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Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

4.6
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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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 4650 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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BarbaraC
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pretty setting, great food, and great service.

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2coastalsnowbirds
New England
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful lunch on the harbor:
Always the best fish choices and our wait person was great. A super anniversary lunch bug we will return before long!

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KevinC
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal as always,nice view great service.Excellent seafood.

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WalterJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A beautiful afternoon on the harbor with excellent food and good service.

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NorineS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Terrific ambience sitting on deck on a beautiful day. Food, as always, very good. Servers very nice but could use some more polish; not as coordinated as they should be and timing of food delivery was off e.g. was still enjoying appetizer when entree appeared. It felt rushed.

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nfti
New England
15 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Sited on the harbor for beautiful views

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Vivien
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

When visiting Boston, be sure to dine at Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant with its waterfront views. Staff are friendly, and the food highlights Boston and New England specialities. Restaurant is located near many of the Seaport's boutiques and attractions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art. Valet parking as well as boat touch-and-go dockage are available, and the restaurant is located one block from the MBTA Silver Line's Silver Line Way transit stop.

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annad
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a terrific night! The staff was so accommodating to our requests, all food was served very promptly and everyone loved their meals! Would definitely come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We threw a tiny baby shower during Covid-it was important we were outside. The staff made it extra special for us.

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vipDani
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience5

3rd time visiting and no oysters....

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CarrieH
New England
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Can’t beat waterfront dining on a beautiful day! Red Sangria was awesome but they haven’t mastered sushi just yet. It was good but not up the standards you expect from Legals.

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KathleenR
New England
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my husbands birthday and 2nd time we’ve been out since having a baby in March! It was nice to sit outside and enjoy some lunch/wine on the water with the baby!

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N8tzw0rld
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing and the first floor had an amazing view. Thank you!

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PaulaB
New England
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We sat at one of the tables closest to the water. Can't get much better than that view.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Legal’s marketing suggests they are the standard by which all New England seafood restaurant’s are judged; yet ironically they have, hopefully unwittingly, set the low bar. Slow, inconsistent service, preparations and presentations more likely to be found in a cafeteria and a loud dining room made worse by music more appropriate to a gym. Dining out during the pandemic comes with inconvenience and even risk and one is better served supporting restaurants that value the efforts their customers make in coming to them by striving for that high bar.

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mike
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was excellent but restaurant was out of clams Oysters calamari and decaf coffee. Ridiculous to be out of those popular typically sought choices.

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KellyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the harbor! Loved my lobster roll. The watermelon crushes were to die for! My husband got a coconut margarita which was also very tasty!! Our waitress was very attentive! Would definitely go back in the future. We were on floor one, but heard the view from the 3rd floor is amazing too!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my friend birthday and she was so happy and they loved food and service!!
They we’re really kind and friendly!! We’ll be back again!!
We loved it!

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GandG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 4th visit this summer. It was a beautiful afternoon. We ate outside on the deck. The vegetables, fish, and shellfish were fresh and delicious. The wait staff and host/hostess were attentive but did not rush us. It felt safe and clean during these COVID times. A perfect afternoon lunch.

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vipPegS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best swordfish ever!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legals did a great job with safety, tables spaced out appropriately and precautions taken. Beautiful view on the dock of the harbor, excellent food. We had sushi which was a delight and delicious haddock.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate inside cause it was raining. ( although they have several outdoor tables that are covered.) Never worried for a second about cleanliness or social distancing. The service and food were, as always, excellent.

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Dshizzle
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

There wasn’t any WiFi

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mommd23
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined with our son outside on a beautiful evening! The weather was perfect, the sunset view was gorgeous! We enjoyed our dinners (very filling seafood casserole, scrod(a little heavy on the pepper), and lobster roll) and we all started with a cup of chowder!

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clairem
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience4

We were nevered asked if we would
like dessert or more drinks - our server very abruptly informed us that the bar and kitchen were closed, with no warning at all.

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Debbi
New England
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Michael was the very best we have ever had. Personable, efficient, polite, understanding and extremely capable. He was amazing --as was the food and the setting. It was a great night.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view, service and food was excellent!

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JenniferW
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Legal Harborside is always fresh and well prepared. My scallops were cooked perfectly and were melt in your mouth delicious. The service was attentive and thoughtful and the view of the harbor is worth the trip.

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thewiz
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Legal has the best Crab Cakes appetizer ever. So much crab meat and a delicious salad makes a fantastic combination and is more than enough for a delicious lunch. My friend order the Sangria and it was so tasty and refreshing.

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ChrisW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Daughter birthday

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the view and the location!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing like eating a lobster by the water!

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vipJackyN
New England
20 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor lunch with my husband. Excellent service, clean, great social distancing. We loved everything we had: RI style calamari to start, crab cake combo w/ shrimp and scallops, strawberry shortcake to go. We will be back as we felt comfortable in spite of Covid.

VK
vipVictoriaK
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary lunch

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Katie
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night in seaport! Beautiful view yummy drinks and a great server.

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BrittneyG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I made a reservation to be on the patio and we were seated inside next to a cash register. My salmon was rare and not cooked. Our first waitress was not personable at all, but the waitress that took over for her was.

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DianeB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All Covid policies were in place and it was a gorgeous day for lunch on the water. Such a nice treat to be able to get out of the house and experience the ambiance of the first floor restaurant

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vipKika
New England
59 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

On Coronavirus time it’s hard to give a review. But I’ve been in many restaurants during this time and, in my opinion, legal seafood in the seaport really needs a person with a better idea of organizing the tables in the dining room. Right now the big room looks like a cafeteria and the table was very sticky. Whoever did that decoration needs to go visit some other restaurants to have an idea and make things better. The food was ok, in the past I had better food there.

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