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Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills, Short Hills, NJ

Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

4.4
4.4
2168 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 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 2,168 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. D

    Derek

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service wonderful food
  2. BD

    BklynDiner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Very good appetizers - Thai calamari, crab cakes. Very good entree - ciaopino, shrimp gumbo. Slow service - waitress unattentive.
  3. IK

    IlaK

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing as always! So glad the simply grilled shrimp option is back. And highly recommend the butter prep lobster roll - heavenly. The service was also amazing, very friendly and professional. Thanks for a great lunch!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love our neighborhood legal seafoods. delicious fried calamari, oysters. very fresh. best tartar sauce
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    It was giving DINER vibes.
  6. MW

    MWHA

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The gumbo is fabulous. It’s a keeper. Ian was an excellent server, who anticipated our needs. Keep up the good work.
  7. NE

    NaomiE

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always fresh, the service smooth and when it’s not crazy busy, a relaxing place to enjoy good food.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The best experience was my waitress. The cod fritters were seasoned and fresh. The food was awful, the shrimp scampi had no flavor, the sauce was so thick and the shrimp overcooked. Actually ordered 2 drinks which we had to return because it had a terrible after taste. The Jasmine rice on the other dish was extremely dry as well. This used to be a place I enjoyed going to but unfortunately the quality of the food is no longer there. .
  9. JS

    JamieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent time. Our waiter was amazing, especially since my my boyfriend who is allergic wanted to take me out so I could finally get to eat some lobster. The waiter made extra sure the appetizer had no shellfish and that my boyfriends swordfish was cooked in a separate pan away from any shellfish on the grill. Super nice and very accommodating and never let our glasses run dry!
  10. r

    robind

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a nice time with a girlfriend. Food was very good.
  11. JL

    JudiLee

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    food was very good; server was a while pleasant was a bit gruff
  12. YT

    YvetteT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice brunch experience. Waitress was very accommodating in exchanging an item I did not like. Will be returning!!
  13. SH

    ShaunH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Tuna was great!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Menu was limited since the last time I visited but the food was good
  15. CV

    CarolV

    Miami

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent clam chowder and fried shrimp. Great tarter and cocktail sauces. Excellent service!
  16. F

    Fish

    New York Area

    289 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    289 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was very good.Alaija did a great job. Disappointed that Legal Seafood charges for a second cup of coffee. A turn-off approach to customer service.
  17. C

    Carolyn

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We ordered our usual of mussels and Rhode Island-style calamari for a Thursday night impromptu dinner. Usually, Legal has been a reliable go-to for us for these two appetizers, but not this time. The calamari were very tiny and they were outnumbered by the peppers. Very disappointing. The mussels were not as good as usual either. The lemon and butter sauce was mostly lemon, not the flavorful, buttery sauce it has always been in the past. Just not up to par for Legal, especially at these prices. I voiced my unhappiness to the waitress about the calamari, and all she said was “how are the mussels?” Not the type of service and quality of food we have usually experienced at this typically reliable, high-end chain.
  18. R

    Reviewer1

    New York Area

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent, the service very good. Always a good choice.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Amazing service thank you
  20. AC

    ArthurC

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Both service and food were excellent. We enjoyed the fried calamari, grilled tuna and grilled rainbow trout!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We always enjoy the dining experience at Legal. This was our first visit since the pandemic started. One of our favorite restaurants!
  22. LK

    LadyKWriter

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very pleasant luncheon with great service! The food is delicious!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    Terrible service the last 2 times. Terrible management who doesn’t do anything about the terrible service and seems to hire anybody these days. The only reason I continue to come back to this restaurant is because the seafood is always fresh. They need to be more selective in their hiring process because the last 2 times I came, the server disappears, and doesn’t know much about the menu.
  24. BG

    BurGindyWine

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Overall it was a good experience. However, my husband and I were a little disappointed because we traveled quite a bit specifically for their Tuna Burger since the Legal Seafood near us closed. We were informed they could only fill one order, so my husband had to choose something different. It's unfortunate that this burger is s only served on the lunch menu, which makes it more difficult for us to get it
  25. S

    Shelly00

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails, food and service were excellent as usual!
  26. L

    Lovesong2022

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely experience! Very clean. Eric was a phenomenal server! He was very pleasant and offered rapid service. Def a great place celebrate a momentous occasion!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    All was okay except we were seated by the trash cans, brooms etc when I mentioned it to the waiter his only response was “no one has ever noticed before”
  28. EF

    EricF

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great ambiance
  29. F

    Flowergirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. The food and service is excellent. Christina was a great server. I will request her in the future.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food great service very welcoming and polite atmosphere highly recommend
  31. AW

    AnikaW

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Imma frequent at this spot 2-3x’s a wk… service is great and so is the food. Love the Bartenders esp Shauna and my Favorite waitress Arabia
  32. t

    tall

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Mother’s Day
  33. SM

    ShameerM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Very disappointed in the portions , some items very tasty
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Resevations was great and timely. Went with my mom… my only issue was the shrimp scampi I ordered. It was not a traditional shrimp scampi and it was not noted as such in their menu. It had no taste or flavor. It was more like a shrimp linguini Alfredo. I mentioned it to the waiter and he offered more salt and lemon to enhance the flavor. Nothing could help this dish. I picked out the shrimp for my mom and left the rest. Other than that .. the bisque was good and the salad was as a salad.
  35. RO

    ROBIN

    New York Area

    762 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    762 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is by far our best experience dining at LS. From start to finish, our server Christina Soto, was the best we have ever had. Our order was taken promptly and she offered us a bacon option rather than the salmon bacon, which we did not enjoy on our wedge salad, our last visit. Any request we made was handled in a professional manner. Not only was she well versed on the menu, she helped us make wise choices. It was a great lunch, and we cannot wait to return. Kudos to Legal, for hiring staff that make the dining out experience a positive one.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    i love having legal seafoods 10 minutes from home. go twice a month for fresh grey sole, tuna, lobster, swordfish and fried calamari. love the warm rolls and great martini
  37. DM

    DougM

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an excellent meal at Legal Sea Foods. The lobster bisque was excellent as usual with lots of lobster mixed in. My wife had the tuna poke as a main course and I had the Simply Grilled Tuna. They were both excellent. We topped it off with a great chocolate cake.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time here! Will be coming back again soon!!!!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am never disappointed when dinning @ Legal Seafood Short Hills! Took sisters there for the 1st time and they were impressed. The new modern look adds to the experience.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The lobster roll was amazing. Nice place to sit at the bar grab a good meal and a drink. Laid back atmosphere. The bartenders were super knowledgeable & friendly. Would definitely come back.

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 4.4 stars by 2168 OpenTable diners.

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 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

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

Additional information

  • Cross street

    JFK Parkway

  • Neighborhood

    Short Hills

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish

  • 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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