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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4.5

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4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (36)
Waterfront (35)
Scenic View (31)
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Good for Anniversaries (27)
Good for a Date (22)
Romantic (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Business Meals (18)
Cozy (18)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Authentic (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Fun (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Seasonal (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Casual (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place for a date with great views on the water

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 (New England)·Dined on February 11, 2018

not good!dont go

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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·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

Tags: Bar Seating, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·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 .

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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·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

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 (Chicago)·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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great views and service

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 (New England)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Fun, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Cozy, Authentic, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·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.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Beautiful view. Great wine selection. Knowledgeable server.

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 (New York Area)·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.

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 (New England)·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

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 (New England)·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.

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 (New England)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 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 December 31, 2017

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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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 30, 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 30, 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 28, 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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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 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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 (London)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Fabulous location, excellent wine selection, super service and gorgeous food.

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 (New England)·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 24, 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 24, 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 24, 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 6, 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 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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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 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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