It doesn’t take much pre-trip-to-Boston googling (and food ogling) to land on the seafood-goldmine that is Legal Harborside. If Legal Harborside’s virtual presence is big, its physical presence is absolutely mammoth.
The first floor of the three-story, 20k square foot seafood mecca pays tribute to casual seafood, raw oyster bar, and an old-school harborside fish market. The second floor caters to more intimate fine dining for business meeting or private parties. But the third floor, a four-season rooftop lounge overlooking the Boston Harbor, is as responsible for Legal Harborside’s rave reviews as the food itself.
The rooftop promenade deck, surrounded by folding glass doors and windows, and topped by a 30’ by 60’ motorized skylight that opens at the touch of a button, is a sight to behold. Sixty feet of folding windows over a structural glass wall on one end allows for a breathtaking panoramic view overlooking the Seaport District. For added comfort, the whole area is decked out in cushioned sofas and chairs and small bistro tables. The solar-control glazing on the retractable skylight means that even when the walls and doors are closed, patrons won’t feel like they are sitting in a greenhouse under summer sun.
Just for fun, Libart and NanaWall hosted a small gathering on the promenade deck following the 2012 ArchitectureBoston Expo. They invited expo-goers to experience this architectural gem while gnoshing on fresh seafood and enjoying cocktails in Legal Harborside’s party bar atmosphere.
With music pumping, and the walls and roof lit with color-changing lights, the retractable skylight received its biggest stamp of approval when 110 design and architectural professionals responded to the opening of the skylight with applause and “ooh’s and ah’s.”
It’s no small task for a restaurant to be given the title for “Boston’s best clam chowder.” However, to be given not only that title for two years running by Boston Magazine, be named as USA Today’s #1 Seafood restaurant, and also receive the “best outdoor dining” and “best summer scene” titles repeatedly… It brings only one question to my mind: Who’s up for a roadtrip?