Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market

4.5
5045 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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JoannaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Scallops were under done and Boston crepe pie was overrated

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Edward, was terrific and made our experience that much better!

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Edgar
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance was superb. The service was exceptional. I couldn't be more pleased. I hope to go there again if I'm ever in Boston.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We ate here before a concert at the LeaderBank Pavilion and it was great! We both had oysters and salmon and they were very good

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was very slow. Food was good but they were out of some menu items.

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SteveW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We purposely asked for three tables of 6 to avoid poor service but they put us at a long narrow table of 18 - with one server. Service was incredibly slow although the poor man tried. Too crowded table, no shell bowls for steamed lobsters, fried foods with no discernable fish taste. Fresh oysters good. Cannot recommend, sadly.

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SteveW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were a party of 18. I had reserved three tables of 6. Upon arrival, we were directed to one long table for 18. There was one waiter; he was good but way over extended. My entre was the Fisherman's Platter. EVERYTHING was deep (and over) fried. As presented, it looked like the scrapings from the floor of a stockyard. Totally brown except for a paper goblet of tarter sauce. No lemon, no cocktail sauce, no garnishings of any kind. I had heard good comments about Legal Seafood. What a disappointment!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great. We sat outside and had a superb view of the harbor and the moon. Only negative was that a boater was running his engine and the gas fumes were annoying. Definitely recommend.

CJ
ChantelleJ
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Weekend getaway

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DMBFan29
New England
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A consistently great choice, whether for date night or to bring the parents.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant and it was great
Food was amazing and service was fantastic
There was a concert at the amphitheater near by and the music was loud
But other than that this place is great

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DisappointedDiner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Been there, done that, will never do it again. Not worth the hype. Chowder was mediocre. Ordered baked stuffed colossal shrimp and got 4 small burned shrimp with flavorless unseasoned rice. Best part was the asparagus.

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FrancoisT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Would definitely return.

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BruceH
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good service, great lobster, nice wine. What else can anyone ask for?

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vipEmily
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The best clam chowder I’ve ever had. Tuna tataki is incredible.

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vipStephenS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good consistent food at Legal's. Great service. Wife's lobster roll was best she's ever had.

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AgostonK
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Food was delicious! Physical space needs updating. Good experience.

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vipHank
New England
41 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Legal Seafood dining is usually consistent. The Harborside location is exceptional for the view of the harbor. However, the space is aging - the tables are chipped and sticky and it has more of the atmosphere of a tourist trap than a nice place to dine. The food is consistently prepared however and while nothing special is adequate for the price. The service is robotic but again consistent. Not fine dining but a great place to take folks from out of town to sample seafood.

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MariR
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I look forward to visiting again! Ans may very well add this place to my "must go" on every trip there after to try other menu items. We were able to get patio seating with a direct view of the harbor and it was wonderful! Watching the seagulls , the boats, and listening to the sound check from the amphitheater next door was entertaining as well.
It was breezy with being that close to the water, so definitely suggest a light jacket if you're on the patio depending on the time of year. The food was an incredible fusion of flavors unlike what I had tried before of seafood restaurants. If you like sushi and lobster, I highly suggest the lobster sushi roll. The presentation alone is worth the order, but your taste pallette will not be disappointed.

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EdwardG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food - Great View-Great drinks I hope to return soon

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GlennC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Legal SEAFOOD. As in oysters. This was my husband birthday dinner which I booked 1 month in advance. THEY DID NOT HAVE OYSTERS and gave 3 different reasons why. The food we did get was mediocre, the service was horrible and no toilet paper in the bathroom. This was a really bad experience. We will not be returning to any Legal Seafood again. REALLY!!!!!! How can you not have oysters when the restaurant down the block does?

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio view of the water and excellent service. Highly recommend reservations.

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vipThomas
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and great service! Please beware on outdoor seating! On this app and in the restaurant they state we cannot guarantee outside seating nor reserve outside seating! Upon arriving saw outside tables and was instructed that no outside seating is available for they are all reserved! I replied how can this be? He said we take outdoor seating reservations! I asked for the manager he replied the server was mistaken! He immediately sat us outdoors! Great food great service!

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JoeM
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highest quality seafood in a very comfortable casual environment. Loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and service

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BillN
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

I went for my birthday dinner primarily to get oysters and they told us they didn’t have any oysters when we sat down. Very disappointing and the server just left tons of empty plates scattered all over our table. Had to grab someone to get them to take them away. Felt pretty small time for ordering a $40 meal.

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vipDinMerchant
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family
Visiting

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DMarie
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The wait staff was great and professional. The atmosphere is also wonderful right by the water. The food is good but not phenomenal and way overpriced. I have the signature crab cake which is delicious and then ordered two sides to go with it for a meal. The sides are definitely just so so and not worth the price. Overall you pay for the name and the atmosphere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service harbor side. What more could you want!

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vipLauraC
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

So far my experiences with the new ownership of Legal Seafoods have not been encouraging. The new french fries look like they're going to be great, but the flavor and texture don't follow through on the promise.

Most of all, though, as someone who's gone to Legal for years for its gluten-free options, I'm really disappointed in things that have been taken off the menu (the crispy green bean appetizer that used to be at Harborside, for instance). I hope that Legal remains a favorite for years to come, but I'm concerned.

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SCNC
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service and a beautiful atmosphere beside the harbor! The only downside was that the hostess failed to acknowledge us while talking on the phone approximately 5-minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Love the view. Disappointed with a cold rubbery “hot buttered” $42 lobster roll. After just returning from Maine, the seafood unfortunately did not compare.

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vipshopanddine
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The lobster roll was perfect; big and very fresh chunks of lobster, fresh hot dog bun grilled golden brown with butter still warm, golden tender fresh French fries, tasty coke slaw. The Caesar salad was one of the best. The day was hot and humid, so we chose inside, but sat next to the window with a great view. Our waitress was friendly, yet professional. It was a very enjoyable experience.

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lesc
New England
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was excellent and our table had a nice view of Boston Harbor. Our waiter, knowing we only had an hour to eat before attending a concert, made sure our food was speedily delivered.

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Carmelina
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic harbor location. Great wait server. Prompt service and well cooked food. A total delight as we luxked out with a table overlooking the bisy harbor.

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KarenB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We have always enjoyed Legal’s. Never ever have had a “Bad” piece of fish. Always fresh!!
However, 1st time Legals had run out of some items such as oysters and the espresso machine was broken. Is this a buy product from the recent sale of Legal’s? Hope not!

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vipBrie
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun interior, great food, fantastic for Celiac! Would highly recommend and plan to come back.

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Geoaquamariner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience5

Went for oysters. NO OYSTERS!!! what? Total disappointment!
Waitress forgot our appetizer.
Over rated experience, Legal Seafood was barely legal in our humble opinion!

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vipGreek
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great seafood :)

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vipMela526
Chicago
394 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The crusted haddock dish was very tasty. Fish was flaky and very good. Scenery is very beautiful for sure. Fried shrimp looked a bit overdone but ok. Boston cream pie spot on

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market using the Order Online button. Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 477-2900.

Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market is rated 4.5 stars by 5045 OpenTable diners.

Legal Harborside - Floor 1 Restaurant and Market does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://shop.legalseafoods.com/category/gift-cards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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