

    3.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Was excited to order the Tuna burger. I had had it about 5 years ago and it was outstanding. Not anymore. I am confident they changed the burger. I had convinced my brother to also order it. He was also underwhelmed. I generally like this restaurant but left very disappointed. Would I return? Yes. But I would never order the tuna buger again and encourage you to avoid it,as well.

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  26. FredK

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My only suggestion is eliminating the music or greatly reducing its volume.

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  27. Roxy

    New York City

    369 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    369 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice express lunch at Legal Seafood. The food was delicious and our waitress, Alexandra, was terrific. We will definitely go back.

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  28. CailinB

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Dinner was delicious server was knowledgeable atmosphere was lacking, employees everywhere preparing for the next day. Ruined the experience of eating.

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  29. AndrewL

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was fantastic! I have been there a lot and always like the food and they are great with kids.
    Legal Sea Foods - Short HillsResponded on January 27, 2024
    Thank you ! We will pass this feedback on to our team.

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  30. IrinaN

    New York City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you! Lobster roll was delish… we will be back
    Legal Sea Foods - Short HillsResponded on January 27, 2024
    Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing you again.

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  31. Patrick

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Good cocktails but that was it. Soup wasn’t hot and grilled sea scallops were actually seared bay scallops with overcooked vegetable. Very disappointing for the money.
    Legal Sea Foods - Short HillsResponded on January 27, 2024
    Thank you for your feedback. We will address your concerns with our team

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  32. Elizabeth

    New York City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We had rsvp but had to wait 25 min after our time. The hostesses did not communicate the delay or details. Took awhile for apps to come out and before we had time to finish the entrees came out and we had to rush our apps and plates out of the way. They could have showed some concern or awareness of the poor timing. Overall the quality of food and hospitality has gone down each time we have dined here

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  33. DandC

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Major disappointment!! First, the good: Our table was available early and the NE clam chowder was delicious as I remember it from years past. Server was friendly and accommodating. Now the bad: Server initially brought our drinks and then forgot to come back to take any food orders…and we were hungry. She finally returned to apologize and take our soup and main course orders after at least 10 minutes. My slightly dry salmon and the side dishes were just ok but not as good as what I’d get for that price at other seafood restaurants. My partner’s rainbow trout was ridiculously dry and bland. When she told the server, a manager came to the table and offered to replace it with a different menu option. She reluctantly requested a medium grilled salmon (mine was blackened) and after a long delay while she played with her cole slaw the server returned with a fillet which was totally raw inside when cut open. The server took it back to the kitchen to cook it more while my partner ate her side dishes and after another REALLY long wait (10+ minutes) it finally reappeared, cooked as it should have been in the first place. By then it was late, my partner no longer had an appetite, and we had to leave. In fairness, the restaurant charged us only for my meal and we tipped the server appropriately, however we will not be returning. Years ago Legal Sea Foods was very good but I see that the franchise was sold to a large corporation in 2020 and the original owner passed away. It shows! Back to Seasons 52, another chain restaurant, for us, where the salmon, trout and just about everything else is world’s better than what we experienced yesterday at Legal Sea Foods.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress was wonderful. The food was great. The only issue we had was the front host. He was VERY nasty. One of the doors were locked and apparently one was open - we pulled the wrong one. Instead of just opening the door, he motioned to it and rolled his eyes. I told him we had a reservation and I know it’s empty but I want to collect my points from open table - he acted very put out to even to have to check. He walked us to the table, said nothing after I said thank you very much. He was just a miserable human being. I would be very leery of having someone like him be the greeting at the front door ESPECIALLY in short hills. Maybe working with the public isn’t for him and should rethink his career choices.

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  35. Steve

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We used to go to Legal Sea Foods every Friday night. We stopped right before the pandemic after I had a bad experience with a piece of salmon. Recently, we received a discount coupon and thought we’d give it another try. I ordered the classic fish and chips and my wife ordered the crab cake appetizer. The fish and chips were $29 and clearly not worth the price. One piece of cod that sat on soggy french fries in a metal basket was not my idea of a dinner. It was like eating at a fast food shack by the beach. My wife’s dinner was just ok. Needless to say, I will not be back. This restaurant has lost its way.

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  36. PaulK

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server Eric was fun, knowledgeable and took great care against our food allergies

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  37. MsMi

    New York City

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service by Olivier. Mr. Olivier was attentive, kind, informative and friendly. He even got us to sign up for rewards. Definitely will be back. We had the stuffed lobster tails and the crab cakes. And Mr. Olivier highly recommend their chocolate pudding. It's so good! Thank you for your wonderful hospitality, Mr. Olivier.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was poor quality and over-cooked. Ambiance was also poor.

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  39. iane

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not worth the super high prices for Olive Garden quality food…..could have gone to a lot better spots. We used to go a lot, had not been in along time and won’t go again.

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  40. AdrienneN

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Used to love Legal Seafood, but haven't been in years. Got a coupon in the mail and decided to go back. Overall disappointing considering what is once was. The renovations removed all the feeling of being in a seafood restaurant. No one came to take drink orders or bring water, even though the restaurant was quiet, for a long time. Food was very expensive and very mediocre: scallops, shrimp and fried clams were overcooked, some were cold. Lobster bisque was just ok. Rice pilaf was tasteless. However, the small salad on my plate was very good. Fried calamari and lobster mac and cheese were very good. 3 entrees, 2 apps, and 3 drinks (only 1 with alcohol) came to $200. This used to be the place to go for great seafood. Sad that the only good dishes were the deep fried ones.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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 2463 OpenTable diners.

Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

1200 Morris Turnpike, Route 24 & JFK Parkway, Short Hills, NJ 07078

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Additional information

  • Cross street
    JFK Parkway
  • Neighborhood
    Short Hills
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Land a parking spot in the upper level lot right in front of our door.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (973) 467-0089
  • Private party facilities
    Celebrate a special occasion or host a corporate event at Legal Sea Foods. We customize every menu and finishing detail. Here in Short Hills, our private dining room can accommodate 34 guests for a sit-down dinner. It can be all-business for corporate functions yet comfortable for social gatherings. Private dining at Legal Sea Foods offers great food and hospitality and easy planning.
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