Mare

4.8
1541 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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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Distancing maintained in common areas
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were exquisite. We shared the crudo trio, the wild boar papardelle, and the grilled branzino. All were perfectly prepared. We have a new favorite restaurant in the North End.

EJ
vipEandJake
New England
75 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. Service was good but I think they were overwhelmed being busy again after so long working at half capacity during pandemic. We know they were doing their best even if things were missed or forgotten. The food made up for it all. We love Mare and will be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Odd. Our reservation was for 7:45, which is when we arrived. Our hostess told us they just needed to clean the table. 20 mins later I ask again, and she said they just needed to clean the table. So then 3 seats opened at the bar and my family and I tried to sit there. But the manager came over to tell us we couldn’t because he promised that spot to a different person - one person.

A few minutes later they offer us a table, in total nearly 30 minutes after after our reservation. So we were not off to a good start.

But our waiter was very personable and attentive. He recommended oysters for us and when my daughter dropped her mask on the floor he offered her a new one. He was really good.

The food was average. Not worth the cost.

MD
vipMarianneD
New England
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We came on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and loved our experience. Grace was a wonderful server, she was available at all the right moments and things were timed pretty perfectly. The view, the food, the wine, cant wait to go back!

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Leah
New England
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out! The food was so good. Recommend the surf and turf appetizer and oysters.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious raw bar, the crab and the lobster cocktail are a must!
They went above and beyond to accommodate us with a child despite the lack of seating because of mother's Day.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time for a birthday celebration!

AM
AugustaM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible, especially the seafood. The Crudo is my all time favorite. The waitstaff are very amicable and the ambiance is great for a date night or intimate dinner with friends. It's also off the beaten path so it's not a big tourist trap like some of the other restaurants in the North End.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has originally asked for a fire pit seats since we only came in for a few oysters and some cocktails. Unfortunately they were taken and we were seated a table. A few moments after our first round of drinks came by the host came and asked us if we’d like to move. It was very thoughtful and appreciated.

LB
LisaB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Usually our favorite restaurant when we come to Boston. We were seated in the way way back outside on a damp and chilly night. Our server told us there were no other tables available. We had a reservation and still had to wait 20 minutes before we were seated. There were heaters on the other side of the patio but none by our side. We spoke with the manager and he let us move near the fire pit for our dessert (which he comped). All in all that was handled well but service was lacking and the food was mediocre. We hold the bar high for Mare and we’re disappointed that the bar was not met.

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RalphL
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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vipItalianshopper
New England
71 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crystal our waitress was lovely. The food is always delicious and again did not disappoint. They took some items off the menu and we missed our seafood pizza. Paul the manager corrected a hiccup. Overall it was excellent!

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Lynn
New England
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh and tasty seafood. Exceptional service and nice atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

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SC90
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Everything was good for the most part. I made a reservation for my anniversary and did not receive any accommodations. Not even a happy anniversary. Maybe they forgot or something but probably won’t be back here again. Pretty meh and upscale. Service was very nice but felt rushed.

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Mikay
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovey date & delicious drinks

JT
vipJohnT
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorites and lived up to its reputation. Hasn't missed a beat through COVID and it was packed on a wet night - testimony to the loyal customer base it has.

CC
vipChristineC
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great selection of seafood. Great cocktails

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Mike
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very interesting evening. I was there with my great niece (17 yoa) and were offered a table by the door. I asked to sit elsewhere but was told there was only one other option which we declined. As we were ordering 4 men in the 30-40s came in and were seated next to us. They were loud and crude with every other word being a profanity. I looked around to find some waitstaff to see if we could be relocated. I couldn’t find any. I knew it was only going to get worse as they ordered shots and continued with their profanity. A few minutes later the manager/owner came up and asked if we wanted to be reseated. I said yes. He then went to the table and asked the men to stop with the profanity. We were reseated and the men ordered food. A few minutes later a table of other men were speaking with the manager/owner at which point the manager owner and one of the men went over to the table of 4. Shortly thereafter the 4 men left. So the restaurant handled it well.

Now our meal was delicious. I had tagliatelle with lobster and truffles and cherry tomatoes. It was so very good. Then even though I am nit a big dessert person I ordered the tiramisu. They made it up in front of me. Nice touch and also very good. Thus I give them high marks for the way they handled us and the obnoxious guys along with delicious pasta.

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vipVicheinz
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner. Seafood is so fresh and prepared perfectly. Raw oyster bar had a good variety and they were delicious. My favorite restaurant in the North End!

MM
MikeM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We love the location and the vibe is usually pretty good. The service is always exceptional. Having been here several times with multiple friends, for the first time two of our party of four were unimpressed with their meals, both seafood dishes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
East Texas
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Repeat diner, terrible experience this time. Waited 20 minutes for water to get to the table. Ended up leaving after appetizers and going elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Rosario, was so great and accommodating. The food and ambience were perfect, but Rosario took it to the next level. Awesome service. We will return and hope he is our waiter!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best seafood, one of the top 10 meals ive had in Boston

CG
ColG
New England
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great time for a small group dinner with coworkers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service!

SW
vipStaceyW
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mare was a great experience. The food was so good, although, it is not necessarily traditional Italian food. For appetizers, we had oysters and the grilled octopus which was amazing! I had the Branzino which fileted in the kitchen and delicious! My husband had the Frutti de Mare, which was good, yet messy to eat. Aside from the fact that our waittress did not warn us about cracking the lobster shells and peelingthe shrimp ourselves in the Frutti de Mare, she was outstanding! She recommended a great wine and did tell us that the Frutti de Mare is large. We will definitely dine again here and would like to try their dessert next time. Overall, a great North End dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambiance was nice but food lacked flavor

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Bode
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night out! Beautiful atmosphere and yummy food! Loved it! Cant wait to go back!

MB
MadelineB
New England
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food (very pricey) but worth it for a nice meal out. All the staff were incredibly friendly, professional, attentive, and kind. Service was great. Really great drinks, too.

JH
JoanH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent server, Grace made our special night out even more special!! Her recommendation of the tiramisu ...YUM!!
We will return

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Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great dinner! Would recommend. Great bar and spacing of tables was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone loved their apps of oysters and lobster bisque. The entrees were excellent and the staff was friendly and attentive. We sat on the deck with plastic walls pulled down. It did get a little chilly, but I didn’t notice it being loud like other reviews have mentioned. Will return.

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viplexm
New England
19 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good everything was excellent our waiter Lucas was exceptional definitely recommend this place and definitely will be back

JP
JohnP
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, a great dining experience. The food and service was over the top. Private dining suite and Chefs Dessert sampler was a great touch. Linguine and clam macchiato, the best I’ve ever had. We’ll be looking forward to going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night!!

KW
KelseyW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambiance!!! Everything is so good.

SA
SusanA
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive but probably the freshest seafood I have ever rated !!! Absolutely amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Overhyped and overpriced. Wouldn’t go back.

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BrandyD
New England
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Lobster ravioli was amazing. Everything else was - eh. The lobster mashed potatoes were actually terrible - we didn’t eat them. Asked for some extra sauce from the ravioli to put on them to make them edible - and they charged us extra. Wouldn’t go back.

PM
vipPaulM
Portland
46 reviews