Mare

4.7
1650 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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What 1650 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Alex
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice restaurant, amazing friendly staff. Great food

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vip2much2eat
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Good food but poor service. Waited 15 minutes for the waiter to come to the table, never got the follow up items we requested, and had to ask more than once for the waiter to get our drinks. Probably won't return.

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Anat
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mare was amazing! The restaurant is a little pricey, but it’s definitely worth it. The food was impeccable and the service was too. I would definitely come back next time I’m in the area.

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vipGaryR
Jacksonville
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their food is phenomenal especially the stuffed lobster

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David
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was fabulous. Only problem was slow service on getting food and drinks…our appetizer arrived before the martinis. Then after the meal, we ordered coffee and dessert, and we finished the coffee before the dessert arrived. Otherwise, great albeit a bit pricy.

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DavidB
Tucson
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience. Food and service were excellent. One of the Bests in the North End!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was high quality and delicious! The service was wonderful, attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I would highly recommend for dinner. So much better than Daily Catch for Italian Seafood. A must go in the North End.

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BCLM
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience1

After reading many good reviews about this restaurant we made a reservation after a long day of touring Martha’s Vineyard. When we walked in ~20 min before our reservation knowing we would have to wait to be seated at our actual table the hostess was nice enough to sit us in the bar area while we waited for the table. After ordering (and finishing) drinks now ~30 minutes after our original reservation time we asked about the status of the table and they were flustered because they had forgotten we needed a table and proceeded to seat us at a table outside near the edge of the patio. Unfortunately immediately the smell of sewer from the road circulated around our table and remained throughout dinner. If that wasn’t bad enough after at least another 15 minutes of waiting at our table a server finally asked if we wanted to order drinks and dinner. Right before he got to our table we contemplated leaving but were so tired from the day decided to stay. We ordered appetizers and dinners and while the food was decent it was difficult to enjoy while smelling city sewer with each bite and essentially being ignored most of the evening. We are avid travelers and have eaten at many upscale and hole in the wall restaurants over the years so don’t demand exceptional service or get too annoyed when something doesn’t go as planned. However tonight’s experience of smelling sewer while trying to enjoy a $30 appetizer and service that was poor we will not be returning to this restaurant anytime soon. Best part of the evening was the bus boys who were at least attentive to fill our waters. Thanks to them for working hard after covid.

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Momsdaydiners
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Anniversary surprise plate cannolis best my Italian wife ever had at a restaurant….

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Ambiance and the venue are gorgeous! I haven’t seen too many places this nice. The food doesn’t match the venue in quality or impressiveness.

Started with Lobster cocktail. We should’ve know at that point since it was flavorless and just boring. Great quality lobster but tasted just boiled and no seasoning of any kind.

Main entrees were lack luster as well in flavor. Seafood was good. Pasta, Sauces and the Waygu lacked so much flavor they couldn’t be enjoyed.

I didn’t ask for anything to be removed but the waiter did ask why I had only picked a few bites so I was honest. The manager came over and to me seemed very argumentative. I told him I wasn’t there to fight and I didn’t ask for anything to be taken off, I’d gladly pay. Although I was furious and offended with his approach, I was not there to insult or argue with anyone.

He did remove the items from the bill and we paid for our appetizer and drinks. I tipped 50% since it was not the servers fault. We left and had dinner at another place down the street which was amazing! Too many good places in the area to settle on being treated like that.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere… especially for a special occasion or date night. Food and drinks were amazing, with great flavors and fresh seafood! We enjoyed it!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Waitstaff seemed new and not very experienced, but the food was AMAZING.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Diego was a fantastic server. The attentiveness of all associates was fabulous. The mango sorbet was off the charts!

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vipAlly
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best seafood in the north end! I've been multiple times and have ordered many different things on the menu and everything is outstanding!

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vipwineanddine
Cleveland
15 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were superb. The venue was extremely loud, possibly because the windows were closed due to rain.
Would definitely be back and highly recommend.

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vipNYCdoll87
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Transport yourself back to Italy. Laid-back enjoy your drink your food. Never feel rushed. The food is amazing.

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rossg
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a great experience-seafood and oysters were high quality and our waiter Diego was outstanding!
Music was very hip as well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I would have given everything five stars! But when I didn’t order wine I felt like the waiter seemed to become curt, almost like a total disposition change. But the food was exceptional. Kudos!

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vipAlexM
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to go in the North End. Always excellent food and staff!

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MarcC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a very memorable experience.

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John
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

When the food arrived for my wife and I, our waiter brought me the wrong item. It was not only much more expensive but he told me I could either accept it or wait another 20 minutes for the meal I ordered. I accepted it as it was our anniversary and did not intend to spend the whole evening at a restaurant. The waiter charged us the full price of the item which was for the most part dry. My wife's meal was mediocre as well; a plate full of rice and a few bay scallops and small shrimp mixed into it. Hardly worth it.

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vipJacobS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you. Everything was amazing!

JK
vipJenniferK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mare was delicious! The beef carpaccio and lobster bisque were the best I’ve ever had. We will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The food is fantastic. Drinks are delicious. Highly recommend.

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vipGatuna
New England
30 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Even if the terrace was pack food and drinks arrived perfectly on time to our table! Our waiter was very knowledgeable about wine and a real pleasure to chat with him

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PamM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arranged for our meal at Mare prior to our arrival in Boston. My wife particularly wanted a good seafood restaurant, and after exploring restaurants online and reading many reviews, I decided on Mare and made the reservation. Prior to our arrival, we had spent the afternoon in the North End amid all the raucous excitement of the Euro Cup finals. Mare provided a respite from the crowd, though we were still able to follow the outcome of the match, with some help from the waitstaff.

Our server, Diego, went above and beyond in every way. He assisted my wife in the preferred way to eat oysters, a first for her, after his recommendations of which oysters she might enjoy. His recommendations were superb for every dish and course we ate, and his preparation table side of the Deconstructed Tiramisu, his recommendation for dessert, proved impeccable. His courtesy and attention to every detail of our dinner ensured an outstanding experience. In addition, the support staff saw to anything we needed in a polite and competent manner.

With all the outstanding service, the highlight, without a doubt, was the food. EVERY dish exceeded expectations. My wife loved her first taste of oysters, the crab cakes were a delight, and our main courses of the Ahi Tuna and Grilled Swordfish outshone any other renditions of those dishes we have had over the years. The Polenta side was new to us, and my wife would love to learn how to make that! Our meal, in total, may be the best we have ever eaten anywhere in our travels, here or abroad!

One last comment about you restaurant. We sat on the porch and met two couples we shared conversation with throughout the meal. The convivial atmosphere and friendly feel of your restaurant, the intimacy of the space turned out to be a subtle enhancement to the whole evening. We could not have been more pleased!

JK
vipJohnK
Columbus
33 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Not our first time at Mare so we know what you’re capable of providing. Server was standoffish. Almost no eye contact. Kind of like we weren’t interesting enough. One of the managers came over and was very engaging. Saved a 3rd star for service. Still the best stuffed lobster anywhere and good wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Pricey. Not quite the view or ambiance we expected. More servers than guests all watching us like hawks. Clams were the tiniest we’ve ever seen.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server Alex!! And appreciated the understanding of the staff when there was a miscommunication with another friend who showed up unexpectedly!

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vipAdair
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun Vibes and ambiance

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Gnilretsew7911
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite restaurant in the North End. Patrick O'Malley made sure that our reservation for our anniversary was secure, Manager Rosario Apuzzo made sure we had everything we needed during dinner, and our waiter Matteo was polite and attentive. And the food was delicious! A little on the pricey side but well worth it. The raw bar, the seafood, and the pasta was all top quality and we'll prepared. Great spot for that special occasion or just a night out on the town.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner. The service was wonderful everything came out with great timing overall a good night.

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Alefevre
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I went for my wives birthday and she really enjoyed it! I can’t wait to tell my friends about it. It was very busy so I would always have a reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

anniversary

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vipBostonian
New England
25 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Best Italian Seafood restaurant in Boston by far. Staff is attentive, friendly, nice, helpful etc. etc.

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vipOpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Honestly a terrible experience from start to finish. They seated us half an hour after our resy and the bread we received was stale. The restaurant was over-crowded and unorganised. We wouldn’t go back.

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Mogulmike
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Music was extremely loud and it was difficult to carry on a conversation. We ate on the covered patio and there was no air conditioning and it was very hot and humid. Food and service were good. Giuseppe was our server and he was very good. Not sure we would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, always a top notch experience!

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vipsbdf
New England
17 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great restaurant! Service is great and food is always amazing! Great wine list too.

FAQs

Mare is rated 4.7 stars by 1650 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.