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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%
Travellers talk about
“clam chowder” (25 reviews)
“seafood” (64 reviews)
“scrod” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
43 Boylston St, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467-1719
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I went on a busy weekend night and was disappointed the fish selection was sold down to a few fish. It was a long wait, and sadly the staff overcooked my fish and my friends lobster. The suburban location is not as good as other...More

Thank fifi474
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First, I must start by saying that Legal Sea Foods is the best chain restaurant. They are not a chain like Uno's or Chilis but since there are locations in multiple states, we will call it a chain. Whenever, you visit a LSF, you are...More

Thank TheHumanVern
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a vegan – so you're thinking, "Why is she going to Legal?" Sometimes you gotta' do what you gotta' do – like make the rest of your party happy. I was templed by the tofu stir fry in a box, but beware! There's fish...More

Thank RJvacations
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the second Legal Sea Foods I have experienced. As with the first, food is good, service is good, prices are reasonable. Seating is comfortable. Good size portions, good variety on the menu.

1  Thank emptynesters1985
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I wanted good dining to suit our particular choices. We wanted seafood, but no shellfish. I wanted vegetables, but no green veggies. Legal came through with the best dining experience for us, lots of selections and choices on there menu. We had...More

1  Thank Louis H
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had a couples lunch today. When we approached the Hostesses one young lady didn't greet us she just said follow me. She walked us to a table, handed us our menus and mumbled something to the effect of enjoy your meal. I doubt she...More

Thank reith20
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

Its really difficult to get really fresh fish. This place excels. The prep is good but not that imaginative. The decor and ambience is terrific, if you are over 55 or more. It is large, fuddy duddy, and pretentious. It is cavernous inside. The maitre...More

Thank Capie_Tours
Reviewed 9 August 2017

I was a little disappointed with the quality of the food for the price. I had the King Crab legs and they were served almost cold. Service was great, though.

Thank im_happy60
Reviewed 24 July 2017

Enjoyed another nice meal at Legal Sea Foods in Newton. Reliable and consistent service. Fresh seafood and lots of choices. Good service and food comes quickly. One of our favorite go to places.

Thank MassTraveler
Reviewed 10 July 2017

My family and I ate here for the first time and we really enjoyed our meal. My son even tried crabcakes for the first time and liked them! The food was flavorful but not overseasoned.

Thank emily k
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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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, 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
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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