Mare

4.6
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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.
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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great time but tables were so close to each other. Had loud young girls next to us.. “so annoying” 😆

AK
New England
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Restaurant week - 2 out 3 entrees not very good - extremely small portions won't be back - overpriced drinks

M
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As the restaurant filled up, it became difficult to hear the person I was with - very bad acoustics . The service was good, but not excellent. There just wasn’t that above and beyond. My friend asked about an ingredient in a drink, and the waiter was not able to provide any clarity. He ordered the drink, but did not like it at all. The waiter never checked in about it. The crusty bread was delicious, but left the table a mess, which was never cleaned off during our meal.

j
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Food was great as usual. Service was great to start and was lacking once dinners were delivered. Overall experience would have been outstanding if management was better: two patrons that clearly did not meet Mare's own advertised dress code were seated near us. The gentleman in the aforementioned party was wearing sweatpants, a novelty t-shirt, and untied basketball sneakers.....doesn't seem to classify as 'business casual' to me! The same gentleman proceed to use the bathroom 4 times in one hour, coming out higher on drugs every time to the point where he could barley remain conscious and was nodding off. Not quite the atmosphere I was looking for or would expect from Mare while dropping over two hundred dollars on a dinner for two. Management needs to do their job.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazing - ambiance would have been amazing if it had been a tad cooler and maybe 1/3 fewer tables. It was very tightly packed for a fine dining experience.

AS
New England
48 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorites but restaurant week gives opportunity to try other items haven't had since the restaurant week choices are amazing for a 3 course meal for $33. Had drinks while waiting in the bar area near fire pits which I love. I got the surf and turf appetizer- not what you think- brisket, mashed potatoes and grilled scallop- outstanding and very filling. My husband tried the Fried Dough Zeppoline which contained baccala and sweet shallots- Something you may not have opportunity to try but not to be missed. Main courses we picked were 8oz filet, spinach and mashed along with grilled swordfish in a tomato broth white beans, braised kale which was delicious. dessert was Soufflé Chocolato which was bigger hit one bread pudding. Mare is always great but restaurant menu not to be missed.

C
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, atmosphere, and ambiance are fabulous.

The food was excellent. We both had the filet mignon and the filets were cooked perfectly and the presentation was picture perfect.

The cocktails are also excellent . My dirty martini was enjoyed on the couch by the fire. The choices of wine by the glass were very good.

JP
New England
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent. Tables are tightly packed and it is very loud. Tough to talk.

NK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uitstekend sfeer, super lekker eten met geweldige wijnkeuze. Tagliatelle met lobster zijn fantastisch.

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s
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mare always meets our expectations. Service was friendly. Food simply wonderful. I wish I lived closer, we would go more often.

C
New England
33 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Third time visiting restaurant within the last year, this time dining with some friends. We found the food to be excellent this time, as it was the last two times we visited, with very fresh seafood that we thought to be very well prepared. The service was prompt, efficient and friendly and we did not face the service issues that other reviewers have noted at this restaurant. The tables are somewhat close together and the restaurant tends to be noisy, as others have noted, but in general the energy level is good and guests appear to be having a good time. We enjoy this restaurant and will come back as long as the quality of the food remains high and they provide us with good service.

F
New England
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and very receptive stuff

JL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the waitress was awesome, I felt like she could read my mind!

PR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, and ambiance were excellent. Highly recommend the fried calamari and the lobster pasta with black truffle. My only complaint was that our table was practically on top of a fireplace so we were uncomfortably hot for most of our meal.

LD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took us about 40minuts to find this restaurant :-) other then that everything was perfect the food and drink wasn’t so great I had margarita didn’t like at all the way they made it 😐 definitely will try this place again!

J
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

best Italian seafood in the North End. You most definitely need to make reservations

KF
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We ordered the special lobster fra diavolo. The Chef needs to look up the meaning of what this dish is according to heat and basics. No spice at all and should be called lobster in tasteless red sauce with soft zucchini and barely any pasta. The server asked what I wanted to do about the dish. I should not have to tell a so called chef how to cook. Trader Joe’s sauce is better than at Mare.
Also, check your temperature with white wines, not near level at temp for $100 plus bottles.

NF
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I want to go back right now. We go every year and I love it!

LT
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service. Started with shrimp cocktail and then had the pan seared salmon echo he was delicious and served with roasted fennel.

KF
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately. The service staff was prompt and courteous although it was a little difficult to hear the description of the specials. The oysters were very good and the main courses were both very good. Very nice value. The only negative was having to wait 15 minutes for the valeted car to arrive.

M
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We have been to this restaurant before - when it was at a different location (old location is now Aqua Pazza by the same owners). It was excellent then and still great. Fantastic waiter and attentive wait staff. Food was excellent. Husband had two appetizers - more than enough food; I had a special that was halibut in a Puttanesca sauce with a variety of shellfish. Only negative - we were in the area that is open in good weather and it was a cold and windy night and sitting next to the plastic covering and it was a bit chilly.

CD
New England
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was amazing. Very lovely interiors but it is loud. The service was incredibly slow.

S
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Waiter was good but was a bit forgetful, some one ordered the lobster roll hot with butter, it was overwhelmed with butter. 2 out of the 3 of us enjoyed the meal.

S
Dallas
106 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were celebrating our anniversary. We were recommended this place from our hotel concierge. We were looking forward to it. . Our waitress was terrible! We could not understand her. She was not nice and was pushing us to order. My husband had the special 1 pound lobster and pasta.. it was very bland. I ordered the salmon. It came with the skin on it. It was awful! The waitress never acknowledge our anniversary. I put it on our reservation. The place was so hot. My husband was sweating! I would never recommend this place. Terrible food and very hot!

RK
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, knowledgeable service staff. Highly recommend this restaurant

SG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High standards were met. Fresh seafood and a surplus amount.

DM
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. My husband and I really enjoyed this place.

D
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service was really sloppy. Food was delicious but very rich and filling. I wish we had a better server who could have helped us make better choices..

JM
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a spectacular dining experience all around. Food and service were impeccable.

TT
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great vibes. Jumpin on a Saturday night. Excellent crowd. Girls at hostess desk were excellent and sharp. Great menu. Grilled octopus app was great. The truffle tuna entree was just fair. I didn’t think the truffle crust added to the dish. The canollis for desert were A+++.

KT
New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner at Mare over the weekend. It was AMAZING! Our server (Judy?) was wonderfully knowledgeable and attentive. She was helpful in navigating menu choices and was spot on in her suggestions! The food was both incredibly flavorful and beautifully presented...the tiramisu dessert was INCREDIBLE! We can't wait to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing!

JF
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Food was delicious, per usual; however, my boyfriend and I were double charged for our drinks.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very fun New Year's eve. No special menu but not missed. Great seafood. Nice, festive ambiance. Service a little slow but we were not in a hurry.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun dinner with friends, food and service were great.

AS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! My favorite!

MR
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was good except they sat us near the rest rooms

JP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Amelia is a wonderful server!

We'll be back next time we are in Boston.