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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

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$31 to $50
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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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.5based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Our server was great. The hostess/ check in process was PAINFUL. Please amend this.

Also was not made aware of the EXTREMELY limited menu. 1 vegetarian option...

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great lunch as always. Server was very nice and accommodating. Only surprise is why are the salt n pepper shakes on the table when everything is suppose to be off the table during COVID.

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viplsss
New England
61 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just wonderful to return to Legals for their food and ambiance. Even though it’s a limited menu at this time, the chowdah and lobstah were primo!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and so happy they have reopened.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Limited menu. Nothing without seafood. Went with a friend who likes seafood. Usually I can something else. No options. Service was slow. Nice view and great drinks. Would not recommend right now unless you love limited seafood options

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vipEatAnddrinkoutoften
New England
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice job Legal. You were our first in restaurant dining experience since the pandemic. We picked a late lunch when it was very quiet and you did an excellent job. Thank you.

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BettyC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Quality of food needs improvement. Service is great.
Good central location to Boston

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Larry
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly waitress! Terrific service! Excellent food!

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VictoriaF
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Legal always has good food, but it is a bit pricey. They were offering a significantly reduced menu when we went, but I think they were going to be building it out in early July. Overall, we were very happy with our meal.

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vipGwennS
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Not ready for Co-vid. Very limited menu, poor system. Utensils thrown at you. Did not seem to have thought through the needs of this co-vid world.

Too bad, maybe they will get better in time

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vipporlier
New England
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Server very helpful with wine we wanted.

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RichardG
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went the second day that the restaurant could have indoor dining. The food as always was very good; disappointed that they ran out of more than a few items on their limited menu.

Our waitress was excellent; came to us when we need something and brought drinks and food as soon as they were ready.

I like the atmosphere at this Legal's Seafood; it's far better than the Legal C in Legacy Place.

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GayleD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Even though we are still dining cautiously with tables moved or occupied only every 6ft, we had a very enjoyable dinner. The menu is quite limited compared to pre-pandemic. But the offerings were good. Unfortunately french fries and cold slaw are the only sides offered, but you eat what you want and not the rest. The service was good and we felt safe the entire time we were at the restaurant. Please use a reservation so that you can eat when you want without having to wait in a line.

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vipJudithN
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch and happy to be there.Food was fresh and delicious.Waitress was friendly and helpful.

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vipSweetpea
New England
122 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was usual high quality. Didn’t have the best server this time.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The often eat at the Logan airport Legals. This was a great test to have the full menu, great service and an amazing view. We will plan to eat at the chestnut Hill location again!

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vipLINS
New England
26 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the nicest server, she was so patient with us all! Our food was delicious- everyone was happy. And they are always so accommodating to my wanting vegetables, in place of the rice or potato.
Thank you for another great meal and relaxing time!!

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vipMaria
New England
40 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great seafood in a wonderful suburban location. I love the selection of oysters. Had the rainbow trout which was bland, but a little salt did the trick. Spouse had the tuna steak and he really like that.

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Joanie
New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this restaurant, staff is very nice and we come here often

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vipRachelS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

One of the worst meals out that I can remember. Scallops were overcooked, as were the vegetables. Too much grease on everything, even on the grilled food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were on vacation and we’re looking for a nice place to eat. The food was outstanding the bar was excellent and the service was excellent ! could not of been better

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resident
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Menu hasn't changed for a long time but the recipes seem to have been changed for the worse. The service was terribly slow, 10-12 minutes to be offered water/rolls and another 10 minutes to receive. Kids meals were overtaken by the spicy breading used (not good for kids). French fries taste like cardboard! What happened to the quality?

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Yummy
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Waiter excellent. Food always excellent.
Noise level challenging.

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BeantownFoody
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the food service and ambience

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vipSusie18
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service, and comfy booth seating that was great for conversation.

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vipkeithm
New England
247 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food over all this time was much better than the last time we were here.we started with the lobster bisque and the Rhode island style calamari. Both were very good. They seem to be changing some of the ingredients a little. The bisque wild quite good did have more flavor reminiscent of a canned bisque. Being in the food industry it's pretty easy to tell when something's no longer made from scratch! There was enough Sherry and also added lobster, but the lobster flavor was not really that evident I think they need to use a better stock rather than buying it elsewhere. The calamari was good. Fresh & crispy just enough.they seem to be using less batter which is a good thing because that tended to get quite soggy and greasy. For our mains we had Gray sole, and Anne's baked cod which was very good. Portions were very decently sized and there just wasn't quite enough room for dessert! Price came out to about $90 which was about right. Overall a very decent meal.

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vipEileenM
New England
195 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The shrimp taco was served on a grilled, hard tortilla. The texture is unpleasant. I didn't send it back because the portion was large enough for me to just eat around it. Rethink that taco.

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Jean
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the cod, squash and spinach and it was outstanding. Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection. Our waitress was attentive and helpful with describing menu.

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vipsneezeme
New England
45 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lobster dinner 2 for $29 special for leap day great deal but though slaw was a bit oniony and corn over cooked but the place was packed and line at the door
Prefer lobster roll but lobsters were delicious !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
37 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nine of us had a terrific time. Many of us took advantage of the double lobster special and were not disappointed. One member of our party is a vegetarian and needs to be on a gluten-free diet so had a nice salad and veggie sides. Another member of our party does not eat fish so had chicken and roasted vegetables. Those who drank enjoyed our drinks as well. Our server was friendly and very efficient.

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vipnothingbutnet
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The lobster night should become an annual event rather than every four years.
We would like to see the original smoke salmon app return to the menu as not all of us want the avocado.

Thank you for placing us in the back room - it is much quieter and easier to have a conversation.

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shwaldman
New England
36 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We came for the extra day/extra lobster special. The advertisement stated a choice of two sides. We were informed by our server that there was no choice—cole slaw and corn on the cob only. Disappointed, we paid extra for fries and onion strings, both of which were lukewarm. The calamari and cauliflower apps were tasty.

Our server was not having a cheery day. He asked if he could bring anything else and then seemed annoyed when we said yes —lemon and mayo. And extra napkins! Nothing difficult or untoward.

Cocktails were good—especially the Tito’s cranberry burst!

We did not stay for coffee and dessert, preferring a more relaxed atmosphere.

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BAHBAH
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing lobster and chowder ... enjoyed the wine flight too!

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viplivetoeat
New England
104 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Our reservation was on 2/29 where we took advantage of the special--2 lobsters for $29.00. As one can imagine, it was pretty crazy! We enjoyed the lobsters and are grateful for the special offer. Legal is consistently good in its offerings.

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vipNeighbor
New England
66 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

You excellent deal. 2 lobsters for$29. Thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the evening. Service a little rocky. Not enough attention when needed but otherwise ok

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a nice expensive

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Legal Sea Foods!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
76 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was twin lobster leap year day and fabulous. Service was fabulous. Food delish. Best cocktails.

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vipRickR
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bartenders in Chestnut Hill are the best !

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vipSandraA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

We had a great table and came for the lobster specials. All the food served was Luke warm. My friends lobster did not look like the other 3 at the table but the waitress argued with us and didn’t do anything. We had 4 guest and got two butters we had to ask for more it took a while. Fries and rice were on the house but the rice was as old as the day is long and cold. It was mediocre at best.

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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 277-7300.

Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill is rated 4.5 stars by 3467 OpenTable diners.

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