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
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

One of the worst legal experiences.

k
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and views!! Your wait service was so attentive!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service! Beautiful views. Food was amazing!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always happy with service there but this time our server,Janelle was beyond amazing. We had a toddler and some special requests and she was so sweet and accommodating that it above any level we had experienced before. She was professional and anticipating our needs. She was great with recommendations and super patient with us. We felt very welcomed and were thrilled with her attention.

MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bryan was an amazing server and helped us celebrate a very special occasion! Will come back very soon :)

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived we waited about 10 minutes to be seated. This allowed us to enjoy the fish tank next to the hostess station. We were then seated by the glass window looking out at the harbor. It was a great view. We started with shrimp cocktail and calamari. The shrimp cocktail was good. I would have liked the calamari to be a little more crispy but my wife thought it was perfect. My wife ordered the Salmon with sweet and sour Japanese eggplant and roasted veggies. My daughter had the twin lobsters with shaved Brussel sprouts salad. I had the swordfish with fries and coleslaw. Everything was great. We then ordered the banana pudding and the milk and dark chocolate pudding. The waitress brought a complimentary dark chocolate cake with raspberries for my wife for her birthday. All the deserts were delicious but our favorite was the milk and dark chocolate pudding. The service was good. We can’t wait to return.

D
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nobody can compete with the food at Legal and the view....outstanding!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Lobster roll. Lobster overcooked. Had aftertaste Fries cold.

Waitress keop on pushing for placing order rather thank order at our own pace.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience3

So we have been here a few times and have to be honest this last time was a letdown. We had had fabulous experiences before but this was not. Why was there shells in a seafood pie ? And the people behind us were over served to the point they were borderline yelling in my ear. The food came out cold and was not what we had previously experienced. It seems to have gone downhill as of late.

CC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Legal Harborside. We went there to celebrate our daughter's birthday. From the moment we walked in, they knew it was her birthday and did nice things for us. The food, as usual, was excellent. The service was also very good - our server was busy at one point with a very large table and one of the other servers quickly stepped in and brought us another bottle of wine. They brought our daughter a beautiful piece of cake that said Happy Birthday on it with a candle. I would definitely recommend Legal Harborside.

TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the roiled salmon special as I interviewed candidate. Excellent service e enabled
Us both to see enjoy the view while we worked.

C
New England
25 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, view of the Harbor and fabulous service! Sophia was fabulous and an asset to the restaurant! Relaxing and peaceful meal with family!
Not complaining but someone brought a dog into the restaurant and no it wasn’t a service dog! Having worked with organizations that train service dogs, this one was not! Didn’t bother us but there are health codes in the city!

S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent food selection and all seafood was well prepared and fresh. Service was friendly and not overbearing. We were seated at a window-side table with an excellent harbor view. Dessert menu was a bit limited but overall excellent experience.

B
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best seafood in Boston.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good but mussels were missing key ingredient, chorizo. Had to ask for it. Not expected from such a reputable restaurant.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and overall great time!

EM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

In town for the Boat show, had a great meal. Service was excellent.

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

EK
New England
9 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
37 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
10 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
9 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
29 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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