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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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (53)
Scenic View (49)
Special Occasion (45)
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Good for Anniversaries (34)
Romantic (30)
Good for a Date (29)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Business Meals (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Cozy (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Authentic (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Worth the Drive (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
People Watching (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Healthy (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (New England)·Dined on December 4, 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 25, 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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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Took us 20 minn to sit with a reservation. Food was cold when it came for dinner, bread and biskets were cold and served other 30 min after we sitted. Restaurant clean up for the night started before we left. Awful service and experience, never coming back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I am a big fan of Legal Seafoods. I tell my friends I am always happy with the food and service. I say that I think Legal really trains the waitstaff which makes it always enjoyable. So, I had a guest staying with me and decided we would have a guaranteed enjoyable meal at Legal. I love the Harborside location and we opted for the quieter 2nd floor. We arrived 15 minutes early and were told we would be seated at our 7:30 reservation time. The restaurant and bar did not appear terribly busy. Forty-five minutes later, at 8:00 pm, I checked at the reception desk and was told they were just about to seat us. That was 30 minutes past our 7:30 reservation time. We were then seated at a table in the bar that had been unoccupied the entire time. We were not seated in the restaurant. I think we had been either overlooked or dismissed. We talked to Alvina, our server and told her we were unhappy with our reception. She tried to make things right. The maitre d’ brought us shrimp cocktail free of charge which we felt compelled to eat so as not to make their effort seem to be in vain. The shrimp dulled our appetites and made it impossible for us to finish our entrees that we really wanted. Our entrees were delicious. Alvina was lovely, attentive and efficient. She alerted other staff that we were not pleased. Nevertheless, it was a disappointing evening and I was embarrassed.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Thanksgiving turkey meal was very ordinary and not very good, dry not tasty. We had it last year (or the year before) and it was special and very good. Disappointing.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Outstanding fine dining for discerning patrons. This is not for families, children or those unwilling to either spend or using an expense account.

Tags: Scenic View, Business Meals, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 21, 2017

As always, Legal Seafood did not disappoint, and since this was a special business meal, the more formal atmosphere of the upstairs dining area was perfect. Every time I visit, I think about opportunities to return. Thanks for the great evening!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

GREAT food w a beautiful view. Definitely will be back again

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Nothing special for the higher priced fare from the original Legal. Limited wine list- by the glass at $18/glass. Would not go back.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Absolutely wonderful experience! I just kindly asked the restaurant through open table to have a table with a nice view, and they set the table with the harbor view nicely! I love both the seafood and the steak. Fair price, nice atmosphere, yummy food, and great service! I will recommend to others and definitely come back!

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Location was great! Had. A table overlooking the water. The tuna crudo and lobster appetizers were great. The salmon entree was overcooked and dry. The halibut did not taste very fresh..... overall would not recommend. There are too many great places to go. I have regrets about not going to Row 34 instead .....

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing food, excellent service, and a beautiful view

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great service and outstanding food! Great rooftop bar for a drink before dinner!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Food and service were excellent

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great atmosphere and good food.

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

Legal 2 is in a class by itself. Food and service is always outstanding and Waterfront Dining in Boston is tops. Shrimp, Tuna and Octopus appertizers were excellent, requested a little change on the way the Octopus was prepared and they did it just as I requested. Main course, especially the Abalone which they are famous for, could not be matched by other Seafood restaurants in Boston.
They even remembered the cocktails and wine we had on our last visit, which we ordered again!
Cocktails and wines by the glass are varied and well priced.
All in All a really great experience and we will be back, Soon.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Our second time here, and loved it as much as the first time. Salmon was incredibly prepared and fresh, blue crab was amazing. Service from pre dinner drink to dinner to dessert was exceptional!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Really good food in a very nice waterfront setting.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food and service were amazing. Everything that we ordered came out perfect. And our waitress, Laura, was great and made us feel very welcome. Actually, the whole waiting staff was great.

The view over the harbor is scenic. No doubt it would had been even better during a summers afternoon, but it was still great to see the Boston skyline during the evening.

3 people ordered the bone-in ribeye steaks, with 2 people getting it Oscar style (lump blue crab with Burmese sauce). Unfortunately I did not have it Oscar style and was regretting it. The braised short rib with butter poached lobster tail was also very good.

All in all, a fantastic dinner. Would come back again. Highly recommended for any special occasion.

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·Dined on October 26, 2017

THank you 🙏🏾 the food was great and I would love to come again

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We went as a six-some for a special evening, sat at the bar before taking our reservation. Had delicious food--they were out of scallops by 7:30, the waiter recommended halibut, and it was perfect. Everyone in the party was happy.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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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.

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vip
 (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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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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