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Mother's Tavern

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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725 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3512
+1 805-541-8733
11:00 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 11 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 

Thank jmanuo
Albany, NY
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70 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The food and drinks were great! Some different choices on the menu, I had the Maui Wowies and my husband had ahi tuna tacos. The bar is great, big, old, beautiful old back bar with a beautiful new sign in between the bar units. Easy to get to, lots of parking on the street.

Thank Debbie M
Godalming, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Spacious bar with plenty of big screens, bar seats, small tables. Good range of beers and familiar bar food. Food portions are huge - we had nachos and cobb salad, both would comfortably have fed two of us.

Thank Tessa W
Veurne, Belgium
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

The place us great but a bit out of date. The food is good quality and not to expensive. Just think that the service could go a bit more quick.

Thank Ilse W
San Francisco, California
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Extensive casual food menu. Lots of big screens. Clean. Good food, good service. Enormous bar on the City promenade.

Thank John M

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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, 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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