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Legal Harborside

#123 of 2,854 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Seafood, Bar, Chowder
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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 - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Large groups
Scenic view
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night

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  • 444
    Excellent
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    Very good
  • 131
    Average
  • 60
    Poor
  • 22
    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
Most recent review
Wonderful Valentines Day Dinner

We've been to Harborside a few times and to Legal sea foods countless times at other locations. Legal never disappoints and it's always been our go to restaurant for delicious seafood. We were really looking forward to finally dining on the 2nd floor. I do have a review on the 1st floor as well... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
NuclearMamma
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We've been to Harborside a few times and to Legal sea foods countless times at other locations. Legal never disappoints and it's always been our go to restaurant for delicious seafood. We were really looking forward to finally dining on the 2nd floor. I do have a review on the 1st floor as well. Reservations are a must at this... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My husband and I went to Legal Harborside on Valentine's Day where we sat at the bar for lunch. While the service was friendly and prompt and the cold tap beer tasty, we were very disappointed in the serving sizes of his swordfish dinner and my $29.00 lobster roll. I am a lobster roll fanatic and can honestly say the... More 

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Orlando, FL
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77 reviews 77 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I've eaten here several times in the past six months, and my favorite dinner combination is a bowl of clam chowder and the stuffed artichoke hearts. Delicious!!! It's not too filling, but full of Boston flavors especially when combined with a Samuel Adams seasonal beer.

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Horgau
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

After a long trip and 24 inchs of snow we were glad to have dinner at Legal Harbourside in Boston. Despite the fact that we had like 3 differnt servers the food was excellent. Well prepared, no big gemicks and even variations which we asked them for were done in a very professional way. We just had a perfect dinner.... More 

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Massachusetts
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179 reviews 179 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We have eaten here a few times in the past and had very good (not great) meals sitting at the picnic tables downstairs and sitting at the area with bar type seating facing the cooking area. This time we chose to sit at the bar for a more relaxed meal. The lobster pizza was great and full of flavor but... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

It was ok, food was ok, service ok, nothing fancy or healthy, Just average, not sure I would go again.

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Ottawa, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We were able to get a reservation for 9 on a Saturday night on the second floor. Nice view of the harbour. A great selection of tasty appetizers. The trout, Atlantic halibut and Arctic char were all excellent and well prepared. All food was one step up any other meal we had during our trip. It was a good way... More 

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Athens, Greece
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

Went for lunch..Fresh food, good atmosphere and good service. Ordered Oysters as a starter and Steamed Mussels with French Fries for main course and had two glasses of a very nice Californian Sauvignon Blanc. Great experience, will go back..

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New Haven, Connecticut
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101 reviews 101 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

We had lunch with friends at Legal Harbor side during a day trip to Boston yesterday that included a visit to the nearby Harpoon Brewery. The establishment has a modern, interesting decor in a nice location. The staff is hurried and fairly attentive, though some are clearly better trained than others. The food is tasty and plentiful and the menu,... More 

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Very nice 2nd floor dining experience here with a large group. We shared shrimp cocktails (the cocktail sauce could use another dollop of horseradish to make it memorable). Bread selection was unremarkable. I had the haddie cake appetizer and the monk fish entree, both of which were delicious. Several non-seafood eaters in our group were satisfied with their beef and... 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: Seafood, Bar, Chowder

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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

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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?