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:
    5pm

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

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

    Sunday:
    4:00pm - 10:00pm (lounge opens at 4:00pm)
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Legal Harborside – Floor 2 Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
188 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (149)special occasion (119)romantic (81)fit for foodies (76)great for outdoor dining (70)notable wine list (63)hot spot (43)vibrant bar scene (42)good for groups (33)neighborhood gem (14)late-night find (14)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • A special night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    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
  • Waiter good, Management Terrible
    VeryDisappointed
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    For a tab of $800 for 10, communications about menu items that ran out, and long wait for preparation of new garnishments for main courses was poor! Since this is a multi-floor restaurant, liquor stocks on 2nd floor were depleted, and wait for additional rounds of drinks took longer than 30 min each. Excuse was, bartender had to go upstairs to get liquor. The tab would have normally been much larger for this party of ten. We were only served two rounds of liquor for the entire evening. We were seated for over 2 hours before our meal came out, and we didn't leave the restaurant until after midnight. Management gave us free desert for the table to try to make up for the issues. This was not a problem of being too busy, many tables were empty.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Excellent food, atmosphere and service! I will do all of my business entertaining in your wonderful establishment whenever in Boston!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great service!!
    m4mom
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I think it's really weird that this review has a minimum number of characters! Service was great. Food was great. View was great! Can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh what a night!!
    Knowmyfood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What else can you say about a restaurant that does everything so well? The staff from the front of the house to the table (fantastic harbor view) were friendly, helpful and professional. Dinner entrees were much more varied than any other seafood venue I've ever visited. I can't wait to head back there with a bunch of friends so they can get a taste of a great dining night out too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our anniversary!
    keylimekid
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Legal Harborside is terrific because it has something for everyone: 1st floor for casual & kids dining; 2nd floor for quieter, more upscale dining; and rooftop deck for mingling and bar scene. The view of the harbor was amazing from all 3 floors. The staff made us feel special for our anniversary night and surprised us with a lovely complimentary dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My friend and I wanted to hit this place before our concert. We "thought" this patio was the casual patio and quickly found out it was not. Unfortunately, they were unable to accommodate a patio to the more casual patio. The menu for this location was very small....not a lot of choices. I will not be dining here again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good business dinner
    Bundr
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had a dinner here with some new partners for our business. Overall it was great, but the noise level was a bit loud which made it a bit of a challenge. But the food and wine were fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Dinner!
    Cindy328VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Wonderful service and delicious food! An expensive place with a limited menu, but we enjoyed it! Our server, Jack, was extremely professional and answered all our questions about the wine list - even gave us a few tastings to help us decide!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legal Harborside - Excellent
    JBinHP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Special Occasion - birthday dinner. Requested window seating - we had a great view of harbor. The servers were attentive and not intrusive. He answered all questions about the dinner offerings and made good suggestions when requested. Drinks were well done.... Meals were perfect. We requested minor changes for dietary needs, they were done flawlessly. At the end of dinner, server realized it was a birthday celebration, so kitchen put together a small complimentary Happy Birthday dessert plate. :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Portions too large
    mellenVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We went after attending Cirque du Soleil. It was a perfect summer evening and we were seated outside on the terrace - a lovely way to spend a warm summer evening. The service was excellent: friendly, attentive, knowledgeable. The food was just ok: the portions were enormous and there was just too much going on in each dish. I had the grilled octopus to start: there must have half a pound of octopus! My husband had the spring pea soup with scallops which would have been good on its own, but there were two huge pieces of pork belly which overwhelmed both the pea soup and the scallops. The mains were similarly over the top: too many ingredients competing and way too much food. It's a great location, food needs fine tuning!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful view....
    SEfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The fish was fresh (as you would expect at Legal), the service satisfactory, and the view amazing, but the overall experience left us feeling rather "meh". There are more exceptional dining spots in Boston in this $40+ entree category. You are paying a premium for the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive...
    Roberto
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The oysters were excellent but the fish was average and the portions too small. The sides were very good however, and the service and wine were top notch. However, the entrees were just not excellent enough to justify the staggering pricetag at this upscale iteration of Legal Seafoods.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outdoors
    jackVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We sat outdoors on a hot night and it was great. The food was great. There were 4 of us and it took 3 hours to serve but we were in no rush. Problems with the valet. Don't park there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality dining
    DigDine
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    A thoroughly enjoyable dining experience. Great service coupled with excellent food and ambiance. Ate on the deck outside with a very nice view of the harbor on a warm, quiet evening. Food quality was superior (as always at Legal), though a bit expensive. Seems like the flagship for the chain with a slightly different menu. Would recommend for a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey, but you won't regret it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    It is a classy restaurant that comes with a classy price; but, when you see the owner walking around making sure everything is done right, you know you are in good hands. This restaurant was featured in a show, I was impressed by how they operate, and seeing it in person tells me they weren't making things up. The Clam Chowder may not make it on their menu, but it is likely that it is available, and saying "it is good" is an extreme understatement. I noted in my booking that it is my wife's birthday, and they paid attention to that note, and from the get go, they wished my wife a "Happy Birthday", and artfully prepared her dessert. I was so happy that my wife was impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, 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.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This is a beautiful setting for a restaurant. The entrees were a bit odd - my food was not hot. Service was slow and somewhat snooty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who new?
    MarkfromBoston
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great atmosphere and fantastic service. The food was perfect and the view is great. This is not the Legal that you think it is. It's a great addition to the Boston restaurant scene.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid.
    RonaldoVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We found the experience at the second floor of Legal Harborside to be humiliating and embarrassing. My friend and dining companion, in her late 20s, is very young-looking but clearly an adult. She was challenged to produce a photo ID before she would be served a glass of wine, something that had never happened in any other restaurant in Boston. She did not have her purse with her, since we were going to a show nearby afterwards, but had an image of her driver's license stored on her iPhone. They would not accept this and said the physical document had to be produced. As I left, I told the officious manager on duty that we were sorry to have troubled them and that this wouldn't happen again--since we had no intention of ever returning.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HuskyVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Great evening and Katie our server was great Menu choices and food quality were outstanding and we will visit again in near future
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Legal does it again!
    RobTNHVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This was our first visit to Legal Harborside and it certainly won't be our last! We ate on the second level and it was lovely. We ate outdoors, overlooking the harbor on a nice cool Boston night. Could not have been nicer. The quality of the food was great with a more imaginative menu than at other Legals. Also, very nice wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate