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Cafe Mars, Brooklyn, NY

Cafe Mars

4.8
4.8
26 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary Italian
Café Mars is an unusual Italian restaurant. Come see what we mean!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (347) 987-4225
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Park Slope
  • Cross street
    corner of 3rd Ave. and President St.
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    R- Union St. <br />F/G- Carroll St.

What 26 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    Best Overall

  • New York City

    Best Service

  • New York City

    Best Ambiance

  • New York City

    Best Value

  • New York City

    Contemporary Italian

  • Brooklyn

    Best Overall

  • Brooklyn

    Best Food

  • Brooklyn

    Best Service

  • Brooklyn

    Best Ambiance

  • Brooklyn

    Best Value

  • Brooklyn

    Innovative

26 Reviews
  1. JohannaH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Mars has really tasty food with a warm and welcoming staff!

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  2. JackS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    And now for something completely different - and wonderful. A creative and fun take on Italian matched by the delightful and attentive service.

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  3. Dominic

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We’ve been twice now and have consistently had great service, and delicious food. We really enjoy the ritual of picking out glasses at the start of the meal as well. Nice touches and fun, vibrant dining room.

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  4. DanielK

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We will be back! Want to try more on the menu. But - It’s a hit or miss sort of place: Hits: -Service and ambiance are great! Truly outstanding. -The pasta dishes are excellent. Unique pasta shapes. Great flavors -Monkey bread is so good. Misses: -I was so disappointed by the squash main dish. There are 3 mains on the menu. You’d expect all 3 to be excellent. Unfortunately, the squash dish is really not good. The rice was way too salty. The squash was missing flavor. The portion size is embarrassing (!!!) for $28. -The olive marble cake is super interesting…but dry :( We will be back. But wanted to owners to know about the big misses - especially the squash dish.

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  5. Chelsea

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Mars is a great spot for a date or catching up with friends. The staff was very friendly and willing to answer any questions about the menu. It’s a very fun vibe and the food was excellent!

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  6. Cee24

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This pace has some good food options. I was much more excited the first time I was there. The second time I felt it was too kitschy, menu boring and some of the food really not good. Also too expensive for what they offer. I wouldn’t recommend.

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  7. sebastian

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly my favorite restaurant in New York City! Such a big fan of everything happening there.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Servers were great, food is center stage, comfortable and really pro-level execution across the board

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Got seated 20 mins after reservation. Food portions small. Food tasted great though just not enough for 4 to share. The server could have guided better. The interior is fun. Ambience great. We were encouraged to order cocktail as waiting for table, was intimated would be in the house. But wasn’t. Mixed feelings as fun local spot with tasty food but marred a bit by experience.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it. So different and quirky without trying too hard and the food was so good. Also just a FUN vibe.

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  11. AaronL

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So fun and so delicious - top to bottom. A great date or celebration spot, but it’s tiny and really loud so be ready for high energy. The team should dim the lights a tad! Can’t wait to go back. 🥰

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  12. MeredithG

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very personable and unique experience! The food is orginal and fun while the staff is attentive and proud of their restaurant. And such beautiful decor. We'll be back !

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  13. Josh

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Actually a really fun spot. I was skeptical leading up to the reservation (gimmicky name and decor + jello olives?) but was pleasantly surprised. It's a small, quiet place with really really pleasant, friendly staff and truly interesting (and mostly good) food. -The "jello olives" were weird but worth trying (not something I'd want to eat more than a few times in my life though). -From there, the Napa cabbage with smoked trout roe and the calamari (which I think was fried in squid ink batter?) were memorably delicious. Really the highlights of the meal. Both would be up there with some of the best things I've ever eaten. -The monkey bread was also very good, which we (mostly) saved to dip in our buccotini with clams, which was also really really good in a "classic " Italian restaurant kind've way. I really like that the menu allows you to "curate" between experimental, kind've weird stuff with just really solid, delicious Italian food. -If/when I come back, I think I would focus on the pasta and apps. The main we got (swordfish) was well cooked but couldn't live up to the bucatini and calamari, etc. Also, keeping it real: whatever the greens were underneath the fish was extraordinarily bitter. Maybe I'm just not an appreciator of bitterness as a flavor though (my partner really liked it). Overall, couldn't really ask for a better expensive restaurant experience. Two people got really full and drunk on interesting, (mostly) delicious food and cocktails for $300 overall, including a 27% tip.

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  14. MollyW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fun time!! Perfect for a bday gathering! The food was surprising and weird and fun! We quite literally ooh-ed and ahh-ed at the first bite of each dish.

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  15. jack

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    playful and fun, great spot for interesting food that is executed well

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  16. Yong

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun food, fun vibes, fun bev! Gowanus is lucky to have a gem like Cafe Mars~

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  17. CPSP

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, fun aesthetic - excited to return!

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  18. deena

    New Jersey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing, flavorful food and drinks with excellent service and happy decor. A fun and welcoming dining experience. Highly recommend! Will return.

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  19. MamaC

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food in a friendly, attractive space. We will return.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect portions for an intimate night out. Food is playful and delicious. A funky and unique little spot that deserves more attention!

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  21. johnc

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafe Mars offers a risky twist on contemporary cuisine with the influence of Chef Paul’s Italian American heritage. My only regret was choosing to dine at Cafe Mars while I am partaking in a “Dry January.” I knew the bar scene would be insane when I not only saw an entire shelf dedicated to Amari, but they had the best of the best, Amari del Cappo, a delicious sipping Amari best served chilled. However, the mocktails did not disappoint either! The food was top notch and not over priced. A risky twist on tradition shows off Chef Paul’s strength of ideation in gastronomy. The service was held to high standards as the staff can spiel and describe every menu item, from the complimentary Prosecco (yes, complimentary bubbles to begin your experience) to every allergy in every dish. At the same time, each staff member was casual and down to earth and happy to please their guests’ experience. In my personal rating system, a scale from 0 to 100, I rate Cafe Mars an impressive 92! For OpenTable’s rating, it is easily deserving of a 5 star review.

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  22. richardl

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Creative. Well Executed. Great Service. Friendly Atmosphere. Fun. Excellent Choices. Good Beverages.

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  23. HighExpectations

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Unusual Italian doesn’t begin to describe the amazing food. Delicious, creative and satisfying. Fabulous service and a fun, joyous atmosphere. And, awesome drinks to match! Run, don’t walk, to Café Mars!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience from beginning to end. Every element of the meal was special and well thought out, but not overdone or fussy! Will definitely be back. Thank

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  25. TheWarden

    New York City

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great neighborhood place. Delicious Pastas, friendly service. Will be back

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  26. BrettG

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tasty, inventive, fun food and such a nice warm team

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FAQs

Cafe Mars is rated 4.8 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Cafe Mars

272 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215-1002

Additional information

  • Cross street
    corner of 3rd Ave. and President St.
  • Neighborhood
    Park Slope
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    R- Union St. F/G- Carroll St.
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