About Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

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.

270 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday:
11am - 10pm

Friday - Saturday:
11am - 11pm

Market Hours Daily:
10am - 10pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 477-2900

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-legal-harborside-floor-1

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 $20 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/

Public Transit:
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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Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market Ratings and Reviews

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (97)
Scenic View (89)
Great for Outdoor Dining (52)
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Good for Groups (51)
Special Occasion (51)
Fun (48)
Casual (41)
Good for a Date (41)
Great for Lunch (39)
Bar Seating (37)
Local Ingredients (35)
Good for Birthdays (33)
Hot Spot (31)
Authentic (30)
Business Meals (30)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Vibrant Bar Scene (24)
Worth the Drive (21)
Kid-friendly (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Healthy (18)
People Watching (18)
Romantic (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Seasonal (13)
Late-night Find (12)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Cozy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Great Beer (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Live Sports (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

Bench seating with no where to put your coats

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Meeting with Old friend. Great food and not rushed

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was fair at best. Service was good. Menu mostly priced at “Market Price”. Found that very annoying. Very few dishes were priced and the two meals we did order that were priced as I said were fair at best

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic as always!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is the best Legal location in Boston. Not a crazy good view of the harbor but it beats the one in the Pru. It has the best ambience. The service was very attentive here. I come back for the crab cakes.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The quality of the food is super fresh and the service was awesome!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Enjoyed this Legal more than any of the others we've been to. Great food, service and ambience

Tags: Good for a Date, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great restaurant!! The staff is outstanding!! They make you feel so special. Any request was granted without an issue !!!

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is our go to date night restaurant since we’re picky and hardly go out to eat. We met family from out of town. Josh was our server and he was great. All our food was delicious. I got salmon, polenta and butternut squash and cleaned my plate. Only gripe of the night was parking in the restaurant’s validated garage cost more than valet! $30 vs $18 (just hit the 3 hr Mark at the garage which nulled any validation and also didn’t realize that the garage was so expensive to begin with).

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food was great. I should of having lunch than dinner as it was cold and i wasn’t able to walk out and enjoy the harbor view.

The service was good!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food, nice water front view. Must-have for a trip to Boston!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Casual, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Well fleet oysters we're fresh and superb. Very nice and affordable Muscadet on the wine list. Jack's Abby Hoponious Union on draft was fresh and delicious! The Linguini and Clams had lots of clam meat, perfectly cooked pasta and lots of flavor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Table by window was ready when we arrived. Service was prompt, friendly and knowledgeable. Drinks and food arrived at good pace. Seafood was cooked perfectly and our expectations were exceeded. Good value and we would definitely return.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Legal Harborside never lets you down. Great food and outstanding service. Had a wonderful sushi role and my wife had a delicious haddock in a bag. The reason It is always full of satisfied customers. A go to Seaport destination.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Fun, Authentic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Our Xmas dinner was fabulous. We enjoyed not only our meal but the beautiful view of Boston's harbor. What a perfect evening.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Requested a window table when making my reservation and was seated at a table in the middle of the restaurant. My corn and shrimp chowder was all corn in a nasty think sauce that I there up all night. My husband and son had wonderful meals and our server was awesome. I would go again but be careful what I ordered.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Everything was perfect as always! We ended up sitting at the bar and were able to watch the Celtics game. It was the PERFECT ending to Christmas Day. Cheers to the bar staff working tonight.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had a very enjoyable Christmas Dinner. Our server was very attentive and friendly. He made recommendations for wine when my choice was not available. We would return again when in Boston.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Delicious, casual, friendly, excellent service. Love this place.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Food was wonderful; Cassidy our waitress was lovely; we will be back

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 (New England)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We have been to Legals Harborside more times than I can count. The food is always amazing and the service is always on point. We continue to go to Legals Harborside Floor 1 for all our special occasions, Christmas weekend, birthdays, Easter... you can never go wrong eating here.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great food and service. Fun being right on the water

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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food was excellent. No issues with the food at all. The view is outstanding. The service was not great. The waiter spilt water over the table when bringing them. He simply walked off. When I asked him to get a rag or something to clean up the spill his reaction was that it would be taken care off after he took care of another order. While we understand wait staff are busy, his communication wasn't clear. Lack of clarity in communication; lack of comfortable communication continued throughout the meal.

Tags: Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Good experience

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Spent my birthday there recently with the family. Outstanding service and everyone in the party (7) raved about their meal: seared tuna, lobster, baked scallops, king crab legs & sushi!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I spend a lot of time there and it's always nice. The food is consistently delicious although this time the jasmine rice was really, really sticky, too sticky. I ordered the cod with the jasmine rice and that's what came on the plate - no garnish or anything. It actually looked less that Legal's usual attractive serving plate. Good though.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our server was amazing, but we were seated 30 minutes after our reservAtion. Also all the food came out at the same time (apps and dinner) which wasn’t great. Again our server was amazing and bartenders as well, but operations need improvement.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Legal Seafood has a great menu and wonderful service. The harborside location is in the midst of the growing, energetic part of Boston's seaport district. The restaurant is easy to find with valet parking, a public pay lot across the street, and nearby public transportation.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Excellent service, the food was amazing, the restaurant is beautiful. Keep up the nice work.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great experience from valet parking, greetings at front desk, dinning room location,
excellent food and service back to valet exiting.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, People Watching, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Waterfront, Bar Seating
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service was excellent! Food very good! Crab salad always fabulous. Somewhat spicy greens and crisp veggies, perfectly cooked HB eggs nice compliment.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I ordered lobster bisque and 4 raw oysters as I had never tried them before. My husband had his first experience with a whole lobster. Everything tasted really great but I mentioned to our server that it was my first experience with oysters and my husband's with lobster but she didn't offer any tips. I did eventually get her attention and ask her about how most people use the accompanying condiments for the oysters. However, she was very good with the kids which is not always the case in nicer restaurants. All in all, it was a great experience and I would go back for sure.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View, Romantic
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

This place is great for a date or special occasion. It’s a bit on the pricier side but is pretty average for the Seaport area. Food is yummy as long as you’re looking for fish - there are not a whole lot of choices outside of fish dishes. I highly recommend the Lobster Mac and Cheese and the Rock Shrimp Scampi - both are excellent and mouth watering.

Service was attentive, didn’t rush us, but didn’t dawdle either - we had tickets to Laugh Boston afterward. All around great night and would definitely do it again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Wonderful Boston dining experience.
Great food and drinks on the eaterfront!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Restaurant was close to my hotel and we were shown to our table on time and the server was first class. Jess was bubbly and very informative when it came to recommending dishes and food was delivered quickly and on time. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves fresh local produce made on the chefs special style.

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Casual, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Nice Thanksgiving spot for casual holiday seekers. I mistakenly booked Floor 1. Thought I was booking the more formal Floor 2. Actually can't decide which I like better. Got good seats by window. If I hadn't, I might have pined for Floor 2. ...

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went as a special "out of the ordinary" treat on Thanksgiving Day 2017. I had requested a table for two close to the harbor windows and was accommodated, even with a nearly full house. My wife had lobster casserole and I had the Nantucket Bay scallop special. Both entrees were outstanding, as were the clam chowder and oyster appetizers. The food is fresh and well prepared. Overall, a great dining experience and I highly recommend Legal Harborside.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Our service, food, drinks and atmosphere were great as usual. This is why this particular Legal is our favorite one.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Healthy, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Waiter was nice, but didn’t show up to our table for a good 10 minutes after we were seated. No view due to nighttime. Much more casual than I pictured - glad I didn’t change to dress up. When I made the reservation, strangely no one asked if we wanted upstairs or downstairs, which I now know is a big difference. Waiters stood around and watched tables from slightly above us as they talked to each other (have never seen that before). Appetizers were sub par - dry, stale tasting pita bread and average hummus - could have better at home. Entrees were average. Overall, disappointing. Maybe if it had been daytime the setting would have redeemed some of it. I’d go choose Del frisco’s instead every time.

Tags: Casual
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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent seafood but noisy. The location is great and the view was great

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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