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Mara's Homemade
Mara's Homemade

Mara's Homemade Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.marashomemade.com
  • Email: info@marashomemade.com
  • Phone: (516) 682-9200
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Creole / Cajun / Southern, Burgers
  • Executive Chef: Joshua Levi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Barbecue, crawfish boils and most anything on the menu is available for takeout and catering. Mara's makes fresh TurDuckEns and Fried Turkeys to order during the Fall holidays and may be available year round.
    Homemade desserts, including King Cakes, may be ordered with at least 24 hours notice.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Michael Drive and Eileen Drive
  • Public Transit: LIRR service to Syosset on the Huntington/Port Jefferson line with taxi service to thè restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A parking lot with free parking is available in front of the restaurant.
A word from Mara's Homemade
Mara’s Homemade is family owned and operated serving authentic Barbecue, Southern and Cajun cuisine. Barbecue is smoked on premise. Gulf seafood, Andouille sausage and spices are flown in from New Orleans to make traditional, authentic dishes. When not utilizing Southern products, Mara's buys local.
Live crawfish are available when in season and weather permits.
Family recipes are the staple plus new creations developed by Chef Josh.
Signature dishes include Char-grilled Oysters, Crawfish Stuffed Bread, Crawfish Cheesecake and BBQ Black Peppered Shrimp.
Mara's now house grinds fresh brisket for their burgers. The hamburgers are served on pretzel buns baked daily on the premises. Turkey burgers are also available.
Homemade desserts are available daily and whole cakes and pies may be ordered to go with at least 24 hours’ notice.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Mara's surpassed all of our expectations! After reviewing the menu online, we decided it was a perfect place to celebrate Mom's 67th birthday. The staff were incredibly helpful with deciding the best dishes to order. The hush puppies were perfectly cooked. Crispy on the outside and moist in the middle. My brother in law raved about the Gumbo for the entire meal. The jalapeño corn bread was perfect. The owners came over and wished mom a Happy Birthday, and even though she opted out of dessert ( the portions are that big), they brought over a shot glass with whipped cream and a candle! We are already planning our next visit with more family and friends."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Ambience is great. Vast seafood menu. If you like shellfish - it is a great place. The meats and desserts are a little dry though so bewarew."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The menu is off the charts but what I can't get over is that everything that I've had so far is better than the best! How can it be so? But it is!! Shrimp and grits are the best that I have ever had. And the team is so friendly and welcoming. You can't help but feel that you are sharing a remarkable experience with everyone else in the place. And you are!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Our second time here. Just as good as the first. Large portions of delicious food. Lots of choices to pick. Great beer selection. We will return! Very noisy! More than energetic! Good desserts."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Always hard to decide what to order because everything is so good. Crawfish pot pie was amazing! Rack of lamb, tender and flavorful. Dark chocolate soufflé is one of the best you will ever taste. Could eat here every night!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "There may be no ambiance to speak of in this tiny, local hideaway, but the food speaks for itself. The ribs really do fall off the bone. I'm not a big fan of Okra, but you can their fried okra like potato chips, you can't have just one. Mara, who is very welcoming, came to our table and offered very good recommendations based on our likes & dislikes. Overall, a very nice lunch."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Enjoyed the authentic Cajun flare at Mara's with a date. The food is pretty good and they are the only place I know of on Long Island where you can get decent New Orleans/Louisiana fare. Stick to the basics here, crawfish, oysters, po boy. I also had the ribs which actually a bit dry, maybe prepped to far ahead but the BBQ sauce was tasty enough to distract me. The salad and oysters were great, sides of fried okra and mash potatoes also very tasty. The Whisky/Burbon list is unmatched in the area and if you want to drink this spot is perfect, maybe a bit overpriced because of location, specialty drinks should be in the $8- $10 range not $14. Overall I reccomend and anticipate they will continue to improve."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "love Mara's and it is definitely one of our go to's on casual nights. Very disappointed with management as they do not allow you to swap sides. My husband ordered a fish special that came with collard greens, he asked to swap the collard greens and the waitress said the owners do not allow that. She also described that it would come under the fish with sauce on top. When it came out, it was in a different dish on its own as a side. Ridiculous in my opinion and it wasn't even touched, so that's just wasting food. Besides that the food is good, but terrible management skills."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "What a surprisingly good little restaurant ! Great food, good prices and excellent service!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Mara's is a small little neighborhood place with a big menu and great understanding of hospitality. The menu is very large with an emphasis on the owner's southern roots. The best features are the New Orleans inspired dishes and the southern BBQ. If you like crayfish and shrimp this is definitely for you. For adventurous appetizers try the charbroiled oysters; don't forget to try the crayfish bread (definitely on my list of best things I ever ate). Best part is the bar service. This is one of the more interesting things to drink. Tell them what you like and they will bring you several different bottles, many of which you may never have seen, and they will tell you the back story of each liquor and what it is like."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Our first time at the restaurant. Food was very good, large portions! We had the peeled shrimp, mara's salad, fried chicken and both kinds of ribs. We enjoyed them all. Tried 3 different types if beer that was on tap. Enjoyed those as well. Definitely will go back. Give it a try."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went on Valentines day. have been going to Mara's every 4-6 weeks. Restarant was very crowded Friday night. Service was a bit hectic at first as servers seemed overwhlemd. After initial seating things settled down nicely and everything was great. Appetizers of Fried Green tomoatoes to start was delicious and main courses of Ribs and brisket and catfish was good and unique as well. The soufle and strawberry pie as desserts were great and had incredible flavor."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Yes it is, and it's damn good, too. They've got things that are unimaginable up here (who stuffs bread with crawfish?) but are absolutely delicious! Authentic cajun food in New Yawk, who wouldda thought?"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Eating at Mara's was a wonderful dining experience. Mara was very accommodating when I had to change my reservation at the last minute. The food was delicious and the service was good on a busy Saturday night. I had the fried chicken, which was not encased in a thick, crusty batter; rather it was in a light, well seasoned coating. The 1/2 chicken was moist and delicious. My wife's brisket sandwich on a baguette was smoky and tender. The menu was extensive and kid friendly and the portions were generous. The only drawback was that we were seated right next to the front door which allowed cold air in every time the door opened. Mara was very attentive, coming over to our table several times to see how our meal was."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food was just OK. I had pulled pork and it was cold. BBQ sauce was tasty. Cornbread was good. Extensive whiskey list. Good service."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Food was delicious but they didn't have two of the items we actually came to the restaurant for. Additionally they didn't have the tequila we had asked for. The restaurant was busy and I would definitely go back to try again, but to run out of food and drink for a 7:30 reservation on a Friday nite, seemed odd."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Truly authentic New Orleans cuisine. Try the Po' Boys, Char Grilled Oysters, Crawfish Bread, Shrimp Boil and chicken fried steak. In fact, try it all . . . it's an extensive and diverse menu."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I was referred to Mara's homemade by a neighbor and am very happy we went! Bottom line - great food - great drinks/cocktails - worth the trip even from afar!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Excellent food great service loved the band the night was just perfect"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "After making reservations they sat us near the door, which openend every few minutes. There was a heater on the floor they explained how to turn on anf off, the food was tasteless...."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "This Manhattan East Village transplant, family owned and run by native southerners, is an ethnic gem for a suburban neighborhood like Syosset. Having been to New Orleans half a dozen times, I can attest to its Cajun authenticity. The Crawfish Ettouffee is loaded with sweet tasty crawfish, cooked to chewy perfectection. The catfish is always fresh and flavorful, whether done with cajun spice over a bed of kale, or pecan crusted. The crawfish stuffed bread is also a treat and the blackened swordfish fresh and well spiced, The fried okra is among the best I've had. I haven't sampled from their barbecue menu but friends I dined with raved about the brisket. The pecan pie was a bit chewy for my taste but very flavorful. 2 thumbs up!"
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "A very friendly place tucked into a Muttontown strip mall. Great New Orleans style food and also a wonderful bbq menu as well. Our group had a mix of the items and everything got very high marks. My top picks were the shrimp feast and the St Louis ribs."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Good cajun food. Nice variety of options. Gumbo needs more kick."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "This was my second visit, and it did not disappoint. They have a stuffed craw fish bread that is fantastic. We each ordered different items, and everyone was pleased. I ordered a seasonal special, craw fish over fusili pasta that was just great. My wife got some fried chicken which was super juicy and delicious. Just a great, simple dish. The service was friendly and fast, and the waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu items and the specials they were offering. They did not have the beer we wanted in draft, and she was quick to bring samples for us to try (we wanted a pitcher to share). We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We ate at Mara's this past weekend. The fried chicken was dried up and a very small portion (KFC does a better job!), the fries were overcooked and dried, the chicken special dish with apples was just okay....nothing was exceptional. We won't be going back."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I love Mara's for what it is. A hole in the wall BBQ spot. The char-grilled clams are delicious. They are stingy with the 2 tiny pieces of bread that comes with it for almost $30. I always order the stuffed baked potato with brisket inside. HUGE potato and sooo good. Big enough for a meal. The fried chicken, mac & cheese, ribs, brisket, fish and shrimp are also good here. Will be back!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Some of the best Cajun food you will find and a very extensive whiskey selection."
    Dined on 10/25/2013