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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 good36%
  • Average23%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“chowder” (23 reviews)
“seafood” (63 reviews)
“lobster bake” (6 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 5 days ago

A great lunch for fifty bucks or less, if you wish. Nice location with good parking out back (parking in front is difficult). What you would expect of Legal Seafood

Thank g0ldengut
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here for a family lunch recently and enjoyed a good meal. The crab cake appetizer was loaded with delicious crab meat and accompanied by a good selection of salad greens. The crab cake could have been hotter as it was tepid but hunger...More

Thank EPR12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The back patio was the best part of our experience. We found the food rather tired. The fish and chips the fish was overcooked and fried onions on top stringy and tasteless. The batter was better than expected, but fish inside real mush. For the...More

Thank savvysolo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were in Boston to attend a college reunion and couldn't let an opportunity go by to dine at Legal Seafoods. It is always wonderful and I eat fresh seafood and Legal prides itself on serving fresh seafood. We normally do not...More

Thank chuckbianco
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lunch was packed out due to graduation rush. Service and food was excellent as always. Regulars here are mostly residents and nothing stops them coming here... walkers wheelchairs and oxygen tanks abound.... and the effort is worth it. This place never disappoints, excellent crab cake,...More

Thank honestbetty2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here many times over the years and I have to say I feel the standards at this Legal have slipped. We sometimes get a good meal, but the consistency isn't where it used to be. I've been served brownish broccoli and generally...More

Thank swelch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Oysters on the half were amazing. Also the salmon rice bowl. Seafood casserole was a bit heavy, but cheesy creamy and delicious. Excellent rolls - warm with butter. Service was good, but slow with special requests. Bananas foster was very good. Overall great food and...More

Thank laurieh587
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Hadn't been to Legal in in a few years - and can probaly do that again. Nothing wrong with the food - ordinary fare. Lobster roll overflowing but lacked tasted and was chewy. Seafood stew very good. Service slow. Prices high.

Thank mpd
Reviewed 27 April 2017

One of the first restaurants to offer a wide array of gluten-free options. Great fried clams, fish of all kinds, great french fries, great salads, gluten-free beer.

Thank Bob L
Reviewed 22 April 2017 via mobile

I've been eating at Legal for 30 years and have had dozens of meals at many locations. As usual the food and service at the Chestnut Hill location were excellent. We had a strange experience with our seating. We with a friend who is clearly...More

Thank MB747
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
  • E-mail
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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