Mare

4.6
1729 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately which was awesome, it was super busy and they had our table ready. We appreciated that! Food was amazing, drinks were amazing. Service was top notch, I think the only thing we have to say is portion size is small. Other than that we loved it and would come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining at Mare and once again it was fantastic! Drinks, appetizers,entrees and desserts where outstanding . Highly recommend.

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vipanthony
Philadelphia
227 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I have been here a couple of times. This is a higher end restaurant. Food and service are always high quality. Wine list is fantastic. Location and ambience are great.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Look forward to coming again.

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Dinner
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at Mare, food and service was amazing!

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JenniferG
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adina behind the bar was fantastic! She was attentive and provided excellent service!

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chris
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here every time we go to Boston for business or personal. It has never disappointed. Excellent service and menu.

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NABEMARO
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good taste, good location, good service.
Outside table is good for conversation.

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mattm
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was banging. Ambiance was cool. Go here. Eat good food.

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PaulL
Minneapolis
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Very nice outdoor seating. It is a great seafood restaurant.

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vipFoodie
New England
55 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was OK but not especially wonderful or exciting: OK-to-slow service, OK cocktails, very good bread and condiments (delicious garlic-herb pesto-like sauce, tasty olives, very good olive oil), OK oysters, OK salad, OK crudo (which is really just a tiny bit of sashimi with a sauce served on the side), slightly-less-than-OK seafood mixed grill (most things were moderately to very overcooked, with basically no seasoning, though the scallops and swordfish were quite good). There are so many other restaurants in the area, and since this one was on the overpriced side, I probably won't go back.

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vipCali
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. Can't wait to go again.

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Merrick
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our sowrdfish was rather undercooked,One side was ratherr raw, had much better swordlfish in the past at Mare,

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MichaelC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. The food was presented beautifully. The food itself was spot on. Everything was beyond expectation.

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vipNomossundermyfeet
New England
92 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had never been here before although we have been to many restaurants in the North End and others in the same restaurant group (Bricco, Quattro, etc). This was THE BEST! The entire experience, including the service, was fantastic. The food was fabulous and fresh! I had a pasta dish made with fresh pasta that was TDF. I started with a tomato and burrata salad and the ONLY thing I would most definitely change is to recommend that they never use refrigerated tomatoes. The latter were both cold and under-ripe. Better to use ripe, halved grape tomatoes for the entire dish than under-ripe and refrigerated large tomatoes, IMO. But the burrata was about the best I have ever had and my partner loved the fresh oysters and seared tuna dishes. We will definitely go back and are lucky that we can simply walk there! Kudos to the management for creating such a delightful ambiance on the back patio and for the superb training of the wait staff. One doesn’t often encounter this level of paced service these days. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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vipDL21
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Talk about Stellar Experience!! From the moment we arrived (which was an event in and of itself being as tho the restaurant is hidden in an alley) we were treated like VIP guests!! Our waiter, Artemis was amazing from start to finish!! When there was a slight issue with the food, Manager Paul stepped in and handled it immediately!! At the conclusion of our meal, Artemis brought to our table 2 shots of Limoncello to celebrate my first time in Boston. We literally were the last ones to leave the Restaurant, but did not feel rushed in any way.

Oh, the service was sooo good, I forgot about the food….almost 😉 The mini crab cakes were quite tasty, and my Lobster Ravioli with Lobster Mashed Potatoes were INCREDIBLE!!! So many huge chunks of Lobster!!

Thank you MARE for an unforgettable night of Incredible food and VIP service!! 🌟

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vipTraute
New England
30 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

For interesting seafood dishes, this is one of the best places. Service is nice and efficient.

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BarbaraS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was great. I was entertaining out of town guests and they were very pleased with everything.

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vipLeilaC
New England
27 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We chose to eat outside because the tables insides were too close together for comfort in these Covid days.
Great service from the host to our waiter (Diego, excellent service!) and the bus boys, but unfortunately the food was not at the expected level, or overpriced for the quality. Or maybe the kitchen staff that day (it was a Sunday) was not at their best.
The stuffed calamari appetizer was barely cooked, resulting in a gross gooey texture, and the grilled octopus was also undercooked and gooey. We had asked to make sure the octopus dish was not spicy and the eggplant purée in it was very spicy.
The cod loin main course had very little flavor, and was not exciting. The seafood stew was spectacular in size and flavor, but the fish was overdone—which is ok and frequent for a seafood stew. We ordered a side of polenta described as creamy with mushrooms. It was extremely hot and spicy and we had to send it back. Our waiter Diego explained that the chef had added hot peppers today when it was not usually done, and brought us another one that was perfect.
Finally, the dessert was also blah and disappointing. We ordered the dark chocolate mousse which was described as containing orange compote, crumbles, and caramel “Tarelli” contained only plain chocolate mousse, a slice of fresh orange at the bottom, whipped cream, and a sliced strawberry decoration on top. I can make that at home, and with more flavor. Expecting a play with crunchy texture and some caramel in there, we were underwhelmed.

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vipmaria
New England
49 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb! Service and food amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!! Enjoyed!! Will go again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Choose Mare for our Wedding Anniversary and it fell extremely flat.

Service was horrendous. Server would walk back and forth ignoring us and wasn’t attentive at all. My wife had to tell the hostess to find our waiter because he was no where to be seen. It took 45 minutes and 3 apps later to FINALLY have our waiter take our Entree order.

I get if you are busy but he had multiple times to check on us. He never followed up on the apps to check in on us.

I don’t like complaining as it was supposed to be a special dinner but my wife who is the calm one between us was so irritated.

For white table cloth,service was so bad. I’ve been to 4 diamond and multiple Michelin Star places before here and in the world and this by far was the worst service for the price point.

You get more attentive service at an American Food chain like Applebee’s!

Food wasn’t even that spectacular. For how many good places in the North End to choose from, I was surprised this place got amazing seafood reviews from Boston Magazine.

Oysters were great, crudo was fine. My gnocchi was cold but the dish came out hot, explain that! Maybe mix the pasta more with the sauce? Gnocchi was not soft and like a pillow, it was cold and chewy. Anyone who has had good gnocchi knows what I am talking about. The shrimp in my dish were so tiny like the really really small kind where you question it was frozen or fresh.
My wife has a lobster pasta dish, pasta was better than mine but her lobster was over cooked. So rubbery and tough, not succulent at all. She thinks it was frozen also.
Dessert was comical with a “soufflé”. More like a microwave Betty Crocker cake in a cup.
So sad, as I have tried other establishments from this restaurant group and they were better.
Some servers need better training. I watched a server and maybe the manager try to debone a fish for the customer, the shaking of the hands says it all.
Go to a real place and see them debone it flawlessly.

Would not recommend at all!!!

MB
MichaelB
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and service. Seafood is so fresh. Continues to be one of our regular places in the north end!

AM
AaronM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

great food and a great lively location and setting

JM
JoeM
Oklahoma City
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Great wine list. Pace of service was perfect for someone wanting to spend a leisurely evening visiting with friends

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have dined here many times and last night was one of the best meals we have had, from the service to the drinks, it was wonderful

JA
vipJAMJAM
New England
40 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

We chose indoor dining but for some reason the whole place was wide open on a 100 degree day. Yea too hot for our liking. Also I advised it was my husband’s birthday & we weren’t even acknowledged about it. Not cool. Thankfully Food & service were great.

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Jan52
New England
24 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice outdoor patio area, away from the noisy North End streets.

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marys
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food and service were good. The drinks were not; 3 members of the party expressed the fact that they were rather weak. One member received her drink in a glass with an obviously chipped rim. When this was pointed out the waiter took the drink and poured it into another glass. My friend said "hope there was no glass in that drink" and did not finish it. I was shocked that a high end restaurant or any restaurant for that matter would do that.

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Carlacv
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Made reservations for my 50th bday got there and the waiter was RUDE took FOREVER. The food was amazing hence the 2 stars. The company that sat next to us was awesome and they bought us drink and we bought them but when it was time for them to get their drinks the waiter basically said it was a wash and would not bring their drinks. Also no mention of bday whatsoever so why even ask if there's a special occasion ?!? First time in Boston and last time I come here.

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Anna
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg.... we were recommended to go here by the concierge of the Ritz Carlton years ago, and finally went. Worth. The. Wait. The zucchini blossoms, lobster roll, and tagliatelle were all outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for our anniversary dinner. We sat outside and it was a great night. The food was excellent and the service was great!

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Domdee
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Tables were really tight and on top of each other

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pagFlorida
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tagliatelli with lobster was not tagliatelli, but fetuccini! Lobster was overcooked and dry.

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Chris
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Booked last minute. Great service provided From host to wait staff.

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DianeR
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our first visit to Mare. The food was delicious - the atmosphere was pleasant and vibrant. Will definitely go back again soon.

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CanadianFoodie
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A mix of old money, Italian regulars and young professionals. The food was good and beautifully presented. Reasonable prices for Boston and delicious oysters. Great service at the bar. The bartenders were incredible. Loud place with a scene for sure. Not quaint or charming but more a slick vibe. Seafood was very fresh.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Baked stuffed lobster was an experience- always see it abs had to try this time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

salmon was fire as usual. dirty martini was 🤌

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vipBruceU
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best seafood restaurant in Boston and in fact best in the north east! Service was 2nd to none! Definitely going back… Bruce

FAQs

Mare is rated 4.6 stars by 1729 OpenTable diners.

Mare does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://swipeit.com/product/355/bricco.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.