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Legal Harborside

#127 of 2,865 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Chowder, Bar, Seafood
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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: 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

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  • 61
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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
Simple elegance

Bustling place with efficient service. I sat at the bar and watched the cooks do an amazing job. The calamari was sweet and soft; couldn't been done any better. The special, sole stuffed with shrimp over rice and smothered in chowder, was terrific; very delicate taste.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
occdocbill
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La Crosse, WI
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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La Crosse, WI
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Bustling place with efficient service. I sat at the bar and watched the cooks do an amazing job. The calamari was sweet and soft; couldn't been done any better. The special, sole stuffed with shrimp over rice and smothered in chowder, was terrific; very delicate taste.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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28 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I have eaten at Legal Seafoods several times and Legal Harborside is very similar in quality and selections. What sets it apart is the ambiance and the lovely view of the harbor while you are dining. Whis it had been warmer than 25 degrees so I could have taken a seat outside. We had to wait a bit to be... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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49 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

While visiting Boston we went to Legal Harborside. The food and service was good just like I remembered. We did have to send the calamari back because it was not hot. The server removed it right away and promptly returned with another hot order. I had a very good drink called a Cucumber Cooler. Very refreshing!

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Concord, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Upon arrival, it took 20 (yes 20) minutes for our waitress to come to our table after being seated. The food was average at best and one plate had to go back for being severely overcooked. In summary, for the prices charged here, don't bother there are simply too many other choices in Boston so make this an easy one... More 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food and service were awesome. The striped bass and the filet we had were perfectly cooked. The appetizers and desserts were beyond compare. This is high praise as we are foodies and are very fussy. The view of the harbor is wonderful.

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The restaurant was very gracious in seating a party of 10 on a Saturday night. We even got a table by 8:30 p.m. Our waiter was incredible, he was very attentive. The food was of very good quality and the drinks were nicely prepared. We had a very enjoyable evening and we appreciated the staff's attentiveness for our large party.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

So we took the family here at the end of last summer and thought it was great. The outside deck was a perfect spot for a drink and some amazing fresh seafood. The whole family liked sitting outside and the service was really good and we felt like family. I would highly recommend this Restaurant. Family friendly or a great... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Havent been back in awhile but clam chowder remains one of the best I have ever tasted. Arctic char was also good. They also have a good selection of wines. A little pricing but food was well prepared and service excellent. Our waitress new alot about wines and picked some winners including the Camus 2009.

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Burlington, Vermont
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140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

First floor restaurant is not a place for a quiet intimate meal. It is loud, packed and bustling most of the time - great for casual meal with friends. Every member of staff was smiling and pleasant - from host on arrival to manager saying goodbye at departure. Standard Legal fare. Good choice of beers and wines. Don't expect to... More 

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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch yesterday. My friend and I shared some raw oysters which were delicious. We both had the salmon with different sides for our entrees. The seafood was very high quality and fresh. The menu was varied and there were many choices even though we stuck with a plain fish dish. The view of the Harbor is... 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: Chowder, Bar, Seafood

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?