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Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

4.3
1302 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Seafood
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish.
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.

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 being named “#1 Best Seafood Restaurant” in a nationwide poll by USA Today (2013) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Fish
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Sunday: 11am - 9pm
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Phone number
(973) 467-0089
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
JFK Parkway
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Parking details
Land a parking spot in the upper level lot right in front of our door.
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Special events & promotions
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.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Celebrate the holiday with us. We'll be serving up our regular menu along with feature items.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1302 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

We have gone to Legal Seafood for 10 years +. And were quite happy, The food still is good but now the service is becoming terrible: the reception lady was fascinated by her PC screen and did not take care of us, the barman visibly does not like is job as he is permanently unsmiling and looks very upset, the waitresses are not duly trained and the service is very rustic ... but at least they are smiling and nice . Well ? this place is on the hedge.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Had not been there in a couple of years. The food was really tasty but the wait with a reservation was not what I expected.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Consistently excellent food, knowledgeable server, DeShawn. Service was attentive not hovering. Cocktails well crafted. Raw bar well stocked.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Legal never disappoints: fresh, hot, tasty fish; polite and professional service; good seating and ambience - and decently priced!

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Few options now at the short hills mall, food was just mediocre. Waiter was great he made the experience.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Not impressed by the food. Think it is overrated.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

always a solid brunch choice! We can always rely on good seafood and service!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Oysters are great, fresh, much of the time shucked correctly. Service is mixed. This time, the wait person was rushing us a bit, which takes away from the meal.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

We had lunch at Legal Seafood. The service and food was great . The orders are made up to your liking

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious and the waitress was more than wonderful to us.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always good! Food is very consistent.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food is always good here. The hostesses were a bit lost when it came to seating us. We had reservations, they told us that it got busy so they can't seat us eventhough there were plenty of tables available. A minute later, the manager asked why we were waiting and immediately sat us down at a table. The server provided great service so the issue was with the two clueless hostesses.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Our waitress was so helpful and sweet. I have celiac disease and she was knowledgeable on the items and knew about cross contamination issues, which were not a problem here. Overall, good experience. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Excellent food - loved it every.single.time. Fish is fresh, service is on point. I would go here more often if it was closed to where I lived.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was good and would definitely go back again, only thing was it was quite expensive.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The freshest fish choices with great accompaniments. Always great service.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great food. Just expensive. We had the baked stuffed lobster to treat my mother. I am happy to spend money on her, but this was over $50 for 1.5 pond lobster. However, she had a great time and our server was super nice.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Birthday dinner for my 15 year old daughter. Food was fantastic. Would have been nice if they put a candle on a desert, but probably the hostesses never told the server or they didn’t look at the note on the open table reservation.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was very good. We had the scallops and shrimp. The waiter provided good service. When we arrived, the restaurant was very busy and loud. We were not able to sit and relax. The food came out quickly. While some times this may be good, we were looking for a more relaxing evening.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I can't recommend this restaurant.
We arrived 15 minutes before our reservation. Were told by host that our table wasn't ready. That is perfectly fine because we were early. We decided to get a drink at the bar while we waited. An adequate offering of wines were available. The bar service was pleasant. Three minutes after sitting at the bar. The host begins shouting our name to indicate that the table was ready. Why not tell us a few minutes prior that the table wasn't ready, but would be in mere minute, when we mentioned that we were grabbing a drink while waiting. But within seconds of calling our name, the host nearly gave away our table.... all the while- still before our reservation time. So, the host was a bit rude.
But the bigger complaint is the value-
The food quality does NOT warrant the price charged. Its pretty decent, but it came out cold and the portion was too small.
Summary : rude host makes a bad first impression, only average food quality and $$ prices means that I won't return.

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1.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Terrible service. We were brought the wrong dinners; so bad the manager had to comp our entrees.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great service by our waiter. Food was great too. Only glitch was our request for a booth supposedly wasn’t able to be fulfilled yet we noticed that they say another couple in the open booth we mentioned when they had sat us elsewhere. So much for requesting a booth in the reservation.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Fine for dinner but wouldn’t recommend for special occasion. They said they were seating us at booth and then put us at a table in noisy area. Although I noted it was an anniversary, no one asked if we were celebrating anything special nor was anything special done. Food and service was good.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I have always been a fan, but recently I am Gluten Free, and this place rocked it. First good GF meal I've have in a month. Loved the gluten free rolls!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Wr met a friend for lunch. My wife and I shared a spectacular tuna burger. Really outstanding! ! Our friend had the crab cake sandwich. He thought it was terrific but so big he couldn't finish the whole sandwich.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food
Great service
Great night out

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The quality of the food does not see to be what it was. Had an off meal at the last visit and figured I would try it again. Same meal and same experience. For the cost, I would have expected better.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Lunch before 2pm is busy time on the weekend. But a reservation is always a good idea. We were seated right away. When LSF is not as busy the reservation gets you the best booth or table.

The wait was a little longer but not terrible. The food was excellent. The Mrs. and I had a good time.

The Malbec is the best. The wines are well vetted. LSF reminds us in many ways of visit to CIA in Hyde Park, NY.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Our evening was perfect. Dashawn was our server, and both food and service were excellent as usual.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Friendly service, but not worth the $. Garden State Plaza location much nicer

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was excellent as always.My Fiance had Cantonese style Lobster. It was delicious.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Loved it. Lunch was excellent. It would not be better anywhere at any price. While Legal is not cheap...fresh seafood is expensive to procure...the value is high. The grilled halibut on the dinner menu is to die for...there is real know-how at the grill station. Nobody does it better.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Waited 45 minutes WITH reservations. Too crowded, with a small waiting area and bar area. Not a good experience and hope this doesn't happen all the time.

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2.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We were seated 30 minutes after our reservation time with kids in tow. yikes. This restaurant is very loud! Our waitress was awesome, but it was very hard for her to overcome the overwhelming demand. Many people loudly complained while waiting for over an hour! why? There are other places. We won't be back for quite a while. Reservations are disrespected and mismanaged versus the volume of walk-ins from the mall. :(

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

cut down on the noise Honor a reservation in a timely manner

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Always enjoy our meals here. So happy the crab dip is back on the menu!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Another fantastic experience at Legal Sea Foods. Consistently excellent.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Food was good. Service was great but my credit card number was stolen from there. Amex says there is an issue with this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I always get grilled halibut...so glad it now regular menu item. It just does not get any better at any price. The Mrs and daughter got lobster Thermidor special. Excellent. Daughter’s SO ordered grilled swordfish with red onion relish. Great choice.

Legal seafood reminds us of visit to CIA in Hyde Park, NY.

High quality. High value. We appreciate LSF is close to us.

Thank you!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Me and girlfriend had a great time! Since it was my second time going to Legal Seafood, I knew she'd like it there so I decided to take her there for our special occasion. She really liked the New Englad clam chowder; i knew she would! The crabcakes were as great as the first time I tried; she also liked her baked lobster.

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