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Legal Sea Foods - Short Hills

1263 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Casual (36)
  • Great for Lunch (22)
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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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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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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
What 1263 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSeaFoodFTW (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Another fantastic experience at Legal Sea Foods. Consistently excellent.

vipLordvader30 (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food was good. Service was great but my credit card number was stolen from there.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

I always get grilled 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!

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Awesome birthday dinner. The best fish/ seafood experience!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Delicious salad. Nice waiter

viparlene (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Legal Seafood has fresh, good fish! And their Lobster Bisque is authentically delicious.
Good service and fine good ....a perfect lunch!

Spiritblest (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

excellent seafood served in a bustling, upscale mall location. Reservations honored promptly even with large crowd waiting at reception desk. Our waiter was attentive and responsive to our requests

Bert (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Our waitress was efficient and not overbearing. Our food was delivered hot and exactly what was ordered. Water glasses were refilled with expediency. It was a nice place for fresh fish, friendly chatter and a unrushed atmosphere.

ToddA (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

I wish there were more Legal Seafood restaurants around in NJ. Being originally from New England this is the best place in NJ to get seafood. Even the fried clams are the whole clams. Unlike most seafood restaurants in NJ where you get a clam strip. Legal has the Best Steamers, not to mention EVERYTHING else on the menu.

tonir (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Love Legal Seafood, always get a good meal here. Fish is fresh, wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Lots of gluten free options, especially love the calamari!

OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

What started as a wonderful evening slowly became a terrible memory and I am still trying to figure out what happened. Our waiter began as a wonderful, attentive, super friendly guy. But by the end of the evening he was basically ignoring us. I wish I knew why...

The food was decent - crab cakes are amazing. But should we go back we will probably sit at the bar and have appetizers.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I’ve been to this location 6 times over the past 2 years. Have never had a great experience just o.k. Yesterday’s visit was the worst. From having made dinner reservations earlier in the day,only to be seated near the exit door, in the back room ( like not being in the restaurant at all.) to having a server that took too long to put our order in. He actually took the order for two nearby tables that were seated after us and their food came out well in advance of ours. We ordered two of the most expensive dishes on the menu- crab cake combo. Crab cake coating was hard, looked like an over cooked biscuit. And scallops/ shrimp were pathetic in presentation as well. Manger was accommodating and had meals redone but even the replacement dishes lacked in the quality and presentation expected and experienced at other Legal locations. Won’t be back.

vipAVBAMG (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Well intentioned, but poorly educated wait staff.
Excellent prepared and served food that was delicious!

vipMaryfromNJ (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great service. Good food