Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

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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.
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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We sat outside and it was very cold. Other than that everything was great.

DD
Tampa
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Bartenders were great. The raw oysters were delicious. Dinner was excellent, but we had a less than stellar server.

s
New England
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having eaten at The Test Kitchen multiple times we decided to try Legal Harborside and we were not disappointed. The views were fantastic and each of us truly enjoyed our meals. The food was absolutely delicious and at a reasonable price. Would definitely return. Also took advantage of the valet parking which was very convenient.

OS
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Fish in the bag comes in a real plastic, non-recyclable bag. Not environmentally friendly, definitely not appetizing.

A
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food and ambiance! The service was kind of spotty, but I'm willing to chalk up at least part of it to it being a busy Sunday evening. Still, we had a longer than normal wait time and we had to ask for water to be brought to our table two separate times before it actually was. The quality of the seafood was exceptional though, which was to be expected, and the view from where we were seated was pretty spectacular.

j
New England
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always great. I was very disappointed on how dirty the bathrooms were kept.

S
New England
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall very positive. In general, the restaurant is dirty -and the restaurants very very dirty....

CH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Pretty setting and nice, buzzy atmosphere but the quality of the food was extremely average for a premium price. Lunch (1 starter and 2 entrees) for 2 with 2 beers $100+. Have had much better for the same price. Shame because it has potential.

GL
New England
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed a delicious seafood lunch at a table on the waterfront with out of town visitors. Everyone enjoyed the experience very much.

SD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiters were great.The food was delicious.
The noise level is high so I would not go there on a first date.

KF
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend had a lobster and it was like watching Tom Jones eating... she loved every bite and there was no meat left - just shells. I had a perfect crabmeat sandwich... hard to come by these days.... it was full of crab meat, light mayo, good roll (which for this sandwich has to be a hotdog roll grilled on two sides in butter). We have had some bad examples of both of these in places that tried to be “la la” and ended up being lousy. Good for Legal! We’ll come again.

t
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat there at least once a week! Love this place! And the view is always stunning no matter the season!

c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Yes, the scallops were amazing but would not order the corn and tuna bruschetta again.

C
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was great but service very poor. We were a party of four and ordered clam chowder as a starter which did arrive until our entree was being served. Waiter was very indignant when we complained. By the time we ate the chowder our entrees were cold, not a pleasant dining experience. Will give the manage credit he did take the chowder off the bill. Noise level was very high but not totally unexpected. If you want a quiet dinner reserve a table on the 2nd floor.
Charles Palmer

MV
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome location alongside the water. Our server was excellent, even though he wouldn’t accept our ID for drinks—Canadians, bring your passports! The food was fantastic and the prices seemed very fair for the high quality meals.

NA
New England
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the location, seating near the water. Food was good but not as good as previous visits.

KG
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

#INBOUND19

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and view

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family vacation

OT
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Poor service. Food was just okay. We made reservations and still had to wait 10 minutes.

E
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lobe the view - best place in Seaport - Highly recommend this venue

M
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

We booked a 3pm lunch and did not have food until 4:15. The chowder we ordered never arrived. The view was wonderful and they accommodated 5 of us when the original reservation was for 4. Overall it took way too long to get the food we ordered.

SA
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun vibe in the restaurant. Great ambiance. The seafood menu was expansive and really terrific. The view at the seaport waterfront was outstanding. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

SO many gluten free options. I had the calamari and the lobster roll on gluten free bread and it was delicious. I will definitely be back. The service and the view were great as well!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

Beautiful location right on the harbor. Lots of fun bars around. The food was okay, but unfortunately it was a little cool.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legal harborside was BEAUTIFUL. If you go on a nice night, be sure to sit outside. The view is worth it and you still get the energetic vibe from the inside bar / restaurant as it has an indoor/outdoor open concept. The crab cake was probably the best I’ve ever had! Highly recommend if you’re looking for a great date spot with an awesome view and fantastic food !

JP
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Just OK...it is a BIG Chain, and there are MANY other seafood restaurants in Boston to choose from...would do lunch there, maybe, but not dinner...Just OK....

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful view at our table for 6. All our food and drinks were very good. Our appetizers were a bit slow coming out and we usually had to wave our waiter down to order more drinks or our meals. It was pretty busy of a Saturday afternoon with gorgeous weather so we attributed it to that. Overall we had a great time!

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family of (6) had 1pm reservations on Saturday of Labor Day weekend - I was pleasantly surprised to find our table ready for us on arrival (no waiting!) on a busy weekend. The service was great, the ambiance was perfect and the food even better (a little pricey but we'll worth it) . We will definitely come back when we visit Boston in the future.

D
New England
53 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Had the halibut special and it many bones in it which wad disappointing.
The sides offerer with dishes are underwelming. Management of the front of front desk are always well trined and professional. I have been to this location many times. It was simply beautiful on Saturday, open to the harbor ... the clam chowder was on par with any in the city. Fabulous wine selection and oysters ... don't over think it - worth the trip. Sit at the bar or the if available, the upper bar!

WK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Legal Sea Foods did not disappoint! As the President & CEO of a large cruise agency, we frequently pick up clients visiting Boston at their cruise ship and lunch at Legal Sea Foods. ALL of clients rave about Legal so what ever you're doing, keep it up!

Bill Kraus, President & CEO
Cruise Club of America
800-982-2276, ext. 208

OT
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Oysters were really good / food uneventful/ service was average - not bad but certainly room left to be bettee

LR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent harbor views. Dinner came to the table 5 minutes after appetizers. Tell them to space it out.

KH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely day to sit on the water and have an excellent meal with great service.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The host were nice and a bit entertaining due to the wait.
The waiter was nice and the food was good.

m
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I did not like my meal - Stuffed artichoke were heavy and greasy(chef needs to reconsider these) Lobster roll was just okay , Caesar salad - lettuce was too wet so salad dressing was running off. Sushi roll was just okay - nothing to rave about. The setting on the water and open kitchen were very nice.

J
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family with aunts, uncle and cousins met for dinner to celebrate a birthday and to send off a college bound cousin!!
Our food was amazing!! We love the view! Our server was so sweet and attentive! Thank you❤️

J
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and great service. The waitress was helpful and kind. We sat inside, but it never became so noisy that we couldn’t hear ourselves. The view was very pretty too.

SB
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my new go to place to relax and chill out. Thank you for a great experience!

JW
New England
75 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Standard issue tourist seafood, nothing inventive or creative, but everything was very well prepared and fresh.

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