About Legal Harborside – Floor 2 Dining Room

The second floor dining room at Legal Harborside offers a focused menu of cuisine prepared with sensible creativity for celebratory eating and private dining events. Complementing the dinner menu is an aperitif cocktail list and a unique selection of artisan wines, each produced from a specific terroir representing some of the world’s most classic regions, from family-owned vineyards. Each of the vintages is unique to Legal Harborside within Massachusetts. The design of the restaurant takes full advantage of the harbor view and is reminiscent of a ship’s dining room, with a curved rosewood ceiling and glossy black columns inspired by the mast of a ship that anchor the space. A lounge off the grand spiral staircase and two oceanfront rooms, with recessing doors for privacy, are available for special events. An intimate patio with outdoor fireplace offers dining and drinks in-season. Named a “Best New Restaurant” by Esquire, 2011.

270 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Contemporary American, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Weekday Lunch:
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Bar/Lounge:
5:00pm

Monday - Thursday:
5:30pm - 10:00pm

Friday - Saturday:
5:30pm - 11:00pm

Sunday:
5:30pm - 8:30pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 477-2900

Website:
http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaurants/boston-legal-harborside-floor-2

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 $20 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:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Legal Harborside – Floor 2 Dining Room Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Waterfront (46)
Scenic View (38)
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Good for Anniversaries (30)
Good for a Date (28)
Romantic (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Business Meals (20)
Cozy (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Authentic (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Fun (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Seasonal (5)
Healthy (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
People Watching (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Casual (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great business dinner, service was fantastic and seafood was terrific

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Healthy, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Waterfront, People Watching, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had an absolutely lovely New Years Eve with the team at Legal Harborside Floor 2. Was impressed with the quality of the food and watching the fireworks over the harbor from our table was a nice touch.

Tags: Waterfront, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Romantic, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always amazing. The food , the service, the view are constantly perfect. Always great experience going there

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We are from MN, we were in Boston for only 2 nights and this restaurant came recommended to us. It delivered! Food was amazing! Service outstanding, and the view of the harbor was beautiful. If we return we will go again.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This place was Ok but nothing to write home about!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

With the exception of the one service being slow and the waiter having to be reminded that our glasses were empty, it was a spectacular meal. The food was superb and creatively presented.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We actually ate on the 3rd floor as the hostess could not find my reservation for the 2nd floor. The food, ambience, and waterview was wonderful. A fireplace was lit, which provided a cozy experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was slow; menu was limited; food was not well prepared; prices were high, and the value was not there. The good points were the great view over the bay (early afternoon) and a quiet place where one could talk easily.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful dinner with family from out of town to celebrate theChristmas season.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

This was without a doubt the best dining experience I have had in Boston. The location can't be beat, food was fabulous, service outstanding and relaxed atmosphere - never felt rushed. Would recommend this to everyone that wants to have a fantastic dining experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Had Christmas dinner at a table next to the water. Wonderful food, great memory. Attentive but not obtrusive service.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent Christmas dinner. Great food. Great service. Always enjoy the second floor dining

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Great Beer, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great spot - Great view and nice service. A real gem on the harbor.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Cozy, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Had a great Christmas Eve Family Dinner!!! It's our third time and we will be back!

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We went for the special Christmas Eve menu Feast of Seven Fishes but have dined there other times. We had paired wines with each course. Excellant seafood and interesting special menu.Festive atmosphere.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I went with my colleague from work; we were asked if we wanted to check our coats and bags, which was nice since we were carrying so many things. Everything was swift and we were seated immediately right next to the window. What a great view! A very polite manager with spiky hair came and told us that the energetic group at the bar will leave soon and it will be quiet; we didn't care but it was very considerate of him to let us know the situation.
Cassandra was our waitress, she answered all our questions regarding the dishes, she suggested also few entrees. I had the Jumbo Shrimp (how can you go wrong when there's a word "Jumbo" in it), it was delicious. My friend tried the Calamari, she loved it too.
For main course, we eat the Steak and fries and Scallops. All were tasty, the steak was a little salty to my liking but still very delicious; we were very satisfied. We both finished the whole plate, without shame, and it wasn't small portion. Another manager with french accent came twice and asked us how was the food and if we need something else. Also our waitress and a tall girl named Jessica asked us few times if all were to our liking. I found this nice and extremely personal. Both were very friendly and professional. Ask for Cassandra if you go there.
We couldn't skip the dessert, oh my god, the creme brulee was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and the chocolate cake with ice cream it was something to remember..
At the end, the chef came and shaked my hand; his name Jackson and asked me if the food was good. WHAT!!!! We felt celebrities! How nice. When we were leaving we were handed our coats and bags from the smiling hostess (please tip those girls, the work they do is amazing!) I will go back soon!!

Tags: Waterfront, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We had a good time celebrating my wife’s birthday! The ambiance is wonderful, great service with a birthday card and nice cake. The view of the city waterfront is gorgeous. The food was ok, personally I did find the oysters’ selection quite delicious. Overall, we had a good experience and the bill was under what I was expecting ... good value!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner very much (with one exception; see below) and the staff was very friendly and attentive. It was not very busy, which we enjoyed. However, it was very cold in the dining room. I had to keep my coat on through the entire meal. It was quite uncomfortable and we were told nothing could be done about it. There is one comment I would like to make about the panzanella salad that I had. It was very good and I would not recommend it. The ciabatta was in the form of croutons. Most panzanella salads I have had have pieces of crusty bread but not in the form of croutons. Therte was also something else in the salad I could not identify. They were what I was told were chestnuts. They were tasteless and added nothing to the texture or taste of the salad. I actually removed them. I also had to ask for more dressing because unlike most restaurants there was hardly any dressing on the salad. The rest of what we ordered was very good and a piece of the flourless chocolate cake for my husband’s birthday was greatly appreciated.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service was extremely slow; it took approximately one hour to make salmon and steak. Even though the waiter was apologetic and attentive, I was expecting much more from this restaurant. I ordered two alcoholic beverages and it would’ve been nice if they were given to me as complimentary, however, they offered us shrimp cocktail
but we do not eat that. On a positive note, the steak was delicious. The salmon was not seasoned.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic all around. This is a sure thing in Boston. We both had the boulliabase. I had the octopus appetizer. He said the raw bar oysters were the best he ever had and he gets them all over the country and regularly in New England where we live. The service was pleasant and unrushed. Would be amazing in the summer!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Took us 20 minn to sit with a reservation. Food was cold when it came for dinner, bread and biskets were cold and served other 30 min after we sitted. Restaurant clean up for the night started before we left. Awful service and experience, never coming back.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I am a big fan of Legal Seafoods. I tell my friends I am always happy with the food and service. I say that I think Legal really trains the waitstaff which makes it always enjoyable. So, I had a guest staying with me and decided we would have a guaranteed enjoyable meal at Legal. I love the Harborside location and we opted for the quieter 2nd floor. We arrived 15 minutes early and were told we would be seated at our 7:30 reservation time. The restaurant and bar did not appear terribly busy. Forty-five minutes later, at 8:00 pm, I checked at the reception desk and was told they were just about to seat us. That was 30 minutes past our 7:30 reservation time. We were then seated at a table in the bar that had been unoccupied the entire time. We were not seated in the restaurant. I think we had been either overlooked or dismissed. We talked to Alvina, our server and told her we were unhappy with our reception. She tried to make things right. The maitre d’ brought us shrimp cocktail free of charge which we felt compelled to eat so as not to make their effort seem to be in vain. The shrimp dulled our appetites and made it impossible for us to finish our entrees that we really wanted. Our entrees were delicious. Alvina was lovely, attentive and efficient. She alerted other staff that we were not pleased. Nevertheless, it was a disappointing evening and I was embarrassed.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Thanksgiving turkey meal was very ordinary and not very good, dry not tasty. We had it last year (or the year before) and it was special and very good. Disappointing.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I was surprised that now they offer lunch on the 2nd floor. So I went there with my friend and the menu was excellent. Much better deal than the 1st floor menu overal. The views are wonderful and there's no better place to be during lunch.
Our dessert was late and I asked the check, they brought us a "sorry" dessert (pictured) explaining that the pastry guy was training a new one and it took longer. Nice place, nice people, will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Scenic View, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Outstanding fine dining for discerning patrons. This is not for families, children or those unwilling to either spend or using an expense account.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Houston)·Dined on November 21, 2017

As always, Legal Seafood did not disappoint, and since this was a special business meal, the more formal atmosphere of the upstairs dining area was perfect. Every time I visit, I think about opportunities to return. Thanks for the great evening!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

GREAT food w a beautiful view. Definitely will be back again

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nothing special for the higher priced fare from the original Legal. Limited wine list- by the glass at $18/glass. Would not go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolutely wonderful experience! I just kindly asked the restaurant through open table to have a table with a nice view, and they set the table with the harbor view nicely! I love both the seafood and the steak. Fair price, nice atmosphere, yummy food, and great service! I will recommend to others and definitely come back!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Location was great! Had. A table overlooking the water. The tuna crudo and lobster appetizers were great. The salmon entree was overcooked and dry. The halibut did not taste very fresh..... overall would not recommend. There are too many great places to go. I have regrets about not going to Row 34 instead .....

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing food, excellent service, and a beautiful view

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service and outstanding food! Great rooftop bar for a drink before dinner!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food and service were excellent

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great atmosphere and good food.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Legal 2 is in a class by itself. Food and service is always outstanding and Waterfront Dining in Boston is tops. Shrimp, Tuna and Octopus appertizers were excellent, requested a little change on the way the Octopus was prepared and they did it just as I requested. Main course, especially the Abalone which they are famous for, could not be matched by other Seafood restaurants in Boston.
They even remembered the cocktails and wine we had on our last visit, which we ordered again!
Cocktails and wines by the glass are varied and well priced.
All in All a really great experience and we will be back, Soon.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our second time here, and loved it as much as the first time. Salmon was incredibly prepared and fresh, blue crab was amazing. Service from pre dinner drink to dinner to dessert was exceptional!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Really good food in a very nice waterfront setting.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food and service were amazing. Everything that we ordered came out perfect. And our waitress, Laura, was great and made us feel very welcome. Actually, the whole waiting staff was great.

The view over the harbor is scenic. No doubt it would had been even better during a summers afternoon, but it was still great to see the Boston skyline during the evening.

3 people ordered the bone-in ribeye steaks, with 2 people getting it Oscar style (lump blue crab with Burmese sauce). Unfortunately I did not have it Oscar style and was regretting it. The braised short rib with butter poached lobster tail was also very good.

All in all, a fantastic dinner. Would come back again. Highly recommended for any special occasion.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

THank you 🙏🏾 the food was great and I would love to come again

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We went as a six-some for a special evening, sat at the bar before taking our reservation. Had delicious food--they were out of scallops by 7:30, the waiter recommended halibut, and it was perfect. Everyone in the party was happy.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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