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Mari byo, Philadelphia, PA

Mari byo

4.7
4.7
129 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Sicilian-inspired seafood BYOB focusing on fresh, local, and traditional yet modern dishes.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (267) 239-2126

  • Payment options

    Cash Only

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Addis

  • Catering

    Contact the restaurant directly for private events and catering options.

  • Private party facilities

    Contact the restaurant directly for private events and catering options.

  • Neighborhood

    Queen Village

  • Cross street

    3rd

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

What 129 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. JS

    JoeS

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great new spot.. I still miss Dimitri's but this will do
  2. JA

    JimAndLau

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food was great, service was wonderful, and we’re glad to have this gem, nearby! Our only suggestion to consider making a change would be to the current lighting? Daytime bright-lights didn’t make for a cozy dining experience, despite how delicious the food was!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent!
  4. LO

    LOJM

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will definitely be returning to Mari! This was the best meal I have had in a very long time! Everything our table ordered was INCREDIBLE, the serving sizes were large, but not overly so, and the server and chef were both so friendly and lovely. We went for my sister's birthday, and they were so sweet. We wanted to eat outside, despite the cold, and they were so accommodating, making sure we had the heaters close to us and were warm enough. If you like fantastic seafood dishes, with a warm, family feel, this is an amazing spot.
  5. A

    Alex

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food2service2ambience3
    Very fun atmosphere, lively. Plenty of room to move & space at your actual table
  6. t

    tmgre

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The squid ink pasta was very good as was my calamari appetizer. However, my husband ordered Monkfish which was supposed to be in a lemon wine garlic piccata sauce and it came with a very watery, strangely spiced yellow- orange bath. It was way too watery and didn’t adhere to the fish at all. Plus, the taste was not what one would expect from the menu description. Last time I was here I had the crabs and spaghetti. The taste was very nice, but it’s too hard to eat these crabs on a night out. Impossible not to take a gravy bath while cracking the shells. I would like this dish much better if it included some lump crab meat in the sauce instead of these mini crabs. Overall, the food was tasty and the price fixe menu creates some savings. We will come back but will ask more questions about the entrees next time.
  7. PS

    PhillySolver

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    You have to love a place that works so hard at having you enjoy your meal. Genuinely nice people and good food in crazy large portions at bargain prices. All four of us enjoyed the food with each having different dishes for all three courses. You really should go!
  8. S

    Smore

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was absolutely delicious! Very pricey but good value, just wish it wasn’t cash only because that is a lot of cash to need without access to atm
  9. TG

    TracyG

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was second visit and did not disappoint. Everything was delicious. Service was great and we were not rushed.
  10. l

    lovetoeat

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    This was my 2nd visit. The first time, early Spring, it was fantastic and I was looking forward to going back. This time, while service was great, the food was not as impressive.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful experience at Mari. Our waitress was so nice and went above and beyond. Our food was delicious (the shrimp and scallops in the squid ink pasta especially). Definitely planning to make a return trip soon!
  12. CR

    ChrisR

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love the place and the staff. Feels like a home place, after only a couple of visits
  13. MC

    MichaelC

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Each in my party of 4 got the prix fixe menu. The appetizers were all delicious, though the artichokes seemed a bit small for the price. The calamari were too hard by half. The main courses were superior, particularly the squid ink pasta with scallops and shrimp, and the monkfish with an olive-tomato sauce. Alas, the duck bolognese seemed to be absent duck. The desserts were fine, especially the limoncello cake, and hopefully the coffee/espressomaker wil soon be repaired. The server was great, and the location fun and vibrant.
  14. V

    Vasya

    New York Area

    92 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Friendly and attentive staff, prefix menu is a good value. If you are a foodie expecting true Sicilian food, you may not find what you are looking for here… some sauces were interesting but somehow does not come together. Good seafood pasta dish, everything else was average.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service!
  16. T

    Teddyz

    Philadelphia

    149 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Second time at Mari and sat on sidewalk so ambiance was so so. Food is plentiful and tasty. Heavy on the garlic but enjoyable. The calamari is good and not overly fried. Not enough grilled fish items on menu and $40/3 course option is good value with a tasty Cannoli for dessert. BYOB is fantastic and cash only means you must be prepared. $100 with tip is a fair price for a nice meal. In old Dmitris space which was a favorite go to neighborhood restaurant and Mari is a good alternative.
  17. KZ

    KurtZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service as usual
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We absolutely loved Mari! The ambiance was incredible and the food was even better.
  19. N

    Neil

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience5
    We went for a late supper at about 9:00 on a Saturday. Seated at a very small table on the sidewalk against a parked car. Server brought water and took our order. My wife ordered salad with dressing on the side. I ordered Caesar Salad. We decided to share the “special” of shrimp and scallops with black ink sauce. Long story short, my salad came out wrong and they forgot hers altogether. Waited another 10 minutes for hers to come out. In the meantime we ran out if water and had to flag down a server to get a refill. Then when the server brings out our order she says something about them being out of sauce so they substituted it with some other cream sauce. It tasted horrible and was nothing like we ordered. Also shrimp and scallops were small and tasteless. Got our check and left. They just served us. Never gave us a chance to order anything different when they were out of the ingredients. This place has really gone down hill since it opened. Will not repeat!
  20. V

    Visconti

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful little spot with fantastic food and great service. Highly recommend.
  21. S

    Sevvie

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The loud table near us ruined the evening safe to say
  22. D

    Deadwood2637

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Was an ok experience. Food was good noise was overwhelming.
  23. s

    suzartisan

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    A great vibe, excellent seafood and terrific service. Our meal came out a little late but the kitchen seemed to be very busy. Everything was cooked perfectly. Cash only. Will be back.
  24. K

    Katydid

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Having read many positive reviews about Mari we couldn’t wait to try it for ourselves. Unfortunately, we found that the food was at best mediocre. Salads small & unimaginative given this time of year when produce is at its peak. The Zucchini Flower appetizer was without flavor & heavy, even salt was imperceptible. The exception was the seafood pasta which was nicely done. It’s too bad the recipes aren’t perfected because the menu is really quite small… The owners wife was our waiter & she could not have been more accommodating. The problem is in the kitchen.
  25. GF

    GlobalFoodie101

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent Tutti di Mare dish. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Restaurant was too loud inside. Table outside was perfect. Service was good too. Will definitely return.
  26. C

    Charlie

    Philadelphia

    179 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    179 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Great little spot for some imaginative seafood. 3 course $40.00 dinner is a good deal. Only real downside is that the place is very small and the acoustics are terrible, so if they are at capacity you can't hear yourself talk. Maybe some acoustic tiling on the ceiling might help ? Try to book an outdoor table when weather allows.
  27. PQ

    PQuiz

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat on the sidewalk & enjoyed our meals tremendously! Our service was so pleasant and knowledgeable, this is our second time, we will be back! Finished the evening with a nightcap at New Wave. Lovely Saturday evening
  28. t

    thomasd

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent mostly Italian seafood BYO. A great place to spend time
  29. NO

    NO1FOODIE

    Orlando

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent soft shell crab pasta! Excellent service. The bread can be better, especially it is located in Philadelphia where the best breads come from.
  30. S

    Scott

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fresh and fantastic. Very friendly staff and great value.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The special was divine!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Thank you!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing seafood! Highly recommended
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, food was amazing and service was excellent. I invited my coworkers and everyone enjoyed the bold flavors and all the seafood options!
  35. N

    Nicole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mari was absolutely fabulous! Don’t miss the crab pasta!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service at this charming lil BYOB. Glad to have it in the neighborhood.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Appetizers were delicious, Frutti Di Mari was full of seafood. We dined outside and the servers rearranged a table to a better spot on the sidewalk.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service food was awesome night was beautiful be back soon
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is amazing, server is good! Everything is perfect!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mari is one of my new favorite places. They keep the menu focused and they do it well- fresh seafood and delicious pasta. Each dish is crafted so well, with complimenting flavors and textures. The appetizers are not too heavy, the entrees are incredibly satisfying, and the deserts are decadent in flavor but light in texture, making them a perfect way to finish your dining experience. So far I’ve tried the stuffed zucchini blossoms, calamari, frutti di mare, octopus, cioppino, limoncello merengue cake, and pistachio tiramisu...and I’d order every single item again. Service is always wonderful, and open kitchen allows you to watch the chefs do their thing. BYOB and reasonable prices are the cherry on top. 10 stars for Mari! So glad this gem popped up in my neighborhood.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Mari byo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (267) 239-2126.

Mari byo is rated 4.7 stars by 129 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    3rd

  • Neighborhood

    Queen Village

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    Cash Only

  • Executive chef

    Kevin Addis

  • Additional

    BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

  • Phone number

    (267) 239-2126

  • Catering

    Contact the restaurant directly for private events and catering options.

  • Private party facilities

    Contact the restaurant directly for private events and catering options.

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