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Legal Sea Foods

43 Boylston St, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467-1719
+1 617-277-7300
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good38%
  • Average22%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“clam chowder” (27 reviews)
“seafood” (65 reviews)
“baked scrod” (7 reviews)
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American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
43 Boylston St, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467-1719
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I made a reservation at ten pm two weeks ahead of time , they called me few hours before it saying that the kitchen closes at ten ( so why did you accept people then!) The restaurant was not full, they gave me a bad...More

Thank Mayoos
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

What happened to Legal? It isn’t quite the same as it used to be. Not nearly as reliable as before. We were however recently surprised by the quality at Legal C at Legacy Place.....I wish the Berkowitz Family would consider adding one of these in...More

Thank nancy f
Reviewed 20 December 2017

Did not live up to memories and expectations. Service was excellent and the location offers plenty of parking but the food was overpriced and underwhelming. They list their fried clams as "petite" and they certainly were: we've had much larger, tastier, and less expensive fried...More

Thank Gordon D
Reviewed 4 December 2017

Whenever I travel to the Boston area, one of the MUST places to dine is Legal Seafood. My wife and I ate at the Chestnut Hill branch several weeks ago. I can honestly say, Legal's serves the best baked scrod I have ever eaten! Cooked...More

Thank Jim B
Reviewed 2 December 2017

Best Clam Chowder I've had so far.Get the bowl. Very filling, Everything else I've had is good but not great.

Thank S K
Reviewed 2 December 2017

We go to Legal 2-3 times per month, so we are regulars. Just about everything on the menu is great - fresh seafood, very high quality, and delicious.

Thank traveler1567
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

Dependable and reasonably healthy fresh seafood. Decent selection of wine at fair prices. Efficient friendly service.

Thank joel r
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Legal has become synonymous with seafood, and its clam "chowda seems to have become the standard against which all other New England renditions are measured. We were looking for a restaurant that we knew would be a safe bet for my parents, and we were...More

Thank Boarding_Group_4
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

Was getting in rather late from Denver and asked a family member to make a reservation close to their house in Newton. Hadn’t been to Legal for a couple of years and wondered if they had succumb to the pressure of their growth. Made a...More

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 24 October 2017

at a time when the fishing industry is in a bit of a crisis Legal keeps sourcing great fish, lobster and serves it up in a classy setting.

Thank joan g
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, 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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