Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market
Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-legal-harborside-floor-1
  • Phone: 6174772900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday:
    11am - 11pm

    Friday - Saturday:
    11am - 12am

    Market Hours:
    Daily 10am - 9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Silver Line Way (Silver Line)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: With validation valet parking is available for $16 Monday-Friday from 7am-close and Saturday-Sunday from 11am-close. Or, with our validation, self-park at a $2/hr discount for up to 2 hours in the Park Lane Garage. The Massport parking lot at 301 Northern Avenue is available by Credit Card only starting at $4.00 for 0-1 hours, $8.00 for 1-2 hours, $14.00 for 2-3 hours, $18.00 for 3-4 hours, and $28.00 for 4+hours.
A word from Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market
The first floor hull of Legal Harborside is a nod to Legal Sea Foods’ heritage, a fish market opened in 1950 in Inman Square, Cambridge that expanded in 1968 into a no-frills restaurant where guests sat on picnic tables.

Here you'll enjoy a casual menu of seafood favorites with a twist as well as shareable plates, pastas and pizzas made to order in an open kitchen. Choose to eat at one of the picnic tables for an authentic throwback experience or grab a seat at the oyster bar and watch the shuckers at work (up to 14 varieties of oysters are offered daily). Opt instead for the large elliptical bar where both wine and local beers are on tap or request patio seating, along Boston's HarborWalk. Other highlights include a "catch and release" trout pond and a retail market, with a fish monger on site, that offers fresh seafood, takeout and grab and go. Named a “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire, 2011.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market reviews from OpenTable diners
620 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (528)great for outdoor dining (455)great for lunch (238)good for groups (212)hot spot (192)special occasion (186)vibrant bar scene (177)fit for foodies (146)kid-friendly (104)neighborhood gem (87)romantic (84)great for brunch (68)late-night find (52)notable wine list (51)Show More
  • Give Yourself a Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Food great but one click under the Chestnut Hill Legals. Perhaps because the baked stuffed lobster that we love was not on the menu but they prepared it for us. Many times if you go off menu the food is not exactly as you expected. That said, the entire experience was wonderful. Deck seating on the waterfront on a balmy day, very attentive service, and very good food. What better end of summer experience could one wish for!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This place has everything you need. Outdoor tables on the waterfront, great roof top bar. Fantastic food and lovely staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to take out-of-towners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great place to take out-of-towners. Making the reservation I asked for, and received, an excellent table just inside the glass partition onto the outside deck (first floor dining room). The view and vibe were great. Everyone enjoyed their food except that my son was surprised at the price of the special (essentially fried fish on top of potato salad) At $26.95, it was $5-$10 more than average entree. Portuguese stew needed more kick for my taste, and shrimp in it were overcooked. The other dishes--the scrod, the regular salmon, the puttanesca pasta, bluefish pate, oysters--were all terrific and fresh. Appreciated extra crostini and rolls and the Italian wine festival recommendation. Parking in the area is very difficult.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dining Al Fresco
    albathe1st
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Summer is a short season in Boston! Until the first snowflake falls we take every opportunity to dine al fresco whenever possible and Legal Harborside is one of our favorites not only for their fresh seafood but specifically for their location. Even if you can't snag one of their deck-side tables (20 ft or so from a cabin cruiser or sailboat that might just be stopping by) all diners have an uninterrupted view of the water and the boat traffic out in the harbor. With the restaurant's vast windows slid wide open no matter where you're seated you've got a deck-side water view. There is nothing like sipping a cold, dry martini while cracking open a large plate of King Crab Legs with friends on a sunny Sunday at Legal Harborside > oh yeah:)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dick
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was a very disappointing dining experience. Not up to Legal standards ,and we can compare since we dine in the Burlington Legal almost weekly. Food was terrible,service extremely slow and harried, and seating unruly to accommodate 75 % tourists as many crammed in as possible. WE will never return there again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better lunch options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I was disappointed to see not as many lunch options on the lunch menu. I think they should offer the same menu at lunch as they do at dinner, just smaller portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Spot for Pre-Concert Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went here before a concert at the Blue Hills Pavilion. Three of us sat outside on the first floor and shared a bottle of wine, several appetizers and one entree while looking at the harbor, boats coming in, etc. The server was attentive. Great spot for lunch or dinner on a nice day. One note--get a reservation far in advance. We had to take a time that was much earlier than we wanted even calling 4 days ahead--but it was probably due to there being a concert that night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legal seafood
    Ba4dinner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fantastic location with a great view of the harbor. Really good food and service. A little bit noisy, but everything else makes up for that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Forget Lobster Mac & Cheese
    xcntrydiners
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We took out of town guests to Legal at the Seaport after a lifetime of good dinning at their various restaurants. Fortunately, everyone had a wonderful lunch on the deck except me. I don't know what happened to my Lobster Mac & Cheese, but there was no cheese. There was just a flavorless cream sauce with the macaroni and the lobster, Fortunately, the lobster was great and plentiful, so I just ate that. I didn't want to cause fuss with our guests there, so I just let it go. As I said, all the other food was good, so 3 stars instead of one or two.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Boston bash
    Troutsontour
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A great Boston institution and a guarantee of good food and good American service. Great oyster selection. Good pace of service, great drinks selection. What's not to like? I'll be back.........
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    bermudaonionVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A regular. Only complaint... Who wants to go back to work after such a wonderful and relaxing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Henryser
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is one of our favorite spots in Boston. We like everything about this restaurant. This visit was a family get together of 9. Everyone was pleased. The wild sock eye salmon was one of the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad wait service , great ambiance
    Wags
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Waiter was terrible, only came to check on us once and no personality. Ambiance and scenery were great although we went there so we could hear the music next door at the pavipion and the music in the restaurant was way too loud and we couldn't hear over it. Food was just average.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Book way ahead
    LisaOnVacation
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Reservations here fill up fast we booked over a month ago.. table was ready, food was great, and a nice wine list.. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Donotgohere
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    As always, the food and service are great at this scenic location!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration with friends
    Dragonfly
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I requested a nice table since my party of 4 friends were celebrating our birthdays, it was awesome. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and also very attentive . The food and drinks were wonderful and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch
    Lgherec
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Enjoyed lunch with my husband and son beautiful setting on water nice breeze. Fried clams and Scallop platter were delicious. Service was good. would definitely return. convenient to seaport hotels and convention center.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Fine and convenient dining with a breath taking view. It was super easy to make a reservation for my whole department and the parking across the street was reasonable. The whole team raved about the food and how amazing the view was. Floor 1 has a great atmosphere. Thanks!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • legal
    rondo4
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great great greater the best bet for your money you will love it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • attentive staff solid food
    glam
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    What else could you need from a place ? Everything was fresh and delicious and i always had water.waiter was all over us and very good about explaining everything on the menu
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fromme2you
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were able to get a reservation through Open Table the day before and made a request for a table by the harbor window. The table was ready when we arrived and we had a great view of the boats on Boston Harbor. The waitress was great. I told her that the Big Bowl salad with shrimp sounded good but I was dying for lobster. "No problem! We can do that." It was delicious. My husband got the white clam pizza. The clams were plentiful and the cheese melted off in drizzles over the arugula. We were both happy with our generous portions and enjoyed a second glass of wine instead of dessert!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner with view of ocean!
    Kenmore534VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I loved sitting with the doors open and having the indoor/outdoor feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went in to legal for my moms birthday and it couldnt have been more wonderful! The service was fantastic and they really made us feel special! Plus the food was amazing..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outdoor great view & Good food
    Pbocca
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Outdoor great view & Good food, excellent oyster choice , the food was perfectly cooked and nicely presented , the service it's good, fast and accurate. The ambience it's amazing if you are sit outside (beautiful scenic view on the harbor) but if you are sit inside..... noise noise noise. Anyway, i highly recommend Legal Harborside - Floor 1
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RichC
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had an excellent meal with very friendly and attentive service. The view of the Boston harbor is a definite plus. The restaurant is all hard surfaces so it was very loud, which I guess qualifies for the "energetic" plus rating. A wonderful choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fixyourtacos
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Will always be a Legal's fan. However, due to the high volume of Harborside, they employ a person to go around and electronically moniotr the progress of each table so as to help determine availability etc...Was very disconcerning and made you feel rushed. In my opinion, totally took away from the "legal" experience so many of us have enjoyed in the past. Our sever was good and we had a problem with one meal and it was completely and quickly taken care of. Both server and food a great plus our opinion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Family Celebration
    ogttravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We came to Legal Harborside for a celebration dinner with 14 family members for our daughter's graduation from Wentworth that took place next door at the pavilion. The Harborside staff made this special day with three generations of family members a truly outstanding family celebration. Santiago went out of his way to care for every member of our party with outstanding service. The food and drink were fabulous, the menu has something for everyone, and the view and open air feeling was wonderful. thank you for making this special day even more special.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Saturday was our 40th anniversary we had a great lunch outside the view was great the weather was great the day was just great!!! When we told Holly {our server} it was our anniversary she just went out of her way to make the day special. Would recommend Legal Harbor side
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great summer lunch spot!
    Puggeroni
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Nothing better on a sunny summer Saturday than sitting dockside, sipping one of their creative cocktails or sangria and enjoying oysters from the raw bar (always a great selection from local waters in addition to some west coast favorites). Try the fried calamari with lemons, hot peppers and scallions, and also the highly addictive tempura green beans with harissa aoli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic seafood - the best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Back again, and didn't disapoint, this time we didn't make the mistake of ordering too much! The seafood raw platter is simpply HUGE, fantastic and fresh! Legal Seafood is our first destination when we return to Boston. The buzz is exciting, the view superb, service great, what more? BOOK IT NOW! There is a smart suchi bar on top floor and restaurant in the middle, but we prefer the 1st floor market place, website gives all the menus.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Really enjoyable dinner,all food was excellent.Good wine choices.Some special requests for changes to the menu item was Absolutly no problem.Our table was outside with a fabulous view of the boats coming and going.Cant wait to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • waterfront view & excellent dining
    Riverside
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    3 of us went and we absolutely loved it. Cocktails were great and the restaurant was open spaced to the water and you could feel the nice breeze coming in. We had lobster roll sandwich, entire lobster and lobster pot pie for our entrees. For our appetizer we had crab pizza and calamari and all of it was excellent. We would definitely go again. Make a reservation....it was pretty packed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent and relaxing lunch
    familymom
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A very nice time at Legal Seafood Harborside! Lovely setting near the water. We enjoyed the view and we all loved what we ordered and the waiter was great. Everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place
    greatdiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great place to enjoy a snack if you are a seafood lover! Negative point, I'm from Canada, and the server didn't want to serve me alcool, even with a valid government ID showing i'm 25 years old... Saying she needed to see my passport... Disapointing, but overall experience was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and View=Great; Noise=Loud
    RestaurantPickins
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    In maybe 30 years of dining at Legal Seafoods I can't remember having a bad meal, or bad service. The company and management always do a fine job of keeping everything consistent— whether it's fried clams (yum) buffalo shrimp, or those rolls! Legal's may not always be the hippest, but it never, ever disappoints. Harborside has the advantage of being a beautiful restaurant overlooking the water. It is truly a marvel to sit in, and whether sunny or rainy, the room is a character at your meal. A very very loud character! This is not the place for a quiet, romantic interlude, but if you want to be lost in the crowd, dry from the rain, or someplace great with your loud family, you could not do better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best mussels!!
    happydiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I enjoy steamed mussels, and the typical preparation with white wine and some garlic is delicious, however, we tried the mussels at Legal Harborside, and they were out of this world! An unusual preparation with curry, garlic, pineapple, and tomato! This was creative and the most delicious dish I have ever had at Legal. Try it and you will not be disappointed! Also dip your rolls into the soup that remains and you have a meal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stowngal
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Went here at 5 pm (had a boat to catch) and were able to find a table. Come later and you will wait. More diverse menu than other Legals. Excellent service. However, requested terrace table and were seated just inside the doors. Turned out to be more comfortable, out of the wind; a better choice in the end. View not quite as spectacular (a narrow view bracketed by piers) as Daily Catch but better food. Your choice!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food - Good Service
    Willbback
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Had the wild Pacific Salmon over salad special, The server was attentive but not a pest.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect place to celebrate!
    Amauta
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday! Perfect place! Small list of choices at the bar but all very good and very nicely presented. Fantastic view!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect summer dining spot
    NTBDL
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We ate on the first floor and asked for a table as close to the water as possible. It was a busy Sunday summer evening and we were seated right next to the outdoor seating area, so we had a wonderful view of the harbor. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed our food and the atmosphere tremendously. there was a concert next door but we couldn't really hear the music, just the beat of the drums because of the noise in the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.