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Mare

4.7
4.7
2041 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.
Please visit our new location at 3 Mechanic St.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 60 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Oyster Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–3:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (617) 723-6273

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party contact

    Events@dventures.net: (617) 723-6273

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Cross street

    Hanover street

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,041 people are saying

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Boston / New England

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible and we loved our waiter. Wonderful experience overall and the Tiramisu is out of this world!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Service was excellent. Ambience was good. It’s a very cute date spot. Casual but nice. Only complaint was that our pasta was slightly too salty however our server took care of us and had it remade.
  3. h

    howarda

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    food was great pasta was excellent!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food, incredible service. Only compliant is that our table overlooked the highway. If I were the owner, I would put the bar against that wall with service stations and maybe a couch or two on that side, and put tables everywhere else. If you go there, request a table away from the HW. Other than that, amazing food and service.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite in north end! Great oyster selection and risotto was incredible!
  6. RD

    RevDocDiner

    New England

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were eagerly looking forward to dining at Mare as we had heard such good things about it. Initiatially, our experience was quite pleasing with a beautiful ambience in a pleasant open setting. Cocktails were wonderful, and we must say that our Appetizers were amazing - Zuchini Flowers stuffed with Lobster, Grilled Octopus on Egglplant and Burata, and a delectable Surf & Turf with a seared Scallop with Beef Short Rib on a bed of Truffle Mashed Potatoe - each selection delctable, so good that we were looking forward to our main courses. Unfortunately, from there our review takes a nose dive south. Upon arrival of our Entrees, our server came to check on how everything tasted prior to our even taking a first bite. We then saw her again when we were completing our dinners - very disappointing. My wife had the Lobster on Tagliatelle with Lobster Sauce - the pasta was very fresh but lacking in quantity with a scant amount of lobter all in a very salty sauce. I had the Gnocchi with Frutti di Mare - again, very fresh Gnocchi that were plentiful, however, the seafood pieces were so small that I could have used a magnifying glass to see them, though flavorful and not salty (it did not look at all like like the photographs of the dish posted on the website that looked plentiful with seafood). Great start, awful and disappointing finish, will not be back.
  7. B

    Buck

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. French fries were some of the best I’ve ever had. Seafood was fresh-we had oysters and lobster rolls. Service was impeccable. Very attentive without being obtrusive. The waiter read the table well. Will definitely go back again.
  8. l

    lexm

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was amazing great experience as always
  9. L

    Laura

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My table ordered oysters and shrimp to start which were both very tasty. Two of us ordered the tableside cacio e pepe. We enjoyed it, but didn't feel like it was worth the price point. The third person ordered the tagliatelle with lobster and it was excellent! If I went back, I would just order that next time.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was excellent as always. Ser
  11. JC

    JillianC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent time at Mare! It was off the busy north end through way. The food was fresh and tasted delicious. Get the Nutella martini. Wow incredible.
  12. L

    Leanne

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Incredible food. Very busy so it took a little bit to be served but the waiter was still incredibly kind and attentive. Beautiful outdoor area. Cannot wait to go back
  13. JJ

    JonathanJ

    Houston

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the food is amazing
  14. C

    Christy

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal in the North End and I've lived in the area for 5 years.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food- great waiter- great atmosphere
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    164 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    164 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A very enjoyable meal. We dine in the North End frequently but this was our first time dining at Mare. Service was wonderful. I've seen others complain about the tables being too close but we didn't have any problems with that. My pasta entree was a little too salty but overall, a great meal and will definitely return.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Food was cold
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best shellfish I have ever had in my entire life and the greatest waiter who took care of us right away, knowing my young kids were hungry and tired, Alex, the amazing waiter put a rush on our order and it made all the difference. Oh, and the oysters were the best shucked oysters ever. Living on the west coast - I’m rarely given the opportunity to enjoy such fresh shellfish with such a professional and exceptional staff, 10 out of 10 for Mare!!
  19. CS

    CandaceS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome …delicious and elegant
  20. SB

    StephB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food is delicious but service was incredibly slow. They mentioned the kitchen was very busy but the restaurant was half full. We finally got our food about 80 minutes after we ordered. But when we did.....it was DELICIOUS. So, consider buffering some extra time to your meal and it'll be well worth it.
  21. LA

    LoisA

    New England

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always, the very best of everything! Service , food and amazing staff.
  22. BC

    BarbaraC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service!
  23. KJ

    KevinJ

    Northern MI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Every thing was outstanding and would go back if ever in Boston again
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tallahassee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Very cramped! The table next to us was so close the server couldn’t even stand next to us. Our view was a plexiglass wall and the freeway. The food was very disappointing. I’ve never left a bad review, but this was a major disappointment.
  25. CF

    ChristopherF

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place - been coming here for anniversaries and birthdays for years, the waiters always help out with a special request. Food is consistent and great location.
  26. JD

    JohnD

    Denver

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I've been hitting Mare my last 4 times to Boston and it's always great. This time, I'd say it was good. 7 out of 10. It's time to try something else on Hanover St next time. Main disappointment was the tableside Cacio y Pepe. The overalls texture ends up just creamy, without the authentic texture of the grated parmagiano cheese and the pasta was not hot enough when served. Not worth $40. Is prefer it done right in the kitchen. Overall very good, but falls short for the price.
  27. O

    Ohno

    New England

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    The food should not have been served it was so bad.
  28. AH

    AudraH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were super excited to try Mare- but we’re a little weary after reading some reviews. I honestly went in expecting service to be slow, and the food to be meh. Overall, we enjoyed our time but honestly the food and experience wasn’t worth the price. You can go to another place in the north end and have a better experience & better food for a more affordable cost. The food: we had oysters which were delicious, then the octopus which was also delicious… the eggplant with it was out of this world. For dinner, we got the gnocchi frutti de mare and the tagliatelle con Aragosta. The serving size was perfect for one person, but there were no leftovers. When you’re paying ~$40 per entree, you kind of hope you’ll have leftovers! In the tagliatelle, there was like two small pieces of lobster. Half a tail basically. The sauce was good but not incredible. The gnocchi was ok, a little chewy, & there wasn’t much seafood. Service: our waiter was super helpful and gave us honest opinions on the dishes. The restaurant was full, but the waiters seemed to be running around constantly. Not sure if this is how it always is, but it felt a little bit like they were overwhelmed. .
  29. D

    Dannie

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5
    This restaurant comes highly recommended. The food was amazing but the service was awful. I believe the waiter forgot to put our order in. No one checked on us , no sorry, forgot to bring a drink. Really disappointed. Don't think we'll return, plenty of other places to go to in the area!
  30. BM

    BenM

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Good food. Slow and disorganized service.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional meal! We got the grigliatti de pesce to split, the zucchini flowers, surf and turf appetizer and king crab legs. Everything was fantastic! We can’t wait to come back
  32. DA

    DanA

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We have been here many times, food always great, but tonight the service was really bad -- ran out of octopus and didn't say anything we asked when our entrees were dropped where it was, brough wrong entree, didn't change out silver / plates, clean table, didn't check in after two mistakes by waiter on order, etc. Very sad, as food was perfect as usual, and many of the servers we have gotten to know over the years and are great, but this night, service as horrendous. Did not adjust our check or make any apology or effort to make right either, very sad.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants in Boston - verified! Ambience, service- Diego server, food, drinks and music were amazing.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Went for a birthday and couldn’t have had a better time. Had Diego as a waiter and he was amazing.
  35. L

    Lovelylove333

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute place! Good food and service.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good oysters
  37. LS

    LeahS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    One of the best meals and dining experiences I have had in a while!
  38. A

    Abygailjoy

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a favorite north end spot! Quality food and atmopshere
  39. DW

    DanielleW

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious!
  40. SG

    SaraG

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the swordfish dish. Sat outside on a lively evening and enjoyed the experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Mare is rated 4.7 stars by 2041 OpenTable diners.

Mare does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 60 times today
Google Map for Mare

3 Mechanic St. Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hanover street

  • Neighborhood

    North End

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Lunch Sat 12:00 pm–3:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Oyster Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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