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Any Feedback of Mare in the North End?

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?

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: 9lives

        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

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

          1. re: Bostonbob3

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

            1. re: Joanie

              Indeed Joanie.

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo

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

                1. re: Bostonbob3

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

                2. re: Bob MacAdoo

                  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

                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

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

              1. re: ljw7

                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

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

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