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Legal Harborside – Floor 2 Dining Room

1328 reviews
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$50 and over
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Top Tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Seafood, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Weekday Lunch:
12:00pm - 3:00pm


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

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

5:30pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
(617) 477-2900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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:
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Public transit
Silver Line Way (Silver Line)
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1328 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 2 days ago

I and my wife enjoyed spending our anniversary dinner at the Legal Harbor on the 2nd floor. A "State of the Art" service combined with the exquisite kitchen and the extra-attention to our special occasion made the difference. An unforgettable evening, Thank You!

Freckles (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Oysters were fresh and wonderful. Main course "Dover sole" was nothing special and for $50 per plate not worth it, somewhat rubbery. Service was excellent and the view is special.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great place for a date with great views on the water

OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

not good!dont go

vipMdaley3 (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

I had been looking forward to this visit as I had never been to the “infamous” 2nd floor for a few years. I was so happy when they called and confirmed the reservation and asked me if there were any dietary restrictions. I said yes “chocolate”. What showed up as the surprise birthday dessert? Chocolate. I was assured a substitution would be made.

The food is just ok. They miss not having some Legal standards like chowder on the menu. The high light is the bar. The bartender is talented and the drinks really unique.

The service was slow. We ordered wine that showed up after our entrees which is unacceptable at these prices.

My husband had the filet that measured about 3 oz. I had the braised short rib and lobster. I was accompanied by a strange mouse that ruined and overpowered the dish.

Advice is stay on the first floor if your looking for the great seafood Legal is known for.

DavidD (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This was not our first time dining here. It has become our favorite place to go. And the food was the best ever. The Swordfish Chop was perfect for sharing and it was delcious. Our server was outstanding and helped make it a memorable evening

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The view was great , service too . Crab starter outstanding and the shrimp platter on ice all good . The Halibut was over salted , and the Steak was just average .

vipkertruffle (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Roger Berkowitz never ceases to get it just right. Above and beyond service, atmosphere, and the best waterfront location of any other restaurant in the greater Boston area, bar none.
If you like wine, you'll LOVE the depth and breadth in a wine cellar stocked with well-known Wall St. guys' greatest hits as well as lesser-known butoften as good-or-better than the pricey bottles.
Raw bar selections still avaiable on 2nd floor, and a bit more sytlized seafood dishes (although some are hits/some are misses). Freshest seafood served by a highly professional staff. We will keep coming back, either upstairs or downstairs (esp. when there isn't a big bar scene on the 3 floor harbor-facing level - better know as "the cougar lounge". Stay away from late-night reservaitons in July and August, or you'll likely encounter a 20 something, hanging on the stairwell railing for dear life!
Well done.

NYCexpat (New England)
2.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Food was consistent with legal sea foods high standard. Well prepared. The night fell down in every other way. Dining room looked tired. Wait staff was disinterested and hurried. Not as good as previous

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The setting was very nice. Our service was ok. People that came in after were served every course before we were.
The food was good but nothing I would rave about. We had to wait a long time for our check. I would go back but I wouldn’t rush back.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

They told us to quiet down, as a party of 10 noise should be expected.

vipMike (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Great views and service

1DiscriminatingTaster (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Had a reservation and no table was available. We sat at a high booth which was adequate.

ClimberMike (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My experience at Legal Harborside is always fantastic. Food is very good, service is attentive but not intrusive. The wine selection is amazing and the wait staff is always helpful in picking a great wine.

We sat at the bar before we were taken to our table. The bartender Jack made a killer old fashioned for me and a great drink for my date.

Overall I would absolutely recommend Legal Seafood to anyone, but particularly Legal Harborside second floor takes it to the next level of service and food.

RobEng (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

Our waiter was Daniel and he did an excellent job. He was knowledgeable of the menu and wine choices and very pleasant. His "assistant" was attentive to any needs such as topping off waters or getting dishes cleared when appropriate. Daniel and the assistant both were very professional and you didn't really know they were there unless you were looking for them to help. The food, as always was great. Everyone in our business group of four enjoyed their meal and Daniel suggested the peach and jalapeno vanilla yogurt and it sounded so wild we of course had to try it. It was delicious and split 4 ways so we didn't pork out on it.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Beautiful view. Great wine selection. Knowledgeable server.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

This is our favorite Legal location. This particular evening was an off night. Our server was inattentive which is unusual and the food wasn’t stellar this visit. Hopefully next time will be better.

vipjpm1 (New England)
3.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

They need to serve the same menu as the 1st floor. The food that made them legal. The menu is limited on floor 2. I would not eat on that level again

vipBillinBoston (New England)
2.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Legal Seafood Harborside has long been one of my favorite restaurants. I have always been seated at a table with a view of the harbor, and the food has always been excellent. But this time was a disaster. My party was seated at a table around a little corner where there was no view. Two of us had lobster soup, which was so salty that my woman friend could not eat much of it and asked her husband to take it instead. When the main course came, our fish--all three dishes--was way overcooked and dried out. My halibut was so overcooked that I struggled to cut through the crust with my knife. I had never imagined that you make halibut hard to cut. I left not just disappointed but angry.

mg03 (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Food was as good as ever, all dishes were well presented and very enjoyable. Our server tried hard but didn't have the level of knowledge of the dishes or wine list that I experienced on past visits to the second floor at Legal Harborside. Unfortunately the decline in service quality detracted from what should be a superb dining experience.