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Mother's Tavern

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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725 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3512
+1 805-541-8733
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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Arroyo Grande, California
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71 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have beer tasting which is always a win in my book. A nice selection of local and craft beers on tap. The food was good. We had a tostado appetizer which was delicious

Thank Scott F
Corner Brook, Canada
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

I was walking the streets, looking for somewhere to waste some time whilst waiting for an appointment, and wandered into this beautifully appointed gastropub. The decor is authentic, warm and inviting, and the wine list is impressive. The menu has something for everyone, and even though there were multiple TVs showing live college football (good!), the volume was turned all... More 

Thank TravellingGaslady
San Luis Obispo, California
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51 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

january 1 lunch after a vinyasa 2 yoga. (sweat out your new years!) but then perhaps you need something completely tasty and mouth-satisfying. i had a craving for fish n' chips and a friend just wanted something "not too pub-like"(geez!). off to mothers t. break loose. i've never had the fish n' chips (usually go for a burger- which is... More 

Thank SydneyofSanLuis
North Ferrisburgh, Vermont, United States
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140 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Stopped for lunch with family- very quiet, almost empty- I am told it is very busy in the evening. Service was great, food was very good- loved the pretzel roll. Nice central location to stop at

Thank Jeff V
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We were looking for a place to eat after a long drive in traffic. Walked around downtown and found Mothers Tavern. The music and the menu got us in the door. The food was good and so was the music. The vibe inside is pretty cool. The service was good and they had a nice variety of food and drinks.... More 

Thank gil352
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Good tasty food, lively bar with a big selection of ales. Friendly helpful waitresses, we had a pleasant evening in the Tavern.

Thank tucks60
San Bernardino, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We had a small group of 6. The menu had many choices and the service was great. Everyone in our group was well pleased and we will be back. My wife and I finished off lunch with a root beer float. The place is large but gives a homey feeling. I can't speak high enough for our waiter. He made... More 

Thank Bob L
Imperial, California
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66 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here since 1995 Great Food Great Service You just can't go wrong The 8.00 lunch special is a fantastic deal Entree Salad and a drink

Thank Mike B
San Luis Obispo, California
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We frequent MoTav for lunch because the lunch specials are outrageous. Only bad thing is that even though they're usually not busy during lunch, the food sometimes takes so long that we just have to ask for it to go. They're very accommodating when this happens though. Favorite thing to get is the MoTav burger on the lunch specials -... More 

Thank Casey A
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Big open place, menu is great, gastropub type of food - the good kind! Good selection of beer, local wine and spirits. During the day is a family friendly restaurant/bar, and night turns into a 21 and over dance bar scene. Either is fun for different occasions. They also have a few TVs out, so nice for sporting events too!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$15
American, Bar, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 725 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3512
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-541-8733
Mother's Tavern is a full service, family friendly restaurant that takes a classic, yet modern approach to historic downtown San Luis Obispo. We offer gourmet burgers, craft brews and top shelf custom cocktails. A great place to catch up with some old friends or meet some new ones while watching your favorite sporting events and enjoying a great meal. Mother's Tavern features a private lounge and we offer both on and off site catering services.

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