Legal Harborside – Floor 2 Dining Room

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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.
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GM
Oklahoma City
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing view. Great food and service. Really enjoyed the experience.

ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, beautiful views and very attentive service

SA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was great! We were there for an Anniversary dinner and she made it very special. The views of the Harbor were great and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion!

m
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service. But in desperate need of a changing table. Its amazing they don’t have one on the second floor dining area.

F
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food, fantastic service. Great view, too!!

s
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious but the prices were extroadinarly high even given the quality. The views were outstanding as was the extremely helpful, amusing and efficient waiter. The only problem was the acoustics (due to the number of people eating) which meant that you could only hear the people beside you and voices had to be raised constantly.

CP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The Grilled Swordfish was Excellent!

I recommend the meal - however the service was not optimal - my suggestion go for the meal and enjoy!

DL
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner, service and ambiance were terrific! We plan to return on a future trip to Boston.

MK
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Stiff unfriendly service. Some food items arrived cold.

m
New England
284 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Invited 3 friends from work to join me at Legal Harborside Floor 2 They asked why floor 2? I said wait and see. We had cocktails first then appetizers that were outstanding including the Octopus and Tuna Trio. Then with our fabulous and very reasonably priced White wine we enjoyed main courses of Bass, Salmon and swordfish, all cooked perfectly. Desert and cordials finished off a perfect meal. We can’t wait to go back!

RC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guests were from Europe and they were extremely impressed. The food was excellent, the atmosphere and view was great and the waitstaff was awesome! A great experience. Highly recommend.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 3

Very limited lunch menu and we swatted fruit flies all throughout lunch. Very disappointing.

JP
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The view was awesome! The food was even better! The best oysters were wonderful as was the fish we had. The staff was very friendly!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The table was elegant. The food presentation was creative. The meal was superbly delicious. The service was Downton Abbey revisited. The view was grand. Overall, the experience was extremely exceptional!!!

D Gordon

BC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great view, great service, great food. What more do you want?

G
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch with friends
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JC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience. Kudos to waiter Mike!

WR
Naples
62 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Two of the three entrees were good, but the bouillabaisse was uninspiring and overpriced for what it was. We enjoy many of the other Legal locations, but disappointed with this one.

R
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is the most upscale of the Legal chain. Service was excellent. Preparation and presentation was also great. My only reservation is that their menu is more limited than the sister locations. For example, there was no tuna on the menu. I would recommend it without reservation, no pun intended.

DA
New England
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a pleasure to dine here the service the food is omg amazing

RJ
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lighting was perfect for reading the menu and for enjoying the view of the harbor. Very nicely appointed. Food excellent. Very helpful servers. My sister and I shared a salad and enjoyed apps for dinner.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and view were excellent. Our server Nina was very cordial and knowledgeable about the food and the wines. She was very pleasant to work with.

s
New England
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

The view was spectacular and the service was great. However, my meal was terrible. And nobody left saying their meal was great. The prices are equivalent to a top of the line restaurant but the meals were not!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was seated and then .....ignored for 25 minutes !
The waitress ignored me
This is the first time I have ever left a restaurant before food !
Unreal

d
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We knew Legal Seafood offered one of the better Boston seafood dinners, and the Floor 2 Dining Room adds elegance to the experience. We were celebrating our daughter's birthday, and Legal gave us a nice standalone table one row removed from the windows overlooking the Boston harbor (the Floor 2 Dining Room offers several long "shared" tables as well, so best to request your preferred type of table). Our table setting included a handwritten birthday greeting for our daughter, and our meal included a free slice of chocolate cake with candle and edible card. Our waiter - Edward - was outstanding in every respect. He (and the maitre d') accommodated my wife's mild food allergies with recommendations and modifications, and checked on the progress of our meal regularly (but not too much). He kept our wine and water glasses full, and the wine bottle on ice throughout the meal. He answered several questions about the menu that required an in-depth knowledge of the offerings. Afterwards, Edward made sure we had our valet ticket validated (I wouldn't have thought to ask). I cannot think of any aspect of our Legal experience that could have been better. We were surrounded by what appeared to be important business/social gatherings of people, but our modest birthday celebration was given no less respect. That statement in itself may be what sets Legal Seafood apart from the competition.

F
New England
47 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I had a reservation and was seated a half an hour later even though there were tables open. I sat at the bar and waited with my husband and my son. The view is nice if you get there and sit by the window which I requested and did not get .
Be advise at the menu on floor two is very different than any other level. They did accommodate my husband when he requested clam shouter. But there was only one shrimp dish on the menu and it was very unusual. I asked for a piece of swordfish without the salsa and just to have potato and asparagus instead and the weather said no he couldn't do that. So he just put in the order with a plain piece of swordfish and I asked for at least some mashed potatoes on the side which I got. But the piece of swordfish was just that on a plain white plate nothing extra no sauce nothing !! no substitutes he told me. Needless to say, we did not have another drink nor did we have coffee or dessert.
The chowder I tasted was very good the swordfish was fresh he's just confuse little extra something I don't think I will die in there again .I would suggest if you want something with more choices on the menu go to the first floor and if you want to just have a drink with a beautiful view then go to the second floor. Maybe just have an app at the bar on the second floor.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Nikki was very informative and funny. Joel, the sommelier knew what we would like better than we did!

P
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Lobster was undercooked. Roe was still black and bloody.
GM offered us dessert. We said could we have latté instead. He said sure no problem. Still lattés were charged. Had to get that fixed as well.
The table behind us left for problems with their lobsters as well. At market price and reputation of this restaurant, I think the person at the pass should have checked more thoroughly.
It's a shame because I had been to this location 3 years ago and was very pleased. We flew from Montreal, me and my girlfriend for this meal to Boston. High expectations for this diner were definatley not met. It saddens me because I know this restaurant can do so much better.

Thanks.

AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Great place with a wonderful view. Food and service were just ok.

DJ
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing experience! My mum and I were visiting Boston from Vancouver, Canada for her 60th birthday. When we got to our table there was a happy birthday note waiting for us. It was such a thoughtful touch! The service was wonderful and the food was exceptional. Every bite was an amazing experience. Thank you Legal Seafood Harbourside for a fantastic birthday dinner - we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

BT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The Lobster Roll was horrible - no real lobster pieces just scraps cuts from the claw meat tips. The WORST!

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The location and view was amazing however I do wish that I was closer to the window which is not the staff’s fault as the booths by the window were already taken. The waiter seemed to not pay much attention to us where we were sitting and waiting quite a few times and even put empty plates at the edge in hopes to get attention. As someone who has serving experience we didn’t feel very welcomed. The food was good, not the most excellent but still quite good.

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a remarkable and unique location with remarkable food and excellent service--it is not to be missed. I had the best piece of swordfish I have ever tasted--an 18oz. swordfish chop--wow! My wife's grilled halibut surrounded by lobster chunks also was wonderful, as was my lobster bisque. It was the gastronomic highlight of our trip to Boston.

R
New England
111 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and beautiful view

LE
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for perfection, Legal Harborside Floor 2 is it! My husband and I ate here on a recent trip, celebrating his birthday. The experience was top-notch from start to finish. The atmosphere is upscale and refined; the service was seamless and the food: superb. We started with the octopus appetizer. For our main courses, I had the salmon and my husband had the swordfish. Both were cooked perfectly and everything was plated very artistically. Cocktails are generous and the wine list is ample and interesting.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A solid and reliable “go to” fo a business lunch with a sea view and without much hustle bustle.

JC
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to enjoy a cocktail and some delicious seafood! We enjoyed handcrafted cocktails while we waited for our window table.

IM
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere but not too noisy, staff lovely and views great. We'll definitely go back

AK
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Servive, food and the view. Only downside was the parking in that area.

k
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was superb.

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