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Legal Harborside

270 Northern Avenue, Liberty Wharf, Boston, MA 02210
617-477-2900
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Ranked #96 of 2,779 restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $50 - $50
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Silver Line Way (Silver Line)
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.
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Limerick, Ireland
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91 reviews 91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

If you like seafood go here...if you dont ..then why go here? Its consistentkly one of the Best, so usually you will need a reservation and then a samll wait. Even though its busy, service is good and eager...i would liked to have tried it all.

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Madison, Georgia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Growing up in New England I have a great affinity for shellfish particularly clams. Now living a 1000 miles away, I always get clams whenever I go home. Without a doubt, Legal had THE BEST fried, whole-bellied clams I have ever had. I ate there twice, once just a snack (super clam chowder) and then dinner. Both times that weekend... More

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Oregon
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Fortunately my traveling companion sat next to someone on the plane who said if we wanted to eat at Legals Harborside get a reservation. It was for 7 PM on a Thursday and the place, as noted by others, was hopping! We ate on the first floor after about a 10 minute wait after 7 PM. We had a nice... More

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197 reviews 197 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

At Legal Harborside we had reserved a table to dine in the ground floor restaurant but switched to the finer dining first floor restaurant on arrival.....as the place was so packed out that our table wasn't ready. The entire, beautiful three storey restaurant and bars were absolutely buzzing. It felt like New Years Eve......what a great place. With three children... More

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Boston
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93 reviews 93 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

Went there for a business dinner. This is a 3 level restaurant with a bar on 1 and 3 for more causal dining and a fine dining one on level 2. The food and presentation was slightly better than regular Legal so its probably one of the better fish restaurants now in Boston. They also did have 2 meat entries... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I really enjoyed our meal here. The waitress was great. The food amazing. My daughter and I had a great time eating here.

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5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We waited 30 minutes to get our table even though we had reserved. Waiters didn't have enough information about the menu, jam became homos with our waiter. Place is large and has a nice view. Food is average.

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Boston
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We've eaten at every Legal's in and around the Boston area, and this is by far THE worst. Loud noisy restaurant doesn't have a padded surface, rug or curtain to soften the sound. It is essentially a big boisterous bar, which is fine, but we thought we'd made reservations at an actual restaurant. We didn't even have seats, just benches... More

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42 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

Five of us for lunch on a Friday afternoon after traipsing through the Flower Show and leaving disappointed...our lunch more than made up for it...our table was perfectly situated for water views...the wine was fairly priced and excellent...our healthy diner chose a Caesar Salad with shrimp and gave it a 5 out of 10...our next healthiest chose the beautifully presented... More

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I have been going to Legal Seafood since I was a teenager. I remember my Uncle taking me to Legal Seafood at the Burlington Mall for spicy Fish and Chips. I can't think of any restaurant where I know the owners names(besides friends restaurants). When my wife and left Hawaii for this trip one of my goals was to go... More

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