Mara's Southern Kitchen - Formerly Mara's Homemade

4.7
302 reviews
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Barbecue
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, Live Crawfish Boil 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. Mara's Homemade features a Bar with over 150 Spirits and 75 Wines
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New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

service and food were excellent at Maras will be returning.

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KW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have often heard of Mara's Homemade as I am from Long Island. I believe that I first saw a write up in Newsday. I felt that Mara's would be great for her friend, Jack, who is from Oklahoma & loves chichen fried steak and bisuits & gravy. My husband & I were on vacation for Jack's 80th Birthday. What better place to celebrate his bday than at Mara's Homemade. I try different foods but my husband, Jack & his wife are not as adventurious. On the way over to Mara's, Jack kept repeating it is not Southern. I told him it has Southern food, also Creole & Cajun. Our birthday boy could not get over the line of people waiting for tables. I am grateful that I made reservations through open table. Since we were new to Mara's, we were most fortunate to have Jeff as a waiter to guide as through the many selections. Jeff brought two appetizers after we went through what we liked & did not like. We had Cajun wings with ranch sauce & catfish bread. We loved it all. For beverages, my husband & I ordered the jars of mixed lemonade & iced tea, one sweetened & one unsweetened, Jack had ice tea and his wife had freshly brewed decaf coffee. For entrees, my husband had 1/4 Baby back ribs, Jack & his wife had Southern fried Chicken with w
two sides and I ordered the Pecan Catfish. We all loved what we ordered. We ordered for the table 1 key lime pie. My only suggestion is that the key lime pie could be improved.

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New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and unusual. The waiter was wonderful and very patient with us. Explained and made recommendations - all of which were delicious! Loved it. Will go back for sure.

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place-- the food and service is always great! Best Oysters in NY.

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j
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Yes I would recommend it is such a nice place,the ambiance was wonderful and everyone was so firendly

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food ...all around a great experience I would highly recommend this restaurant to others.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was really good. Mara is always a wonderful host! Apparently they were down 2 servers and it took a long time for our main courses to come out. The server was extremely apologetic but there was nothing he could do about it. I’ll go back bc we always have a good meal.

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S
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was extremely slow. Very noisy. Prices are fair and the food was good. Oysters were excellent and the pulled pork was good. Most BBQ restaurants offer more than 2 kinds of sauces, not Mara’s. My wife ordered fried chicken and we were told that it would be around a 30 minute wait. It arrived after 50 minutes. She had a mint julep which was good. I ordered a Diet Coke with lemon. I received a glass of ice and a 6 oz bottle of Coke with no lemon. I thought $ 3.00 was a bit much for a 6 oz Coke.

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BN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything we ordered was excellent - I'd rank Mara's among the top value/price restaurants on LI. We need to visit more often!

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DM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was ok

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It took a very long time to get food

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DD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful attention to detail and very eclectic menu . Great bourbon and whiskey selections as well . Staff very knowledgeable. Maras desserts are beyond incredible ... save room !

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l
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was very good...lunch specials are terrific.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

amazing service! the restaurant had a very homey vibe to it. it was pretty loud inside and it was difficult to talk, but otherwise amazing!

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f
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My birthday

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C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Was the perfect place to spend a birthday!

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The noise level was horrific.
Food was ok but after waiting a half hour for the fried chicken (we were told about the wait) it should not have been dry. Told staff and the least they could have done was offer a dessert. The jambalaya tasted fine but looked like mush
In addition, napkins on the floor and an empty Gatorade bottle there as well.
Not for us although I know people who love it.
Bring your ear plugs if it’s a Saturday night. We had a 7:30 reservation. Had to wait but got table for 4.

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DO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming here since Mara’s opened. We have never been disappointed. It’s Soft Shell crab season their Po’Boy is delicious. The char broiled Oysters are beyond wonderful.

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M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

U had the catfish encrusted with pecans on top of mashed sweet potatoes. It was delicious! Done perfectly! Service was excellent! hats off to the chef!

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d
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food, as usual
Fabulous atmosphere
Great service
Need to make a reservation
Great local place

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RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Personable staff who were familiar and forthcoming about the menu.
Owner was pleasant,involved and approachable.
We will definitely return there.

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AC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was outstanding and service was incredible! Had fresh crawfish, alligator bites, baby back ribs, and hot chicken sandwich everything was very good.

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is consistently good and the service is always excellent. They are terrific about letting you taste any wine that your are interested in trying. My husband tried two wines before deciding on his choice and we were both happy with our choices. Most of the food is has some spice but if you let your server know what level of spice you are comfortable with, they will steer you in the right direction.

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BL
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mara's has some of the best food on Long Island. They also have by far the best customer service, true southern hospitality.

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RL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service with a fair price. Sometimes wish the restaurant was bigger. Mara always makes you feel at home.

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KG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's my 2nd time there, i went once for a lunch and then a dinner before a Westbury show ( which is a short 10 minute drive). the menu is rocking with plenty of options, with plenty of variety that makes you step out of a normal dining comfort zone. You really have to appreciate the tell Chef and owner pride. Our server Lauren was A+friendly and Mara the owner made triple stop bye to make sure we were happy. I wish more places had this recipe for service, lip smacking good food and making sure the patrons are satisfied. Great job all around, thanks.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love mara’s southern kitchen, the stuffed crawfish bread is outstanding! The spicy artichoke among many other delicious food you will find at Mara’s. They treat you like family. Oh and I can’t forget the many different cocktails and drinks.

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EG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good food and an extensive selection of bourbons. A little pricey and noisy. Friendly and mostly attentive staff.

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous Cajun cooking Etoufe and Jambalya and grilled Oysters were to die for

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pre Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Family dinner, as always, food is authentic Cajun style, craw fish we’re outstanding, Hurricanes and desert were fantastic. Erica takes care of us every year!

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WL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time. We really enjoyed it. Very friendly accommodating staff. Mara herself came to our table and spoke to us. Impressed!

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c
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Jambalaya was very dry and lacked spice (heat) it was bland .
The Gumbo was loaded with meat however it was bland.

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LS
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Service were excellent. Great choices if food and beverage. Consistent over many visits. A very special place that I recommend.

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EC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful. I felt like family going there for my 1st time. Mara herself works very hard to make sure everyone is comfortable and happy. Thank you.

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C
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal in a relaxed environment. Love the new menu!

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed our time at Mara’s . The food was good and plentiful

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PS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food
Outstanding selection of bourbons and whiskeys

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C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

I've eaten here many times and had excellent meals, but last night was not one of them.

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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Extensive drink menu. The food was delicious. Impeccable service. Will definitely be back.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, fun place, good selection of dishes. Love it we will be back! Thank you for a fun valentines night! Perfect! Great 🦞 crawfish! Ribs hush puppies!

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