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Permanently Closed - MARES - Ritz-Carlton San Juan

3.9
16 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Forged and inspired by the natural abundance of Caribbean life. Mares is an upscale casual dining destination offering a range of the Atlantic and Caribbean’s finest seafood and shellfish. Chef Simon Porter’s cuisine reflects his island experiences and appreciation for purity and simplicity.
Mares’ design is sleek and modern with subtle allusions to its Caribbean heritage.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Caribbean
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Daily: M-Sat 7:00am - 11:45am; Sunday Brunch: 7:00am - 1:45pm
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Phone number
(787) 253-1700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
David Roman
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Additional
Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
3.7
value
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Place was closed, yet still available on opentable to book....

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for mother's day brunch. Beautiful and romantic decor. Quality of the food was excelent. Presentation spectacular. But the attention surpassed all espectations. We were serviced by a guy named Cesar who should make the hotel proud. Profesionalism is the best word. Will return again without doubt.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

We went to celebrate Mother's Day. They had an area set up to entertain kids which was great because mom was able to relax. Great food and service in a nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2016

I enjoyed the entire breakfast buffet. The chef was very nice and made a delicious omelette. Everything else was delicious. The service was also excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2015

We loved our breakfast experiences at Mares, but it was a bit over-priced. That being said, the offerings at breakfast were wonderful and the omelette chefs were great. I appreciate that they went out of their way to accommodate my food allergies. I wish there was a way to eliminate the birds for the outside seating because it does make me not want to eat outside when I see birds walking on the tables. Also, I feel that the restaurant should clean the seats more frequently. Service was usually fairly attentive during breakfast. I would definitely return, but there could be some improvements made.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2015

9 of us went for Easter brunch and there was food for all tastes. They made sure we had drinks/coffee.

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1.0Dined on September 7, 2014

Open Table says there is a Sunday brunch from 12:30 - 3:00. This is not true. They serve breakfast buffet until noon, followed by lunch. We had brunch reservations at another restaurant and cancelled it to go to the Mares brunch. Needless to say, we were very disappointed. The poor waiter tried his best to assuage us and even comped our coffee and a small appetizer, so we don't blame him. Likely the Mares management has not updated their Open Table account.

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3.0Dined on November 24, 2013

Review is just for breakfast. The buffet is way over priced for what is offered. The waffles off of the menu were aweful, very doughy and dense. Go next door to the bakery canarias for breakfast instead.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2012

We arrived 45 minutes before brunch was supposed to be over to find the staff breaking the brunch tables down early since it was not busy despite our having a reservation. But our server was gracious and the chef was happy to make eggs or omelettes to order to accommodate us. All the staff was warm and gracious, up to Ritz Carlton standards. Special stand-out: Orlando's mojitos served at the lobby bar are the best I have ever had!

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5.0Dined on January 29, 2012

Breakfast at the Ritz in San Juan what more needs to be said. The food is very good, juice and fruit are fresh and the custom omelets are great!

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4.0Dined on September 7, 2010

Great service made this a place I plan to visit again during our next trip to PR

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2009

We went there for Mother's Day brunch and we had great expectations because after all it is the Ritz Carlton. Unfortunately, it was a dissappointment. After making the reservation through open table I received a call from the restaurant to reschedule because the brunch start at 12:30 PM and they requested a credit card to "secure" the reservation (this was not detailed in the open table website or resevation prompts). Below are some highlights (or warnings??) of the experience:(1)Hotel-beautiful;(2)Restaurant entrance - crowded, disorganized and people didnt make lines for early arrivals;(3)View - NONE, there are glass windows but face the interior patio;(4)Food - not impressive (I had better brunches for $26/per person, this was $70+taxes)

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2009

Prior to our trip to Puerto Rico the information about this restaurant was very confusing. Read that there was a Sunday brunch and that is why we made this reservation. I was disappointed that there wasn't the Sunday brunch offered, however the daily breakfast buffets were very nice.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2008

Excellent fod and service. Staff is friendly and efficient.

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1.0Dined on July 7, 2008

I am unable to rate this restaurant as they took the reservation, but were not open when I dined. They had decided to close on Monday's but had not contacted me with that information. I arrived and they were closed. The manager, Juan, was very gracious and accomodated me in another restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton. I recommended they post on their website the closed days which they have not yet done. This would alleviate problems like mine. Thank you.

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2.0Dined on June 20, 2008

My wife and I went to Mares for the Friday Night seafood buffet. The food was extremely average and the price was high. At $65 per person, add in a bottle of water, one cocktail and one cup of coffee -- plus tax and tip -- and you are at $200. The meal was not memorable and not worth $200.

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