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Mare

4.7
4.7
2298 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

9:00 PM


Booked 69 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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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. DS

    DianeS

    New England

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service. The Lobster cocktail was to die for. Best ever. Caci de Pepi was tasty but not served hot enough for being served table side. Great cocktails and bartender service before we sat down. Still one of our favorites!
  2. G

    Gtm1091

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! The vibe and ambiance create the perfect atmosphere for a night out. Highly recommend! The oysters were FANTASTIC too!
  3. DC

    DaniC

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was great. We felt rushed by our waiter who was not engaged with our table at all. He did not talk about the specials and did not give us his name. We asked for recommendations and he briefly pointed 3 items out, but did not elucidate. This was a special occasion for our family, but we ended up feeling like our waiter was simply trying to turn the table over.
  4. m

    mainguyen

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The carpaccio was on point, but I was disappointed by the spaghetti alla Nerano as it lacked flavor. I also ordered the bread pudding specifically because it was noted to be accompanied by zabaglione, which is not a common thing due to the labor intensive nature of making a good zabaglione. Alas, the bread pudding was dry and only accompanied by something more akin to a Chantilly or whipped cream. My recommendation is to consider maybe sticking to the seafood offerings and use what room you have for the savory dishes and skip dessert.
  5. MP

    MegP

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The portions were a little small (especially the crudo) but all was enjoyable. I got the Tagliatelle Con Aragosta and there was a nice half lobster tail and small claw, and no shortage of truffle.
  6. H

    Hank

    New England

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as usual. We shared oysters and they were fresh and delicious. Our waiter was attentive, informative and helpful and the bus staff were very good. Grigliata di Pesce was excellent and is the best in the city. Branzino was done perfectly. Surprised me at the end of the meal with three small canoli's and a birthday greeting. Looking forward to going back!!!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love Mare! Always fresh and our favorite spot for oysters! Yury was an amazing waitress and suggested some apps we’ve never tried before! Thank you Yury for an amazing experience!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent quality... the food was fresh and well prepared
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family visiting from out of town.
  10. CR

    CRogan

    New England

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cool, quaint spot, sort of hidden away on Hanover street. Awesome date spot. Dozen Oysters were fresh and excellent. Had a great selection. We got the Di Mare and Mushroom Truffle pasta, delicious. Server Diego was attentive, polite, pleasant, cheerful. Great service!
  11. E

    Ericabliv

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my husbands birthday and had the best time. Our server was wonderful, the atmosphere and vibe were perfect and the food was phenomenal! Highly recommend.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks, great service! Excellent gluten free pasta! Highly recommend!
  13. DA

    DAISYS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    The food and service was absolutely amazing. My issue with this restaurant was their chairs. Their lawn/outside chairs are extremely uncomfortable. We couldn't sit in them anymore that we skipped ordering dessert because of how badly our backs were hurting. I'd go back if we have different chairs otherwise I would not.
  14. MC

    MikeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Really excellent seafood. Some of my favorite oysters I’ve had. Their apps were entree size in me and my partners opinion but that’s not a complaint.
  15. i

    irishfoodie

    New England

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Mixed bag. Not running back any time soon. Booked for special occasion, unaware that they would seat us in an upstairs room, that had zero restaurant atmosphere and was overly hot. I requested a table in the main dining space and they did accommodate after a half hour wait which we were happy to do. Main dining area was nice, good vibe. Food was good but our waitress was very average. Experience would have been better if she had conversed a little more with the table - didn't provide any additional information on the menu, or ask questions to make sure we were getting what we wanted. We ordered an appetizer that said peaches with burrata etc. Came without any peaches only to be told they are out of season. Didn't ask about sides, and when we requested a side of mash, she seemed irritated by it. Overall, an expensive night out without leaving like you had a great experience. For the food, I would recommend, but other than that, I would seek elsewhere.
  16. s

    s2dine

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Loved our waiter so much !!!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall, Amazing experience
  18. KG

    KarleeG

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Very below average. Service was awful. Food is NOT worth the price,
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to restaurant in the North End of Boston. My wife and I have never had a bad meal here. I highly recommend this restaurant. Enjoy
  20. B

    Bill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were amazing! Our server Artemis was super nice, attentive, and very helpful with recommendations. We’ve already booked another reservation!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is just delicious!
  22. JA

    JulieA

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here for NYE dinner. It was the best meal my husband and I have had in a very long time. We shared 4 appetizers and a burger. Judy was our server. Everything was beyond amazing. I'll be dreaming of this food for a long time to come. Can't wait for our next visit.
  23. LL

    LadyLazarus

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Good quality seafood but disappointing ambiance and experience. It was extremely hot and loud. We ordered martinis followed by a bottle of wine. Oysters and grilled octopus appetizers. Swordfish and seafood risotto for entrees. We didn’t want to stay for dessert and coffee. Would not come back.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, amazing staff, just an all around wonderful place! High recommend it!
  25. EE

    EmElle

    New England

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I came here for a birthday dinner. We made a reservation and arrived early but were seated well 20-25 minutes after our reservation time. The space was cramped, dim and stuffy. The chairs were even sticky from a previous drink spill that was not cleaned. The food was good. We tried an assortment of the pastas and desserts. The portion size is quite small. We felt rushed the entire dinner. The waitstaff would constantly try and take our dishes while we still were eating from our plates. I suspect it is a nicer ambience in the summer. Would try again but not jump to do so.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I saw some great reviews, and thought it would be nice to take my in-laws. We were sat outside, and it was freezing. Most of the dining space was outside. Is this a joke? Plastic sheeting does not substitute for a wall in Boston in December. We sat for 5 minutes and decided no meal is worth sitting in the cold. As we walked out the host who just sat us, thanked us. My husband let him know why we were leaving. All of this left us feeling like this is a tourist trap.
  27. BD

    BethanyD

    New England

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Mare has excellent food and a celebratory atmosphere. The service was excellent.
  28. WA

    WAG4404

    New England

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We have been going to Mare for Christmas dinner for several years. The food is fresh and delicious, with wonderful preparations. The raw bar offerings are the best in the city. Service is attentive and staff are all professional and helpful.
  29. ML

    MichelleL

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Christmas dinner
  30. n

    newtongal

    New England

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Our fish was impeccable and service was attentive but not overbearing. My only quibble is that for an expensive piece of fish it would be nice and improve the presentation if some sides could come with the dish instead of everything a la carte.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had the Zucchini Flowers & Lobster Ravioli, other half the Octopus and Tagliatelle. Washed down with the sauvignon blanc. If you want to slow down the speed of service, just ask. Every mouthful was superb. Finished with a tiramisu for two to go and a limoncello to keep me warm in the cab on the way home. (Ask for the cab at the same time as the bill) I will forever ever wonder how good the Gnocchi is, but the Lobster Ravioli was this good…
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    First- Sat us at a cold table / salmon was a bit salty / dessert disappointment
  33. S

    Shannon

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    We came on Christmas Eve for a special dinner with friends. The lobster tagliatelle was very salty. The tableside cacio de pepe had no flavor. We joked about mixing the two together to see if they would both taste better. We were seated upstairs in a room that sublets as an apartment, so they had a murphy bed on one wall and the bathroom had a full shower. The waiter didn't seem concerned that we didn't like our food. We will not be returning.
  34. AS

    AllieS

    Portland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    Christmas Eve in Boston for the first time from the west coast. Not sure if it’s a regional thing here since it’s happened at multiple establishments, all the staff and customer service people just seem… rude. I felt like I was bothering my waiter the entire meal. They also sat my mother and I on their outdoor patio with Space heaters on a 18 degree night. I didn’t complain, but everyone else did. Seriously. They tried to seat people at the table next to us probably 5 times. It would have been nice to eat my meal without wearing my down coat and hat, but hey, I didn’t say anything. We won’t be back because we live on in Oregon, but we wouldn’t be back anyways. The food was the best part by far, I ate every bite, but hard to enjoy your meal with these circumstances.
  35. GG

    GregoryG

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as usual....the lobster bisque was to kill for...just a great experience
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal start to finish!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Three times in a row now I’ve been seated 10-20 minutes past the reservation time. It would be nice if Mare would be less aggressive with their reservations and table seating strategy, other popular restaurants are able to do this.
  38. d

    durval

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the special, Halibut with shell fish. Excellent dish.
  39. b

    barional

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The food is always great there but the restaurant was REALLY cold. The outdoor installation was horrible and we were really cold where we considered leaving. That was the downfall of dining there.
  40. U

    Unsatisfied

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Showed up for an early dinner before a show and was served by attentive and gracious wait staff . Our seafood dishes wee delicious. Fresh lobster, fish, shrimp yum! The setting was enhanced by fireside seating and beautifully set tables. Service was prompt and we were never rushed . Romantic setting ! Highly recommend!

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

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Mare is rated 4.7 stars by 2298 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

9:00 PM


Booked 69 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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