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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 WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Fun place, expensive parking, excellent service, good food . The lobster pot pie was not as good as the previous time."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We love Legals, but won't return to Harborside. Rained on us while outside, took time to reseat us. Small servings, limited menu and terribly noisy."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "My family and I always have dinner here during our annual trip to Boston. Very good seafood and a solid draft beer selection. Very good service. Very enjoyable open-air atmosphere that is kid-friendly. Great location, proximate to the T and Harpoon Brewery."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Great seafood choices with excellent views of the harbor activities. The waitstaff was very attentive and we were seated promptly. We have always had a good experience here."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Going to boston. Eat here! Everything for us was great."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Food was great, service was great! We had the perfect table overlooking the harbor, the breeze, fresh seafood, great company! it was fantastic! Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Fantastic hosts and hostess', excellent food, great selection, love the architectural design. Will be a regular."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Have eaten here several times and always have found the staff to be friendly and attentive food is good and view is great would reccommend for any occasion"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great service, Great ambiance, Great food! It's a gem that even on the 1st floor is a step above the typical Legal Spot that are generally terrific for food & service.... Reasonably priced"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Overall a beautiful summer evening and we had an early reservation so a seat by the open window was a plus. The service and ambience were great - up to Legal Standards. Food was somewhat subpar. Rolls (usually first rate) were stale, calamari on the greasy side and lobster and pasta with clams were both average at best. Standout was fish in foil which was not only healthy but flavorful."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Clam chowder is the best ever! Don't miss ordering a mug. Lobster Roll has a delicious bun, but large. The lobster meat is perfectly seasoned, tender and sweet. Cole slaw is tasty, fries just okay. But the main event was the lobster, anyway, so I did not find much fault there."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "was WAY too noisy! Food was B - mashed potatoes were awful - service was B, View was A+ All in all - I see why my kids (26 and 28) are "over" Legal - will not go. They are foodies and think the food is sub par. We had a BAD meal at Legal Harvard, Cambridge Hotel, two weeks ago. Now had a mediocre meal at Legal Harborside - sorry to say! This is such a special location Let's bring the experience up to match the world class view, location and outdoor beauty. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I have dined at Legal Harborside many times and have had great experiences. My last experience tempts me to not return. The service was so poor - we sat for at least 15 minutes with our menus to the side before our waiter approached us to take our order - then we waited for another 30-40 minutes for our salads to arrive, during this time our waiter never once checked on us. We had asked for dressing on the side, with our salads, and the dressing was not included at all - and then we waited for 15 minutes to get the dressing, asking at least three waitstaff for the dressing before it was delivered to us. It was a bad experience. It took two hours from the time we sat down, to the time we got our bill, and we had two salads."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "My husband and I took our mothers and sons here on Mother's Day and had a great meal and time. Back again this week with some local and out of town friends and had a fantastic evening. One of the most scenic spots in Boston with terrific food. We also had the sweetest server who added to our party with her suggestions (which we prompted) and warm demeanor. I will not wait so long to head back to Legal Harborside:)"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Went for a group dinner to celebrate a birthday. Service was fantastic and the view just perfect. It was very loud, which made for difficulty in conversing as a group, but it was a wonderful night. The restaurant was very sensitive to gluten allergies and very generous to make the birthday special!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "My son and I had dinner at Legal Harborside the other night and had a great experience. If you are looking for a casual dining experience, with great views in a scenic location, and enjoy seafood, you can't beat it. Our service was excellent too."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We had a great lunch with Becky serving us excellently! She was very accommodating and always smiling!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Great to be by the harbor,but very noisy due to the boats. Food was good, but very small portions and extemely expensive with a limited menu! Parking is a challenge therefore need to use valet service which adds to the cost of the dining. Will stay in the burbs and go to Legal there."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Haven't been to Legal's in many years...it got too boring. That's all changed. A couple of apps and a dinner were great. Buffalo shrimp was the standout...anything but boring. Can't recall the entree fish, but it was over a tasty mole sauce. Very good beer list too. Great setting & views. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I was pleasantly surprised to find that the views, ambience, and service were all high quality even though the entrees were reasonably priced. The prices were on par with mediocre mega-chain restaurants but the experience and the food were so much more."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed our time because my boyfriend and I were bringing friends who wanted a great lobster experience and they got it. The view was lovely, the weather was nice. The crab on my big bowl salad was so tasty. We always like the hot bread."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A group of us dined there on a busy Saturday night. We had reservations for 2 separate tables for a total of 22 people. We were pleasantly surprised upon arrival that we accommodated to be seated all together..Our waiter was very friendly and courteous! He was exceptional! The food was amazing and we were not rushed! It was a wonderful experience with an amazing view, excellent service and food!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We made reservations at least 1 month ahead of time, for dinner before the Sarah McLachlan concert. The place was packed and I was worried we would have to wait. NOT! We got our table within 5 minutes, right on the water. Service and food was fantastic. We will return!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a great experience at this location. It was a special dinner for my Mom's 80th birthday. The drinks and food were delicious and the staff was terrific. They made her feel so special! We had a great table with a view of the harbor. Lovely spot....I can't wait to go back!!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Excellent food and service, would definitely recommend making on line reservation, requested table viewing ocean and celebrating 60th b day. The entire resturant staff was fabulous. We walked in for our alloted time was seated immediately, they surprised our birthday girl with a special dessert. They really filled all our reservation requests! It was a great experience. I would definitely recommend and will visit again when in Boston."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Can't be the view at this place. We had a nice table on the patio overlooking the water. Service was a little slow but only because I had two children who were a little restless. Hostesses were great. Pleasant, friendly and seated us a quickly as possible even though we were early. Very professional. Food was great. Large pours for the wine which was great, given the $11 per glass price tag."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had a 9:30 reservation but were not seated until 10. Although annoyed we were apologized to and were given complimentary appetizers and perhaps the best table in the restaurant,corner outside overlooking harbor. Our compliments to the manager this is how you should make up to customers. Food and service is always exceptional."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We asked for a table on the patio and it was worth the wait. nice view and less noisy than indoors. I was surprised that crab cakes were not included on the menu. I ordered grilled scallops and they were not cooked all the way thru. My waiter promptly took them back and I was given an new meal very quickly. The drinks were pricey, but this is Boston. Great place to go before seeing a show at the Pavillion."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Food was overall disappointing. We had gone for my father's bday and since it was Legal we had high expectations. First the fried calamari was under-cooked and they had run out of cherry peppers so instead they fried lemons and threw them into the dish. Fried lemons are not tasty. The fried whole belly clams were just OK. The portuguese seafood stew was over cooked and salty. The shining moment was my crabmeat roll. Lots of crab with a light peppery dressing. I might go back just for this dish! The noise level was extremely high. We had to yell across our small 4 person table. Besides the negatives, the view was outstanding and the service was nice."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were in town from St. Louis and were recommended by a friend to go. We were able to sit outside with our entire group and everything was great! Server was great and the food was fantastic! Lots to choose from and a very kid-friendly menu."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Fantastic ambiance, with a million dollar view, and even better service.. Our party shared an appetizer pizza that was crispy, tasty, and perfect with my Rose wine. My niece's fish and chips was perfectly cooked, tasty and not greasy. My husband had a swordfish gyro that was also done to perfection. I enjoyed the wild, wood grilled salmon along with Japanese eggplant and Swiss charred side dishes...Yummy. We all enjoyed dessert and coffee, which were also delicious..A FUN,FUN, FUN lunch was had by all. Valet parking for lunch is a bonus!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I made a reservation a few days in advance, but we still waited almost an hour to be seated. Then, they sat us outside on a soaking wet deck on an extremely humid day. It ruined my appetite. The menu is pretty limited, and they refused to serve anything from the sushi menu (you need to sit on another floor...thanks for mentioning that during reservation process). Btw, the bisque tastes like cornstarch. The lobster roll is utterly flavorless. How about a little salt, pepper, mayonaise? I understand the status behind the name "Legal," however, you can rely on a good reputation for only SO long before reputation changes. Yes, this place has a fun, young vibe, BUT quality & service needs some fine tuning."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Striped bass entree, stuffed artichoke appetizer and lobster risotto entree were excellent"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This is our #1 go-to spot for fun dining in the Seaport District."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Great spot to meet before a show. Fun drinks. Good mix of seafood options including fish tacos, oysters, fried seafood, crab salad, etc."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We booked Floor 1 at Legal Harborside. It was a great experience and will definitely be repeated when in Boston next."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We had reservations for 6pm for a business dinner. We arrived at 5:15pm and grabbed a drink on the 3rd floor. We thought we were entering a club. We had to go back downstairs to get our IDs checked and get stamped. It was very loud in there, but a beautiful view. After our 1st drink, we headed back down for our dinner RSVPS. It was still loud on the 1st level for dinner, we could barely hear the waitress give the specials. We put in an order for appetizers and ordered another round. Our apps came out but never received our drinks. One of our guys got up to ask what happened, she said we were cut off. She feared for our life!! Mind you, were all taking cabs. We were loud and just having fun. They lost out on about $1000."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We decided to go to Harborside after a matinee. We arrived and the place was very busy but we were seated within 5 minutes. Not knowing the place, I had requested a window table. Turns out they push the windows back to open to the deck overlooking Boston Harbor. We were seated just inside with a nice view of the water and planes taking off from Logan. It was a perfect evening with a gentle breeze. The food was well prepared as we are used to at legal. The waiter was congenial and helpful. It was the perfect way to spend a summer evening. We most definitely will return."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We had great food! The waiter was very nice. The service was slow until the table was needed then we were flooded with people. Seems like there is work to do on the pacing of things. We sat with empty plates for 15-20 min."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Food was great with the exception of the shrimp pasta dish which was on the side of being quite salty. All of the servers were very attentive and great atmosphere with amazing scenic views of the harbor. Managers were great and came to the table right away to take care of the pasta dish, greatly appreciated. Great job overall."
    Dined on 7/13/2014