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
556 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (461)great for outdoor dining (409)good for groups (193)great for lunch (189)hot spot (169)vibrant bar scene (157)special occasion (144)fit for foodies (140)kid-friendly (85)romantic (74)neighborhood gem (74)late-night find (47)notable wine list (47)great for brunch (41)Show More
  • Nice Boston Harbor Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was a great way to end our trip to Boston. We sat outside and the view of the harbor was awesome. We had the grilled salmon and the grilled scallops. Both dishes were excellent. Save room for dessert, the chocolate creme brulee is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good overall experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I have eaten here before several times. The space is loud, but roomy and attractively designed. Ate downstairs on this visit at a table with benches by the window. Service was good and appropriately attentive. Prices were what you would expect. The claim chowder was, as always, delicious. The rest of the food was uninspired and often tasteless. Appetizers we tried were sloppy (smoked salmon), difficult (spreads were served with impossibly thick and hard, overly baked pitas) or too salty (short rib). The lobster was bland and tough. We had plenty of fries however: huge piles of them whenever they were served. Simply not food that wows or delights. Still, because of the scene and setting, we had a fun time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lobster, great daytime views
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was our second visit. Loved the lobster meal, however my friend's sirloin steak wasn't as good. The service was very good despite the fact that it was quite busy. I enjoyed the ambiance most when it was still light outside as the harbor views from a window table or the rooftop bar are terrific. I would definitely recommend this spot, but do make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent food and service in an amazing place. Love it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typically Solid
    phdevlin
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I find the food to always be very good . The service was top notch. It's a little casual for a business meeting but it worked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My colleagues and I spent almost $700 dollars and yet the bartender and the manager treated us with disrespect, maybe because we were 6 women of color. He told me flatly and in a disrespectful tone he was not going to serve me a drink because we had been in the restaurant for a long time and I had had a enough. I had not served me before and had no idea of my alcohol intake; my colleagues and I were even tipsy and yet he decided he wasn't going to serve us. I was shocked, angry and confused. The manager backed him up but proposed me and my friends go upstairs for drinks. The night became a nightmare. As hard-working, professional black women we felt disrespected; white customers were being served all around us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Debra
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We were lucky enough to have a warm night in October in Boston. They accomodated my request for a scenic table for my out of town guests. The walls were opened up and we enjoyed an open air dinner. Highly recommend this and the food was fabulous. Wait staff was very knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood Heaven!
    TheBGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We enjoyed the Wild Mushroom and Lobster Pizza! The crust was light and perfectly cooked. My husband had the salmon on the wood grill and I had the lobster roll. I would definitely return. We came for lunch and it was busy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Anniversary
    Lindasdw
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It was fun having a cocktail on the rooftop bar. The wine list was very suitable particularly the half bottle Cake Bread Chardonnay. I would like to see more half bottles to choose from as my husband does not drink white wine and therefore a full bottle would be too much for me.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy and Good
    Frankie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The scene is busy and the service has been good each time i I have been there. The food is consistent, it is a fun place
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Strange Seating
    BostonFoodie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    As usual, food was excellent. But there are odd bench seats for parties of four at the window. The seats are not comfortable without backrests, and what's worse is that the benches are so closely packed together that your back is constantly bumping into the person behind you. I realize that the restaurant is trying to cram in as many seats as possible, but this is strange and unacceptable for a not-inexpensive restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    6pm reservation so we knew it would be a little busy with the after work crowd. Food was great as always....fish and chips fantastic and great gluten free selection. Slooooow server. Had to flag another server down to get our server to come back to check on our table and get out order.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Had reservations for 830 pm. Did not sit at table until 840 pm. Unacceptable. No explanation offered. And this is a Tuesday night. It must be awful on the weekends. Better options in the area serving the same style of food.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just perfect
    NewMrs
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Everything about this place was perfect. We arrived about 20 min early for our reservation but were seated immediately anyway. We were on our honeymoon and were seated at a window table with the most breathtaking view of Boston's inner harbor. Our drinks came out quickly and apps order was put in shortly after. The stuffed artichokes are the star of the 1st floor menu. The scallops within were phenomenal and tender beyond belief. Hubby raved about the rainbow trout all the next day. My sirloin was quite literally the best I've ever had... Like butter in your mouth. Will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    RICHVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was great as always; dining room was a bit cluttered/noisy based on large tables; service was decent, nothing spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Wonderful
    LibrarianjoeVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We have been frequent guests at The Mooring, and we look forward to it every time. They get it - staff is friendly, welcoming, and efficient. Service at the table is professional and thoroughly knowledgeable. Food is presented in an attractive manner and is always delicious. Specials and à la carte items are thoughtfully assembled. Desserts, something we rarely order, were wonderful. It is a bit pricey and a good-sized group will set you back a bit. Fear not: it's worth every dime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Harborside
    Christine1529
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Yum, yum, yum. Fantastic "Legal" dining right on the harbor. Great service, fun atmosphere and amazing food and drink. I had been I the middle of the summer and have experienced their summer menu, and now have had their Fall menu - both amazing - and full of "old favorites" as well as new eclectic delicious dishes. I would highly recommend Legal Harborside in any season, and the reasonably priced Valet makes it super easy. Go enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bring ear plugs
    KKT603
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The food is typical Legal fair, good and consistent but nothing special. We went on a Wednesday evening and they were quite busy, our waitress seemed to be more concerned with the table next to us and talking trash with the other wait staff right behind us. The noise level in this place was deafening and everyone in our party left with a headache. The view of the harbor is the best thing this place has going for it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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
    CaninBos
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay
    Lovemusic2
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    It's a hot summer temp.sliding door was open , couldn't enjoy the food, too hot plus adding to the background noise, cannot hear conversation. Requested seating by the window wasn't accommodated giving the amount of time prior to reservation date. We live in the area the view is important.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience at Legal
    NHFoodie
    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.
  • Excellent
    EatDrinkandEnjoy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have been to various LEGAL restaurants in Boston and we enjoyed our food at all of them. Waiters are very attentive and are able to answer all questions right away. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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.
  • Really good food but too noisy
    Gladys
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed an excellent dinner here with two friends at this beautiful location only spoilt by the excessive noise inside as it was a Friday evening. We were a party of pensioners in our 70s and had difficulty hearing each other! As we had to wait about 20 minutes for our booked table we were given extra dishes FOC which were not expected and very acceptable. Would come again during the daytime when we could sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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.