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 - 10pm

    Friday - Saturday:
    11am - 11pm

    Market Hours:
    Daily 10am - 10pm
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market reviews from OpenTable diners
619 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (517)great for outdoor dining (468)great for lunch (213)good for groups (210)hot spot (194)vibrant bar scene (177)special occasion (167)fit for foodies (148)kid-friendly (101)neighborhood gem (83)romantic (83)great for brunch (57)late-night find (50)notable wine list (48)Show More
  • Dissapointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was dissapointed, nothing special and very expensive.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One little flaw
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I was taken aback by the fact that I, a non US citizen, have to show my passport in order to be served wine in the restaurant. I fully understand that it is the law but I wish I was informed before hand so that I could be prepared for that. That was one little disappointment in the dining experience. Other than that, everything is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Boston experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our food was great...of course we ordered too much. The view is perfect and gorgeous. The only draw-back was that the first floor was loud and hectic. It was suggested that since we had young people in our party thefirst floor was where we should be. Next time we will go higher. The service was excellent
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience at Legal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Weather was pretty temperate, so siting outside was not a bad decision. Seating on the first floor, inside, is much louder; outside provided great ambiance and a chance to talk without yelling. Service was timely, friendly, and on point. The food was definitely good; price of oysters was great in consideration to other locales nearby. No complaints at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall enjoyed the experience.
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Enjoyed the experience overall. Food was very good. The dining room was too noisy -- it was hard to have a conversation with the people across the table. The service was good, but noticeably slowed as the restaurant became busier. Liked overlooking the harbor at night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    smithfamily
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was good but was still a little hungry after dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad waitress
    Seafoodlover
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    It's too bad our horrible service ruined out night... We waited forever for everything. Great spot to eat on a gorgeous night or daytime
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BethW
    BethW
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was wonderful, the service excellent, the view wonderful. I noticed football was being broadcast in the bars and people seem to be enjoying themselves. Legal Seafood got this restaurant right, very right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good lunch
    MistakeNot
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Had a very pleasant lunch , didn't book but was able to get in very easily for a mid week lunch. Food was very good and the restaurant was able to manage with my partners nut allergy. They were very careful with the food. Service was good and price was reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consitently good food and ambiance.
    esmerelda
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Never been there at night but it is my go to place for waterfront dining in the afternoon for lunch or an early dinner.Food is not fancy but always fresh and great
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    LoveGoodFood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Portuguese stew was very good. Tuna needed something to make it special but was good. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not for foodies
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I've eaten here a bunch of times and more times than not the food is average. This last one was worst yet. Tasteless Kale & Raisin appetizers, horrific scallop dish. Only reason why we went was for the few , oysters (which are good) and sushi (only to find out its only served on the third floor - was this a change??) Probably last visit for me as Legal has shown that it is nothing but another chain as far as food service/quality. Disappointed that I had suggested to colleagues to go there (and they said so as well)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Awesome gluten free menu!!! Helpful server and fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service was it worth the wait?
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was very good but service was way too slow. Had a 5:30 reservation. brought out-of-towners. I was embarrassed as i had recommended the location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is my 4th time at Floor 1 and they seem to break in new staff on this floor. Being brought to a table, I requested a different, and open, table for the same number of people but was refused (kindly). Perhaps that is a penalty for using OpenTable. Food was good. But, unless you're desperate for a reservation as we were, skip Floor 1. It's the tourist trap part of this Legal location.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • meal
    billyo
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    disappointing and over priced lobster roll. server was outstanding we sat outside great views of the harbor
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!
    bjsb163
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great fresh seafood like only Legal can do! Great views of the Harbor and nearby wharfs. It was just a tad chilly and windy to eat outdoors. This was our only disappointment. The entire staff was friendly and welcoming. The menu here varies a bit from the other Legal restaurants which adds to it's appeal. After a cocktail, I had the Baked Haddock with Jasmine rice which was delightful. My dinner companion enjoyed the Fish & Chips. We even indulged in dessert. I was delighted by the classic Boston Creme Pie while my companion had ice cream. Yummy! The decor is well thought out - love the table covers! These suburban Boston folks will be back! It's certainly worth a trip into the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience...small portion.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was my first time sit down experience at Harborside. Good experience overall and will come back. Had the Swordfish salad, thought the portion was a little small but everyone else in my party enjoyed their experience. Would come back but probably order something different.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place with a water view.
    Pariscrew1
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The tables were a little tight for 6. We did sit by the window but all the tables pretty much had a nice view. Service was excellent. Good was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    BackbaydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Legal Seafood is consistently good for seafood, the location at Harborside is lovely, and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to expectations
    Expekthebest
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Being touted as the "flagship" Legal I had high expectations and Legal delivered. The shrimp cocktail comes in a glass jar tossed in cocktail sauce, fresh and delicious! Had the stuffie appetizer and although a bit pricey was really good, need to have some Frank's Red Hot sauce on hand though. We had the fried clams which were very light and clean tasting, void of any grit. The grilled salmon was perfectly cooked and I choose the swiss chard and soba noodle sides which were spot-on. I loved the fact that this combination transported my meal from traditional New England seafood to Asian inspired barioishii!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good time, with excellent food.
    MBCN
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Seven of us had lunch on a Saturday and except for a 15+ minute wait for our table (we had a reservation), all went well. Our server was very attentive and helpful. We shared spreads and bruschettas as starters and they were excellent. We let our server choose the bruschettas and she did an excellent job picking the tuna, braised short ribs, and grilled corn. We were all very happy with our respective luncheon choices. Two of us had one of the specials, which was divine; it consisted of squash ravioli in a cream sauce, along with shrimp, over a bed of spaghetti squash. One of our party was celebrating his birthday and we brought our own cake, which the server put candles on. It was a great time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before a concert
    ella
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Make a reservation or it will be tough to get in before a show. It's a more casual menu than at traditional Legal restaurants. Good drink list and nice selection of oysters. Good service. Recommend the grab meat salad and fish tacos. I've never had anything I didn't enjoy.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointing
    SuzieVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We had dinner on the first floor the other night. The restaurant itself is very nice with beautiful views of the water. The food was quite disappointing. I ordered grilled shrimp that arrived at the table very overcooked, dry, and crispy. Such a simple dish that was ruined! I returned it and was served the dish the way it should have been the first time. The salmon was also very average, at best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • September treat in Boston
    Jordan
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    To me there's nothing better than watching the waterfront at sunset over drinks and seafood. Harborside (first floor) was just what we expected - down-to-earth menu, fresh food, and reasonably priced. The entree plates are basic, and the portions sizes are just right, so you may want to order a first course or side. For our appetizer, we were very happy with a half dozen oysters at the bar before being seated. This was well worth it, especially on a late summer evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally Good Airport Food
    WANYVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Perfect place for a layover or delay. Great bar , excellent seafood with stunning view of runway and bay. Nice place to people watch as well.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I prefer Legal Harborside in Seaport over the others since the menu is much better. Lobster mac & chees, Tuna burger, white clam pizza are my favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After the game
    Ruth
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We were anxious to see this new restaurant that had been built since we moved from South Boston. Beautiful restaurant. Loved the various levels of dining just on the main level.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Lunch
    LegalLunch
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Legal Never disappoints. The food and service were great. It was a little noisy for a business lunch but the atmosphere more than makes up for it
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dineDE1VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Legal Harborside is always a good meal - and the view of the harbor! When in Boston come here. We did late lunch so ambiance was low...no dinner energy or lunch hustle going on - was nice outside but a bit chilly. Server was happy to move us indoors and make recommendations. Wish I could eat here more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I expected!
    fromme2you
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our second trip of the month to Legal was a far cry from the great food we had several weeks ago. The white clam pizza was terrible and the pasta dish was watery and lacked flavor. Maybe there was a new chef? We were very disappointed! I cannot recommend it today.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome location
    tdiddy
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had lunch here, and it took forever to get an outdoor table, even though we had reserved one and there were free tables. Waiter was nice but overwhelmed, so it took a while to get the orders in. Oysters were delicious, so was the turkey burger and my wood fired stove BBQed clams. Views are awesome, so is the beer and wine selection. Lovely place with some service challenges.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Legal Seafood
    BlondieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We're regular diners at Legal Seafood in Chestnut Hill and Natick/Framingham. The Harborside menu is different than the standard suburban Legal Seafoods and viewing the harbor is a treat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice harbor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Had two separate meals here...one out side and one inside...lots of noise inside but great outside during good weather. Wait staff excellent...food wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss with a view
    EatingatLegalsince1969
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    As usual, I enjoyed my Portugese Fish soup, but neither of my guests finished their Crab salad. We wanted to be on the deck, but the tables were full. The inside noise level made conversation very difficult. I am sure they enjoyed the view. Go to eat and look out at the harbor, not socialize.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It is always good to get a table here - great food, wonderful view, vibrant atmosphere. A super place to bring visitors as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to be in Boston
    Runout
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Came for amazing oysters and great lobster. Got both plus a wonderful table outside right on the water. Great waiter who helped with oyster recommendations and helped to crack the lobster when asked. Doesn't get much better than that!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but not a "wow" experience
    HoosierTraveler
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I took a group of six clients here while in Boston. We were all grateful to be seated promptly. Our server, while pleasant, made a couple of errors that detracted from the experience. One client never received her shrimp cocktail and another received clam chowder instead of the lobster bisque he ordered. All in all a good experience, just not the "over the top" I was expecting. I'd go back and the fact that this restaurant utilizes open table was a primary reason for choosing it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food with great view
    jpiekarz
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Fantastic view, good food, good service. A little pricey, but so is everything down at the Seaport. If you like seafood, definitely a good spot for a good meal. Took the girlfriend there for her birthday and everything went well. Only complaint I had was that I specifically requested a spot on the outdoor patio/deck, and ended up with a table that was near the out door area with a good view, but not exactly what I requested. Overall would recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Up to Legal's standards!
    EAKAZANVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Lobster and tuna as expected and up to Leal's standards. All augmented by beautiful night and view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate