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Any Feedback of Mare in the North End?

Pegmeister Aug 22, 2007 09:21 AM

I spend a fair amount of time at Neptune Oyster and I guess I'm ready for someplace different. Walking by Mare I never thought it had a very inviting atmosphere, but in looking at the menu, on line, I'm thinking I should give it a try. Any recommendations?

  1. ScubaSteve Aug 22, 2007 10:01 AM

    was there a couple of months after opening and thought it was nice but didn't know if the gimmick (organic seafood? huh?) would last. i went about a month ago and while nice, i wouldn't go back. i heard the original team is gone.

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    1. re: ScubaSteve
      9lives Aug 22, 2007 10:50 AM

      agree completely..and yes, the original team is gone.

      1. re: 9lives
        Bostonbob3 Aug 22, 2007 10:56 AM

        The very first time (out of 3) that I ate there, it was quite good. The last two, not so much. And that was when the original team was still there.

        In any case, if you go, you have to deal with perhaps the worst restaurant design ever devised. Unless you were really into disco and Bowie during his glam days.

        1. re: Bostonbob3
          Pegmeister Aug 22, 2007 11:05 AM

          Guess I'll stick with the tried and true. It's back to Neptune for me.

          1. re: Bostonbob3
            Joanie Aug 23, 2007 05:43 AM

            Who isn't into Bowie during his glam days???

            1. re: Joanie
              Bob MacAdoo Aug 23, 2007 05:53 AM

              Indeed Joanie.

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo
                Bostonbob3 Aug 23, 2007 05:56 AM

                After an evening at Mare, you'll think of switching to some Dylan or Neil Young.

                1. re: Bostonbob3
                  heWho Aug 24, 2007 10:58 AM

                  The serve pot brownies at Mare??????

                2. re: Bob MacAdoo
                  tatamagouche Aug 23, 2007 06:11 AM

                  Ditto--I'd compare the interior less to Bowie and more to, say, a set straight out of Less Than Zero or Bright Nights, Big City. It's the design equivalent of 80s lit.

              2. re: Bostonbob3
                bachslunch Aug 23, 2007 03:14 PM

                It's quite expensive too, if memory serves. Was OK the one time I went, but I'm not a mad rush to return.

            2. re: ScubaSteve
              ljw7 Aug 24, 2007 10:33 AM

              "organic" seafood is for the discriminating few for whom regular "free range" oysters just won't do

              1. re: ljw7
                ScubaSteve Aug 24, 2007 10:53 AM

                love free-range oysters. i like visiting them in their wide open pens and feeding them corn kernels from those little bubblegum type machines. watch your fingers.

                1. re: ScubaSteve
                  Bostonbob3 Aug 24, 2007 11:03 AM

                  I used to have an oyster leash, but PETA made me get rid of it.

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              JessFM Aug 24, 2007 12:46 PM

              I went to Mare a few months ago and it was terrible- way too much salt in all of the dishes.

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