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Legal Harborside

#135 of 2,675 Restaurants in Boston
#146 of 2,888 Places to Eat in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
American, Oyster Bar, Chowder, Seafood, Sushi
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270 Northern Avenue, Liberty Wharf, Boston, MA 02210
Silver Line Way (Silver Line)
+1 617-477-2900
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The second floor dining room at Legal Harborside offers a focused menu of...
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. Chefs Robert Fathman and Rich Vellante helm the kitchen. 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.
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  • 365
    Very good
  • 138
    Average
  • 66
    Poor
  • 23
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Outside Deck!

We came just to be outside for a few drinks. We went to the top floor and while it was crowded we were able to order drinks and stand close to the bar area. We were there about 7:30 on a Friday evening, so it was wall to wall people. While we did not eat anything here, we have been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Rhodymom2012
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Arlington, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Large groups
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Saratoga County, NY
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71 reviews 71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I’ve been an enthusiastic customer of Legal Seafood since I “discovered” them at the Boston Park Plaza in the mid-1990’s. As Legal expanded beyond the Park Plaza and, indeed, beyond Boston and Massachusetts, I wondered if they could maintain the same quality and service I found when they had only the one location. Especially as they became more popular and... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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125 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We came just to be outside for a few drinks. We went to the top floor and while it was crowded we were able to order drinks and stand close to the bar area. We were there about 7:30 on a Friday evening, so it was wall to wall people. While we did not eat anything here, we have been... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you want perfection in Boston try Legal seafood at the Seaprt on Floor 2. This is there upscale restaurant that will meet all your expectations for a great Seafood restaurant in Boston. The view is outstanding either outside or inside. The service is top notch and the Menu is really different and outstanding! Shrimp Cocktail looks like lobster tails... More 

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Kissimmee, Florida
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209 reviews 209 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I love the Legal Seafood family of restaurants and the quality is always there, but sometimes the price is crazy and $17 for a small box of whole bellied clams seems a bit much. $12 is more reasonable. I got the grilled Scallops and they were smaller than I thought they should be, both in general and for the price.... More 

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New York City, New York
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24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I had dinner there with my 25 year old son. We had a nice selection of spreads for an appetizer, then on to grilled trout and halibut. Everything was very good and prepared as we wanted it. It is a large place, but it can get full if there is a convention in town. Service was very good, and prices... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

As the title says we love the seafood and oysters at Legal Harborside and if you seat outside on the walkway or inside by the window you not only have a great view of the harbor but a on a nice day a great people watching place.

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Denver, Colorado
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

In Boston for a conference that coincided with graduation season, Friday night reservations were hard to come by. We happened upon Legal Harborside, Floor 2, which seems to be the

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Calgary
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We had a second-floor reservation on Friday night for 8:00 and were seated at 8:30. The restaurant was "decor impressive" and we had a wonderful table by the window with a nice harbour view. The restaurant seems to cater to the after hours business crowd and is very l loud with over-exuberant fellow diners. I found the menu lacking in... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We made a reservation on open table for the second floor, after it being highly recommended. We we were happy with our appetizers very yummy, however after waiting a significant time for our main course it was terribly disappointing. My entree was cold and needed to be sent back. My husband ordered the salmon with chickpeas. It was dry and... More 

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Kensington, MD
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37 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

My wife and I visited floor 2 dining room. Like other Legal Seafood establishments, Harborside served some excellent standard dishes like the lobster soup, and the seafood tower looked amazing (we did not order it since it is for 4-6 people). We were a little disappointed that here were only 2 selections of raw oysters (Kusshi and Merry), but they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 270 Northern Avenue, Liberty Wharf, Boston, MA 02210
  • Public Transportation: Silver Line Way (Silver Line)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston
  • Phone Number: +1 617-477-2900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Oyster Bar, Chowder, Seafood, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Scenic view, Large groups

Description

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. Chefs Robert Fathman and Rich Vellante helm the kitchen. 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?