Gluten Free Options at Legal Harborside

I can’t believe I’ve lived in Boston for over 2 years and this was my first time going to Legal Harborside!

We sat on the roof deck (3rd level). It was such a nice summer night, not too hot or humid and a nice little breeze coming off the ocean, ahhhh bliss.

Each floor has it’s own menu. The first floor has a similar gluten free menu to the ”regular” Legal Sea Foods. It has some additions, like Fish tacos and deviled eggs. The second floor is INCREDIBLY PRICEY ($54 for a lobster dinner – yikes!) but if you are looking for a fine dining experience on the water well then this just might be the right spot for you. Only the first and second floor take reservations. The first floor is fun, more relaxed; has a nice big bar and raw bar, with both a dinning area and high tops in the bar (first come first serve here). We tried to eat here the Tuesday night after 4th of July week and there was a 2 hour wait!! We instead waited 45 minutes and ate across the street at Legal Test Kitchen, by far my favorite Legal Restaurant of them all. If you haven’t, check it out, Now!

My favorite floor, and yes the only one I’ve eaten at so far, is the third floor; the roof top deck. The third floor menu is all sushi with a few raw bar options and classics, like their New England Clam Chowder and Lobster Roll. Surprisingly, it is not too overpriced. It is a little more expensive than the local sushi place I like to go to, but nothing over the top and you are paying for the view and let me tell you, it is well worth it. The sushi was delicious and fresh.

The first roll we had was the Hawaiian Roll; spicy tuna roll topped with salmon and avocado ($12.50 – actually not so bad, I paid more last night for this roll at Haru!)

The second roll we tried was the Rainbow Roll; California roll topped with tuna and salmon. Stop! I know what you are thinking, we can’t eat California rolls! WELL this was not fake crab, this was real king crab meat. What really bugs me about the California roll is that it is not from Japan, it was invited in the United States, and is one of the most popular rolls here. Why did imitation crab meat become so ubiquitous? And why isn’t anyone else complaining? ANYWAYS, enough of that little rant! Both rolls were incredibly fresh and quite good. They also have gluten free soy sauce, which makes it even better!

Since it was my sisters birthday I let her pick the drinks, and she wanted white sangria, so we ordered a pitcher. It was light and refreshing, but on the sweeter side. I love sangria, but not too sweet. This one was just on the edge of being too sweet.

My friend Lauren ate here a few weeks before I did and sent me this picture. Ever since I have wanted to eat here so badly. If there had been more of us we would have ordered the sushi boat, but with only three, we didn’t. Anyone want to go back with me? ….

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I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.