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Mare Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mareoysterbar.com
  • Phone: (617) 723-6273
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Daily, 4:00PM-11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Mare features large party menus created by executive chef Greg Jordan. Mare also offers an event coordinator who will attend to every detail of your dining experience, from set up and floral arrangements to the choosing of wines from their extensive wine list.
  • Private Party Contact: Amalia Korom (888) 325-4958

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North
  • Public Transit: Haymarket and Government Center T stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Validates for Parcel 7 Parking Garage.
A word from Mare
Mare, Italian for ‘sea’ , opened in the summer of 2005 in Boston’s historic North End - only 100 steps away from Paul Revere’s house. Mare has quickly become this city’s most acclaimed seafood restaurant with accolades such as “One of the Top 80 Tables in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler and “Go to List” Food & Wine.

Mare is not your typical North End restaurant, the menu is light and healthy it treats all the ingredients with respect in order to highlight their natural flavors and not cover them up. Further, Mare’s modern interior, unbeatable city views and solicitous service draw crowds of all ages for the grilled Octopus, homemade pastas, whole roasted sea bass, stuffed lobster and more. Beer, 33% organic wine list and cordials served.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSeafood
Diner Reviews
  • "Very small place with tables close but expected in a big city. Beautiful neighborhood with windows that open for summer breeze on 2 sides of the restaurant made the ambiance nice. Food excellent and I would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Is the sentence we repeated over and over. We started with oysters, of course, and had a wonderful sampling of Damarscotta, Casco Bay and PEI. Then we had the "meat"ball! It was incredible- a combination of seafood with "sponge bread" which made the texture luxurious. But what did it was the sauce; a cherry tomato-crushed red pepper magnificence! I had the Lemon Angel Hair with 3 large seared scallops. The garlic cream sauce was plate-licking good. My dinner partner had the Wild Boar Pappardelle which was also scrumptious. There was no room for dessert! Highly recommend this for a special night out."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Outstanding as always! Always try to eat here when I am in Boston."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "just a wonderful place with a great meal and wonderful servicegreat option in the north end"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Besides the food being absolutely amazing, the window seats are great places to take a friend or two to dinner while people watching in one of the hottest districts in Boston. A true gem of the North End."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I have dined all over the world and never have I had a waiter stick his fingers in my plate to taste my food to verify a query I had about my dish."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "From the minute the waiter insisted they didn't offer a certain wine by the glass (which they did), to the wrong appetizers being delivered to our table and then the salad being overly salty, the dinner went even further downhill. The food was sub par and bland (although the lobster roll was seasoned, but overseasoned with lemon). Too loud, too crowded, wait staff was very rude and pretentious. Would never return again. Way over priced for the value. A big let down."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Well prepared seafood and a very nice selection of oysters. Service attentive and helpful, not overbearing."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "On a sunny Saturday afternoon, we had a leisurely lunch here. The grilled seafood plate was quite nice, with good sized pieces of fish, shrimp, and lobster. We also ordered separately a whole lobster. Be sure to ask ahead of time what the market price is - we were astonished when the bill came (even without the "stuffing" of calamari, shrimp, and other items it was way more expensive than we'd thought - shame on us for not asking up front). The desserts were the star of the show. The tiramisu and the chocolate cake were outstanding; the fig bread pudding was good but not nearly as flavorful as the other two. The server recommended a wine and allowed us to try it first, which we appreciated."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Excellent seafood.good service. worth the trip ...."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The seafood and live fresh oyster are amazing. They are not pricey and you can pair with Dom P bubbles at a very reasonable cost. We had total two dozen oysters, a bottle of Dom P., big crab and grill seafood platter. They are so delicious. The bar tender girl is very friendly and helpful. *They also have stone crab* We will return again definitely."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Just a short walk from the Haymarket T station Mare was a great referral from a former Bostonian who new my love of seafood. The noise level could be problematic for some (my wife) but the food and presentation more than compensated to make for a truly enjoyable evening. The raw bar featured over fifteen flavors of oysters and included clams, lobster, shrimp, and crab. Other appetizers were noteworthy especially the fresh sardines prepared in the true Sicilian manner with pine nuts and raisins. Wonderful selection of wine and New England brewed beers made this a featured stop on our next visit to Boston."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "the food was delicious and inventive. the service was really good and the waiter was very helpful. we had several different types of oysters and they were all delicious."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Very overpriced ..Had Zuppa de Mare-touted as a huge plate/bowl of variety of shellfish & lobster $36----not many mussels,clams oysters & small amount of lobster….Wild salmon Ok but small portion ..Fresh clams were not fresh---from the day before---NOT acceptable in a seafood restaurant on the North End a step away from the water---Service was atrocious…waiter didn't know anything & continued to come back & say they were out of things when we were the first people there on a Sunday at 6PM…save your money"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Mare is one of our favorites when we visit Boston...the food is always excellent and the service is wonderful!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Revisited this gem with friends. We all enjoyed it immensely."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Mare offers great seafood paired with a contemporary ambiance in the heart of the traditional North End. With 6+ types of oysters always on hand and wonderful specials to be had, this is the place to come for seafood anywhere near the waterfront."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food and choices at Mare are still very good. The only problem is that so many of the menu choices are MKT price. I know seafood prices vary somewhat but I would think a Restaurant that is special for seafood could have prices for at least some lobster dishes. Wine and drink choices are Ok, but a full liquor license would be better"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We sat down, and the couple at the table next to us got the lobster casserole, and it seemed divine. We knew that we were in for a great dinner. There is a large selection of oysters, and the waiter recommended the perfect ones after hearing about the type that we preferred. The seafood soup is not to be missed. We used all of our bread for the sauce. We also enjoyed the linguine with clams and the stuffed calamari appetizer. All are recommended. We look forward to a return visit to Mare."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We found the food yummy but overpriced. It was extremely loud in the restaurant. They did take reservations which was very helpful."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I went on a recommendation of a friend and glad I did. This is a world class place. Best food and service. I would go again. If you are a serious foodie this is the place for you."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I have been here twice, each time the good and service was amazing! I recommend mare to all my friends looking for a date night spot!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This place is a seafood lovers paradise. Oyster selection is fabulous. All of the seafood we has was incredible fresh and for the most part well prepared. My only complaint was the grilled seafood dish. The fish filets were a bit too char-broiled for my taste. The shell fish was all great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "How anybody could say the food in this place was anything other than pig slop is a wonder. Although presentations were what would be expected in an expensive restaurant, there was a complete lack of inspiration in the kitchen. The fried calamari appetizer was the worst I have had in 20 to 30 years with the taste of flour paste...not one hint of squid flavor. When offered as a replacement, scallops selected. The sauce and cheese were as bland as water. The saluted scallops themselves were tasty, about the same as at any corner diner. Tough, overcooked lobster was surrounded by gooey bread with not a hint of seasoning in the casserole entree. One could have done as well with a bag of frozen imitation crab meat and commercial white bread.."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • " The food was good, service was terrible. Our waiter made no effort to be gracious. Plunked our dishes down, disappeared for long periods of time giving us no eye contact. Our first dish was a risotto to be shared by the four of us. We had no serving utensils but were unable to get the waiter's attention. My husband got up and followed the waiter across the room to request a spoon. The waiter's response was, "don't you have forks?" We ordered a second bottle of wine. He poured about two thirds of the bottle. We asked for a second pouring. He said it was gone. The sound level was so loud we could not have a conversation. None of us could hear each other. We are unlikely to return."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Mare is an oyster bar that has wonderful fresh seafood of all kinds. Their scallop appetizer was incredible; with a parmesan encrusted bottom on top of butternut squash puree, with scallops grilled to perfection. The grilled seafood platter had wonderful lobster, tuna, shrmp. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was great, service was great as well. No complaints, I'll definitely be back! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great seafood, right sized portions, beautifully delivered in a somewhat boisterous, friendly atmosphere. Too loud for a romantic night out, but perfect for a night out with friends. Any kind of oyster you can imagine!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The positive: fresh oysters. End of list. The negatives: overpriced and uninteresting - totally disappointing. Major anniversary yet nary a word from them. Oysters @ $3 per - really? For $13, a modest glass of pinot grigio, barely 1/3 full. Uninteresting salmon followed but only after the chef refused to cook the tuna med. rare that my wife actually wanted. My zuppa de mare was tasty, but a huge mess as neither the lobster nor shrimp were shelled yet sat in a thin red sauce. No extra napkins, scissors, bib, or hand wash were offered. The room is open but soulless, with a TV plainly visible from dining tables. This restaurant feels geared to the common denominator, but shows no passion for food or dining experiences. I will not be back. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We came to Boston to celebrate my wife's 60th birthday. We had plans to meet her sister and brother-in-law for dinner, they live outside the city. When they arrived for drinks at our hotel, the sister from California was with them which was a perfect surprise (even for me). I immediately called the staff at Mare requesting they add another person to our party and move our reservation 30 minutes later. The restaurant was very professional and was able to help make our evening a great success. Thanks to Ben, our server, for his tireless efforts to keep our wine and water glasses full and the delicious food arriving on schedule!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was amazing... Excellent presentation...The service was outstanding."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Excellent oyster selection! Also got the lobster roll and a special - can't go wrong going here for a nice seafood meal!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The waiters were so friendly and helpful! The food was delicious!!!! The ten of us all chose a different plate, and they were all great! The chef made changes to a plate after a request made my one of the guests with me. It was an amazing dining experience! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We've been looking forward to this dinner all week. However, unlike previous visits, this wasn't as perfect as usual in regards to food. Our Welfleet oysters ranged from humongous to dime sizes. Those tiny oysters should never have left the kitchen. We loved the jumbo shrimps apps though. My husband's halibut was perfect. On the other hand, my linguine with clams was completely drenched with olive oil. I know olive oil is good for you, but when there's 1/3 cup of it still left in the bottom of my deep plate, it's rather alarming. We shared a slice of tiramisu...LOVED it! Our server was awesome! Very professional and he made sure our wine glasses were never empty. Very friendly guy. We'll be back.... "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Went for anniversary - best decision since we got married. Comfortable night, windows open, beautiful breeze, crowded but not uncomfortable, great service, amazing food, especially the appetizers. Highly recommend the grilled stuffed calamari - so tender. And the mussels too."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Can't say enough good things about Mare. Yelp reviews were not that great but my experience was outstanding. Started with U6 cocktail shrimp which were simply the biggest shrimp I have ever had. Dinner was a seafood di mara and wild boar pappardelle. The seafood di mare was very good with some exceptional clams and mussels in a very tasty tomato broth. The pappardelle was perfectly cooked. Wild boar was good but could have used more salt. Dessert was the Ah Foggato which was another winner and highly recommended. Best part of the meal was that all of the above plus an app special and bottle of white wine was only $150. I would have had no problem spending close to $200 for a meal of this caliber. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Entire experience was OUTSTANDING. Food and service were superb!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I gave the restaurant a heads-up on my gluten and dairy allergies and planned to order items that don't need a lot of adjustment to make them suitable for me. The chef was inflexible about not finishing dishes off with breadcrumbs, which was the only alteration I needed to be able to eat them. My options were raw fish or salad. I used to love this place, but I won't be going back."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were rushed by our server through every course. Food was OK but not as special as we expected. Restaurant could not serve a full-strength cocktail, which would have been a deal breaker for this business dinner had I known that beforehand. After picking up my car from valet, my iPod was missing. We will not return."
    Dined on 5/13/2014