Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

4.6
3572 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday:
11am - 11pm

Friday - Saturday:
11am - 12am

Market Hours Daily:
10am - 10pm
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Phone number
(617) 477-2900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Parking details
Our validation will net you a $2/hr discount for up to 2 hours in the Park Lane Garage. Valet parking is available daily and during full hours of operation for $21 with our validation stamp. Park for up to 20 minutes free of charge in the designated on-street spaces for takeout/market customers only. And transient docking for boats is available in season at the Liberty Wharf Marina.

Liberty Wharf Marina link: http://www.libertywharf.co/docks/reservations/
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Silver Line Way (Silver Line)
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place... the food and the ambiance is just perfect! Our waiter Santiago provided exceptional service. Can’t wait to go back.

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JR
Denver
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Cool location on the water. The positives of our meal stopped there. Although we had a reservation, we waited for quite sometime. Service was terrible once we were seated. Our waiter could barely be bothered to make the few trips to our table during our meal. Food was underwhelming. Went for the clam chowder which was on par with Progresso canned soup.

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

ordered 14 oysters, 12 were delivered... service was slow and inattentive. I have been here many times, but it has started to feel like a food mill and turning tables is more important than an intimate experience.

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

We are Legal Harborside regulars because we like the overall quality of the food and the comfortable, laid back atmosphere. For this visit my spouse had the Katama Bay oysters which were wonderful. I had the trout, which is always good, and the hot zucchini/squash combination as a side was delicious. The staff replaced the bench seat with a chair for my husband, even though the restaurant as usual was busy and this caused some inconvenience for them. Our server was outstanding--very friendly and efficient. For once the restaurant noise level at our corner table was manageable. Overall, Legal Harborside delivered and we had a lovely evening.

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d
Chicago
90 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice menu of seafood choices. All very good, but i would not say spectacular. Service was good until it got busier. Then it was pretty slow. Waterfront views are quite nice. In my opinion, the best menu items are the grilled fish. Very nice but pricey.

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OT
Kansas City
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific attention by our waitress. This restaurant was a fun place to be to celebrate my son's birthday. Not our first time and won't be our last - we'll be back!

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c
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Hoping to get some good seafood. What a disappointment.

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M
New England
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

All in all, a good experience but I was not happy with the salmon burger. Too much filler and not enough salmon, and too greasy. Wasn't thrilled with the fact that I couldn't substitute fries for mixed greens without having to pay more. Will not order this again.

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SO
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my boyfriend's birthday on a Sunday night while we were visiting Boston and had absolutely no regrets! The location is perfect- right on the water with plenty of tables with amazing views. The service was exceptionally quick and friendly, and the food was amazing!! Everything tasted so fresh and flavorful. We split a bowl of clam chowder and then ordered a hot lobster roll with sweet and spicy eggplant instead of fries and also an order of the spicy chipotle fish tacos. They also brought out dessert on the house for my boyfriend's birthday which was pretty tasty as well! It was a great find for some good seafood at a reasonable price, and a nice location to walk around before/after. Would definitely recommend a reservation, as they seemed busy even on a Sunday night. We opted for the first floor (more casual) but the second floor looking more fine dining-esque, if that's what you're into. Top floor is a rooftop bar I think, which we didn't check out but definitely will next time.

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h
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crabcake was to die for and service excellent! All food was great!

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LM
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Beautiful view. Service was outstanding and the food was excellent. I would certainly return.

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KR
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere was fun and energetic. The food was good but not great. Oysters were very good. Cocktail average. My lobster casserole was very heavy on the sherry. The sherry overpowered the lobster. Desserts disappointing. Scallops and salmon were very good.

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wife’s Birthday

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EV
New England
83 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My grilled salmon was good but on the salty side. I thought it was very nice of our waitress to split our crabmeat salad before bringing it to the table. I love it when on cooler evening, the windows are opened to the water. Creates a wonder ambiance.

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TA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic location! Wonderful, creative food and classic dishes. Enthusiastic waitress guided us to a couple of specials we wouldn't have seen. Great place!

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BR
New England
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Was here for my wife’s birthday/van Morrison concert. The waiter was great The food was exceptional as always, and location is probably one of the best in the city. Thank you for creating a wonderful evening.

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l
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always top shelf. My husband will drive over an hour to come here for the portuguese stew. I love the tuna tacos. Great place to go before a concert at the Pavillion. There were seven of us this last visit and everyone loved their food.

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BR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Waited forever for entrees & when mine arrived it was tasteless. A friend ordered haddock & the piece was smaller than the size of a playing card. Collectively we gave him food from our plates to make it look like he ordered a full plate. Legal Harborside rests on its laurels of location & "Get them in & get them out!"
Went on a recommendation, never again! Overpriced waterfront ambiance....disappointing.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful fried haddock appetizer and large steamed lobster.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was great! However, it is a pricey menu and despite having a reservation, we still waited 30 minutes for our table.

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b
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

VERY confusing for an out of towner. The person answering the phone for the reservation didn’t say there was “formal” dining and “casual” dining. I wanted formal and didn’t know it all wasn’t formal. When she said she only had the first floor available that didn’t tell me I was in the casual floor. Please train your hostesses better. Went upstairs and sat at the bar and was more than impressed with Jack the bartender! OMG! What a treat!!

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IL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Disappointed in the food. No presentation. Artichoke dip was served cold. Boston cream pie had no cream in it.

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LL
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We met friends from out of town we had not seen in a while. Took us a little while to order and then our waitress was nowhere when we wanted to order. We decided to skip apps and get dessert although the waitress did try and sell us apps. Food arrived warm but not hot. Dessert was just what we expected.

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T
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Legal Harborside for a memorable experience. Food was delicious and service superb. All of our inquiries were answered and addressed in a professional and friendly manner. Our server was phenomenal; his name was Aung

We will come back

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JB
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly good with gluten allergy!!

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d
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Legals is usually pretty good. I really didn’t care for the food this time, but it usually is really good. Good atmosphere...casual environment.

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PM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

With the Legal name you expect a certain quality. We were a party of six women. Three ordered the lobster roll. We specifically asked if our server if it had a lot of mayonnaise. She said no. The market price was $30. The expectation was that it was be a large portion. Well, it arrived and all three were very small portions, swimming in mayo, and it also looked watery. All three diners were disappointed. Two of us had the shrimp tortilla soup. It was so much like chili we called the server over to verify we received what we ordered. I had one very small bite of shrimp in my bowl. We couldn't figure out what else was in the soup as we both swore there was ground beef, or maybe a ground chicken. It just wasn't what we expected. The views with the open air to the water were just beautiful. Next time, I'd just stop for a drink and the view and go elsewhere for dinner.

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k
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Unfortunately, not a good experience. Been here several times and it’s always been pretty good. This time, there was a hair in my salad and my crab meat roll was very fishy.

Did not eat either one, yet the waitress did not offer to take them off the bill. Shocking, actually.

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LM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal, fresh seafood (of course). A beautiful location right on the water. Friendly efficient service and excellent food. We will absolutely come back again.

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L
Tampa
39 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sat outside at a lovely table at night. Food and service were both very good. Nice bartenders too.

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FM
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

You can't beat the location on the water. The fish is great. Mashed potatoes were soupy...I was surprised. This is pretty pricey though and the price to park is expensive. For me I will only go back if I do not have to drive.

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MP
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic location. Excellent service. The food was good but not great.

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DR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

lunch with family in the terrace looking at the harbour and the passing vessels is so charming and feels like we were on the beach

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OT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waitress! Beautiful view and scenic waterfront view. Great way to spend Labor Day!

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JT
New England
42 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the only restaurants where I will order swordfish. Always cooked perfectly and not over done. Drinks, wine, desert were all excellent. Sat on the deck over looking the water. Fantastic evening.

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C
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We are frequent diners here. It was my wife's 60th birthday. I asked for a table as close to the water as possible. No mention of her birthday by staff. No table nearer to the outside. No ice bucket for the bottle of wine I ordered (waiter said they were all in use). Appetizer had to be sent back as it wasn't what we ordered. When we left the manager (Russ) said he would make it better for us next time.

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CB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fish was excellent

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T
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It's Legal. So not a lot more to say than that. Top quality food, decent prices. Gawgeous view. Ever-present gulls. On the waterfront.

Service was a little off, but perhaps because it was a back-to-school holiday weekend.

Front desk missed our request for the outside deck and seated us inside. We went back and asked nicely and were re-seated.

Dietary restrictions were honored, expertly. Kitchen messed up on a substitution. The roving manager fixed it instantly and very pleasantly.

The wait-staff was unclear about parking validation, but the front desk go it right. Be prepared to pay at least $20 for parking.

All of that said, it's a great place to go and second-to-none for the seafood-on-the-water experience.

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K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Phenomenal seafood on the water!

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to this place for Saturday night dinner while visiting Boston. Had oysters, crab legs and clam chowder as appetizers. All fresh and tasty. Got lobster roll and grilled tuna as main dish. Great as well! Overall delicious food, great atmosphere, outdoor seating and friendly staff!

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