Mare

4.6
827 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion
Mare, Italian for ‘sea’ , 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.
Please visit our new location at 3 Mechanic St.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Hours of operation
Nightly: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(617) 723-6273
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Parking details
Please use Bricco Valet, they will accommodate you there.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 827 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great spot in the North End. Authentic. Food and service were great.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Loved everything about this restaurant- Putting this restaurant Mare on the top of my list!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I have been to Mare several times. I always order the warm lobster roll. This time I found the amount of lobster to be a little skimpy and they changed the roll it was served on. The lobster roll was great, just not enough of it.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

If you are a fan of any kind of shellfish, please look at this menu. Mare totally, I mean totally lives up to its reputation for how well it’s shellfish is prepared and served.

That said, my partner and I both had pasta on this past visit. The Lobster Ravioli was incredible, to die for. Very rich, so don’t go too heavy on the appetizers.

Highly recommend having individual shellfish appetizers, individual salads, then share a main. Just saying.

Enjoy, you will simply not be (can’t be) disappointed here.

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Service was poor at the table, as it seemed like all the waiters were not communicating with each other and different waiters came to our table to ask the same questions on multiple occasions. Also they were backed up on their reservations by 30+ minutes, but kept telling us we were the next on the list even though we weren’t. It would have been helpful to hear they were behind versus hearing we were the next table when we clearly were not. Prior to sitting down, we were definitely overwhelmed by the ambiance at and near the bar and felt like the people working at the bar were a little bit rude. The food was great, but the service was so horrible that it tainted the entire experience.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Electric setting at downtown Boston’s entrance to the North End. A kind MBTA rider gave me Mare as a referral. Food was delishously prepared. We had sashimi, oysters and swordfish - so juicy. Food server Rosario from Pisitano Italy was fantastic. Downside is drinks server was slow getting to us and hostess tried to seat us in a doorway but found a better table when I complained. Overall well worth a $100 for two eve on a romantic date.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Loved the zucchini blossom. Octopus was just okay and our pasta entree had great flavour but the lobster piece on top was raw.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Everything was as you would expect - the wait staff was attentive and friendly. Our food was delicious, I definitely will be back!

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2.0Dined on August 9, 2018

WOnderful ambiance and good service. However, the food was very bland and expensive. We ordered the stuffed calamari for an app-which came out cold, and the risotto and gnocchi for dinner-both were practically tasteless.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The food was above average but I don't think I will return. The side dishes were not as flavorful as I would have hoped. The lobster roll was fine, but I have had better ones in Boston.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The swordfish was delicious! Wine selection is amazing, the scenery & decor were impeccable. Definitely would go back!

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3.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Very good food and excellent wine list for this area. Difficult atmosphere. A significant percentage of the seats are outside and overlook the exit to one of the old Boston Harbor tunnels to East Boston - not a good look. The heat index was almost 100 that day and the outdoor space is not airconditioned. We shifted inside and were rewarded with a cramped table next to the hostess stand at the main entrance. Service was prompt and good. Best for shellfish dishes - as the name suggests.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The view combined with the service, the neighborhood, the atmosphere, and the food makes this restaurant amazing! My girlfriend and I loved it! It was such a great experience! We plan to go back again!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Excellent service!! Food was delicious. Estephania was patient and polite with our many questions and the manager was polite and accommodating. I would recommend this restaurant to others without question.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Tables are close to each other. Service good and water glass timely refilled. Outdoor seating was lovely with partial view of lighted skyscrapers. The bread was wonderful from bakery next door and came with olive oil, castlevano olives and roasted garlic. We chose the stuffed zucchini blossoms filled with ricotta and lobster with eggplant salad for appetizer. I always wanted to try them and they couldn’t have been better. I chose stuffed lobster for my entree because it was my last night. If I knew the price , I wouldn’t have; just saying. It was delicious and filling. Manhattan and wine were good.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Finally had the chance to come to Mare and the food was absolutely amazing, I don’t write reviews but felt I had to for this place! If you are ever in Boston I would highly recommend Mare! I had the lobster ravioli and it’s by far the best around, everyone I was with loved their meals as well

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Mare is a very unique place and definitely deserve a try. Great food and good wine list.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great food! A little difficult to find but worth circling the area to locate. Service was top notch. We would definitely come here again.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Best patio, service and seafood in the North End
The food is spectacular, the bartender Adina, the hosts and the servers are all wonderful.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

We love this place. A definite favorite. Amazing food and great service.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Everything was excellent. Great personal service, food was delicious, presentation was simple yet enticing, and loved the al fresco seating.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Best place in the north end for seafood, seriously.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

In Boston's North End the sea meets land and the best of seafood served Italian style is here. Very creative dishes and presentation exposed us to new treats. I especially liked the zuccini blossoms and lobster salad. The steamers from Wellfleet were different but tasty. We had good wine, excellent service and some limoncello to finish. As far as the setting, well... this is in the dense North End and this is really a hole-in-the-wall or alley. Modern decor cannot hide that your only view is of a tunnel exit - complete with its noise and a little bit of skyline. They made the best of this unappealing location.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We really enjoyed this dining experience. First time here and we'll definitely will eat here again. Mostly we ate from the raw bar. The crudo was excellent as we're the oysters. We shared the "special" paella which was chock full of delicious muscles, clams, shrimp and other fish.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

I had a wonderful experience hosting a business dinner. Hostess, Gina, was very helpful, GM, Maurizio was very accommodating. The ambiance was perfect and the food was excellent. I’ll definitely visit again.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Wonderful little gem tucked away on a side street in the North End. Create place to bring out-of-town guests.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Outstanding food and service.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

We enjoyed the food and the service immensely! Bread to start was beyond fresh! The lobster raviolis were amazing as was the veal tomahawk. We loved everything!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Rosario was amazing
The food is amazing always a great

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

True professionalism and mastery of service. Only issue was when I reserve on here and request fire side seating (4-5 days prior) they always prompt me that there may not be seating available.

Other than that it is always a pleasure to diner there.

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3.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Loved the atmosphere and the service was excellent. The food was okay. I had pasta and it was fresh but portions are quite small and flavor was lacking. Had a good time, though but would pick another Italian spot in the neighborhood before returning.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Great meal! So many seafood offerings at a modern chic spot in the North End. A party of four for a business dinner. All were pleased with the food. Service was a little slow and spotty. That said, I’ll be back next time I’m in town.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

The food was absolutely incredible! No wonder they are known for their seafood... The grilled octopus appetizer and the lobster ravioli was to die for! Highly recommend this place for authentic Italian in the North end!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Fabulous seafood in Boston's famous North End. A must for seafood lovers visitng Boston!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Second time here and again I was very impressed. The food is just so amazing. The only complain I have is they don’t accommodate seating well. Both times I couldn’t get outside seating and both times I was squished between two couples

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Wait staff was attentive and helpful. Overall though the experience was very noisy and not as special as it should be for a relatively high priced meal. I think we might have been spoiled by the previous Mare location, which we really enjoyed. The new location is not unique, nor worth the price.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Great find that we stumbled upon. The outdoor dining space was lovely - a great lounge area with fire pits and couches.
The oysters we had were very fresh, creamy, slightly briney. The seared scallops, served with bacon wrapped asparagus and butternut squash purée was delicious! The mussels were tender, fresh and sand-free. We shared a hot
Lobster roll and it was superb.! Tons of tender, juicy buttery lobster on a toasted roll - not soggy at all. The pice is up there, but you do get more l ouster meat than any other lobster roll I’ve ever had. And those rosemary fries....
The wait staff was very professional and efficient. A great meal and wonderful atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Excellent ambiance, food and service! Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Went for an early diner (before play)
Food/service both excellent

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Outstanding food (tuna crudo, fried clams, filet, baked stuff lobsters:), professional, prompt service, tucked away in a cozy enclave just steps away from the hustle and bustle of Hanover St.! Best dinner we’ve had in Boston.

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