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Mare

4.7
4.7
2108 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

7:00 p.m.


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

  • Neighbourhood

    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
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    This is our second time at Mare. The food is exceptional. The fish is ultra fresh, and prepared very well. It is worth going back for the branzino alone. Good wine and desserts too. The overall experience suffers from a few areas however: 1. The configuration of the tables places several customers up against the highway. This could be easily fixed if they moved the bar and service stations against the highway and moved the tables into the interior. When it's hot, you have the sounds and smells of the highway, when it's cold, the highway acts like a wind tunnel. 2. If a restaurant is going to have white table cloths, servers need to be trained to clean the cloths with a scraper in between courses. Our bread course left crumbs all over. Luckily the specials card allowed us to scrape the table clean... but this should be the server's job, no? 3. The music is atrocious. A combination of 80s hair metal, club, and electronica does not complement the fine dining Italian experience one expects. You don't have to resort to playing Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, but something a little more sophisticated than Bon Jovi would go a long way.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Crab cakes - B. Overall very small portion, but good flavor Frutti di Mare - A Zuppa di Mare - B. In my opinion the half lobster is overkill and difficult to clean out all the meat in the soup. Some calamari would be nice with this mix
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a hidden gem! Amazing food and atmosphere. The grilled Octopus app was served with eggplant and burrata, fabulous!
  4. A

    Anony

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great food but noise level at peak time VERY loud. Off times are great.
  5. A

    Andy

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere good service.
  6. NT

    NancyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the cocktails expertly mixed. The portions were of just the right size to sample a number of dishes. Very nice, helpful staff. Must have reservations even for the middle of the week as the place was crowded even then.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    I called to confirm the reservation the day before, confirming a seat inside with AC. When I arrived they took us to an outdoor table and said no inside was available. After pushing back, they put us upstairs in a Bricco suite. This has no ambiance and very horrible service - it took ~2hours to get main courses. I will not choose this for a business dinner again.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, excellent service. Would definitely recommend the seafood tower and the octopus. Baked stuffed lobster was incredible. Everything on the menu is excellent honestly
  9. D

    Dinerkj

    New England

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was delicious, and service started out great, but as the night progressed and restaurant filled, service diminished. Drink order to table delivery was very long and then one of the drinks was not what was ordered. Salad pricing seemed high so we passed on starter. Suggestion...when delivering bread with pesto, olives and EVOO, put the EVOO on the end of the three part plate, not middle. Couldn't pour onto individual plates as a result of it being in the middle. At least the pesto is thick enough to use your knife. No one wants to double dip! Bricco bread is the best!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place!!
  11. AM

    AndrewM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    food and service were excellent. Outdoor views aren't as great as they appear online; indoor dining area nicely decorated and lighted and relaxed. Our two cocktails were OK but not up to the standard of the food. A few finance bros two tables over were predictably obnoxious and loud talking about work and money, but that wasn't the restaurant's fault.
  12. AR

    AlanR

    Jacksonville

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Disappointing and disgusting. With high hopes for fresh seafood and “homemade” pasta, we headed to Mare, expecting fine dining. Our hopes were quickly dashed by the haughty hosts who sneered that we were too early for our reservation. When two bar stools opened for us to park before our assigned time, we should have heeded the dead-fish-at-low-tide smell and retreated for better shores. We didn’t – perhaps because the bartenders were so kind and professional. Halfway through an aperitivo, we were escorted to our table, probably the worst in the house, right in the middle of the traffic lane between indoors and al fresco. Despite the repeated jostling by waitstaff and patrons, we soldiered on, almost deafened by the throbbing over-amplified techno music blaring through speakers that seemed everywhere. Our decision to eat here was a big mistake. The enticingly described Zucchini Blossoms with “ricotta and lobster, mixed greens and lobster meat,” were bland and devoid of lobster meat or lobster flavor. With only 2 blossoms for $20.99, perhaps the lobster was on vacation or merely deemed such meagre portions not worth the effort. Risotto di Mare was crunchy – NOT al dente – served with rubbery shrimp, a few tiny scallops, some calamari, and half a desiccated langostino. The Gnocchi Frutti di Mare was borderline inedible: 4 rubbery shrimp (at least Mare is consistent in not knowing how to cook shrimp), 5 tiny clams, 5 small mussels, some pieces of calamari, and the most repulsive gnocchi I’ve ever tasted. Borderline rancid with a metallic bite, these gnocchi should have exited the freezer sometime before the pandemic. Ugh. Unless you merely want to "be seen," don't bother.
  13. SM

    SMD445

    Orange County

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time in Boston and we wanted a great Italian restaurant. We were not disappointed!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was traveling alone on business, and they seemed annoyed I was a party of one, but once I was sat the service was incredible and food AMAZING!
  15. VW

    VeronicaW

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you're partial to flawless fresh oysters, scrumptious cocktails, black truffle pasta prepared table side, then find Mare tucked into a side street right off Hanover. We can't wait to go back.
  16. SC

    SusanC

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    It was O.K. I thought the side dishes were a bit overpriced. Outside seating could have little more privacy from the tunnel traffic. Maybe install some fans or something for the hot nights?
  17. OC

    OCB91

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    Tables are so close it feels like everyone sits at 1 big table and has dinner altogether, no privacy whatsoever. Food is ok, nice but way too overpriced. Definitely had better and more adequate prices. Because they pack so many ppl together in one space it becomes so loud I couldn’t hear myself, feels like you yelling at each other all evening. Overall we decided it definitely not worth it
  18. AS

    AnnaS

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great. Lobster roll did not fail - buttery and flavorful.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Friendship
  20. MB

    MareBostonNorthEnd

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We dined at Mare on Thursday (07/28/22). The dining room was about 75% full. There were plenty of servers and bus boys running around, so service was pretty attentive. We ordered wine, a bibb salad, and the steamed mussels. Wine and salad came out quickly and minutes later the server came out with a plate of steamed clams. When I pointed out the erroe, he apologized profusely and left with the clams. bout 10 minutes later, he returned with the bowl of steamed mussels, which were very good. Nice and juicy, sitting in a flovorful broth. Once we finished the salad and appitizer , we ordered an entree to split, the Zupa de Mare. The entree came out about 15 minutes later. It was a huge platter of lobster, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels andfish. It looked fantastic. Too bad it didn't taste fantastic. The lobster and shrimp were over cooked and very tough. The scallops, clams and mussels were cooked perfectly and tasted good. The piece of fish was moist, flaky but had no taste. The entire dish needed seasoning, everything from the seafood to the broth. For what the Zupa de Mare cost, it was a big disappointment. To recap, service was good, most of the night. The food ranged from good to unacceptable, and I felt it was all a bit overpriced.
  21. MG

    MimerG

    New England

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Fantastic menu
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mare was a recommendation from a friend. The food was awesome and so was the service. My husband had lobster ravioli and I had lobster tagliatelle. The table next to us had tuna. It looked yummy and it was confirmed by the table. Wish I lived closer to be able to dine there more frequently.
  24. FC

    FormerCantebridgian

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Mare is always a solid experience. Their drink menu could use modernizing, the service rushed us to make choices and was too hoovery generally, and the food is good but not amazing. Scallops were delish. Lobster just so so. I think it’s overpriced.
  25. NM

    NancyM

    West Palm Beach

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very lively busy place food was delicious! Wr were on vacation.
  26. M

    Mikeb

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow—been awhile since we ate at Mare. EVERYTHING was outstanding. Our waiter Fabio was gracious and charming. Explained the specials to perfection. We did order the halibut special, the oysters and the black squid pasta was delicious. felt like Positano. Can not recommend this North End gem enough. Thanks for a great time and dinning experience
  27. M

    Mel2015

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome night out
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Dining table was a bit too close to the happy hour/bar area, and that took something away from the experience, ruining the intimacy and making it more noisy. Everything else was perfect. Food is delicious and service was great.
  29. NM

    NickM

    Columbus

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re leaving Boston to move out of the country and this is where we picked for our last meal - that should tell you all you need to know!! The service was excellent, topped only by the food, which didn’t disappoint across all courses. While we ordered a variety of dishes, it’s so difficult to stray from favorites because they’re so good! The wild boar pappardelle is one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had, definitely a must try! If you’re looking for a restaurant in the North End, this should be at the top of your list!
  30. JK

    JakK

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was good. It was hot but we chose to eat outside. Service was adequate.
  31. w

    walterl

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The service was fantastic. One of the main dishes served came out very salty. It was, without question, taken back and refunded. They offered an alternate meal which we did not take them up on. The oysters were superior as well as the bibb salad and haddock dishes. The waiter Fabio, was a superior educated server. The manager came to our table several times to explain menu options and apologize for the salty dish. A very special night out.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Marvelous service and exquisite cuisine
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lobster ravioli was fantastic
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    it was 1000000° degrees i was dripping sweat and the service sucked but the food was amazing
  35. JD

    JohnD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always very happy at Mare. The food is delicious and the staff is most attentive. Perfect evening.
  36. JW

    JamesW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner. Would definitely return next time we are in Boston
  37. t

    tuglaw

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  38. r

    rufmom

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous crudo and tagliatelle and the wild boar pasta was scrumptious
  39. CB

    ChristaB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the Nutella Martini, to the Tiramisu tableside...Outstanding!! Thanks also to our wonderful waiter Alex. The BEST!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The oysters were delicious - I’d go back just for that! But the pasta was also perfectly cooked and flavored in both dishes. I’m not a martini drinker normally but I had to order the famous Expresso Martini and it did not disappoint! On top of that, the service was top notch!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Mare is rated 4.7 stars by 2108 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

7:00 p.m.


Booked 69 times today
Google Map for Mare

3 Mechanic St., Boston, MA 02113

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Hanover street

  • Neighbourhood

    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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