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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 good34%
  • Average23%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“chowder” (23 reviews)
“seafood” (62 reviews)
“baked scrod” (6 reviews)
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43 Boylston St, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467-1719
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Reviews (245)
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Reviewed 4 days 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 5 days 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 1 week ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 22 April 2017

went to legal last night with a party of about 10. the food, in general, is good, but i don't think it lives up to its reputation. the chowder is excellent, and the decor is what you'd expect, but i didn't hear anyone say "wow"....More

Thank dominicandandy35805
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Our last dinner in Boston was at Legal Sea Foods, we were looking forward to it. We had a variety of fish, scallops, crab and fish and it was all quite tasty and fresh. However, my husband's order was cold, and although they did bring...More

Thank MineBM
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

I have been going here a lot lately because I am guaranteed great food, good quality, and service with a smile. I love the fish and oysters here but a favorite is the shrimp cocktail. They are huge, exceedingly fresh, and cleaned. I try to...More

Thank happydolphin123
Reviewed 17 April 2017

For many, many years the Legal Sea Food chain has set the standard for fish dining in the Boston area. However, our recent visit was unexpectedly disappointing. My fish and chips were overly salty and I think they skimped on the gin in my gin...More

Thank GranZorro
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Dinner at Legal Sea Foods is something of an event, for my family. The experience is right at the junction of fine dining and seeing how the other half lives. By that I mean that I feel like I'm just-good-enough to feel welcome in a...More

Thank billkuhlman
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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, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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.