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Legal Harborside

#46 of 2,349 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
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270 Northern Avenue, Liberty Wharf, Boston, MA 02210
+1 617-477-2900
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Barrie, Canada
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74 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You definitely won't go hungry after eating here. Portions are large. Prefer the crab cakes in Baltimore however, the Seafood Casserole (seafood Newburgh ) was extremely flavourful. Very busy establishment.

Thank Chantelle V
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Dined on a Saturday night so as is typical at most Legal locations, it was packed. Ordered a baked stuffed lobster. Server brought out a steamed lobster. Sent back to kitchen and I suspect they used the same steamed lobster but opened and stuffed as the meat was overcooked and tough.

Thank ftsien
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed the first floor restaurant. Everything about our experience was fabulous! The relaxed atmosphere by the bay was a great way to end the day. From then delicious calamari, to the tender scallops, to ten amazing crab cake, the food was 5 stars!!!

Thank Missy A
Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Legal Seafood at the Seapirt is a Must do for visitors and even locals! Sutting overlooking Biston Harbor is soo special. The Littlenecks and oysters were so sweet and tasty!! Had steamers cooked perfect. As if that wasn't great enough, then we had Fried Clam with nice small bellies!!!! I still miss the family owned restaurant, JIMMY'S HARBORSIDE which was... More 

Thank joanne418
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297 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The waterfront location of this upscale seafood restaurant chain in Boston is an excellent dining venue for the family. You must start with a selection of all of their fresh from the water oysters on the half shell and nothing is better than this unless you try the clam chowder or the fried clams. Lobster roll or pie, every kind... More 

Thank HazardBob
Alexandria, Minnesota
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great meal and service. The only thing I would recommend is that management consider moving the hostess desk away from the revolving entrance/exit door. Several people waiting in line got bumped often by the door when other diners entered the restaurant. If you have more than 3 people in the hostess line, the space is much too small for both... More 

Thank ConiM
Milton, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Items served in paper products, no care in preparation of the cherry stone, lobster bisque, and crab roll made for a disappointing meal. Hair-like substance in the horse radish was explain twice as a recognized problem with horseradish product. Yet, there seemed no concern to remedy that problem. Restaurants should realize that people do not want to eat items that... More 

Thank Derek_Jerrier
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We ate lunch here with our teenage daughter. We were seated immediately but you can tell this place is popular and it does fill up fast. I don't eat seafood so I had the Margherita pizza with pepperoni which was good. My daughter ordered the hot dog which came with a stuffie (seafood type stuffing) on the side. My husband... More 

Thank mekolar
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I sampled the low fat clam chowder and the crab cakes on the 4th of July. We came early (11:30AM) to avoid the crush of the 4th of July crowd. The service was good and the food even better. The clam chowder was good. The Crab Cakes were the best I've ever eaten.

Thank Jerry C
Tampa, Florida
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Legal Sea Foods is the only restaurant where we will eat raw shellfish. We have full confidence in the freshness and quality. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. The fried clams are wonderful and the lobster pie is very hearty and rich. Can be very noisy and small tables. Don't get your hopes up for a waterfront... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $50
American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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>  > Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
  • Neighborhood: Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
  • Phone Number: +1 617-477-2900
Legal Harborside is Legal Sea Foods’ 20,000 square foot flagship property on the Boston Waterfront, comprising three floors and three different concepts under one (retractable) roof. You’ll find a nod to our heritage on the first floor hull, with a casual menu of seafood favorites with a twist, an oyster bar and a market. The second floor dining room offers cuisine prepared with sensible creativity for celebratory eating and private dining events. And those that visit the third floor promenade deck will enjoy a four-season rooftop lounge with a retractable glass roof and walls for cocktails and bites. All aboard!

Located in the Seaport District, Legal Harborside is within easy walking distance to the Institute of Contemporary Art, the World Trade Center, the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the Bank of America Pavilion and hotels including the Renaissance Boston, Westin Waterfront and Seaport. Legal Test Kitchen (LTK) is directly across the street.

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Staying in Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront

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Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
This area has been expanding and becoming more and more popular, for good reason. Not surprisingly, the seaport district of South Boston is located beautifully along the water. The area is designed for easy strolling along the HarborWalk, and there are bars and restaurants for all ages and budgets. The Institute of Contemporary Art is located in this area in a contemporary building with an absolutely stunning deck overlooking the water. In the summer time there are Friday music concerts on the deck of the museum. Nearby, there are many green spaces to enjoy.