Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

4.3
1628 reviews
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Seafood
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.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Enjoy a family gathering and leave the cooking to us! We'll be serving our regular menus along with festive features. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Service was very good. It was attentive without being intrusive, and we appreciated that. The fried clams were excellent, as was the grilled haddock, but the jasmine rice was clumpy. Both the rice and the sauteed spinach were over-salted. The key lime dessert was tasty and refreshing.

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JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

i ordered baked stuffed shrimp with stuffing . the stuffing was clearly burned on the top

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ST
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was very good, food not so much. Over priced and over cooked with mushy broccoli and mussels. Stuffed shrimp was dry. Too bad, because our waitress was great.

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j
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was just OK. The menu did not include enough fresh (non-shell) fish choices to qualify as a seafood restaurant in my opinion. The setting is nice, and it is convenient to meet people there, though.

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LR
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was excellent - service was good but the server could have been a little more attentive - they are shutting down for 6 weeks to renovate which is a good idea, it could use an update.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall great experience! Food was good, ambiance was nice, service was fast and smart. Also, very accommodating to my many allergies.

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my Moms 92nd birthday🎉🎂... it’s her favorite restaurant..besides Anna’s baked scrod, she . especially enjoys rolls and chocolate ice cream Bon Bons ! Server was very attentive and accommodating and food delicious .

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Loud customer seated next to us while many empty tables surrounded us. Took away some of the enjoyment of a nice lunch

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BB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Josh, our server was AMAZING with our 2 kids and everyone loved the meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The service was very poor, as the server kept disappearing for extended periods of time, we had to request for bread, and call on another server to assist with locating the server to receive the check (and I still was a wait).

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SH
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The service was poor and unattentive. We advised the manager the ladies room was filthy, more like what you would find in Penn Station if not worse. All he could say was sorry, he'll look into it.

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a nice place for a seafood theme dinner although lots of other choices. Courteous professional staff with fresh clean uniforms (white shirts & black slacks). A little noisy but that’s Okay. Location adjacent to a parking deck near an entrance is a nice plus.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Had to request rolls three times. I ask for a straw and was asked if I was sure “because some people don’t like paper straws .”
I felt obligated to explain recent dental work to obtain a straw...

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious. The service was outstanding. I do not care for their new musical selection. The jazz is awful.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Service was incredibly slow despite the place not being very busy.

We got a round of appetizers for the table- fried clams, wings, mussels and fried oysters. Very bland tasting.

Our meals were ho-hum. Everything was bland! King crab legs were a huge disappointment.

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SF
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. From the hostess to the server and the managers, this entire team does a great job. The food is great as well... try the fish tacos!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch. Value proposition supported.

We miss the choice of sides on the old menu.

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JN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great rainbow trout dish my favorite. Good sea food

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DP
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We come to Legal Seafood for the oysters. They were great.

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LB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Loved this place but they now changed the menu and took our favorite items off. Server did not pay attention to how food was requested.
All around disappointed!!

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JM
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was excellent. I ordered the grilled shrimp with garlic and requested a substitution of sauteed spinach instead of pasta and the chef was able to make the switch.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner reunion.

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PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 2

Simply awful! Had reservations for 6:15pm, when checking in at 6:10, we were told that the table wouldn’t be available for 30 to 45 minutes. Completely ridiculous when we had made reservations. We checked in again at 6:45 and were then told that it would be another 30-45 minutes to get a table.
My wife decided to take a seat at the bar and we had her Mother’s days dinner at the bar!
Not a word of apology or let us buy you a drink.....
Awful experience and Bonefish restaurant will get our business in the future

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VL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Only thing i didnt like was the crazy wait times even for reservations m...

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AR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

I had a reservation for 4:30 pm for 4 people. The restaurant must’ve overbooked along with allowing walk-ins because by the time I got there the greeter indicated they were behind on reservations. I was told it would be a 25-30 minute wait. My family weren’t seated until nearly 6:00pm. The food was good. And the waiter was nice when he was around. At the end of the meal our bill was given to us and we ended up waiting nearly 25 minutes for the check to be picked up. Seemed like there was very poor planning for a busy day such as Mother’s Day.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

The server we had did not acknowledge us to much and he did not pay attention to the payment method and I'm very upset

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CD
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Went for Mother’s Day. The restaurant was very crowded, but our reservation was right on time. Service was terrific for a busy day and the food was very good. Cocktails were also great.

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RC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

After 6 consecutive years of celebrating Mothers Day with wife, Mother-in-law, son... alas... today was not memorable. Arrived 10 minutes early for my 2pm reservation.... then waited 25 minutes, standing, only to hear them seat same-size party with a 2:15 reservation ahead of us. I brought this to their attention- and was told... “well sir, they arrived earlier than you”.

We we then seated in far back... in children’s section... and leaf if table kept falling into my seated thighs... baby strollers bumping my chair.

The food has dropped in quality... dishes arrived with over wrought sides.... a sign of faux creativity at th expense of simple high quality.

Given that I dropped $350 for 4.... this was my last celebration at this venue.

Next year... a nice French restaurant perhaps

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RR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Haven’t been to Legal Seafood in years but it’s still good maybe not as good in the past but still worth the trip. Service was good ... Waiter was very nice. Music was way to loud. People have to talk over it which makes it even louder. Value ... a little over priced.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are regulars. The menu has been re-written, choice of sides on grill menu eliminated.

The specials are usually the best value. Even knowing the salmon special was overpriced, I ordered it to see what the deal was. The wild caught salmon was very good but the carrots and potatoes did not constitute an effort to make me glad I was getting salmon that cost more than halibut. Asparagus at least.

It was not bad, well prepared as always and I don’t want a bigger portion...that was fine. But the value proposition at LSF took a serious hit today. We will come here less and support some of the family owned restaurants in the area.

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RO
New York Area
597 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We headed for quick meal after shopping. Our reservation was a little later and we finished shopping earlier than expected. The staff of Legal was very kind in finding us a table almost 90 minutes earlier on a busy evening. I know how difficult that can be but they pulled a rabbit out of the hat, and I am ever so grateful for their efforts. Our dinner was wonderful, great Caesar salad and Maine steamers to start. The halibut and cioppino entrees were really delicious and my cioppino requested fra diovolo, came out just that way. Over the years, we have had most of the servers at one time or another. Each and everyone of them, who have waited on us were no less than cordial, attentive and eager to make our dining experience positive. Many often stop to at our table to just say hi and we love that! Keep up the good work, Legal.

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RP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent, the service was outstanding! Our waiter gave excellent recommendations and details about the food and desserts. I asked for flowers ahead of time on Open table and the waiter notified me immediately that there were no flowers. My only recommendation would be is if the restaurant knew they can not accommodate a request they should notify the customer prior to coming. Especially if the customer has a specific reservation time. It may have made a difference to improvise.

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BK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the place to come for fresh fish and great service. Softshell crabs were on the menu and one of us preferred a simpler presentation, and the chef was happy to oblige!

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PM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was good but way overpriced. Servers on a Monday night have been the less experienced staff, pleasant but not attentive . Restroom needs serious attention with repairs and cleanliness. Will return.

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b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was excellent and the food was delicious!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

My husband and I each ordered the curried shrimp and a Cesar salad. The salad was good but we did not like the curried shrimp. Service was fine.

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F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The prices have been substantially raised. $33 for a Lobster Roll which wasn’t told by server. Wine list has been cut in half.

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

One appetizer -fish tacos was not hot and pretty bland - Shrimp cocktail shrimp not very big but scallops and halibut steak were great.

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DC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ice cold and delicious shrimp cocktail, love the lite clam chowder here which caters to allergies, it’s gluten free, dairy free, egg free...a nice treat for those of us with allergies. The rolls are also vegan and delicious! Hubby loved the Arctic char, brother and son loved the wings and shrimp tacos, great lunch! We will be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

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