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Legal Sea Foods

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43 Boylston St, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467-1719 (Route 9 and Hammond Street)
+1 617-277-7300
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Jersey Shore
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you enjoy excellent ambiance and food, this is the place for you. I have been here several times and have never been disappointed with the food or service. During the dinner rush you may have to wait but it is worth it !

Thank Sunny414
Waltham, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great food reasonable prices you get what you pay for. The broiled or baked haddock or scrod are my favorite. Broiled scallops are great also. Portions are adequate and the setting and atmosphere are great. Very very clean restaurant and wait staff is superb. Every Legal Seafood is the same and have fresh and the best food. I remember their... More 

Thank n1rlo
New York City, New York
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113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped in for lunch around 2pm on a Friday afternoon. The restaurant is in a shopping center with plenty of free parking. It was very busy but the staff was happy to seat walk-ins. The place is bright and welcoming and there is fresh seafood on display. I had a delicious Nicoise Salad at the bar that was fresh... More 

Thank ThePickledPeddler
Amherst, Massachusetts
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282 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been eating at restaurants in this chain since it first opened. Freshness has never been a problem, but the quality, consistency, and taste of the food is not what it once was. For the price, I expect better. Service is also inconsistent. This particular Legal Sea Foods used to be our favorite dinner and lunch spot when we... More 

Thank merlinslap
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The fish is always fresh and we come here often. There are numerous Legal Seafood restaurants but we like the one in Natick because it is easy to park here. I always get the Jasmine special which is shrimp on rice (I get the brown rice) with cheese on top surrounded by broccoli. My husband ordered one of the daily... More 

Thank lindadG7133ZZ
Newton, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten here several times and never disappoints. The fish is fresh and good. It is somewhat pricey. Maybe for a special occasion. It is a treat. Their fish tacos are lovely. Everything is good. Boston fish house at its finest.

Thank Sandra Y
Needham, Massachusetts
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Legal Seafoods may well be suffering from the same negatives experienced by so many other chains that have expanded and the result has been the decline of "control. Music everywhere - inside and outside of the restaurant. Quality of food has always been consistent and "acceptable" however the value for the dollar has suffered tremendously over the last few years.... More 

Thank Burton R
Riga Region, Latvia
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Was not the best experience Had a seat outside, had to wait too long for an order, though he food came fast then Do not know why they claim the food is 'fresh', they cook it like it is bought at the frozen-food spur market section Will not come back

Thank Alek S
Calgary, Canada
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47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Our first time to this restaurant and it was well worth the visit. I had the lobster bisque and crab cakes. Soup was amazing and crab cakes were good. My son had the ahi tuna which he loved as well as the crusted salmon. We shared the banana foster which was super sweet. If your craving seafood great place to... More 

Thank Duramaxgirl
Monroe, Washington
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Ate here on a recent trip for the Boston Marathon. Food was good - a good variety on the menu. Service was attentive and friendly. Place was packed, so we were glad we had reservations. Only drawback was the noise level. Would definitely return to this restaurant.

Thank linda4travel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $50
American, Seafood, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 Boylston St, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467-1719
    (Route 9 and Hammond Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Newton
  • Phone Number: +1 617-277-7300
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?