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Legal Sea Foods - Harborside, Boston, MA

Legal Sea Foods - Harborside

4.5
4.5
5497 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

7:00 PM


Booked 83 times today

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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 5,497 people are saying

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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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston

    Scenic View

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  1. CT

    ChrisT

    New England

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Legal is very consistent. Food and service was very good. Location is beautiful.
  2. JC

    JimC

    Amsterdam

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was outstanding! Very fresh and beautifully presented, Joshua was one of the best waiters we have ever encountered. My daughter has celiac and he was 100% on top of it!!! Perfect family dinner. (Lobster rolls were fab)
  3. F

    Foodcritic101

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Appetizers were good. Ordered filet mignon for main course. Ordered mid-rare, and it was raw. Sent it back. Same piece came back, now dry and with no flavor. Sides were bland. For $50 you expect more. Nice waterfront view. Probably won’t return though, not worth the price.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    Food was poorly prepared. We returned a meal because it wasn’t at all what the menu specified. The taco shells were stale. My tuna was plentiful but not great quality. Green beans tasty but over cooked. The lighting felt like a spotlight. The roof top deck served me a dirty wine glass, I asked for another. Just poor poor experience and not what legal has been known for. Our server was however nice and attentive.
  5. EM

    EstebanM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food and great service
  6. NA

    NickA

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    Food was very good, and it was nice that the menu was slightly different than other Legal Seafood locations. However, the service was pretty shoddy. We didn't realize the wedge salad has salmon bacon, thinking it was regular bacon, and someone in our party cannot eat fin-fish seafood (shellfish is ok). When we asked for the order to be returned, the manager pushed back saying it was stated salmon bacon was listed in the menu description. To make matters worse, the waiter questioned the allergy, as they also ordered a crab cake (again, they don't have a shellfish allergy). In addition, all of our food came to our table at the same time. For the prices you are paying at a restaurant like Legal Seafood Harborside, one should expect good service with each course coming to the table once the previous course has been finished. The best / worse part was that our waiter seemed too afraid to come to our table after a certain point. After our food was brought to our table, he didn't return except to ask if we wanted dessert. He didn't even say anything when dropping off the check and mumbled when saying 'have a good evening'. While the food was good, the service was atrocious. Even though the views are beautiful from the restaurant, I would recommend going to a different location if looking to dine at Legal Seafood.
  7. MB

    MaggieB

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great view of the harbor, fresh food and good service
  8. I

    Itsbeenbetter

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Have eaten here several times and it's always good. Took a little while to be approached and again to get initial glass of wine, but service was great after that. Husband ordered filet mignon well done (I know!) but it came medium rare. Sent it back and they made him a new one at correct temperature. Apps were great, generous portions. My 2 lb lobster was delish as were the sides. Yes, it's pricey (what isn't these days?), but the quality is there.
  9. N

    None

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Simply the best fish and seafood restaurant I know. In particular, the clam chowder is not to be missed. Perfect!
  10. DN

    DaveN

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the food was fantastic, the service and atmosphere were great as we celebrated my mom’s 84th birthday.
  11. m

    madamsbr

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    View was excellent, food was pretty good, service was poor. We waited 10min to be offered a drink. Servers were not clearing used plates / dirty glasses without being asked. For this price point, service should be better.
  12. AM

    AdamM

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations on a busy Thursday night. I got a text that our table was ready early, and we were able to walk right in and be seated. We got a great table and were greeted very quickly by our server. The food was great, and the service was excellent.
  13. PJ

    PJule

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going here for 40 years. NEVER had a bad meal!!!!! It's my go to when friends visit from out of state.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, great food, service and experience
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We and our guests had a wonderful time. Crab cake sampler dish was recommended by the hostess—and two of us ordered it and loved it. Great food in unpretentious setting. Beautiful views and interesting neighborhood.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely best!!
  17. BO

    BethO

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing location! We were seated in the main restaurant/1st floor, at one of the window tables right on the boardwalk just feet away from the water. The view is incredible. Food was excellent, service was beyond excellent. HIGHLY recommend this restaurant!
  18. p

    pablos

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excelente Waiter friendly and looking after us. Calamari, shrimp cocktail and steamed lobster delicious. Sam Adams great. Could t be better
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A MUST in Boston . My best place to eat
  20. CB

    CliffordB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Greek salad does not have lettuce. Its base is red and green peppers. The salad served with the crab cakes seems to have been prepared in advance. Bit wilted before it arrived at the table…
  21. D

    Donald

    Columbus

    492 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    492 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an awesome time. Wonderful seat by the bay. Lobster roll was delicious.
  22. LW

    LWdine

    New England

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff treated us like royalty (e.g., gave us the nicest table by the water and gave us great service), and the food was delicious! We will definitely go back. Thank you!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Food was good but the service wasn’t great. The waiter kept rushing up to order drinks and food and then when the food came we barely saw him. We we’re trying to get salt and pepper and some lemon/butter but our waiter was never around.
  24. G

    Geej

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Danielle was a terrific server. We so appreciate hers (and others) efforts to make it a very memorable birthday dinner/celebration for our 12 year old "guest." Thank you most sincerely.
  25. NJ

    NJones

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was phenomenal! Our waiter, George, was the best! 10 stars!!!
  26. SA

    StAugJC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Right by the water Excellent food and outstanding service
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our 18th year anniversary and the food and the service was awesome. They prepared our Fishermans platter with gluten free panko. Its not often we get to share a fried seafood platter!!
  28. D

    Doc4385

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Busy, energetic, great service, perfect for lunch.
  29. DM

    DanM

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Average place. Probably best to go during the day for the view
  30. D

    Dent

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I brought out of town guests to Legal Harborside for what I had hoped would be a great seafood mea;. I was disappointed for the first time at Legal Seafood. My grilled scallops arrived cold. The stuffies and smoked salmon are off the menu and also it looks like the fried clam appetizer has been shelved.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were doing a birthday celebration and they did nothing to celebrate at the end of the meal. Food was OK. The oysters were better than we’ve had before another places but the fish and chips and lobster roll. We’re just average good.
  32. KC

    KristenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were excellent. The cioppino, Mexican street cod, and tuna tataki apps were standouts. Kind of expensive but that's how it is, especially for good seafood. Place was packed, as one would expect on a Saturday night, so it was moderately noisy. We had fun!
  33. M

    Mike

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hala was wonderful outstanding service made out 46 yrs anniversary special! Will be back again!
  34. WI

    WhitniI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Thai calamari was amazing! The food was great and service was wonderful!
  35. SJ

    SanaaJ

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place and yummy food! Definitly recommend it.
  36. l

    luisc

    New Orleans

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    No frills sea food served efficiently
  37. HR

    HeidiR

    Oklahoma City

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent for those needing gluten free options and sensitive.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Highly recommend!
  39. j

    jeffr

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place to enjoy lobsters with a view. Decent cocktails
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had oysters ! Great restaurant for sea food!

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 5497 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

7:00 PM


Booked 83 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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