The next beautiful Silver Lake restaurant is here. This time it’s Maré, Eric Greenspan’s enduring pan-Mediterranean restaurant with a beloved patio-only outlet on Melrose and a candlelit corner spot in Santa Monica. If all goes well, the Hyperion Avenue eatery will spark to life on Tuesday, February 7.
This third iteration of the Maré name by the Midcourse Hospitality Group (Greenspan, Jim Hustead, James Moon, and Nick Erven) is perhaps its most ambitious yet, with a full build-out and design by Hustead himself. The former Barbarella space has been completely halved — with the other side now a colorful cocktail lounge known as The Friend — and reformatted to fit a much moodier aesthetic.
The leafy exterior of Maré Silver Lake gives way to a dim, inviting interior with lots of low lighting, casual-yet-intimate two-tops, and a wraparound bar with chandeliers overhead. The sidewalk windows open completely to let in the night air, while exposed ceilings and subtle woodwork give the place just the right amount of charm. There’s even a small outdoor patio to one side, with bar seating and Maré’s now-ubiquitous Foosball table.
As for the food, expect the same Greenspan menu as the other locations, which means simple seafood dishes like a whole branzino, and your choice of mix-and-match pasta options to share with friends. This location will also expand on more bar snack-style, shareable stuff, since the plan is to keep the doors open (and serve food at the bar) until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Not bad for an unassuming new date night spot on the sleepier side of Silver Lake.
Maré Silver Lake opens Tuesday, February 7, keeping hours from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with an extension to 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.
Maré Silver Lake
2609 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA