Mare Oyster Bar Boston

Courtesy Mare Oyster Bar.com
Courtesy Mare Oyster Bar.com
Rating
4.8/5

The Mare Oyster Bar is located in Boston’s North End.  This is Boston’s Little Italy with some of the city’s historic buildings. Here you’ll find the Paul Revere House from 1680 and the Old North Church, key locations from Revolutionary War times.

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Hanover Street anchors a bustling area where locals and visitors alike line up to purchase fresh pastries and to dine at the wonderful restaurants and delis. Just a block or so away is Boston’s scenic waterfront with restaurants like the Battery Wharf Grill.  The area is so popular that to ensure residents can park,  the city issues special permits for their cars. But for visitors, there is available street parking and lots aplenty. It’s a bit easier to park here than in New York’s Little Italy centered on Mulberry Street in lower Manhattan.

Here are the sign and alley leading into the restaurant.

Sign leading into Mare Oyster Bar. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster.
Sign leading into Mare Oyster Bar. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster.
Mare Oyster Bar alleyway. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Alleyway to the restaurant entrance. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster

There were wonderful options for seating from which we chose to sit inside near the bar.

Mare Oyster Bar Indoor Seating. Photo: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Indoor Seating. Photo: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Mare Oyster Bar Outdoor Seating. Photo: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Outdoor Seating. Photo: Elizabeth Ann Foster

As we entered we saw some interesting wall displays, including awards for hospitality.

Wall Art at Mare Oyster Bar. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Wall Art. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Mare Oyster Bar Hospitality Awards. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Hospitality Awards. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster

Here are tonight’s specials.

Mare Oyster Bar Daily Specials. Photo: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Daily Specials. Photo: Elizabeth Ann Foster

Some appetizer options.

Mare Oyster Bar Imported Burratina Appetizer. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Imported Burratina Appetizer. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Mare Oyster Barf Crudo with Salmon, Scallion Ginger Glaze Appetizer. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Crudo with Salmon, Scallion Ginger Glaze Appetizer. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Mare Oyster Bar Organic Field Greens Photo credit Elizabeth Ann Foster
Organic Field Greens Photo credit Elizabeth Ann Foster

Everyone was pleased and raved about their main courses.

Mare Oyster Bar Wagyu Burger served with rosemary salted fries. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Wagyu Burger served with rosemary salted fries. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Mare Oyster Bar Homemade Gnocchi Frutti di Mare. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Homemade Gnocchi Frutti di Mare. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Mare Oyster Bar Maine Peekytoe Crabcake. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Maine Peekytoe Crabcake. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster

We caught the baker delivering a cake for dessert desiring patrons.

Mare Oyster Bar Cake and the baker. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Cake and the baker. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster

Adjacent to the dining area is where you can purchase Italian deli specialties Here are the counters.

Mare Oyster Dessert Counter. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Dessert Counter. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Mare Oyster Bar Deli Counter. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Deli Counter. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster

It was a delicious dining experience with attentive staff and a great ambiance. The North End is a fabulous place to explore and should be part of your itinerary for experiencing the rich variety of cultural and historical landmarks of one of our oldest cities.

Mare Oyster Bar
223 Hanover St.
3 Mechanic St, Boston, MA 02113

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Phone(617) 723-6273

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