Mare

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The oysters, pasta and halibut were great. The sword fish, not so much. Overcooked and the flavor of the fish and the sauce were not up to your usual standards. Unfortunately 2 people in our party ordered the sword fish.

OT
New England
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening. Sat at fire tables before dinner. Had drinks and appetizer. Then sat at a lovely table and had a great dinner.

JM
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food is delicious and the service was friendly! Andy was very attentive to the table and patient with us as we took time debating over what menu items we were going to decide on.

u
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was pretty good, but the service was terrible. During our dinner, the wait staff broke a wine glass, dropped an entree on the floor, and had several mishaps. I had ordered a rose, and when the wine came out, it looked like white wine and when I asked, the waitress had a bad attitude and told me that it was exactly what I had ordered. Even with the descent food, would not return.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good and service was excellent, but table location was horrible (stuffed in a seat by the door)

m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Initially very upset that they gave away my table after 15 mins from open table ! We were stuck in traffic - waiting almost an hour for another table with a Chito male host very nice - Female hostess unfriendly, speaking to staff about us and not making eye contact- very humiliating to patrons

MT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommend this highly in every important regard. We sat just inside the open pit fires so we had the convenience of a table but enjoyed the view and heat of the fires. Service was efficient, polite and top notch. We ate a crabcake appetizer and a Alaska cod entree; both were delicious. Ambiance was quiet and decor was a pleasure to view. Overall the best experience we had in the North End where we had two other meals, both good but no comparison.

YY
New England
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience - had the great Tuna truffle crudo, oysters, lobster tail pasta. Only slight disappointment was the cocktails we had which weren’t stellar. Learned the regular barman wasn’t in that day :-( got great lemonchello shots to compensate though.

Oh and an amazing flourless chocolate cake with hazelnut ice cream. Overall a great night !

d
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was way too noisy. We were behind the bar and had a cold breeze blowing on us throughout dinner. Customers waiting to use the restroom were backed up around the tables, not good.

J
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was poor. The food lacked flavor. It was a very expensive, disappointing meal.

2
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The tuna was outstanding!!

RL
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The menu was too basic, lacked a large selection of fresh fish from the bay. However, the ambiance of sitting in an open air cafe style upscale restaurant was wonderful. The lobster pillows are to die for and a baked stuffed ocean crawler will set you back $79. But the food was delicious!

JM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience start to finish. The only complaint was that the aisle between the rows of tables was a bit tight so my chair was bumped into a few times and service staff kicking my shoes which happened frequently enough that it was memorable. Seems like an odd thing to complain about but truly everything else was really great. It's a bit pricey but compared to other restaurants at that price point the value was definitely present. Great oysters and seafood.

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to the previous location and loved both of them. Delicious, fresh, perfectly prepared seafood. Highly recommend.

ST
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Quality of food and wine were excellent.Nice evening at Mare. Lots of wonderful seafood choices and service was very good.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Service was a bit slow due to number of tables waiter was assigned.

m
New England
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the location.. food and service could not be better, love mare

B
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. Private Outdoor seating. Great atmosphere. I would go to this restaurant again.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The baked stuffed lobster is the best! If you like stuffed lobster and you haven't tried this one you are missing the grand prize winner.

t
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent seafood in a delightful open air setting. Great wine and great food. We will definitely go again when we are in Boston.

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We did not care for the “club” background music. Would have liked classic Italian instead.

MF
New England
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

With over the top prices, the food needs to be much better. It was just ok. It was a nice experience, but not exceptional.

LG
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

On our reservation we requested to eat outside and they sat us inside near the front door. Champagne was flat had to sent it back.

CE
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed the massive shrimp, great east-coast oyster selection from ME and MA, steamed mussels, pear salad, and seafood pasta dishes. It's expensive, a crowd-favorite, but definitely worth it. I'd want to return to try their whole fish roasts.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Two meals were missing sides that were described in the menu description and one of the meals we ordered was completely forgotten. This on top of generally slow service.

JH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful meal from start to finish! The surf and turf appetizer and the wild mushroom spaghetti were perfect! Lovely setting too. Highly recommend.

SH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW. AMAZING FOOD, GREAT FRIENDLY SERVICE. CAN'T WAIT TO RETURN.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

noisy, tables on top of each other, wait staff racing around; our table in a horrible location. Food so-so for the price

DC
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Was my favorite restaurant in Boston but no more.

Prices are absurdly high. $7 for one shrimp is comical. At B&G, ICO or Neptune you can do much better.

Also if you have reservations you should get a preferred table. We were offered a table near the doorway and when asked about outside seating were offered a couch.

Food is good but for the price I will take my clients elsewhere.

A
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food and ambiance is always good at Mare but this time our waitress forgot to put in two of the menu items we ordered.

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Had the huge Zappa Di Mare and it did not disappoint !

M
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing wait staff and the food is always top notch. Perfect evening as always at Mare.

c
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food very good and the waiters are attentius

Located in a friendly neighbourhood

a
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

This appears to be a large corporate comedown from what Mare used to be. Food choices were less inspiring. Service was mediocre and not particularly well informed. What used to be a restaurant that strived to be a better version of itself seems to be resting on its laurels. Sorry that such a choice has been made.

m
New England
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent. Great food, service, wine selection.
Michael was an outstanding server that gave us time to relax and enjoy our party.

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night out with colleagues on a summer night. Tucked into a quiet alley in the North end. Our service was great, attentive but not over bearing. Food was delicious- authentic, delicious and not overstated.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great seafood selection!

T
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service and food were excellent.

JP
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service was fantastic, value not quite there. $17 for a martini?!

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