Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

4.5
5082 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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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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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 5082 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Clam Chowder ever !

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vipamyden
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The server was great. Front of house was rude. Food is over priced for the quality. Nothing special for the price point.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the Legal Harborside. We had a wonderful dinner and the service was excellent. The occasion was the belated celebration of my birthday, and we were seated by the window with a marvelous view of Boston Harbor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Did not serve us for our 21st birthday even though we had 3 forms of ID to prove it. Even had a valid identification. Ruined the birthday mood

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Maeldwyn
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Legal Harborside 3 times and it’s always fantasticly fresh food, friendly service and generally a wonderful night out. I can’t speak for the rest of the chian but the flagship restaurant is always on point.

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ValeriaK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, very good service. Great view and clean ocean air.

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Boston
New England
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great view. Super nice waiter and front host. The place looked worn and bathroom had tissue and towels all over the floor. Food just okay .

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Chris
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The food was subpar, the boat exhaust was nauseating, and our waitress was disinterested.

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BarbaraW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table on the deck near the water, which was lovely. The service was friendly and attentive. My lobster was wonderful! My husband had shrimp scampi which was delicious.

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Dillo1945
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal of Baked Stuffed Lobster stuffed full of scallop and shrimp. Sat on patio overlooking Boston Harbor, Great, friendly service by Nickki. Highly recommended.

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Norton
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I was surprised with the lack of utensils for the lobster!!!

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DorothyS
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for our first night in Boston. Outstanding food and very friendly staff.

JA
vipJoyceAmico
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

New menu and different tasting food. Not to the caliber it first had... lending itself to more of a a Legal Seafood situation on the first floor. I'm bummed.

DB
DavidB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Lunch bill, with tip, for 3 people and just two glasses of wine was roughly $300
Food was good not great
Service was polite but inattentive
Noise level due to proximity to Logan Airport was high enough to make conversation intermittently impossible

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Anna
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, and a great view from our table of the water. We enjoyed our meal!

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Newtonfoodie
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. We had the lobster roll, Sesame-crusted Tuna, and Dover sole in butter and capers. All were excellent. I would argue it's the best Lobster Roll in town (we had the cold version). The staff was very accomodating. We wanted to sit outdoors, but after 20 minutes it became too cold, and they immediately found a solution for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, very good. Very busy and crowded but good service.

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Adotes
New England
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike is an amazing server! Everything was so good!

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LaurieR
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

My lobster roll was fine
My husband had the grey sole and he said it tasted like the oil it was cooked in was old
Service was fine and efficient

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JonathanE
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing all around: great food, wonderful service, gorgeous views!

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OpenTable Diner
Little Rock
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious; our service was spot; and our table on the patio completed our dining experience!
I recommend to anyone visiting Boston that wants fresh seafood and great ambiance!

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StevenD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as usual. I have not visited in over 18 months, since before ownership change. Still the same.

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KimW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lobster Bisque was delicious
View is awesome. Parking was expensive

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vipJanineE
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We were rushed out of the restaurant after making reservations and calling. To confirm that would not happen.

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TedL
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I booked a lunch reservation at Legal Harborside so we could walk straight there after exiting the ferry from Provincetown (which is just down the street).

Our OpenTable reservation was key, as tables were full and walk-in’s had to sit at bar. The hostess checked our coats and roller bags and sat us at window table. (It was a rainy day, so outside patio was closed.).

Server was friendly and attentive and the food was excellent. We loved the clam chowder (cups and bowls are on the small side, so go for the bowl if you’re hungry…even if it’s your starter). A nice touch with the soup was a warm dinner roll with butter, and even this did not disappoint. Next out were our lobster rolls overflowing with fresh lobster including both claw and tail meat. They asked us if we wanted ours with the mayo-based sauce or drawn butter…we went for the butter and it was spectacular. Don’t let anyone convince you to share yours…believe me you’ll want the whole thing despite how large they appear! We also asked to substitute our fries for side salads and were given the option of a Greek or Caesar salad. We both went for the side Greek salad and it was a very pleasant surprise…no skimping of ingredients like feta, olives, etc. and delicious dressing on the side.

There wasn’t a single disappointment in the whole meal…a rarity In this difficult time for restaurants to find good help. It’s on the pricey side, but I wouldn’t hesitate to go hear again for a great lunch on the water.

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LeslieT
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had sushi and cocktail and both were fantastic!

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leximeyer25
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bachelorette dinner while on my boochelorette weekend on the east coast! The food was so good and so fresh! Definitely going back when we return to the east coast

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vipRICH
New England
31 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Been here several times since Legals has been sold. Despite the change- menu- wine list- whats left has been consistently horrible. Bad food- just “ok” service. The location is amazing so if u can overlook bad- overpriced food you’ll be fine.

I ordered FRIED clams and they were served raw. Literally clams dipped in dough.

Even our server was astonished.

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KarenR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Went for my 65th birthday and was extremely disappointed by the very poor service we were provided. Had an issue with OpenTable gift card, thankfully the manager in charge graciously took care of our issues with service. The food was very good and served piping hot, but I was a waitress thus understand it’s not easy, but don’t keep promising to bring something that never shows up!

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JanetO
New England
33 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Not the typical legal quality experience. Sat outside at harbor side at 10pm and our table had no light. We were reading menus with iPhones. Server was super slow but to be fair was covering all tables so that may be due to go use and difficulty hiring waitstaff. But the fried clams were not as good as usual…way too much batter and fried too ling. Wonder if new ownership means new fish sources and recipes?

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vipJane
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, great food, and wonderful service.

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Vanessa
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Legal Harborside is a good looking restaurant with a hip vibe and lots of seats by the windows overlooking Boston Harbor. Food is on the expensive side, but everything was delicious -- even something as simple as the burrata appetizer. Like so many restaurants, it seems, the pacing wasn't great ... waited just a little long for drinks, for the app, for the meal and, like everywhere, for the check. By that time, the restaurant was a little busier and I'm sure the waiter was busy, but still. Take note, at #21 valet parking is cheaper than parking at many nearby lots. And it was easy, with no wait. My car was parked right outside.

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vipToriM
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great lunch with a great view! Will be dreaming of the lobster Mac n cheese for days to come 🤤

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Elizabeth
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I have always thought the view alone was worth it, but this time, not even the view could redeem our experience. I know I ranked the experience "Good" overall, but for these prices and the hassle of driving into the Seaport on a weekday, we should get more than just "Good". While our service was sweet, she was slow and inattentive. My scallops were over cooked, my cocktail was watered down, and our table was awkwardly shoved into the corner making it hard to get in an out. I am not willing to give up hope for the future, but this time was a bummer!

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KeithB
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good , scallops were really good. Stuffed lobster was good flavor but over cooked. Steak was good

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ljcz
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It is a lively atmosphere. Food was great - especially Cioppino. Service was nice for a pandemic timeframe. We sat at the side bar facing the open kitchen.

JS
JSOR
Jackson Hole
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service with credible recommendations. We had the seafood combo with a crabcake, shrimp, and scallops along with the lobster sandwich which was the best one over a two week trip to Maine. Ate inside as it was pouring out, but still had a beautiful view.

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vipPhillipK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Hostess was not friendly. Service was ok but very slow. Food was very good but not exceptional. We dined on the patio by the water and that was very nice. Unfortunately the rude hostess kind of set the tone for the experience.

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RalphJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and the outdoor space is fabulous.

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vipBeachgrandma
New England
73 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST Server ever!!!!!
So friendly and fun.
Always a great spot.

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You can order delivery directly from Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market using the Order Online button. Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 477-2900.

Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market is rated 4.5 stars by 5082 OpenTable diners.

Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.legalseafoods.com/category/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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