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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

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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 - 11:00 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: 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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Good for:
Casual Dining

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Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 32
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Typically Good Food but Average Service

We had a family meal for an occasion. Food was very good as usual - scrod, Mahi Mahi, seafood platter, etc but the service was disjointed and disorganized. Polite and friendly but not up to the usual standards.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
Phillip P
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Little Rock, Arkansas
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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127 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Little Rock, Arkansas
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

We had a family meal for an occasion. Food was very good as usual - scrod, Mahi Mahi, seafood platter, etc but the service was disjointed and disorganized. Polite and friendly but not up to the usual standards.

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Scarsdale, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Went with my kids and their college friends, as my son forgot to make a reservation a a few days beforehand we could only get an 830 reservation for 6. DEFiNATELY reserve ahead of time - as it was we still had to wait for 20 minutes to get our table - walkins were 30-45 minutes. The food was terrific!... More 

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80 reviews 80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This is not a rock-star unique menu, but it is always reliable and satisfying. As a bonus, the wine selection is also better-than-expected. I sometimes stop by for take-out at the "cook it yourself station" but don't often remember to do this.

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new england
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

In recent years, I have avoided Legals -- especially the one in Chestnut Hill -- except for mid-afternoon lunches in the dead of summer when it actually can be a nice place to dine. Unfortunately, I found myself here on a busy Saturday night in February when the whole of snow-weary Boston decided to turn out on force. I hadn't... More 

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Boston
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93 reviews 93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Legal Seafoods has been around a long time. It started as a very low end restaurant complete with plastic forks and knives. The Chestnut Hill location was the first upscale restaurant from the chain. The fish is usually well prepared despite the small bones I often discover in my trout. This is the only restaurant in the chain where you... More 

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Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This was a very nice restaurant. I had eaten at one in Washington DC before but this was nicer. It has a good size bar in the middle with a full bar and large beer selection. 8 beers on draft. Some local beers from the Boston area. The price was a little high for a family of four but was... More 

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

Old neighborhood standby that never disappoints. The decor could use an update, but quality seafood is why I come here for and what I get. Service is always excellent.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

It's a bit touristy and cliche, but for a reason! The food was phenomenal, drink specials were amazing, and the service was on par. After this wonderful dinner experience, I made a point to stop in at the airport location by my gate for breakfast and a bloody mary on my way out :) TIP: get the opentable app on... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I live right here in Newton and legal Seafood Chestnut Hill is a place I go to often. I go for dinner with my husband and sometimes for lunch with the ladies. The fish is always fresh and well prepared. I watch my calories so I don't often have the clam or seafood chowder, but they are both worth the... More 

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

At this restaurant, tables are so close together. The lighting is too high and bright. The service is rushed and not very skilled. But the real problem was the food. It was cold and bland, fish was undercooked. I had the special of the day, wood grilled mahi mahi with brown rice and tomatoes over which they put a big... More 

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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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