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About Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

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.

1200 Morris Turnpike
Route 24 & JFK Parkway
Short Hills, NJ 07078
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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: 11am - 9pm

Cross Street:
JFK Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(973) 467-0089

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/Restaurants/Short-Hills-The-Mall-at-Short-Hills

Parking Details:
Land a parking spot in the upper level lot right in front of our door.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, 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 in Short Hills, our private dining room can accommodate 34 guests for a sit-down dinner.

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Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.3

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3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (37)
Great for Lunch (24)
Good for Birthdays (18)
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Healthy (16)
Business Meals (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Kid-friendly (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Authentic (10)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Romantic (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Seasonal (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Cozy (4)
People Watching (4)
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Hot Spot (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Fresh and delicious, innovative food and attentive, fast service.

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·Dined 5 days ago

45 minute wait even with a reservation. Food was just okay.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was good but crab claws were not cut or cracked and were very fishy otherwise all good. Our waitress was awesome!

Tags: Healthy, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

This place was nice. The service was a bit slow.
I would dine here again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent, and the server was friendly. This restaurant seldom disappoints.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Another bad lunch, this will be my final meal here. It has become such poor quality. I always get the Crispy Fish Sandwich. The fish was not crispy and cold. They remade it for me which was better but this seems to always happen. I even had to stop getting fries because they tasted like cardboard. I will never patronize this establishment again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Raw Oysters were awesome. Crabcake like 1% bread all crab meat. Thai calamari is great. Try crab cake combo meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A little break from the exhausting routine...lunch was great. We had fun. The Mrs had tuna burger...was really good but portion a bit much for her (but she rose to the occasion). The spiced crusted tuna is an option for rare grilled tuna on the lunch menu...perfect! Service quite excellent today. Recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

You know what you get when you come to LSF. No matter what LFS you take food is always good and quality same. I have found that service varies in places. Here it is always somehow slow even waitresses running all the time. About the food, lobsters are always good choice and you cannot choose wrong from catch from the day list.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Restaurant is beginning to look a little old and dark. Steamers were wonderful. Reduced fat chowder was stocked with fish and potaotoes but could use alittle more favor. Sangria was very good. Lunch was very nice but honestly the value was not there. I go out all the time for lunch oftern in the city at great restaurants. This restaurant in a mall was overpriced. Had soup, shared steamers, small wedge salad and a glass of sangrai and came out to over $50. I go out almost everyday, that is too much for what we had.
I am sure I will be back because it is a convenient location . I think they should consider a lunch price fix like $36 .

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was good and the service was also good. The only issue I had is that no one recognized my Wife's birthday as I requested in my reservation. I only asked for recognition, nothing more. Is that too difficult?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The only thing good was our waitress. Too bad she had to serve such poor food. The hostess in charge was rude. She ignored our reservation and seated others with reservation times after ours. One of the waiters had a Rastafarian hair do down to the middle of his back. New Years Eve was very disappointing.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is our, "Go to" restaurant when we are in the mood for great seafood. Great atmosphere, great service, great food! Fantastic bar drinks and specialty cocktails. Like their watermelon martini! Awesome oysters and there is normally a choice of several varieties. They are perfectly shucked and delicious and fresh. Served on ice with cocktail sauce and horseradish. I can easily suck down a dozen before my meal. For that I always go for the 1.5 lb steamed lobster. For my two sides I usually get the mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. Rarely have room for dessert so I usually end things with a fresh cup of espresso. Perfection from start to finish!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was excellent with generous portions. Server was exceptional

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

LSF is pretty consistent. Grill menu is always a sure thing. The Mrs had the seafood puttanesca special ... homemade pasta was excellent. I had grilled halibut (as usual). It takes know-how to prepare it so well. I looked at fresh halibut in the grocery store and concluded the LSF price is reasonable.

We agree that LSF reminds us of visit to CIA in Hyde Park last year.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

It was a relaxing environment and the service was very good

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I have been visiting Legal ever since I moved to the US way back in 2004. Had many meals in the restaurant at Cambridge that were always great. Then, moved to NJ and have been frequenting the Short Hills location often. Now, I live in Philly and my friend (who lives in Jersey) felt it may be a good time to go back.
I was REALLY disappointed. Three things. One- the service took a while. Two- my double stuffed baked shrimp was way over-done and totally dry. I somehow kept washing in down with water. Three- there was no sense of personal attention that I am used at Legal Seafood.
I might need to think twice about going there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Always reliable and excellent quality - we continue to enjoy eating here.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Healthy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

The best and freshest seafood around
Can be crowed
It is on the expensive side they have steamers

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Came on Christmas Day and had 2 large lobsters and a Guinness! It was really tasty and filling. Warm rolls were good and service was great aside from having to wait for our table despite having a reservation but it was packed on Christmas Day and 5:30 seemed to be rush hour...

Tags: Great Beer, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, People Watching
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I always enjoy Legal Seafood but the portions are very skimpy.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great service, food always on point! Can’t wait to go back..

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Portions were large, food was well- prepared and nicely presented. Service was very good. Overall, enjoyable experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Always fresh good seafood. Not the best, but always very good. Chowder is great.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service and ambience were good! But the food was below average at the best. Sorry : (

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Go to spot at XMAS time. Service was exceptional and cocktails were unique!! Menu has excellent options for all taste buds!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We go here every year for my husband's birthday...good food, good services

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I've dined here many times. One of my all time favorites! Never had a bad experience. The oysters are some of the freshest I've ever had and the poached butter lobster roll is to die for. The best! The service is always so prompt and friendly too. Highly recommend!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

For the price especially at dinner I expect more professional service and environment. My entree was lukewarm ($30.95). I love the fresh oysters they always have a good variety however they didn’t tell us which were which ones.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

This has been the perfect place to meet my dear friend for lunch a few times a year. Food never disappoints :-)

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Great service, great food. Nice options and choices of seafood.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Consistently excellent service and food make this a regular stop for my colleagues and I. I recommend this restaurant highly.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Had a really nice dinner seated at the bar. Rest of restaurant was crowded and very loud but seating at bar was great. Light chowder was very flavorful and grilled shrimp entree was delicious. Enjoyed sitting at bar interacting with staff. Very pleasant evening.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Offered horrible table and asked to change. Service was good as was the chowder. Fish trio was not good. Calimari was tough, and the coating on the fish and shrimp was too much and very salty. Very disappointed. Used to be so good.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very nice. Good good and service. I especially liked the bon bons for desert.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Always fresh and food is delicious

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We always have a wonderful time here and the food is great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I would never eat at this place again. Do not waste your time, your treated very poorly and the service is horrible.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Legal Seafood is our family's Thanksgiving tradition. Excellent service and great food as always.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner. The grilled halibut is amazing. The preparation reminds me of CIA. There was a mistake on one order, a delay on one of the dinners, but quality was excellent as usual. LSF not cheap but a good value, grill menu especially. Thank you LSF for availability on TG...much appreciated.

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