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Legal Sea Foods - Harborside, Boston, MA

Legal Sea Foods - Harborside

4.5
4.5
5428 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
Legal Sea Foods was born in 1950 as a fish market in Inman Square, Cambridge that expanded in 1968 into a no-frills restaurant where guests sat on picnic tables. The first floor hull of Legal Harborside celebrates this heritage and features a casual restaurant and market.

Choose to eat at one of the picnic tables for an authentic throwback experience or grab a seat at the oyster bar and watch our shuckers at work (up to 14 varieties of oysters are offered daily). A large elliptical bar offers both wine and local beers on tap. Patio seating, along Boston's HarborWalk, affords a clear view of the Boston Fish Pier, the oldest working fish pier in the country, and the city skyline.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 75 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 477-2900

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    Shion Hara: (617) 530-9452

  • Neighborhood

    Seaport

  • Parking details

    Validation: $2/hr discount for up to 2 hours in the Park Lane Garage. Valet parking is available daily and during hours of operation for $21 with our validation stamp. Transient boat parking: Liberty Wharf Marina.Liberty Wharf Marina link: http://www.libertywharf.co/docks/reservations/

  • Public transit

    Silver Line Way (Silver Line)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,428 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Scenic View

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  1. BB

    BarbaraB

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Clam chowder, lobster roll, wedge salad. The salmon “bacon” in the salad was good but not a favorite of mine. Food & service just excellent.
  2. BC

    BlackCat

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a great time. We had a great time. We had a great time.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vacation in Boston before our cruise.
  4. LF

    LaceyF

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Great, super-fast service but the food tasted like frozen-reheated. I had a sushi roll and tuna poke. The roll was okay, but the poke was swimming in a soy-based sauce, almost soupy. Our appetizers was the bang bang cauliflower - definitely reheated. Husband’s lobster roll was packed with lobster, but strangely flavorless. Our favorite was the dinner rolls!
  5. F

    Food4thought

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Table for 2 on our first night in the city. Food was really good but I’m not sure our server even knew we were there. Spent more time waiting for our server to return than we are used to and it definitely had a negative impact on our experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best calamari I’ve ever had (Rhode Island style) the lobster Mac and cheese was amazing too! Impressive taste and presentation. Great table by the window gave great sunset views
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Service was friendly and food was good. Decent portions and options for cocktails Table ordered Calamari: 4/5 Fish Tacos: 2/5 Cocktails: 4/5 Clam chowder: 3/5 Shrimp bisque: 3.5/5, flavor missing the sherry/full flavor Clam strips: 4/5 Cioppino: 4/5, could be spicier Test Kitchen Salmon: 4/5 arugula was wilted
  8. RB

    RyanB

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was very good and presented beautifully. The location is tough to beat and has a great view of the water. Highly recommended.
  9. RH

    RickH

    Cincinnati

    119 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    119 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice work lunch outside by the water. Food was very good, a lot of excellent lunch size options.
  10. BM

    BrendaM

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I have been a long time fan of the tuna burger but was very disappointed - clearly they have changed this and what used to be a lot of tuna is now mostly breading and very mushy - very disappointing.
  11. JA

    JenniferA

    Berlin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    My family has loved this restaurant for years but we went for brunch yesterday and it was, well, not very good. The waiter messed up two of the three orders, served the third person, and then we waited for 20 minutes for the correct food (nothing hugely intricate--lobster rolls!) to be served to the other two . By that time, we were completely out of sequence. And even then, one of the side orders was wrong. The lobster mac and cheese had been an old favorite and used to be served in a baking dish. It is now served in a lobster shell although there is no mention of this on the menu and our waiter neglected to mention it. Although more dramatic, for some people this is hugely unappetizing. I'm not sure that we'll be going back.
  12. LF

    LeahF

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Waitress was rude and in accommodating. Service and food and menu have just gone down since new management took over. It’s sad because I’ve loved going here forever.
  13. HK

    HarborsideK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Service: Pleasant but Slow. Probably due to staff shortage. Table: Thumbs down. Next to door that led to outside seating.
  14. A

    Abedebabe

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was the only win on this one. Poor service experience. The server was not attentive. Empty drinks sat on table, had to ask for another round (after tracking someone down). Apps sat on table for at least 20 minutes after they where done. The entires came before the finished apps where finally takin of the table. Ask the manager, women short hair what’s going on. Her response was we are short staffed. Witch I can understand if the server wasn’t doing side work to get out of their.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Well -prepared and delicious food, excellent service.
  16. d

    diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Ther recdption people tried really hard to seat us near each other as we had a large group. Only one waiter had some issues.
  17. P

    Paul

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and location.
  18. J

    Jules

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great lobster roll full of lobster meat, yum. Busy restaurant but great service
  19. J

    Jeffrey

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    The view, food and ambience was great - although our server was unable to explain any menu items and seemed to have little or no idea what she was doing. It was very clear she wanted to be somewhere else doing anything other than being a server at Legal Seafood.
  20. MG

    MG753437

    Jacksonville

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First trip to Boston. See Legal in airports but a little cautious. Went on local recommendation. Food was very good. We had cioppino and new item organic salmon. Both were delicious. Started with lobster bisque and wellfeet oysters. Again, absolutely delicious. Finished with Boston crème pie which was more like a slice of cake. However, it was creamy, moist, chocolate perfection. Great place. You will enjoy it.
  21. ML

    MartyL

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Our entrees arrived before our appetizers. No apology from the waitress though she took them off our bill. No silverware on the table and bread was only provided later when requested. Other waiters came by our table with food for other tables. My entree (gumbo) was warm, not hot. I sent it back and it came back a little warmer. It was a very mediocre dish. Others had salmon dishes which were good. Overall, a terrible experience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was a Lunch with Family and we were on a tight schedule with an appointment we needed to keep for 3:30 PM! The restaurant was empty but we had to wait about 15 minutes for a server to come and take our orders even though many employees were just standing around looking or talking to each other!
  23. JD

    JackD

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service delivering our savory seafood, delicious wine & decadent Boston Cream Pie. In fact, the later was so good we went back the next day for another piece!
  24. ER

    ElaineR

    New England

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dined before a concert
  25. SH

    SusanH

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic location, great food. Our waiter was the best part—friendly, attentive, and fun. We were hosting family from out of town who were wowed by the waterfront location and menu choices. Thanks for adding to our great day!
  26. MT

    MichelleT

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We really enjoyed our meal at Legal Seafood Haborside. It was a fun atmosphere with a waterfront view. We tried the lobster roll, crab cake and clam chowder. All were very good. Service was also good.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Average food and drinks
  28. CH

    ChristianH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Too cold and too noisy. Food very good, but waiters not very attentative.
  29. D

    Dandydon

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great food - welcome was a bit chaotic but otherwise we enjoyed the experience.
  30. JB

    JamesB

    New England

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Returned to Boston after being away three years. Visited Legal because of past visits. Very disappointed that we had to ask ourselves did they change their food. The clam chowder was thin, the bread was cold, and a steamed lobster was not on the menu. A lobster roll is a poor substitute as is a baked lobster with stuffing. We both commented that we had better seafood in Chicago three days earlier than that which we were served at Legal.
  31. RS

    RickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The setting is amazing. Our table was on the water. I had the best scallops I have ever had. The service was impeccable. It is not inexpensive but it is worth it for the food and experience.
  32. AA

    AnnA385

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Love this Legal location!! The food was delicious! So nice looking over the water.
  33. T

    Tyree

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great experience!! I was able to sit outside with a view as requested, the god was good, the wine was good. Overall great choice
  34. M

    Mickkr

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Overpriced lobster was horrible. Fries were good. Server showed zero personality. Would definitely not return.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, just as expected. We had the clam chowder soup, the lobster bisque and crab cakes as appetisers; delicious! just as the Maine Lobster. Great service!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Buen lugar, servicio agradable y comida correcta.
  37. m

    mal123

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    every dish was fantastic - ambience was great, prices were reasonable, service was fab. would definitely visit again!
  38. A

    Alex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    The food are okay but it is not exceptional. The service is correct but without more. The view is exceptional.
  39. PD

    PaulaD

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for making our Anniversary celebration so special!
  40. d

    daughtersx3

    New England

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere at Harborside. Bar staff was great as we waited for our table. Sitting outdoors right at the harbor with exceptional food and drinks . It was busy - but you did not feel crowded or hurrried. Food at Legal never disappoints.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Legal Sea Foods - Harborside using the Order Online button. Legal Sea Foods - Harborside also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 477-2900.

Legal Sea Foods - Harborside is rated 4.5 stars by 5428 OpenTable diners.

Legal Sea Foods - Harborside does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 75 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Legal Sea Foods - Harborside

270 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Seaport

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Oyster Bar, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Validation: $2/hr discount for up to 2 hours in the Park Lane Garage. Valet parking is available daily and during hours of operation for $21 with our validation stamp. Transient boat parking: Liberty Wharf Marina.Liberty Wharf Marina link: http://www.libertywharf.co/docks/reservations/

  • Public transit

    Silver Line Way (Silver Line)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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