Mare

4.6
896 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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Please use Bricco Valet, they will accommodate you there.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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RS
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The restaurant has overall good food, in particular the oysters are very good. Lobster ravioli are excellent, the risotto was not that great - consistency and flavor could have been better. Our bottle of white wine was not great. Overall the restaurant is too densely seated and tries to have too many guests. Also there are simply not enough restrooms for the number of guests.

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LP
New England
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location and food. Atmosphere is lovely. This was my first time dining here. Highly recommend and will return.

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EK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mare is a nice North End restaurant with good food and ambiance. Our server was very good and did not intrude on our dinner while providing everything we needed.

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DN
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traveled into Boston for date night. Picked Mare for close proximity to our comedy show. Thought the location was a little weird, down an alley to the front door, Mechanic St isnt really a street. The inside was very nice, a clean classic look with comfortable padded chairs. The tables were close and it made for some awkward shimmying and side stepping to get through to the bathroom or the door. If your looking for intimate and private this isnt your spot but my husband and I still had a great dinner and interacted with the people around us for a fun time. Food was on point, had the fried calamari that came out quick and was cooked perfectly. I had the braised boar over pappardelle and it was delicious. Drinks were also made well. All in all I would recommend this place and would go again for sure.

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S
New England
97 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Tables are super close together. Service was good - although he could have been more helpful with recommendations. Calamari was soggy and not good at all. Entrees were better. For price paid, it was just an OK experience. Wouldn’t go back- too ma y other great places in Boston.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and very helpful wait staff. Food was absolutely delicious!! A little pricey so great for a special occasion.

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, wine, apps, and entrees! Would definitely go back!

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JS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The ambiance, food and service were all wonderful. It was a great way to start the night before a concert at the TD Garden.

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FC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit - even better than the first. Fabulous food, great service! A bit tight for proximity to neighboring diners, but worked fine for us.

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S
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent, food and service was phenomenal. A definite to put on your list

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MB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food presentation and outstanding oysters!!!

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MC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We ordered lobster bisque, Maine Peekytoe crabcake and risotto di mare. They were all served barely warm and not suffiently salted. Hence we have to add salt and pepper that, by the way, were not available on the table, neither freshly grinded when provided. Overall the service was poor, including menus left on cutlery and spotted table cloth. Not a great dining experience.

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d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Seafood was amazingly fresh. Service was great!! Indoor dining area was a bit cold in winter climate. Overall loved it!!

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Had a reservation and was told the table wasn't ready and it'd be a few minutes. An hour later and being told on a few occasions we we're next, we left as we were never seated.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

You should tell people when you don’t accept certain credit card companies. Service wasn’t that good. Meals were okay. I used to love this place but I don’t think I will ever be back.

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R
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved Mare! First time dining there on a recent visit to Boston. Down a short alley off a crowded North End street. Great vibe, very knowledgeable service personnel. Handled my gluten free diet with ease, providing many recommendations. The freshest seafood; very generous portions. Great wine selection.

Would definitely return!

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ES
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we’ve ever had. Celebrated anniversary here, and while it’s a bit pricey, it’s totally worth it.

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t
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The review is the least friendly thing, a bit to PC---paleo friendly, c'mon.

Food, service and ambiance are excellent. Special occasion, group, or casual. Diverse wait staff a plus. Staff was flexible to our requests. We will be back soon.

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NL
New England
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my husband here for his birthday and we had an amazing experience. He loved the lobster roll and I was surprised by my fruttu di mare. They are known for their Oyster selection and they make sure to stand up to that expectation or rather exceed most of the time. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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WT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to Mare and as I relayed to my wife, we are sufficiently impressed to where this will be our restaurant of choice in Boston. Exceptional service, caring friendly staff, excellent menu and a very pleasant atmosphere.

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

We had our Uber drop us off and we still got lost going here. It’s on a side alley with no signage on the street showing where the restaurant was. Once inside and seated, we noticed immediately that the tables were way too close together. We sat for a table of 2 and ended up basically being on a 3 way date with the tables next to us because of how close they were to one another. No private conversations with tables barely 12 inches apart. This made things quite awkward. Once we decided we weren’t exactly starving after our apps, we ordered another small plate which our waiter seemed annoyed about. Guess he was more concerned about us ordering entrees for a higher tip, which was disappointing. Extremely disappointed in this establishment after being very excited to try something new. Do not plan to return.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The surf and turf app was amazing. Gnocchi was ok. Just not my style...make sure to ask for house water or you will end up paying $7ish for flat water. Cool ambiance

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UM
New England
118 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Mare is a really beautiful restaurant in the North End. Went with a friend and we were looking forward to it as we had heard such great things. Appetizers were fantastic (octopus and stuffed calamari), fish entrees were bland. We ordered cocktails and our waiter never came over to see if we wanted another drink the whole meal. The service was pretty dismal. Expensive restaurant for a pretty poor experience.

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TH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Great service and food A little pricey

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LP
New England
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food is delicious. The ambience is fine but not special. Service was slow and at the end of the night the smell of sewage was enough to make you gasp. When we went to get the car, it was on with the keys inside and no one around. Nobody took our ticket. We got in and left. Anyone could have done that. A disappointing evening after hearing such rave reviews.

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F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food. Polite, friendly service. Noisy during Friday night dinner.

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o
New England
83 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice restaurant tucked away in The North End. The food was excellent and portions large. Fried calamari was delicious. Seafood risotto was very good, as well as surf and turf. The meal was a bit pricey but well worth it. Tables were very close together, but the atmosphere was lively.

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N
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Waited 45 minutes after placing our dinner order before we received it, and that was after asking the waitress twice. Also asked is the salmon was farmed or wild, she was confused by the question & said that she would check. She never checked, I ordered something else. The food was ok, not great.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I had high expectations from reading previous reviews. Reservation was for 8, and we got seated around 8:30, which wouldn’t have been a big deal but the bar was crowded and it was difficult to find a place to stand. When we got seated, the service was alright, but appeared to be understaffed and we had to wait awhile for everything. Raw bar was good, but our entrees were very bad. I guess what’s what you get for ordering not raw bar at such a restaurant but I assumed the filet and seafood gnocchi would be much better. They were essentially tasteless and I was upset we spent so much on this disappointing meal. I don’t even like complaining and it takes a lot for me to be upset at a meal, but I really wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone except for maybe some oysters and a cocktail.

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MK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, outstanding atmosphere, and an impressive selection of food and wine.

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LS
Chicago
158 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Mare was wonderful. We started with a bottle of the Ferrari sparkling wine and a half-dozen east coast oysters. The oysters were fresh, and depending on the meroir briny or creamy. The batter on the zucchini blossoms (2 large ones) was thin and crunchy complementing the ricotta and lobster filling. We also loved the kampachi tartare with the smooth avocado acting as a counterpoint to a little spice. We shared the lobster and truffle tagliatelle - nicely sized for sharing to finish our meal. Everything was excellent including the attentive service. Mare is one of our favorite restaurants in Boston.

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AI
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing experience and seafood! The service is top notch as well. Outstanding.

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Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed our anniversary here. We are from Texas and this place was highly recommended by many locals and by our hotel concierge.

The food was incredible! The best oysters we had in Boston, the pasta was excellent, and the veal tomahawk was beyond amazing!

You can see some of the city from the patio and its tucked just far enough off the street that it's quite and beautiful. I highly recommend it.

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KB
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food , fantastic espresso martini , nice to sit outside . Only issue was we were rushed , the main entree came out literally as we finished our last oyster , and they had to clear away the platter .

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K
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service staff very knowledgeable, pleasant. Food outstanding

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DM
New England
37 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This is one of my favorite Italian/seafood restaurants in Boston. Always great!

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CH
London
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I have visited this restaurant and once again I have not been disappointed. Although the venue has moved from where it was before and is now larger, it has not lost its sense of intimacy.
Service is prompt and efficient and the food is plentiful and appetising. This time round I had my usual oysters (the selection is great) followed by Alaskan cod loin pan seared in olive oil, served with lobster stuffed bell pepper and butternut squash fondue - absolutely delicious!
Needless to say I will return to Mare when next I visit Boston.

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MW
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We did not like that runners/table staff just hovered in the middle of the dining room... If you have time to lean, you have time to clean! Honestly, it felt like they were eavesdropping by our table Nothing says "Look at me I'm bored" then staff lurking. Please just wait in the wings and anticipate when you'll be needed to clear a plate or fill a water glass.

That said, the meal was fabulous... as was the joint itself. Kudos to these same lurkers for knowing when to clear a plate. They knew not to take mine while my guest was still finishing. That comes from the top... so well done.

We will be back. A few minor tweaks and they will be great.

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CB
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite Boston restaurants. Always exceptional.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall great food and service! Only issue I had was in was slightly cramped and loud.

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