Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

4.6
3674 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Legal Sea Foods was born in 1950 as a fish market in Inman Square, Cambridge that expanded in 1968 into a no-frills restaurant where guests sat on picnic tables. The first floor hull of Legal Harborside celebrates this heritage and features a casual restaurant and market.

Here you'll enjoy an all-day 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 our shuckers at work (up to 14 varieties of oysters are offered daily). A large elliptical bar offers both wine and local beers on tap. Patio seating, along Boston's HarborWalk, affords a clear view of the Boston Fish Pier, the oldest working fish pier in the country, and the city skyline.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday:
11am - 11pm

Friday - Saturday:
11am - 12am

Market Hours Daily:
10am - 10pm
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Phone number
(617) 477-2900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Our validation will net you a $2/hr discount for up to 2 hours in the Park Lane Garage. Valet parking is available daily and during full hours of operation for $21 with our validation stamp. Park for up to 20 minutes free of charge in the designated on-street spaces for takeout/market customers only. And transient docking for boats is available in season at the Liberty Wharf Marina.

Liberty Wharf Marina link: http://www.libertywharf.co/docks/reservations/
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Silver Line Way (Silver Line)
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us this Thanksgiving for everything from stuffed turkey to stuffed lobster! Reservations are recommended. Come celebrate the holiday with your family and leave the cooking to us!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We're open and serving up yuletide cheer! Reservations are recommended, and private dining rooms must be reserved in advance.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a ho-ho-holiday feast! Reservations are recommended, and private dining rooms must be reserved in advance.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

What 3674 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Staff was great and very nice. They must not store their fish correctly because my friend and I both got sick very shortly after eating the lobster.

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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome

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St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal— lobster mac, fried shrimp, scallops, clam chowder were crowd favorites. Gorgeous view!!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good. Freezing cold draft coming through the glass doors facing the water on a cold night made things unpleasant. It helped some when the waiter taped the gap.

Food: oysters were delicious, but some were a bit gritty. Portuguese seafood stew was great. Lobster rolls were left half eaten by both of my guests who ordered them.

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SV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food

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IS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

This Legal is better than the others I have been to recently. Also the bar upstairs is great, especially when there are seats available, which there were.

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ST
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great! Crab Cake was delicious!! Service was not great at all, major improvements needed. Waited almost 15 minutes just for someone to greet me and at that time it still wasn't even my server. Food came out fine but was told that goat cheese came on the salad when it was actually bleu cheese. Asked for the dessert menu with intentions to get dessert like I usually do with dinner. After the menu was presented. The server did not return and I has to get another server to get her. Since it had been 15 plus minutes without her even checking to see if I had questions about the menu, I was ready to go. She only came back and asked if I was ready for the bill. I would have loved to enjoy dessert and would have loved to come back but not with service like that. A serious refresh training on service is much needed.

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New England
76 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed - Maine oysters were great - I don't usually use condiments but green spice chile sauce was excellent on them. Kumamotos not so great, not sure why as they usually are. Swordfish was slightly overcooked but tasty. However, polenta had seized by the time I got it, had little flavor (no cheese) and green bean salad was a mess - too much of it, some bean were green and vibrant, others were gray and overcooked. Quality seems to be going downhill. Service was good, but its been better in the past overall. Hope it was just an off night.

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for a business meal.

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AC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love the food and service at Legal Harborside. The quality is consistent and the fish is excellent. The View is beautiful !it’s worth going for brunch, lunch or diner.

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1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is great.All foods I had were very tasty,All drinks are too:) And they are not too pricey,
I visited here with my two years old son and four years old daughter.Of course there are some high chairs.
All staffs are very kids friendly.
I had very good time here.Thank you.

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MC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and fantastic service from Sage. The seafood stew, lobster, and steak were out of sight good. Would highly recommend

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was excellent. Except its way too noisy on the first floor $300 dinner spent mainly yelling over the table to talk to my family. Can’t hear yourself think. Needs work.

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CG
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service except!

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

It was good food, it our waitress never engaged with us. She never asked about desert.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like most downtown's, parking is premium and costly. Paid $28 to park for 2 hrs.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good location and good service

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting Boston

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PP
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The bathrooms were the only thing that wasn’t good. Didn’t work messy. Everything else was great!!!!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was excellent!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Service was slow and pretty perfunctory. Waited 30 minutes beyond our reservation time.

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1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gia was a perfect server.

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KG
New England
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the wines available.

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JU
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow, although our server was very kind. Not very good for a date night, but the food was nicely done.

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LS
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a group business dinner. We were extremely pleased with the choice. Best night dining in Boston. Must haves - Lobster, Fried Oyster Bellies and Fresh Oysters!! Nice wine list too.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The server took my credit card receipt before I left the table. Pretty much a killer etiquette no-no in my eyes. Will not revisit this chain again.

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M
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit and we would definitely recommend. Food was great and even though it was very busy our food arrived in a timely manner.

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f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food was on point, table on the water.. would like to check out upstairs next.

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New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Only one thought- the SPECTACULAR crab cakes need no bed of sauce- on the side if you must please. Devoted CCC (Crab Cake Customer!)

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great place. Had a medium sized lobster - awesome, perfect! The appetizer Fried Clams - Good sized and totally tasty, enough to share. Great price and taste for the bottle of wine. Lots of raw oysters- so very good.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really beautiful view! Great food and drinks...not inexpensive.

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JE
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointed. Usually love this restaurant. Food and service were below average.

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MS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Inattentive host made us wait for 30 min in spite of our reservation - didn't find my name in the reservation list and didn't bother to ask again. "Apologized" after I said I go there VERY frequently and never had to wait with a reservation but didn't want to listen to the questioning or being "yelled" by a customer in his word. "Manager" seemed to see what was happening but did not intervene. Waiter ok but would forget utensils for the dessert. Person who brought the answer forgot to identify which ones were of each type and went away.

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JS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat a table where there was a water leak from the ceiling which was the only down side of our visit.

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M
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s a very good experience and we got pretty delicious food. The crab cake is recommended.

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SH
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Lobster Mac and cheese was amazing!

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DC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Wonderful atmosphere.

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MB
New England
80 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Brought our family from across the country to experience the Seaport district. They were not familiar with the wide variety of oysters and fresh fish.
Food was excellent, service good but, restaurant gets extremely noisy. Value was good, not too pricey.

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LP
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brian was a wonderful waiter. He helped us with drink recommendations and dinner. Very attentive and patient. I would definitely go back!

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CD
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service. A must if you are traveling to Boston.

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