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Legal Sea Foods, Chestnut Hill Bar - Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill, MA
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Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

4.5
4.5
4314 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 277-7300

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Taylor DeLeo and Liz Finlay: (888) 905-3570

  • Neighborhood

    Chestnut Hill

  • Cross street

    Route 9 and Hammond Street

  • Parking details

    Land a parking spot in the rear lot right in front of our door.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 4,314 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston Suburbs

    Most Booked

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  1. H

    Holly

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, and the food was delicious!
  2. p

    prcpam

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Too hot!! Should have turned up the air conditioning in this weather!!
  3. m

    marcig

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Good summer menu with choices ranging from light bites to full meals. Great place to meet friends and family.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    96 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    96 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Nothing about our meal was right. Though I made the reservation weeks ago and requested seating in the bar AND called to inside out seating, e were seated in the main dining area. Our waiter, though sweet, was inexperienced. We had to repeat our drink order several times and still did not get it exactly as ordered…no olives, no Shaker ice. Our dinner arrived in pieces. The rolls has spent too long in the warmer and we’re hard. Two of our orders arrived and twenty minutes later a third. The fourth arrived another ten minutes later and was wrong. After another twenty minutes, our friend gave up. He took the meal home with him. We had to ask for those two dinners to be comped. In fact the entire meal was ruined and should have been comped but shame on us for not asking. The manger did give us two desserts, but honestly Legal is not legal any longer. We wish they’d get their act together.
  5. A

    Anago

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had the Morocan Swordfish, the Haddock and the Mexican Street Cod. All were well prepared and tasty. As an appetizer we shared the Bang Bang Cauliflower and Green Beans, always a favorite. We ended with Key lime pie. Service was very good. Adecuate noise level that allowed a good conversation.
  6. MR

    MaggieR

    New England

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as always !
  7. L

    Lemondrop

    New England

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    The food was average, but not exceptional. This is not the Legal Sea Foods of the past. Made a reservation, expecting a nice table, but were led to the smallest, least desirable table in the restaurant. And the poor family next to us were seated next to a garbage can and brooms. Not a nice way to treat your guests!
  8. SF

    SFT12

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    We love this restaurant!! But, for some reason, my wife’s fried scallops and fries were soggy and undercooked. We haven’t had a bad experience here, so we can let this one pass. We’ll be back!!!!
  9. W

    Wila

    New England

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We got 3 “starters” for two people instead of gettin 2 entrees. Good amount of food - excellent tasting. Service was excellent as well.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Waitress was taking way too long to come to our table every time.
  11. NG

    NancyG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Salad accompanying my crab cake was wilted and skimpy. Otherwise all good
  12. MD

    MikeD

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Legal is always good, consistent quality. Highly recommended.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Loved the bang bang cauliflower appetizer! I ordered the lobster Mac n cheese and it was unexpected. Just a big blob of very cheesy Mac n cheese on top of a. Open faced lobster with not a ton of losbster. The Mac and cheese was fairly tasteless and the lobster that was at the bottom was just drenched in goopy cheese. Heavy and not good. Also asked for a white wine spritzer and was told it needed to be a rose spritzer. Strange and sweet concoction which I wasn’t in the mood for. Server brought us our check without asking if we wanted anything else like coffee or dessert. Odd.
  14. G

    George

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is great!
  15. a

    ab12

    London

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Celebrated a birthday with a friend out on the deck. Great service - very attentive, but allowed us time to talk and catch up without rushing the order. Highly recommend the Wellfleet oysters, tuna poke app and key lime pie. Delish!
  16. AW

    AndiW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Legal Seafoods in Chestnut Hill never disappoints. The atmosphere is great and the food consistently fresh and well prepared. YUM
  17. RW

    RobertW

    Hawaii

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Legal's Chestnut Hill always provides excellent seafood cuisine with top notch service.
  18. ML

    MarL

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Really appreciated being seated outside on the patio in the shade. Our server was wonderful and most helpful. He was timely and helped with extra water, lemons, and came without being asked to check on us. A wonderful lunch experience.
  19. LI

    LINS

    New England

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another wonderful visit Legal Seafoods! Our server was so kind and accommodating. We were not rushed and all was delicious. We will be back soon, thank you.
  20. BS

    BethS

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had lunch to celebrate our anniversary. Food was outstanding, and service was the same! Thank you to Legal Seafoods for making our day special!
  21. AS

    AlanS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clam chowder remains terrific. Server was attentive, professional, pleasant. Did not hover or rush us but made sure we had what we needed--especially a second order of rolls.
  22. J

    Jack

    New England

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love their swordfish and sides. Great cocktails. Service was friendly and professional.
  23. B

    Burnnurse

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very good experience for lunch at the Chestnut Hill Legal Seafood. We were seated in the lounge with the huge windows making the space feel very open. The food and service were both exceptional and all four of us had a great time. The prices were pretty reasonable concerning the way everything costs now days.
  24. MM

    MaryellenM

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food. Expensive!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great time on the outdoor patio.
  26. MT

    MehmetT

    Nashville

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Fish were charred and the service was slow. I would not come to the same location again
  27. RK

    RoniK

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I ordered fried haddock. It arrived slimy and undercooked. Waiter replaced with over fried dried out piece of haddock. Waiter replaced it again with salty fishy tasting haddock. Awful. Awful. Awful.
  28. A

    Aimster

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very enjoyable to dine on the rooftop terrace as the sun was setting. The food was plentiful during delicious. My salmon special with couscous was very good
  29. S

    Sammie

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently excellent seafood....fresh, prepared flawlessly, and special requests honored with genuine diner's satisfaction a priority.
  30. I

    Iball

    New England

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Bar staff, as always, are attentive and friendly and efficient at managing a big crowd. The sushi is delicious and good sized portion. Oysters are ice cold and good value. Trout was juicy and amazing.
  31. M

    lizM

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had excellent server named Emily. Very attevntive Great table, delightful lunch This was written for Legals Harborside Monday lunch Also had great dinner at Legals Chestnut Hill on Sunday night!
  32. RL

    RobertL

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    All excellent AC not working well
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great they want me to lengthen my review but all I can say was that it was great
  34. PR

    PeggyR

    New England

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We lunched in the glass enclosed lounge. Light and bright and we were able to stay cool despite the heatwave. Fried shrimp platter, Fish sandwich, and Salmon BLT were delicious! Lunch meal portions were just enough and allowed us to take home some leftovers.
  35. RB

    RBDNewton

    New England

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience1
    I notice a definite decline. The service was excellent though. We were seated indoors, next to the window to the outdoor section- 1. It was right near where the busboys stack plastic crates and glasses and in view of a register of sorts. The bus boys kept walking past us with stacks of bins that I had to keep ducking away from- not their fault, there were dong their job- but customers should NOT be seated there, looking at garbage cans, storage and in a high traffic area for staff 2. I had to watch at least 2 MICE scurry around the outdoor area (where no one was seated, thankfully). The place was NOT full so I'm not sure why we were seated in this terrible spot. Most of the food, with the exception of the mussels, was below average. The shrimp scampi was overcooked and rubbery, the rice pilaf somehow was dry and tasted like a box mix, the broccoli au gratin was a gloopy, low quality product I never would have associated with Legal Seafood. The scallops were average, but on the side of over cooked. For $140 for 3 people (with no alcohol), I was really disappointed. I won't be returning to whatever this new iteration of Legal is. I had been to this location several times in the past and the food was always top-notch. This was a really expensive, poorly executed meal. But again, the service was excellent. Our waitstaff still provided the top notch level of service I had experienced in the past- and it wasn't their fault that they had to serve this disappointing meal.
  36. C

    Corco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food and drink are consistently good and the ambiance of the Chestnut Hill location is stunning. Despite having an early evening reservation for a small going away gathering, we were asked to wait quite some time, in an empty restaurant, while the hostess team debated where to put us. With that said, once seated, our table server was wonderful and went above and beyond to help our group of 8 level out a table that had some serious balance issues and met all of our requests with a smile and "of course." All in all it was a fine experience, not stellar, and a little surprising based on previous excellent experiences. I do hope this was just an off night for the hostessing team.
  37. S

    Sandra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place us clean, Happy hour was perfect timing for us
  38. NA

    NAna

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience2
    The hostess was absolutely rude. She had to have the final word and kept insisting I was wrong. At the end she was nice in a passive aggressive way. Great way to start our meal. We watched our food sit under warmers for 20 mins while our waitress finalized 3 tables’ bills (including those brought to her while we watched our food still sitting there) and took 2 new orders. We finally asked for our food and waited 5 more mins. She was nice and was working hard - they are clearly short staffed and we understand that. Wedge salads had huge amounts of salmon on it for some reason (no thanks). Didn’t bother asking for new ones bc it would have taken 30 mins. Food was cold and mediocre. The waitress was nice. Didn’t bother with dessert.
  39. E

    Ernie

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Acknowledged our 1st Anniversary. It was a nice touch, classy. Thank you!
  40. JB

    JBtable

    New England

    130 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Friendly staff. Outdoor seating. Fresh & tasty seafood and great value

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill using the Order Online button. Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill also 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 4314 OpenTable diners.

Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 70 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill

55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Route 9 and Hammond Street

  • Neighborhood

    Chestnut Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Land a parking spot in the rear lot right in front of our door.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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