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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

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American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder
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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill
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43 Boylston Street, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467
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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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Dining options: Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Private Dining
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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Inconsistent but solid last night
4 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2014
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Boston

Legal Sea Foods is a staple around Boston. The one in Chestnut Hill is the only one of the chain that offers baked potatoes which I crave with fish. The dinners are usually reliable but... read more

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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Boston
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW

Legal Sea Foods is a staple around Boston. The one in Chestnut Hill is the only one of the chain that offers baked potatoes which I crave with fish. The dinners are usually reliable but don't expect a good experience at lunch time. Service was fine and the wine list extensive enough with reasonable restaurant prices. Tables just a bit... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

You want Boston fresh fish or shellfish, this is the place! They have their own fish market right at the docks in Gloucester, where the fishing boats come in, and they know how to cook it right. Big selection. Service is always very good. While I visit Chestnut Hill the most - being closest to me - you can get... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Have eaten at Legal Seafoods many times - it's mom's favorite place. She even takes a class at Brandeis Univ with the now semi-retired owner. So, expectations are always high when we go. This time, it was busy on a Wednesday night at 6pm. We were seated in a dark corner of the restaurant (not mom's favorite area - we... More

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Cypress, Texas, United States
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120 reviews 120 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Our family of 18 made reservations for dinner one night at about 8pm. We showed up and the table was already ready for us. We had great service and our drinks were never empty. The food was excellent. I have no problem recommending the restaurant.

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North Shore, MA
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108 reviews 108 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We’ve eaten at Legal Sea Foods in Chestnut Hill a number of times over the years (I have fond memories of Legals first coming to Chestnut Hill; it was a very casual place, closer to the atmosphere of the original Inman Square restaurant than any other Legals). Our most recent time, a dinner with friends, was not the best, due... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

As usual an excellent meal Treated like family by mgrs Mike & Enzo . The quality was worth the Price. We decided to split Appetizers and salads and Entrees and it was plenty enough To take home.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We traveled to Boston to look at homes and figured we would try this tourist place. We sat down at 5:36 and didn't receive our food until 7:27. Although they "comped" our appetizers, with little kids this was just a harrowing experience. The food was average. Definitely not among the best places I have had new england seafood. Also, a... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The fish is always fresh and tasty....the sides are better than anticipated.....and the rolls are to die for!!! The chowder is wonderful.....and you can follow by getting a smaller portion....just ask for the lunch menu.....they are very accommodating...and will even split entrees for you providing and extra baked potato.....this place never disappoints.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We treated family from out of town to a wonderful lunch here recently. They raved about the quality and freshness of their meals. The waitress was attentive and flexible in adapting some the dishes to meet our preferences and dietary restrictions e g my husband ordered a fish casserole but did not want any shrimp and more scallops. As the... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I have nothing but good things to say about Legal seafood. I've been going there every time I'm in Boston and the food quality has been consistent. The first time I went there was summer of '83 when I started college. If you love seafood then this is the place to try.

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Additional Information about Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

Address: 43 Boylston Street, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467
Phone Number: +1 617-277-7300
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newton
Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Oyster Bar, Chowder

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