Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

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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.
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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

It was loud and crowded. The food ok but not more. It's not worth the money and time if you have to go there from far

L
Denver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff , quick service , Amazing food

Wish we lived nearby

D
New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, atmostphere, and serverice as expected :)

j
New England
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is great but service is often questionable. Table was dirty had to ask for it to be wiped down twice. Person that did come to do that was angry and did not wipe whole table. Waiter had zero personality and was not good. Each thing we ordered we had to ask for plates and utensils. Food is always good and if you are lucky enough to get a seat at the bar you’re golden. Otherwise service is definitely hot it miss.

JN
New England
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

We were here on a Saturday afternoon around 1:00 PM. The host said a table for four would be a 20-30 minute wait. We waited an hour to be seated. It took another hour for our food to be served, which was fine but not at all worth the wait. The Swordfish Gyro was served on a limp and soggy pita. The Tuna Crudo appetizer was barely seasoned at all. They advertise that they validate parking at $2 per hour, but because we waited so long to be seated and served, we exceeded the two-hour "limit" and the garage charged us the full amount: $30. Ridiculous. Spare yourself the hassle.

e
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice waterfront place to go

O
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Initially they gave a too small table. Server was nice but food took forever to come out.

JB
Savannah
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time with our kids in Boston and it has been great! Great seating right next to the harbor. You could smell the salt water in the air.

n
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The view is always great. Our server was superb

CG
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great, drink was strong, and waitress was lovely. Bathroom was dirty for both my husband and myself.

CM
New England
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue in the thriving Seaport District! Thoroughly enjoyed our meal while sitting in the open window area right on the harbor. The quality of the seafood is excellent from the grilled selections (highly recommend the yellowfin tuna!) to the lobsters to the fish tacos. Our party of six loved our meals. Our waiter was fantastic and was very attentive to the elder in our party (much appreciated!).
Only critique is that Legal's Market Price for lobster is quite a bit inflated compared to the real market... then, again, you don't get to sit "on a dock by the bay" buying off the lobster boat!

PA
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience at Legal Harborside!! Service impeccable and dinner incredible. Definitely going back soon!!

g
New England
532 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Crappy, generic food served by overworked people with no sense of order or competence. Decent views. Nothing else. Disappointing, chaotic & overpriced. Skip this place & go anywhere else on the waterfront.

S
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Allison provide excellent service and extremely pleasant.!
Also gluten free options were excellent.
Highly recommend enjoyed the water view .

LD
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All good! All tasty! All fresh! All happy! All yum! All yum!

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a wonderful setting. The service was excellent. I highly recommend this location.

r
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

For some reason my dish was not nearly as good as it usually is. Just an off night, I guess

j
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We're Boston locals and every time family and friends come into town, we like to bring them here.
Why? Consistently great food, excellent and prompt service, and a gorgeous view of the harbor. Our servers are honestly always amazing and attentive, the hosts are gracious and communicate well, and even those who swing by to clear plates or fill water do so often and comfortably. The staff at this particular location is incredible, and the food they plate is on par with the service. I get overly anxious when we invite guests out to dinner about things beyond my control (thanks anxiety), but I can actually Relax here and know that the experience is going to be wonderful.

L
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Service was little bit slower than usual, especially for 3pm on a Saturday but it was very busy so I will give them a pass!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This eatery is such a ripped off. The cocktail I ordered tasted like water and pricey, too when compared to cocktails at premium or higher end restaurants in Back Bay. The food was OK and nothing astonishing as matter of fact the grilled swordfish we had was a little bit over cooked. My friend and I decided to delete this place from out to go to eateries in Boston.

CP
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I recommand this place there is a good atmosphere and delicious lobster not too expansive

R
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. We had the calamari, seafood tower, and bacon wrapped scallops as an appetizer. For entrees we split the lobster roll with drawn butter and the fried shrimp. They brought us out a chocolate mousse like cake. Everything was great!

D
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Legals Harborside is our go to place in the Seaport. Food is consistently very good.

Jake was our wait person today. A very pleasant mannered person, his service on point, really made our luncheon experience tops!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a view! Servers were fun and engaging, and knowledgeable. Food was excellent. Steamers w herbs n garlic, fresh oysters, delicious salad. All excellent. We’ll be bqck.

B
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in we felt so welcome. Our host was very kind and had us smiling. Our server was great and helped us navigate the menu and gave prefect recommendations. From the appetizers to our main course to dessert, all the food was delicious. The view was perfect! I am so glad came across the place on the map!

BV
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As expected, the Fish preparation was perfect...and the waiter's knowledge of the selections was excellent and comprehensive.

LD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to eat and drink on a beautiful summer night right on the waterfront of Boston Harbor. We think that Legal Harborside is one of the best dining experiences in the Seaport District of the great city of Boston, because of the quality of the food, amazing service and exceptional value. Absolutely delicious seafood, fresh and creative accompaniments and a very good selection of beverages at reasonable prices.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The server was rude and actually was rolling her eyes at my family member while they were ordering. She also forgot to enter my dinner order and my grandmothers.

OT
New England
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Large shells in my crab salad and the dressing was terrible. I was with friends so O just left it but it should have been taken off my bill.

TS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

However when two of the party tried to go for a drink on level 3 they were refused as they didn’t not have their passports with them. They both had valid driving license ids and clearly are no where near 21. This was after having a number of drinks in the restaurant on level one with our food. It was a disappointing end to a wonderful meal

FG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, attentive service. Nice view of the harbor, however some strong smells from the boats’ diesel fuel. We were on the ground level, outside and in the shade.

SG
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely lunch here on Sunday. It was a beautiful day and we had a fantastic table on their back deck.
Our server, Hala, made the experience even better.
Everything we ordered was great and we never felt rushed.
We can't wait to go back!

k
New England
25 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

We have eaten here several times. Our party of six arrived at different times and we were welcomed to our table. I ordered a glass of Pinot Grigio. I did not specify which one but assumed it would be a house wine. When the bill came I had been served a $13.50 glass. I. Don’t think that was nice. For an appetizer we ordered fried calamari. No where in the menu description was lemon mentioned (one of our guests is allergic). They were deep fried and looked like the peppers. Luckily he was able to spit it out. Apparently the steamed clams took awhile so we all waited over 30 minutes for our entrees. No one came over to explain. It was a lovely evening otherwise. I had put in my reservation we were celebrating a 30 birthday. No one ever mentioned it. Disappointing

SS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Legal Seafood's never disappoints! By far one of the best crab cakes you will ever have.

B
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately due to traffic I was late arriving from Providence for my reservation. In the middle of pulling up to valet my car, my table had been cancelled. Thankfully I was only a few minutes from that and the host was gracious enough to allow me to wait another 20 minutes for a table. I knew how incredible this gesture was because of the massive amount of people waiting behind me. I so appreciate his kindness in what would have been a horrible rest of the night. I hadn't eaten anything since breakfast and was so happy to have a drink (bar staff while waiting were fantastic) and then our delicious meal. Thank you Legal!

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great drinks and seafood as always. Jake G was attentive and adorable!

DL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

筆者對法國 (Loire Valley)的法定產區 (Vouvray AOC)所生產的 (Chenin Blanc)印象深刻, 其特點是天然的高酸度, 以及蜂蜜, 堅果, 生薑, 蘋果和白花的香氣; 雖說白詩南也在南非, 美國加州, 澳洲, 南美洲也多有種植, 而且也頗有好評, 但法國的這款似乎干型特別明顯? 而且舞芙蕾產區的葡萄酒通常搭配海鮮佳餚和美味的醬汁是相當完美的! 筆者搭配當日現蒸蚌類(Steamers), 以及 (New England Seafood Pie): 龍蝦肉, 干貝, 明蝦, 佐以 (lobster sherry cream sauce), 簡直就是無懈可擊!!
🥰🥰🥰🥰

OT
New England
27 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an unexpected trip to Boston from NH. When we arrived, we were pleased to find Emerson available to serve us as we hadn't seen him in a while. As it was cloudy, we asked to be seated 'inside' which was next to the glass wall that was open, so we had the benefit of outside without any elements. Even after too many months Emerson remembered and asked, sparkling water, no ice and lime? Perfect way to start. He brought the wine list we enjoy and we placed an order. Throughout the meal we caught up (there was a lot as he's engaged!), and he made the entire meal exceptional. Thanks also to Shawn, the manager. We didn't connect on this trip but his presence on the floor always ensures things are running smoothly. Again, this was an unplanned trip, but we couldn't have had a better time anywhere. Thank you all at Legal Harborside. Bill & Julie

MP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great dinner with family visiting from out of town

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous with a beautiful view of Boston Harbor!

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