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Legal Harborside

#53 of 2,368 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
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270 Northern Ave, Liberty Wharf, Boston, MA 02210-2022
+1 617-477-2900
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sunbury, UK
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place was heaving and we were pleased we had booked a couple of days before - even then we didn't get our first choice of time slot. The food was excellent - my tuna cooked rare was soft and mouthwatering. Service was also great. Unusually for us we had desserts and they were excellent. My chocolate bombes were perfect.

Thank AnnaMT
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love this newer Legal Seafood on Boston Harbor. Amazing food as always and the views are wonderful. Sailboats and powerboats passing in front of the restaurant and coming to dock for boaters to eat. Sat at the bar facing out to the water, service was good chowder and crab cake yummy. Locals and tourists gather to eat and ambiance is... More 

Thank maureenmZ6720TT
New York
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87 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On a Saturday at 2pm, the restaurant was pretty much empty. The host asked if we had reservations (there were two of us), and I said that we just wanted a quick lobster lunch. The host said there were no tables available. The decor is similar to any other overpriced upscale franchise with the standard sterile chic decor. There are... More 

Thank Rolfe H
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98 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Would have given this place a higher rating if the meal was better. Service and decor were both pretty good. Ate there recently for business and our party ordered mostly seafood sandwiches....I've had the Tuna Sandwich a dozen times at another Legals (Legacy) and its always fantastic... Everybody at my party complained however, at how hard/stale/un-fresh the bread buns were....they... More 

Thank paul274Boston
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food and drinks were great, it has a nice ambiance for friends or couples or families but no young kids. Remember to bring your passport if you're a tourist who wants to order alcohol. My local friend told me it gets busy but we went for dinner without reservations and barely waited for a table.

Thank arisol17
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173 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Located in the Seaport historic district we were seated near waterfront. Outside seating is available. Nice evening view. Excellent seafood platter made up of steamed shellfish and a whole lobster. great meal!

Thank JimHenry
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We always make it a point to visit this particular Legal location because of it's great view and multi-level bar and dining.

Thank drwpb
turlock, california
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233 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Maybe a crab sandwich isn't a great thing to order being as it was lump crab.....I think we've had better meals here and in Washington, DC, so who knows? Great waitstaff, nice view and we ate outside even tho it was a tad chilly. So, study the menu awhile and don't get the crab sandwich.

Thank candydawn
Chicago Suburbs
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Walking around harbor area we popped in to catch a drink and an appetizer. It was 5 PM on a workday and there were plenty of locals there also. we just sat at the bar and had their baked oysters. Excellent place friendly staff.

Thank zocko
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130 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I continue to be amazed by the consistency of the dining experience at Legal. Another great meal at Legal Harborside. Highly recommended second floor dining. Great views.

Thank cooncat123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $50
American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Gluten Free Options
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
Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 Northern Ave, Liberty Wharf, Boston, MA 02210-2022
  • 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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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.
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