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: (617) 477-2900
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Legal Harborside – Floor 2 Dining Room reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (119)special occasion (98)fit for foodies (66)romantic (62)notable wine list (50)great for outdoor dining (40)good for groups (39)hot spot (39)vibrant bar scene (27)neighborhood gem (15)late-night find (11)great for lunch (9)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)Show More
  • Amazing service, delicious food and wine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I brought 2 friends with me to celebrate my birthday. The restaurant is decorated elegantly with white table cloths and candles. We received wonderful service and felt very taken care of, not only by our server, but other services and even the manager. The food is delicious. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    Yogamom
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Fabulous service! Food was presented with creative plating. Entire staff made the evening special at every opportunity
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary At Harborside
    simplethingsmatter
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Made a reservation via OpenTable and it was extremely smooth! Showed up to the restaurant - greeted warmly. Went to the bar. Poor service. Didn't sit at the bar, ordered a drink for my wife - bartender wouldn't poor it as my wife sat at a table by the window. Waited almost 10 minutes for a server to arrive; still waiting for drink while we watched 2 bartenders joke around. Moving onto dinner - great table overlooking the water. Menu was creative, albeit scarce. Food allergy - asked for change to the salad - none was available to me. Hmm. Moving on to the meal - nice presentation and enjoyable; table staff very attentive. Good place for 2 couples or business meal; surprisingly quiet place for a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice evening.
    amrATopentable
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Needed a special place to take friends. Very good food, although it was a specialty menu so slightly limited. The service was attentive & knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • thank you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Service superb. Manager and chef came over to talk and ask about dinner. Appreciated. Memorable!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu Food Offerings
    stuB
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Menu too small was not particularly impressed with the menu offerings. Price and portion size disproportioned.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Great view of the water, fantastic food and service. What more can anyone ask.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had a delightful family gathering ( my son and family from San Diego, Ca.) for a special gathering for my grand daughter ( a student at Suffix, Un. on Sunday evening. The food was amazing, atmospher iupscale, view beautiful, service, great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not grea
    Bernie
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Had late night reservations for the second floor dining room but arrived early [after 9] and hoped to be seated earlier but that did not work out. The menu was a little diffciult to choose from and the portions were only adequate. The service was pretty good and the night view of the harbor is beautiful. If we had it to do again, we would have eaten on the main level where we could have found more food choices to our liking. We had a good experience but not great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • abc123
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Unfortunately didn´t the excellent service and the great view make up for the fair main course. The lentils were ok, but not exciting, the halibut was far too dry and the little crust (scallop mousse) on it was more or less without taste. The starter (tuna duo) was good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    Butterfly4VIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Interesting cocktails and great food and wine. Beautiful view of the harbour at night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Lkirkpat
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food was very good but very expected, nothing superior. The bread selection they offer wasn't the best, again very typical. The view and the service was remarkable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for a business meeting
    Honeymooner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Service was yop notch, while the ambiance was not only scenic but also romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    A wonderful night of great food and wine with a spectacular view. The staff were friendly and attentive to all of our needs and the setting was perfect. We were a party of four but you could definitely have a quiet, romantic dinner for two or host a larger group here. We will be visiting this spot again on our next trip to Boston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood and top-notch service
    msd4946
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Big windows open onto Boston Harbor. My wife and I enjoyed watching the sun set as our meal progressed. Our waiter was excellent, helping us make good food and beverage choices that matched our interests and palates. The service staff was attentive without being intrusive. We made early reservations as we had been traveling all day. Reservations are required, I believe, and with good reason. The restaurant was full by the time we left.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A true find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We were expecting great seafood while in Boston and Legal Seafood didn't dissappoint. Excellent service coupled with fine food made for a fantastic evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for special occasions
    Debbo60
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This restaurant is a breed apart in every way. Incredible view. Food not only tastes delicious with right mix of tastes and presentation, but it also is unique. Staff is friendly and responsive. Our 30th anniversary was made more special as a result.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Fantastic service, when we complimented the food they brought out the chef to talk to us....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lov2Dine
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First we had to wait 40minutes for a table. The food while delicious was cold. I went to the Legal Test Kitchen the night before for a better experience. If you have to choose between Legals, skip this one.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kate
    Kate
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Both presentation AND taste of entree's were outstanding! The Sword Chop was without a doubt the best tasting swordfish I have ever eaten! Salads and main courses were exceptional (desserts were not as impressive though).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Top-Notch Seafood Experience
    extraspecialbitter
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife and I have been to other Legal Seafood locations, but Legal Harborside is in a class by itself. Our meals were exquisitely prepared, from my wife's Swordfish Chop (a swordfish steak with the bone in) to my Yellowfin Tuna (seared on the outside and rare on the inside). It's quite pricey, but definitely on our short list for those special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    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
    baznet
    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
    liketoeat
    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