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

Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-legal-harborside-floor-1
  • Phone: (617) 477-2900
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Diner Reviews
  • "We always enjoy dining on the first floor of Legal Harborside. Our server was gracious and outstanding!!! The food was delicious; the view spectacular. The manager was extremely accommodating to us, as well. This is always a consistent "5!""
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Once again, I had a great meal at Legal Harborside - Floor 1. The grid scollops were melt-in-your mouth delicious!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Lisa was a very good server! The stuffies were delicious. Nice place to go on a summer day with out of town guests!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Legal Harborside was everything and more than we expected. We had reservations and were seated promptly. We asked for a table outside and our request was granted. Our server, Diego, was helpful and accomodating. The food arrived quickly and was perfectly prepared. Overall it was a great dining experience and we will definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our evening, and would go again. The food was nothing special, but a really fun place. My parents were visiting from Calif, and my dad had the Sea Bass, my mom had the salmon. Both were fine, not remarkable. I Anna's Boston Schrod, it was fine. My daughter had the kids' cheese pizza and it was just ok. The calamari app was delicious, esp the green peppers in it. Staff was very friendly and professional, view was GREAT!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Excellent wait staff, great dinner menu with a number of fresh seafood daily specials. Main floor view of bay is wonderful whether outside or inside. We were inside and very much enjoyed it. Waiter was perfectly attentive and corrected immediately one special order miscue by the kitchen. Overall a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We love Legal Seafoods and thoroughly enjoyed another visit to the awesome Legal Harborside - THE happening place at Boston's Seaport district. As always, the fish is fresh (of course!) and delicious, the drinks are great and the view of the Harbor is excellent. Our server, Caitlin, was very friendly, personable and attentive and we were very pleased with her excellent service. The fish and chips are great and they also will add a skewer of fried scallops and/or shrimp if you want to treat yourself for a reasonable additional charge."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Our party of 5 had an exceptional, late afternoon Sunday dinner outside on the boardwalk. Everything from drinks to appetizers to lobsters and more was served timely, effectively and pleasantly. One of our guests particularly doesn't appreciate being rushed by the waitstaff, and our waiter had the most pleasing, agreeable attitude about her. Whatever we ordered, and whenever we ordered it, was absolutely fine with her, and she willingly and smilingly agreed to all our requests. We have come to like Legal a lot (having eaten at 7 or 8 of them at least), but the ability to sit outside and to have such outstanding service made the afternoon a huge pleasure above and beyond the norm!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My wife and I stopped into Legal on our last night in Boston celebrating our anniversary. We were seated immediately despite the crowd and arriving over thirty minutes prior to our reservation time. Our service included the perfect balance of local attitude and hospitality as our server was honest and helpful in picking out some late night bites. I wish we had a bigger appetite to try more, but after the chowder, a few apps and a couple of drinks, we had to call it quits. Great place with views from every table and perfect night for the open air inside."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Service was really bad. Restaurant seemed overwhelmed. Front desk spies on Ipads hovering about, monitoring progress on meal. The pizza was really good, the main dish (pasta) so-so. I've been here multiple times and its been better in the past - but they really need to do something about the service from the moment you arrive at front desk to the dessert."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I was expecting so much more! we love Legal's normally go to Braintree. this was a special occasion as we were celebrating my dad's retirement. thought it would be great to enjoy dinner with a beautiful scenic view. when we arrived, first waitress said hi I may not be your waitress the whole time but we will see,took drink orders, waited about 15-20 mins for them and they came out 1 or 2 at a time. another waiter took over (Russell, actually very good!) menu very limited, my mom wanted sushi seeing as we walked by the huge SUSHI sign at the front entrance, to only be told she couldnt, the food was jus ok nothing exciting and very different options, (hot dog and quahog??!-their version of surf and turf), not warm and friendly as other Legals"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I don't eat seafood, and I still enjoy dining at Legal -- that should say it all. I chose Legal for a visit with a friend from Seattle - both for the opportunity to have great New England Seafood and also because of the waterfront view. I always find that the food is high quality and tasty (yes, even the chicken and beef dishes!) I'll be back again..."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Impeccably prepared and safely gluten free cuisine. Service was extraordinary despite busy times. Managers took an interest in our food allergies. This restaurant is an absolute must every time we get to Boston."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Dined on the 1st level with a party of six, everything was great. However they have these expeditors walking around checking how far along you are with your meal, (you will notice they are not discreet). I guess they didn’t pay attention to the entire party because two of our party were still on their apps when the runners brought out all six entrée’s and cleared the app’s before we could say wait, it was unbelievable to watch."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Wonderful experience, great food, excellent service. It's a great place to take visitors."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The plan was to have dinner and drinks at Legal Harborside 1st floor and then to walk home to Charlestown catching the fireworks along the way. Well Arthur had other plans. Boston's streets seemed to be deserted but Legal Harborside was hopping. The bar area was crowded and noisy, but the bartenders were very attentive. We had a terrific table looking out on the stormy harbor. James, our waiter made our night with his excellent service. The seafood was so fresh and tasty. Dinner was a success even though we had to skip the walk and fireworks."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "very noisy, hard to have conversations but lobster roll was great and server was very accommodating. overall good place would go again knowing what I now know :-)"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We love this Legal's!!! Staff are always smiling, food is consistent and delicious"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great food and great views of Boston Harbor. Our favorite dinner spot when visiting the Seaport. Service is Excelent."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. Am looking forward to eating there again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "we had such a great time The staff were great to us I had told them it was a birthday lunch They treated us like gold Even a birthday dessert (free) We arived early and still sat us right away Can't say enough"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We pick up friends from Chicago at airport ,so we had reservation to eat there. We have eaten at the one in Braintree before. Which was much better for food & service. All I know is I will never go back ,for the prices and amount of foods you get for your money. The view was great , that I guess is what we paid for."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Brought a friend who was visiting from Arizona - wanted seafood and a water view; Legal's provides both in a grand way. Only complaint is the very high noise level."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Our server was very friendly, thorough, and energetic. The view was beautiful, and the outdoor seating was very peaceful and quiet until the Rick Springfield concert started next door. The food was tasty, as all legal seafood seems to be good. I was pleased that we got an outdoor table at 7pm on a Tuesday when it was fairly busy [ right after the U.S. world cup loss :') ]. Thank you Legal Harborside."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I've eaten at legal seafoods many times but this time I was really disappointed. Firstly the wrong food was delivered to our table. It took 10 minutes for any water to be delivered (it was a hot day). The lobster rolls I saw going past me were all burned on the top and my shrimp and rigatoni looked like it had sat in the oven an hour too long - it looked dried up but the pasta was well overdone and eh shrimp were mediocre in an overpowering sauce. I wouldn't go to this restaurant again. How disappointing :("
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The food and drinks are great here, the location is great. The only down side is the women that walks by and stops at your table to see how far along you are on your meal, enters something on here tablet and then moves on. This happens every several minutes , very very rude and uncomfortable. I felt rushed and uncomfortable to have someone stand at my table to stare at our progress!!!!!!! I am not so sure I would go back because of it, they collect this information from anywhere in the restaurant and not be so obvious and intrusive. A very bad setup!!!!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I went to the 1st floor market with several associates for a coordination meeting for work. Our server was friendly and very knowledgable about the food and beverage selections. He even recommended some of his favorites items from the menu. I have been to Legal's harborside before for fun, and this was the first time for work. We had a great time and would highly consider going back to Legals for additional work outings."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The place to go to eat a lobster (at least medium size). Perfect service, perfect view on the harbor."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This is a great spot to enjoy a full dinner or simply drinks and appetizers. The menu is large, varied and consistently good as always. A great choice for an early meal before heading next door to a concert at the Blue Hills Bank Pavillion."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Trying to find a place to take my staff and have great food, nice ambience with quick service is what Legal is all about. The service was fast and efficient. We sat outside on a hot day and it was pleasant with a beautiful vista. The seafood was fresh and no matter what we asked for - they delivered."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Legal's high quality food was exceeded by an ever better view of boston harbor."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Exceptional views of the inner harbor. A great choice for an informal lunch or dinner after a day of sightseeing. Be sure to reserve a table or you will find yourself waiting for over an hour and possibly up to two hours. This was for a Sunday early evening dinner. Prices are very reasonable for good but not great food. Level one is not for fine dining but it offers something for all ages. Wait staff and hostess were very professional. You are not rushed here and can enjoy the view."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Sun night was louder music than usual, so hard to talk and hear, but food, service were great as usual"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I was very happy with the reservation we were seated quickly upon arriving and was accomidated with a special request. All staff was nice and pleasant. Again All and All I nothing but positive comments on the meal and the service"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had dinner Friday night with a view of the harbor and the one thing I've dreamt of since learning I had a gluten intolerance is fried clams. Low and behold they had amazing, gluten-free fried clams that I will dream about until I get back! Great service as well!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "everything was pretty good despite the bombardment of seagull digestive products."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I head to Harborside whenever someone is in town and I want them to have some delightful seafood with one of the best harbor views. The casual vibe on the 1st floor makes for a nice entree into the night."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was overpriced but it's boston Location fantastic but acoustics terrible can't hear each other in dining room Went once no need to go again"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great place to go out for dinner and drinks with close friends and catch up on life. It's always a bonus when the weather is on your side. My reservations where right on time and my request for seating was granted. It was awesome can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great food but the service was lagging at times for a table of ten. Also we weren't seated until 30 minutes after our reservation. All somewhat understandable for busy restaurant but think it could have been handled a bit better. Everyone enjoyed their meals and drinks though and the view is worth it."
    Dined on 6/26/2014