Legal Harborside

Boston’s Liberty Wharf is one of the best ideas anyone has had in a long time. At least in the restaurant biz, and at least in Boston. I can’t believe that this beautiful, sleek new complex just popped up along our beautiful waterfront, suddenly giving multiple options for indoor and outdoor ocean-front dining (Del Frisco’s, Temazcal, Jerry Remy’s, Legal Harborside). It is simply brilliant.

Last night, even though I was still feeling under the weather, I met my husband down on Liberty Wharf for what we hoped would be Cinco de Mayo dinner at Temazcal. Ha ha ha. Along with everyone else in the South Boston/Seaport area, I smushed into the hallway near the hostess stand, only to learn that a table for two was at least a 90 minute wait. Those margaritas looked good, but I hadn’t had an appetite all day and suddenly did. 90 minutes would not do.

Since we wanted to try Legal Harborside anyway, we made our way down there and were welcomed and seated right away.

Legal Harborside

Legal Harborside is light and airy, with picnic-style tables along the floor-to-ceiling windows. Since it was Cinco de Mayo, I decided to have a Top Shelf Margarita.


Legal Harborside has a menu that is quite different from your regular Legal’s, and I really liked that. While I do like going to Legal’s I feel like I know what to expect and always get the same thing. The Legal Harborside menu offered an extensive oyster menu as well as lots of non-seafood items. We decided to start with some buffalo shrimp, which were absolutely, positively finger and plate licking good.

buffalo shrimp

Served atop a zesty sauce with blue cheese crumbles and avocado, the shrimp were lightly fried and coated in buffalo sauce. We literally scraped every last bit of sauce off of the plate. SO good.

fig and gorgonzola

We also chose one of Legal Harborside’s many bruschetta toppings, whipped gorgonzola and fig jam. Again, it was hard to decide; they also have truffled egg salad, artichoke puree, and several others. I may go back and make a meal out of oysters and bruschetta.

My cold/flu cravings over the past week have been for all sorts of unhealthy food, things we don’t keep in the house, like fries, popcorn, and pizza. Since I was faced with a menu full of treats, I went for the whole belly fried clams appetizer for my entrée. The portion ended up being huge, and I only ate about half, but boy was it good! Perfectly golden fried, briny clam bellies scream New England summer to me. A fresh tartar sauce and lemon wedge rounded it out.

fried clams

The husband also went fried, opting for the open face fish sandwich on rye bread with caper tartar sauce and cole slaw. He loved the flaky fish with all of the great flavors and textures that came with this creative sandwich.

fish sandwich

The dining room was crowded and a bit noisy; the only downfall I can see to Liberty Wharf is its proximity to the World Trade Center. The entire place was filled with attendees from a conference, and while great for business, I wonder if this will be detrimental to regular Bostonians wanting to get tables in the complex. I hope not, because I give Legal Harborside two thumbs way up! It is an awesome place for casual dining and great food. Our server was friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. Everyone was happy.

And the views. Well, you might just get lucky and see a double rainbow. My photos didn’t come out great, but there were two rainbows side-by-side, something I am fairly used to seeing in Ireland but have never seen here.

Boston Harbor


Did you do anything fun or eat/drink anything good for Cinco de Mayo? I am definitely returning to Temazcal soon; it looks fantastic!

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  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    That fig brushcetta looks fabulous. And I love the rainbow!


  2. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Fig bruschcetta?! That looks amazing. Glad you were able to have a great dinner.


  3. Michelle’s avatar

    I still haven’t made it to Legal Harborside but some people at my firm went to the opening party and loved it! Hope you get better soon!


  4. Megan’s avatar

    I celebrated over the weekend instead with flautas and sopaipillas! Legal Harborside looks awesome, and I love hearing that the menu is different. That’s one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed going to Legal C Bar in Dedham. I need to plan some nights this summer at Liberty Wharf!


  5. Heather’s avatar

    I didn’t celebrate cinco de mayo yesterday – I was at work for an event.

    I absolutely love fried clams though – I went to Legal Harborside a year ago and all I remember was the fried pickles – they were fantastic!


  6. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Love that shot of the rainbow! Gorgeous! We live in a big condo building and had our hallway-mates over for Palomas (white tequila, lime, grapefruit Izze = amazing), snacks and mariachi music. Perfect way to spend a Thursday evening. :) Looking forward to wandering down to Legal Harborside soon!


  7. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    That looks like a fabulous meal, with amazing views! We made chipotle seitan tacos, which will be on the blog next week – and we drank some classy Mexican beer. ;)


  8. Meesh’s avatar

    we were there last night too! that is so funny. I had that brushetta as well. How did you feel about the service? Mine was horrible, other than that I LOVE libery wharf.


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      We had great service! Our waiter was very friendly and visited our table a bunch of times to check on us. We were there super early though, and it was just starting to get really crowded when we left.


    2. Elina (Healthy and Sane)’s avatar

      The place sounds awesome! There are so many new restaurants to check out. This looks perfect on a nice day out (which hopefully we’ll have more of soon!).


    3. Daisy’s avatar

      this looks amazing! I drank a homemade margarita, but that’s about it. PS I’ll totally go to Tezmacal sometime SOON!


    4. alicia’s avatar

      Wow – that view was outstanding & the food looks great. I’m a big fan of legal seafood in terms of quality and consistency, but I agree that their menu gets a bit boring– this menu sounds incredible. I like the sound of buffalo shrimp!


    5. Kelly’s avatar

      I saw a double rainbow on my wedding day at the Cape :)

      I’m so glad you went to Legals Harborside- I was just talking to some friends about that place yesterday and how we want to try it. Lately Eric and I have been in a restaurant rut, I think because we’ve been lazy about driving into the city, so I have to change that asap.


    6. Emily’s avatar

      Beautiful margarita shot! Can’t believe you caught those rainbows either. I had a margarita at my husband’s office and then went to Bosphorus for yet another good meal. Not exactly Mexican, but we had a nice night.


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