Legal Harborside: Boston’s Reservation to Have

Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, What's New — By jessicapolizzotti on September 16, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Legal Harborside

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Opened this spring, Legal Harborside , Floor 1, is not about the food; it is all about the atmosphere. The minimalist decor of this industrial looking space has a panoramic view of Boston’s fish pier. Sitting outside, on a warm summer night, I watched the place fill up. Arriving early for our reservation,we were greeted by a pleasant hostess and asked to wait for our table at the bar. I could hug that hostess, because once seated at the bar I did not want to leave my stool. The view was spectacular from my bar-side perch. The bartender was full of personality, and he made a mean Margarita. When it was time to transition to our table, we reluctantly got up, with assurances from our new friend that any table we went to would be just as wonderful. He was right. As we sauntered through the dining room I saw that the layout allows every diner the opportunity to enjoy this waterfront location. Floor to ceiling glass acts as a wall and opens onto a harbor-front patio. This is where my husband and I were happy to find ourselves seated. We insist we had the best seat in the house, our own cozy corner of this waterfront paradise. Roped off from the public boardwalk, we were only a few feet from the water. Our waitress, just as wonderful as everyone else we encountered, did not rush us (the crowd increased quite a bit as our dinner went on). We sipped cocktails as boaters arrived, docking before our eyes to make their way to dinner. The food was good, typical Legal fare: fresh basic seafood, nothing fancy and nothing cutting edge. You can find most of the food on the Floor 1 menu at any Legal location. The highlight was my husband’s meal, his favorite Legal treat, the Tuna Burger. Until that night I had never tasted it, but I am glad I finally did. Fresh, not fishy, with a nice balance of seasonings; this burger rocks. Another feature of Legal Harborside is its three story concept. Floor 1 hosts the casual dining scene, is kid friendly and moderately priced. Floor 2 is for those looking for a formal dining experience (be prepared to shell out some serious cash, like $54 for the Butter Poached Lobster), and Floor 3 caters to those seeking a bar scene (think rooftop lounge, retractable roof, drinks and very few bar snacks). The nice thing about Legal Harborside is that there’s a little something for everyone. Just be sure to make a reservation as this hot new place books up well in advance.

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