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

Noise

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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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Excellent location and staff accomodated request for window view. Also left us personally signed anniversary card- very thoughtful. Food was good, but for price, not much better than other more reasonably priced restaurants. Service was great.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was impeccable manager very engaging and personable great place I will be back

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Very nice meal with family! Would highly recommend! Great job

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Delicious food, excellent service by all of the staff!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Seasonal
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

some good things and some disappointments, A nice room with a view. Very interesting wine list. But the service is very slow and be prepared to wait a long time between courses.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The experience was awesome. Started with a warm welcome from the two hostesses, then a perfect apple martini from Jack, I got the trio tuna and scallops, my friend had the ribeye with French fries; all delicious. We also tried the octopus, although tasty, I wasn’t thrilled with it. A manager named Dave came and welcomed us and made sure everything was good, very polite gent, well dressed and in a great spirit. Our server I think her name was Laura, bubbly and very helpful also was great. A French girl came to ask if we want pepper and she gave us water and later asked again if everything was good and if we need anything. She seemed the owner because she was chatty with everyone and very happy to be there. My friend and I felt very comfortable like we know everyone there, we enjoyed so much our time!!!! We will go back.

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 (London)·Dined on October 13, 2017

our table was not ready when we arrived so went to the bar for a drink.
We only waited about 15 mins and when we got to the table The General Manager apologised and gave us some aperitifs on the house. Cannot fault this restaurant, food and staff were excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great views and location, the lobster bisque was fair but the grilled lobster was amazing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

After a long day of sight-seeing, my mother and I arrived at Legal Harborside at 8:59 PM for our 9 PM reservation. I submitted my name and confirmed my reservation with the hostess. Another couple arrived at the same time as us stating that they had a 9:15 PM reservation. They were seated immediately. Several more couples and families arrived and were also seated within minutes. My mother and I waited over 30 minutes to be seated while everyone was seated in front of us who arrived later than us! While we waited, my mother asked if we could have a table by the window. A woman with a French accent appeared at the desk at that time and raised her voice to my mother telling her that there were no seats by the window. We were finally seated in the middle of the dining room, but we looked up to see 3 open tables next to the window overlooking the beautiful harbor where we had wanted to sit. My mother then was upset and decided to leave Legal Harborside to seek dining elsewhere. She was past tolerating the obvious discrimination we could now clearly see. Just think if there were a Black restaurant where there were all Black people working and only Blacks dining, and there was one White woman and her daughter, with reservations, waiting to be seated while 6 Black families and couples were seated in front of them. How does that look? It looks like discrimination, whether or not it was intended! What kind of establishment are you people running? Legal Harborside is a professional business that should know how to seat customers, prepare food, and serve food. I am unaware of the level of education and training that is required for the profession of hosting and seating. But, I don’t buy that Legal Harborside is unaware of how to run their business. If you don’t serve Blacks, you need to let us know in advance and we won’t come. Your treatment of myself and my mother does not reflect well on the restaurant. This is 2017. Let us better the country in which we are proud to live.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Sat on the back deck 2nd floor. Perfect night great food. We will be back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Overall it was a great evening however the main course took a little longer than expected to be served. Waitress and all the staff was fantastic. Would still definitely go back again for any occasion and recommend to friends and family.

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

I've been to Legals at other location many times. I am a New Englander so taking out of town guests to Legals is always a high priority. I had never been to this location. There is a major issue with the location and menu, which is not clearly defined on any site, is that the menu downstairs on the first floor is different than the menu on the second floor. Even the waitstaff did not clearly distinguish that difference. It was more like: "You can sit upstairs (2nd floor) or downstairs is up to you. Upstairs has white linens on the table." That was the only difference offered between the dining options. Now I don't mind trying new things but NONE of the traditional Legal fare is available upstairs other than the clam chowder. So if you are going to Legals and expecting the traditional menu it's not there! The food is good but prepared with a different taste in mind. Beans, sprouts, nuts and other mixed ingredients. Nothing fried or broiled either and smaller portions.

Tags: Authentic, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Excellent !! Everything was perfect. Food, service, ambiance. Will go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Average food. Average place for a chain restaurant

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We always have a great time at Legal Harborside. For the last 3-4 visits, we were lucky enough to be seated in Albina's area and she is THE BEST waitress around! She is knowledgeable about the menu and wine selections and is always at least 1 step ahead. The food is delicious but she is a HUGE reason we keep coming back! Give that girl a raise!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This very upscale second-floor section of the restaurant features amazing views of Boston Harbor (unless thick fog rolls in as it did for our dinner), very helpful staff, and white tablecloths and napkins. One should expect an expensive meal (in addition to any drinks, desserts, beverages, and valet parking), but one that is appropriate for special occasions or a generous employment benefit.

Our party of three had the following to eat: baked cod (cooked and flavored just right) with roasted vegetables and a tomato/mozzarella salad; grilled abalone (superb) and clam chowder; shrimp cocktail and chop salad (very good). The chowder is not on the menu, but was obtained from the first-floor section.

There were no sugar-free options on the dessert menu unlike the conventional Legal Seafood restaurants, which offer a sugar-free/carb-free chocolate mousse. This was a great disappointment, and somewhat blemished an otherwise excellent experience.

The fact that we had to ask the server several times for a bread basket (which was clearly provided without special request by other tables) was not appropriate for the quality this section of the restaurant was trying to present.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Disabled Access
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Beautiful spot for a special birthday dinner. Delicious food and fantastic service! Thank you for making our evening so special!

Tags: Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

We have eaten at different Legals over 200times in 30 years, and we have enjoyed every meal except two of the three we have had at Legal Harborside. Weird that the "flagship" is the least successful of these wonderful restaurants.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Ambiance was really great. Food took an hour to arrive. Waiter was apologetic and did all he could.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was amazing. Great hosts, servers, food, atmosphere, everything was amazing. Will go back again.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Legal Harborside accommodated our Birthday beyond our imagination. The service was top notch, the food was excellent. Everyone was exceptional. Thank you !

Harry S.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We love this place, which has become a classic - almost synonomous with 'Boston Seafood' (congratulations Roger Berkowitz)! The service, we thought, had slipped a bit during our last visit - a graduation party in June. This weekend's special event (September) was a grandmother birthday. Not sure if they read and react to all reviews, but - let me tell you - the service has turned 180 degrees! Smart, attentive, constant!! Thanks you! We were a group of 6 on a Saturday night, but the ambient noise was too loud, we hope not deliberately so. We checked 'energetic' but it was just 'loud'. We had three generations and it was just too loud to really talk the way the elders wanted to ...

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Will go back again. Great experience, with excellent service and food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Waterfront
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This is pricey, but well worth it. The view of the harbor is stunning, and the food and the service are excellent. What a pleasure to dine in a restaurant where you are not assaulted by loud music and where the tables are far enough apart that you don't have to listen to other people's conversation. In other words, it is a very "civilized" dining experience. We have also dined on the much noisier first floor, which is a great choice if you don't mind lots of noise and crowds of people. It has a very different and much less expensive (but still delicious) menu.

Tags: Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Excellent food and service. Great sunset view of the harbor.

Highly recommend

Tags: Business Meals, Vegan, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 10, 2017

My mom ordered the sole. It came out and the waiter was unable to filet it. The fish was undercooked so it was sent back. The waiter still could not filet it neatly and there were small bones in almost every bit my mom took.
Also, our waiter was not very attentive to us

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Fun, People Watching
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 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

It took just about an hour to get our food and our server only came to our table once other than when asking our drinks then our orders. The food was just ok. Great atmosphere.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

A wonderful view but a very slow kitchen overpriced dishes. For the price, I expected more creative food & not having pay extra for what is traditionally included.

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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Awesome service! The second floor was very intimate, great place for a romantic date.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Our dinner was excellent; food was great. The only thing that was a negative was that the waiter, although knowledgeable when taking our orders and pleasant, was inattentive for the rest of the dinner and even when it was time to give us the check, we had to ask the attendant pouring the water to get him. We had to get that same person take our credit card and check to pay when the waiter did not return to pick it up. We still would return to eat here if we are ever in town again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 7, 2017

consistently good food with flair, and great service coupled to great view of the harbor.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My grandmother's 91 st birthday

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 (New England)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The view is spectacular but I was disappointed in the food after having had a very high end dinner a few years back. The sides were pedestrian i.e. Fries and vegetables for $9 each overpriced. The grey sole was definitely delicious but it was a special that night. Somehow it all felt downgraded like an average fish restaurant. Not going back.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent food and scene. Staff was very attentive and very much enjoyed our visit.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

A Beautiful restaurant with a great view. The food was excellent and we enjoyed both the appetizer and dinners as well as cocktails too. The service was exceptional from start to finish. They made our Anniversary dinner very special. We will definitely go back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

My fiancé and I went to Legal Harborside on a Friday night and were sat at a table next to the window with an incredible view. They brought us an assortment of breads and we ordered 2 fantastic wines. I got the Rose and my date had a Pinot Noir that was unlike any either of us had tasted before... It was a full bodied and smoky. I started with the heirloom tomato salad with avocado mozzarella and balsamic, and he had two huge Maine oysters followed by the tuna trio. Everything was incredible. For our entrees, I got the cod which was light and buttery, served on delicious carrot and parsley purees with cipollini onions and some type of bean. Amazing. I am not a fish lover (which is an understatement), and I was in heaven. My fiance got the swordfish, which he thoroughly enjoyed though he says the oysters and tuna appetizer were the highlights for him. We finished up with a coconut sorbet and some espresso. It was expensive, but so worth the price, and I cannot wait to go back. Our service was great, albeit slow toward the end of our meal. I was fine with it though because I felt as if he was just giving us time to enjoy each other's company. 5 star dining.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

Great setting, great service but only mediocre food.
Love the first floor and the third floor, though.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Nice room good food and our Server Kim was outstanding

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

We were celebrating our two friends engagements and the staff was so wonderful to us! I am vegan and they were able to modify their vegetarian meals for me and they were delicious! I would go again for another special occasion.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Our waiter was awesome perfect choice for our wine ,

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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