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Legal Sea Foods

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American, Chowder, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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43 Boylston Street, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467 (Route 9 and Hammond Street)
+1 617-277-7300
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations, Takeout
Description: The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. One of our...
The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. One of our first restaurants and still a popular lure, we are located on Route 9 in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center. We are still keeping things fresh at our bar, our open dining room and in our take-out counter and Fish Market. 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 “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Boston Phoenix, 2009) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
consistently satisfying

reliably good food, pleasant atmosphere, ample portions, excellent service. accommodating with substitutions and special instructions

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
James B
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Anyone who grew up in the Boston area in the 1970's would not realize today's Legal Sea Foods. But that is really nostalgia. It's a mall restaurant, noisy, hectic, and lots of families with kids I'd like to say save your $$$, but their only competitor closed a few years ago. Still draws a crowd.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

reliably good food, pleasant atmosphere, ample portions, excellent service. accommodating with substitutions and special instructions

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I used to work at Legal in its early days, and the Legal of now is a far cry from the Legal of then. Yes, good fish and shellfish. Just not so much amazing, and pretty pricey too. Seems more like a regular spot for wealthy seniors and tourists. Too bad, but still it could be worse.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Good Seafood at a Fair albeit highish price presented nicely. Staff is very kind and attentive to customers.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I chose this Legal Sea Foods location because it is the first one at which my wife dined, it ended up being the closest to us once we moved to Boston, and as a tribute to the original full-service Legal which was in Chestnut Hill (though it was destroyed by fire). I truly believe that going to a Legal Sea... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

Generously overfilled, the roll was excellent. It is underdressed, so you may want more mayo. I can't wait for my next one.

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Cypress, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We stopped for lunch at Legals as it is always someplace I go back to when I visit Boston. We had a large group of 11 and we ordered a large group of appetizers before our meal. As always, the seafood tastes very fresh the raw oysters were also very good. Our drinks were always filled right away and the... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We have been coming to this location since it opened many years ago, prior to that we used to go to the Legals in Inman Square. Legals has always been a great provider of very good, fresh seafood and the Chestnut Hill location is always good. We frequent the market there as well and have always had great service and... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Legal is a well oiled machine of a restaurant that still surprises me the special feeling I want as a valued customer. With guests from Houston wanting a 'shore dinner' of lobster, we went to Legal for its consistency. We ordered a wine off the menu but they were out stock - the manager came right to the table to... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great fish, seafood , sides, etc. consistently good food, well prepared, and convenient location with ample parking.it is one of the very few places in the area that attracts a diverse population, and that is nice to see. The table service is generally good, but can be spotty - the bartenders are always competent and friendly.the service at the market... More 

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Additional Information about Legal Sea Foods

Address: 43 Boylston Street, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467
Phone Number: +1 617-277-7300
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newton
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Oyster Bar

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 43 Boylston Street, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467
    (Route 9 and Hammond Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newton
  • Phone Number: +1 617-277-7300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Oyster Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

The signature dish at Legal Sea Foods – really fresh fish. One of our first restaurants and still a popular lure, we are located on Route 9 in the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center. We are still keeping things fresh at our bar, our open dining room and in our take-out counter and Fish Market. 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 “Most Popular Boston Restaurant” (Zagat, 2012/2013), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Improper Bostonian, 2010), “Best Chowder” (Boston Magazine, 2010), “Best Seafood Restaurant” (Boston Phoenix, 2009) and the honor of serving our legendary New England Clam Chowder at every presidential inauguration since 1981.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?