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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience4

they did not give us the service according to what we paid

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and overall great time!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Started with drinks on 3rd floor before enjoying a delicious dinner. Fresh fish & veggies. Mmmmm

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing

S
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location. Fabulous menu. Best Lobster Bisque ever. Started with a cocktail on the rooftop deck and had a wonderful dinner.

t
New England
34 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

As always reliable excellent seafood- service was excellent- Eddie- was a delight.
The noise level was higher than past visits- challenging to hear our guests.

D
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent night at Legal Harborside. Portuguese stew was on the money and the apps were great. Tremendous view of the harbor - great spot.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it there

BH
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. The staff were friendly, engaging and very attentive. Food was outstanding and quite reasonably priced. That was our second annual visit to the waterfront and Legal Harborside and we're already looking forward to next year.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nous avons beaucoup apprécié notre repas.

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GZ
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent but the service could have been a little better.

OT
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Easy to reserve, good service, staff were all welcoming, children friendly (we had a 1 year old). Legals never disappoints.

TK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening

A
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I asked for a table with view for my staff and they gave us a table with view all around! Great service, great food
Thank you

B
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very helpful and the food was hot and delicious.

LM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got to sit at a table by the window that looked out to the water. The food was exceptional! I highly recommend the stuffed artichokes as an appetizer. My salmon was cooked just how I had asked. The menu was diverse so every seafood experience could be explored. Our waitress was attentive and offered great menu options (she recommended the stuffed artichokes). The restaurant is a little loud but still able to talk without shouting. The atmosphere is casual and fun.

MD
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Waiter was excellent harbor view was great

JR
New England
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I remember the first legal seafood in inman square and it was fun to go back there for a few hours!

JO
New England
26 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous lunch on the water! The food is consistently outstanding and the service was as well. Nice and relaxed, attentive enough without being bothersome. Would recommend and go back!

JM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

had friends from France that went to the wrong Legals. Called Harborside to tell us that they would be late
We never received the message. A delay of 45 minutes!!! Not good.

EH
Amsterdam
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The atmosphere is quite fun, but the quality of food is slipping, as is the friendliness of the service staff.

S
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I had the seafood pie. It was almost inedible. Dry and severely overcooked. I normally would have complained but we were trying to avoid the incoming snowstorm and I did not have time to wait for a different meal. I have been ordering the "seafood casserole" at Legal for years and always enjoyed it. I would never order it again

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good but always get shells in the oysters

AL
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Variedad de ostras bien servidas
Pescado delicioso

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GE
New England
40 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Legal Harborside is a favorite restaurant of mine! Food is always excellent. Had a 7 pm reservation and were able to be seated earlier. It seemed like the waitress was trying to rush us through the meal this time. We were there for about an hour and 1/2 - a normal amount of time for a nice dinner? We’ll still go back, but it wasn’t as pleasant as in previous trips.

FI
New England
95 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

As a summary, Legal's is a good place to take visitors because of the name but in terms of the food it's okay. I've had better seafood in other restaurants for the price. For appetizers, we had the green bean tempura and the shrimp quesadillas. The green bean tempura came out greasier than I would like. The shrimp quesadillas was good comes with a salad, could be a meal for one. We all ordered some type of fish chargrilled with two sides. My guests said their salmon was good. I ordered the Patagonian Toothfish (aka Chilean Sea Bass) which was perfectly cooked. Our sides, roasted veggies were more onions than veggies and whatever veggies there were was undercooked. My polenta was delicious.

M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought relatives from the West Coast who traveled the world and said it was the best seafood they ever had. Devon, our server, was wonderful and we couldn't believe how flexible he was with us ordering our meals just as we want it and not strictly by the menu. We assume it was the manager (in business dress) who brought our meals and was helping out. Clearly a team effort. As a bonus, we had a window table and it was a clear evening with a spectacular view over to the airport.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice environment but bathroom is not in greatest condition

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We go here as often as we visit Boston. We have tried several of their other locations around the city as well. We are never disappointed. The food is good, fresh and hot. There is a decent selection on the menu and the staff operates as a cohesive unit to make sure the customers have what they need. This place is always busy so I suggest a reservation or patience. We have not ventured upstairs as we prefer the causal setting. The proximity to the water makes the ambience excellent in the warmer months when there is seating outside and they open the sliding doors to let the outside in.

GR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Legal Harborside never disappoints. It is always good! This is a lively restaurant and it is fun to eat right at the water's edge. Highly recommended.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tried the sushi for the first time, it was outstanding. Lobster Tempura was to die for

G
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience Amanie P makes us feel like we were at home. Awesome experience!! Thank you.

PT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere, great views. Food very good as well as value. A bit noisy but fit the place

JO
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The tables are made of wood and chipping. My husband got a splinter in his hand that left him uncomfortable for the evening until we got home to get it out.. Other than that I enjoyed my dinner date. I mentioned it was a birthday husbands birthday and everyone wished him HBD! The food was good. The wine was great! My husband didn't get to have swordfish as they were out but he managed to pick another option which he loved

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and seafood is very fresh. We definitely will recommend to our friends.

OT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely immaculate. The server was incredible, management was amazing, the food was unlike any other I’ve ever had.

J
New England
35 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, great service, beautiful view, and a noise level that allows for comfortable conversation. We highly recommend.

z
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The best legal seafood. food, view and service.

L
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I was very disappointed that they did not do anything for my guest's Birthday as specified on the reservation. Attention to detail makes the difference between a good and a great experience.

SB
New England
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Legal Seafood in general continues to provide customers with top notch Seafood and great service. We were impressed with our last visit at your Seaport location, this past weekend. Floor number 1 is casual, but yet classy at the same time and they really made my family feel at home. We will return in the near future.

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