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Mare Mediterranean, Birmingham, MI

Mare Mediterranean

4.5
4.5
182 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
A new, modern seafood restaurant with Greek, Italian and Spanish influences

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 15 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (248) 940-5525

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Force

  • Private party facilities

    The Silver Rock Room- Private dining, audio visual, seats 35 The Wine Cellar Room - Private dining, audio visual, seats 14The Starlight Lounge - Comfy couches, chairs and tables, seats 25

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Cross Street

    Bates

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 182 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Detroit / Eastern Michigan

    Seafood

  • Detroit

    Seafood

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    Servers and restaurant are extortionist. First, we asked if there were other fish other than what was brought to the table. The server named a couple, then in a condescending way asked if we knew what that was? Could have been a simple question but the way it was said certainly did not sound that way. Second, I ordered my meal grilled. It came fried. When I said something to the individual serving it he took it back to the waiter and said it was to be grilled and we heard him say just serve it to her anyway. Complained again direct to him and all he did was take my fish and throw it on the grill and return it to me. Overcooked, dry, and barely edible. Third, we saw friends at the restaurant and they sent our table of 7 drinks. The waitress mistakenly sent them to the wrong table. This was only discovered because the ladies who received them were thanking the friends. When asked to have it corrected, they did, but the waitress came back and asked they pay for both rounds because they would take it out of her check! There were a handful of other disappointments but those were the highlights. A return is unlikely.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ticked all the boxes for a great dining experience. Will definitely be back.
  3. DS

    DueySwan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Max was outstanding and every plate was perfect...first time diner at Mare and we will definitely be back...soon! Thanks for a great birthday dinner experience.
  4. AD

    AnnDK

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I've had. From the moment we walked in, the hostess, the waitstaff, the chef....all amazing. Cannot say enough about it. Will be back and recommend to all.
  5. F

    Fan21

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    We were celebrating our son’s birthday and I could barely hear the person next to me. It was as if we were attending a disco from the past and not a nice dinner in an expensive restaurant. The food was excellent, but the noise level was ridiculous. Also, they charge a $100 corkage fee, which was also ridiculous. We will not be returning.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food!
  7. P

    Pammier

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    experience was awesome and food was out of this world....loved the octopus and Max was the best server along with all others....great experience plan on going weekly....the best variety in appetizers which we like to order a lot and eat as main meal....hard to find variety and healthy, good variety....
  8. PS

    PeterS

    Chicago

    60 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Another enjoyable evening but for a seafood focused place they really need to expand their white wine offerings. Also I was a bit frustrated by the scallop entree - only 3 scallops and no accompaniments for a main dish ??! That’s ridiculous. They were kind enough to comp us some dessert but it should be common sense that a main dish needs to be more substantial than that. Still an enjoyable evening though - the crudo and tartare were superb as usual
  9. CW

    CindyW

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    My husband wanted pasta and asked for chicken on the pasta. They wanted to upcharge another $34 for 1 piece of chicken. Insane. The fish I chose was $80. Didn't happen. Won't go hack
  10. S

    Skenderbeg

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful My critique would be that the music was too loud.
  11. MK

    MartinK

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food, drink and service was very good. Note however, that the restaurant tends to be very loud, particularly when loud music is added. This stifles conversation at the table.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was so friendly! From the moment I walked through the door! I’m horrible with names but I think it was Ali, Mason, and Larry…possibly DJ Larry??? Drinks? Not only are they generous but their mix cocktails are delicious! Don’t like mixed drinks? They’re great at recommending wine or if you don’t know the mixed drink you want but you know what you have a taste for…they can do that too! Food? Delicious or as my Father says “delish-bon-spish”. It’s not a word but a feeling you get when the food hits the spot. If you’re still here then I will share the best part of my visit with you…the dessert. If you are there and the frozen Baklava is on the menu, get it! Erase whatever you’re thinking FROM YOUR MIND!! Just so you know, it’s 2 scoops of gelato (made in house), one pistachio (delish-bon-spish) and the other is a literal scoop of heaven/delish-bon-spishier. Ok? Heaven! Bon-spishier!!! Vanilla bean gelato with the most delicious baklava folded into it (that’s right! They have a folding machine in the back) Don’t believe me then don’t order it! More. For. Me. This is only for the true believers! If they sold it by the carton I would gladly buy it and I NEVER order dessert but it was my first time at Mare and I wanted to try everything.
  13. B

    Barb

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was outstanding as usual. The restaurant was rather dead but given the fact that open table gave me one option to book at 5:15 you would have thought it would have been hopping, wall to wall people in there tonight. Quite the opposite …. If there were 6 tables that was a lot. You might want to check your app to allow people more options to dine. I did tell the Manager regarding this problem, as we did travel almost 2 hours to make a 5:15 reservation and left work early to accommodate this early time. Jeff was charming as he was last time and made my husbands birthday memorable! Thank you to Mare for always having outstanding food !
  14. SS

    SteveS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service was very good, and it was expensive. Despite the white table cloth ambiance, many of the diners were casually dressed (the new Birmingham, I guess, but some were way under-dressed). We had the tuna tartare and octopus appetizers. They were fairly small (and pricey), but both very good. Mare has a display of fresh catch whole fish to pick from, if you wish, which was interesting, You walk up with the waiter, and he gives you the sales pitch. We got branzino, grilled on his recommendation, and it was excellent. You have to buy the whole fish, so it is usually shared with another person at your table. You buy by the pound, and you pay for the whole fish (the branzino was $45/lb -- I saw another fish for $75/lb). They filet it table-side. All very European. Neat idea, and well executed. The next item is nit-picky, but at these price levels it needs to be mentioned. It was our first time there, and I mentioned to the waiter that it was my wife's birthday. We ordered one dessert to split (gelato - $15), and the waiter brought an extra small slice of tiramisu with a lit birthday candle in it. Very nice gesture, but I noticed they charged me $5 extra for "holiday cake". Really? I could've gotten angry over it -- I didn't ask for the cake, and then charging me 5 bucks extra for it (after dropping $300) is very cheesy -- but I decided to let it pass. I'm guessing it's restaurant policy, and not the waiter's decision. Disregarding the last irritant, I would recommend Mare -- great food and service -- just expect your credit card to be a little warm after paying for it. They also need to add some more reasonably priced wine choices on the menu. In each category they would have one $40 bottle, maybe one $65 -- then the rest were $80 and up. I suppose someone will say, "Welcome to Birmingham", but c'mon...a couple more bottles under 70 bucks won't kill you.
  15. m

    meetam

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    Too hot Bathroom stall had door missing Food is as not thag good
  16. DB

    DougB

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and great server
  17. JP

    JulioP

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant exceeded our expectations. The service and food were excellent. Our waitress showed us the variety of fish available in their "on display fish market". A thorough explanation of each fish, including our personal selection for preparation. Good wine, delicious food. Much personal attention.
  18. SB

    ShariB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a fabulous evening. Food and service were both excellent. Loved the décor and ambiance. The only thing I can say negative is that it is quite pricey, at least for my personal situation. Would love to go back!!
  19. DA

    DeniseA

    Naples

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food and service was great. Very pretty resturant. The DJ in the bar was so loud we were shouting. I am not kidding. Thank goodness none of us had a hearing issue. It could have spoiled the evening with a different crowd. I doh't think I will go back.
  20. FK

    FoodieKaz

    Detroit

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, amazing food, and classy but comfortable ambiance. The GM who is the sommelier is wonderful and always delivers with an exceptional bottle.
  21. RI

    RIchardL

    Naples

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal. Greek salad amazing Steak and bronzino excellent. Great evening celebrating my wife’s birthday.
  22. c

    christinar

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    My husbands and my first time there. we went for our anniversary, it was a recommendation from a friend. Beautiful restaurant inside very classy and elegant. The food was amazing, melted in your mouth. We went during happy hour. The value was wonderful, $37 a person for an appetizer, main course and dessert. Definitely will go back and let other people know about this hidden gem
  23. DR

    DetroitReviews

    Detroit

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Overpriced, basic dishes. The drinks were overpowering and not made well. You can tell this place has potential but needs a serious consultation with a craft cocktail bartender and a new chef. Our sever was wonderful however they took very long meanwhile the place wasn’t very busy but they seemed understaffed. The aesthetic is relatively nice.
  24. l

    lizs

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husbands birthday! Food was delish. Outside patio was beautiful. Hostess was friendly and nice
  25. CP

    ClayP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Selecting a specific fish from the “market” was a fun experience.
  26. CE

    CECILIAD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Elegant,good food, small plates, expensive though.
  27. BF

    BloomfieldFoodie

    Detroit

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal at Mare. The food is very good, our waitperson made some great recommendations for the fish entree. It does get noisy but that’s part of the vibe.
  28. PS

    PeterS

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always a great experience. Fully priced but it’s worth it
  29. WA

    WALLYF

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Pricy but worth it. OUTSTANDING
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice birthday experience. Service was great and the food delicious.
  31. JC

    JasonC

    Detroit

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Entire staff was attentive and friendly. Our server Mitchell was phenomenal and helped make my husbands Birthday celebration extra special! Sommelier was also very helpful with the wine selection.
  32. FT

    FamilyTravel

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything About our meal was fantastic. The price, however, was so high that it cost one star on the overall rating. We will return…just much less frequently than hoped.
  33. US

    UsualSuspect

    Detroit

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Been coming to Mare since open, but always to the bar to enjoy some wine. Finally had the experience of a full meal and the selection process. My guest surprised me by going a little more mainstream with her choice instead of trying one of the more uncommon options, but our fish was excellent and choosing a fish a bit lighter than usual allowed room for the wonderful Tiramisu. She also really enjoyed the tableside plating, but we passed on the offer of the head, lol.
  34. h

    heron

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is fabulous but plan to spend some $$$.
  35. DC

    DinaC

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything as on point! The food was amazing, the drinks were fantastic and our waiter was extremely helpful!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding!!!
  37. VB

    VasiliosB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding Anniversary
  38. DM

    DeborahM

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time dining here and we loved it! Amazing food, service and atmosphere! What a vibe!
  39. B

    Barb

    Detroit

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal! Branzino was spectacular…. Moist and delicious. The apps, salad and veggies all made for a wonderful meal!!
  40. PS

    PeterS

    Chicago

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent dinner at Mare. Food quality was outstanding. Service very friendly and helpful but tailed off a bit as the night went on and the place became a ever busier. In fairness our server was working super hard - they may need to add more staff at peak times. Value was fair for the high quality of the ingredients. We will definitely return.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

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

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Mare Mediterranean is rated 4.5 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Mare Mediterranean

115 Willits St, Birmingham, MI 48009-3317

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Bates

  • Area

    Birmingham

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Sean Force

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (248) 940-5525

  • Private party facilities

    The Silver Rock Room- Private dining, audio visual, seats 35 The Wine Cellar Room - Private dining, audio visual, seats 14The Starlight Lounge - Comfy couches, chairs and tables, seats 25

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