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Legal Harborside

#49 of 2,371 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Seaport District / South Boston Waterfront
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270 Northern Ave, Liberty Wharf, Boston, MA 02210-2022
+1 617-477-2900
11:00 - 01:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I was stuck in town for work on a Friday night in December and decided to take myself out for a nice seafood dinner! I decided on Legal Harborside because it was a 10 min walk from my hotel. I sat at the bar on the main floor. The clam chowder did not disappoint, The sushi was super fresh and... More 

Thank Sunset6901
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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367 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As per the brand, this is a proper New England-style seafood restaurant. 3 floors at this location afford nice views of the harbor and it's a nice atmosphere. 1st and 2nd floors are indoor seating with nice views and an excellent menu. 3rd floor has outdoor seating (when the weather cooperates) and an indoor lounge with a bar and a... More 

Thank Traveler O
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79 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Have not been to this location before, but enjoyed it just as much as other locations. Clam chowder, Arctic char, crab cake combo, cocktails, Boston cream pie were all very good. But the Powder Point oysters were just fantastic. My new favorite thing on the Legal Sea Foods menu. Service excellent too--Khelada did a great job. Will continue to eat... More 

Thank David A
London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have seen a few negative comments on here about Legal Harborside recently and was hoping that the restaurant would live up to expectations of the brand, my last visit to a Legal seafood restaurant was years ago back in Tysons Corner and I really loved it and couldn't wait to try out the Harborside when visiting Boston. I really... More 

Thank Justin D
Hawthorne, California
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67 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I couldn't believe how disappointed I was. A lady whom I met on an Amtrak train recommended me this place. When I tried it for myself, I didn't like it all. The service was great but overall, it one place I wished I had never went.

Thank vutdoan20
United States
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129 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here with a big group, and the service was really outstanding. Charlie, our waiter, took great care of us and was knowledgeable and friendly. The food was acceptable, but certainly not worth the astronomical price tag. I understand that seafood is expensive, but if you are going to charge those kinds of prices, the seafood should be the... More 

Thank aph03
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really excited to come here after such great reviews and it's history of serving top fish and seafood. Very friendly professional staff, warm environment unfortunately let down by special dietry request ignored by chef which resulted in a ruined main meal. Very overpriced , very up market pushing upon pretentious . Paying for view. So disappointed.

Thank Pal C
Ithaca, New York
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87 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, I never write negative reviews, primarily because I enjoy pretty much every dining experience out. We have eaten here several times before, and always greatly enjoyed the food, service, and location/view. On this visit, however, we made an 8:00 pm reservation for a Sunday night, arrived 15 minutes early, and were kept waiting for overran hour as... More 

Thank PHW
Las Vegas, Nevada
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best fish I have ever had, in fact I don't even like fish but this was great. The ambiance was great, a little loud for talking with friends, but well worth the visit.

Thank JLars34
Clarksburg, New Jersey, USA
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful atmosphere to view the harbor and enjoy a great raw bar before dining upstairs to a wonderful menu of appetizers and dinner. Service was outstanding and deserts? Had to have them too.

Thank Susan P

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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
US$ 20 - US$ 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, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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