Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

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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.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Enjoy a family gathering and leave the cooking to us! We'll be serving our regular menus along with festive features. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Enjoy a family gathering and leave the cooking to us! We'll be serving our regular menus along with festive features. Reservations are highly recommended.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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New England
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food!

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Las Vegas
73 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This place has a vibrant feel to it (it's noisy). We dined downstairs and were seated at a table at the bar. The table was sticky so we tried to switch to the next table over which was also sticky. We moved to the counter between the bar and the window and this was clean. The service was prompt and attentive. The crab cakes were amazing! They were the best I've ever had. The lobster roll was good. The drinks were fine and we opted to pass on dessert. I would come back for the crab cakes.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is always good but the service and atmosphere go way downhill when it is crowded—and this place is usually crowded. The seating area is really cramped and a lot of people get pretty lively so it's loud. We had that annoying thing happen where a table next to us sat down well after we arrived and even ordered, yet they got their food before we did. Our waitress seemed to neglect us. Not really top notch service but the menu is great and I always take out-of-towners here for New England classics.

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Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good lobster. Service is excellent. I recommend this place.

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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasy and nice place

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

Good service, without pressure for "eat fast and liberate the table". Kitchen was efficient with good tasting food, particularly the Portuguese seafood stew. View is nuce and outside seating in warm weather could be wonderful. The bench style seating is not comfortable after 30 minutes. Make sure to ask for regular chairs.Also, Valet parking at 21 dollars is good value. Avoid nextdoor parking, which charges an exorbitant sum of 50 dollars, even for 10 minutes parking.

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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Lovely food and service but way to cold we had to keep our coats on which took away some of the ambiance

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

Nora was fantastic! Fish tacos were better

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Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food! Did not disappoint!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous atmosphere food and service

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Houston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing! Extremely fresh, delicious, well presented. Had a wonderful view of the water even though we were not right next to the window. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Absolutely would eat here again. Hubs got the medium lobster and it was very big, cooked perfectly.

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AB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Probably the freshest-tasting sushi I've ever had-- made for a great post-marathon meal!

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

I was seated well before my reservation time without any fuss. Everything was as expected, excellent. Given it was Patriot’s Day in Boston, the holiday crowd was easily handled. As usual, excellent food & service. Legal Harborside is a treasure.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, as always! Waitress was very attentive.

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New England
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fried clams were so fresh and delicious. I loved every bite. Our waitress was excellent and very likeable.

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and scenery! Nice afternoon Sunday lunch

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New England
116 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Usually we have better food and service, but this trip was a disappointment. The fried food we had, calamari and clams, was over cooked so all you could really taste was the batter. Chowder was excellent as always. Server seemed distracted- took our order then had to come back twice to confirm it. Not up to Legal's standards!

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KC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Although we arrived in time we had to wait more than 30 minutes to be seated. Waitress was not very attentive.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service

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Denver
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous view and lively vibe from this waterfront gem. Dined at 5:30 on a Sunday expecting to be one of the first diners there, but the place was PACKED! Super happy to have used my OpenTable app to get a table here. Seaport area is really thriving with tons of new buildings and shops.

Our server Polly was attentive and the food was well presented. Clam linguine was served with plenty of clams and had a nice spicey flavor. Our server recommended the blackened swordfish and we were not disappointed! Appetizers of flatbread, bacon wrapped scallops and hearty crab cake all made for a fine fresh meal.

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal and all of the staff was friendly and helpful. Our waitress especially was attentive and super helpful!

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great experience at the Harborside locatin

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I went for my birthday to legal Harborside the other day. Our server was so nice he was talking with us about life after school and finding your passion and he was extremely relatable and easy to talk to. However, a few different servers brought us our food and one even prematurely brought our check. Other than that it was wonderful

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sons birthday. Everything was superb!
Can I give ten stars to our sever, Diego?
He is amazing and made our experience so much fun!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Legal harborside has long been one of my favorite spots. This was my first visit since officially moving back and it was as good as always. I was sad that my favorite dish the mussels in coconut curry sauce had been taken off the menu but other than that disappointment everything was wonderful!

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Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible seafood at a great value. Everything was cooked to perfection, but I have to particularly recommend the buffalo shrimp appetiser!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience!

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Legal Seafood since the late 1970s. Our dinner of linguini with clams on April 4 at Legal Harborside had the worst clams we have ever eaten at a Legal restaurant. The dinner had obviously been sitting under a heat lamp for quite some time and the six clams on top were so tough and cold that they were inedible.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice view of the water...

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New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this restaurant- one of my favorites in Boston. But please don’t confuse this restaurant for the rest of the chain, it’s nothing like your typical Legal Seafood!

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SK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for a birthday lunch on a Sunday afternoon. The food was excellent and came out super quick. We also had a seat with an awesome water view which was great!

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the first floor of Harborside! Fun, casual food, really high quality. I also like that they get a special Harpoon draft from the brewery next door, so it feels like a more special experience. Highly recommended

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were given a gift certificate for Christmas and planned to dine at Legal Harborside come spring when we could make a reservation for sunset. The nearby wharf blocks the actual sun, but view is nevertheless wonderful. Saturday was a gorgeous 65-degree day. The boat, plane, and people watching was great fun. This restaurant is always busy. The menu is more interesting than your average Legal, and our appetizers of spreads and pita and calamari were delicious. Loved the grilled scallops with cheesy polenta and farro & pistachio salad. My husband has had the sausage and shrimp orecchiette before and it's a favorite of his. The service is friendly and responsive. We'll definitely return. Make a reservation or you take the chance of being disappointed and not even getting a seat at the bar.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

The floor manager had to take our drink and app 15 order 15 minutes after we sat down because our waitress was no where to be found. The hostess also forgot about us when we checked in and we had to check in again. Our waitress, after she finally came by, seemed out of it.

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ED
Miami
79 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal at Legal Harborside. Great service, great atmosphere and some of the freshest seafood/sushi we have ever experienced. A+++...must visit this place when going to Boston!

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Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very lively at the rooftop bar. Even with the crowd, surprisingly fast service. Food was amazing. We had a sushi roll, the fish tacos, and tuna tacos.

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a must visit when you come to Boston Great mix of perfect Serra day food that will stay on your mind until the next time you are lucky enough to come back !

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, we had a lovely time with the perfect amount of service. The food was excellent as always. We went with 2 of the specials which were on point. Would highly recommend. Always a great dinner.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around!

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