Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

4.5
3853 reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Our two-story fish emporium elevates the 40-year legacy of our original location in Chestnut Hill (a few doors down from where we are now). Here we feature a large raw bar, open kitchen and glass-enclosed lounge. In warmer months, we retract the lounge’s glass walls and ceiling for drinking under the sun or stars. And we open our patio, overlooking Hammond Pond, for al fresco dining. Join us upstairs at our restaurant or shop our fish market on the first floor.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 3853 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipRICH
New England
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

All good except for the mice!!! Sit at a high top!

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vipElaine
New England
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great service.

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vippaulb
Miami
56 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service as always good. Haddock was dry. The rest is to reach 50 words

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EveHartttt
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good atmosphere and food ! Service was quick! 10/10

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

We went there twice for the last couple of weeks but the staff didn’t cooperate with us. We were a big group of 12 people and last week 9 people. Never sat down outside or even didn’t get two table next to each other. One person of the greeters who is tall and skinny was not friendly at all . Didn’t ask her name .

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vipJBtable
New England
110 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great option to eat outdoors; menu is reduced compared to prior pandemic but still enough options.
Sushi menu is really good. Proper drinks.
Service was good and attentive.

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WayneG
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Legal is under new ownership and management. This was the best tasting meal for all five of us there. The portions were bigger as well. We have always been fans of Legal, but this was truly the best ever.

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NCSimmons
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience here despite COVID restrictions (with which they did a great job). Had the fish tacos which were delicious! Also the scallops were excellent.

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GlenolaM
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was great. Warm cordial welcome, seating was good our server was professional, attentive and polite. Meal was very good.

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vipAndreaB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! One of our favorite restaurants to dine with!

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vipLINS
New England
28 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were welcomed by the very sweet hostesses, and shown to our seat.

We enjoyed our food. My husband was a bit disappointed with the Cioppino's size and selection of fish in it. He felt it was not the same plentiful item it used to be. It had 1 small piece of white fish, 1 shrimp, 1 scallop, a piece of a lobster tail and many mussels and calamari.

No starch any longer- just the tomato broth and 1 slice of buttered, maybe garlic bread.

My scallops were tasty- We enjoyed our wine and it was a very pleasant evening. Our server and team were all kind and welcoming.

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LMB2
New England
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the new renovation! Food and service were very good.

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Paisley
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Really disappointed. Food not very good. Seems very different from the last time I was there and extremely pricey for what you get. Won’t rush back!

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vipAndr
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Birthday Was not acknowledged. Scallops were mediocre. Nice setting

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vipFoodie1
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The stuffing in the baked stuffed lobster was disappointing. It was stuffed with a bunch of dry Ritz Crackers. Not what I expected. I did not eat any of the stuffing.

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KCFL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, enough to take some home; a bit on the expensive side.

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vipcathyg
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Our Server Brandon was the best! He even got an Uber for us as they were hard to come by

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MarcyT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The food was fresh and tasty. There is a clear change in the clam Chowder—a bit salty and thinner. Second time noticing the change from the original recipe.

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MariaM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal seafood never disappoints! This as my first time in the new restaurant and we sat in the bar area. Beautiful view of the pond out back. Tables were spaced apart so we felt safe. Will go back!

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vipShayna
New England
108 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was mediocre. Or, as my mother would say, “It’s not like it used to be.”

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vipTediN
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Legal since it came to Newton in 1975! Always reliable and delicious. We love the whole staff, great service!

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vipMaryFaithK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy LS chestnut hill - good food and service!

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vipBarbS
New England
89 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back to serving delicious and fresh seafood! Service was great.

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FredP
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Meh. So so ........................................

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JoanneS
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Easy reservation. Atmosphere great. Service good but waited almost 20 for ice cream dessert. Coffee came quickly. Order farrow asparagus side. No farrow came but it was wheat berries. No asparagus, just a few shavings from stem. Otherwise-tasty.

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Annie
New England
9 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. Large portions served quickly and hot.

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GayleL
New England
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, waitress and food were great! This is my go to place for eats.

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wistahh
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The first course of Wellfleet oysters was superb - fresh, sweet, and salty. The Maine scallops that followed were a close second.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a pleasant and delicious dinner.

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vipFoodie
New England
70 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food quality has diminished. fish over cooked and not hot. Shrimp cocktail still really good as is house salad. Service was very good.

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vipFamily
New England
6 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Don’t expect the same quality of food or options with the ownership change. We won’t be returning.

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vipGeorgeD
New England
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Clifton is the best!

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vipZITA
New England
242 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed sitting by the large open windows! It was a beautiful evening at 70 degrees!!

The food was delicious but it took awhile before our dinner order was taken. Cocktails arrived in a timely manner. We liked the size of the portions which were substantial. Great place to get good fish!! Perfect setting for a date or business meeting.

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AngelaZ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The receptionist lady with yellow skirt was not helpful and not friendly to kids. Very disappointed

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Svetlana
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very expensive, and every year got more and more expensive

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Booked an outdoor table on Open Table. Showed up to reservation on time. However, the host stated I would need to wait 90 minutes for an outdoor table. Would not choose to dine at the Chestnut Hill location again since they do not honor seating options properly during COVID.

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AngelaZ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

the lady with yellow skirt in the reception was so unfriendly and without helpful at all.
very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Changes to menu a negative. No more onion strings, fries now seasoned, cup of chowder smaller and beer battered fried fish not as light as previous fried fish.

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DavidL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

At one time Legal food had great taste and although prices were high it was still a good value, but now prices have gone up and portions have decreased as well as the taste of the food, the fried seafood had no taste and the sea bass was not cooked all the way, I would not recommend eating there any longer

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You can order delivery directly from Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill using the Order Online button. Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 277-7300.

Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill is rated 4.5 stars by 3853 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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