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“Enjoyable afternoon overlooking Boston Harbor” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Legal Harborside

Legal Harborside
270 Northern Avenue, Liberty Wharf, Boston, MA 02210
+1 617-477-2900
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Ranked #114 of 2,831 Restaurants in Boston
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Bar, Chowder
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Good for: Large groups, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, 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.
Reading, Massachusetts
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“Enjoyable afternoon overlooking Boston Harbor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Great third floor outdoor bar overlooking Boston Harbor and Logan Airport. Five of us spent an early Friday afternoon having drinks and sushi. Lively spot which got incredibly crowded after 17:15 or so. Service was quite good, although the drinks are pricey. The sangira pitchers are delicious. The spider roll and the Hawaiian roll were very fresh and well prepared. You can people watch, enjoy the boats going by, and marvel at the airplanes taking off. Can get quite warm in the sun.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Dinner with a View”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Recently had the opportunity to dine here on consecutive nights while in town for a meeting. The first night we did not have a reservation so we were seated at the bar with a view of the food prep area. Service was sporadic but food was very good as we enjoyed a lobster roll and chowder. Restaurant is very lively and crowded.
The second night we were seated outside on the deck overlooking the water. Excellent meal and excellent location. Service was friendly and we were not rushed at all. We enjoyed grilled swordfish, soft shell crabs, clam chowder, mussels and, of course, dessert.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

I haven't been to Legal Seafood in years. This week we ate at Harbor-side for lunch and we were very pleasantly surprised. The clam chowder was better than I remembered and the crab cake sandwich was a s good as I have ever had. The place was packed and we ate at the bar because we were on a tight schedule and the service was very good

Visited June 2013
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“Great View - Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

My niece was wed on June 1 and the rehearsal dinner was held the night before at the Legal Sea Foods Harborside. The location is stunning - right on the harbor, and Legals is synonymous with Boston. We had a fixed choice menu and each course was not on a feast for the eyes, but for the mouth as well. Servers were plentiful and accommodating to seating and speechifying needs.

I expected nothing less from Legals, but was still impressed.

Visited May 2013
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“Super Sheelfish”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Skip the line of tourists waiting for a table and buck up at the bar for oysters and clams. 6 kinds of oysters plus cherrystones & littlenecks - they'll mix a platter, which makes it more interesting. All are super fresh and tasty.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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