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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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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good38%
  • Average22%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“clam chowder” (30 reviews)
“seafood” (67 reviews)
“baked scrod” (7 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
43 Boylston St, The Street Chestnut Hill, Newton, MA 02467-1719
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Legal Seafood was once the place that you would steer out of town guests for great seafood but something changed over the last few years. The service and quality of the food have both gotten worse. Tonight I went there for dinner with my wife...More

Thank Paul M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to Legal Sea Foods for years. The best and freshest seafood ever. You had to sometimes wait an hour for a seat but it was worth the wait. The food was cooked so well and I never had to send a...More

Thank HVMA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined here for dinner with family members on a weekend night. No issue getting a table without a reservation. We had broiled seafood dishes. They were very tasty, not "fishy". Service was good, but not overly attentive. Overall, it was a nice experience,

Thank sej60
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Upscale environment melds with the freshest of seafood. The wait staff took great care of us, and the food came out quickly and done to perfection. Their clam chowder was the best I’ve had in a long time. I’ll make a side trip to go...More

Thank Deb O
Reviewed 4 February 2018

We had around 10 people for dinner - which was fabulous - help was great - and everything was 100%. Try it.

Thank angel8730
Reviewed 4 February 2018

I met up with my cousin from California here and he loved it. So did I . My family and I come here often and they are running Shrimp specials now and I ordered my Grilled Shrimp. My cousin ordered the platter with the clam...More

Thank Rostam
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Need to Legal a couple of times now, good service, tasty food. A very consistent experience. Server forgot my clam chowder, packed it up to go and took it off my bill. I was quite surprised.

Thank Paul K
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

definitely the best fish around but seemed a bit of an off night by a usually almost always wonderful Legal Seafoods. chick g it up to a new years eve issue but meal came out within two minutes of salad and appetizers.... but food was...More

Thank slitel
Reviewed 1 January 2018

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 20 December 2017 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
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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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
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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