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Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

4.6
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4567 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 4567 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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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Bday, great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service and great views from the restaurant.

MG
MichaelG
New England
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not the best experience . How does legal seafood not have fresh oysters or clams ! They really need to step it up during this crisis , no excuses just do it right real bad service!.

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Happydiner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely lunch at Harbor Side, service and ambiance was great.
Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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vipBrenruth
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Considering the limitation posed by COVID 19, Legal Harborside is a beautiful place to spend a summer evening. Sitting outside allows for compliance with recommended space considerations. The menu is somewhat limited (no oysters!) so that was a bummer. Still, in view of the times, great evening out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Come here frequently. Love sitting outside on a beautiful night!! Our server, I didn’t get his name, was wonderful!!

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ChristinaR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was good. Service could have been better. Waiter was inattentive. Never asked if we wanted more drinks or how our food was after it was served. We have three children, who are very well behaved ranging from 4-12 years old. Waiter brought my 4 and 8 year old a bottles of soda with a large 16 oz glass. We had to ask for a smaller cups with ice. He forgot to put in one of our dinner orders and it didn’t come until after everyone at our table was finished with their dinner. At that point I was fed up and just wanted to leave.

MA
MelissaA
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful atmosphere.. Great service. Delicious food. I highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Great view, great service, nice atmosphere and horrible food

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WoodlynW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeted at the door hostess lovely and our waitress Imani was wonderful

TK
TerriK
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was wonderful. The staff accommodated the special needs of our group and were friendly and attentive.

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vipjbh1
New England
42 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a lovely lunch. This was an annual lunch in memory of someone dear to us. For 5 years we have met on August 1st, and then we lunch at Legal Harborside. This was the first restaurant visit for the three of us since Covid 19. Everyone was very lovely, from the valet Parker to the greeting staff, manager, and waitstaff. Thank you for your attention.

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a great job during Covid following protocol and keeping us feeling safe.
Food was very good

PB
PBoston
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very probably the best overall choice in the Boston area for true ocean waterfront dining. Nice deck facing an active harbor. Live docks for private boats. Engine noises can be 'entertaining' at times if you seated outside. Very safe place to eat during the covid era.

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richardB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Excellent food and drinks. Our new favorite Legals.

AG
AysunG
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Main course was good and Strawberry shortcake was incredible.
I would go back for Sushi.

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SSwede
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Great drinks and the calamari was amazing. The rest of the food was not great. We were a party of 6 and not one of us was excited about what we got. Lobster wasn't cooked right, scallops didn't taste good. I'm not sure if it was the food quality or the cook. Beautiful seaside view and the drinks were on point.

KM
KristianM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The view and ambiance were unmatched for the value. We thought our bill was fairly inexpensive considering all that we ordered. The atmosphere was beautiful on the open patio. Good spacing for social distancing and you could talk at a comfortable level. My only qualm was that there were no oysters or clams available and I was really looking forward to that.

BR
BenR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every thing was good. We sat on our table exactly at our reservation time. no waiting

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Not2picky
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

We are loyal Legal fans but this latest experience was sub par at best. Service was really slow and inattentive. The food tasted nowhere near as good as usual. Might be Covid related so willing to give it another try but was disappointed.

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vipSandy1127
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was hard to get an outside table which we needed for members of our party. You should consider reservations outside when asked because of the virus. The service was excellent. The food was good except for the corn which was waterlogged and cold. It was removed from our bill.

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viptomz
New England
75 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience highly recommend

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Ginac
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect anniversary lunch. Delicious and safe and great server. Thank you!

DM
vipDMV2016
New England
32 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I was hesitant to visit, as I’ve not been dining out because of the pandemic. I was impressed with the diligence to keep clients safe and still enjoy the dining experience in a pandemic world.

C
Chesterford
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fresh air, fresh fish, interesting view, excellent safety precautions

HW
vipHenryW
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to harborside. Excellent service, great food with a superb view of the harbor! Overall fantastic!!

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Celebrated my birthday with friends on July 22. One friend had a complaint, that his fried clams didn’t have the large bellies. The four of us were satisfied with our meals. We will dine in again at Legal Harborside.

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Cupcake
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice food and liked the open air looking at the harbor. Only comment was music was to loud.

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Olly
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous night at Legal Seafood at the harbor.
I had requested a table outdoors and it was ready when I arrived.
The service was fabulous. Our waitress was super patient and helpful.
Food delicious as always.
We were able to stay on our table until 10.30 without anyone chasing us away. It was a magical experience eating dinner outside at LS.

SH
SusanH
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I were celebrating an anniversary. It was our first time there. We called to say we were running a little late and we were told not to worry, they would hold our table as long as possible. We arrived and they had a wonderful table waiting for us. Our server, I think her name is Navas, was really super!! Friendly and attentive. Food was fantastic!! We both work in the industry so we pay close attention to detail. Everything exceeded our expectations!! Thank you!! We'll be back!

PL
PLunchReview
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! The view of the Harbor is gorgeous and the food is always top notch! Limited menu right now but still great options for all.

JM
vipJMarisa
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The crab cakes are a must. Sangria has always been a good choice to cool down on a summer day.

RS
RichardS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Usually they make anniversaries special in high end restaurants.. nothing was special about it!

It did not meet fine dining experience..

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vipDineoutoften
New England
12 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great experience. Beautiful view of the harbor. Very attentive waiter.

PH
vipPatH
New England
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Waiter was great. Overall everything was really good.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great although one of the main reasons for coming was to enjoy oysters and little necks and they didn’t have either onen

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SSSS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I've been eating at Legal's since 1986. Food quality and the menu coverage definitely went down, way down. Menu is much skimpier, one of the two kinds of salad wasn't even available, the fish (salmon) was mediocre, they brought the wrong order for my friend. Lots of issues. Disappointing. Yes, I get COVID-19, and some of this stuff could have been avoided.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was great!! We had a wonderful gentleman as our server. It was a beautiful night and we were able to be seated outside. The only drawback was the boats docking and blaring their music.

GH
vipGandH
New England
39 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A favorite Boston restaurant- Unfortunately because of the pandemic, the menu choices are limited but seafood quality remains the best.

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