Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

4.6
3696 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
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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Neighborhood
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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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Public transit
Silver Line Way (Silver Line)
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

We're open and serving up yuletide cheer! Reservations are recommended, and private dining rooms must be reserved in advance.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a ho-ho-holiday feast! Reservations are recommended, and private dining rooms must be reserved in advance.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

What 3696 People Are Saying
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MG
New England
7 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

It was ok. Skip the salmon burger. Dry burger, stale bun. Clam chowder great as usual.

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JM
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love coming down to the waterfront and especially to have early dinner at Legal. It’s been a favorite restaurant company for us for decades.

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LW
New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Legal restaurant. Waiter filleted a fish at our table, and it was quite a treat.

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B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was terrific. Our particular server was very unattentive, although it appeared as though most of the other servers were much more active and attentive to their patrons.

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter good food
Legal s is Devine

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New England
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Love our waitress Lisa
Food so so
Lobster Mac and cheese was missing the cheese

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G
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

They made us wait 20 min despite having a reservation. It was my birthday dinner. The apps were good but mains were uninspiring. Seats were benches which wasn’t super comfortable.

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C
New England
45 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I love Legal and always look forward to the rolls (I know lol), but lately they’ve not been as good as they were in the past. I don’t know if they’ve changed vendors or they’re not baking them as long as they need, just disappointing. But dinner was yummy.

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DM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great view, great food and very allergy friendly!

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New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was fantastic!

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TM
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good, the only thing that I really didn’t like was the grit and sand in the steamed clams, the waitress did not inform me that that might happen or I never would have ordered those I’m from Texas and although I loved the flavor I didn’t appreciate not knowing and there was no compensation offered for my dislike of that happening.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from Atlanta and this week s a must do whenever we visit our sons famiky in Boston. We ate there twice last week once for lunch and then Saturday night for a birthday celebration!

One of my favorites!

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DH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I don’t under why there can’t be some moderation in loudness as it is hard to carry on a conversation around the table. You’re not the only place where we see this issue. However as people get older the background noise really affects conversation.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything we had tasted great! Decent portion sizes too! The bacon wrapped scallops were perfect and the free bread they give is fresh and yummy. Beautiful view of the water. I had the lobster Mac and cheese as my main entree and they put a good amount of lobster in it. Our server was also really nice and came around enough but not too much.

Would have been 5 stars but was seated 15 minutes after my reservation time and of all the people waiting my party was seated last. But overall a good experience!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had family from out of town and was able to make a reservation for a large party at the last minute. Although we had to wait after making the reservation we had a great table, the food was fantastic, and we had very good service. However it was one of the coldest days and the restaurant had the AC on and the large ceiling fans going so it was very cool in the restaurant. We asked for the heat to be turned on or up but that never happened. With that said my family really enjoyed the food.

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RC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice for Thanksgiving dinner for out- of- towners like us. Service was great, food was really good! Nothing to complain about. It was worth going out despite the very cold temps.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was awesome. The oysters were amazing!

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TW
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our lunch tradition every time we visit Boston. We love the atmosphere and the view of the Harbor. Can’t wait to dine here again.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

Staff was great and very nice. They must not store their fish correctly because my friend and I both got sick very shortly after eating the lobster.

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LB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Jake made our Legal Harbor experience unforgettable and amazing! He was patient and went above and beyond our expectations.

You ROCK Jake!

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome

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St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a wonderful meal— lobster mac, fried shrimp, scallops, clam chowder were crowd favorites. Gorgeous view!!

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although our table was not ready at the time of our reservation, the manager provided us with a basket of calamari to make up for the issue. Otherwise great food and service as we always receive at Legals.

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O
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food and service were good. Freezing cold draft coming through the glass doors facing the water on a cold night made things unpleasant. It helped some when the waiter taped the gap.

Food: oysters were delicious, but some were a bit gritty. Portuguese seafood stew was great. Lobster rolls were left half eaten by both of my guests who ordered them.

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SV
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food

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IS
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 2

This Legal is better than the others I have been to recently. Also the bar upstairs is great, especially when there are seats available, which there were.

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ST
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was great! Crab Cake was delicious!! Service was not great at all, major improvements needed. Waited almost 15 minutes just for someone to greet me and at that time it still wasn't even my server. Food came out fine but was told that goat cheese came on the salad when it was actually bleu cheese. Asked for the dessert menu with intentions to get dessert like I usually do with dinner. After the menu was presented. The server did not return and I has to get another server to get her. Since it had been 15 plus minutes without her even checking to see if I had questions about the menu, I was ready to go. She only came back and asked if I was ready for the bill. I would have loved to enjoy dessert and would have loved to come back but not with service like that. A serious refresh training on service is much needed.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Server spilled entire glass of wine in my friends coat. Thought that they should have at least offered to pay for dry cleaning. After the incident the server was awkward the whole evening. It’s not typical of our experience as we are regulars and love the food but we were a little disappointed since we were hosting out of town guests.

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New England
77 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Disappointed - Maine oysters were great - I don't usually use condiments but green spice chile sauce was excellent on them. Kumamotos not so great, not sure why as they usually are. Swordfish was slightly overcooked but tasty. However, polenta had seized by the time I got it, had little flavor (no cheese) and green bean salad was a mess - too much of it, some bean were green and vibrant, others were gray and overcooked. Quality seems to be going downhill. Service was good, but its been better in the past overall. Hope it was just an off night.

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place for a business meal.

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AC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love the food and service at Legal Harborside. The quality is consistent and the fish is excellent. The View is beautiful !it’s worth going for brunch, lunch or diner.

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1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is great.All foods I had were very tasty,All drinks are too:) And they are not too pricey,
I visited here with my two years old son and four years old daughter.Of course there are some high chairs.
All staffs are very kids friendly.
I had very good time here.Thank you.

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MC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and fantastic service from Sage. The seafood stew, lobster, and steak were out of sight good. Would highly recommend

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was excellent. Except its way too noisy on the first floor $300 dinner spent mainly yelling over the table to talk to my family. Can’t hear yourself think. Needs work.

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CG
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the service except!

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SC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

It was good food, it our waitress never engaged with us. She never asked about desert.

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JB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like most downtown's, parking is premium and costly. Paid $28 to park for 2 hrs.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Good location and good service

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting Boston

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