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Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

4.6
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4512 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 4512 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Lori
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Experience was comfortable and felt very safe. Dined outside spaced far enough from other diners - did not feel compromised in anyway. Service, food and ambience were top notch! First time out in four months - overall a perfect dining experience.

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vipBostonphotobill
New England
159 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Big screw up. No oysters or clams available. They are on the menu. We understand the difficulty in these times but to print a menu and not have the product is unexpected is not good .

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Geronomo
New England
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Hoping they will bring back a larger menu soon. Very basic options, but it was nice to be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience5

The waitress was pretty rude. Bartender was very nice and even came to the table to explain the drinks. Maybe COVID is to blame but the menu is very disappointing. Very limited and still extremely expensive.

MC
MegC
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Nice evening to sit near outside. The grilled shrimp was a disaster. Completely over cooked, almost inedible. I would have sent back but did not have time. Server was very good and attentive. I wanted outside seating so picked this restaurant. Once again I'm convinced Legal is not the place to go for a quality meal. Never again!

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LynnJ
New England
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Menu with less than 1/8 of usual fare. Everything we had hoped to order was not on menu. (No oysters, no baked stuff lobster, no calamari, no jasmine special, no salmon). Only sides available are fries and come slaw. Service ok but no attempt to be friendly. Never checked in on how we liked meal. “Going thru the motions”. Spectacular view and ambiance as always. I would wait before any attempts to return to more menu selections.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience5

I’ve eaten at Legals Harborside over 100 times and this was the worst meal I’ve had. Crab cake was burned, salad was soggy. Service was super slow. I won’t got back until they open fully for regular service.

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vipREDSOX
New England
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The view is great, and we’re happy that they’ve reopened, but currently, the restaurant seems like a work in progress.
Legal is offering a very limited menu, and they were out of a couple of items on the night of our visit. The food was ok, but nothing special, and the service was hit or miss. To their credit, it appears that they are taking sanitation and social distancing quite seriously. Nevertheless, I’ll probably wait a while before returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The waitress was lovely and the food was very good. We were not rushed and enjoyed a leisurely afternoon.

TB
TeodoraB
New England
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and water views as always. Looking forward to going back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jose was a great server and very friendly, definitely will be coming back!

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cherylw
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was great. Sat outside, service was outstanding and food was very good.

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Kristy
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with great view on the harbor. The sushi was fresh and the fried clams were tasty. Highly recommend the sangria!

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vipLilafit
New England
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

My watermelon crush martini was delicious but not filled to the rim, 3 sips and it was gone.

The fish n chips was outstanding. The crabmeat roll was delicious. The clam chowder was served in a mug and alittle over 1/2 of cup full. Not much in there.

The crabmeat sushi roll was very fishy could not even swallow it had to spit out in my napkin.

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Mango1407
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty, good service.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

One of the worst legal experiences.

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

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

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

Outstanding service! Beautiful views. Food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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MoriahM
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 :)

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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CarolC
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.

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ThomasB
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.

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vipCupcake
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!

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Sjbeats
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.

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vipBrianna21
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best seafood in Boston.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and overall great time!

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

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

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OpenTable Diner
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

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vipEdwardK
New England
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing

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Shelley
Tampa
8 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.

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viptuniesdine
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.

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vipDave
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it there

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