Here’s more from Maré, the seafood-focused patio restaurant from none other than TV chef and Patina alum Eric Greenspan. After sitting on the unused space behind Melrose Umbrella Company for years (ever since The Foundry closed), Greenspan and his business partners Jim Hustead and James Moon decided to go ahead and just open the damn thing up last week.
Since then, customers have been treated to a bit of whimsy inside Maré, with the entrance to the restaurant actually hidden away through the dishwashing area of Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese. Step through a faux cooler door painted with the logo of a ship and you’re inside. Or outside, as it were, since that step immediately drops customers into an open-air waiting area with a hostess stand and a foosball table. Maré is walk-in only for groups less than six, so on particularly busy nights there may be a bit of a wait; hence the table games and free-flowing cocktails.
In the next door dining area, string lights add a sense of ceiling to the open air — there’s no roof here, retractable or otherwise, so on the off chance Los Angeles gets some rain, the restaurant will likely be closed. That’s part of the fun though, with the open sky, leafy citrus trees and wall-hung candles giving the place a private seaside patio feel.
Below is the first menu for Maré, with the focus being a trio of shellfish options that come with a choose-your-own-broth adventure. A whole $18 branzino is a steal for two people (at least compared to other restaurants in town) and some sharable small plates like fried smelt keep things casual. Cocktails are $11 and glasses of house wine (an expanded list is coming down the line) run $9.
Maré runs weeknights from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday night from 5 p.m. to midnight. On Saturday, the kitchen opens at 3 p.m. and runs to midnight, and on Sundays they open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
7465 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA