Legal Harborside – Floor 2 Dining Room
Legal Harborside – Floor 2 Dining Room

Legal Harborside – Floor 2 Dining Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-legal-harborside-floor-2
  • Phone: 6174772900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar/Lounge:
    5:00pm

    Monday - Thursday:
    5:30pm - 10:00pm

    Friday - Saturday:
    5:30pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday:
    5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, 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 2 Dining Room
The second floor dining room at Legal Harborside offers a focused menu of cuisine prepared with sensible creativity for celebratory eating and private dining events. Complementing the dinner menu is an aperitif cocktail list and a unique selection of artisan wines, each produced from a specific terroir representing some of the world’s most classic regions, from family-owned vineyards. Each of the vintages is unique to Legal Harborside within Massachusetts. The design of the restaurant takes full advantage of the harbor view and is reminiscent of a ship’s dining room, with a curved rosewood ceiling and glossy black columns inspired by the mast of a ship that anchor the space. A lounge off the grand spiral staircase and two oceanfront rooms, with recessing doors for privacy, are available for special events. An intimate patio with outdoor fireplace offers dining and drinks in-season. Named a “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire, 2011.
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Legal Harborside – Floor 2 Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
192 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (158)special occasion (128)romantic (87)fit for foodies (77)notable wine list (73)great for outdoor dining (68)hot spot (52)good for groups (38)vibrant bar scene (38)neighborhood gem (15)late-night find (13)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    View great, food and service excellent. Much too noisy the night we were there. Had trouble hearing the waiter and our dining companions
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for a surprise birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I went with some coworkers and called in advance that day to request that two desserts be brought out in the end as a surprise since they were both having birthdays that week. I had two calls with the restaurant that day and when we sat down there was a card wishing a happy b-day and the waiter wished them a happy birthday and spoiled the surprise. At the end they only wrote happy birthday on one dessert. That said, while the birthday element of the dinner was ruined, I'm guessing they tried to make up for it by bringing complimentary appetizers and graciously accommodated my coworker's gluten allergy. The food was DIVINE and the waiter attentive and knowledgeable. Overall a wonderful experience. Just don't ask for anything special I guess.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad night for the kitchen
    Larry
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We love this place, and this evening started very good. Just before serving the entree course, it appears things totally fell apart in the kitchen. After waiting for a long time, food arrived cold etc. A real disaster, that the floor staff did their best to rectify. A substantial adjustment was made in our check. Perhaps it was a Monday night problem.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moms bday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My mom was very pleased and I really appreciated the courtesy of the management and hostess although we had to get the attention of our waiter a couple of times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time with a Special Friend
    stuB
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Was first time for both of us. Even though it rained that evening the view was very good at our window booth. The staff was very patient and accommodating as this was a romantic evening for both of us. We felt unrushed the staff went out of there way on a few special requests and we were very grateful and rewarding. The scallop presentation was pleasing to the eye and pallet. We will return for romance # 2.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friends' dinner
    BufGroveFellow
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Friends for decades met in Boston and had our celebratory dinner at Legal Seafood Harborside. The wine list was extensive and the appetizers fantastic. All of us grew up in Florida so we know seafood and this exceeded expectations. The highlight was those that ordered the sword chop - a unique piece of swordfish from the shoulder to fin. Scallops were good, salmon done right and the one filet was solid. The server suffered through our bantering but enhanced our overall experience. Later we went upstairs to the bar level which was a nice place for drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Enjoyed the food. My only problem is after scheduling my table by calling repeatedly 2 times being put on hold, went through open table to book, I was still kept waiting at the bar before getting a table.Thankfully we ordered some frinks to keep us engaged. But we waited for almost 20~30 mins, i have to ask my partner go 3 times to reception area to get an update on our seating. He got totally annoyed on me. But once i was at table, experience was great. The manager came and apologized too. Enjoyed the food and high end service. We only go to high end restaurants and I totally loved it. even the valet parking was cheap only $16. I'll again and and recommend it to others
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Allergies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Very accommodating! We wanted to be animal free (vegan) but with Fish. Modifications were made. Perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great attention to detail
    Raditz
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My wife on I celebrated our wedding anniversary on their 2nd floor patio and we couldn't be more pleased. The food was on par with the prices and it felt upscale and refined. The service was the standout though, they left us a card on our table wishing us a happy anniversary, the waiter was aware of the event, and then recomended good wine pairings for our meal. Finally they gave us dessert as a gift. Loved it. I would go back their for another special event. P.S. We ate outside and the view was nice, but the sound from the spped boats docked below and the 3rd floor club music made it hard to hear well. I didn't feel uncomfortable though.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost great - but good overall
    Wantstobeimpressed
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Been here several times - I entertain clients here occasionally. Used to be a knock out - very knowledgeable staff, a tasting menu that was exceptional, wine pairing - add in the view and that made this one of the top restaurants in Boston and certainly the hippest at that time. But my latest visit was a big disappointment. The lack of a tasting menu changed the impression of the prowess of the chef. The waitress was totally unknowledgeable about the wine or even the beer. Did not know pinot grigio and pinot gris were the same and embarrassingly corrected me and then delivered something else anyway. The waitress did not know beers either and we ended up some wrong choices as a result. My clients enjoyed themselves but not knocked out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was amazing but...
    Hmh238VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    ...service was very slow at times. Took over 25 minutes from the time we ordered dessert to being served it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My partner and i had an outstanding meal a Legal Harborside on Sunday the 31.8.2014. The food was truly memorable and well presented and the staff were considerate and attentive. In terms of price, it is not cheap, but given the quality of the food and its presentation, I felt we received excellent value taking those standards into consideration. The wine list is outstanding, not necessarily in terms of selection, but the way it is presented with information on each wine and wine maker, make excellent for someone who is not familiar with local or regional wines. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing and stressful
    Ptress
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was very inconsistent. We all observed that servers were stressed and it seemed to be rooted in floor managers.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Legal's Harborside - Floor 2
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    A super dining experience. Food was fantastic (even for the non-seafood eater with us), service was truly impeccable, and the view and atmosphere were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing
    foodie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This place is perfect. It offers regular dining, fine dining, and a late night atmosphere all in one with an incredible view from each floor. We come back here every time we are in town. The staff is incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and courteous. We were greeted by Raphael who treats us like family every time, we met Guy who was very professional and walked us up to the 3rd floor after dinner to enjoy some cocktails and we were served by Guillermo on the 2nd floor who is absolutely at the top of his game.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not our best experience here
    DonnaL
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Having dined here previously, I'm sad to say that our experience this time was not up to expectations. We were seated at a great outside table about 15 minutes early for our reservation. Unfortunately, we felt that the food service was rushed. Our appetizer course was on the table very quickly and our entrees were served almost immediately on top of them. In fact, they were served before our wine ever arrived at the table resulting in our canceling the bottle. Our "fine dining" experience was almost over 30 minutes after the time our original reservation was for. So much for a night out! The food was also a bit on the salty side. We love the ambiance, especially for outdoor dining but won't rush back. Hopefully, just an off night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissatisfied
    Mak58VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We were placed in a very noisy part of the restaurant on the second floor and could barely hear ourselves talk. With a limited seafood menu one would assume that they are really good at what they cook. This is far from the truth. My daughter's grilled octopus was slimy and undercooked and she returned it. My wife ordered fluke which had a strong barbecue type sauce that would have been appropriate for ribs. My abalone was tough and tasted like chicken. The service was non-attentive for the most part. We were very disappointed overall and I would not recommend this restaurant if you want a descent seafood dinner. There are plenty of great seafood restaurants in Boston but this is not one of them.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overall quite nice
    Pixie62
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Portions could have been a bit more generous, but the quality of the food was excellent. Noise from the first floor was frequently noticeable, but conversation was manageable. View of the harbor was unsurpassed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Really felt rushed. We were in and out in little over an hour.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lmpnurse
    Lmpnurse
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Wish I could have ordered from any menu. . . . Wanted a lobster roll, and it wasn't on the 2nd floor menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special night out
    KristaD
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    What do three Moms do as their teenage daughters attend a concert at Bank of America Pavilion? Have a delicious dinner overlooking the harbor of course! Our cocktail and wine selections were perfect and led into unique salads from a seasonable panzanella to a watermelon bacon combination. We enjoyed the scallops with pork belly and finished it off with the warm blueberry tart and chocolate mousse. Our server Katy was so warm and knowledgeable. She didn't rush us and answered every question.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, off service
    Sl617
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was delicious, wine selections were nice but the service was slow and off pace. It took over 1hour to get our oysters...we suspected the waiter forgot to put the order in at first, it wasn't until we inquired ~1hr later that the oysters came right away.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top-Notch Service
    DarylVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The Legal's franchise has become so pervasive that it can be hard to find variation between their restaurants. The 2nd floor at Harborside does offer more refined dishes, though the creativity and boldness I was expecting was lacking a bit. (Except for the scallops ... A truly amazing preparation with the peach mostarda.) Our server, Jack, was spectacular, and really made the night memorable, including some great wine recommendations based on the diverse palettes among our large group. The food gets 3 stars because the price for what you get isn't quite aligned, especially given the large number of quality seafood restaurants in the Boston area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb; unique menu
    Luv2Dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Definitely a "high-end Legal Seafood". only for dinner; don't open till 5:30. Fabulous bread basket with unusual variety of breads; comes with butter & olive oil. Fresh fish beautifully prepared and presented, as you'd expect from Legals. My friends and I have gone back several times.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent (but too noisy)
    HonestDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Legal Harborside has great food, an awesome view, very good service, great ambiance. Would be 5-star perfect if not for the very, very poor sound design. It just takes a couple of loudmouths to turn the whole restaurant into a madhouse of screams and "oh-my-gosh" at 140 dB. If your palate is fine and your hearing... not so much, it's perfect. If not, go after 9pm on Monday. You will be very glad you did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to celebrate a birthday
    sweetsixteencelebration
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Celebrated my daughter's sweet sixteenth birthday. The service and special attention we received was fantastic. This was a very memorable night for the whole family.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • legal harborside floor 2
    zaknolen
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Harborside floor 2 exceeds expectations yet again. We were celebrating my sister leaving for college and dinner couldn't have been better. The view, the food and wine are the best around by far. The staff was very kind and the service was impeccable as always. We dine here frequently and look forward to many great dining experiences in the future!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luscious food and view
    BillMc
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    You can't beat the view over the harbor as the sun sets. The scallops and pork belly were fabulous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a big group
    Bsadler
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This restaurant was very accommodating for our big group I friends. They were very patient while everyone took their time ordering. They never rushed us and were very attentive without hovering. The food was pretty good. I'd love to go back sometime.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DRM1310
    DRM1310
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is a great place. It is very big, but the food was prepared with care. Sit outside or next to a window for a great view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very enjoyable
    DatenightersVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was very good, service was acceptable but could have been better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly amazing food!
    Surprised
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I say surprising because the menu was not very interesting. Not sure exactly why except that maybe we didn't know what the things meant. We spent alot of time asking around the table and the waiter what each item was. Not one item we ordered disappointed us though. Everyone was thrilled and walked away extremely pleased. As an addition, the salmon was amazing. The layers of the dish went perfectly together. I loved it. Also, my son loved his salmon from the kids menu. Kids menu had some nice non typical kid choices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • christineb311VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was dining here to celebrate a graduation. We got a great seat by the window and a hand-written card from the staff congratulating us! Great accomodations and the food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much more than we expected!
    Kristancb
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Everything was excellent, the food, the service and the amazing view!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A beautiful evening on the harbor
    Kayakerinme
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a wonderful evening with terrific food. The harbor side seat gave a full view of the boats that kept us entertained. We will be back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what we expected...
    JoefromBeverly
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    From one of our favorite seafood chains. Service was very slow. My drink was empty for at least 10 mins every time. We ordered a $100 bottle of champagne We got seated 15 minutes after my reservation. Food portions were tiny for the price. My wife and I still love Legal Seafood's, but won't do the second floor at the seaport ever again. Waste of money.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Dpat38VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    First time on the 2nd floor - sat outside and the view was fantastic. Perfect night. Outstanding service. Servings were small - especially considering the pricing which is premium.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Experience was worthwhile
    MACSR
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I wanted to check out the new restaurant on the former location of Jimmy's Harborside, a longtime family favorite place to dine when in Boston. I was not disappointed at all. Limited menu: swordfish not listed but was accommodated with the selection by the chef. It was excellent. Service was top notch and very friendly. The view of Boston Harbor was spectacular at dusk. A bit noisy and crowded for a Tuesday night, along with a harried and somewhat unpleasant bartender on the 2nd floor, but all in all quite good. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOT Legal Sea Foods
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We planned a special weekend in Boston and had such pleasant memories of Jimmy's Harborside, we decided to try Legal Sea Foods-Harborside. We like Legal Sea Foods. This restaurant should have a totally different name. The menu had no resemblance to LSF. Not even clam chowder! Instead, things that you'd expect in a restaurant offering dishes you cant get anywhere else. The waiter was very nice and attentive and recommended the fluke. It was fine, although layered on vegetables and potatoes that no one at our table recognized. the shrimp cocktail had the largest shrimp I've ever seen. So big, they were not very appetizing! And all for $200 for three people, without drinks.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good view good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A little more expensive than a casual night out but not bad, and the food was absolutely delicious. We sat outside and had a lovely view of the harbor. Fresh fish, an innovative menu, and a great time had by all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate