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

4.5

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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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (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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 (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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 (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.

Tags: Waterfront
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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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 (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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 (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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·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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