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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 - 10:00 pm
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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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Newton, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Like meatloaf, mac and cheese, turkey pot pie and thick and meaty pea soup, the fish chowder at Legal Seafoods provides the comfort that warms the innards of many a New Englander looking to ward off another winter storm. The clam chowder may have been served at the White House repeatedly, but a bowl of the fish chowder, with its... More 

Thank Sallee L
Brookline, MA
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nobody does a better job with fish than Legal Seafood. We go there at least monthly for lunch and dinner and are never disappointed. There is always room for us, conversation is easy, the wait staff are pros, and the price is right. Highly recommended.

Thank Sandy B
Newton, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a good surprise to find out that clam chowder was $1 per cup while we were celebrating daughter's birthday there. Besides the usual delicious seafood lunch, we all added a cup of chowder which made us happy.

Thank happydiner168
Orange, California
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274 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Legal is our go-to when we want sea food and we don't feel like trying something new. They have a good variety and aren't overly expensive. They make an excellent lobster roll.

Thank oyyveyy
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2016 via mobile

Went to Legal Sea Foods to celebrate our son's birthday. All he wanted was lobster and the food did not disappoint. He chose the lobster bake and upsized his lobster to to 2 lbs. we also had mussels, tuna and swordfish, all delicious an filling. Dessert was bananas foster (with a candle) and a song fest by staff and fellow... More 

Thank pickyeater15
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101 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2016

There was a time when Legal's was absolutely the best fish restaurant -- or anyway, when you could tell yourself that. And it was a lot easier to get to than someplace on the wharf or whatever. Unfortunately, the place has let itself slip pretty badly. The seafood is certainly fresh, no question about that. But the menu seems to... More 

Thank Christopher L
Cleveland, Ohio
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240 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016 via mobile

Always looking to try different places, but nice to know that there's some go to places should we fall short on ideas. Restaurant is clean. Service attentive. Food is typically flavorful. Enough for the kids as well.

Thank mikeys2
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120 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

We were seated promptly though a busy time. The restaurant is modern. I had a lobster bake and cannot say it met my expectations for taste, I learned I am not a lobster fan, particularly when not served piping hot. (Ours were warm at best) There are much better options on the menu and I will make a different selection... More 

Thank David K
Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Nice environment, fresh food and excellent service...as a regular, I appreciate the consistent high level of service and quality food. Keep up the great work!

Thank infoCityViewTrolleys
Boston, Massachusetts
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76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I eat lunch here about once a week. At the bar. Mostly dependable. Mediterranean salmon is a best bet. Delicious. Well prepared.

Thank Boston L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Business meetings
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?