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Thu, 6/30
8:00 PM
DePasquale Ventures seafood restaurant, offering an Italian style seafood menu, one of the largest selections of oysters in the city, and also an outdoor patio open year round.
$25 - $75
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Italian, Seafood
Television, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Private Dining, Street Parking, Free Wifi
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our friend suggested Mare—and after eating there, I know why. Looking at the menu, almost all were overpriced. Usually $21 would serve as my entire dinner, for my family and I. But here, according the menu, was only an appetizer or a simple entree. I...decided to go with the lobster roll (served hot; with butter) with fries. The others ordered Mare Risotto and swordfish. While waiting for the food, we were served a small appetizer to the appetizer. Crunchy, fresh bread with olive pesto, olive oil, or just plain olive. For a simple appetizer, it was delicious, even though I was not exactly an olive lover. 30 minutes later, we were served. The lobster roll was hot and buttery…thought a bit too buttery for me. The fries were delicious, oh so crunchy. With the meal was a cute, small ketchup bottle. My 2 other family members had ordered the Mare risotto and swordfish. One described the risotto “tastes too much like tomato, and much too moist”. The risotto was similar to the paella, in my opinion. I enjoyed the risotto’s rice and calamari. The swordfish was rather healthy, the other said, grilled but tender, with vegetables laying at the bottom, like a tasty surprise. Mare’s was a delicious, yet overpriced, restaurant. Much too fancy for my taste. I suggest a local restaurant, like at the market, because it seems like the lobster there is more fresh. The lobster roll was tasting better than Mare’s. But it was a delight, eating at Mare’s, with the ambience and such. It seemed as though there were too many staff, waiters. But Mare’s is a delight.More

Date of visit: June 2022
Reviewed September 4, 2021 via mobile

Mare Oyster Bar is one of many, many Italian restaurants in Boston’s North End but this has to be a standout. Small, intimate and set back on a side street, this busy place with its loud but cool music was recommended by my hotel concierge....It’s a hip place but completely unpretentious. I ate at the bar and was cared for by an amazing bar tender/waitress. A dozen delectable oysters was followed by an incredible lobster ravioli that had me oohing and aaahing to myself, even though I was on my own. My neighbors at the bar thought I was talking to myself and must’ve thought I was nuts! There’s plenty of places to eat in Boston but this has to be a standout! Try it, I don’t think you’ll be sorry!More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed July 18, 2021 via mobile

Make a reservation. We arrived about 15 minutes before our reservation and were quickly seated and attended to. The service was excellent and the food was good - not mind-blowing, but good. They have pasta, salads, sandwiches and, if course, oysters. Thus is a good...place to try several different kinds of oysters at once. It looks crowded but surprisingly you can still talk to your companion and not overhear everything the next table is saying.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed July 17, 2021

You need reservations because this place is busy. We were seated right away and the waiter was marvelous. I had the swordfish and it came with a great sauce and beans. My wife had the salmon and had great flavor and cooked perfectly. The mash...potatoes with lobster was a nice side dish. My only complaint is that they have music playing in the background and it is much to loud. The noise level made it hard to hear our friends talk. They have a large staff and but we had a leisurely meal. Will be back.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed June 22, 2021

The concierge made our reservations, and it did not disappoint!!! We had patio dining in a lovely setting. The food was authentic Italian, with breads, sauces, and pastas, handmade. I had a seafood risotto and my husband had a seafood gnocchi in tomato sauce We...could easily have shared since the portion size was so generous. The staff were warm and welcoming, and our dinner was leisurely. It was a great way to start our Boston trip!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 21, 2021

"Mare" has all the amenities a dining experience should have to make for a beautiful and memorable evening. Located in Boston's North End, it's an experience more than just a restaurant. Enter through Bricco Alley to experience their bakery and then walk through the Salumeria...and buy their Olive oil which is served in abundance with their bread at your table. A fire pit to gather round with a signature drink( an Italian Mule for me) before dinner, patio dining opened to the sky on dry evenings and of course the service and the amazing food complete the picture. I think we've had just about everything on their unique menu and there isn't one dish we wouldn't recommend, although the stuffed zucchini leaves does bring tears to my eyes. The staff is so friendly, attentive and always welcoming. Everyone feels like a "special customer" at Mare from the moment you walk in the door! The wonderful Rosario Apuzzo, manager, makes your time at Mare memorable and fun and the very best experience you can have dining out as does manager Paul McAvoy who checks in with guests and does not miss a table! Thank you Rosario and Paul and everyone at Mare…you’re the very best! !More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed June 18, 2021

My sister and I went to Mare Oyster bar in the Little Italy section of Boston. We had a reservation at this restaurant and were quickly seated. It is a beautiful restaurant with patio seating available. I ordered the lobster ravioli and it was marvelous....Small pieces of lobster with fava beans and an excellent sauce with small bits of bacon. Great service and a fun atmosphere. Great for dates, but the small space may be too confining for children.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed May 14, 2021 via mobile

Get a reservation for sure, sent here from hotel, wow. Hose made bread, olives, evoo and roasted garlic on the side. Had craft cocktail to start, Italian version of old fashioned, very good. A bowl of wonderful lobster bisque with huge chunks of yummy lobster......excellent. Had pasta with lobster and shaved black truffle, oh my the combo was unbelievable. A couple of nice glasses of italian chardonnay and I was ready to throw in the towel, how ever I came up with room for some decadent lemon chello. Service is spot on from start to finish, ask for Rivera's section.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed May 4, 2021 via mobile

Fun vibe and excellent food. Seafood tower was incredible, great drinks, excellent service. Great location tucked away behind Hanover St in the North End. My only complaint is that the music is REALLY loud on the back patio, especially if there is a speaker right...at your table.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed March 25, 2021

As I ate the 8 oz filet mignon, I noted a strange taste that I could not identify. I can only believe that the beef was not fresh. I ordered the chocolate mousse. A small cup of warm chocolate cake was served. It was not...a mousse.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed March 5, 2020

Can't miss for my family EVERY TIME we go to Boston. Great food great service and great ambiance...don't leave Boston without giving yourself THIS treat!!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed December 25, 2019 via mobile

The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. There are cauches that have bioethanol tabletop fireplaces in front of them. Those are the hottest seats( literally) the food includes lobster in everything. We tried grilled octopus with aubergine , stuffed calamary and stuffed zuccini blassoms and they...are all succesful dishes. But Shrimp coctail was out of ordinary.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 23, 2019

We had supper there on a Friday night with 2 other couples. We had an eary reservation because we knew it was going to be very crowded. Luckily we also managed a table in a corner so we could have a decent conversation without having...to yell. We were sitting in what in good weather is their outside dining area. It's under cover with heaters and removable walls so we were comfortable. The tables are very close together and it's almost like having strangers sit with you. The food however was excellent. We had Battatas, a whole bass, lobster fradia, linguini with clams and lobster ravioli for entrees. Of cousr we had to have a number of raw oysters. Here you order oysters individually from their daily list. I know it's Boston and prices are high but at $2.99 or $3.50 each that is a bit much. I am used to $1 oysters at Happy Hour or $16 a dozen. $36 a dozen is just way too high. The entree prices were also quite high. We had Cannoli's for dessert and they were good. All in all we enjoyed Mares but the prices will keep me from going back the next time we are in Boston. It is not easy to find since it opens on an alley and not a street. You can't see the sign from the street. Parking is virtually non-existant close to the restaurant but as we found out too late they have Valet parking. If we had know that we wouldn't have had to walk over 1/2 mile.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 22, 2019 via mobile

We made a reservation earlier in the day for a 7pm dinner. When we arrived they were just clearing our table we were sat almost instantly. The seating was a bit tight but I was never uncomfortable. The food was amazing

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 9, 2019

Mare has my favorite lobster roll in the city, I've made it a habit to go if I have a night free when I'm traveling there for work. Always great service and great food.

Date of visit: September 2019
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They had heaters and a cover looked like they could pull out but I would imagine fire pit is off. The restaurant is not very large so I imagine they still need this space.
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
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