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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
11:00 am - 11:00 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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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I keep driving by from our appointments in Boston, it's been too early, too late, but today was just right! So we were looking forward to eating hear everyone raved at how good the seafood was, so here we go.. I ordered the Spicey Fish and Chips and a St Pauly Girls non alcoholic Beer and a... More 

Thank csb47
Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Legal Seafood is an outstanding fish market and restaurant. Fresh fish is expertly prepared, beautifully presented, and served professionally. The selection of fish and choices of preparation (grilled, fried, baked, etc.) is excellent. The restaurant is spacious and comfortable. We have visited many times and have never been disappointed. The other locations seem to have the same good food and... More 

Thank Cynthia E
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88 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Legal isn't a bad restaurant in the least. But you can get better seafood for the price. The best thing about legal is they are fairly consistent across the board. Their calm chowder is pretty good if your going to go (it's a New England thing)

Thank Ed R
Sacramento, California
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92 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a yummy lunch - crab cake sandwich and my sister enjoyed the Jasmine Special. She has a severe allergy to eggs, and they were very helpful and attentive to that. I always enjoy the delicious food Legal Seafood serves, no matter the location.

Thank freedom212121
Jersey Shore
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 weeks ago

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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140 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

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 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

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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59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 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

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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 Options
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
Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Large groups
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?