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 $18 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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Overall Rating

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4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (154)
Scenic View (126)
Great for Outdoor Dining (119)
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Special Occasion (79)
Good for a Date (74)
Fun (74)
Casual (65)
Good for Groups (65)
Great for Lunch (65)
Bar Seating (58)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Hot Spot (48)
People Watching (43)
Local Ingredients (43)
Vibrant Bar Scene (43)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Business Meals (39)
Authentic (38)
Worth the Drive (34)
Sunday Lunch (32)
Seasonal (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Fit for Foodies (30)
Romantic (29)
Healthy (25)
Kid-friendly (23)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Comfort Food (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Great Beer (13)
Late-night Find (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Quick Bite (12)
Great for Brunch (10)
Cozy (10)
Notable Wine List (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Paleo Friendly (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Tapas (3)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We enjoyed to have diner there. Very good fishes and sea food. Friendly service

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was one of the best seafood places i have eaten at. The service was great and being in Boston for a visit the waitress was great on recommending cocktail bars in the area. Overall, great food, drink list, and service made this a great place!

Tags: Quick Bite, Scenic View, Fun, Waterfront
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Love eating here. The food is good, the atmosphere is nice and it just has a good vibe. Fun place to eat!!

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always stop at this particular location when in Boston. Love the clam chowder. The only reason they didn’t get 5 stars ....they didn’t have my favourite oysters on the menu (Wiannos). Nonetheless, the server made some excellent recommendations on alternatives. Food is always brought out in a timely fashion, tastes great and very friendly staff. Great place, and I’ll be back next time in Boston. Keep up the good work!!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Consistently delicious food. Unique menu. The server was very considerate.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, People Watching, Waterfront, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Celebrated the birthday of a special lady in my life. It was her first time at the establishment, and she absolutely LOVED it!

EVERYTHING was amazing... from the decor, the ambience, the views, the layout and spaciousness, to the service, and most importantly the FOOD! The backdrop of the Boston Harbor and Logan Airport at night added a special touch to our experience as owners of a new boutique real estate and travel company.

Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu as well as the wine selection offered. We celebrated my partner’s birthday, which was capped off by a beautiful chocolate cake dessert with “Happy Birthday” written in chocolate and a single candle. She really made the night special.

I’d definitely return to Legal Harborside... in fact... I can see myself being a regular here!

The only downside to the night was VALET PARKING... as they only accepted cash. In this day and age of sophistication and technology, they should be a way to either pay the valet using a credit card or have it added to the final dinner bill. Other than that... I had an A+ experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent service.
Server was very helpful with the wine selection.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Waterfront, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent food, especially the lobster and the pumpkin cheesecake. Very accommodating and nice staff.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Awesome fried clams and clam Pizza

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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fabulous all around if you like seafood, ocean front ambiance, simple elegance lunch time or dinner.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Legal Harborside ruined our beautiful anniversary weekend! We sent back the Salmon, which was undercooked. The second batch of salmon we received from them was worse than the first one.

Management felt helpless trying to fix the situation.

It's a shame to see what has become of an age-old restaurant. Buckle up or you will lose people's trust. You already lost two people's faith in you.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Excellent service, and accommodating to GF options.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We love Legal Harborside and look for any excuse to go there. We have never, ever had anything less than the best meal and the best service. It's wondrous how this restaurant consistently draws personable, humorous, and efficient wait staff and servers. Huge windows overlook a water view (wonderfully busy in summer with boats along the dock, starker but still mesmerizing in fall and winter), every table in the restaurant has this harbor view. Order any dish on the menu (they're all good) or try the specials recommended by the wait staff (they're all good, too). The zucchini and summer squash side dish is very tasty, perfectly cooked with a little crispness to the cubed veggies and the portion accompanying my baked cod was generous. Prices are very reasonable, diners are never rushed through their meal, yummy hot rolls while you await your appetizer or chowder (the fish chowder is to die for), and the coffee is always very good. We are complete fans of this place.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Thought the clam chowder was just okay but sushi was excellent. Lobster Pizza was pretty good. Crab Cake appetizer was large enough to share. We appreciated the kitchen splitting it up for the two of us without us asking. We sat at the long bar by the open kitchen. Great view of the kitchen and also the waqter.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We booked a table at Legal Harbourside for our last night in Boston. We are so glad that we did. The staff who greeted us were so friendly. When we were seated the doors were open and it was chilly but the staff soon closed the doors. The view was sensational and the atmosphere was lovely. We both had starters main course drinks and dessert and the bill was very reasonable. I am pregnant so I asked the waitress could they make an non alcoholic cocktail and she went above and beyond to make it happen. The food was amazing...lobster roll and lobster mac & cheese is a must! Can't remember our waitress name...she had blonde hair and dark glasses, she was lovely. We would 100% recommend this place!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Business Meals, People Watching, Bar Seating, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Healthy, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Awesome. Our waitress Jenna was perfect. You like Legal Seafood. This is the Mother Ship location. Come here, you won't be disappointed.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 2, 2017

As usual the food, variety, quality was excellent. Service was also very
good. The variety of the menu for lunch was outstanding. Try the haddock in a bag.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront, Great for Lunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Sat at the bar, had the raw shell fish platter. Delicious. The bar staff was awesome and very engaging.

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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Jessica was amazing! Great service, knowledgeable with great suggestions

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Server was great - food was wonderful - a bit pricey for what it was (we were on casual 1st floor) - but, I chalk that up to paying an extra few dollars for the view and ambiance - so, all good!

Tags: Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Happy Hour
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We are NEVER disappointed by Legal Seafood. It is by and far the best local seafood wherever they are. We were having a small family reunion while a brother was in town for a convention and we had a delightful time. Cassidy was a wonderful server!!!

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We waited over 45 minutes just to be seated and we had a reservation.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was ok, waiter was awesome, but the management and hostesses were awful. People with reservations were waiting more than a half hour for a table (we made our reservations two months in advance) so it’s obvious that the hostesses and reservation takers need better/adequate training and the management, who argued with us that they had done nothing wrong, needs to be trained in how to speak to paying customers. The manager, Clarice, was rude and we heard several tables discussing how they were treated and how long they had to wait. There wasn’t adequate wait staff, apparently due to the management’s inability to properly schedule for the evening, so our waiter was hustling, but he did a great job (Patrick). Having said that, the food wasn’t that great, so I would never recommend this restaurant

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Main entrees arrived almost an hour after our order was taken.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Family get together. Party of 11. Great service, food and atmosphere

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Always enjoy Legal Harborside and this dinner was no exception .

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Good meal, would go again

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Awesome service. Really friendly and knowledgeable. Great recommendations without being pushy.
Great food and quick service.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Went to Legal Harborside, first floor, for my birthday. The food was good except for the calamari. The service was moderate. Towards the end of our night our server was clearly trying to leave and hurry us along, she even went as far as taking the salt and peppers off the table while we were still there, fill them and bring them back. Not something I would except from Legal Harborside.

Tags: Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Lovely view as always. One of the few places I will order swordfish since they actually know how to cook it without over overcooking it. I had a wonderful swordfish steak that as juicy and tender, really excellent. Everything else was excellent as usual although we had no lobster in our lobster bisque...which is odd for anyone whose every been to Legals knows. Other than that, great experience as always.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We arrived about a 1/2 before our reservation on a Saturday night. No problem seating us early with a great view of the water. Our server Patrick was outstanding, food quality and selection were very good. I would recommend Legal Harborside to anyone who asks.

Tags: Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Took my Mother, Aunt and Cousin after picking them up from Texas at Login Airport. The staff was great, we sat by the water and everything was spectacular. I love the sushi and my family had New England Fare (fish and chips, lobster roll and crab cakes). Highly recommend!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

They were a bit understaffed but did as good as they could. Food was good as always.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Beautiful day. Sat a few tables back from being completely outdoors. 2 of us had lobster rolls which were delicious. My son had a pasta special which he loved. Husband has celiac disease and needs to eat gluten free. Legal has always been great for gluten free dining. He gets gf rolls,and enjoys gluten free fried clams. Wellfleet oysters were delicious as well. We had a great meal with a great view. Hard to beat.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent food, our waiter was very attentive. The waterfront view goes without saying. Too bad we don't live in Boston!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fish was really good - had the cod and it was delicious. Nice fall day, so all of the windows were open and had a great view of the harbor.

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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The ambiance was great. Food was okay - definitely had better at other restaurants in Boston, especially for the price.

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