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:
Bar/Lounge:
5:00pm

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

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

Sunday:
5:30pm - 10:00pm

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 $18 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

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (57)
Scenic View (50)
Special Occasion (43)
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Good for Anniversaries (32)
Romantic (32)
Good for a Date (31)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Business Meals (14)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Authentic (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Cozy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great Beer (4)
Casual (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Some of the staff checking us in were not exactly friendly. The waitress and assistant were great. Food was so tasty. Small portions so a little tough to share.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great food and outstanding service. Too loud for a conversation, but outstanding views.

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 (México)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Pésimo servicio y se tardaron en traer la comida más de 39 minutos y la mesera muy mal servicio y la comida llego fría , no recomiendo para nada este restaurante .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I took my gf for a birthday dinner here and we both loved it. We sat outside and lucked out with great weather for the night and had a wonderful view of the water and nice mood lighting. The service was great, very friendly. The food was amazing from the apps, to the meal and dessert. We each ordered off their cocktail menu and both enjoyed the drinks we chose. I definitely plan to go back and make this a recurring spot!

Tags: Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Romantic, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on July 22, 2017

great atmosphere and great views of the harbor. there are 3 levels to the restaurant which offer more dining options - casual (floor 1), formal (floor 2) and social (floor 3). i really appreciate the design and condition of the 3 floors. each provides an exceptional atmosphere in which to enjoy a meal. parking is near impossible in the area but the restaurant provides valet that is not unreasonably priced.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I came to this restaurant to celebrate my birthday with my friends. We had a wonderful night and the ambience was perfect. The staff were accommodating and friendly. I can't wait to come here again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Waterfront, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We enjoyed great cocktails on the 3rd level with a view of the harbor. The raspberry sangria was amazing! The portion of ocltail shrimp was a lot more than I expected, which was a nice surprise. Then our dinner reservations were on the second floor, and the window views were great too. Steak was delicious!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

One of the best meals we have had in Boston. Food was amazing and service was fantastic. The filet and crab leg was delicious, as was the lobster three ways. We will definitely come back!

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Great dining experience, again! Visiting from Delaware and always go to Legal Seafood, Harbor to have dinner.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on July 12, 2017

Everything was not bad. Average food. Good service. Good drinks at bar. Octopus was not good. It was chewy and not seasoned well.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Being a big fan of Legal Seafood's I was a bit surprised at the second floor menu. It was OK and nothing spectacular. The seafood shellfish tower was excellent but $$$$. The triple lobster 3 ways entree was OK. The other 5 people in our group had the cod and it also was just OK.
Service was excellent and the wine list extensive and fairly priced. The views are great of the waterfront. Next time I'll do the scallops 'old reliable' style.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Matt, the tuna, the Rose and the rooftop were fabulous! From a tough Chicagoan critic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Delicious seafood presented with flair. Attentive staff. Good cocktails.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on July 9, 2017

There fish may be legal, but their prices shouldn't be. The food is good, but it's not any better than any other seafood eatery out there. Any restaurant in the seaport area is going to go way over and above what they should charge for their entries, wines etc. and it's ok to make a profit, that's why your in business but greed from the owners are making them more wealthy than they already are and making it impossible for an family to enjoy a dining experience that doesn't require a second mortgage on your home

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We were at Legal Floor 2 for our Anniversary and it was terrific as usual. The service was outstanding from the waiter to the Manager.They remembered my favorite cocktail and made sure we got a great seat even though it was raining outside and seats were tight.
The food was excellent and "different", not your normal Seafood or Legal Restaurant. Abalone is back on the menu and as great as ever, you just can't get this anywhere else. My wife had the swordfish which was really good as well as her Shrimp cocktail appetizer. I had the Octopus appetizer which is a first for Legal (they just don't offer it at their other restaurants). I order it at every Boston restaurant I go to. One suggestion for the Octopus, we order it to Taste The Octopus! you could add Beans, Potatoes, pasta or whatever, But don't over power the taste of the Octopus with Honey Roasted Peanut! I could hardly taste the Octopus.
other then that, it was great from the opening cocktail to the coffee and desert. We will be back, Soon!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was excellent, service was slow, we had to wave down the waitress twice to order more drinks because she never checked once she took the food order.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2017

You cannot beat the view! One of the best at the seaport. It was rainy but still beautiful. Watching the boats and the seagulls is most entertaining. The lobster bisque was delightful, the bread basket contained cornmeal wafers that are amazing. The scallops were wonderful, but there were 4. No salad, no starch, a few brussel sprouts and 4 scallops for $34.
They were delicious but it was a good thing I had those cornmeal wafers!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Overall, the experience was excellent. Enjoyed their cucumber gimlet.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Legal Harborside was absolutely amazing!!! From the moment my wife and I arrived to the seating to the amazing service we were so beyond pleased. The food was excellent, the view was phenomenal and the ambience was perfect

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Celebrated my birthday and thanks to the bartender Jack and the GM, Joel as well as Julia, I had a night to remember!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Tapas, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 5, 2017

The food was great as was the atmosphere. The service was good and the servers were friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2017

This was a very disappointing experience. The food was cold - even the soup. It took 20 minutes to get melted butter for the lobster. The waitress was pleasant but took a very long time.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 4, 2017

I expect better from Legal. Food was slow in coming and meals were cold, two of five were sent back for reheating. Manager did comp those meals, however.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Very disappointing. Service was slow, food presentation was sloppy. Sauces we over done and ruined seafood. Scallops were gritty. Lobster 3 ways - tail wasn't cleaned properly, tempura claw seemed old, dry and cooked wrong. Stuffed lobster seemed to only have shrimp in the dish. $50 for a poorly prepared dish that consisted of the meat of less than half of less than a one pound lobster was ridiculous. We are always happy to pay for great dining experiences...this was not. It was clear most of our neighboring tables were having like experiences. Not the Legal Seafood I've known over the years.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2017

I ordered scalops and Broccoli. The broccoli was not cooked well andwas difficult to eat. But my guests enjoyed their meals.

That explains I gave only 4 stars.

The attraction for us is the beautiful view.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Great ambiance. Not stuffy like other places in the area. Service is awesome and food above average but maybe a tad bit over priced but not unreasonable.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

I love Legal seafood but everytime I eat at this one on the second floor I am not impressed by their menu and food. I wish we ate at the first floor. The waiter Zeek was really knowledgeable and very friendly which made our reunion even more memorable.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Our waiter, Julian, was outstanding. However, when we asked the server of our main courses to bring the wine menu, she forgot, so by the time we were able to get the menu and order we were well into consuming the entrees. From that same server (again, not Julian) she brought the extra bread we wished but not butter (and we never did receive it).
The short ribs had gristle that ought to have been trimmed before serving.

Aside from those glitches, the lobster we both had was perfect; the service, from maître d' to waiter, was friendly and attentive; and we would highly recommend the second floor as an upscale dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Great view right on the water and the meal was outstanding.

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

Arrived early, got seated, and never got checked in as arrived, so did not get our points. Called the restaurant, said they would fix it, However, they did not.
Food was terrible, served luke warm, after a long wait. Never got drinks, waitress forgot?
Cost was very high, quality very low. So disappointed .
Have been going to other locations for many years. I guess things have changed.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Food is very expensive and not many options. They knew it was my anniversary and there was not one mention of it. For how much we paid i think it should have been better.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Expensive but worth it

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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Thank you to our waiter Mark who was exceptional. We love everything about this place & try to come in as often as possible.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Waterfront, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Service was SUPER slow, waited a long long time for the waiter to come and then for the food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Love Legal! Have dined at several locations many times including Harborside. However, I naively reserved upstairs this last time and did not know there was a difference between the floors. Would recommend Legal remind diners when reserving that there are differing menus between floors. Have a gluten free diner with us and there is a difference in gf availability between them also.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Food is great, service was slow. Also, it was a warm night and the air conditioning was inadequate.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on June 19, 2017

We ended up sitting outdoors in the first floor overlooking the harbor. Beautiful!

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Fantastic experience! Great service--our server Lauren C was amazing, very knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive. She was very nice and even had a friendly conversation with my parents after we were done in eating and sitting at the bar. Filet and king crab was outstanding. Amazing view

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Sitting on the patio was wonderful. The fish was great. The only issue was that a medium rare burger came out well done--twice! But the service was great and we loved the view over looking the harbor. Overall it was a special day.

Tags: Special Occasion
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